So, at the beginning of last year I prepaid for this year's furnace inspection. And then I kept avoiding scheduling it for a host of silly reasons. But summer is over, the nights are getting chilly, so after a few more evasions I let the guy in and apparently my furnace is leaking carbon monoxide all over the place. Oops.
Like, turn it off right now leaking, because it could easily be lethal.
So, I need a new furnace. But apparently the trapdoor to the attic is smaller than any known furnace, so they have to chop into the ceiling. And I need to replace my carbon monoxide detectors which apparently haven't been detecting things for almost then years. So that's this week's plan.
Book club was this Friday, and I did warn them all to dress warmly as in the interest of saving lives I'm not turning the heater on. The book was fun but lightweight (we chose it deliberately for that) so it was mainly a social evening. It was a good excuse to read more Lindsay Buroker, though. Dragon Storm was the book.
My currently reading edged back up to 27. I need to whittle this down very quickly.
The Book Date does a weekly roundup of what people are reading, want to read, or have read each week called It's Monday! What Are You Reading so I'll sign up there. There's also a version that is kidlit focussed at either Teach Mentor Texts or Unleashing Readers and as I read some Cybils poetry books plus the YAs and the extra middle grade books I'll sign in there.
This Week I started:
The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic, F.T. Lukens. Cybils YA fantasy book.
Saints and Misfits, S.K. Ali. Cybils YA book.
One Last Word, Nikki Grimes. Cybils poetry book.
Stiff, Mary Roach. My next audio Reading My Library Quest book.
I'm Just No Good At Rhyming, Chris Harris. Cybils poetry book.
Dragon Storm, Lindsay Buroker. For my friends book club.
The Terrible Two, Mac Barnett and Jory John. Recommended by the Talbot Hill Book Club.
Auggie and Me, R. J. Palacio. Recommended by the Talbot Hill Book Club.
I finished the poetry finalists, and things only got harder -- these books were all doing completely different things and doing them extremely well. Kudos to both sets of judges for poetry last year -- these were great selections and the judges must have really struggled over them. Or maybe not, because they picked my favorite -- the Shel Silverstein worthy book by Chris Harris. A good Cybils book is one that makes you want to buy extra copies and hand them out to children. A great one makes you want to befriend extra children so you can give away more copies.
I also made some progress on YA, but that's still going slow for me. I think I'll pick up younger grade nonfiction to continue feeling a sense of progress.
Ascendant, Jack Campbell. I enjoyed this a lot, and I thought Campbell did a great job with his wildly separate points of view. The varying personalities and problems kept the book moving along at a good pace and gave several windows into the larger problem. At first I was dubious, but it definitely worked for me.
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, William Styron. My Tuesday night book pick. A very erudite description of suicidal depression, along with the stupid decisions and apparently logical nonsense that starts the illness. This may have been the book for my Tuesday book club, but sadly I went to the PTA meeting and my plan to sneak out after the voting was foiled by the agenda which put the votes at the end. Humph.
The Compleat Gentleman, Brad Minor. My audio RML book. 6-7/7. It felt misogynistic all the way through. If you want to have a book about the best possible man, but you can't tell the difference between men and humans, there's a large gap that should be addressed at some point. Sadly, the only time Minor addresses it is when the chance to make a joke about a transexual comes up (we don't even know if it's about a transman or a transwoman, but clearly the lady is no gentleman). I was happy that the book was only 7 discs long.
One Last Word, Nikki Grimes. Cybils poetry book. This was a lovely celebration of Harlem Renaissance poets, with Grimes writing a Golden Shovel poem for selected poems. Golden Shovels are poems written where the last word in each line comes from the original poem and in Grimes's hands they are evocative reactions to the original. This was a delicious books with many pages worth savoring, from the old poems to the new, and including the carefully chosen illustrations.
I'm Just No Good At Rhyming, Chris Harris. Cybils poetry book. This was an utter delight from the cover to the acknowledgements. Wait, the author/illustrator biographies were after that, and they were great as well. It had humor, it had a love of words and poetry and rhymes, it had tempo, it had it all. Very well done.
The Terrible Two, Mac Barnett and Jory John. Fun story of a trickster who meets his match, but luckily the other boy sees the value of teamwork. My only complain was the indeterminate setting -- it's someplace with a lot of cows, and it stays cold through March, but that leaves a lot of territory.
Saints and Misfits, S.K. Ali. Cybils YA book. A sexual assault on a young girl colors the next few months of her high school year. Her inability to speak out makes many other relationships complicated as the rapist shows up at many social occasions, but life continues -- she has exams, a quiz show, concerns about her Muslim identity, a crush on a cute boy, a death in her building, etc. But everything cycles back to the assault until she deals with it. The voice is engaging; the structure of the back third gets a bit wobbly, but it's a good read with a lot in it.
Bookmarks moved in:
Son of the Black Sword, Larry Correia. 7-9/? Baen's podcast serial. Asok cannot fear for himself. Distant worry for a friend is about the limit of his emotions.
Jade City, Fonda Lee. Last month's Sword and Laser pick. Can you root for the bad guys if their opponents are like, super-bad?
Stinger, Nancy Kress. Kress is the next Foolscap GoH. Real life is hard. Science can be a relief.
The Eye of Truth, Lindsay Buroker. They both admit that the other is attractive!
Honor Among Thieves, James A. Corey. My next Reading My Library book. Fall-out from the daring rescue!
The Wonder Engine, T. Kingfisher. I found it! There's a puzzle, but it's hard to solve it while hiding under a blanket. On the other hand, the blanket is saving a life.
Lady Rogue, Teresa Romain. It's fluffy, so I like it as I read it but I'm not seeking it out.
Someplace to Be Flying, Charles D. Lint. The animal people are among us.
Shadow of Doubt, Norah McClintock. Still stuck in the boyfriend stuff.
Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula LeGuin. Aliens are incomprehensible.
These books I'm barely reading; I use them as palate cleansers between books I'm actually reading.
A Traitor to Memory, Elizabeth George.
Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception, Wendelin Van Draanen.
Change of Heart, Norah McClintock. The best friend is back on side.
Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Alan Burgess. Difficult trek through Russia to get to China.
Reading and Learning to Read, Jo Anne Vaca.
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