alexiscartwheel: (reading)
At the beginning of 2015, I set some reading goals. So how did I do?

  • First, I wanted to read at least 75 books. Go figure, by setting that goal lower, I actually ended up reading more. According to Goodreads, my total was 106, including rereads of the first six Toby Daye books. (There were some picture books, too, and plenty of single issue comic books, but I generally don't count those.)

  • I did a much better job determining what books I was or was not interested in. There were plenty that I read 20-50 pages and abandoned. There were a few exceptions where I soldiered on, mostly for a reading challenge at work.

  • I read Do Muslim Women Need Saving by anthropologist Lila Abu-Lughod and The Butterfly Mosque by journalist and comic writer G. Willow Wilson. The former is more academic and provides many examples of how the lives of Muslim women are more complex than they are portrayed in Western Media. The latter is a memoir of Wilson's years living in Egypt, where she met and married her husband, after she graduated from college and converted to Islam. (I also have continued reading Wilson's Ms. Marvel comics.)

  • Heather and I read lots of the same stuff. Is anyone surprised?

At work, our manager also designed a reading challenge for the staff with a different genre or category for each month of the year, e.g. a romance novel, a young adult book, a non-fiction book, a Newbery winner. There were a few duds in that bunch, but also some great books I probably would not have otherwise read.

Overall, it was a good year for books. I stayed on top of the YA releases I wanted to read, and I also read significantly more non-fiction than previous years, with excellent results.
alexiscartwheel: (reading)
Okay so last year I failed miserably at reviewing all the books I read here. I think I left off around August? Sometime after that I did start trying to post more reviews on Goodreads to sort of make up for it.  Though I didn't deliver on my goal to read and review 100 books, I did meet a big goal set when I got my new job in March: reading more children's novels, graphic novels, and picture books. (Actually, had I included picture books I would have been well over 100 XD)

This year I'm going for more realistic goals (which do not include reviewing every single book I read).
  • Read at least 75 books. (A lower and I think easily achievable goal. This should give me more flexibility to branch out into some new genres.)
  • Continue mission to select books that I truly want to read, not books I think I should read. If I'm bored with a book, don't like it, or find it makes me VERY ANGRY, I'm allowed to just quit.
  • Read a couple books about Islam, both in America and globally, and including something about women in Islam. Columbus has growing Muslim immigrant and refugee communities, and in edition to being personally interested in religions, I think it's important to understand the traditions and beliefs of a marginalized group that is becoming an important part of the local community. 
  • Bully Heather into reading everything I love. (jk) (Or not really.)
That seems like a good place to start, yes?
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Last year I divided the list into Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Graphic Novels thinking that would make me actually read more non-fiction. That... failed spectacularly. In general, I just didn't finish as many books as I would've liked last year, but it's not fair comparing to 2012, since that was when I got into Marvel and read a ton of trades. Still unaccounted for were (and are) single issue comics and the massive amount of fic I've been reading.

I did do a pretty good job writing reviews for everything, so I'm going to at least try to keep that going.


ten books

Jan. 10th, 2014 08:20 pm
alexiscartwheel: (lizzy bennet)
Patty tagged me in a book meme that's been going around Facebook and Tumblr, and just to be ornery, I'm posting it here. I've seen multiple versions of the directions, but I'm using the one's from Kelly Sue's Tumblr because.... I just like that version better than some of the others, I guess.

"List 10 books that have stayed with you. Try not to think too hard. They don’t have to be "right" or "great works" they just have had to have touched you in some way."

