Sitzbook 100-Word Review: ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ by J.D. Vance

It's been ages since I wrote any posts, and I'll eventually talk more about what's been going on. But for now, I wanted to do a Sitzbook 100-Word Review for J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy. I chose it because the Kindle version is on sale today, so I thought I'd mention it:  amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "ryansitzmcom-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_design = "enhanced_links"; amzn_assoc_asins Read more [...]

New Baby!

If you know me, you also probably know that we had our second baby a month ago, on April 23rd! He's named Alexander and we're all doing great! I had meant to do a whole big, detailed write-up of the event so that we could have it to look back on in the future. After all, I did that for our first boy, Will, on the very night he was born, after a 36 or 48-hour day or whatever. At that time, I was definitely running on adrenaline (and running on empty), but this time I've just been so busy with Will, Read more [...]

Sitzbook Review – ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ by L. Frank Baum

When I thought about it, I was pretty surprised to realize that I'd never read the original book version of The Wizard of Oz. Of course, I'd seen the movie (both in regular and Dark Side of the Rainbow versions), but never read the book. I mention that because last night I finished up this graphic novel adaptation of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It was written by Eric Shanower and illustrated by Skottie Young. I got it for Christmas last year from my sister and brother-in-law, Read more [...]

Sitzbook Book Recommendation: ‘The Forever War’ by Joe Haldeman

Hi! Wow, it's been so long since I wrote here I'll soon be able to count my absence in years, not months. But oh well, no one's perfect. And neither is our internet or computer situation, which is also the main reason I've been gone so long. I'm planning on writing more stuff ASAP, but I just wanted to write a short blurb now about a book that I read earlier in this year for my Sitzbook book-a-week reading project. It's called The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. When I read the description, it sounded Read more [...]

Our Cat Boner

Our cat Boner died a few weeks ago. I'd been meaning to put up some pictures of him. He was a good cat. He wasn't always the "fun" or "sociable" cat, but he was consistently good and got along with our other two cats. He was kind of the peacemaker. Unfortunately, something attacked him one night, and he died later the next day, even though it had seemed like he was getting better. Poor little guy. Anyhow, thanks for indulging me and checking these out. Thanks Read more [...]

Sitzbook Review: ‘The Almost Nearly Perfect People’ by Michael Booth

I've finally gotten to the point where I'm going to review (or at least talk about and share some quotes from) some of the books that I read this year. This time I'm going to talk about The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia by Michael Booth. As far as non-fiction goes, this is one of the most interesting books I've read in a while. It talks about the Scandinavian countries and how they work (and don't work) in general. The subtitle of the book, "Behind Read more [...]

6 Of My Favorite Prince Songs – And What They Mean To Me

Prince was an awesome musician and a superbly interesting person. He was one of my favorite musicians, in fact. Like the rest of the world, I was surprised and saddened to hear of his death last week. To remember him, I decided to talk about 6 of my favorite Prince songs. Notice that I didn't title this article "My 6 Favorite Prince Songs," but instead "6 Of My Favorite Prince Songs." That's because it's very hard to narrow them down to six, and depending on one's mood, certain songs resonate Read more [...]