Let’s Chat!

I’m exhausted but it’s my own fault for staying up too late reading. I started reading those alphabet books by Sue Grafton (A is for Alibi, etc.) and they’re great! The protagonist’s internal dialogue is funny, the writing is sharp, the plots are engaging. I’m going to burn through the 25 books way too quickly.

What are you guys up to? The picture above is Catalina Island, I’m going this weekend for the first time! Other than that I’m just drowning in work and making poor bedtime decisions.

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11 Responses to Let’s Chat!

  1. Sergeant Tibbs says:

    Is Catalina island where they get stuck on lupe’s family reunion in Arrested Development? This is my only reference point! So what are you doing there? Beaches, boating?

    I’m moving into a friend’s house this week for a longish-term rental/house-sitting and it comes with the responsibility of caring for two zebra finches. For a person who has never owned a pet before, I’ve become a crazy bird person very quickly! I ordered fake dummy finch eggs on amazon today because they’re supposed to trick the birds into not breeding. I don’t want more birds! They’re beautiful, with orange beaks and lightly striped grey wings and they sound like little squeaky toys. I do sort of wish the house came with a dog instead, my preferred pet. But, this is my ideal way to become a pet owner – inherit it.

    When I was a kid, I used to stop near the Sue Grafton section at the library and laugh at all the titles (I was a weird kid). Now I’m intrigued! Do you recommend starting at the beginning of the alphabet?

    • Tracey says:

      Haha apparently Catalina did feature on AD, I didn’t realize! Apparently the thing to do is rent a gold cart and drive around. The island is run by a conservancy so you have to do paid tours to go inland and look at the bison. There’s also a botanical garden and a casino (not gambling, like a movie theater and ballroom).

      Do the birds interact with you at all? Do they fly around or stay in a cage?

      I recommend starting the book series at the beginning because she references the previous case in subsequent books, but you don’t need to read in order to understand them, there just might be a mild spoiler. I’m reading them all for free on the Overdrive library app.

      • Sergeant Tibbs says:

        Oh my god, now I’m more intrigued by Catalina Island. There are bison? How did they get there and are they suffering from island gigantism? So many questions!

        The birds have to stay in their cage because they’re so tiny, I don’t think I’d be able to corral them back in. They’re also unlike parakeets and cockatiels; they don’t like to be held and they’re stressed by human interaction. I don’t know why we keep them! They are beautiful though.

        • Tracey says:

          A film production brought them over in the 1920s and couldn’t pay to take them home! Apparently Catalina was bought by William Wrigley, Jr, of the gum fame, in 1919and built up much of what’s there. His heirs left the island in the control of the conservancy to protect it. In the 1940s, Marilyn Monroe lived there for 6 months after she got married very young and her husband was sent there for Merchant Marines training.

  2. hotspur says:

    I can’t even imagine what it’s like to “burn through” 25 books. I am a slow-ass reader. I decided to read two YA books in September (first Holes, then Hatchet) and I am still not done. When I was 12 I would have sailed through both in 6 days total.

    As soon as Hatchet is done though, I’m going horror, in honor of Spooktober. I have one picked out. It is #6 in a series that I have not read 1-5 of, but I read a thing ages ago saying this is the one and it stands alone. If I build to it with 1-5 I won’t be reading it until February.

    QUESTION! Did you guys read Stephen King when you were kids, and if so what age, and what book did you start with? I read Night Shift and The Stand in 4th grade. My mom was like, “Here, you’ll like these.” But I look at my nephews/nieces and friends’ kids now who are in 8th or 9th grade and I think Oh gosh, they are way too young for these books! I know I am wrong. What the hell is going on. Someone help me.

    • Tracey says:

      I read on the treadmill then in bed way too late into the night, so I go through a book every 2 or 3 days. They’re not too long.

      No Stephen King for me but I did read some R.L. Stine stuff that I feel was age inappropriate!

      • hotspur says:

        Do you have your own private treadmill or do you read at LA Fitness or wherever?

        • Tracey says:

          There’s a treadmill in a small exercise room in my apartment building. For years I was the only one who used it but now a handful of others started and I wish they would go away because I’m selfish.

    • nastyemu says:

      My reading goes in waves that mostly have to do with if I have anything ready to go at the library or not. If I have to take a break between books because nothing I want is available, I end up not reading anything for a month.
      I started reading Stephen King in 5th or 6th grade, first book I remember was Cujo. I don’t know if my parents even knew I was reading it. My 11 year old nephew really wants to see It but my sister won’t let him. He’ll be scared but I think he should see it. I miss getting scared by stuff like that as a kid. All the fears we have to deal with as adults are terrible.

      • hotspur says:

        Yeah! Thanks for saying this! I really miss the feeling of being freaked out by a book! Maybe we should give kids nightmares while those are still fun. Adult fears are like, well, what happens to my parents if they need care, and the seas heat up, and what if the results of my MRI are bad, and shouldn’t I have amounted to more? I really, really miss being for-real freaked the hell out about what a haunted car might do next.

    • Sergeant Tibbs says:

      I loved Hatchet and Holes! I have a distinct memory of reading all of Holes sitting in an oversized arm chair at the Barnes and Noble on Baltimore’s harbor. I knew how to spend a great summer trip! And Hatchet has given me a lifelong fear of and respect for the outdoors. If you make it through though, I don’t know that 4th-grade me recommends the sequel, Brian’s Winter. Even though I live in urban Alaska, I often think of Brian’s experiences in Hatchet up here when I’m hiking or wandering around the woods. You should check out Will Hobbs and let us know if it holds up!

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