A lot of these books are children's books, you will probably note. But of course! They were formative! But even as a kid a read a ton of books and they've stuck with me because they really meant something. So....
  1. Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman. We used to get the audiobook from the library all the time, and the rest of the time we just made Mom read it with the funny voices from the recording ("Gooo around agaaaain!"). I'd quote this book all the time if people wouldn't think I'm crazy. Apparently, most people don't know most of Go, Dog. Go! from memory. Philistines!
  2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. The first and the best. (I like to get into arguments over the correct reading order for these books.) Who didn't ready it and want to find a portal to a magical world in the back of their closet? I read all 7 by third grade, but this is the one I come back to repeatedly. I choose to ignore Susan's eventual fate since, as an older sister, she was the character I always identified with.
  3. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I actually didn't finish this book the first time I tried to read it. Sometimes it's just not the right moment, you know? Later it became a favorite and it led to an L.M. Montgomery binge. Getting ahold of copies the less well known ones like Magic for Marigold and Jane of Lantern Hill took some doing. In reality I'm much more like Emily Starr, but Anne Shirley is a classic weirdo. (Yes, I just called Anne a weirdo. Wanna go?)
  4. The Sky is Falling by Kit Pearson. Like Anne, this book came to be from Oma, who always gave us books by Canadian authors. Unlike Montgomery, Pearson isn't well known outside Canada, but for awhile she was my absolute favorite author. Nora, the main character, and her brother are sent from England to Canada during WWII, and Nora remains pissed off about this arrangement for pretty much the whole book. My original copy split in two and is held together with a few pieces of tape.
  5. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce. Everyone loves Alanna, and I think those books are great too, but Daine was my entry point into Tortall. Being a knight is cool and all, but Daine can turn into animals. In retrospect I should maybe be a little skeeved by her relationship with her teacher who's over a decade older than her, but... nah. I was very, very sad there weren't more than four books in the series.
  6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The most stereotypical book appearing on this list! (Don't worry, the next book is not The Great Gatsby.) I really love Jane Austen. I even love weird old Mansfield Park, but it's not comfort reading like P&P. I really dig relationships where antagonism develops into mutual respect, or where mutual respect is demonstrated by antagonizing each other. I will always watch movie adaptations of P&P, and I've read too many poorly done modern adaptations because I'm just a sucker for this book.
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. Yes, a middle book! It's tough to pick a single book from a series that, as a whole, was incredibly important to me, but this one stands out because it was the one where it really went from "these books are really good" to "holy shit this is amazing" and years of fandom investment. POA introduced the backstory of the Marauders, and made it clear that the books weren't just single episodes, but part of a mythology that had been building since book one. 
  8. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I read ALL the little house books, and then I moved on to all the supplemental stuff: biographies and histories of the places the Ingalls family lived. I desperately wanted to go on a vacation and visit all the places from the books. It all started because Mom had an old copy of Little House in the Big Woods at home. Fun fact: I have never seen the TV show Little House on the Prairie. Bonus fun fact: I would make a terrible pioneer.
  9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I'm not sure if it's fair to put a book this new on the list, but whatever, it's my damn list. There were so many parts of Fangirl that felt like they were written just for me. Fandom, specifically Harry Potter fandom, was an important outlet for me when I was starting college, just like Cath. And the whole overwhelming experience of being an introvert at a huge university full of people and not knowing all the social rules and trying to make friends and date boys was just so perfect.
  10. The Hours by Michael Cunningham. Finally, the only book on this list that I ever read for a class. I read Mrs. Dalloway for fun (ha!) in high school, then in college I had an intense critical writing class focused on Mrs. Dalloway and The Hours. The class was really challenging--I was writing 2-3 pages every night--and it was my first serious introduction to feminist theory, and I went on to take four more classes from the same professor. The Hours is typical of what I read when I'm not reading books for children and teens--really beautiful prose about women with miserable lives. Seriously, this book is a work of art.
alexiscartwheel: (Default)
This year I'm trying something different, and instead of posting my full reading list at the end of the year, I'm going to try to add to it as I go along. (Normally the in progress list is a Word doc sitting on my desktop.) Hopefully this will prompt me to write at least brief reviews somewhat more often. Volume wise, I hope to at least mostly keep pace with last year. I'm already woefully behind schedule because of The Diviners, but I refuse to give up in January. I'm also going to try splitting the list into fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels in the hope that I'll actually read some non-fiction.

Read more... )
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Okay, I'm a little bit late to the game with this, but here it is, finally, the list of every book I read in 2012. There were A LOT of Marvel comics, and even with that I'm not totally caught up.


