Sunday, February 18, 2024

The Sunday Post #358

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The Sunday Post is a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, tell you what I’m reading, and share news. It’s hosted by The Caffeinated Book ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

The Sunday Post #358

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In My Reading Life

Did I spend the entire week watching Love Is Blind: Brazil instead of reading books? Yes. Does that TV show cause brain cells to commit suicide? Probably. Do I have regrets? Absolutely not.

I did finish a book! It was a cozy fantasy where faeries casually decapitate one another. It's Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett. <-- I had to look up how to spell pretty much every word of that title. This book is for spelling bee champions only because people like me can't find it on the internet.

Anyway, Emily Wilde's Encyclopedia Encyclopaedia is historical fantasy about Emily Wilde, a university professor who travels to a remote island to study the fairy faerie population. She plans to spend months alone in the wilderness, but then her academic rival, Wendell Bambleby, shows up on the doorstep of her decrepit cabin. Wendell is also there to study faeries. (Or so he claims.) At first, Emily is irritated, but then she realizes that she might have a crush on her rival. And the feeling might be mutual.

I feel like I've been searching for this book for years. (Not just because I can't spell the title.) I've been craving a medium-stakes fantasy book with fun characters and a world that doesn't require my whole brain to understand. This is the exact novel I wanted! I loved it!

The book has cozy vibes like a small town rom-com, but there's still danger because the faeries are unpredictably violent. They torture humans for fun. It's not always a light, whimsical story. However, it's not a stressful story either. That's probably because it's written like a diary. You know that Emily and Wendell are alive and safe because they're writing diary entries about the scary stuff they experienced. Dead people can't write. (I don't think . . .)

Speaking of Emily and Wendell, they're brilliant university professors but also too stupid to live. They don't know how to survive on the island in winter. They can't even work an ax! At first, I found both characters annoying, but as the plot progressed, I started to appreciate them. Their banter is funny. They have distinctive personalities and use their research to help humanity. They're just so wrapped up in the academic side of things that they overlook the practical stuff. I understood them better as the story went on.

You should believe the hype about this novel. It's a fun time. I'll be reading the sequel.

In The Rest Of My Life

Three things that . . . um . . . happened last week:

1. Sometimes skunks dig burrows under my house. I always know when they're under the house because skunks smell horrific all the time. Also, I see their footprints in the snow.

A few days ago, I woke up at 3AM because I had a boxing class at 5AM. When I looked out the door, there were skunks everywhere. It was a distressing quantity of skunks! I was like, "What the heck? I thought you guys were solitary animals!" Then I banged on the door to scare them away. They all tried to run under the house, but the hole they dug was so small that they had to line up to escape from me. It was hilarious. They looked like drunk girls waiting for the bathroom at a club. They were snapping at each other and falling all over the place.

I did research and discovered that skunks share burrows in winter. Up to 20 skunks can live in the same hole. So . . . basically, there's an entire cuddle puddle of skunks under my house right now.

Luckily, my dad showed up like a hero with skunk repellant and a motion-activated strobe light. Either the skunks will be scared away, or the yard will look like a club for real. I'll let you know.

2. I get to keep my park ranger job. My job is weird because I have to re-interview for it every year. After the interview, my supervisor decides if he wants me for another season. I was pretty confident I'd get rehired, but I also realized I wouldn't be sad if I didn't.

Some parts of the job are cool. I love the educational programs, search and rescue, and the behind-the-scenes stuff. I hate dealing with the public. I die inside whenever someone screams, "You ruined my vacation!" after I ask them to do something reasonable. (The stuff I ask: "Buy a day pass to use the park," "Put your dog on a leash," "Put your car on a road," "Put a lifejacket on your child." All of those are state laws. I'm helping them avoid a ticket.)

Then they scream, "My taxes pay your salary! You can't make me do anything! I'm your boss!" Then I notice their car is covered in blue lives matter stickers because they (allegedly?) respect laws and law enforcement. The public is fun.

3. It was Brooklyn's birthday. She's five now. (Can you tell from the photo that she's five? She acts like she's five.) I can't believe we've had her for five years. It simultaneously feels like forever and not very long.

For More Fun In Public

Take care of yourselves and be kind to each other. See you around the blogosphere!


  1. Lol at your skunk tale!! I mean, I guess not as fun for you but I enjoyed your telling of it.

    I loved the first Emily Wilde book! I am not as in love with the sequel but to be honest, I almost never enjoy sequels as much as the first book in a series so it could just be me and my weirdness.

    Enjoy your week and congrats on keeping your job again!

  2. I have got to read Emily Wilde's book. I own it but haven't gotten to it!

  3. First of all, I wish there was footage of your skunk encounter. Maybe it wasn't funny for you at the time but that story is hilarious. Yeah for dad and his know-how. Brooklyn is precious. I cannot believe it's been five years since we first heard about her. Looks like some doll friends attended the party. Fun! Your book title made me think of the way my orthopedist spells their office name Orthopaedic. I had to google. I thought it was wrong.

