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Yet Another Best of the Year Post

I am a little shocked that we've gotten to "end of the year post" time already.  I know everybody says this but this year really has passed quickly it seems, at least the fall has.  

As always, these are things that were new to ME this year, not necessarily published or released this year.  And not just 10 of things!

Books: 
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan BradleyThree Parts Dead by Max GladstoneThe Death of Bees by Lisa O'DonnellFive Days at Memorial by Sheri FinkMy Real Children by Jo WaltonLife After Life by Kate AtkinsonThe Lucifer Box series by Mark GatissThe Silkworm by Robert GalbraithPale Fire by Vladimir NabokovHard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki MurakamiKindred by Octavia ButlerThe Bone Clocks by David MitchellNight Film by Marissa PessiFever Pitch by Nick Hornby
Graphic Novels:
March, Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate PowellSaga, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona StaplesSex Criminals Volume 1: One Weird Trick by Mat…

Total numbers!

I had a pretty good reading year!  I read a LOT of library books and many Kindle books too, especially in these last few months.  

Books Read Total: 112

Library books: 93
YA/Children's Lit: 30
Non-fiction: 10
Graphic Novels: 20
Audio books: 5
Kindle: 40

These numbers include 4 more non-fiction books that I'm not quite ready to discuss yet.  I feel like I did pretty well this year.  Studying for comps and doing an internship last spring had my numbers pretty low, but then being unemployed for 5 months, and half-time employed at a school since then, gave me a LOT of time to read.  I suppose it balanced out. Here's to great reading in 2015!

What I read on my Vacation

I got through 2 books on my vacation.  We met up with some of my family in Orlando for a few days and went to Disneyworld and Universal Studios with them.  

Jackaby by William Ritter:  This is a YA novel, which I didn't realize when I picked it up.  It is a sort-of mashup of Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes.  It takes place in the late 19th century in a fictional New England town.  The narrator is a girl, Abby Rook, who is about 20. She arrives after running away from university to find adventure.  She meets and becomes the assistant to Jackaby, a man who uses Holmes' methods to deal with fantastical creatures and supernatural beings.  It was a cool setup and a well-written world.  I figured out the mystery plot pretty quickly but it is written for middle schoolers.  I'd say I would have loved it at that age and I will read any sequels. a 6.

The Art of English Murder by Lucy Worsley: This book is a non-fiction look at murder and crime in British literature from the early 1…

Foreign books

I'm catching up on reviews!  I've read two very different books in translation recently. 

From Japan, I read Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgimage by Haruki Murakami.  It is about Tsukuru Tazaki, a man in his mid-30's who designs train stations (it's a better job in Japan than here I suppose) who's neither happy nor unhappy with his life.  He had intense friendships with 4 friends in high school but, during his first year of college, all 4 cut him off completely and will not tell him what happened.  He lets them go until a girlfriend tells him he needs to find out what happened to move on with his life.  He goes on a journey to contact them and discovers why things changed.  I liked it but Murakami tends to give us half-endings. He always leaves you wanting 1 more chapter of info.  This one ended up a 5 for me. 

From Sweden, I read Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist.  It is a horror novel. It also has some big unanswered questions, which, strangely, …

Sherlock Holmes books

So I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan.  I first read all the stories back one summer in high school.  I got a giant book with super thin pages of all the stories from the library and read it over the course of a month.  Since then, I've reread all the stories at least twice as well as various stories in singles again.  I've seen lots of adaptations too.  I recently read two non-fiction books about Holmes and the stories.

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes by Vincent Starrett: well, I say this one is non-fiction but the premise is that it is a biography of Holmes (and Watson) as if they were real people.  It was really interesting and did include some info about the Baker Street Irregulars, the superfan club that still exists.  Definitely one to read if you're willing to play The Great Game.  a 5.

The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics by James O'Brien:  This book was something like an encyclopedia; it took a topic, like chemistry or f…

Women's Books

Three books dealing with, and by, women's lives.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith: so, I was under the impression that this book was similar to We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.  It really, really isn't.  It was ok but since it was so far from what I expected I was disappointed.  also, the sisters annoyed me.  a 4.

