Showing posts from April, 2009

Update post and BTT for 4/30

I will just barely clear 100 at this rate. may need to really dig in to my challenges!

Total: 35 read
Library books: 21
Nonfiction: 13

Science Book Challenge:3/3 i am done!
YA Challenge: 5/12 9 out of 9 challenge: 1/9
Shakespeare Challenge: 1/6
World Citizen Challenge: 1/3
TBR Lite: 0/6 Classics Challenge: 1/5
OUaT3: 1/5

For BTT this week:
Which is worse?Finding a book you love and then hating everything else you try by that author, orReading a completely disappointing book by an author that you love?I would say the second. There are tons of authors that i've only read one book by. Some I've intended to read more by, others i've just not gotten around to looking for more. But for an author that i really like I'm probably going to be more disappointed by bad book because i've been waiting for their new one, or just discovered an old one i hadn't read yet. That's why Lackey's Foundation was so bad; i'd hoped for better. It's why i miss reading Anne Ric…

1984 and Bookmarks

Last night i finished up 1984 by George Orwell. 1984 is one of the first dystopian novels. I read it in middle school i believe but only remembered that it was about a guy who falls in love, gets caught, and it had an unhappy ending. I missed all the political stuff back then.

I don't know what i thought of it then but this time i loved it. It is so appropriate for our times. I can't even begin to say how much this book affected me. Read it! a 7! I understand V for Vendetta and a few other things a bit more now as well.

Chris from Book-a-Rama's review, Jocelyn from Teen Book Review, Maree from Just add Books.

Also, I'm doing Mari's bookmarks contest! here's my picture.

So on the left you see some of my Chocolate Frog cards. They make great bookmarks for any size book and are laminated so don't bend. Next are a couple receipts, from Borders and from the library. I frequently end up using receipts as bookmarks as they are quite convenient. Up at th…

Polysyllabic Spree and post 400!

"If I ever shoot you, I promise you there will be a really good explanation, one you will grasp immediately, should you live"
I really really liked The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby. I tore through it between 1:30 and 7 pm this evening, which includes working from 3:30 through 7. we had some time between calls and it is a short book. I so want to write blog posts that even come to 10% as good as what Hornby writes. He's funny, he's charming, he's warm and touching. This book is a series of essays about what Hornby reads, and buys, and about the act of reading. How one book leads to a different one that takes you too another. seeing that other reader's have a pattern like mine makes me feel a bit less weird!

unfortunately, my library doesn't have the second two books in this series. ugh. I am on a strict budget the next few months; I want to go to Lollapalooza and it'll be expensive. I can't buy ANYTHING! He does have a blog though! G…

Many Waters

I finished Many Waters by Madeliene L'Engle last night. It is a fantasy so works for OUaT3 and is also for the Young Adult challenge. Unfortunately I didn't particularly like it. It wasn't bad, more just kinda meh. In it, Sandy and Dennys get tessered back in time by messing with their father's computer. They end up in a desert, get badly sunburned, and are rescued by Japheth, Noah's (of the Flood) son. They reconcile Noah and his father, fall in love with Noah's daughter, make enemies of the nephilim (a sort of evil angel, who seem to be in lust with the human women) and allies of the seraphim (good angels), and help Noah build a boat. it really felt way too long, even though it is only 300 or so pages. Unfortunately, Sandy and Dennys just aren't as compelling of characters as Meg and Charles Wallace. Also, they need to talk time travel with Miles from LOST so he can straighten them out as to what can and can't happen (i.e. dying in the past w…

Northanger Abbey

I finished up Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen today courtesy of DailyLit. This e-book counts for the Classics Challenge and also gives me 1 more read for 1K1! It is the story of Catherine Morland, an 17 year old girl, and how she finds a husband. It was ok but not up to Sense and Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice. i give it a 4.

