Bus Reads for September

Commuting to Seattle by bus five days a week gives me a lot of reading time. Here’s what I read on the bus in September:

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu: Five girls, Nita, Isabel, Andee, Siobhan, and Dina are selected by their camp leader, Jan, to go on a kayaking trip. These girls already have established friendships and rivalries that shape how they will fend for themselves after their camp leader meets a tragic fate. The narration goes from girl to girl as well and includes flashbacks of camp life before, during, and after the incident. It was thrilling, almost edge of your seat read at times, but also the story of these girls as adults; it was interesting to see how one moment can have an impact on the rest of your life. Continue reading “Bus Reads for September”


Karaoke is one of those things that I will either be super stoked about and will want to sing Colors of the Wind to the rooftops or I’ll just want to sit back and take it all in.   Regardless, karaoke has a way of bringing everyone together and here are a few books that illustrate that very point:

Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love & Karaoke by Rob Sheffield

“In this follow-up to Love is a Mix Tape, a writer for Rolling Stone, after his wife’s death, finds solace in music, which leads him to the strangest places and gives him the courage to start over, move on and rock the mike.” Continue reading “Libraryoke!”

Adventures in Pet Sitting!

The last months of summer are usually a whirlwind of getting out of town. For some of us that means finding a pet sitter. Maybe it’s a friendly neighbor or a local boarder or maybe it’s you! This August I hung out for two weeks with two adorable cat brothers who act more like dogs than cats! They sneaked into grocery bags and even brought a bat in the house (thank goodness for vaccinations)! My other gig is in a few weeks with two older pups…and I’m starting to wonder what adventures they will bring! Have you had any adventures in pet sitting?

Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter by Blaize Clement

“Clement’s assured cozy debut introduces an appealing heroine, 32-year-old Dixie Hemingway, who’s given up her stressful job as a sheriff’s deputy in Sarasota, Fla., to become a professional pet sitter. When Dixie calls early one morning on her latest client, a silver-blue Abyssinian named Ghost, she finds a dead man face down in the cat bowl. Continue reading “Adventures in Pet Sitting!”

Bus Reads for August

Commuting to Seattle by bus five days a week gives me a lot of reading time. Here’s what I read on the bus in August:

Book cover image for Heart BerriesHeart Berries by Terese Mailhot: After checking herself into a psych ward Mailhot begins journaling to her ex-lover. She grapples with her past, her present, and her future as well as the cultural responsibility and weight of being First Nations. Her words of madness, love, strength, heartbreak are still running through my head. I loved the beautiful rawness of Mailhot’s voice, almost stream-of-consciousness as you read it; hers is a voice we so desperately need. It was a book that stayed with me long after the last page was read. Continue reading “Bus Reads for August”