How to Suppress Women's Writing by Joanna Russ: a non-fiction book about, well, women's writing.  Highly recommended.  a 7.

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters: a book about Victorian lesbians.  really liked this one too!  a 7.

Movies October and November

Just a quick list

Interstellar: Fabulous!  amazing effects.  a 7.

Edge of Tomorrow: also amazing.  Really surprised me as to how good it was. a 7.

The Lego Movie: Better than I was expecting. a 6.

Snowpiercer: good, but weird.  a 5.

Hunger Games Mockingjay pt 1: Fine, but is just too much part 1 of 2.  a 5.

I really like Octavia Butler

So much that in the past several weeks I've read 4 of her books!

The first of these books is Parable of the Talents, which is a sequel to Parable of the Sower.  In this one, we get 2 points-of-view: that of Lauren and Bankole's daughter who narrates what her life was like after she was taken from her parents as a baby, and Lauren's perspective in the form of her diaries that the daughter is editing. I liked this one but really wished there was more from Lauren's perspective.  a 5.

The other books I read were a series: Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago. This series is about the world being saved by aliens.  Before the first book starts there is a major nuclear exchange in the northern Hemisphere.  Aliens show up after that and rescue all of the humans they can find.  They put the humans in suspended animation for long stretches of time while they learn about humanity.  The aliens reproduce by exchanging genetic material with other races and require groups of 5.  On Earth,…

Comics!

I read Criminal: Coward and Criminal: Lawless by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips which together collect the first 10 issues of the comic Criminal.It is a really fabulous series.  Very noir, more of a straightforward, less splashy Sin City.  Very good, a 6.

I also read Fatale: Death Chases Me by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips.  This one was also noir but it also was a little...weird.  Without giving anything away, I'd say there were some horror elements that I hadn't expected that sent the story off in a different direction.  Fine but I don't think I'll continue.  a 4.

I also caught up on American Vampire by reading volumes 4 and 5 by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque.  We get a LOT of Skinner Sweet and learn about Dracula, who is like the worst of the worst and incredibly powerful.  I liked volume 4 better than 5 I think and I've got 6 on the way to me at the library.  a 5 for each. 

I've found I REALLY enjoy comic series that have the same author/illustrator thr…

Wow. I haven't updated in FOREVER!

There are various reasons I haven't updated in about 6 weeks.  I got a job (finally!) and started at the end of October so that's taking up lots of time.  I've also been sick the last 3 weeks so I haven't felt like doing much.  I've also got a personal thing going on that I'll probably feel like talking about in a few weeks. Overall, I've been super busy and, while I've been reading a bit, I haven't felt like writing anything.  I need to start getting caught up on my reviews so I can write proper year end wrap ups!

All that to say I need to write this RIP Wrap-UP post!  I ended up reading 7 mystery novels, most of them involving a murder.

A Mysterious Affair at Styles and The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie: these were rereads.  I've read Styles probably 5 times and Vicarage at least once.  Styles is a really good story; it's the first Poirot book and has a pretty intricate story.  Vicarage is ok but I've never really taken to M…

Readathon Wrap Up

Didn't get as much reading done as I wanted to.  B, pesky man that he is, put on Gremlins when he got home from work so I ended up watching most of that! I did end up finishing The Devil's Cave by Martin Walker but didn't get to work on any of the graphic novels like had hoped.  My final stats:


Total minutes read:  5 hours, 50 minutesTotal pages read: 487Books finished: The Hobbit, The Devil's CaveI wonder if reading on my Kindle affected me? All day i felt a bit unfocused.  It wasn't that I didn't feel like reading or that the books weren't grabbing me; I just kept drifting away from what I was reading (even before B came home).  Perhaps next time I'll try an experiment where I read for X amount of time on Kindle and paper each and compare.  

Hope the readathon went well for everyone else!

First Readathon Update.

