Ooh ... books with brawny (tawny) men, otherworld stuff and sex ... yeah, you've got to share those with me, since that's what I read. And if you need a list of stuff you haven't read that's similar ... I'm your girl. Got a bunch of series that I'm reading.
And please share the name of the Connie Willis books :) I'm on a reading tear lately, so more books in the wings is a good thing.
I'm glad you've found a balance - enjoy it, revel even. I dance to the 4 box disco set some nights when I'm making dinner. Sometimes the girls just stare at me. Sometimes they join me. It's all good.
This post made me smile - and that's a good way to start the morning.
:D The Connie Willis books are Blackout
and All Clear
and they're lovely. But fair warning, they're about London during the Blitz and they're really heavy on historical details. So if that's not a time period that appeals to you, start somewhere else. Doomsday Book
is the same pathological attention to detail but it's set in medieval England (mostly) and it's a good gateway drug into her books.
You are, and always have been, amazing. Even when you felt like you were nothing. (Which, for the record, I am here to tell you: NOT TRUE.)
This is totally spot on. Those interests people around you have that you thought you weren't cool/smart/driven enough to enjoy? Those seem so appealing because of the flat out joy your friends get from indulging in them. That's it, that's all. That's the secret. If you love doing something, someone is going to think it's cool. And someone else is going to poke fun at you for liking it, and it'll probably be Cee, because she's a hor like that. And she'll have you in stitches while she's doing it. :)
I have to get in the shower now, so I'm cutting this short but two things:
a) Share the name of this series. You know we all want to read them.
b) If you ever need anything, I am not very far away, and I would do absolutely anything for you, no questions asked. Including disposing of the bodies. AND I won't talk.
*kisses your nose*
Oh...but La La .... bitches always talk ;-)
Miss your face.
hey, hold it, how did I become the bad guy here?
Seriously I have no idea, I mean Lala's the one who goes around slapping Muppets like a slap-happy hor.
and the lies. oh, the lies.
I suppose all together that would make her... what?
Hey, watch it. I resemble that remark!
Lala, that's so sweet, but Mym is right. Bitches ALWAYS talk.
Those seem so appealing because of the flat out joy your friends get from indulging in them.
You wisest Lala ever. And it's true of almost all of them now that I think about it. The rest are all super brainy or cultured things that my sense of intellectual vanity thinks I *ought* to like or I'm just being a smart chick poseur.
The reality of that one is that even the smartest people I know have brain candy. And frankly, I know some exceptionally intelligent people, many of whom are certified geniuses and if you guys thought I wasn't a worthy conversational partner you'd stop returning my calls. Reality checks are superfun.
Cee suggests that a werebear bear bar would be called "Ursa Major." Steve votes for "The Pick-a-Nick Basket."
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Also, Connie Willis!! (Which ones have you read? Doomsday Book
is brilliant but kind of a downer - Bellwether
is awesome and one of my all-time favourites.)
WEREBEAR BEAR BAR! *howls with laughter*
And you are SO RIGHT about owning what makes you happy. A book that's been really helpful to me in the past couple of years is 'The Happiness Project' and one of the author's 'secrets of adulthood' is Just because something is fun for other people doesn't mean it's fun for me, and vice versa.
Which came as a great relief to me!!
Oh Steph, I love her so much. I think I may very well have read all of hers, if not close to it. I'll confess that my choice of favorite varies depending on my mood. If I'm up for something deep and meaty I love Passage and Doomsday Book but if I'm up for lighthearted and just fabulous I hit Bellwether or To Say Nothing of the Dog. But the two I just finished were Blackout and All Clear and the second one is just right up there on my all-time list. Next year when the time comes (if you haven't read it already) I also recommend her collection of Christmas short stories.
My friend Courtney and I have a shorthand now for being able to say "You know, it's not my taste but I can see that you like it and that's cool, just please don't make me pretend to like it." The shorthand is "Parking lot." And it's short for "You know, if we all liked the same thing you'd never be able to find your car in the parking lot."
In conclusion? I've texted the phrase "werebear bear bar" so many times that my autocorrect dictionary has accepted "werebear" as a word and will now suggest it. That's a total win.
I've been rationing my Willis reading - I still haven't read a lot of earlier stuff including the Christmas short stories! (Or Lincoln's Dreams, or Remake, or almost any short stories, though I have read 'Even the Queen'.)
"Parking lot" - I love it!
And you. (It's lovely to see you posting, I have missed you!!)
So ... as a start - read the "Magic" series by Devon Monk - smart heroine - occasional hot sex.
Or you could just go for the straight up hot attraction in the Ilona Andrews series.
That should keep you entertained for a little while.
Oh, and if you just want straight up "fuck me now you big hot man" books - try the Alyssa Day "Atlantis" books.
Who loves you baby?
You are amazing, and this post is amazing and lovely and true. *sage nod* And what Lala says, as well, omg, seriously. ♥