via Instagram I’m pretty certain that I was two when this picture was taken. It’s a rare one with me wearing a hat. I’ve never been really into hats, which sucks because, like pretty much all self-respecting and self-deprecating gingers, the sun and I don’t get along. Basically, my lack of love for hats has been led to many a painful sunburns on my scalp. I did wear baseball caps sometimes, but when I heard about gang violence being related to baseball caps, I stopped wearing them. (I’ve always been a bit neurotic.) Easter was also the time of year when I would get sandals, which was less than fun. We had to go to Buster Brown/Stride Rite because no other (affordable) store had shoes wide enough in kids’ shoes. And because of my short, yet wide foot, I always had to get the not-so-pretty shoes. This led to a less-than-reasonable attitude about uncomfortable, but pretty shoes as a teenager. Whenever I would find shoes that I liked that fit, I would buy them. I would lie about the pain/discomfort that they caused because I loved shoes and wanted them all. (I had a pair for choir that hurt like hell to wear, but they were so pretty that I didn’t care that they made me want to cut my feet off.)

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How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve never really checked out The Oatmeal, and maybe that impacted how I felt about this book. I’d seen some of the stuff in the book, because it had been shared by various people. Anyway, the book is funny. It is a bit repetitive, but that’s kind of par for the course with some comedy/humor books. Even though I really enjoyed this book, I’m not sure if I would be willing to buy it. It’s not exactly something that would be entertaining after you’ve already read it. I would suggest people check it out from their local libraries, unless they are collectors of stuff by The Oatmeal. View all my reviews

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Wallbanger by Alice Clayton My rating: 4 of 5 stars We have yet another piece of Twilight fanfiction to become a book. This one is actually one of the better ones that I’ve read in that new pseudo-genre. It reminds me of romantic comedies. Honestly, if this were a movie coming out in the early 90s, someone in Hollywood would have cast Hugh Grant as Simon, even if Simon should look more gorgeous than Hugh. (Sorry, dude, it’s true.) The book was cute and very funny. I laughed a lot while reading it. It wasn’t like the writer was trying too hard to be funny. The humor and jokes in the story just felt natural. I also loved how Caroline anthropomorphized her cat’s behaviors and actions. Clive became yet another character, instead of just being a prop in the story. And I really enjoyed the interactions between Simon and Caroline. They were much more realistic than most relationships in romance novels. I didn’t like all of the texts that were in the stories. They were cute and funny, and they helped move the story along, but it was a bit hard to keep up with who was saying what. Is it too much to ask for something like that to have a way to distinguish who is saying what? I spent more time trying to figure out who sent what text than actually reading those texts. Maybe I’m lazy, but it seems like something like that should be a bit easier to read through. I don’t know the author’s background, but I often felt like the book had more of a British style to it. The characters didn’t exactly “sound” American. Some of their choices for slang were just more like what you’d read in a book featuring characters from across the pond. Even the name choices came across as more British than American. Now, even though a lot of people would shy away from this book because it is, as I mentioned, a former piece of fanfiction, I would recommend they check it out anyway. It’s a cute read. It’s very enjoyable and I definitely think that even non-Twilight fans would find something to love about this book. View all my reviews

Review: Wallbanger

The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller My rating: 4 of 5 stars I adored this book. I actually wish it had been longer. It was well-written, cute, charming, funny, and had just the right amount of geekiness in it to make it completely endearing to me. The only complaints I can think of, other than how short it was, are that main character was a little too whiny and that there wasn’t enough development of the relationship between Logan and Maddie. I think that the story would have been better if there had been more development of their plot. I also think that Terra was a little too quick to forgive Maddie for her lying. The book was a quick and easy read, sometimes it was a little too easy. I guess that that’s okay since it is for younger readers, but it might have been more interesting if there had been a little more complexity to it. View all my reviews

Review: The Summer I Became a Nerd

Late this morning or early this afternoon, Amy got to meet Nana. They both seemed to enjoy one another’s company. I was actually quite shocked at how taken Nana seemed to be with Amy. Amy was just really happy to get to explore (part of) Nana’s house, and to get out of the car after the long, hot drive to Nana’s house. (It is about 30-50 minutes away, depending on the traffic and the stops you have to make. And somehow it seems longer when it is around 80°F (~28.9°C) outside. (Have I mentioned that I hate hot weather recently?) Anyway, little miss Amy Pond seemed to enjoy Nana’s house with the exception of her two angel cabinets, which I thought was funny. (Nana The first time, she backed away from one of the cabinets. (This was extremely funny to me, since one of the angels sort of looked like a Weeping Angel.) The second time, she barked at them. If you don’t understand why a puppy named Amy Pond barking at angel figurines/statues would be funny, then you seriously need to watch some Doctor Who and read up on Weeping Angels and the character Amy Pond.) I have some pictures and videos of various things that happened today, while at Nana’s, but I haven’t downloaded them onto the computer yet. So they will be around soon. Until then, just know that Nana seemed to enjoy her 80th birthday, even if it was without the members of the family who went on vacation the weekend of said birthday, and that she and Amy had fun together.

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