The other trend of the year is apparently I didn't post any book reviews here. I do have a trio of short reviews on my other blog, plus a few on Goodreads.
alexiscartwheel: (lizzy bennet)
Repeating from last year, because books are always relevant!

1. What's the best book you read this year?
It's a two way tie between The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Code Name, Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Both are amazing, heartbreaking books about love... but one takes place in contemporary Indianapolis and the other in Vichy France. READ THEM. (The author's are not paying me to pressure you, I swear.)

2. Any other reading highlights?
This year I read ALL the comics. 61 trades/graphic novels, mostly Marvel, but also a few other things like Fun Home and Morning Glories.

3. What's the most challenging book you read this year?
I almost didn't read The Mockingbirds when I read that the plot centered on date rape, but I'm so glad I did. The main character struggles with her experiences, but with the unwavering support of her friends stands up against her rapist. It is the anti-slut-shaming, anti-victim-blaming message that so many people—teen girls and otherwise—need to hear.

4. What's the worst book you read this year?
Tuesdays with Morrie was pretty dreadful. I read a review that compared it to a 200 page greeting card, which pretty much summed it up for me. I was also really uncomfortable with the way the author talks about disability in the book.

5. Which authors featured most prominently for you in 2012?
Brian Bendis, because this was the year that I started comics, which included A LOT of Avengers and New Avengers. I still haven't read Disassembled, but I've read most of his run.

6. Were you part of a reading challenge? Did you meet it?
Nothing formal, but I challenged myself to finish 100 books this year (twice my goal from the year before) and I actually exceeded it!

7. Are you signed up for any in 2013?
Again, nothing formal. But I'll probably aim for 100+ again.

8. What books are you hoping to get for Christmas (or buy next, if you don’t do the holiday gifting season thing)?
Christmas has already passed, of course, and I got several new books including the first trade of Saga, The Cooks Illustrated Cookbook, and The World of Downton Abbey. All wonderful for very different reasons!

9. Which books are you most looking forward to reading in 2013?
Um, what is being published next year anyway? [personal profile] lunamystic is way better at keeping track of these things than I am. Seanan McGuire's got two new ones coming out next year: Midnight Blue Light Special and Chimes at Midnight, and I always enjoy her stuff.

I know what comics are coming, though! There I'm most looking forward to three new books: Young Avengers, Fearless Defenders, and Pretty Deadly.

10. Any final book thoughts?
I did much better at not reading books that bored me this year! It is, in fact, to give up on them. Unless they were for book club, in which case I suffered on.

Also, this is not a book, but The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is the most fun novel adaptation happening right now!
alexiscartwheel: (dw - nine & rose)
And today, in the spirit of randomness, my answers to a set of questions from [ profile] isiscaughey

Comment to this post, and I will list seven things I want you to talk about. They might make sense or they might be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

Her questions and my answers under the cut )
alexiscartwheel: (reading)
As is customary, here's a list of the books I read in 2011! I haven't reviewed many here, but there are some reviews and ratings for all at my Goodreads profile.

the list is hiding under the cut )

Looking back, there were definitely some books on the list that I expected more from, as well as some that surpassed my expectations. Here's hoping for more of the latter in the new year's reading choices!

As ever, feel free to ask me about anything on the list!
alexiscartwheel: (reading)
I keep meaning to do a real life update, but that will have to come at a later date, because I saw this end of the year reading meme on [ profile] isiscaughey's journal and decided I needed to do it instead.

1. What's the best book you read this year?
Oh, I am never good at superlatives. I'm going to cheat a little bit and say Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis, which is essentially one novel in two volumes. I've really enjoyed some of her other novels, but this one really sucked me in. Time travel and the London Blitz? I'm so there. I was really immersed in these for a few days.

