Showing posts from November, 2009

Penultimate Update on 2009 Challenges

as of 11/30
Total: 139
Non-fiction: 34 Library: 95 (i signed up for the 50 book challenge at the 2009 Support Your Local Library Challenge so i'm done) Graphic novels: 30

Science Book Challenge:3/3 i am done! YA Challenge: 12/12 DONE! 9 for 09 challenge: 2/9 Shakespeare Challenge: 6/6 DONE!
World Citizen Challenge: 2/3
TBR Lite: 0/6
Chunkster Challenge: 4/3-5 Done!
Classics Challenge: 5/5 DONE! OUaT3: 5/5 also done! 1% Challenge: 9/10 Everything Austen Challenge: 2/6 Japanese Lit Challenge: 1/1 done RIP IV Challenge: 4/4 Done!

YA Challenge 2010

A possible Young Adult Challenge list for 2010. I know that the list isn't required but here are 12 i'd like to read. If there were a 20 book level i'd do that, but i think i'll just do the mini YA Challenge. Looking for Alaska by John GreenThe Rules of Survival by Nancy WerlinSlam by Nick HornbyAndromeda Klein by Frank PortmanFeed by MT Anderson
Ruby in the Smoke by Philip PullmanThe House of the Scorpion by Nancy FarmerBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Small Steps by Louis SacharThe Alchemyst by Michael ScottHeaven Eyes by David AlmondKit's Wilderness by David Almondof course i know i'll read some not on this list, as well as probably do more than the 12. Hooray for reading!

I'll be rereading Tolkein

OK, i'm officially signing up for challenges now! i mean, it is almost December right? Anyway, i'll be joining the Lord of the Rings Readalong, hosted by Eva, Maree, Jenny and Teresa at Shelf Love and the Literary Omnivore. a book a month, including The Hobbit, to read through April. Yay!

Link Dump

Ok, here i go!

Jerk! I can't believe the governor used the excuse "a year isn't long enough to override next of kin" but apparently as long as you've ran to Vegas and gotten that piece of paper it doesn't matter how long you've known each other. Which is crazy. Check out the personal story that prompted the legislation. Awful, especially the part about the fact that these guys had done everything they were supposed to: wills, living wills, powers of attorney.

B told me about this when we saw a little baby meteor on Saturday night. I didn't quite believe it was so bright until i saw the video. Damn!

Donate $5 to Scarleteen. Sex positive sex ed for all!

How i feel about Stupak too.

I've got all my shots. so should you!

The program has closed temporarily but if you are on Paperbackswap you may want to donate a credit or two to a needy school for books!
I hope everyone travels safely this weekend, whether you are going near or far. I'll be driving 10 ho…

2 Volumes of The Walking Dead, a Question.

I am really digging the zombie thing running rampant in books right now. I tore through 2 volumes of The Walking Dead tonight and will be checking out McKay's shortly to see about picking up another few. Both get 5's from me.

The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore begins with a normal, everyday shootout between a couple small town cops and an escaped prisoner. Rick, who is the hero of this tale, gets shot, then wakes up in a hospital. This next scene is straight out of 28 Days Later, so i wonder which came out first. Finding the hospital abandoned, except for a few zombies, he stumbles out and goes looking for his family.

The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn takes up just a few hours after the last book ends. The story turns more toward group dynamics and we find out what's happening as the group breaks camp and travels away from Atlanta.

As for the question, it relates to the fa…

Weekly Geeks 43

When i first started this post, i was wondering if i could even get to 10 books published in 2009 that i would recommend. the couple i could think of off the top of my head wouldn't be on my top of the year list but i wondered about including them since i needed a full 10. Then i decided that i didn't need to recommend by default and felt that whatever number i came up with would be good enough. So here is my list, with category and the rating i gave the book out of 7.

The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins- non-fiction, science/biology, 7
The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan- fiction, horror/thriller, 5
The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff-fiction, historical, 5
Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne, non-fiction, science/biology, 7
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins- fiction, young adult, 6
The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry- fiction, mystery, fantasy, 6

I've got the new Stephen King from the library and it has been getting awesome reviews. so that may e…



Early this morning, or late last night, i finished reading Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith. I liked it. I feel bad because i read parts at work or while i was rather tired and know i would have learned more fully awake and alert. It is very good. I've read a lot of Carl Sagan and Tyson really reminds me of Sagan. He's trying to explain what we've learned about the universe in just a few hundred pages. Plenty of the info is relatively new, things we've discovered since 1990, and plenty doesn't make natural sense because the information is so far out of what we see everyday. Published in 2004, it mentions the Cassini-Huygens probe as a future source of data, so now i want to look that up and read some more. Tyson also disses mass media a few times, talking about how various giant discoveries don't make a nightly newscast. a 5 from me.

Switching subjects, is it not weird to others that we are a…

BTT for 11/19

I am really having a bit of trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that it is a week until Thanksgiving. I worry about my perception of time and whether i'm wasting all of mine.
so, an interesting question for BTT today!
Today’s question was suggested by Barbara:
Do you think any current author is of the same caliber as Dickens, Austen, Bronte, or any of the classic authors? If so, who, and why do you think so? If not, why not? What books from this era might be read 100 years from now?

