Sleeping In Hotels

I’ve come to sort of hate sleeping in hotels. We always seem to sleep on the wrong sides of the bed (because TW wants the side with the bedside table and I don’t care about that, and the bedside table always seems to be on “my” side.

Sure enough, last night — TW was on my side but we continued to sleep in our normal positions, which means we ended up facing each other for most of the night. And TW coughed constantly in her sleep. Which means she was coughing in my face.

And then there’s the problem that the dogs are not with us. You’d think it would be MORE comfortable to have a larger bed with no dogs than a smaller bed with three dogs but no. Not comfortable.

I ended up putting a big pillow in between us which helped it feel like a dog was laying in between us (which is what normally happens) and also prevented TW from coughing on me. This worked ok except that TW decided that pillow was her pillow and kept trying to LAY on it and I kept having to push her back over.

Did I mention I’ve got the hot flash thing to deal with, too? So I need my damn personal space or I’ll die of heat stroke or something, lol.

We’ve got two darn beds, I think tonight we’ll switch to the other one. Maybe that will help. A little?

Tired. Very tired.

Three Graphic Novels

All Cybils and all better than I expected.

I absolutely loved Templar and didn’t expect to.

Uzumaki was freaky. It’s hard to read a book while you’re covering your eyes. Also, I will never look at spirals in the same way. Shudder. Also, it’s been awhile since I read real manga (front to back) much less horror manga.

War Brothers is heartbreaking. I think I’d have liked the real book better than the graphic novel.

The Non-Fiction Is Back!

A few weeks ago, we went into the library and while chatting with one of our favorite librarians I sorrowfully noted the lack of non-fiction in our stacks and she excitedly said, “they’re coming back downstairs!” I couldn’t believe it.

After we filled out the survey — nothing happened. I didn’t see it mentioned in the library newsletter or on their blog(s) so I thought maybe nothing would change and I has pretty much resolved to mourn non-fiction for the next two years.

But no — overwhelming support for bringing the non-fiction back. I didn’t blog about it because I didn’t want to jinx it. We were so darn excited early in the week when we ran in to pick up some holds and there was the non-fiction! So excited that I think we checked out 10 non-fiction just because we were so thrilled. (The travel guides didn’t make the move back downstairs — that’s disappointing since I’m a spur of the moment travel guide browser but that’s ok. Who has time to travel right now or even dream about travel right now, anyway. No big deal.)

Thank you Glenview Public Library for asking for patron feedback and then taking action on that feedback. Yippee! Long live non-fiction!


I generally like trans lit, particularly coming of age trans lit but Adam … just annoyed me, disturbed me and then ticked me off.

If there was a stereotype not displayed in the book, I don’t know of it. I just… no. All the no.

Boxers & Saints

I really liked Boxers & Saints — I particularly appreciated the way the second book (Saints) tied into the first book (Boxers)… with the opera mask girl. I liked that very much.

What I didn’t like was good grief, how depressing. All the dying peoples. All the blood and gore. All the unhappy unhappy. I mean obviously there would be a lot of that, it was a difficult time period in China but sheesh. ALL the unhappy and ALL the blood & gore. Shudder.

Well drawn. Well written. (Some typos in my version, I hope there aren’t any in yours.)

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp


The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp is a cybil middle grade book, I believe. We listened to it on audio and you’d think the fact that it was read by Lyle Lovett would make this a slam dunk. It did not, my friends, no it did not (lol — I’m laughing at myself for typing that, which you would understand if you’ve read this book.)

He started slowly and it took awhile to warm up to him. The whole book started a wee bit slowly and then suddenly, we were hooked.

The language is fantastic. The vocabulary — holy hell, sports fans… remember those dumb assignments where you had to find five words you didn’t know (while reading some library book) and write the definitions and it was impossible because you already knew all of the words. If you have a kid like that, try this book. Brilliantly done. Really.

I’m not generally a fan of anthropomorphism, but in this case — I loved the racoons and the canebrake rattlers, and the armadillo and even that horrid porcine family. Oh and the cat. I liked him, too.

I’ve also got a nasty craving for a sugar pie…

One Hundred Names

I needed something easy to read after making my way through Hard Choices … since One Hundred Names was due back to the library soon and TW enjoyed it and I’ve enjoyed Ahern’s books in the past, I decided this was a good choice.

It was. Sort of. I pretty much hated Kitty from the first page and never really warmed up to her. The rest of the characters in the book saved it. I really loved everything else about the darn book.

If you read this and you’re just hating Kitty — hang in there til she starts the interviews. The people she’s interviewing make it worth reading.

The Nesting Place

Oh look, another book from another shelter/DIY blogger! I know, you’re shocked, lol. You might be shocked to hear that The Nesting Place is one of my favorite books in the genre. Even though the blog, nesting place, is not my favorite — I like it but I don’t love it.

The book is one of my favorites because she includes photos of people with their feet on the table, laundry strewn around and crap like that. They’re still staged, pretty photos of a staged, pretty house but she’s right about the idea that some imperfections make a person feel more comfortable. That’s what happened with the book — I felt comfortable.

I was also amused by all of her stump tables, the section on putting holes in walls (lol), and I was fascinated by the entire series of homes she’s lived in. (And I thought I’d moved a lot…) (I also love what she did to the outside of the not perfect for us house. Brilliantly done — my partner liked it before the changes. I did too but we shall ignore her opinion on the updated version because she’s dumb.)

I don’t think anyone will necessarily LEARN anything from this book — unless you just hate your (rental or non-rental) home and think it’s the house that’s making you unhappy. In which case you might learn something from this book. Or at least get a glimmer of hope?

Hard Choices

Now that I’ve finally finished, I realize I should not have decided to read Hard Choices in July. That was a bad choice. I should read a book like that in September. October. November. When life is much calmer and I can process serious things.

Overall, I did like the book. It’s just high on fact and short on personal reflection, which means it’s not easy to read. My favorite chapters were of course about topics/issues that I feel most strongly about. The chapters covering issues that didn’t immediately push my personal buttons were often the most interesting though since I haven’t previously spent a lot of time thinking about them.

Overall, I liked the book. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it, either.

Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase

We listened to The Screaming Staircase on audio and man that was creepy. I think this was on the Cybils middle grade scifi/fantasy list and if that’s true… I hope the middle grade readers can handle some really creepy, yukky descriptive content.

It was good. Really good. I liked all of three of the kids a lot. I’m looking forward to book 2.