2. Any other reading highlights?
Bossypants by Tina Fey: Because it's really, really funny.
The False Princess: Because I'm a sucker for fairy-tale-esque stories, and this one went beyond the norm with some actually unexpected twists.
All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen: Because it's got some Shakespeare, some Wilde, and lots of kickass characters. If more steampunk were like this, I would be way more enthusiastic about steampunk.
Divergent by Veronica Roth: Because who doesn't enjoy YA dystopia. (Probably plenty of folks, actually.) I described this to a friend as "The Giver for people who liked The Hunger Games. In Chicago."

3. What's the most challenging book you read this year?
There are multiple ways I could interpret challenging, but I'm going with Letters Home which is an edited collection of Sylvia Plath's letters to her mother from her enrollment at Smith to her death. I started the book in January and finished yesterday. It was challenging for me both because of form (letters don't have much of a narrative thread) and subject matter (Sylvia almost always presented her life as if everything was perfect, up to the last letter she sent).

4. What's the worst book you read this year?
This is a tough one. As some of you may recall, [ profile] bookwench31 gave me some awesomely bad ARCS that I reviewed on this very journal. However, I think the honor of worst book of the year goes to Death's Daughter by Amber Benson. This was the book that finally convinced me that I had way too little time to read to justify spending on reading awful books just for the hell of it (peer pressure be damned!).

5. Which authors featured most prominently for you in 2011?
That would be Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant (she's the same person, yo). If you haven't read any of her books, DO IT. She's an incredibly productive writer, which is great for me. This year I read the two latest in the Toby Daye series (my favorite urban fantasy series), Late Eclipses and One Salt Sea, and the first two in the Newsflesh series (my favorite zombie apocalypse series?), Feed and Deadline, plus the prequel novella Countdown.

6. Were you part of a reading challenge? Did you meet it?
Not anything formal, but I challenged myself to finish at least one book a week (that would be 52 total) for 2011. I'm currently at 55 with a few days left, so go me!

7. Are you signed up for any in 2012?
I'll probably try to top this year in 2012. Which should hopefully be easier now that I've finished watching Buffy and SGA.

8. What books are you hoping to get for Christmas (or buy next, if you don’t do the holiday gifting season thing)?
Not a specific book, but my mom and brother gave me a Kindle for Christmas! Right now I've got a few books from the public library and another from Project Gutenberg, because even with my new fancy toy in hand I am super cheap.

9. Which books are you most looking forward to reading in 2012?
I'm sure there are others but off the top of my head: Deadline by Mira Grant (OMG why is it not out yet?!), Discount Armageddon and Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire (hey, are we noticing a theme yet?), and Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

10. Any final book thoughts?
I've said this to Patty before, but I really miss working in a public library and getting to see all the new books as they come across the counter. I feel like I have to work much harder now to keep up and to find stuff that really grabs me.


Sep. 17th, 2011 11:36 pm
alexiscartwheel: (reading)
Okay, I think that the number of books I'm reading at the same time is getting a little out of hand. Granted, one is an audio book I listen to when I have time at work (which it turns out doesn't happen often since I've been doing lots of training lately), one is actually for work, and another I'm (re)reading for a very silly blog.

I've been making a valiant effort at Zombies vs. Unicorns even though I am very bad at finishing short story collections, but my copy of One Salt Sea finally came in at the public library, and my life needs more Toby, so I had to start it too.

But I suppose there are worse vices than wanting to read EVERYTHING all at once.
alexiscartwheel: (carmen ohio)
Every weekend should be a three day weekend. (Except for the part where I'd no longer be able to pay the rent, that would be AWESOME.)

It's been a very relaxing and geeky weekend. I had dinner with [ profile] bookwench31 on Friday night, and in addition to tater tots, I got an opportunity to talk Sci-Fi TV, including Doctor Who, Stargate Atlantis, and my recent obsession, Eureka. I started from the beginning of the series about two weeks ago, and I've almost caught up to the currently airing episodes. I'm sad that it got cancelled just as discovered how great it is.

Saturday was a football sandwich. Ohio State vs. Akron (Go Bucks!), then a trip to Ikea (on the weekend after students moved back to campus, smart), then Georgia vs. Boise State. Once again I missed the marching band alumni game. Maybe someday I'll make it back.

