Thursday, January 11

I'd rather be reading

While it is true that I'd pretty much always rather be reading, 2017 wasn't the greatest reading year for me. I hit my goal of 65 books, but that's all I did. Not one book over. I read a fair amount of my usual mystery and romance, but added in some young adult books and graphic novels for good measure. I'd say my favorite/best book read last year was The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud.

I'm sticking with 65 as a goal again this year, but I freely admit that I hope to surpass it. I've got a decent stack to start, but I think I'm going to need more books.

Thursday, August 24

Problems of the binge-watching era

Switching between the world of Luke Cage and the world of The Crown is a little strange. And I kind of wish the corgis would show up in Harlem, but that's probably not in the foreseeable future. Plus, I would worry about them getting caught in the crossfire. (In other news, both are great and everyone else has already watched them.)

Thursday, April 20

Suffering succotash

I've said it before, but it bears repeating: I hate transcribing. Mostly because it's tedious, but also because I have to listen to my own voice. This is pretty much the worst, as I sound like Daffy Duck. (My high school English teacher pointed it out as my "sibilant s." She was not my favorite.)

In other news, this winter I discovered I also walk like a duck, as evidenced by my footprints in the snow. It's all part of the journey of self-discovery, people.

Wednesday, February 1

Not funny anymore

The past few months all I can think is: Where are we going? And why are we in this handbasket?

It's a crazy world out there, people. Stay sane.

Monday, January 9

I am not acting like anything, I am calmly reading

I won't lie, 2016 was kind of a rough year for me. Lots of good things, but also many stressful ones. This led to a lot of anti-anxiety reading, which for me means romance and mystery novels. During the move, I wasn't reading much at all, and I was pretty sure this would be my first year not hitting my reading challenge. But then I discovered Elizabeth Hoyt. And Tessa Dare. And Sharon Bolton's Lacey Flint series. And just like that, I read 78 books last year, making it five straight years of hitting my Goodreads goal.

For the first time, however, I won't be upping the ante on my reading challenge. Last year's mark was 65 books, and I'm keeping that for 2017. That's slightly more than a book a week, and that seems reasonable to me. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some reading to do.

Friday, January 6

I'd like to introduce to you ...I'd like to introduce officially to you ... the Fizz

The other thing keeping me busy has been the latest addition to our family, Fizz (also known as Mr. Fizz, Fizzywhig, Fizzes, pumpkin, pumpkin eater, puppyface, and baby). We got him when he was just an adorable ball of fluff, but he has quickly grown into a larger ball of fluff. He is adorable and loves to chew everything. He also loves the snow. Mainly to lick it.

Wednesday, January 4

What a year

Holy hell, how did it become 2017? I did not approve of these changes. On the other hand, I did not approve of much of what happened in 2016, so perhaps it's best to move forward.

As you may have surmised by now, the move consumed much of the year for me. House hunting? Not as much fun as they make it appear on TV. Moving, as we all know, sucks, but I love our new house and our new town, and it's been great settling back into the East Coast way of life (swearing more, generally being angry about everything, and regularly visiting Dunkin Donuts).

"Blog more" has become an annual resolution, and I've yet to follow through, but I'm hoping 2017 will be different.

Tuesday, June 7

The more things change

This has been a crazy first half of the year for us here at being jennifer garrett. To make a long story short, I moved back to Boston. Well, we moved, as I dragged J.R. back with me. We're currently looking for our permanent home, but it will be somewhere in the metro Boston area. I'm very happy to be back, but also overwhelmed by all there is to do and all the changes flying fast and loose. Not to mention sad to be leaving the good friends I've made in Seattle behind.

You know what they say: The more things change, the more they stay the same. Also: Lord, Boston, you're my home.

Sunday, January 10

So many books, so little time

This is my holiday haul of books; clearly, I'm going to need to take the year off to read in peace.

Tuesday, November 17


I think we all know that I like to set myself reading challenges. Read the complete works of Jane Austen? Sure. Finally finish War and Peace? You betcha. So I jumped at the opportunity the Book Riot Read Harder challenge presented. And great day in the morning, people! Today, I completed the challenge by finishing Faithful by Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King (added bonus: It's been on my to-read shelf since 2005!).

And to make myself even more super-gloaty, I'm ahead of my regular "read X number of books" challenge (I set it to 63, and as of today, I've read 66 books and you know I've got lots of reading left in me before the end of the year).

Here's my complete challenge list:
A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25:
White Teeth, Zadie Smith
A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65:
MaddAddam, Margaret Atwood
A collection of short stories: The Love of a Good Woman, Alice Munro
A book published by an indie press: Once I Was Cool, Megan Stielstra (Thanks, Duff!)
A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ:
The Daylight Gate, Jeanette Winterson
A book by a person whose gender is different from your own:
Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walters
A book that takes place in Asia: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See
A book by an author from Africa: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
A microhistory: Faithful: Two diehard Boston Red Sox fans chronicle the historic 2004 season, Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan
A YA novel: We Were Liars, E. Lockhart
A sci-fi novel: The Martian, Andy Weir
A romance novel: Never Judge a Lady by her Cover, Sarah MacLean
A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade: The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
A book that is a retelling of a classic story: Beauty, Robin McKinley
An audiobook: Jennifer Government, Max Barry
A collection of poetry: Local Visitations, Stephen Dunn
A book that someone else has recommended to you:
The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
A book that was originally published in another language: Blindness, by José Saramago
A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind:
Sandman, Vol. 1, by Neil Gaiman
A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure: Now You See Him, Anne Stuart
A book published before 1850: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte
A book published this year: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy, by Julia Quinn
A self-improvement book: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Michelle Tullier  

Reading Faithful has been so much fun, because who doesn't want to relive one of the greatest moments in Red Sox history? (I went back and forth over whether or not it was a true microhistory, but since the layman's definition of it seems to be so broad and vague, I went with it.) Other things I learned? I do not like audiobooks. And I'm not big on the self-improvement genre, but other than that, these were all books I might have read on my own anyway.