Will facepalm


Despite basically living on a computer since 2006, apparently the 36+ hours a week* of near-constant typing or clicking at work + contining to computer after work have taken exactly 6 weeks to catch up with me and cause hand/wrist pain, so I dunno if I dare to spend time writing TTT this week after all, which sucks a lot! I was really looking forward to this one, but since it's "ten most recent reads," I couldn't exactly write it up in advance. You can still see the titles on my reading list post, but not the spontaneous mini-reviews I was going to add, though some have Goodreads links. I was gonna make it a double feature too, and include 10 recent rereads, but...alas. I also haven't had time to write up my new monthly TV post for march OR april yet, argh!!!

*I'm figuring active work time. Also last week I did 2.5 hours of overtime and this week I did 6 hours of overtime as we push toward end-of-project on May 18 and are currently way behind due to most schools putting off testing til the last minute, so that probably did not help.
Never Said Goodbye, Quinn

Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors

Hello TTT, been a while (by which I mean 3 weeks). I haven't had ideas for the last couple, nor did I have the spare time to think very hard about them, but this one's been locked & loaded for a month, so enjoy. I thought about annotating it, but ultimately decided they can stand on their own.

(Side note: I really liked the description for this week - "Take a moment and Google some of the crazy Crayola crayon colors that exist. Can you think of any book titles that sound like they could also be a crayon color? It might be fun to include a description of the kind of color you’re picturing," although I mostly didn't do that last bit because I was less creative and stuck more to proper colors. I will leave that up to you to interpret in more detail!)

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Speaking For Ourselves, Too

I mentioned this book on TTT and I flailed about this on Tumblr, but I think I need a blog post to work through my feelings about the authors listed. It was like the best kind of Sporcle quiz, testing myself on how many of the names I know ahead of time, then how many I recognized after reading through their bios and looking them up on Goodreads.

If you need a quick refresher: this book is the second edition/group of authors deemed, by a council of librarians and other youth lit specialists, to be among the most notable/influential and still-active names writing for young adults, circa the early 90s. Given how mega-famous some of these names are now versus how totally forgotten others are, it remains incredible to me that they once would have all had similar name recognition. And while the list is limited to authors who were willing to submit a 2-page autobiography, it also remains incredible to me that some of the older names were not among the first 87, listed in the first book, to be chosen in the late 80s.

You can check the book out yourself to read it on Open Library, but here's a snapshot of the table of contents. How many do YOU recognize??

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The Music of 2021: Quarter 1

Welcome...to another anemic version of The Music List. This just barely eked out enough numbers to post; I was this close to waiting until the midpoint of the year.

I've gone back to not really listening to music, because I hate using headphones and even though Chris is fine with me playing music through speakers when he's not working (he has amazing noise-canceling wireless headphones if it ever bothers him), I felt really awkward doing it at first and now I just...never think about it. It doesn't help that I STILL haven't replaced my creaky ol' computer, so getting Spotify up and running is something of a Herculean effort for it. And while I do have a commute again, I'm back to listening to audiobooks instead of CDs or the radio during it most of the time.


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March 23: Top 10 (and then some) Funny Book Titles

Note: This is a queued post and will be linked to the main one when I get a chance. Original prompt/linkup post can be found over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

My first thought, upon skimming over recent reading lists, was that I don't read very many books w/ funny titles.

But since I had several weeks to ponder this post, I started browsing through not only my TBR and older reading logs, but also my favorite kind of books on OpenLibrary: 20th century bibliographies of teen & children's lit. It turns out the last 3 decades of the 20th century were just FULL of wacky titles.

All of these are fiction, with one exception for a memoir that doesn't have a subtitle, because nonfiction is too easy -- it often sells itself on having outlandish titles, but then the subtitle clarifies its content. Novels are just like, "come and get it, make of these words what you will."

Part of me wants to present the list without comment, but...I like comment. Very much.

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Top 12 Books On My Spring TBR

Prompt & linkup post at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Oh my lord, I can't believe it's time for the Spring TBR already. Even though I guess I can, since March came in like a sweet little lamb and melted all the snow. It came back yesterday, but it'll melt faster this time; it's supposed to be in the fifties by the end of the week. I'm thrilled it's almost time to start busting out my warm weather reads.

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The Last 10 Books I Donated

This week's topic at That Artsy Reader Girl is a "spring cleaning freebie," which sounded even more fun than last week. ("For example, books you’re planning to get rid of for whatever reason, book’s you’d like to clean off your TBR by either reading them or deciding you’re not interested, books that feel fresh and clean to you after winter is over, etc.")

I don't normally keep track of the books I get rid of, because that's a surefire way to make sure I go back to that info regularly, i.e. think about them often enough to start regretting my decision to unhaul as opposed to letting the victims naturally fade from memory, but I'll make an exception this week because it's fun to share my reasoning.

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Mindiana Jones

Top 10 Book Characters Whose Jobs I Wish I Had

And we're back! I wasn't feeling the last couple of topics at That Artsy Reader Girl, but this week's is pretty cool -- I might have to do it again for a freebie week -- and I like the description ("maybe not even because the job sounds fun, but maybe the co-workers are cool or the boss is hot?"), though I'm definitely focusing on the job itself...for the most part.

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