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I got started pretty late today.  We went to an Ok Go concert last night which was amazing; I highly recommend seeing them if you have chance.  Even though we were home by midnight, I ended up sleeping late since the power blinked sometime during the night.  After having breakfast and watching some soccer, I started reading about 12:30.  Here are my stats so far:
Total minutes read:  3 hours, 10 minutesTotal pages read: 228Books finished: The HobbitCurrently reading: The Devil's CaveI'm jumping in to a contest!  I have a pig roast I'm going to tomorrow and I am bringing Pumpking Pasties (from Harry Potter)! So for the next hour or so I'll be working on this recipe from Chew Out Loud.   

Hopefully they will turn out ok; I've never made them before.  

Happy Reading!

UPDATE ON RECIPE:  you're going to want to double the stuff to make the filling, I ran out about halfway through.  also, you'll want to half (at least) the milk in the frosting because it is too runny…

The Readathon!

Crap!  I just now realized Dewey's Readathon is this weekend!  This may be the first October one that doesn't coincide with the Southern Festival of Books (which was a bust for me this year; i didn't even go) so that is great!  B and I are going to the OK GO concert here on Friday night so I know I won't be starting on time.  I'm still off coffee/caffeinated beverages so that's a bit of a handicap as well.  I am a bit excited to put some real time in reading.

I plan on doing some Kindle reading this time!  I've got The Hobbit (though I might finish that before Saturday), Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters, Dawn by Octavia Butler and The Devil's Cave by Martin Walker loaded and ready to go. 

For physical books, I've got The Unwritten 8 and 9, S by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst, The Infinity Gauntlet gigantic graphic novel and Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell (a Doctor Who book).  Overall I've got a lot of choices.  Of course, I always reserve the righ…

I read some Octavia Butler

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I've had a mixed experience with Octavia Butler.  I read Wild Seed years ago and really didn't like it, mainly because of the female character's passivity.  After meeting B, he had me read Fledgling and I loved it.  So when my sci-fi reading group picked Parable of the Sower I wasn't sure what to expect.  Sower is about a teenage girl named Lauren living in California in a not-quite-apocalyptic future.  She and her family live in a walled subdivision.  Her father and a few others leave the compound to work but most people stay within the walls.  They have to grow most of their food and while there is a government, it does little to help people or stop the hordes of homeless from preying on those with a home.  Lauren feels the future of humanity is in the stars and begins writing the scriptures of her new religion, Earthseed. When the community is attacked, Lauren and a few others escape and begin making their way north to find work or a place to settle.

I both liked and…

I can't believe I forgot about RIP!

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So it suddenly struck me that it is October and that I hadn't signed up for the RIP challenge! I've been doing this challenge pretty much since I started blogging and it is in it's ninth year.  Carl does an amazing job of running this great challenge. We all get together to ready mysteries, horror stories, gothic tales, thrillers, and spooky ghost stories to celebrate fall, Halloween, and great stories! 




So, since I'm starting so late, I think I'll try to just read 2 books.  I've got several on my Kindle and shelves that will qualify.  I'm sure I'll manage to catch a few movies and spooky shows as well.  Guess I could have saved that Twin Peaks rewatch for this month!  Also, have you seen this October Horror Movie Challenge? While I could probably manage it, even starting late (a benefit of unemployment is all the tv you want) I don't know if my mental state could handle it.  Still, it's a good place to get some ideas for movies.  

Best of luck t…

Circus of the Damned

I am reviewing another Netgalley book. Circus of the Damned by Cornelia Grey is about a young man named Gilbert Blake in a quasi-Victorian city.  Blake is a con-man who uses real magic to fleece his victims.  When running for his life from some thugs, he comes across the Circus of the Damned led by Jesse, the hot redheaded ringmaster.  Desperate for help, Blake agrees to join the circus.  However, he finds out he can't ever leave the circus; he's joined up for life (and the afterlife).  Thinking to bide his time to figure out a loophole, Blake becomes a magician for the circus and begins a relationship with Jesse. When the circus gets into trouble and Blake's past catches up with him, they have to work together to survive. 

