Amanda Rosenberg presents That’s Mental: Painfully Funny Things That Drive Me Crazy About Being Mentally Ill with Casey Childers

I decided to go to this book signing last week. It sounded interesting, so I preordered the book, so I wouldn’t back out.

I had had a long day at work, so I took myself to dinner at Parada 22, which is a Puerto Rican restaurant, with delicious food. I had a glass of wine and read a bit.

Chicharrones de Pollo with yellow rice, red beans, salad and tostones. Yum.

It was still early when I left the restaurant, so my book and I wandered over to the Alembic, next door to the bookstore. This is a brown butter old fashioned. It was better than I thought it would be. Delicious.

Amanda Rosenberg came out and announced that she hated doing these events and even though she looked calm, she was a wreck. Instant sympathy from me.

Casey Childers came and announced that he never leaves the house, so they were not paired up well for this event. They actually worked beautifully together.

After the Q&A portion, there was a book signing. I got in line and found that the author was chit chatting with everyone. My anxiety kicked in. I didn’t have anything to talk about. I got distracted by the fact that I had had a seat reserved in the front row, because I had preordered the book. No one told me I had a seat saved. I was glad I didn’t know, because it was in the front row. I picked up the note with my name on it and stuck it to the paper I already had stuck in the book.

I started thinking about how anxious I would have been in the front row, so I was distracted when it was my turn for my book to be signed. I said hello and thanked the author for coming. She thanked me and told me she was surprised there were so many people there and it made her nervous. She saw my note from my seat and asked if that was my name. Yes, it was! I didn’t have to spell it for her or anything.

On my way out, I bumped into her husband and he thanked me for coming, and then the other author thanked me for coming. I didn’t sneak out undetected.

I am glad I went and I’m looking forward to reading the book soon. It’s in the book stack at the moment.

Happy Anniversary!

I got a notification that yesterday was my anniversary with WordPress. I had started the blog on another site, but moved to this one after a few months.

Many posts and many books later, we are still here, and still having adventures.

I hope to get to the gym more, and travel some more. Many more books are going to be read. Hopefully many more adventures will be had, too.

Maybe more guest bloggers, but I sure hope that there will be more guest blog posts.

Here’s to a new year!

What are you reading Wednesday

I am aware this isn’t Wednesday, but I am also aware that I haven’t posted a What Are You Reading post in a while.

My audiobook this week is Furious Hours, about the last trial of Harper Lee. It’s very good so far.

My kindle book is Enchanted Ever After, part of my quest to read all of Shanna Swendon’s books.

My library book this week is Lab Girl. I am just getting started in it, but haven’t gotten too far in it.

I don’t have a personal book going yet, but I hope to, soon. The book stack is growing, rather than shrinking.

What type of reader are you?

 

I am everything in the left column.  I read many books at once, and tend to finish a bunch all at once.  This is how I misplace books, too.  I put one down to start another, and don’t get back to it quickly enough.  The book is never lost, just not exactly where I thought I left it.

I definitely read a lot of different genres.  I am not a big fan of horror, though.  I have read several Stephen King books, but I know what to expect with them, for the most part.

I love giving and getting book recommendations.  My poor family and friends have to listen to me drone on and on about my books and which ones they’d love.

Reading the same book

As you probably already know, I have a stack of unread books that make up my book stack, or as others call their stack, the TBR (to be read) pile.  A friend and I are very much the definition of book worms.  We don’t usually read the same genres, though.  Every once in a while, we hit the same book around the same time.  We read “Vinegar Girl” together, and “The Hate U Give.”  This time, we are both attempting “Lab Girl.”  It’s fun to see what we each think of the book.  We aren’t doing a full bookclub, obviously, since it’s just two of us.  Just for fun.

Book Signing, 9/26 – Red at the Bone – Jacqueline Woodson

In conversation with Jacqueline Woodson, Jasmine Guillory

I usually just skip over the ads for book signings when I see that they are Tuesdays or Thursdays, since it interferes with class. Thankfully, this time my cousin drew my attention to this one.

I knew Jasmine Guillory from her book signings and I have read her books. My cousin was thrilled to be seeing Jacqueline Woodson. Perfect event for us!

Before the reading, we went to dinner.  We parked after circling the block.  We got out of the car and ran to the restaurant.  Then, we ran to the book signing.  When we left the book signing, neither of us remembered where the car was parked, so we had a little adventure looking for it.  We found it within a few minutes, though.

It’s always a fun evening with my cousin.

27 branches

I use the library in the city a lot.  I haven’t been to all of the 27 branches, but I am working on it slowly.  I suppose it doesn’t count if I am only going in to return books?

I am also looking at Peninsula libraries, but there are 35 branches there, and they are spread out more.  I’ll get to those, too, but I’ll post those separately.

