Henry with (some of) our books, in their temporary home.
Last weekend it rained a lot in Massachusetts, possibly Mother Nature’s retaliation for our ONE snow storm during the winter. I can understand her frustration, and I would have been completely fine with the rain IF a) I didn’t live in a garden level apartment and b) I had floors that could better handle 10000 inches of rain (I may be exaggerating, but still!). Unfortunately for me, I was missing both A and B, so I was very much not fine with the inch or so of water that started coming up from my carpet. I had to wear rain boots in my living room/dining room (I live in the city, don’t judge).
So, I whined a bit, as I am doing now, and the management of my condo complex was like “Oh hey! we’ll wet vac and bring you a dehumidifier!” and I was all “HUMPH.” As my lovely little pond began to dry, the awful, hold-your-nose-so-you-don’t-vomit smell came, and I was all “No way Jose!” (Disclaimer: I did not really say that. I have nothing against Jose, and I used many more expletives.) This was Thursday.
Friday afternoon I get an email telling me I can either move down the hall or have the carpet shampooed. I, in my infinite wisdom, chose to move. Over the weekend. By Monday.
Don’t ever do that.
My new apartment is crowded with things (although I did decide to get rid of about 75% of my books–still trying not to hyperventilate about that one) and I feel a bit zombie-like and cranky (perhaps I need…brains? Ha?). But the new place is dry and smell-free, so I suppose I can’t really complain. I just need to sleep for about three days.
http://www.lambdaliterary.org/datastream/news/03/16/finalists-announced-for-the-22nd-annual-lambda-literary-awards/#more-752Okay, so there are 113 finalists in 23 categories, but still. I love lists, and I’ve actually read quite a few of the books listed (read: two or three).
I may or may not be adding heavily to my TBR pile.
I must have read and re-read The Devil’s Arithmetic about twenty times when I was in fifth grade. I used to get in trouble for reading it in class, where I’d hide the book under my desk. I can remember the whole story (almost) perfectly, but somehow I can’t remember minor details about To Kill a Mockingbird, which I read only once during my Junior year of high school and loved just as much.
I suppose the easy explanation is that I, you know, read it about twenty times, but fifth grade was so many more years ago!
And according to IMDB, The Devil’s Arithmetic was a TV movie?? With Kirsten Dunst?? I was so much happier before I knew that.
photo from kretyen @flickr / CC BY 2.0
By the Numbers…
Young Adult 4
Graphic Novels Audio:4
General Fiction 5
Total: 20 Books
# of Pages: 4,787
Listening Hours: 51
58% written by women, 42% written by men
78% from the library, 22% owned
How Beautiful the Ordinary edited by Michael Cart
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Black Girl/White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates
The House You Pass On the Way by Jacqueline Woodson
Four Month Challenge
Without this challenge I would probably never have read Confederates In the Attic by Tony Horwitz or A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, books I really enjoyed but had no previous motivation to read. Needless to say, I loved this challenge–in no small part because it was a true “challenge” for me.
Martina at She Read a Book is hosting a new Four Month Challenge, beginning this month. Check it out.