When it was time to leave Chicagoland, we were on the last disc of the audio version of Dumplin’. Grrr. So frustrating, particularly since it wasn’t available on Overdrive or Hoopla. HMPH.

But, we got lucky because the first thing I did when I picked up my Alachua County Library card was to head for the audiobooks and guess what was there waiting for us? DUMPLIN’!


We finished it today. It was awfully cute but it kept giving me Dolly Parton earworms. (Also, I would have liked to know who won, darn it.) And, I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t expect the Willowdean in the beginning of the book to be the Willowdean in the middle of the book. And, I can’t decide if that’s good or not good.

I really don’t like it when teenagers have their acts TOO much together. It doesn’t ring true. So when the book started and Willowdean had her act together, I was skeptical. And for awhile there, I thought maybe the shift that seemed to occur was too big of a shift. But, as I thought more about it – it made more sense to me that she would have started to struggle more, or admit the struggle, with her body image as she got older, had to deal with changes in her friendships, relationships with boys, and the loss of her aunt. Makes total sense. I think.

The Forever War

Remember when I said we didn’t have any books because they’re all in boxes and because we didn’t have library cards? And also that TW bought some books at Wild Iris on Independent Bookstore Day? Well one of the books she bought was The Forever War which is amusing because I’m pretty sure we already own it. I also highly supported the purchase since Unca Joe was at Wild Iris to sign books and now we have a signed copy. Woot!

So TW immediately started reading it because she was desperate for books and because Unca Joe, obviously.

When I finished with a couple of books, it was my turn to reach for The Forever War at which point TW said, “Why are you reading that, you won’t like it.”

Yes, she actually said that.

My response was to remind her that I’ve already read it before and her response was that I still wouldn’t like it.

It’s at moments like this that I have to question why it is that we live together. I mean really? I’ve read it before. It’s Unca Joe. It’s THE gd FOREVER WAR. You’re really going to tell me I won’t like it? Whatever. (And I’m still rolling my eyes almost a week after she said this. I’m rolling my eyes so hard that I now I have a headache.)

So anyway. I re-read The Forever War and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Except, I don’t really like Science Fiction hahahaha, and this means that when there’s a lot of stuff about physics and math and shit that makes absolutely NO sense to me and can cause me to question why in the hell I’m reading this damn book… I skim ahead. Because while I can suspend disbelief and enjoy the make-believedness of Fantasy, I can’t quite do that with SciFi because of the damn math/science. Because math/science is real and yet the kind of advanced math/science/lord-help-me-physics that’s in SciFi just freaks me the hell out.

Which is probably why TW tried to tell me I wouldn’t like The Forever War.

She was wrong, obviously, because I totes did. I was really glad to have re-read it since it’s probably been 25 or 30 years since I first read it. But, she’s right — I don’t like SciFi. (lol)

PS. Joe Haldeman can really write. Seriously. If you don’t like SciFi either, you should still read this because really – the writing is stellar.

Memories Flow in Our Veins: Forty Years of Women’s Writing from CALYX

TW bought Memories Flow in Our Veins: Forty Years of Women’s Writing from CALYX at Wild Iris on Independent Bookstore Day. Thank goodness because, as I previously mentioned, we had no books to read. Heh.

I really enjoyed this collection. The poetry was particularly good.

Survivor: The Ultimate Game

When we got to Florida, we didn’t have a library card and all of our books were packed but we needed to READ. So I opened a box in search of SOMETHING and found…nothing. A bunch of notebooks, journals, kids books, random papers and… Survivor: The Ultimate Game.

Totally amusing especially since I have never seen the first season of Survivor. I really want to see the first season now.

Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters

Y’all know I love Margaret Dilloway so you’re not surprised that I was super excited to hear she was writing a book for kids. I was also thrilled that it was the last book I actually finished before leaving Chicagoland.

Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters was excellent. I really loved Xander and Peyton. I loved the strengths that each of them brought to the challenges they faced.

I’m not sure how I felt about the very end of the book, to set up the next book. We shall see what happens next.

Reading in April

As expected, reading in April was the PITS. It’s impossible to read when you’re packing up a house to move, when you’re actually moving, and when you’re unpacking at your new home. After several days of not reading at all, I cracked open a box of books in our office and found… all children’s picture books. I cracked open another box and found cookbooks and… a book about the first season of Survivor (a season I’ve never seen) and was so desperate to read, that I read it. That’s how it was in April. Oh, and we started a lot of books while in Chicagoland that we never finished before they had to go back to the library. I have four books started that I will have to reserve at our new library (if I ever manage to get a library card, gah!)

So here’s how bad it was:

Total read: 4 (well really 5 but since I never managed to blog the 5th, we’re not counting that until next month.)

3 were non-fiction
1 was YA and it was a Cybil

Lord, I need to get my life in order so I can get back to books. We missed the April #readathon and I think we need a #fakereadathon in July to make up for it. (I say July because we’re still unpacking in May and we have a trip to Chicagoland to take. Then, in June we go to NY for the birth of the pumpkin and I think we’re planning a housewarming party so… yea, July.)

How It Went Down

Ugh, How It Went Down is a heart breaker because it’s all too true… young, unarmed black boy shot and killed and everyone saw something different, believed something different but in the end — the kid is dead and we need to figure out how to fix this.

Three Non-Fiction

Right before we went to Florida to close on our house (!!!) I saw these three books on the new arrivals shelf at our library and they looked good, so I grabbed them. I’m glad I did, I enjoyed them all. (I might have to check out Color Labs again, if one of my new libraries has it…)

Improbably Libraries was fun — I need a little free library for my front yard.

The Public Library made me want to travel around the world and visit ALL of the libraries.

Color Lab made me wish I had time to paint. Wah!

Reading in March

Oh, look. A month ended while we were traveling and I almost forgot to count my books for March.

12 books, total. LOL. And here I was thinking it wasn’t a bad month for reading. Hahahaha. I may never have a good month again. Maybe in October, if we can manage #Readathon. (Speaking of which, we’re gonna have to skip spring #Readathon in April. *Sniff*) One good thing about the month, I did get some more books from the Cybils challenge crossed off. That’s a good thing.

1 was an audiobook
2 were graphic novels
Only 2 non-fiction (wow)
6 were YA
7 were from the Cybils shortlist

Carry On

I was looking for audiobooks to take with us to Florida and noticed a new Rainbow Rowell book, so I reserved it. We started listening to Carry On and we were immediately confused. It sounded like a sequel and I hate reading books out of order.

Turns out it’s not a sequel, it’s just a book about fictional characters from her previous book (which I didn’t actually realize existed.) So, we went ahead and listened to it. Harry Potter fan fic type of thing. It was amusing, as Rowell’s books are, and a good choice for the car ride.