Author: mfred loves to read


It’s gray and windy and cold outside. We didn’t get any snow, just rain. I’m going to take a nap.





Irena Freitas Veronica Mars

We’ll see if that female-presenting nipple is …

We’ll see if that female-presenting nipple is too much for Tumblr.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

When I finished the book, I immediately went in search of reviews and articles about it. Truthfully, a part of me was afraid that maybe I didn’t understand it– maybe the book was smarter than me. 

A woman in her mid-twenties, nameless, decides the best way to transform herself and her life is by sleeping through it. So she finds a quack psychiatrist (just by luck) and gets prescribed pills upon pills upon pills. And then she embarks on a year-long quest to remain asleep. 

First, let me tell you, the narrator’s voice is so strong, I didn’t realize she went unnamed until I read a review pointing it out. It’s not necessarily a trustworthy voice, but it is honestly confrontational, sometimes cruel, very funny, and wickedly sharp. The narrator does not spare you, when she is talking about others or herself. Sometimes, I cringed at the text, and sometimes– maybe even more upsetting– I nodded in agreement. 

Also the premise! To numb yourself so sufficiently from life, that you actually spend a year asleep… Am I alone in saying how tempting that sounds? Of course, the reality of it, at least in the book, is much more visceral and savage and heartbreaking. The narrator is an enviable character in many ways – she’s rich, she’s pretty, she’s thin, etc., but never did I once wish to trade places with her. This is a book that embraces alienation and isolation, but never moralizes. It’s not a fable with a lesson learned at the end. It quite possibly is smarter than I am, but I still really enjoyed reading it. 5 stars.

Yay Xmas! Thanks to @bookgeekgrrl for my wonde…

Yay Xmas! Thanks to @bookgeekgrrl for my wonderful new mug.


I taught TWO classes this week! In-house training for our library staff, but I still taught them. The first was on OneNote 2016 and the second was on Drupal. And people (mostly) stayed awake!

And I read TWO literary fiction books this week– My Year of Rest and Relaxation (wickedly sharp, sometimes painful, totally interesting) and Convenience Store Woman (not funny ha-ha, but still pretty funny).

And I have tomorrow off! Three day weekend! I know tumblr is on fire right now, but I’m feeling pretty good.


I noticed some of my book reviews with romance…

I noticed some of my book reviews with romance novel covers got flagged. Not all of them, but some. Tessa Dare is too spicy for tumblr!

This is Xena. We’re dogsitting. https://…

This is Xena. We’re dogsitting.

I got a new dress…

I got a new dress


What do I do with the one cup of pureed pumpkin I have leftover from my no bake pumpkin cheesecake? Make another cheesecake?