travel/Bohemian lifestyle/planning/finding yourself sort of thing by Bridget

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:36 pm by Bridget

I just finished a reading jag with the theme of travel/Bohemian lifestyle/planning/finding yourself. This reading jag was unplanned. I randomly ended up with this selection and somehow they ended up flowing perfectly from one to the next.

First, I read The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau which I randomly picked off the shelf at Powell’s in my shelf appeal experiment — I usually read reviews and get recommendations and know all sorts of things about books before I read them but I thought it would be fun since I haven’t been keeping up on things to see which books spoke to me on a browse through at the bookstore. It went well. I really loved The Indigo Notebook and it’s inspired me to check out her other books. The story is about Zeeta growing up with this crazy, move-every-few-months-or-so gypsy lifestyle and how she wants “normal.” It’s a gorgeous story set in Ecuador and has spiritual/mystical elements woven into it. So made me want to go live a gypsy lifestyle. Except with more books. IndigoNotebookCover

Then I read Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell which was also on my Powell’s shelf appeal experiment list, but on the “take a photo with my phone and order from the library” and not on my “must buy with gift card right this minute” list. I’m not sure what pushed me to buy the one over the other except that I really love the cover of The Indigo Notebook with the open suitcase. Carpe Diem is about Vassar whose whole life is planned down to the minutest detail and who gets siderailed by a plane ticket to spend the summer in Southeast Asia with her artist grandmother. She doesn’t enjoy the little things so much as Zeeta does, in fact, she is quite miserable but she eventually gets to her revelation about how she lives life and I enjoyed the ride.

Finally, I picked up Greensleeves by Eloise Jarvis McGraw which someone I know recommended on facebook or their blog sometime in the foggy past and which I’d ordered from the library as it is too freaking expensive to buy being out of print and all, but which sat on my shelf for a while and I just happened to pick up when I laid Carpe Diem to rest. And the theme continued! Only in a 1960’s sort of way. Shannon had been living the moving-from-place-to-place-all-over-Europe sort of lifestyle, was fed up with it, tried sticking to small town Oregon for her senior year of high school, was miserable, and wants to figure out what she wants out life. She needs to find the shape of her inner girl. So she goes undercover to do some detective work for her lawyer uncle over this bizarre will and tries on a new gum-snapping American personality. It’s such a great book and is so Portland. Somehow it makes you both want to live here and go gallivanting around Europe.

What a fabulous run of books! *sigh* Must go live gypsy lifestyle now.



A Suggestion by Bridget

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:52 am by Bridget

Oh, Janet, you crack me up! I wish that I had such interesting non-blogging excuses such as Jasper, but I’m afraid I don’t.

I do have a literary crush suggestion for you, Janet. Okay, maybe he isn’t actually literary yet, but it’s only a matter of time.


Daniel Franco. Daniel Franco

Yes, THE Daniel Franco from not just Season 1, but Season 1 AND Season 2 of Project Runway who then went on to start a wedding business in Vegas followed by a wedding dress design business followed by trying to get on American Idol and now trying to get on X-Factor. Surely, writing books for young people are a natural next step.

Think about it. He can plan your wedding, design your dress, and sing at the wedding.

Plus, he has mussed up hair.




Desperately In Search of Good Current YA Titles

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:33 pm by Bridget

Somehow I’ve ended up in that situation that you never want to be in — I’ve read all of the books on my shelf and I don’t have any more coming from the library this week and I am desperately in need of something to read as I’m going to be in the hospital for a good five or six days starting Thursday. Boredom could result from this onerous situation. Please help! I’m planning a trip to Powell’s Books as soon as I get some current titles.

So far I’m looking at Justine Larbalestier’s Liar and Libba Bray’s Going Bovine as possibilities.

Any other recommendations?



Ideas Out of the Air by Bridget

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:45 pm by Bridget

Most writers have lists of future book ideas — maybe even notes and stuffed folders. One idea on my list was to use the Major Arcana of the Tarot for chapter headings from 0 The Fool to XX The World and to weave the story around the idea of the Tarot. Maybe someone has already done this and this wasn’t a new idea at all, but I was still shocked to discover that a book came out THIS YEAR that did just exactly what I was thinking. I discovered it at Powell’s and almost fell over when I opened to the first page and found “0 The Fool” as the chapter heading.

I turned back to the cover of the book. Not just anyone wrote this stinking book, Frank Effing Portman, author of the extremely successful King Dork, wrote this stinking book. So it will last FOREVER and never fade into obscurity so I can write MY tarot book.

Then I read the first few pages. And discovered that it might very well be quite good along with everything else.

I have accepted that ideas float in the air and if you aren’t fast enough someone else will snatch it away.

Still, a pox on you, Frank Portman!

(Okay, maybe not a POX, that is a little extreme, but certainly a little bout of the flu couldn’t hurt? Not the swine flu or anything. Maybe just the sniffles. A sniffle on you, Frank Portman, really doesn’t have much oomph. Forget it. He can just go on being brilliant and I will do nothing to stop him).



I’m Back! (sort of)

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:24 pm by Bridget

You can hear all about the misadventures of my last month on my blog, but to make a long and less than fun story short, I have been out of commission. I’m now sort of in commission and hope to be back to blogging more frequently in May. It’s a dream. It may be out of reach, but we all need to have dreams, right?

I have been listening to oodles of books on tape lately due to the whole going-temporarily-blind-on-top-of-everything-else thing and I have to comment on what a different experience it is listening to a book compared to reading it. I read Suite Scarlett when it first came out and would have said that it’s a funny romance. Listening to it on tape (thanks for sending, Janet!), I’ve discovered that it’s way more of a family drama/eccentric old lady friendship sort of a book. It’s been fascinating delving into the story at the slower-than-I-could-ever-force-myself-to-read pace of the narrator.

Has anyone else experienced this?


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