All Summer Long

I’ve read a lot of Dorothea Benton Frank’s books because duh, Charleston beaches. All Summer Long was my least favorite. If I had been able to find another light and easy read on my library cart, I’d have probably quit it about 75 pages in. I just did not like the characters and there wasn’t enough “Charleston” for me.

I ended up liking it slightly better towards the ends but not so much. (My favorite characters were NOT the main characters who moved to Sullivan’s Island. I pretty much hated them both.)

Reading in July

11! Woot, double digits. That hasn’t happened much in 2017, has it?

1 audio
2 middle grade fiction (gosh, I miss YA. I really need to reserve some.)
4 non-fiction

Still pretty boring. This has just not been my year for reading.

The Mountain of Kept Memory

TW told me to read The Mountain of Kept Memory, so I did. Or I started to. It was really slow and I was having a hard time sticking with it and then… the book disappeared. I have no idea where it went. So, I read another book while I wandered around the house looking for it. Right about the time I was finishing The Two Family House, this book re-appeared on the library cart. NO idea what happened. The Keiba probably messed with it.

Anyway. This book… I slogged my way through it and it wasn’t until about 300 pages in that I decided it was pretty good. I still had to slog through it (SO MANY EXTRA WORDS! How many times must one Princess say the same damn thing in one damn paragraph? Really?) There’s still another evil guy to deal with and her brother’s ummm transition (not that kind of transition) to deal with so maybe a sequel? If so, I’m not sure I’ll read it. So much slogging. Maybe I could just read a thorough spoilery review instead.

The Two-Family House

I probably would have liked The Two-Family House a little more if I hadn’t figured out the entire story from the 2 page prologue.

Having said that, I did like the ending. It wasn’t all a complete happily ever after, which would have been really screwed up considering the entire storyline.

The Hopefuls

Awhile back, we needed a new audiobook and The Hopefuls caught my eye (mostly because I thought it said it was a Jennifer Crusie book, hahaha.)

It was a little slow for me and I didn’t really like the characters very much, so I never felt compelled to listen to it. I don’t think we listened to it at all during our drive to or from Orlando for BH17… that should tell you something. That’s a long ass drive, lol.

It wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t great.

Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World

TW loves Disney World. The little kids love Disney World, (SS/RJ in particular is obsessed with Disney World.) I don’t love Disney World. Until last month, I’d only been to WDW twice and the last time was more than 30 years ago, when Jenn was still in diapers. Michelle Belle has never even been to WDW and Chris has only been once, with some friends.

When we moved back to Florida, TW was all about buying an annual pass and I was all about not buying an annual pass. We live 2 1/2 hours away from WDW. We have dogs that do not really want us to be gone for 18 hours every time we go to WDW (or to be boarded unless absolutely necessary.) It is EXPENSIVE, not just the annual passes but everything else about the trip is expensive.

And then we went to Epcot, after BH17, and while I wasn’t converted, I did have a good time. And since we have to go back to Orlando in October for GHC 17 and again later in October to see SS/RJ, it seemed like it might be worth considering an annual pass… so we did. And now we have them.

I’m still not a WDW fanatic and since I know very little about the worlds or the rides or anything else Disney, I decided to just see if there was a WDW book on the shelf at the library. I didn’t expect there to be one — I know those things are constantly checked out. Turns out, Birnbaum’s 2016 WDW was on the shelf. A year old but I figured there was enough in there that was still accurate that I’d get at least more knowledge than I have now. I was right. It was definitely worth picking up.

A week later, we have two separate WDW resorts booked and are planning a few more trips in the months ahead. SO EXPENSIVE, which is what will prevent me from ever really being a WDW fan. (Those magic bands, though. Man, I love those things. That’s wearable tech that makes sense!)

Two if by Sea

I liked Two if by Sea mostly.

I didn’t much like Frank but liked all of the other characters. I also didn’t really grok the “bad guys” all that much. I mean I got it but I think I expected a lot more from them than I got at the end. And the ending was completely predictable, so there’s that.

Clean My Space

TW stumbled into Melissa Maker through something at work and decided she needed to read Clean My Space — so she did.

And then she got all obsessive about cleaning, and told me that I wasn’t doing it right and that she was going to take over cleaning the house. Hah.

I shrugged and told her I’d be happy to sit out on the deck with a book while she cleaned the house. So I did and she did.

Oy.

She also tried to make me squeegee the tub/shower. That didn’t go so well. I’m bad with a squeegee. Also, I tend to walk away from the tub before it’s done draining and by the time I come back, the tub is already dry. Whatever.

For the first week or two after she read the book, she was obsessively wiping things and vacuuming things and talking about cleaning products and basically driving me nuts. Thankfully, she’s eased up a bit, (though the house is kind of messy right now, lol), but she did order a Mopnado (eyeroll) on PRIME Day and that will arrive today. I’m looking forward to sitting out on the deck while she mops all the things.

Oh, about the book… I read it too. It was fine. But, I already knew how to clean my space. The S method and the W method and starting at 12:00 etc. Quick clean vs deep clean (or whatever it is she calls them, I can’t remember now.) Probably the only thing that I hadn’t really thought about was focusing on the areas of the house that really bug me (us?) when they’re cluttered or not clean — though upon reflecting on the idea, I decided I’d already been doing that. So. Anyway. The book, I read it. It was fine. TW was obsessed, in the way that TW gets obsessed with things. Ask me a month from now whether she’s still doing the cleaning…

Hiking x2

I impulse picked Hiking Central Florida when we were at the library last week. (Hiking is not a thin you really want to do in Florida in the summer, unless it’s a beach hike or a spring hike and you can swim as you go… but, I picked it up anyway.)

It’s an almost 10 year old book, so it’s somewhat outdated but a hike is a hike and a state park is a state park and I really enjoyed it. Enjoyed it enough that I reserved Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle and now I would like to go hiking please. Except summer, ugh.

Black Wave

I cannot even begin to describe Black Wave.

It’s Michelle Tea.

I wanted to throw it across the room, often. So it took me a long, long time to finish.

It’s Michelle Tea.

Fiction. Memoir. Fiction. Memoir. Fantasy. Memoir. Matt Dillon. Fiction. Dystopian Fiction. Memoir.

Madness.

It’s Michelle Tea.