  4. At least the skunks didn't spray. That would of been bad. I don't like working with the pubic either. Trying to leave my job and find one where I can work in solitude.
    Have a great week.

  5. I love the visual of a whole lot of skunks lining up to run back into their burrow. That's hilarious! But not something I'd like to experience for myself.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the Emily Wilde book. I like to refer to it as the Emily Wilde book instead of its full name because I also don't know how to spell it right. At least the sequel's got a title that's easier to spell! I'm looking forward to reading it too!

  6. Gah, the skunk story is somewhat funny, but not really! I would have thought banging on the window might make them spray, and thankfully it didn't! I hope your dad's fix gets rid of the skunks! Brooklyn is a cutie, happy birthday to her. And, because Google apparently hates me, this is Cindy from

  7. Gosh AJ I LOVE reading your posts because they always make me laugh! Your skunk retelling was so funny! But I could never wake up at 3 AM to go to a boxing class at 5 AM (even if I did boxing classes some years ago)

  8. Wow amazing post. I love Emily Wilde and that UK cover is gorgeous. You know the spelling thing is because it originated in the UK? I can't wait to hear about the skunks. Yay for keeping your job. People are over the line on stupid and aggressive these days. Happy birthday Brooklyn! They grow too fast.

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  9. What is the collective noun for skunks - a stink of skunks?? Like you, I always thought they were relatively solitary - how offputting to discover that they've chosen your place as their winter hangout. I do hope your dad's measure discourage them. And I share your enthusiasm for the Emily Wilde book - and I also thoroughly enjoyed the sequel. How come Brooklyn is 5 already - she looks absolutely adorable. Have a great week, AJ:).

  10. Oh boy...I don't know how I would feel about skunks hanging around my home. And happy birthday to Brooklyn!

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  11. I am sure Brooklyn keeps you on your toes!

    I don't know what I would do if 20 skunks lived under my house. I'd love to see photos though of them lining up to enter the burrow (or dancing in the club)

  12. Oh fun. You searched and found the perfect fairy book. I love it when I find a book after a long search.

  13. I can't wait to read Emily Wilde.

    The skunk thing... reminds me of that dude on Youtube who had like 50 zillion raccoons swarming hishouse.

  14. Your skunk story made me laugh out loud, thankfully we don’t have them here. There are just a lot of spiders and probably the odd snake under my house.
    I hope to read the 2nd Emily Wilde book soon.
    Yay on the job front!

    Wishing you a skunk free week!

  15. Oh my. Who knew skunks would huddle together? If I were a skunk, I'd stay miles away from a whole horde of them. Ugh.

    Glad you enjoyed Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries so much. Even if the title is hard to spell...

  16. Happy birthday; glad you get to keep your job, Ranger AJ; and I had no idea you could have so many skunks in one hole. It's about this time of the year that I always begin smelling those cute critters and I have smelled a number over the past week (and seen a few squashed on the highway)

  17. I'm still laughing after reading your skunk story--this time of year is mating season and I see so many out on the roads during my morning runs. They all have different personalities/levels of boldness too--some scurry away into culverts as I approach, while others square me off with tails raised. Thankfully, the latter are in the minority.

  18. I liked both of the Emily Wilde books and know what you mean about having to constantly check the spelling. I usually just American it and go on. Great skunk story. I hear they are around in my neighborhood too but haven't seen or smelled any myself. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  19. Oh my goodness, how is Brooklyn five already!?? She's adorable. I hope she had a great birthday!

  20. The skunks! I'm picturing the skunk disco you're going to see this week! Emily Wilde's whatever has been on my radar for a little while but you just bumped it up the list. I can't even imagine working with the public these days. And happy birthday to Brooklyn!

  21. Yikes about the skunks! I'm getting a very vivid picture of them. Hope you have a great week!

  22. You are such a riot, Aj! If all I could do is read your blog posts and comments, life would be grand. Loved the skunk story and I hate the public story. That last one is so true.

    The book sounds amazing. I'm not a fantasy fan, but I would read this. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great week.

  23. Eeeek. The skunks! Yikes! I can't say I'd ever had to deal with that! I am so looking forward to listening to the audiobook for Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries. It should be available for me to listen to very, very soon. I requested it on Libby. Have a great week. :)

  24. I have downloaded the next Emily Wilde book. I must finish up some other titles I have on my device first, but I swear, it's killing me not to jump right into reading it!
    My aunt discovered that she had skunks under her deck. Lots and lots of skunks. Thanks to you I now understand why there were so many. She has hired someone to capture and release them but as soon as they think they have got rid of them, she ends up discovering another.
    Happy birthday to your little darling.

  25. Happy birthday to Brooklyn! I'm invested in the skunk drama so please update. I would feel a bit like I was living on top of a bomb I think! I deal enough with the general public to not be surprised by much but I bet you have an especially good time with them. Have a great week!

  26. Oh how I wish there was video of those silly skunks!!!

    Congrats on another year as a park ranger and happy b'day to Brooklyn!

  27. Nice cake for Brooklyn! So cute. Looks like she had a great birthday. And what's this about a pack of skunks ... omg that would not be good. I hope they leave the premises.