Going Postal

So, I’m not a Terry Pratchett fan. And, I really really don’t like Discworld very much at all. I know. Some of you are confused by this. Some of you just cannot believe that can be true. Some of you would probably like to argue with me about why I MUST be a Terry Pratchett fan. Some of you are probably feeling physical pain at the idea that I just don’t like Discworld.

It’s ok. I understand why you love Pratchett and Discworld. I support your feelings, completely.

I have a lot of respect for you folks and even greater respect for Terry Pratchett (may he rest in peace.) That’s why I went ahead and grabbed Going Postal from the library display of his books the day he died. It was the least I could do. Really.

I picked this one because a) I’d never read it b) I liked the cover c) I knew there was some movie or TV series or something made from it and I figured I could watch a little to stem my boredom, should it occur, while reading the book.

Turns out, it’s not easy to watch Going Postal online without paying actual dollars (not stamps) for it. So when I got bogged down in all the words and all of the … Pratchetty Discworldness of it, I watched a trailer and was amused and went back to reading the book.

I didn’t hate it. I don’t hate Pratchett or Discworld, I just don’t love either of them. I didn’t love it. I was amused in places. Several places. I don’t feel compelled to find more Discworld books I’ve missed (which is most of them, probably) or re-read any that I’ve read in the past. I am also not sorry I spent a few nights reading it. I also kind of wish I still had my childhood stamp collection and am glad I never got into pins. Also, Golloms are cool.

Two More Art Books

I impulsed picked The Modern Flower Painter because it was pretty and I love watercolors. The book is super pretty and super detailed and if you want to learn how to paint flowers, this is your book.

Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces is fabulous if you want to improve your ability to draw and paint faces. Duh. Jane Davenport is fabulous, really. Great book (which explains why it’s constantly out of stock.)

Men Explain Things To Me

I should have looked more closely at Men Explain Things To Me since I assumed it was a bunch of essays about, you know, men explaining things to women. It wasn’t. A whole bunch of feminist essays loosely tied to men explaining things (as feminist essays often are) and while the essays were mostly fine, they weren’t really what I was hoping to read at that moment.

3 Graphic Novels

Look at me finishing up a category from the Cybils shortlist. (Unfortunately it’s an easy category. Hah.)

The Dumbest Idea Ever was ok. A little long and I didn’t much like the kid. Or his friends. The illustrations were good, though.

Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust was very good. I liked it a lot. I can see a grandmother telling that story to her grandchild but not to her son.

Ballad was beautiful. Really beautiful. But, I did not love the story that went along with it. It was too choppy and I don’t think it needed to be. Definitely worth reading just for the illustrations.

Alice + Freda Forever

I impulsed selected Alice + Freda Forever because I liked the font on the cover. I was also interested in reading more about this case. I’ve heard about it in passing but knew very little about it, really.

It was interesting. A little dry considering the subject matter. There was a lot of crazy going on back in the late 1800s and it wasn’t all just the Alice kind of crazy. Just sayin’.

When We Wake

I read When We Wake (the first book in the series) because another of the books from the series is on the Cybils shortlist and I hate reading series books out of order.

This one wasn’t bad. Interesting premise. Also interesting ideas about what the future looks like. I enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the next book.

The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Cafe

One of our favorite series to listen to on audio is The #1 Ladies Detective Agency Series. We absolutely love them and The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Cafe was excellent.

I particularly enjoyed that Charlie plays a prominent role in this story and I think maybe he grows up just a wee bit more in the process. I think Mma Makutsi might have grown up a little bit, too…

The Chicken Keeper’s Problem Solver

I’ve been talking a lot about having chickens someday… like next year, when we leave Chicagoland. During one of these periods when I was talking about chickens, my mom sent me a link to The Chicken Keeper’s Problem Solver and I said I’d have to check it out later since it was only available for pre-order.

Time passes and my mom texts me to tell me she sent me a present and it will arrive on Sunday. It did and it was that book!

I read it straight through and was reminded again of how little I know about chickens. Hah. Because I know so little about chickens, I’m not really sure if this is a good and useful book or not. It felt like a good and useful book, so I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

It also was a little bit scary of a scary book– because all the bad things can happen! Gah. I guess if bad things do happen, I’ll have this book to help me figure out how to solve the problem, right? Assuming this is a good and helpful book, which I think it probably is. I’ll let you know in a year or two.

2 Non-Fiction Books

Explore Mixed Media Collage was pretty good. The projects themselves weren’t really my style and none of the techniques were new to me — but, it was a pretty book and there were bits and pieces of projects that I really liked and will probably end up doing myself, at some point.

Then, Leonard Nimoy died and TW said RESERVE ALL THE BOOKS so I reserved all the books available in my library system. Turns out the books she wanted weren’t in our library system so, poop. I’ve already seen a zillion images from The Full Body Project but figured what the heck — I have the book. Nimoy died. I’ll read it. And it was ok. I didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it. I’m not sorry I read it.

The Dress Shop of Dreams

Awhile back, I was looking for a book to read and remembered that TW liked The Dress Shop of Dreams — she said something about it being Sarah Addison Allen-like. So, I read it. And, it took forever for me to finish — which is crazy because it’s not really long and it’s not a bad back. There just end up being a lot of characters and they’re all pretty much falling apart or tearing their lives apart in order to put them back together and it all felt exhausting to me. So, I felt like I needed to read it in short chunks, at least til the end when everyone’s life got put back into proper order and such.