What I liked: 1) the gay romance! it was pretty well done and didn't shy away from sex scenes  2) the circus family atmosphere 3) how the circus "kept" its performers from leaving permanently 4) the ending was great

What I didn't like: …

September Movies

Carrie (the remake): pretty good.  It's been so long since I saw the original that I can't remember what was changed.  Julianne Moore made an awesome crazy mom.  a 5

The Lone Ranger: not as bad as the reviews led me to believe.  Had plenty of plot holes but lots of cartoony action.  a 5. 

Riddick: Wish it didn't have the "female character portrayed as lesbian who appears to fall for the male hero" aspect.  Not as good as Pitch Black.  Everything you saw in the previews takes place in the last 2/3 of the movie so it feels as if it takes a while to start.  a 4. 

The Monuments Men:  Good war movie about a somewhat unknown aspect of WWII.  George Clooney gets a crew together to find all the art the Nazis have stolen.  Funny and touching and worth a watch!  a 6.

August Movies which I am super late on

Guardians of the Galaxy: this movie hit all of my sweet spots. Goofy family of choice? Check.  Females with their own character arcs and motivations? check.  Big guys with heart? check.  Scoundrel with a heart of gold? check and double check.  Great music, great effects, just a wonderful movie.  a 7. 

Inside Llewyn Davis: kinda depressing.  great music.  B liked it more than i did i think.  a 5.

Captain Phillips: again, kinda depressing.  The "bad guys" aren't particularly bad guys.  very suspenseful for a movie where you know the hero lives.  Not necessarily one I'd want to watch again but worth seeing.  a 5.

Only Lovers Left Alive:  loved it! I put this in our Netflix queue and bumped it to the top.  B asked what it was and I replied "a vampire movie with Loki in it".  We started watching it and about 20 minutes in B stopped the movie and said "I'm really liking this.  I thought it was going to be some Twilight crap but it's really good!"…

Another Doctor Who book!

I got Doctor Who: Engines of War by George Mann off Netgalley and really enjoyed it.  This book is about the War Doctor and the events leading up to the beginning of the 50th anniversary special.  We see many of the events from the view of Cinder, a young woman who survives on a planet overrun by Daleks.  The Doctor crashes into her ambush, thereby saving her life, and she agrees to help the Doctor understand what the Daleks are doing on her planet in exchange for him taking her to some safe planet afterwards.  Of course, things don't go particularly straightforwardly.  After determining the Daleks' plan, the Doctor and Cinder head to Gallifrey to tell the Time Lords, who aren't very keen on following the Doctor's advice in dealing with it.  And there are some evil Time Lord schenanigans going on which the Doctor has to foil. 

One little thing I loved was a little throwaway line.  At one point, Cinder is remembering the happy moments in her life and remembers her first…

My stats so far this year

Since I have finally caught up on my book tracking, I figured I should capture my totals up to this point.  I'm pretty surprised on the audio books front; I was certain I'd listened to a few more.  I also didn't realize how few non-fiction books I've read this year.  It is interesting that about a quarter of my reading is now on my Kindle.  I know that number has been skewed by all the summer reading I've been doing; I've been reading a lot by the pool and the Kindle works well for that.  I'm also excited that at this rate I should be over 100 for the year for the first time in several years!  I know it's silly but now I WANT triple digits! 


Books Read Total: 80

Library books: 63
YA/Children's Lit: 29
Non-fiction: 6
Graphic Novels: 15
Audio books: 5
Kindle: 17

That's it so far.  off to read!

A post where I list all the books I've been reading just so I can start fresh.

I don't want to do this.  Really.  Several of these books deserve long, thoughtful posts about how amazing they are.  But I am so behind on my blogging!  I'm having two problems: I have had a ridiculous amount of time to read because I'm unemployed right now and I haven't really felt like blogging.  So I've got this long backlog of titles that I've read and written down.  Whenever I do feel like blogging, I realize that i've got at least a half-dozen posts to do; I work through one or two then quit.  I'll never get caught up at this rate so I am just going to list all these books here with a line to remind myself what it is and what I rated them.
Days of Future Past: Giant X-men Graphic novel that included Days of Future Past, Days of Future Present (both of which I'd read, hell I've got Future Present in comic form in my basement) and a Wolverine Prequel to Days of Future Past.   a 7.

