Ok, i've really gotten bad about updating.  I'm reading, a bit, but not much really.  listening to audiobooks some.  We closed on our house on 8/29/12 and have been moving and trying to figure out this new space.  The semester started also and my classes this semester are much more demanding.  More reading, more assignments than my previous semesters.  Throw in being sick in bed for 2 days followed by sick and laying on couch for the 2 following and that puts me way out of my normal routine.  Oh, and work has moved me around and requiring about 3 hours of overtime every week now.  It doesn't sound like that much but it really does make a difference in what i do.

So, with all that, i'm going to tear through some mini-reviews!  I want to catch up to where i am now in reading and then hopefully i can keep up with what i'm reading as i finish it.  I am working on a reread of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and Frankenstein as well as listening to The Night Circus in the car. The next audiobook is The Graveyard Book (another reread) while the next physical book will either be a library book or, if I can find it in our boxes, perhaps The Shining.  I don't know why but I am really in the mood to go back to my favorites.

Way Station by Clifford D. Simak: Sci-fi, classic.  guy becomes immortal who has to man the rest stop of an alien teleportation network.  I liked it as i was reading it but whenever i set it down i never felt compelled to pick it back up.  a 5.

Reamde by Neal Stephenson: really really good action.  It reminded me a bit of Snow Crash (the virtual world affecting the real one) but had its own thing going on.  recommended! 6

The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease:  read for library school.  I am taking a "Programming for Children and Young Adults" (by programs they don't mean apps, they mean planned activities attended by the client groups) and Reading is Fundamental! 6

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Ok, i am giving the russians a break for a while. This book should be subtitled "Men are judgemental, egotistical assholes".  While I was listening to it, and getting sicker and sicker of doing so, i hated it.  the last half picked up a bit and at least moved along but i still disliked all the characters.  However, being about 6 weeks since i finished it, i'm beginning to be glad i read it.  If a good book is one that makes you think, and keep thinking about it after it's over, then apparently Crime and Punishment is a great book.  so i am going to give it a 5 rather than a 3. 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline:  I finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline about a week before the wedding but in all the chaos i never got around to reviewing it.  I remembered because Amazon recommended it to me just now.  The book is amazing!  I loved it and i loved Wil Wheaton reading it.  The Oasis is definitely one way I can see gaming/the Internet going.  a 7.

so now I am going to do a bit of homework reading, then homework writing then, if i have time, some fun reading!  Whew!


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