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Last week was a really good week! Well, I mean, besides me getting sick and having to take a day off of work and Dayquil being so frickin’ expensive and also my lungs apparently want to escape my body via my throat but other than that, it’s been great!

Here’s why:
I got to meet Alita of alita.reads in person! (!!) We (plus her husband1) had dinner at a local BBQ place and none of us had barbeque anything and the waitress was neglectful, but I think we still had fun? I had fun, yes I did, and I definitely want to do it again. Meeting people you’ve been talking to online is always awkward, and it’s ESPECIALLY awkward when it’s Monday night football and you’re seated in the noisest part of the restuarant and one of you is eating a weird pickle appetizer (HOT PICKLES, EW). But despite the awkwardness, it was really fun! And it’s made me even more determined to go to BEA next year. (I just love meeting bloggers, I guess.)

Here is a thing you may not know about Alita: she is both adorable and tall! Well, taller than me, anyway. Also that was actually two things, but whatever.

Days after meeting Alita, I went to the library again and I got a LOT of books. Here is a slightly dodgy picture of them:

And here’s a handy list if you need/want it:

  • The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. It’s sci-fi! And that’s all I know about it.
  • Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher, the first book in his Codex Alera series. I also got the second book, Academ’s Fury, since it was right there and everything. I’ve never read these before, and since I really like the Dresden Files I’m hoping I’ll like these, too.
  • The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde, the first book in the Nursery Crimes series. I also got The Eyre Affair, which I couldn’t find at first because it was hiding on the Staff Favorites shelf. Yay!
  • A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, and I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett. I got tired of waiting for the library to finally buy the first book in the Tiffany Aching series (The Wee Free Men) and I figure that maybe I can get away with reading books 2-4 before book one if I’m desperate enough for more Discworld? After I read these, though, that’ll be the last of the library’s stock of Pterry books I haven’t read before, and I’ll have to start raiding one of the other libraries for more. Sigh.
  • A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix. This is his newest book, I think? And I’m pretty sure it’s not part of a series, or if it IS it’s at least the first one. Right? I wanted to get The Ragwitch, too, but by the time I found this book I was already worried about how heavy my tote bag was getting, so I left it for another time.
  • Bloody Jack and Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L.A. Meyer. I’ve been wanting to read this series for ages (mainly because of Fyrefly’s reviews) and luckily the library seems to have a good chunk of it available.2
  • Mystical Origins of the Tarot by Paul Huson. idk, it seemed slightly more academic than the other books that were there (despite the title) and the cover is pretty, so.
  • Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough. Newbie author, doesn’t seem to have been talked about much in the blogosphere, and so of course I want to read it even more than I would normally. Plus it looks properly spooky for that October/Halloween-type atmosphere that’s sure to be coming along any minute now. Maybe once it stops getting into the upper 90s.
  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. I’ve been meaning to read this book ever since it was first published TEN YEARS AGO,3 so it’s about time I got to it, eh?

Work has been going really well, btw. I’m pretty danged awesome at my job if I do say so myself, and I get to listen to a lot of podcasts while working so that’s nice. I’ve been trying to get into an audiobook or two but nothing’s stuck, not even the Jim Dale-narrated Alice in Wonderland. I’m not sure why that is, but oh well.

So! What’s going on with you all? Have you read any good books lately? Met any blogger friends IRL? Seen any authors at an event or whatnot?

And finally, wtf is going on with Feedburner? Is it for sure closing down this month? If it IS, how do I import my Feedburner subscribers back to my native WordPress one? Helllllllp.

Footnotes

  1. who was very nice and who is also a Terry Pratchett fan!
  2. WHOA look at the difference between the hardback covers and the paperback covers! One’s more MG adventure/action, the other’s YA historical romance-y. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such disparate covers in the same series before.
  3. holy crap, I hadn’t realized it’d been that long!

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8 Comments

  1. Aw that sounds fun! How tall are you? Was I taller than you? I can’t remember now. I am mildly obsessive about this because I was tiny tiny for most of my childhood, and I am still sort of excited that I grew up tall in the end.

    • We didn’t really stand near each other! We mostly sat. I remember you SEEMING tall, though, so you probably are taller than me, haha! :)

  2. Congrats on your job, if I haven’t told you that! I must have missed when you first mentioned it :)

  3. Your job sounds fun! As for FeedBurner, NO ONE knows what’s going on with it. I wrote a post about for Bloggiesta, and recently found out they’ve also killed AdSense for Feeds. Basically, it doesn’t look good.

    • The AdSense thing sucks, but does that mean that Feedburner as a WHOLE will go down? Because that seems like something Google should be telling people, especially if it’s happening at the end of this month.

  4. I AM SO AWKWARD IRL! It was great to finally meet you, though :)

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