Friday, September 7, 2012

why the f*ck friday (13)

Welcome to WTFF. In which I attempt to answer a single question--normally a thought on a book or a bookish subject--that I've been pondering for the past week. This week it's "why the f*ck didn't I read for a month?" 

Instead of turning this into a "what I did on my summer vacation" post, I thought I'd explain why I didn't read for a month. Or why I did read but didn't blog about it. Either or, really.

We'll start off with the obvious: it is really hard to read when you're slightly inebriated.


The inside of my fridge. 
Of course, that did not stop me from trying to read while I was drinking:


This is why it took a month for me to
read From What I Remember.
So really, I made the effort to have a fun and literary summer, it just didn't happen. I have no real regrets about it. The only bad part was that I missed blogging and had nothing to blog about (and yeah, I missed you guys, blah blah blah). I briefly wanted to make this blog about the cat I just adopted:


Meet Cady (pronounced Katie).*
Also, here is a horrible picture of me, intoxicated, on the 4th of July. Humidity kills me:


It's too hot and loud outside to read.
Bonus picture of me sun burnt in an Arby's somewhere:

This only happens every summer.
And that's what I did this summer vacation, and also why I didn't read this summer vacation. Or blog. Or read other blogs (although I did stop by a few every once and a while to see what was up). I am back. I am visiting other blogs, I am reading again. So, like Amy Poehler in Mean Girls I'm asking: "What's the 411? What has everybody been up to? What is the hot gossip?"**

I'm ending this WTFF a little differently. If you're a blogging buddy of mine I want you to post what you did this summer below. Also, a few links back to your blog of posts you think I missed/would enjoy. It would be appreciated. If you're not a blogger, just a "what I did and what I read" comment would also be appreciated. And please let me know how many drinks you had this summer. Just a rough estimate. I'm going with at least a tanker truck for myself. I want to make sure that's normal.

*Here is a video of how my cat eats her food. That's my sister talking.
**There's been about five Mean Girls references in this post alone.
Small Edit/Note: I acquired zero new tattoos this summer.

58 comments:

  1. Erm, can my post wait until summer here in the south? I'll do an IOU or something...

    PS CUTE KITTY!

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    1. Sure thing. Or we can just call it you updating me on what's going on in your end of the world. Just because.

      P.S. Trust me, she knows.

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  2. I spent the summer taking care of our newborn little girl, Ava Marie, who is now four. On the old (born on Cinco de Mayo). And, coincidentally enough, the vast majority of reading I have been doing was baby books (shocker).

    I did find time to read the Joe Abercrombie 'First Law' trilogy, which was pretty amazing. His writing style takes some getting used to, but the characters are really memorable and his ability to tie plot threads together is pretty amazing.

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    1. I have heard of First Law. Do you have a First Law when it comes to newborn girls?

      Good to know you had a productive summer of child rearing.

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  3. Welcome back!! I basically took the month of July off from reading/blogging because I took my nursing boards at the end of the month. The only review I posted that month was for HP6, which I started on spring break in March and just happened to finish one evening in July when I needed a break.

    You already read my Lock and Key review. Thank you for the Sarah Dessen recommendation. I already have a copy of The Truth About Forever sitting in my TBR pile. I will get to it shortly :)

    The only other book that I read this summer that you may enjoy is Rift by Andrea Cremer. It is a prequel to the Nightshade series. If you haven't read Nightshade, I would read it first. http://jacquesbooknook.blogspot.com/2012/08/rift-by-andrea-cremer.html

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    1. Thank you!

      It's always good to take a break from blogging. It can start to feel like a chore (that's normally when I disappear). Great to know that you passed!

      The Truth About Forever is amazing! I'm glad you're enjoying her as much as I do.

      I haven't read any of the Nightshade series yet. I am going to read your review.

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  4. I actually stopped drinking this summer, but that really has more to do with the fact that I'm still looking for a post-grad job than anything else. ;-) I can feel myself coming up on a fall slow-down of reading, at least fiction. I'm reading up on history and government to take the Foreign Service exam in October. I did read this summer, but mostly I stayed indoors and watched season on season of British detective shows. Glad to have your snark back, though.

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    1. FSOT=awesome. Haven't taken it yet haha, but I plan on it.

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    2. That's cool! Have you signed up/applied to take it? If/when you do, let me know and I'll email you the study guide PDF.

