31 August 2010
29 August 2010
27 August 2010
The Fantastic Mr. Fox: 6. funny!
The Blind Side: 5. ok. I liked the movie but i kept feeling like i shouldn't, that it, while a true story, was a Dickens story set today. though...i may read the book. still ambivalent.
Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog: ok, so i was tipsy when i watched this. a 5. which leads to...
The Guild, Seasons 1-3: 6, funny stuff, really liked it. If you've ever played World of Warcraft or Everquest and the like you'll find so much to laugh about. Great characters too.
High Fidelity: 6. I managed to somehow miss this before. i really liked it. Does John Cusack kinda play the same guy all the time?
25 August 2010
24 August 2010
In this book I try to ask some of the essential questions about the art of fiction. Is realism real? How do we define a successful metaphor? What is a character? When do we recognize a brilliant use of detail in fiction? What is point of view, and how does it work? What is imaginative sympathy? Why does fiction move us?
23 August 2010
22 August 2010
21 August 2010
19 August 2010
Booking Through Thursday has a long question list today.
1. Favorite childhood book? I've been thinking about this question a bit anyway recently. I reread the Great Brain series many times as a child so I will say those books right now.
2. What are you reading right now? How Fiction Works by James Wood, The Neutronium Alchemist Part 1 by Peter F Hamilton, and on my phone's Kindle program Cades Cove by Aidan James
3. What books do you have on request at the library? bunches. I have a full list at 10, including Mockingjay, Packing for Mars, and The Fall: Book 2 of the Strain Trilogy.
4. Bad book habit? I turn corners on mass market paperbacks.
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? Only 6! The new Atemis Fowl book, How Fiction Works, Jumper by Stephen Gould, Johannes Cabal: the Necromancer by Jonathan Howard, Hardboiled Hollywood by Max Decharne, and The Great Influenza by John M Barry.
6. Do you have an e-reader? Sort of. I have a new smartphone, the Samsung Vibrant which has google android on it. I downloaded the Kindle application and am trying it out.
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? usually a couple at once. I just can't read two similar books at the same time or i get confused. I can read a modern sci-fi and a victorian classic at the same time and be fine.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? Challenges! and i try to read more classics now and am less haphazard.
9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year? ok, i'm listing 3. The Book Thief, The Elegance of the Hedgehog and The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? I don't know that i have a comfort zone exactly. I read a bit of everything except chick lit
12. What is your reading comfort zone? Hmm, i guess everything but chick lit?
13. Can you read on the bus? If i rode a bus yes. i don't get carsick if that's what this question means.
14. Favorite place to read? My bed or my couch.
15. What is your policy on book lending? I will but frequently don't get them back.
16. Do you ever dog-ear books? non-library paperbacks i will
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? Of my own i will sometimes
18. Even with text books? I haven't been in school for a while but i was a highlighter
19. What is your favorite language to read in? I only read English. There was a really really short period in high school that i could speak and read French but i've lost it now.
20. What makes you love a book? Not sure i can explain that in a little questionaire
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? Loving it! or at least thinking another person may love it.
22. Favorite genre? I have to lead toward classics or literary fiction.
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?) really can't think of one.
24. Favorite biography? none
25. Have you ever read a self-help book? i have before but don't know the last one i've read
26. Favorite cookbook? I think How to Pick a Peach counts as a cookbook. it has recipes.
27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? The Book Thief i think
28. Favorite reading snack? Oreos and milk!
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience. I'm not saying i would have ever liked The DaVinci Code but if i hadn't heard so much about it i may not have hated it as much.
30. How often do you agree with critics about a book? hmm, not sure. the problem i have is that i don't read the reviews after i've read the book so i really can't say.
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? I don't have a problem with it. I don't do too many negative ones as i usually just stop reading the book.
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose? French again, or Russian
33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? The Elegant Universe
34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin? Moby Dick
35. Favorite Poet? can i just say Poe since i think that's the only poetry i've read the last few years? Oh, wait, never mind. Shakespeare!
36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time? About 5 or so.
37. How often have you returned book to the library unread? probably 1/4 the time
38. Favorite fictional character? Just 1? no way. Lyra from His Dark Materials, Harry Potter, Gandalf, Lisbeth Salander, Locke Lamora, Elizabeth Bennett.
39. Favorite fictional villain? Voldemort
40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation? Whatever is due back at the library next.
41. What is the longest you've gone without reading? like at all? um, birth to age 4?
42. Name a book that you could/would not finish. I've still not finished The Historian.
43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? other people's loud music
44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel? Watchmen, Sin City, Pride and Prejudice
45. Most disappointing film adaptation? Well, it isn't from a novel but the X-men movies left a lot to be desired when compared to the story of the comics.
46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time? probably about $50 on myself at once. I might have gotten a bit higher buying Christmas presents though.
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it? i don't normally skim much.
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through? boredom is the fastest way to make me stop reading.
49. Do you like to keep your books organized? They are everywhere really. not much organization.
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? Some i keep, some i sell to McKay's.
51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding? well, I haven't jumped into Dickens yet so i guess i've been avoiding him.
52. Name a book that made you angry. The Last Narnia book. really ticked me off.
53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did? Madame Bovary
54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t? This year? Beautiful Creatures and Stories
55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading? All my reading is guilt free!