Young Avengers Vol 1 and 2: These were ok, the Hawkeye series…

Rogues and Scoundrels and Scalliwags

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I finished a gigantic book of short stories called Rogues, edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois. It was over 800 pages but worth the time!  Does anyone else find they read short stories more slowly than a regular novel?


The George RR Martin story, "The Rogue Prince, or, A King's Brother" was ok.  It was less a story and more a history of events in Westeros during the reign of Viserys the First.  Honestly, when things started to get really interesting the story ended!  I went online to A Wiki of Ice and Fire to determine how far before the novels all this happens and the events that follow the story.

"How the Marquis Got His Coat Back" by Neil Gaiman was fabulous and the reason I requested the book from the library in the first place.  In the novel Neverwhere, the best character is the Marquis de Carabas; in the course of the novel he loses his awesome coat.  This little story shows, well, how he got it back.  It was great to return to London Below. Sequ…

Mystery Post!

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European mystery roundup! Not sure why all the mysteries I'm reading take place over there but I'm really enjoying my virtual trip. 

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith: I was so excited when I found out this one was coming out.  I actually liked it a bit better than the first book!  This one involves the book business and all the crazy behind the scenes stuff.  We learn more about the secretary Robin (but still not enough!) and spend a lot of time running about with Cormoran Strike.  I give this one a 7 and can't wait for the next book!





















The Vesuvius Club and The Devil in Amber by Mark Gatiss: Both of these books were great fun.  Mark Gatiss writes for Sherlock and also plays Mycroft Holmes on the show.  These books are about a turn-of-the-century James Bond-type character named Lucifer Box.  Lucifer's cover is that he is an artist, a painter.  He's also bisexual and gets up to various bedroom antics in the novels. I really enjoyed the feel of these books; Gatiss is a…

July Movies

Nebraska: B and I both liked this one. Kinda sad story about aging and life and loss of expectation.  a 6.

Nothing Lasts Forever: have you heard about the "lost" Bill Murray movie from the '80's?  this is it.  I watched it so you don't have to!   it was pretty bad. Bill Murray as a flight attendant on a flight to the moon was the best thing in it.  Dan Akroyd as an armed tunnel worker was the second best thing.  The story was nonsensical.  a 2.

Room 237:  a documentary about all the theories people have about what The Shining was really about.  It was fascinating.  The filmmaker never showed the various people but only had their audio playing over Kubrick films, The Shining and others.  Every theorist was so sure their theory was correct and never questioned that the fact that they believed it.  But each person saw their theory from their own background.  The guy who was a WW2 history scholar saw the movie as a Holocaust film.  The guy who grew up in the western U…

Middle Grade Batch

Quickies! 

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman- of course this one was awesome.  really funny story about a dad's adventures when he goes out for milk for the kids' breakfast.  a 6. 

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen- A perfect "boy" book.  Teen boy is the only survivor of a light plane crash.  He has to survive in the woods of Canada alone, with a hatchet as his only tool.  I thought the ending was a little too deus ex machina but on the whole it was not bad.  a 5.

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis: book about an African American girl, Deza Malone, growing up during the Depression.  This wasn't a book for me.  The girl is our first person narrator but never really does anything, just speaks about all the things that happen around her.  She's very naive. Also, she kept saying "geologically" when she meant "geographically" and it really got on my nerves.  a 4.

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell: trying to review th…

Two novels, Intertwined by Theme

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I read two books recently that I felt were a wonderful pair to read at the same time.  Both take place in England and cover portions of the 20th Century.  Both concentrate on women's rights, roles, and expectations during this time.  Both were fantasy/sci-fi novels that deal with multiple lifetimes. 



 My Real Children by Jo Walton is the shorter book.  Patricia was born in 1926 and it is now 2015.  She now has dementia and lives in a nursing home.  She's remembering back over her life but remembers two separate lives.  In one, she got married young, left her work behind, had a miserable marriage and four children.  In the other, she didn't get married, entered a long-term relationship with a woman, was incredibly happy, and had three children.  It isn't just her personal history that is different.  In the married timeline, things for the world are better: the Cold War ended earlier, people were more accepting (gay marriage became legal) and there are moon colonies.  In…

June Movies

Philomena: a sweet, movie though a bit sad.  I didn't expect it to go the way it did, which I guess is good?  a 6.  