I'm reading two books: Death's Daughter by Amber Benson and The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde. The former is pretty awful, and I'm basically just reading it because [ profile] chuunthor, [ profile] d4ni, and I for some reason thought that would be a smart idea. The latter is Fforde's latest, which hasn't been published in the U.S. And Seanan McGuire's newest comes out this week!

I'm currently rewatching the Library episodes from Doctor Who series 4 with friends. Now that we know more about River Song it seemed necessary. There's been a lot of Ten this weekend... Gridlock, Blink, Midnight, Turn Left, and now Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead. That plus the last two new episodes. Semi-related, I think I'm going to put together an Amy Pond costume for Halloween this year. Maybe I'll even go all out and dye my hair red.

Back to work tomorrow. :(
alexiscartwheel: (bsg - roslin)
In the summer of 2014, I virus wiped out thirty two percent of the worlds population was wiped out by a dangerous infection. Cures for cancer and the common cold joined forces, resulting in the mother of all side effects, reanimating the dead. Decades after the zombie apocalypse, life in the United States goes on, but things have changed. There's much more fear of being eaten, for one...

I know zombies are really trendy, but I've never been that interested. I've seen Shaun of the Dead (funny) and read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (meh), but that's about it. But after three recs for Feed I realized I had to give it a try. Then I realized that Mira Grant is also Seanan McGuire, the author of the October Daye series, a.k.a. the author who actually made me like a book about fairies. (I know, I know, no zombies, no fairies, what kind of fantasy/scifi stories do you like? Well, I am partial to women with swords.) Luckily, even writing under a different name, she didn't disappoint. Feed really blew me away.

More review under the cut. But don't worry, it's not spoilery. )
alexiscartwheel: (dw - martha jones)
So did you all notice that we're already more than a month into 2011? I'm not entirely sure how that happened. Valentine's Day is coming up soon, and a friend and I have decided to celebrate by inviting some other single friends over to eat pizza and watch action movies. Because nothing says Valentine's Day like exploding cars! :)

I've been watching A LOT of Buffy and Angel lately. I'm midway through seasons 5 and 2. I've really started to like Spike. In season 2, I didn't really get it why he was so popular, but I get it now. Mostly he's amazingly snarky, which is a great contrast from the frequent broodiness of the Buffyverse. Spike being forced to live with Giles and Xander last season was awesome, as are this season's Spike flashbacks. (Floppy hair! Hee.) Anya and Cordelia have also both become surprisingly fun, though I don't really get the point of Tara. She's... boring.

Unrelated, but how weird is it that it keeps snowing in the south? Actually, I feel like it just keeps snowing everywhere that isn't here. We did have one small storm, but that's it. Of course, that was enough to knock out the power at my house for two days—and we were some of the lucky ones that didn't have to wait four days. We did have heat, thanks to the next door neighbor's generator, and a nice outdoor refrigerator. Still, it was annoying.

I'm reading another terrible YA novel. If I manage to actually finish it (I think it is more horrible than The Eternal Ones) you can expect a review of Tiger's Curse to follow.
alexiscartwheel: (bsg - roslin)
So I got this book from [ profile] bookwench31 in a Christmas gift exchange. It's called The Eternal Ones and it looked like a terrible Twilight wannabe. My assignment was to read it and report back. Here is that report.

Don't keep reading if you're worried about spoilers. Don't worry about spoilers, because you don't want to read this book.

The special snowflake protagonist is Haven Moore. She has visions, because she's a 1920s New York heiress reincarnated. (She knows she's reincarnated, because why else would she know the name of every street in New York City even though she's never been there?) But she lives in Tennessee, under the guardianship of her incredibly strict, Christian grandmother, who convinces the whole town that Haven is possessed by a demon. Also, someone is maybe trying to kill her.