Since this book is a pretty standard classic, I'm going to talk a bit about DailyLit. About a year ago i tried it out and didn't like it. I think the reason i wasn't happy with the serivce then was the choice of book; i tried Homer's Odyssey and something by Plato. Verse and thick prose are not the best choices for tidbit reading; right about the time i'd really figure out what was being said i'd reach the end of the installment. A couple months ago i decided to try it again, starting with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, an 11 installment short story. Since i was able to read that ok, i did some Poe shorts and handled that well. W…

Catching up on Life

So i haven't posted in a week or so for a few reasons. I had a bit of a blow in my personal relationship life that's just made me bleh for the last little while. I was really stupid and should have known better than to try to open up and trust someone. I shouldn't have bothered to try to do things because it's always going to end the same. Badly.

On a better note, the other reason i haven't posted is that i was in Atlanta with my mom, brother and sister. We saw the King Tut exhibit which was really cool. It wasn't too busy but as it ends May 17 i bet it will be busier going forward. I definitely recommend it if you're going to be in Atlanta the next few weeks. One warning though, a few of the big famous artifacts, including some they use in the ads for the exhibit, are not there. You aren't going to see the gold sarcophagus or mask. We also went to Medieval Times, just because. It was a fun outing. The jousting at the Renaissance festival is more accurat…

The Last Dickens

First off, i have to admit that i have not read ANY Dickens as an adult. I know i had to read a few in high school but managed to avoid it in college. So i only know the vaguest overview of his stories and had no idea he'd left one unfinished when he died. The Last Dickens is the second book i've read by Matthew Pearl. I read The Poe Shadow before i started this blog and this new one feels very similar.
James Ripley Osgood is a publisher in Boston. He and his older partner Fields are trying to keep their business from being swallowed by New York publisher Harper's. Their success rests on being the only authorized publisher of Dickens in the US. But when Dickens' death leaves them without an ending and their secretary Daniel Sand dies mysteriously while retrieving the pages Dickens did write, Osgood begins to investigate. With Rebecca Sand, Daniel's sister and a bookkeeper at the publishing house, Osgood goes to England to discover what Dickens intended to wr…

Very Very Good

So i finished an excellent book last night. Let the Right One In is by John Ajvide Lindqvist, a Swedish author. I saw the movie late last year and loved it. All i can say is that the book is even better. The basic story is simple. Oskar, an almost teenaged boy, lives with his mother in Sweden. He's bullied constantly and dreams of revenging himself on his tormentors. He meets Eli, a young girl who moves in next door, and everything in his life changes.

Because Eli is a 200 year old vampire.

In the book we learn a lot more information about the people around the story. All the adults are ineffectual; some are alcoholics, the teachers seem to ignore/be blind to what Oskar is going through. The children bully, steal, get high, and hide to try to cope with their lives. Oskar is left to navigate the world alone until Eli comes along and opens his eyes.

It is so dark, and lonely, and achingly sad. at a few points i actually found myself crying. You feel so deeply for all the …

edamame at midnight

So working the night shift i have breakfast when i wake up, lunch or some sort of snack about 2:30, dinner at work about 8 or 8:30. so that means when i get home at 12:15 sometimes i'm hungry but i don't particularly want/need a whole meal. Sweets are ok but i hate eating dessert so late. I've found one of the best snacks so late is edamame! It takes maybe 5 mins to make, is filling, is great for a salt craving and also healthy. It takes several minutes to eat since you have to nibble the beans out of the pod which is good as it give you time to actually register you've eaten.