Trollhunter: a foreign movie shot Blair Witch-style about a guy who hunts trolls.  It was weird. a 3.

Shutter Island: somehow I missed this one.  I kept wanting to see it; i even had the Netflix disc for about 3 weeks once.  Just never got around to it.  B sat me down and made me watch it one night.  It was fabulous! Twisty but never felt contrived. a 6.

Her: another bittersweet one.  The Joaquin Phoenix character was a bit of a weird guy but who wouldn't fall in love with Scarlett Johansson's voice? a 6.

Five Days at Memorial

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Want to read something shocking and though-provoking?  Something that will make you by turns angry and sad?  I finished Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink and it hits all those feelings. It is a book about Katrina and the people who died and survived at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans.  It is, at times, hard to read.  Fink does a great job of portraying the horrible conditions after the hurricane.  I can hardly imagine it.  If there is a clear-cut villain, it's the parent company of Memorial.  While I know I wouldn't have made the same decisions as some of the medical staff purportedly did, the doctors and nurses should have never gotten to the point where those decisions were even considered. 

Also, I know I don't normally talk about art or covers on this blog but I have to say I really love this cover.  It is so simple but so striking.  Everybody knows what water damaged paper looks like and the book really looks like it's been sitting in 3 inches of water.  That b…

Harry Potter Relisten 3 and 4

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The Relisten continues! 

Prisoner of Azkaban is always one of my favorite Potter books.  The introduction of Remus and Sirius, Hagrid's disastrous classes, Hermione's schedule, winning the Quidditch Cup, these are some of my favorite things.  There is also the feeling you get on a reread that this book is really the last one about Harry and the gang as children. I got pretty teary eyed in parts as I was remember what is going to happen in books 5 and 7. 

I really love Goblet of Fire! It's the first big book and so many things happen, for the story and as setup for later parts, that you just rocket from event to event.  All the relationship stuff, the Harry-growing-up stuff, and of course Cedric, and the interactions with Sirius (which got me teary again).  It's all so good.

More Young Adult Books

Still trying to close some gaps in my Young Adult knowledge. 

Every Day by David Levithan: Not sure if this one counts as sci-fi or fantasy.  The main character, A, wakes up every day in someone else's body.  He has always done this, slowly getting older with each new body.  He's a boy, he's a girl, black, white, gay, straight, everything.  When he meets Rhiannon he falls for her and wants to stay near her.  Unfortunately, this desire makes A change how he acts in his temporary bodies, causing suspicion.  It's cooler than my blurb makes it sound!  a 6.

Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth: hmm.  After I read Divergent I wasn't too interested in continuing but when I saw the movie I wanted to know how things turned out.  Not sure I should have bothered. Tris is really annoying and all the kids are extremely naive and simplistic in their thinking.  a 4. 

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick: I saw the movie with B and really liked it.  The book is very …

I have been a very bad blogger!

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I have been reading a lot but not really blogging about it.   I've been doing a lot of other things.  I finally finished graduate school and received my Masters of Information Science!  I'm also unemployed now so I've been applying for ALL THE JOBS.  Kinda the last thing I want to do after writing cover letters and typing the same info over and over into forms is to blog.  Seems like many of the bloggers I follow are also in the middle of lulls so hopefully we'll all get through this together.  I've also been trying out Twitter and Tumblr, though I just read on Tumblr, not blog.  I'm watching tv (rewatching The X-files, World Cup soccer) and playing a lot of Skyrim and Tomb Raider and other video games.  I am so backlogged on blogging I feel a bit overwhelmed!  So, in an attempt to catch up, I am going to do a massive flyby review post.

