I just finished “Fangirl” (book #6 of 2014), and while I loved it, I had so many lingering questions about the story within the story. For the uninitiated (which, initiate yourself! It’s like $7 on Kindle and so worth it), the book is about this gal Cath who’s a huge Simon Snow fan - Simon Snow is sort of a Harry Potter stand in. Cath writes fanfic about Simon Snow, and she’s kind of Internet-famous for it, with tens of thousands of fans of her own. (The fanfic she writes is I think what they call slash? Love story between Simon and a character named Baz, who’s sort of a Draco Malfoy.) Anyway — Cath’s story is wrapped up nicely, but you don’t find out what happens to Simon and Baz and it’s THE WORST. I had a mini Twitter freakout over the ending immediately after finishing the book, and I actually tweeted at the author, Rainbow Rowell — and, this is what I love about Twitter: She wrote back!
So there we have it. Hoorah!
I liked keeping track of the books I read last year, so why the heck not keep it up this year?
This year, I got my act together and not only sent Christmas cards to my family and friends, but MADE said cards. They were meant to be little postcards, inspired by this Hairpin post from a couple years back, and they turned out so cute:
Making them took the better part of three nights and two bottles of wine. But apparently they’ve been falling apart in the mail! So many of my friends have called or emailed or texted to tell me they got a mysterious card from me - just a piece of canvas, or, worse, a slightly crumpled 3x5 notecard:
The friend who got that one was convinced I must’ve written a message in invisible ink or lemon juice, and said he spent kind of a long time holding the card up to a light, trying to decipher the hidden message. :|
First I was embarrassed; then, I just chalked it up to a #craftingfail. But today, I talked to my aunt, one of Earth’s Nicest Humans, who got one of the empty canvases. She said what I’d really done was sent all of my friends and family a blank canvas. Which, is kind of a lovely idea!
So now, I’m telling everyone who got blank canvases to draw something on the back, take a photo and send it back to me. This is brother’s:
It is not the idea I intended. But it’s still kind of nice!
"Firework" - Katy Perry
"You’re the Best" - added ironically because of this scene from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” but now I love it with something that seems a lot like sincerity
"Hummingbird Heartbeat" - Katy Perry
"Defying Gravity" - YOU TRY doing anything but running your little HEART OUT when Idina Menzel belts out "evvvveryone deserves a chance to FLY"
"Roar" - Katy Perry
45. “Stitches,” by Anne Lamott
I don’t know, this felt more like a series of Anne Lamott’s Facebook and Twitter posts stitched (GET IT) together to make a book.
46. “The End of Everything,” by Megan Abbott
I read this on my flight from Portland back to NYC, and even though the narrative kept me quickly turning the pages on my Kindle, I think I hated it? About a pair of best friends, 13-year-olds Evie and Lizzie. Evie goes missing, and apparently every dad in this suburb is at least a little bit pedophiley and, just, ick.