I've joined a CSA! beginning on May 23 i'll be getting a batch of fresh, organic veggies every week. Here's the farm site. I've decided i'm going to be sure to try everything, even if i think i don't like it. I realized that i haven't tried a lot of things since i was a child, so i very well may like radishes, beets or turnips now. After all, i just found out …

Another Y

There are only a few copies of this series at my library, which is making me want to splurge and buy them and read VERY VERY carefully then return them. Oh well. I know i'd end up keeping them and i don't have an extra $100. I guess i'll just have to be patient. Y: The Last Man, Vol 3: One Small Step by Brian K Vaughn and Pia Guerra continues the story of Yorick, his escort/bodyguard agent 355, and Dr. Mann. The first part of volume three involves returning astronauts, the Israeli army, a Russian operative and twins! The second portion Ampersand has an adventure on his own with a theater troupe and joins back up with the humans at the end.
so it is hard to talk about this one without being too spoiley. The best way to say it is that i am conflicted. the second section is ok; i'm not talking about that. The first part, though, was great but i didn't want the events to occur as they did. I was really into the story and it is a fast moving plot with great characters.…

Dark and Dreary

I finished up a group of Poe short stories, Selected Stories and Poems by Edgar Allen Poe. It is an old edition i picked up at Half Price Books for like $1.50. It's been so long since i read these short stories i'd forgotten some of them. I completely forgot what "The Gold Bug" was about, how "Marie Roget" frustrated me, the weirdness of the family in "The Fall of the House of Usher". "The Pit and the Pendulum" was just as scary as i remember. Poe gets a 6!

Giveaway! So picked commenter 1, Mindy! I'm sending you an email to get that address. Hope you enjoy the book!


I woke up this morning to this friendly girl on my porch.

She was hungry!

A few minutes later she made the leap.

And chowed down.

WG and a Weekend Update

I am doing Weekly Geeks Option A and write about what books i read as a child.

A bunch! I loved The Secret Garden and Little Women. I really liked the Encyclopedia Brown books and the Fudge books and the Scary Stories series and the Great Brain series. Harriet the Spy and From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Johnny Tremain and The Westing Game and Stuart Little and Sarah, Plain and Tall and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh and The Hobbit and The Witch of Blackbird Pond i read and reread and reread. The Call of the Wild and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Treasure Island and Around the World in 80 Days and The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood and Heidi got me reading classics. Bunnicula! How to Eat Fried Worms! Redwall! The Waterbabies! The best part is i'd pick up any of these books today and read them again!

This weekend UNC gave me a glorious gift. By winning and advancing to the championship game I won my bracket! I've never ever ever won! *blo…

My Inner Fish

And inner worm, fly, mouse, etc. Your Inner Fish, by Neil Shubin, is an excellent little book about evolution. Shubin is an anatomist and paleontologist whose team discovered a "missing link" fish that walked. He traces various organs, systems and anatomical oddities from their origins in fish, sponges, worms, etc to how they function (or in some cases dysfunction) in humans. He intersperses the evolution bits with stories of fossil hunting, lab research, and planning expeditions. The best things about this book are the drawings and diagrams. To follow the bones of the arm from lizards, dinosaurs, through birds, seals and humans it great. To see how the structure of the eye has developed (including what the creature with each eye could see) is wonderful. This book is a 6 and is my final one for the Science Book Challenge! Whee!

I'm also going to post for BTT today!

I saw that National Library week is coming up in April, and that led to some questions. How often do…

Hugo Winners Vol. 1

I finished up The Hugo Winners Volume 1 edited by Isaac Asimovtonight at work. It is a collection of the Hugo award winning stories and novellettes between 1955 and 1961. I read it specifically for a classic sci-fi yahoo group I'm in. These are some amazing stories and great authors including Poul Anderson, Arthur C. Clarke, Clifford Simak and Robert Bloch. I had only read one of these stories before; "The Hell Bound Train" by Robert Bloch is about a man who makes a deal with the devil to be able to stop time in exchange for his soul. I really liked all these stories! They were funny ('Allamagoosa'), sad ("The Darfstellar", "Flowers for Algernon") and even action-packed ("Exploration Team" and "The Longest Voyage"). The most affecting story is "The Star" by Arthur C. Clarke. A little 6 page story about a priest dealing with his loss of faith. It was fabulous. In fact, this book is getting a 7, the first …