Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

Not only was this a great book to take with me to Utah, it’s also one of the books from my TBR list! The TBR List Declutter is working!

Shortly after my daughter was born, my in-laws came to visit us in California. While there, they drove to Yosemite National Park for a few days. When they got back, my spouse asked them what they’d seen while they were there.

Everything,” his dad replied.

What he meant, of course, was everything they could see within a fifty-yard walk from their car.

On that trip, my in-laws were just the kind of national park tourists Abbey pities and despises. “So long as they are unwilling to crawl out of their cars they will not discover the treasures of the national parks and will never escape the stress and turmoil of those urban-suburban complexes which they had hoped, presumably, to leave behind for a while.” (52)

Abbey opines in 1968 that automobiles are ruining the parks by necessitating the construction of roads and parking lots and ruining the experience for the visitors by keeping them encapsulated in steel and separated from the very experiences they’ve come to experience. He proposes a solution: ban automobiles from the parks. Read More

TBR List Declutter Week 15

Another week, another batch of titles!

I wonder if I should start posting ten titles twice a week to get through the list faster. I do feel like I have some momentum now, and I’m actually starting to read from my TBR, so maybe this project of mine is working. But I don’t want to be too hasty about implementing a plan that will increase my weekly workload unless I’m fairly confident I’ll be able to keep up with it. I’ll mull it over.

Wondering what this is all about? Check out the Introductory Post.

Titles 141-150: Read More

TBR List Declutter Week 14

It’s the second week of the new post format, and so far I like it. I hope it’s readable for all of you who enjoy reading this type of list because it’s really quite a bit easier for me to set up.

Now on to the next ten titles!

Wondering what this is all about? Check out the Introductory Post.

Titles 131-140: Read More

Bookends: August 2017

August ended with uncharacteristically awesome weather. 70s and low humidity doesn’t often happen in Massachusetts, and we had a nice long stretch of it. I missed the last couple of days of the good weather because my kids and I went out to Salt Lake City for hotter temperatures and even lower humidity. We had a wonderful time and, although we missed my spouse, were a little disappointed to leave the land of walkable streets, functional public transit, a phenomenal library, incredible gelato, and fun times with friends so soon. And did I mention the low humidity? Seriously, I think I’m in love with the desert.

My TBR List Declutter chugged right along this month, thanks to the post-scheduling capabilities of WordPress. For those new to Imperfect Happiness, each Thursday, I post the titles of ten books that are on my TBR and whether I’m keeping them or taking them off of the TBR (and why).

Against all odds, we still have one monarch caterpillar hanging on. This one is more than a month old now, which is ridiculously old for a monarch caterpillar. We think it has a genetic problem based on the change in its coloration and its extremely slow rate of growth. It’s still alive, although not very lively, so we keep feeding it.

“Not dead yet!”


My Utah trip did interfere with my Bookends post for August, but I’ll remedy that right now:

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TBR List Declutter Week 13

Facing sixty-two more weeks of this, I’ve decided to streamline my listing process so these posts don’t take so much time. I’ve taken out a couple of categories—“Do I own it?” and “Why is it on my TBR?”—and changed the format a bit so it’s easier to copy and paste from Goodreads. For example, author names are now Last, First, and on the line below the title rather than on the same line.

Given my penchant for rearranging, I doubt this will be the last format change, but we’ll see how long it lasts.

Wondering what this is all about? Check out the Introductory Post.

Titles 121-130:

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TBR List Declutter: Week 12

The most recent installment of my TBR List Declutter, in which I reconsider a decade worth of titles I added to Goodreads thinking that I would one day read all of them.

Wondering what this is all about? Check out the introductory post.

Titles 111-120: Read More

TBR List Declutter: Week 11

It’s hard to follow last week’s impromptu lesson about Latin numeration, so I’m not even going to try. Instead, let’s just jump into books CI to CX (centum unus to centum decem)!

Wondering what this is all about? Check out the introductory post.

Titles 101-110: Read More

TBR List Declutter: Week 10

Today I hit the century mark! The first of seven. When I’m done, I will celebrate the TBR Declutter’s sesquisepticentennial, if I continue to use anniversary names to count my books. If I just use Latin numbers, today’s post ends with centum, and I’ll (eventually) be counting up to septingenti quinquaginta. And that concludes our lesson on Latin numbers for today.

Wondering what this is all about? Check out the introductory post.

Titles 91-100 (nonaginta unus (XCI) – centum (C)): Read More

TBR List Declutter: Week 9

With these ten, I had apparently finished with the book of books. The New York Times had a “Top 20 Writers Under 40” thing a few years ago, and based on my tags, I seem to have started gathering TBRs from that list.

Just today I added a handful more books to my TBR because I’m incorrigible. I’m not counting the ones I add right now because hopefully by the time I get to the end of the list, I will have read a few titles and it will all even out. Of course, lately I’ve been reading titles that aren’t on my Goodreads TBR, so that doesn’t bring my TBR numbers down.

Wondering what this is all about? Check out the introductory post.

Titles 81-90: Read More

TBR List Declutter: Week 8

As of this week, I’ve gone through more than 10% of my original 750-title TBR. Motoring right along with ten more from March 9, 2010, from the book of books.

Wondering what this is all about? Check out the introductory post.

Titles 71-80: Read More