Ah, postal delivery. A magic beyond all we do here.


First of all, I’ve been meaning to write this post for about, oh, three months now? Yeah, sounds about right. I don’t often get the urge to post anymore, but this was sufficiently cool (and puzzling, let’s be honest) that I felt the need. Also, I wanted to show Abigail the pretty book that she sent me. (Which I shall soon be sending to her in turn, with cookies, because The Internets Provide.)

So, some context: Back in January (I think?) Pajiba published an article about J.J. Abrams’ new book S., which is this crazy interactive book experiment where there are like five texts in one, and the book comes pre-stuffed with inserts that pull you deeper into the story, and the whole thing is ridiculously well put together and enticing. I had been on the waiting list at my library for a couple of months at this point, but the article made me very concerned about the inserts for some reason. I’m not sure exactly how I thought it would be handled, but in response to my concern, Abigail very kindly offered to use an Amazon gift card to send me the book in exchange for me being her guinea pig and letting her know how the experience went (and if it would be worth it for her to read it).

But the WEIRDEST THING happened when it was delivered. Actually, the day before I’d gotten another package in the same manner. I came home to find a note on my door, and all it said was ‘Balcony.’ Look, I live on the third floor of my apartment building. My balcony is not accessible by stairs. The only way to get onto it is through my apartment. And yet, with my brain going whaaaaaaa?, I entered my apartment, went out onto the balcony and sure enough: there was a package on the ground. It was just . . . there. And I’m seriously freaking out. HOW DID IT GET UP THERE!!??!?

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the year in books / 2013

eleven readingSo it’s that time of year again: the time of year that I reveal to you the list I’ve spent all year working on. You may not want to see it. You may not care at all. But I am going to post it anyway because my OCD won’t let me not post it. Or perhaps you’re not here to see my list of the 151 books I read this year, you just want some book recommendations. Maybe you don’t follow me on Twitter, or read my reviews over at Cannonball Read. In that case, the following post is perfect for you.

I also feel compelled to note that this is the latest I have ever published this list. In previous years, it’s been on January 1st. It is now January 28th. The reason for my posting it so late is that I am an awful, lazy, useless person, and last weekend I ate an entire gallon of ice cream all by myself. That last bit is only tangentially related to this post. It’s more of a character reference to put the rest of it in perspective.

So on to the books.

The content of this post consists of the following: 1) my favorite books I read in 2013, 2) other books I really enjoyed, 3) my least favorite books of 2013, and 4) the entire list of books I read in 2013. For documenting purposes, I have noted when a book was over 500 pages, when I was re-reading, and at the very bottom is the total number of pages contained in all the books I read. If I wasn’t feeling so aggressively apathetic right now (which: how is that mood even possible?) I would totally use an exclamation point in the following sentence, but no. Instead I shall only say: happy reading in 2014.

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#NaNoWriMo Update, Days Eleven-Twelve: Monkey, Monkey, Underpants

NaNoWriMo, Days Eleven-Twelve
Food Consumed: salad (who am I?!), two chocolate covered Peppermint Joe-Joe’s (that’s better)
Writing Time: four hours
Words Written: 13, 750
Daily Goal Met at: 9:09 PM
Number of I CAN’T DO THIS Panic Attacks: one today, just being honest, then I started writing and was fine
Lady of the Day: Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls

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lorelai psychic

lorelai meeeh

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Really the only thing I have to say at this point is, damn, why can’t somebody else just do all this work for me? More substantive update tomorrow, I promise.


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