Two funny books about books

It’s Wednesday. I woke up with a roaring migraine. Therefore, I’m not having real thoughts. Only ghost thoughts, or half thoughts.

So instead, some humor.


weird_thingsThis book delivers exactly what the title promises: bizarre, odd, and downright creepy things people have said in bookstores across the country (there’s even an entry from Penguin Bookshop in Sewickley!)

The author’s blog can be found at

My favorite weird things were the messed up titles people asked for. Like Nineteen Eighty Six. Yeah.




publiclibraryI can personally attest that everything Gina Sheridan writes about in this book is true, because I too work at a public library and get some bizarre questions.

This is also a blog turned book. The blog is still updated with Sheridan’s entries as well as entries from other libraries.

No, I have never submitted one. But perhaps today is the day…

It is Wednesday, after all.

You’re never through with some things

“You think you’re through with some things,” says the main character in Jess Walter’s short story “Anything Helps.”

The character, Bit, is referring to his return to begging for money with a cardboard sign on the side of the road. The story makes me cry every time I read it.

But I’m not talking about being homeless here. I’m referring to my blog The Adventures of Miss Migraine.

I thought I was getting better (and I am, sort of), but after my last appointment with my migraine specialist, I discovered that the need to talk about the ongoing frustrations of dealing with pain, other migraine symptoms, and medication side effects, still pushed against my ribcage.

I tried writing one post about migraines for this space, but it didn’t feel right. So you can find me here, and you can find me over at Miss Migraine, too.

The unfortunate fact is that I’m always going to have migraine disease. There isn’t a cure. Sure, I might get the disease under “control,” but I will always need to think about what I’m eating, how much physical activity I am capable of, whether or not the soap in someone’s bathroom has a strong scent, and a dozen other things.

Having a dedicated space to work through my migraine issues is an important part of my coping mechanism. It took walking away to see that, and that’s okay. I’m comfortable with revision, even when it’s revising my plans and goals.

Miss Migraine takes a year-end break

I’m going to give myself a blogging vacation for the rest of the year. On the 25th I leave for Arkansas for a week to visit my best friend, and I want to concentrate on hanging out and doing fun things away from the computer screen. I’ll be back in 2015 with migraine-related resolutions, musings on disability, and perhaps stories of the adventures I’ll have in Arkansas.

Happy holidays, everyone!