Just so you know, most of these don't have much to do with books. You've been warned.
Code Name Verity.
Have you read this? I don't know what to make of it. I got really caught up in the story and wanted to know how it would all turn out. But it was really hard to read. Not difficult language or anything, just difficult content. The main character is captured by the Nazis and gets interrogated/tortured. I thought there would just be a torture part that I could skip over, but it's actually interspersed throughout the whole book.
I hate reading stuff like that. So I read it, and I was definitely invested in the story. But I don't know how much I liked it, or if I would recommend it.
Next, October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. And Infant and Pregnancy Loss Remembrance month. They're not at all related, but the bullying thing is on my mind after this tumblr post by Cassandra Clare (of The Mortal Instruments books fame). How terrible! I don't really have much life experience with bullying, but I feel for anyone who did/does.
I have a little more life experience with the whole pregnancy loss business. I wish there wasn't so much shame around miscarriages/stillbirths, and that people felt like they could be open about their experience without being afraid they would make other people uncomfortable.
So, Kathy's guide to what to say to someone who's had a miscarriage/stillbirth:
"I'm (really/very) sorry." Or, "I'm thinking about you."
That's it. All the other nice or comforting or inquisitive things people had to say to me didn't help much.
I don't have a similar guide for what to say to someone who's being bullied. Sorry.
Last thing, family history.
Is anyone else into family history or genealogy stuff? I love it, but sometimes I think I have some of the most complicated ancestors to find. Lately I've called Vermont, made friends with an intern at the Illinois Regional Archives Depository, and will be emailing a pickle company in Michigan. All to try to find out more about my great, great, great grandfather.
And no, I'm really not kidding about the pickle company. Anybody ever heard of the Freestone Pickle Company in Michigan? I'm distantly related to them.
That's what been on my mind. What's been on yours lately?