Monday, June 25, 2012

Greetings from the cat farm

Gratuitous kitten photo
Things are going well at the Venice Chump House for Destitute Felines. Our sweet new kitten, whom we've named Jack, is settling in nicely, and our other cat, Simon, is grudgingly adapting to his new roommate. I've purchased a family-size pack of Allegra for myself. In a stroke of bad timing, my husband and I are going on a two-week vacation to Europe very soon. I hope whoever's watching them doesn't let them kill each other while we're gone.

One of my favorite things about long vacations, as I've mentioned before, is all the free time for reading. And after visiting ALA Anaheim this weekend, I've got an incredible stack of ARCs on my nightstand, including Libba Bray's The Diviners, Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass, Andrew Smith's Passenger, and Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys, among others. It feels like Christmas! Yesterday I flipped through all the books, figuring I would start reading the one that grabbed me the most. To my surprise, it was one that hadn't been on my radar, David Levithan's Every Day. I'm already halfway through it and folks, it is excellent. I can't put it down.

I've also got a copy of Leigh Bardugo's fantastic-looking Shadow and Bone that was waiting on my doorstep last weekend when I got home from my work trip, and a handful of other hardcovers that I picked up at different events over the last few months. So much good reading! Unfortunately, I don't have room in my suitcase to take physical books with me on our transcontinental road trip, so I'll have to choose from the 30+ books waiting for me on my e-reader. This is a good problem to have. 

I may not post for a little while, seeing how this week is going to be very busy with travel prep, but I'll still be checking out your blogs and babbling away on Twitter. Are you traveling this summer? Or are you avoiding the crowds and enjoying the hot months with backyard sprinklers and homemade popsicles? 


  1. You're so right. That IS a gratuitous kitten picture!

    Enjoy your vacation and I hope to see pictures. I just moved into a house we purchased in a new city hours from my original residence last weekend, so this summer will be full of unpacking and discovering my new town. Huh. So then it is kinda like a vacation! :)

    My daughters are in southern CA with their grandparents on their vacation, having a blast. Obviously, we didn't slow them down with the move. :)

  2. I really enjoyed Shadow and Bone (the only thing that bothered me was how Alina's name was Starkov instead of Starkova, but I'm weird about Russian names like that, especially with my own name). Let me know what you think of it! Man! Looks like you got a good haul! I hope you guys had a great time. Still so bummed I missed out. (Hopefully I was missed, too?)

    I LOVE your kitty! Jack is such a cutie! I'm sure he'll miss you like crazy while you're gone! :)

  3. Your new kitten is so cute!!! Okay~you got waaaay more ARCs than I did at ALA. I probably didn't wait in enough lines. Let us know how Libba Bray's new book is.

  4. I have an egalley of Every Day, so I'm saving it for my trip. I think I'm starting with Stealing Parker, which the lovely Amaris grabbed for me.

    That is such a sweet picture. YAY kitten love!

  5. Have a lovely time on your vacation! Aren't ereaders awesome? Now I don't have to choose between socks and that book I've been dying to read. :)