Yes. There are definitely authors that write today that i feel people will be reading in 100 years. I think that, just as people today read Austen and the Bronte's for a view of Georgian and Victorian England, people a couple hundred years from now will read books from our times to understand our view of life. While i don't know if Dan Brown, Stephenie Meyers, Nicholas Sparks, or Patricia Cornwell will still be read, I bet Stephen King, Haruki Murakami, Toni Morrison and JK Rowling will sti…

Reading Fun

I finished the last of Nick Hornby's Believer column compilations,Housekeeping vs The Dirt. It is weird to have read the last columns before these middle ones. These cover the same sorts of things: Books Bought vs Books Read, enjoying lowbrow literature, not making yourself work to enjoy a book. There's less soccer and more international politics. another 6!

on another note, sometime in the last few days my counter rolled over 16,000! thanks! Thanks for dropping by, reading and commenting or even just going away again. I appreciate it and writing this blog so far has been fun and educational! hopefully next time i hit a milestone i'll notice a little faster.

The Greatest Show on Earth

I finished another science book. The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins is another evolution book. Another very good one. It is longer and more detailed than the Coyne book, so in a way i think i'd start with the Why Evolution is True if you aren't at all science inclined. Dawkins' book is fascinating and i learned much from it.

here's an extremely informative quote.
Natural selections is the differential survival of successful genes rather than
the alternative, less successful genes in gene pools. Natural selection
doesn't choose genes directly. Instead it chooses their proxies,
individual bodies; and those individuals are chosen--obviously and automatically
and without deliberative intervention--by whether they survive to reproduce
copies of the very same genes. A gene's survival is intimately bound up with the survival of the bodies that it helps to build, because it rides inside those bodies, and dies with them.
Makes sense doesn't it! Dawkins…

More P&P

I just finished up the BBC Pride and Prejudice last night.

ok, so yeah, this one is better than the new theatrical version. you get, of course, so much more of the story since it is about twice as long. that means you get more of the characters you don't like too (Lydia and Mrs. Bennett) but more of the ones you enjoy (Elizabeth and Jane, Mr. Darcy). I really liked this movie as well and it's on my wishlist now too! another 7 from me!

and happy Friday the 13th!

BTT for 11/12

Have i answered something like this? or was i discussing it with B?

Suggested by JM:
“Life is too short to read bad books.” I’d always heard that, but I still read books through until the end no matter how bad they were because I had this sense of obligation.
That is, until this week when I tried (really tried) to read a book that is utterly boring and unrealistic. I had to stop reading.
Do you read everything all the way through or do you feel life really is too short to read bad books?

I am one who will stop reading a book if i don't feel like it. I've got about a half-dozen books, like Stranger in a Strange Land and The Historian, that i've read some of yet i just haven't finished them. I just have so many others that i'd rather read if i'm disinterested. I just took The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo back to the library as i just didn't feel like finishing it yet. So i will stop in the middle of reading a book.

There are exceptions though. It took me 3…

So, i fail!

I've been having the toughest time going the daily blogging thing this time. Partly it is because work has been absolutely insanely busy and work is where i tend to get some reading done. I also frequently update my blog from work as well so being busy means i can't do that either. I've been going out sometimes after work which means then i'm sleeping later too. and for personal mood reasons i haven't felt like reading or blogging. This past weekend i was personally very busy with other things and got nothing accomplished besides paying a few bills. so, i have bowed out of NaBloPoMo this time. oh well, that makes me 2 for 3 at succeeding.

The one thing i did do, on my way to pick up my dog from R's, was stop by McKays. I ended up grabbing 4 graphic novels and 2 books for a total of $25. I did read a couple of my new graphic novels over the weekend.

Serenity: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon, Will Conrad and Laura Marin is a bit of filler. It is short, short, sho…

Pride and Prejudice

I watched the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice last night. Very pretty but I thought the music was way overdone. Jena Malone had Lydia just right, the woman who played Jane was lovely, Bingley and Mr. Wickham and the Bennett parents were great too. So, the big two. Keira Knightly has some very prominent collarbones. I kept looking at that. on the movie itself, she is a good actress and she conveys her feelings and thoughts so well with her expressions. Matthew Macfadyen plays Mr. Darcy, very stoic and British stiff-upper lip type. and, of course, tall, dark and handsome.
So this one is a 7, counts for the Everything Austen Challenge, and is now on my wishlist for Christmas.

BTT for 11/4

It's All About Me

Which do you prefer? Biographies written about someone? Or Autobiographies written by the actual person (and/or ghost-writer)?

I am really not sure. I've read some of each and i really don't know that i've had a preference. i know that is a cop out but that's how i feel.

Breaking Dawn

So i liked this one much more than Eclipse! I finished up Breaking Dawnon my last break at work tonight.

ok, yeah, there were some really silly bits that i won't go into because they are certainly spoilery. Really silly. Seriously, when we switched to Jacob's chapters i felt certain the book would be hurled across the room when i finished it. However, later developments redeemed the story.

so yeah, this one gets a 5.

Fall in Tennessee



November 1st!

Happy All Saint's Day everyone!

I decided to do NaBloPoMo again for the real month. Yay!

so, last night i hung out with my friend C. She's D's girlfriend but D was out of town. I made eggplant parmesan, which was quite good. We watched two bleh movies, the new version of Last House on the Left, which was better than Surveillance. I figured out Surveillance about 30 minutes in and it is one where you really don't like any character but the little 10 year old girl. I really would say if you like horror you'd like Last House on the Left but skip the other movie.

one post down, 29 to go!