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)
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.
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: (cj)
Comment to this entry and I'll pick three of your fandoms. You must then update your journal and answer the following questions:

01: What got you into this fandom in the first place?
02: Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
03: Favorite episodes/books/movies/etc.?
04: Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
05: Do you think that more people should get into this fandom?

[ profile] jo_blogs gave me Gilmore Girls, Firefly, and The West Wing. Interesting choices, because they're all shows that I love but don't really talk about that much.

My answers. Some spoilers if you haven't seen the shows in question. )
alexiscartwheel: (bsg - roslin)
Not really, though. It's raining here yet again. But...

Michelle Obama is going to be on Sesame Street. And she's totally right... who wouldn't be thrilled about it? It's Sesame Street! This just further convinces me that Michelle Obama is pretty awesome.

Another, um, interesting news story from yesterday's issue of the campus newspaper, The Diamondback. On the front page: Lot's of rain makes the grass grow! OH NOES!!! True story. There was a cartoon response today. Since I'm in the University Archives, we keep every issue and index them. The stellar journalism provides us with much amusement.

And now, a reading meme from [ profile] isiscaughey

Books, a quick way to get me to ramble. )


Mar. 11th, 2009 10:34 pm
alexiscartwheel: (reading)
An awesome book meme from librarian extraordinaire [ profile] kit_the_brave.

Under the cut! )
alexiscartwheel: (dw - three)
That Who meme that's been going around, snagged from [ profile] fiery_twilight and others.

1. When did you start watching?
Summer 2007

1a. Why?
Cause the Doctor Who thread at the Sugar Quill was always busy, and I wanted to know what the big fuss was all about.

2. What was your first episode?

3. Which episodes have you seen?
All of New Who through “The Next Doctor.” I’m working my way through Classic Who; so far I’ve seen 1 Hartnell, 8 Pertwee, 9 Baker, 3 Davison, 2 McCoy, and the TVM.

3a. Favourite?
New Series - The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, Army of Ghosts/Doomsday, Human Nature/Family of Blood, Blink, Turn Left, Midnight
Classic Series - Inferno, The Sea Davils, The Time Warrior, City of Death, Castrovalva

meme is bigger on the inside )
alexiscartwheel: (dw - rose)
[ profile] isiscaughey tagged me for a meme.

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, write an entry with 16 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 16 people to be tagged.

  1. I hate broccoli.
  2. I have webbed toes. Yes, really.
  3. I went to Catholic school for four years. It was not traumatic. I really liked it there.
  4. If there were money in it, I'd probably just stay in school forever. I enjoy academia.
  5. I am almost always late. I keep trying to fix this, but I mostly fail.
  6. I told my high school guidance counselor I wanted to be a zamboni driver.
  7. I used to watch The Little Mermaid almost every day. (I was five.) For my sixth birthday, I had a The Little Mermaid themed party.
  8. I've only left North America once. I went to London for ten days and thought it was completely awesome.
  9. I can't leave the house in the morning without eating breakfast. Unless, of course, I'm leaving to go out to breakfast.
  10. In high school, I was a page at the public library, and I was very particular about books being in the proper order. I can't be bothered to put my own books in any kind of order. They're arranged by size because they fit best on the shelves that way.
  11. I studied Italian for four years.
  12. I want to live abroad sometime in my life.
  13. I am completely unorganized.
  14. I spend most of my time looking at a computer screen.
  15. I am the last cylon. Okay, not really.
  16. I really want some ice cream right now.

I started the first five items with the letter "i", then I couldn't change it because it would look wrong. Clearly I am insane.

I think half my flist has done this already, so I just tag anyone else who's interested.
alexiscartwheel: (Default)
[ profile] arabian tagged me for a meme. I've done this one before, but it had different questions then.

The rules are:

A. People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question. Who ever does that? Well, I do, for one.

B. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you. Or else what? You'll tell on me to the meme police?

questions and answers under the cut )

I tag whoever wants to do it!
alexiscartwheel: (cj)
When you see this, quote Leo McGarry....

"We've got separation of powers, checks and balances, and Margaret, vetoing things and sending them back to the Hill!"

alexiscartwheel: (rilo kiley)
From the song meme from whenever ago.

Complete with strange videos! )

Only about half were guessed. Maybe that means I have odd musical taste?

[ profile] arabian tagged me for another meme, so I'll try to get to that later. :)
alexiscartwheel: (bones - pudding)
I'm taking a break from actual work, because working on my website is making me want to hurt something or someone. Oh, how I love group projects. But instead of me bitching about how much a loathe the end of the semester (with a fiery passion), here's the song meme that's been floating around LJ. So here we are, lyrics from 25 songs from my iTunes on shuffle.