Using the money she and her sassy gay friend earned making prom dresses, Haven runs off to New York to find the famous playboy who she believes is her reincarnated boyfriend and to make contact with the Ouroboros Society, a special club for reincarnated people. Haven finds Ian on her very first day in New York and they are so in luuuuurve and they fly to Italy on his private jet (they don't even need passports because he is RICH) and it is AWESOME. Except Ian said he forgot his cell phone and it is a lie and maybe even though they've been in love for like 2000 years since past!Haven was married to some abusive guy in Crete and ran away with past!Ian, she doesn't really know this guy and shouldn't automatically trust him.

A bunch of stuff follows with the Ouroboros Society maybe being evil (or not!) and Ian maybe murdering a few people, possibly including past!Haven. Haven can't really figure out who she's supposed to trust, so she settles on trusting whoever she just talked to last, so she flip flops a lot. Turns out her past husband has been reincarnated too! And he's the devil! (Literally!) He can't stand that Haven and Ian are so in luuuurve throughout the centuries, so he just follows Haven around in each life, and if she doesn't renounce Ian and love him instead, he kills her, than stashes her bodies in a museum. Yeeeah.

But don't worry! Because it turns out Ian is good and loves Haven and they defeat the devil and get married and live in Italy where Haven sells designer clothes. Yay!

Also, for no particular reason, there are random snake handlers, and Haven visits their church, and Haven's dad died and car accident (caused by the devil's minion, the local minister) with a woman he wasn't having an affair with, but everybody thought he was. The devil is just randomly evil and stuff.

The writing, if you couldn't guess, is not good. At least two characters have green/emerald eyes, and one has violet eyes. The chapters are each about three pages long, but even though the book moves quickly from scene to scene, there are still long stretches where nothing actually happens. And of course, Haven and Ian are boring cardboard cutouts. I guess since they've been in love for 2000 years already, the development of their relationship doesn't have to be believable at all?

I am super excited that The Eternal Ones is first in a series. Can't wait to read them all!
alexiscartwheel: (reading)
For the last three years I've been keeping track of every book I read, and much to my chagrin, the list just gets shorter and shorter every year. I know 49 books is more than many people read in a year, but to me it's a kind of a disappointment for two reasons. First, I finished school in the spring, so I actually had a lot more free time, but apparently I didn't spend it reading. Second, a lot of what I did read this year was sort of "meh." Granted, I did suddenly acquire a social life there for part of the year, which was certainly a contributing factor, and I think the meh-ness didn't exactly inspire me.

In the past I've provided links to reviews, but I wrote so few this year that I don't feel like digging back through the year's admittedly few entries to find them. If there's a book you'd like to know about, just ask!

The Books! )
alexiscartwheel: (reading)
You know how sometimes you start reading a book and you immediately know it's going to blow your socks off? The was my experience reading Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go.

Full disclosure: the book caught my attention when I saw that a movie version starring Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley was about to be released. Carey Mulligan was amazing in An Education—which you should see if you haven't yet—and I generally like Keira Knightley. That prompted me to look into the book, which looked right up my alley.

Never Let Me Go is an unusual example of dystopian fiction which actually takes place in the past rather than the future. The book is narrated by Kathy H., a 31 year old professional "carer" nearing the end of her career. The story consists mainly of Kathy's reflections of her childhood, adolescence, and early adult life, in particular her relationships with her two closest friends, Ruth and Tommy. The three met as students at Hailsham, an exclusive English boarding school. Despite the idyllic surrounding, there are dark undercurrents at Hailsham. While Ruth tends to live out elaborate fantasies, Tommy and Kathy realize that their teachers and guardians are keeping secrets from them.

Ishiguro weaves Kathy's present with her remembrances, gradually revealing why Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth are so different than other children. My description really doesn't do the book justice, so just trust me that the story is both beautiful and haunting. It's hands down the best book I've read so far this year, and I've been recommending it to friends all weekend. I definitely plan to see the movie and see how it compares.
alexiscartwheel: (reading)
Happy National Poetry month everybody! I'm going to try to post some poems I enjoy during April again this year.

And now, a novel game! [ profile] isiscaughey has all the fun memes lately.

