Off to a good start?

I wrote my what are you reading Wednesday post earlier this week, and figured out how to schedule it. I planned on touching it up a bit before actually posting it, but it decided it was good enough. All the info was there, but it wasn’t exactly in complete sentences. It got posted on Wednesday, and that was my goal for the year. So, I guess I started out ok.

I am really enjoying my kindle/library book and hope to finish it today. I woke up because of coughing from asthma and allergies, so I cancelled my other plans for today.

Today isn’t going to be as much of an adventure as I thought, but I can at least attempt productivity. I managed to feed the cats so far. They appreciated it.

Happy 2020!

What Are You Reading Wednesday

This week’s audiobook is by Jeanne Gaffigan. When Life Gives You Pears. I am really enjoying it, and I’ll be finishing it quickly.

This week’s Kindle book is A Royal Christmas Wish. I started it for a bookclub, but I won’t be able to make the bookclub, so I will relax about finishing it by a certain time.

I have a few library books almost finished and I’ll be ready to return them soon.

I still have books to finish to make my goal of 120 books for the year. I need to get my reading time scheduled. And my gym time, but that’s another matter.

NYPL Best Teen Books of 2019

Best teen books of 2019

The above linked article talks about the New York Public Library’s list of best teen books of 2019. I have a few of them. I have read a few of them. It seems like a good list to work on for 2020.

  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Jean Mendoza (adapter) & Debbie Reese (adapter)
  • As Many Nows As I Can GetBy Shana Youngdahl
  • The Babysitters Coven By Kate Williams
  • Birthday By Meredith Russo
  • Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey, Vol. 1 By Akiko Higashimura
  • Butterfly Yellow By Thanhha Lai
  • Cosmoknights, Vol. 1 By Hannah Templer
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely By Brigid Kemmerer
  • The Downstairs Girl By Stacey Lee
  • Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic By Sam Quinones
  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager By Ben Philippe
  • For the Kid I Saw in My Dreams, Vol. 1 By Kei Sanbe
  • The Fountains of Silence By Ruta Sepetys
  • Four Dead Queens By Astrid Scholte
  • Gender Queer: A Memoir By Maia Kobabe
  • The Good Luck Girls By Charlotte Nicole Davis
  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass By Mariko Tamaki, art by Steve Pugh
  • Hope and Other Punchlines By Julie Buxbaum
  • I Want to Eat Your Pancreas By Yoru Sumino, art by Idumi Kirihara
  • I Was Their American Dream By Malaka Gharib
  • Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee ExperienceBy Patrice Vecchione (editor) & Alyssa Raymond (editor)
  • Ironheart, Vol. 1: Those with Courage By Eve Ewing, art by Kevin Libranda, Luciano Vecchio, & G Geoffo
  • Kiss Number 8 By Colleen AF Venable, art by Ellen T. Crenshaw
  • Komi Can’t Communicate, Vol. 1 By Tomohito Oda
  • The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined By Stephanie Hemphill
  • Last Bus to Everland By Sophie Cameronit to be?
  • Like a Love Story By Abdi Nazemian
  • The Music of What Happens By Bill Konigsberg
  • On the Come Up By Angie Thomas
  • The Other F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce By Angie Manfredi (editor)
  • Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare, Vol. 1 By Yuhki Kamatani
  • Patron Saints of Nothing By Randy Ribay
  • Pet By Akwaeke Emezi
  • Powers of a Girl: 65 Marvel Women Who Punched the Sky & Changed the Universe By Lorraine Cink, art by Alice X. Zhang
  • Quincredible, Vol. 1: Quest to Be the Best! By Rodney Barnes, art by Selina Espiritu
  • Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee By Jeff Zentner
  • SHOUT By Laurie Halse Anderson
  • SLAY By Brittney Morris
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Vol. 1By Kelly Thompson, art by Veronica Fish
  • Soaring Earth: A Companion Memoir to Enchanted AirBy Margarita Engle
  • Sorcery of Thorns By Margaret Rogerson
  • They Called Us Enemy By George Takei, Justin Eisinger, & Steven Scott, art by Harmony Becker
  • This Time Will Be Different By Misa Sugiura
  • The Waning Age By S.E. Grove
  • War Girls By Tochi Onyebuchi
  • We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults By Susan Kuklin
  • Wilder Girls By Rory Power
  • Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 1 By Kamome Shirahama
  • Witchy By Ariel Slamet Ries
  • With the Fire on High

Author panel 11/13/19

November is National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo, apparently. Apparently, I can’t read, since I went to the wrong room first, even though its correct location was clearly marked.

The library hosted a panel of writers talking about writing process and what it takes to write 50,000 words a month.

The three authors talked about their various writing techniques, and, while each was different, they have all learned the same thing. Each book needs a different technique.

It was a wonderful presentation, but I had to leave before the end. The part that I saw had a lot of valuable information.

There’s more information on, but I haven’t checked it out yet.

Alcatraz Occupation 1969

The San Francisco library is having exhibits honoring the 1969 native American occupation. I went to two of the talks, and I looked at two of the exhibits. There are two more that I haven’t gotten to. I am learning a lot that I wasn’t expecting to learn. I am amazed that a lot of this stuff wasn’t taught in school, and if it was, it was taught with a biased slant.

I plan on going back and finishing the other two exhibits.

I found this at the Sunset library. I need to look into it, too.

I have found all of this information fascinating. History that I had no knowledge of.

Ortega library branch

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

27 branches

I came here for an event about Alcatraz. I went early to get things done. There is plenty of seating, but, with the middle school and high school right up the street and around the corner, it was full of kids. Loud kids. Free babysitting until the parents get off work?

The event was being held in “the meeting room” but I couldn’t find the meeting room when I arrived. I did find the bathroom immediately, thank goodness. I asked the librarian where the meeting room is, and she pointed to the room labeled “programs.” She seemed surprised that I didn’t immediately know that the meeting room wasn’t labeled “meeting room.”

Other than the kids after school, this a nice place to sit and read. There are plenty of places for adults to sit, unlike the Parkside branch. I had to wait a little while for a table with a plug to charge my kindle,but it wasn’t long. The kids cleared out by around 5:15, so it wasn’t bad at all.