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    3. I stopped drinking for an entire month before summer started. Then summer started and there went that plan.

      Have you watched the new Sherlock Holmes? Absolutely amazing.

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    4. Yes!!! I have a poster in my office of Sherlock and John. To soothe my withdrawls, watched the 1980s version, which is classic Sherlock and not bad at all.

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  5. YAY for you putting stuff up here again. I approve.

    I read a lot. I blogged a lot. You can read all of it. You can start with Slammed by Colleen Hoover which is no longer self-published. The guy character is good. It's up today. After you read what I threw up there for Slammed, you can just work your way backward until you get to the beginning of the summer.

    I am much too wordy to tell you about my summer in a comment. But I did see My Morning Jacket a couple of weeks ago. Since those guys are from Louisville, when I come to Louisville I want to find their place and camp out in their yard. Not weird, right?

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    1. That's two for Slammed. I'll throw it on my TBR.

      Asheley, you assume that I didn't check your blog regularly? Same goes for Lauren too. I might've not left comments, but I did stop by.

      I was not aware My Morning Jacket had Louisville roots. I am a terrible Louisvillian.

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    2. I actually assumed you fell off of earth, with good reason. *smiles largely* But I know that you blog-stalk at times and that is okay. I was just answering your question and trying to get you to read Slammed and engage conversation. Which may have worked - we'll see. At any rate, Will from Slammed is list-worthy.

      My Morning Jacket - I could go on all day. The name of my blog, for example. You ARE a terrible Louisville-person...but I forgive you.

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    3. Woah. I don't know what Asheley's talking about, but statements like that nearly always mean one thing (and it happens at the beginning of almost every YA book). :)

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    4. What Lauren? Is this part of one of your formulas that I don't ever pick up on in YA books? :)

      Adam is a great Louisville-person - as long as he finds the home of Jim James from My Morning Jacket for me so I can stalk him. I laugh at him because he didn't know they were from there. I spend lots of time laughing at Adam, he knows this. (No snark, Adam, please.)

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  6. This summer I completed the second semester of MA English/Creative Writing and only took 1 class so I could spend more time reading.

    I participated in Austen in August over at Roof Beam Reader for my own personal pleasure and because I was running out of things to blog about on the Jane Austen blog I "write".

    I tracked my 100th book and completed my GoodReads challenge for the year (read way more than 100 though and still going).

    As for drinking, I think I did a pretty good job. I made Rummy Bears for 3rd of July and got trashed. My friend held a number of themed movie marathon parties with themed drinks (had to sample a bunch). With her new house and great front porch we killed quite a few bottles of wine. Plus everything else I managed to consume just randomly.

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    1. Good work!

      Love Austen. Although, not that much. I did go to a Jane Austen festival here in Louisville, though. You have a Jane Austen blog? Have I not seen this or have I forgotten about it?

      Are Rummy Bears those Gummy Bear drinks that people are making now?

      Summer is the perfect time for movie marathons. It's perfect. Good to know I'm not alone with the drinking.

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    2. So jelous! It's not just "a" Jane Austen festival...it is "the" Jane Austen festival here in the US. IMO second only to the festival in Bath each year. I would have loved to have gone, I saw quite a few pictures. Did you see the pugilist? I am webmaster for the blog for my Jane Austen group www.cnjjasna.org

      Rummy Bears are Gummy Bears soaked in rum. You can pretty much soak them in anything, and there are a lot of different recipies that are going around.

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    3. It's not? I did not know that. I've been going since it started. I didn't take pictures this year, unfortunately. It was extremely hot. I saw a bare knuckles boxing match. It was interesting. More and more guys are going every year. Last year I saw a lot of neat weapons and a duel. Good stuff.

      I have heard of these before but not tried them. I think I might have a plan a weekend of Rummy Bears soon.

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    4. Well, blogger just ate half my comment.

      I meant to say that more and more males are going to the event, so it's not so female driven anymore. The first year it was just me and... a bunch of old guys. This year it was a younger crowd. And more and more people are going in costume. It's becoming better with time.

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    5. Our meetings are a few of us young girls and than a bunch of old ladies, but it's a great group. I know a lot of younger people (mostly women) are starting to really fall in love with Jane's works.