16 August 2010
The text itself was fine though i had heard much of it before in other atheist books. There are gobs of contradictions in the christian bible and plenty of things that modern people just choose to ignore. Those contradictions are part of why i find it difficult to believe that people actually believe in that book. how do they reconcile that they really should be stoning their unmarried daughters to death for having sex with a caring, loving god? it baffles me.
one thing i didn't like about reading it on my phone was how the end notes worked. while there was a little link to the note, once you jumped to the note there wasn't a way to go back to exactly where you were before. At least i couldn't find one. You could go back to the previous bookmark but not the exact page.
I give this one a 4, mainly because i have read a good bit of this before. if you haven't then you may enjoy it more.
14 August 2010
13 August 2010
12 August 2010
Have your reading choices changed over the years? Or pretty much stayed the
same? (And yes, from childhood to adulthood we usually read different things,
but some people stick to basically the same kind of book their entire lives,
I would say...sorta?
When i was in middle and high school, i read big historical fiction novels (Gone with the Wind was a yearly reread), fantasy (LOTR, Dragonlance), some sci-fi (Douglas Adams, Piers Anthony), my mom's romance novels (ok, i was a teenager, i wanted to read about sex!), some of my dad's thrillers (probably the same reason), and mysteries (loved me some Sherlock Holmes and I read almost all the Agatha Christie books). Oh, and i read comics and a choose your own adventure type series called Lone Wolf.
Now? I read big fantasy and sci-fi series, lots of graphic novels when i can get them. I read waaaaay more non-fiction now. No more romances and less historical fiction. Thrillers and mysteries less too. I hate the term "literary fiction" because it sounds so damn pretentious but technically i think that is the category i read a lot of now. Also, YA books. YA was an itty-bitty category when i was younger; i pretty much skipped right past what there was and went to adult novels.
The biggest thing that has changed is how i find books to read. Back then, in the late 1980s and 1990s, i would just wander through the appropriate section in the bookstore, or browsed the shelves at the library. Sometimes a friend would recommend something (that's how i started reading Anne Rice) or i would stumble on an author and then just go and read everything i could find by that person. I also hardly ever bought books; i spent my money on comics.
Now i get new book ideas everywhere! Blogs, 'zines, the 1001 Books to Read list, amazon and librarything. ACK! and McKay's is so cheap and amazon has free shipping. it is great but also has led to me having a ridiculous number of books now. I should probably try to purge some as Bandiaremovingintogether.
B reads fantasy too. We both love the Song of Ice and Fire series and last night we were discussing that, if the next book ever comes out, we'd have to buy 2 copies. Neither of us wants to have to get stuck being the second person to read the book! ok, we're book geeks, i will admit it.
11 August 2010
10 August 2010
07 August 2010
- Had a fabulous lemonade
- took 2 books back to the library
- picked up the CSA box as well as chocolate milk and half and half from the Farmer's Market
- took out the recycling and the trash
- filled up my car with gas
- swept and vacuumed, even the couches!
- applied for a couple jobs
06 August 2010
04 August 2010
- Artemis Fowl #7: The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer- I've liked the previous books and really love how Artemis has grown over the course of the series, i'm 10 of 15
- Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross- written by a local author, which is why i'm branching out to a modern murder mystery, I'm 9 of 114
- Hardboiled Hollywood: The True Crime Stories that Inspired the Great Noir Films by Max Decharne- sounded cool. i'm next!
- Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonsen- I added this onto my list recently, i feel like another blogger recommended it, i'm 17 of 27
- The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy by Guillermo del Toro- I read the first book last year when it came out. while i'm just 3 of 3, this one isn't released yet.
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins- ok, yeah, i'm in on this. but i'm 104 of 107.
- Nomad by Ayan Hiirsi Ali- i read her previous memoir and i can't exactly say i liked it because it's a rough, shocking book. I guess i would say i appreciated reading about a life and experiences so radically different from my own, i'm 4 of 7
- The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell- I enjoyed Black Swan Green and i think i added this book in from another recommendation, i'm 7 of 25.
- This Book is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson- Rec'd by Andi and possible background info for a possible grad school application, 2 of 8
- Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream by William Powers- don't know where i saw this book. i'm first but the library doesn't have it yet.
ok, that's it. The library will only let me request 10 books at a time. i could list another few that i've got wishlisted on amazon but that would just get boring! Should i mention that i've already checked out 9 books? EEK! ok, off to read!
01 August 2010
I managed not to shred a finger. Excellent. :)
Here's the recipe i use for zucchini bread. I got it from my CSA's biweekly email.
1CUP VEGETABLE OIL
SIFT TOGETHER 2 CUPS FLOUR, 1 TBL CINNAMON, ½ TSP. SALT, ¼ TSP. OF BAKING POWDER, 2 TSP. BAKING SODA. BLEND INTO THE ZUCCHINI MIX. ADD NUTS OR RAISINS, IF DESIRED.
POUR INTO A GREASED LOAF PAN AND BAKE AT 350 FOR 1 HOUR
Makes 1 really thick loaf or two thinner ones.
I ended up with 3 bags of future bread mixings out of several small yellow squash, a couple small zucchini and part of that big one. Here's a pic with one of the survivors. It was a temporary reprieve though as that one ended up in the tomato sauce.
I also made kale chips. B seemed to like them once he tried them but i know he was apprehensive. There are recipes all over the web but don't over cook as they get a little burny flavored which isn't as good. opening the container this morning they smelled just like good potato chips!
I succeeded in cleaning out my crisper drawer for the first time in about 2 months. I've only got a few tomatoes and cucumbers, a little honeydew melon, and one eggplant that i'll be using for dinner tonight. YES! but i'll be getting more veggies next week. eek!