It's Summer Reading time at the library again and once again I am on a (doomed) quest to beat the kids. I am thiiiis close to done with the audio version of The Graveyard Book as recommended by Tim Ferriss (of all people) on his podcast. It is really compelling. I need to listen quick as my library loan expires soon and I'm into it!
I just finished reading Mr. Splitfoot, recommended by Swistle. If not for her recommendation I definitely would have given up on this one. A bit too confusing/mystical/hard to follow for too much of the book. BUT I'm glad I stuck with it.
I've already downloaded the ebook The Girl in the Spider's Web which is the fourth book in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. (officially the called the Millenium (good gravy I CANNOT SPELL THAT WORD) series. Anyway, the original author died so this fourth book is by another guy. I can't tell if it's been too long since I read the first three or if his writing is super annoying but so far, not awesome. We will see.
On audiobook I've got Thunderstruck by Erik Larson. I've been on a bit of a binge of his books lately. Read In the Garden of the Beasts if you'd like to be seriously stressed/disturbed about our current American political situation (the book is about the rise of Hitler/Third Reich). But it was fascinating. Especially after listening to Dead Wake about the Lusitania. I got my early 1900s war stuff out of my system so now I'm going back in time to the invention of the "Marconi Wireless" system in Thunderstruck. I am mostly reading (listening) because I live near Marconi Avenue so it seems that learning more about Mr. Marconi would be appropriate.
I'm looking forward to my number coming up for The Gene by the author whose name I am not even going to TRY to spell and am far too lazy to google. I was completely fascinated by The Emperor of All Maladies so am totally getting his next book.
Related to all this book talk, I've got until September 21 to finish my #saclibraryquest (follow on instagram @mdhaworth). I'm trying to check out a book from every library in the Sacramento system. I haven't been very focused so we have a lot of territory left to cover but this is the summer and we're going to do it. Oscar* is into it. Biscuit is not. He and I hit two downtown libraries on Saturday and it was great. One was in a cool old two story house with the bedrooms converted to meeting rooms and reading rooms. The other was next to a park with a fabulous playground. He has 23 books checked out in his card so we need to do some returning and keep going.
*yes, he is wearing eye shadow in these photos. He found his sister's play makeup in the car and worked on eye shadow application while I drove. Whatever. It looked good with his too small tank top and too warm blue jeans.
PS just as I finished this post and was about to publish when Firefox crashed. Sadness! Annoyance! BUT a little thing popped up about the "restore" button. I clicked it and the post came back! A modern internet miracle. My mediocre post was saved. Just in case you still blog (hi! share your blog in the comments!) and haven't left Typepad for Wordpress like the rest of the remaining bloggers I thought I'd let you know. Hooray for Typepad!