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  7. This summer I started a blog all about how I dislike triangles: Love is not a triangle.
    I went to the beach more times than I drank.
    I started spinning and ran almost exclusively to Mumford and Sons.
    I did my first blogger read-along and met some awesome people.

    How do I quantify how much I drank? It's probably generous to say two liters. Mostly wine or Mikes. But I never turn down a strawberry colada.

    Didn't you already have a cat? If so, how did the transition go from 1 to 2? I've found it can be tricky to introduce them. Also one of my cats looks very similar to Cady. Actually it's scary how much they look alike.

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    1. YAY for Love is not a triangle. Even though I don't mind triangles. It's a good blog!

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    2. Lauren, you just gave me a ton of great reading material. I love it.

      Two liters of wine? I think I drank about 15 this summer. Yikes.

      I have my sister's cat. My sister is moving to Vegas and taking the cat with her. So... I decided to adopt one to replace the obvious hole in my heart.

      The two are getting along. I got a very social cat. She's very friendly, so she's giving the old cat a run for her money. They play and poop together, and probably talk crap about me behind my back.

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    3. Thx Asheley!

      Adam, is this a hole in your heart for your sister leaving or her cat? Just kidding. It's always sad when family moves away. But I can imagine some crazy trips to vegas in your future.

      Also, you might have to get another cat to replace the one leaving then. Hope Cady doesn't get lonely when she's the only one - or maybe she'll love being the queen of the castle.

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    4. Both. I will miss the cat and her. But her more. But really the cat. Crazy trips to Vegas have already been planned.

      I can imagine she will enjoy being the only cat in the house. She's social, though, very social.

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  8. This summer I went to the beach...went to a family reunion...went to Hershey park--stood in line and walked around for about 8hrs, rode 4 roller coasters, and didn't bring home an extra large stuffed animal.

    Light reading this summer but my notable reads would probably be Coal Black Horse, Devil in a Blue Dress and A Red Death.

    Alcoholic beverage consumption...even lighter than my reading. One peach daiquiri, one tall margarita...maybe a couple uber fruity wine coolers tossed in there. That's it for me. Not quite a tanker truck, more like a big gulp from seven-eleven.

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    1. With those book titles I have to ask...are you doing a color coded reading challenge?

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    2. Hershey Park! I always wanted to go there. I heard they have a thousand different kinds of M&M flavors.

      Good reading choices.

      You can count all your drinks on one hand? I find that to be... wow. You put me to shame.

      I second Amelia's question.

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    3. Why yes, I am doing a color-coded reading challenge. It's been a pretty good experience...finding an interesting book with brown in the title was hard though.

      Hershey park was nice. I must have been delirious from the heat or something because I could have been in any amusement park. There was no reminder of chocolate anywhere. Not even a mascot Hershey kiss walking around for children to assault.

      You know, I was actually thinking how lame it is for my young adult self to have consumed so little spirits for the entire summer. No shaming intended.

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    4. Can someone explain this color-coded reading challenge to me?

      Don't feel bad about the not drinking. I'm sometimes go long spurts without touching the stuff.

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    5. Basically, you read nine books with a color or an implication of color in the title, write a review and post it to the host blog.

      Here's the official information for the challenge I signed up for: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2012/01/back-by-participant-demand-color-coded.html

      ...I'm on my last book for the challenge--The Devil in the White City.

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    6. See I was thinking it was just YA novels. Hmm. That's an interesting idea. Someone should come up with one that's all numbers. Of course, it'd all be Janet Evanovich novels.

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    7. Haha, nope. I don't even think I read one YA book for it...well does A Clockwork Orange count? I'm thinking no. I don't venture into the YA realm all that often...could such a challenge be possible?

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    8. I still need to read a book for Yellow, Brown, and Black.

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  9. WELCOME BAAAACK. I, too, acquired a cat this summer. His name is Jack and he takes up most of my Instagram photos. Seriously, it's books and cats.

    Also, I read I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga and it was so good. Probably one of the best YA thrillers. AND THAT'S WHAT YOU MISSED ON GLEEEEEE. *kicks self*

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    1. Books and cats. I approve. Why Jack? Is there meaning behind the name?

      Apparently I need to check out this Gleeeeee show everyone is talking about. Hunt Killers. Hmm. Maybe. It sounds interesting at least.

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  10. I personally hardly blogged this summer because I was busy finished graduate school, but the contents of your fridge are very classy.

