I’ve been collecting things to give to the folks that come by and take things. I’ve not gotten too far in filling the bag but here it is what I have in the bag:
- A book called My Mother, Your Mother: Embracing “Slow-Medicine,” The compassionate approach to caring for your aging loved ones. A geriatric doctor suggested it back when my dad was ailing. I didn’t get past the first page.
- Four pieces of plastic on which to string Christmas lights
- A fabric coaster filled with cloves and decorated with snowmen. It was a gift from a student.
- An old GPS device
- An Otter Box case for an old phone
- Two briefcases
- Two sets of light-activated candles
- A case for my tablet that I don’t like
- A bunch of thank-you cards
- A cheat-sheet for statistics
- A cord on which to hang a nametag
- Some Moleskin padding, regular
- A pack of replacement fuses for Christmas lights
- A battery powered controller for something I gave away another time
- A small photo album
- A pair of clip-on reading glasses
- An old walking tracker and its plug
Declutter 2018 count 73:
- 23 things in a bag
- 32 Dan Bern Posters
- 2 crystal unicorns, broken
- 9 letters from Sue
- 1 Loon Magic sweatshirt
- 1 shedding scarf
- 1 pair of fingerless gloves
- 1 wool underlayer shirt
- 1 birthday poster from Sue
- 1 baby shower thank you card from Chris and George
- 1 Christmas postcard from Auntie June and Uncle Harold
I was excited to see that Robin Sloan was writing a new novel. I enjoyed Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore and Ajax Penumbra 1969. I put Soudough on hold at the library and when it arrived I opened it right away and was consumed by it immediately. I read it morning and night and the middle of the night and during breaks from work.
Let me just say now, before I forget, Robin Sloan is one of the best writers I have read. His stories (he’s only written two novels, a novella and a prequel to one novel) are charming, but not cloying. He writes humorously at times — but not overtly so. I guess you’d say he has a “dry” sense of humor, which — to me — is the best kind.
Sourdough is about Lois, a young programmer who moves to San Francisco to work for an automation company as a coder of software for robotic arms. One evening she orders take out and her life changes dramatically.
I think my life might be changing dramatically because of this book. While I am not a coder, I do work long hours in front of my computer. On Thursday I made pizza dough for our out-of-town guests. I alternated between working at my computer and making the dough, letting it rest (time for work), kneading the dough, letting it rest (more work). It was such a productive day on both counts that I want to do that again — except with bread instead of pizza dough.
I have some questions for Mr. Sloan though:
In Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore Google is named. However, even though Google is probably used in Sourdough, Sloan calls it “the expedient search engine.” He also calls other obvious Internet entities “the expedient [insert their purpose]” and I wonder why.
Okay maybe that is the only question I have for Mr. Sloan.
I, along with multitudes, found The Girl on a Train an enjoyable read. We read it for book group and it was a pleasant change from some of the difficult books some members prefer.
I’d seen Into the Water by the same author mentioned on Good Reads and Amazon so I put it on hold at the library. I finished it yesterday morning, after a fortnight of slogging through a town-full of characters telling first-person stories about suicides, inappropriate love affairs, witches, abuse and misunderstandings.
I rated it 3-stars on Good Reads because I liked some parts of the book, but I think Ms. Hawkins could have told this story better without so many unreliable narrators getting in the way.
This is the second in a three-part series that starts with Me Before You. After You was readable, not as good as Me Before You though.
The first book was more believable. The second had some less believable bits and the timeline seemed weird.
For instance Lily’s mother is so angry and unsupported of her 16 year-old daughter that it seems like Lily has been difficult for years when it has only been a few months.
I have Still Me, the last book in the series, on hold at the library and will most likely read it but this might be a case where the series went on too long.
I loved this book. I think I get Ann Patchett mixed up with Jodi Picoult, an author I don’t love. Although I did read Patchett’s Run and The Patron Saint of Liars didn’t love either of them. I began reading Bel Canto and loved it, but put it down and never went back. I need to pick that up again.
Until Liane Moriarty writes another book, I’ve read everything she’s written for adults.
Not much to say about this one. It was enjoyable and kept me entertained.
Got to say I am glad for a long break from Liane Moriarty.
Okay, I read another Liane Moriarty book. It was available for download at the library and I didn’t want to wait for it to be ready again.
This one I liked a lot — So much so that I stayed up until 3 am to nearly finish it the night before last.
One more Liane Moriarty book to go before I have read all of her books.
So what if I’m not reading high literature. So what if it is “escape”. I am reading again. I am me again.