Radio Alexis under the cut )
alexiscartwheel: (dw - nine & rose)
“Things No One Else Has" meme from [ profile] sherarara

Name a CD you own that no one else on your friends list does.
Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales played by Ivo Pogorelich. This one here. Oma bought it for me back when I was taking piano lessons. I actually tried to play it (myself, on the piano) once, which was kind of fun, but not as pretty as listening to the CD.

And I’ll do one that’s a little less deliberately obscure. 10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged. “Because the Night” from that CD is one of my Top 25 song in iTunes.

Name a book you own that no one else on your friends list does.
Um, probably a lot of them, although some of the bizarre stuff (The Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, anyone?) I know for a fact that some of my friends own.

I’m going to go with Only Bread, Only Light which is a book of poetry written by one of my favorite English professors at Ohio State. Also, Fanny Burney’s Camilla, which I haven’t read yet but mean to. I’m the only person I know who voluntarily purchases 18th century novels.

Name a movie you own on DVD/VHS/etc that no one else on your friends list does.
The Pride of the Buckeyes, the PBS documentary about the Ohio State University Marching Band. (I am PBS famous, guys!) As far as actual movies released in theaters… maybe Gosford Park or The Hours? I don’t consider my movie collection to be all that obscure.

Name a place that you have visited that no one else on your friends list has.
This is hard, because I haven’t traveled abroad very much, and I have friends who have lived in all the same places as me and who live in some of the places I have visited. Anyone for Port Clinton, Ohio? Saugerties, New York? How about Pierron, Illinois? Good pie there.
alexiscartwheel: (kaylee)
My f-list seems to have exploded today and I haven't had time to read everything yet, but this popped up four or five times, and I can't resist The Princess Bride.

When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.
"Bye bye, boys!"
"Have fun storming the castle!"
~Valerie and Miracle Max

This is, of course, only one of a myriad of favorites. It's too packed full of great lines to choose just one! :D
alexiscartwheel: (reading)
From [ profile] isiscaughey

Post your favorite poem, and pass it on.

Because I could not stop for Death-- )

I like this meme. It's easy and literary! :)
alexiscartwheel: (dw - bamfy rose)
Borrowed from [ profile] isiscaughey.

* Pick 15 movies you love.
* Go to IMDB and find a quote from each movie.
* Post them on your blog for everyone to guess. Fill in the film title once it’s been guessed.

Quote under the cut. )

I have smart friends who figured most of these out immediately, but there are still two mystery quotes!

Meme Time

Jul. 12th, 2008 06:34 pm
alexiscartwheel: (Default)
Tagged for this get to know the f-list meme by [ profile] stubefied_by_gd. She shortened the rules, but I think I can make them even shorter.

The Super-Official Meme Rules: When tagged… write your answers on your blog, if you feel so inclined. Don’t like a question? Invent a new one! When you’re done, tag 8 more people.

I could elaborate, but you’re smart people. I think you get the gist of it.

Questions and answers under the cut )

I tag... EVERYBODY. So, f-list, if you're feeling memey, or maybe just bored or looking for something to do on a Saturday without Doctor Who, knock yourselves out! :D
alexiscartwheel: (dw - four and romana)
Just a meme snagged from several folks on my f-list: When you see this post, quote from Doctor Who on your LJ.

"The thing is, Adam, time travel's like visiting Paris. You can't just read the guide book, you've got to throw yourself in. Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, get charged double and end up kissing complete strangers. Or is that just me?"

~The Ninth Doctor, "The Long Game"

Chosen because partly because I love Nine and partly because I just watched "City of Death" again the other day. :D Also, it's just fun travel advice!

Icon Meme

Jun. 15th, 2008 08:00 pm
alexiscartwheel: (Default)
Courtesy of [personal profile] sea_thoughts  .

1. Reply to this post, and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee. Whoo!

Click me! )
alexiscartwheel: (reading)
This meme popped up on the LibraryThing blog and on my f-list yesterday, and it's about books! The list below is the top 106 books tagged as "unread" on LibraryThing, as of this morning, May 2. I really want to know who decided this would be a 106 item list. Why not 105, or just an even 100?

The rules:
Bold books you have read, italicize books you started but didn’t finish, and strikethrough books you hated. Add an asterisk* to those you’ve read more than once and underline those on your to be read list.

Long meme is looooong )

The totals
Read: 30
Unfinished: 10
Unread: 66
Disliked: 1
To read: 5

I included abridged versions that were assigned in high school in the unfinished category, and limited "to read" books to my current list (yes, it's actually written down) and the books I own. I don't use the "unread" tag on LibraryThing, but if I did, only three of my books would appear on this list.

And my apologies to William Faulkner. I didn't love every book I read from this list, but The Sound and the Fury was the only one I disliked enough for it to earn a strikethrough. Caddy smelled like trees. I get it. It didn't help it that I had a bit of a personality conflict with my American Lit teacher that year. (I made her cry. Whoops.) Because of William Faulkner I was a bad English major and avoided all modernism courses in college. So there you have it.
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