    Your cat is adorable! I hope she is named after Lindsay Lohan's characters in Mean Girls, because that would make my life.

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    1. Oh, and I went to ALA Annual, which was awesome. Still finishing my write-up of that, though.

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    2. Thank you on all counts. It's kind of a coincidence that her name is Cady. The Humane Society named her Cadillac, which in my mind came out to either calling her Caddy for short or Cady. Then I realized the Mean Girls connection and went for it. So yeah, I named her Cady because of Mean Girls.

      I am glad you had a productive summer. All of you guys had productive summers, and I did absolutely nothing. I'm more productive in fall, though.

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  11. Welcome back, Adam!

    This summer I survived both the children's and tween/teen summer reading programs at my library. I only got sick twice. (Kids are like peatree dishes). I didn't do a lot of blogging myself, but I read a lot. I reread some Sarah Dessen novels. It's a summer tradition of mine.

    I'm not much of a tv person, but I really got into Sherlock, Doctor Who and Masterpiece shows in general. A co-worker is convinced that I was British in a past life.

    Cady is so cute and I love how she eats. I once had a dog that would eat one piece of kibble at a time. But she would walk from her bowl in the kitchen into the living room before she would start chewing it. Animals are wonderfully weird.

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    1. Thank you, Jenn!

      Which Dessen novels? I can't wait to have time so I can reread The Truth About Forever. Probably my favorite one of hers.

      I have yet to watch any of the new Doctor Who. I am kind of disappointed in myself. British TV seems like it's becoming more popular. I think most people are growing tired of American TV. It's all so... formula driven. Yes. That's the word I'm looking for.

      She thanks you. It's kind of amazing that she eats like that but then poops so much. It's odd.

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    2. I read The Truth About Forever and Along For the Ride. Those are my two favorites. Truth has the best supporting characters ever.

      I was on the fence about Doctor Who when I first started watching. I was like "Okay, this is going to be cheesy and lame and so...omg this is awesome!" I agree with you about American tv. British tv has no such pretense or such budgets. Maybe that's why I love it so.

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  12. I did the opposite of you and I read nearly every day!! I was lucky being that I work in a hs library and have the summers off!! I tried to catch up with my library books and read my first Gaiman, Stardust, which was pretty awesome!

    I did also receive and excellent sunburn (not to be confused with a tan) and drank glorious amounts of wine.

    I also really love that you included Cady in this post and love that she eats like a lady, one morsel at a time!

    Though we aren't blog buddies yet, I hope that we will be soon and would love it if you took a look at my blog www.bookstakeyouplaces.wordpress.com! You may be interested in my Top 10 Book Confessions post from a few weeks ago. No judging!!

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    1. I wish I had summers off. I really do. Stardust is amazing. I also liked the movie. American Gods is one of my all time favorites. It's amazing.

      She is quite the lady.

      Sure can do! Welcome to my blog!

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    2. To be fair, I am only a Teaching Assistant right now so I make nearly zero dollars during the school year and actually zero dollars over the summer. It was fun while it lasted but it isn't something I want to repeat!! Full time job ::crosses fingers::

      I *might like the movie Stardust better than the book. Gasp! I know, it's horrific. I'm leaning toward Good Omens for my next read!

      Also, I love your blog and find it quite hilarious.

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    3. Yikes. My original career path was computer graphic design. I now work for an insurance outsourcing company. Funny how things work out, right?

      (I am going to agree with you--the movie is better than the book--but we're keeping this to ourselves. The good news is that the movie was also written and approved by Gaiman. It comes off as a total Princess Bride clone but I'm okay with that.)

      Thank you, I am also enjoying your blog. And the cat pictures. Always the cat pictures.

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  13. YAY! I'm glad you're back -- I've missed your sense of humour over the summer =) And I love your cat -- she's a female version of my tuxedo cat, Romeo, whom I love dearly.

    The highlight of my summer? Completely the opposite of yours, I didn't drink once. And why you ask? Because I will be a mom in February! Super excited for this next stage of my life, and looking forward to many, many hours of reading stories to our little one (who, I pray, will love to read as much as I do!)

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  14. A tanker truck ehh? I only drank a couple times over the summer. I spent all my summer with family doing almost nothing and it was great.

    Cady is adorable :)

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