1. Choose 12 books that you like.
2. Write down the first sentence or so of each of those books.
3. Let other people try to figure out the titles.
4. Cross off books as they are guessed, let us know the correct answers and who guessed them.

1. "Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy." The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, [ profile] meddow
2. "Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself." Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, [ profile] meddow
3. "My father had a face that could stop a clock." The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, [ profile] d4ni
4. "When I reached C Company lines, which were at the top of the hill, I paused and looked back at the camp, just coming into full view below me through the grey mist of early morning."
5. "Norah, armed to the teeth, slithered on her stomach through the underbrush." The Sky is Falling by Kit Pearson, [ profile] lib_chick42
6. "One thing was certain, that the white kitten had had nothing to do with it—it was the black kitten's fault entirely."
7. "The sun sets in the west (just about everyone knows that), but Sunset Towers faced east." The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, [ profile] isiscaughey
8. "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day." Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, [ profile] isiscaughey
9. "Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways." Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, [ profile] meddow
10. "A small vagrant breeze came from nowhere and barely flicked the feather tips as the arrow sped on its way."
11. "Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch-hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who, for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Baronetage; there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed on; there his faculties were roused into admiration and respect, by contemplating the limited remnant of the earliest patents; there any unwelcome sensations, arising from domestic affairs, changed naturally into pity and contempt, as he turned over the almost endless creations of the last century – and there, if every other leaf were powerless, he could read his own history with an interest which never failed – this was the page at which the favourite volume always opened: 'ELLIOT OF KELLYNCH-HALL.'" Persuasion by Jane Austen, [ profile] isiscaughey
12. "London. Michaelmas term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln's Inn Hall. Implacable November weather."* Bleak House by Charles Dickens, [ profile] carrotgirl

*I added two more sentences. Cause "London," though amusing, was probably impossible.
alexiscartwheel: (30 Rock - Liz on the beach)
I got up at the dack of crawn this morning to catch my flight to Baltimore. I did not get stuck in the airport for hours like I did the week before, but I left my cell phone there. My sister is going to send me one of her old phones tomorrow, so even if it doesn't turn up in lost and found (I already called the airline, but airport lost in found is closed on Sunday) I'll have a phone to use withing a few days. I'm still irritated with myself though.

I wanted to nap all afternoon, but I dragged myself out of the apartment to Trader Joe's. I hate going to Bethesda because it's hard to park and I always seem to narrowly avoid traffic accidents, but it was worth the trip. I'm going to be really busy this week, so I got some easy frozen stuff (mmm... tamales) and didn't spend that much money. Yay!

I go back to work/school tomorrow. I still have a that term paper proposal to write by Wednesday. And two more jobs to apply for. And I'm tutoring tomorrow. And I have a bunch of meetings. And I probably have something for that other class that I pretend doesn't exist. Bleargh.

Yeah, so basically I am crabby. I need to find a good book to read (to inspire happy thoughts). I started reading A Local Habitation but I had to leave it, since I suspect the library wants me not to steal it. Or I could just read COPL.

OMG WHAT IF I HAD LEFT COPL AT THE AIRPORT. Big sigh of relief there, guys! ;)
alexiscartwheel: (star wars - leia)
Brief update: It stopped snowing, finally. The city's still not really back to normal though. Also, after being cooped up with sick people for a week, I ended up with the flu and had to take an extra day off work. It's been a busy week and I'm beat!

Random question: Why does are all the figure skaters skating to Scheherazade? Don't get me wrong, I like the piece, but it's kind of repetitive—I heard it twice during pairs, and again now during men's. I don't know what the rules are about music, but everyone using the same classical repertoire is boring. It's an interesting contrast to the women's halfpipe competition, which was on just before this, where you could here the Black Eyed Peas playing in the background. (Fewer sequins in halfpipe too... but jumps and spins in both.)

New geek project: [ profile] d4ni and I were texting last weekend and we decided to start a book club with [ profile] chuunthor to re-read The Courtship of Princess Leia, our favorite Star Wars book. And blog about it. It's going to be awesome.
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