 

LIBRARY LOCATIONS AND HOURS

ANZA (415) 355-5717
550 37th Ave. (near Anza) 94121
M: 10-6; Tu: 10-8; W: 1-8; Th: 10-6; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

BAYVIEW / LINDA BROOKS-BURTON
(415) 355-5757
5075 Third St. (at Revere) 94124
M: 10-6; Tu: 10-8; W: 10-8; Th: 10-8; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

BERNAL HEIGHTS (415) 355-2810
500 Cortland Ave. (at Moultrie) 94110
M: 10-6; Tu: 10-7; W: 1-9; Th: 10-6; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

CHINATOWN / HIM MARK LAI (415) 355-2888
1135 Powell St. (near Jackson) 94108
M: 1-6; Tu: 10-9; W: 10-9; Th: 10-9; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

Children’s Room (415) 355-2889
EUREKA VALLEY / HARVEY MILK MEMORIAL
(415) 355-5616
1 José Sarria Court (16th Street near Market) 94114
M: 10-6; Tu: 10-9; W: 10-9; Th: 10-6; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

EXCELSIOR (415) 355-2868
4400 Mission St. (at Cotter) 94112
M: 1-6; Tu: 10-9; W: 10-9; Th: 10-8; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-6

GLEN PARK (415) 355-2858
2825 Diamond St. (near Bosworth) 94131
M: 10-6; Tu: 10-6; W: 12-8; Th: 10-7; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

GOLDEN GATE VALLEY (415) 355-5666
1801 Green St. (at Octavia) 94123
M: 10-6; Tu: 10-6; W: 12-8; Th: 12-8; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-6

INGLESIDE (415) 355-2898
1298 Ocean Ave. (at Plymouth) 94112
M: 10-6; Tu: 10-6; W: 10-8; Th: 12-7; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

MAIN LIBRARY (415) 557-4400
100 Larkin St. (at Grove) 94102
M: 9-6; Tu: 9-8; W: 9-8; Th: 9-8; F: 12-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 12-6

The Mix at SFPL at Main (415) 557-4404
100 Larkin St. (at Grove) 94102
M: 1-6; Tu: 1-8; W: 1-8; Th: 1-8; F: 1-6;
Sat: 12-6; Sun: 12-6

MARINA (415) 355-2823
1890 Chestnut St. (near Webster) 94123
M: 10-6; Tu: 10-6; W: 1-8; Th: 10-8; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

MERCED (415) 355-2825
155 Winston Dr. (at 19th Ave.) 94132
M: 10-6; Tu: 10-9; W: 1-9; Th: 10-8; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-6

MISSION (415) 355-2800
300 Bartlett St. (at 24th St.) 94110
M: 1-6; Tu: 10-9; W: 10-9; Th: 10-9; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

Children’s Room (415) 355-2828
MISSION BAY (415) 355-2838
960 Fourth St. (at Berry) 94158
M: 10-6; Tu: 10-6; W: 11-8; Th: 10-6; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

NOE VALLEY/SALLY BRUNN (415) 355-5707
451 Jersey St. (near Castro) 94114
M: 12-6; Tu: 10-9; W: 1-9; Th: 10-6; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

NORTH BEACH (415) 355-5626
850 Columbus Ave. (at Lombard) 94133
M: 10-6; Tu: 10-8; W: 1-8; Th: 10-6; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

OCEAN VIEW (415) 355-5615
345 Randolph St. (at Ramsell) 94132
M: 10-6; Tu: 10-6; W: 12-8; Th: 10-7; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

ORTEGA (415) 355-5700
3223 Ortega St. (at 39th Ave.) 94122
M: 10-6; Tu: 10-6; W: 1-9; Th: 12-9; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

PARK (415) 355-5656
1833 Page St. (at Cole) 94117
M: 12-6; Tu: 10-9; W: 1-9; Th: 10-6; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

PARKSIDE (415) 355-5770
1200 Taraval St. (at 22nd Ave.) 94116
M: 1-6; Tu: 10-9; W: 12-9; Th: 10-6; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

PORTOLA (415) 355-5660
380 Bacon St. (at Goettingen) 94134
M: 10-6; Tu: 10-6; W: 12-8; Th: 10-7; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

POTRERO (415) 355-2822
1616 20th St. (near Connecticut) 94107
M: 1-6; Tu: 10-8; W: 1-8; Th: 10-8; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-6

PRESIDIO (415) 355-2880
3150 Sacramento St. (near Baker) 94115
M: 1-6; Tu: 10-9; W: 11-8; Th: 10-6; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

RICHMOND/SEN. MILTON MARKS
(415) 355-5600
351 9th Ave. (near Clement) 94118
M: 1-6; Tu: 10-9; W: 10-9; Th: 10-8; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-6

Children’s Room (415) 355-5610
350 10th Ave. (near Clement) 94118

SUNSET (415) 355-2808
1305 18th Ave. (at Irving) 94122
M: 10-6; Tu: 10-8; W: 10-8; Th: 10-8; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5
Children’s Room (415) 355-2818

VISITACION VALLEY (415) 355-2848
201 Leland Ave. (at Rutland) 94134
M: 10-6; Tu: 10-8; W: 10-8; Th: 10-8; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

WEST PORTAL (415) 355-2886
190 Lenox Way (at Ulloa) 94127
M: 1-6; T: 10-9; W: 10-9; Th: 10-9; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-5

WESTERN ADDITION (415) 355-5727
1550 Scott St. (at Geary) 94115
M: 10-6; T: 10-6; W: 1-8; Th: 10-7; F: 1-6;
Sat: 10-6; Sun: 1-6

MOBILE OUTREACH SERVICES (415) 557-4346
TREASURE ISLAND LOCATION:
Chapel Parking Lot West at Avenue of the Palms
and California Ave. M: 10-1; Th: 2-6

EARLY LITERACY BOOKMOBILE (415) 557-4346
Call for hours and locations.

GREEN BOOKMOBILE (415) 557-4346
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TECHMOBILE (415) 557-4346
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LIBRARY ON WHEELS/SENIOR (415) 557-4346

BOOKMOBILE –
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All locations are wheelchair accessible and have wifi access (except bookmobiles.) WEB SITE: sfpl.org