The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doesher: Part two of Shakespeare does Star Wars.  It was fine but I had the feeling the author …

May Movies

American Hustle: very good and the ending was not what I was expecting.  I am really glad i was only a very little child in the late 70's as those clothes would not have worked for me.  a 6

In A World: Really funny movie about women in the film industry, specifically the voice-over market.  See anything Lake Bell does, she's fabulous. a 7

Fast and Furious 6: I watched this one with my dad when I went on a trip to Louisiana.  As I have never seen any of the other ones, I really had very little sense of what was going on.   Anna Lucia came back from the dead and there were 'splosions.  a 4. 

X-Men: Days of Future Past: a really great story and very cool movie.  Wish they had mentioned why exactly Kitty Pryde's powers could send someone back in time.  Very good commentary on women's agency.  a 7.

Dallas Buyer's Club:  another really good movie.  not as sad as I was expecting.  a bit too promoting of pseudoscience but I liked it.  a 6.

I write up short reviews for the books I read during the Readathon!

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Yeah, finally, I know.  Life has been pretty hectic around here. 

Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore:  This book is a non-fiction work about Ben Franklin's sister, Jane, derived from many letters and other documents.  Ben was several years older but the two were very close.  She became a wife and mother before the age of 18, had a pretty pitiful husband, suffered the loss of multiple children/grandchildren, and lived through the Revolutionary war.  The letters show what life was like for a woman in the 18th century. Things like how important marrying a decent worker was, how unhealthy the atmosphere was, how hard it was for her to just read and write.  So much of her letters are lost and most of what was kept was because it was to her brother.  a 6.


Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye:  a sequel to The Gods of Gotham which I liked.  In this one, Timothy Wilde (who I picture as Shane West for some reason) and his brother Val, also a police officer, h…

Relisten to Harry Potter 1 and 2!

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While I should probably be listening to YA novels (or kidlit) that I have yet to read, in an attempt to catch up on some of the novels that are missing from my repertoire, I've fallen back into a Harry Potter reread.  Tor.com is hosting a reread and, though they are only doing a couple chapters a week, it is fun to follow that.  I have listened to Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets so far.  These books are just so easy to listen to; Jim Dale is an amazing narrator.

I've really enjoyed this reread.  I've been trying to keep the later books in mind while I am listening to these early ones.  I have heard parallel after parallel and bits of foreshadowing are everywhere.  For a first and second novel, these books are so well-crafted and Rowling clearly had the main narrative of the series in mind from the beginning.  It is strange that I always think of Chamber of Secrets as my least favorite book and then, when I reread it, I find I quite like it.  I think it is just …

April Movies!

Divergent: a movie that was way better than the book!  In fact, I actually decided to give the second book a try because of it.  a 5.

12 Years a Slave: Hard to watch but not as hard as I was worried it would be.  I think it is important to watch.  a 7.

The Wolf of Wall Street:  I liked this better the first time around when it had more killing and Joe Pesci and was called Goodfellas.  It was at least 30 minutes too long and I didn't particularly care about what was going on.  a 4.

And squeaking in on April 30, Captain America: The Winter Soldier:  Loved the movie but the subtitle is a bit misleading.  Trying to decide on a different one but everything is either spoilery or already used.  I really thought this was a great movie.  I did wonder why Hawkeye wasn't even mentioned but I hope he was uncontactable on a mission somewhere.  More Black Widow info, more Captain development, this felt more like an Avengers sequel than either Iron Man 3 or Thor 2, though both of those did r…

Readathon wrap up post!

I made it to 2:45 in the morning.  I was super tired and that's when B got in from work so I told him goodnight and went to sleep.  Even if I'd been able to drink caffeine I don't know that I would have stayed up any later. 


I am pretty pleased.  I finished 2 library books I'd already started, one of my own I'd started, 2 of my own graphic novels, and 226 pages of an American Gods reread.  I also had a lot of fun following the #readathon on Twitter.  I've got a bunch of stuff to do next weekend for school but maybe the following one I'll try to get in a solid 5 hours of straight reading!  I also want to thank #teamwordsworth for cheering me on.  Maybe next readathon I'll be a cheerleader for a bit. 

Final stats!


Books finished: Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore and Rorouni Kenshin Vol. 1 by Nobuhiro Watsuki, Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye and March Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, and Serenity: B…