Please Ignore Vera Dietz review

Please Ignore Vera DietzPlease Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was the third book in my Book Riot Quarterly box, themed “try new genres” or something similar. I read it quickly, but I think I just don’t enjoy reading books about kids who are stuck in awful, uncomfortable situations with no agency to change it. (see: first half of The Goldfinch)

And honestly, how much more could the author toss at Vera? Mom ran away, dad’s kind of an ass, best friend is dead (but he was an ass too), the neighbor beats his wife, and Vera drives around in a borderline-dangerous pizza delivery job while self-medicating with swigs of vodka. Oh and a pet store is set on fire. The only thing it was missing was a slowly-dying group of Cancer Kids.

The ending wasn’t enough to counter all of the negative crap Vera put up with, so I ended up feeling blah when I was finished.

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Eleven years of Max!

Eleven years ago today, I brought Max home from the shelter.

Max, thrilled.

Max, thrilled.

I don’t know how old he is, which saddens me. When we brought him home the vet said he was 1 or 2 years old. Which makes him 12 or 13 (eek). Maybe. He’s holding up well, with an occasional random bladder emptying here and there. He had a little health scare early in the year, but follow-up blood tests came back fine. He is stubborn and difficult at times. He will drop his ears and waggle his tail bashfully as little children pet him on our walks, and then he will come upstairs and tear through all of the paper in the office garbage can with the hope that he’ll find a greasy napkin or food wrapper.

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One Good Earl Deserves a Lover review

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (The Rules of Scoundrels, #2)One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Rules of Scoundrels series. I read the first one because I got it for free. This one I checked out of the library and YES I’ll go for the third one too. It hit all of my buttons (wow seriously wow) and my only tiny quibbles were as follows:

1) I had a hard time believing Cross was smart. Not sure why.
2) The Pippa-wears-glasses repetition was overdone.
3) Needs more Bourne! I know, not his book.

The third one is Temple’s book, and I have a soft spot for the big guy. But I will miss the Marbury sisters.

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Friday 5: Storm

I. Am. Glad. This. Week. Is. Over.

From Wikipedia

Storm!

Sheesh. I was half-brained all week, making absent-minded mistakes. Stuff like pulling a list for an email effort and deleting the entire email column before sending it out. Or pulling half of what I needed. Stupid stupid things. I was out sick Tuesday because I had a cold and was leaky and goopy. All I want to do is go to sleep.

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Today’s Friday 5 is themed Storm in honor(?) of Tropical Storm Iselle which is barreling toward Hawaii, home state of Scrivener, our Friday 5 mastermind. Stay safe! :)

1. What does your storm preparedness stuff look like?

I live on an upper floor of an apartment building that was probably built in the 1940s. It’s brick and plaster and super-solid. When we know a storm is coming we go out and buy a few gallons of water in case the main breaks (I live in an old colonial town) and we make sure the candles are ready in case the electricity goes out (old colonial towns have huge trees).

2. What kinds of storms make you the most uncomfortable?

I’ve never seen a tornado, but I think I would pass out from fear if I did. Thanks, Wizard of Oz. Taking into consideration the storms that I know, I have always hated thunderstorms. The noisy thunder sucks, but the lightning is terrifying. It’s actually starting to storm right now. You freaks who are all, “Oh, I stand on my porch during lightning storms!” are crazy. Love you, but Darwin called and he has an award for you.

3. What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without electricity, and what were the circumstances?

Not an exact answer, but a few summers back the electricity in our building would go out every night in the summer, all night long. It sucked.

4. What’s the worst damage a storm has done to your dwelling?

Thankfully I’ve never had storm damage in places I’ve lived.

5. What was the occasion for your last storming of the gates?

A certain Minstrel doesn’t let me sleep in on Disney vacations because he likes to be present at park openings. Ever been at a Disney park when it opens? They do a very cute show, and then the crowd storms the gates. It’s worth it. If you get to the Magic Kingdom at opening, you can leisurely kick out a lot of attractions before it gets really crowded later on when the people who get to sleep in on their vacations meander to the parks. The downside is that I never make park closing. And that I come home exhausted.

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This weekend I’ll be packing for a beach trip next week with Mom. On Sunday the lovely Kristen and I are heading out to find my nephew “Flapjack” an outfit for his baptism. Yay! But do you know very few stores even carry white christening clothes in the store anymore? It’s all online. So if we don’t find one on Sunday, there’s one online that’s just about perfect in every way.

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