December 26, 2008
One of my resolutions is to actually pay attention to this blog again. I miss writing about reading, and I have a pile of books I'm excited about reading.
And I keep forgetting to tell you guys this: I'm going to Gallifrey One in February (Yes, a Doctor Who Convention. No, I couldn't be more of a geek.) But the best part is: David Gerrold is one of the guests! So I can ask him in person where Book 5 of the Chtorr series is!
December 8, 2008
And being me, I started thinking. I only found out because her husband posted the news on her blog. If anything were to happen to me, my family doesn't even know I have a blog. So I guess I should include some instructions about online accounts, etc., along with my will (which I haven't written yet either). I know it's not what anyone wants to think about, but there it is.
Sorry I don't have a more cheerful post, but I hope all of you are well.
October 15, 2008
Dies the Fire - SM Stirling
Interred with the Bones - Jennifer Lee Carrell
Three Bags Full - Leonie Swann
The Demon in the Freezer - Richard Preston
Hopefully I'll have an actual review in the next few days! What have you been up to?
August 29, 2008
August 12, 2008
August 8, 2008
Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?
I've read for as long as I can remember. I can clearly recall losing myself in books in elementary school. My teacher talked the school librarian into letting me into the "big kids" section while I was still in 1st or 2nd grade.
What are some books you read as a child?
Well, I read everything I could get my hands on. Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden, Cherry Ames, Five Little Peppers, fairy tales, the Boxcar Children. My sister and I would re-enact scenes from the books, and even come up with our own scenarios. I guess it was fanfiction, although we didn't know it at the time.
What is your favorite genre?
You guys know the answer to this - Science Fiction. Not fantasy (Harry Potter is the exception).
Do you have a favorite novel?
I re-read a lot of books. The Handmaid's Tale, the Chtorr series (David Gerrold), Pride and Prejudice, 1984, Jane Eyre.
Where and when do you usually read?
At work during lunch, in the evening while watching TV, and before bed. Anytime I know I'll be waiting. Lately I've been taking a book down to the courtroom to read between hearings.
Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time?
Yes. In fact I would say almost always.
Do you read nonfiction in a different way or place than you read fiction?
Only in that I might skip around with the chapters, if the book is set up in a way to make that possible.
Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library?
I buy most of them, or get them from Paperbackswap, or at the used bookstore. I do try to get them from the library first, but our library is very slow about getting some books, and their sci-fi selection is abysmal.
Do you keep most of the books you buy? If not, what do you do with them?
I keep the ones I like, and either swap them on Paperbackswap or sell them at the used bookstore. Some I pass on to friends.
If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them? Were they some of the same ones you read as a child?
I don't have children, but my nephew has inherited our childhood book collection, and loves them as much as we did.
What are you reading now?
The Godmother - by Carrie Adams
On Writing - Stephen King
Do you keep a TBR (to be read) list?
No, but I have a pile - well, actually two piles right now - of books to read next.
I have one coming from Amazon - "Watching the English." And my sister has one that she'll be passing on to me, but the title escapes me right now. I have a towering pile to be read, but those are the likely next suspects.
What books would you like to reread?
I keep thinking I should pick up Dune again.
Who are your favorite authors?
Connis Willis, David Gerrold, Nancy Kress, Jane Austen.
Are there any particular worlds in books where you’d like to live?
Or where you certainly would NOT want to live?
What about authors? If you were a character, who would you trust to write your life
I think I'd like to at least visit Harry Potter's world. Maybe Jane Austen's, but only if I got to be friends with Elizabeth Bennet or Emma Woodhouse. My real answer is Star Trek, but that didn't start out in books, so that's cheating a bit.
I certainly wouldn't want to live in 1984, or the Handmaid's Tale, or most any other dystopia. I like to read them, but I wouldn't want to stay there for long.
I would trust Connie Willis or Nancy Kress to write my life, though. It would be interesting, yet real.
July 24, 2008
July 13, 2008
Entertainment Weekly (my sister and I split this, and have for years)
Wired (I especially love the "Artifact from the Future" on the back page each month)
My guilty pleasures are: Glamour, Allure, and a bunch of travel magazines
I also get Newsweek (my sister gets Time, and we swap each week), and the state bar association magazine, plus the ABA magazine.
My mom gets Real Simple and Good Housekeeping
My sister also gets Consumer Reports
We spend a lot of time trading magazines.
I love reading them while watching television, or eating lunch at work, or between hearings at work.
July 7, 2008
June 30, 2008
Currently reading: Worldwired - Elizabeth Bear, and as many sci-fi magazines as I can get my hands on.
Currently watching: As much Doctor Who as possible
Currently listening to - Alanis Morrisette - Flavours of Entanglement
June 29, 2008
June 28, 2008
INTJ - "Mastermind". Introverted intellectual with a preference for finding certainty. A builder of systems and the applier of theoretical models. 2.1% of total population.
June 27, 2008
What is the weather like today where you live?
Hot and sunny, although there is a chance of a thunderstorm this afternoon. We had one yesterday, which made this morning nice and cool.
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how career-minded are you?
8? I'm still trying to figure out what I want my legal career to look like, so I'm pretty focused right now.
What type of window coverings do you have in your home? Blinds, curtains, shutters, etc.?
Curtains in my room and the living room, blinds everywhere else.
Name something that instantly cheers you up.
How many times do you hit the snooze button on a typical morning?
Two or three times. It's a terrible habit - I should just set the alarm later, but I'm always optimistic I'll actually get up early for a change. Plus I like just lying in bed, thinking of what the day might bring.
June 26, 2008
What, in your opinion, is the definition of a “reader.” A person who indiscriminately reads everything in sight? A person who reads BOOKS? A person who reads, period, no matter what it is? … Or, more specific? Like the specific person who’s reading something you wrote?
Well, even those of us who read "anything" do discriminate somewhat. I don't like westerns or mysteries, but will make an occaisional exception based on a friend's recommendation. I do think the definition is broad enough to include lots of things: websites, comic books, manga, etc. Of course, when an authors says "Faithful reader" in the text, they mean you - the person reading it. So in that sense it can be specific. But I think of it as broader - any text counts.
June 25, 2008
June 24, 2008
June 23, 2008
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June 21, 2008
What the House Test Says About You
You are happy with who you are, and you don't have an inflated sense of self importance. You do your own thing quietly. You don't take up a lot of space.
You aren't against being community oriented, but it's not really your thing. You tend to prefer to focus on your family and not the neighborhood around you.
You are a calm, contemplative, and smart person. You take ideas very seriously.
You look good in a low maintenance sort of way. You do the minimum required to be attractive.
You are moved by romance and love. You are optimistic about people, and you love hearing about happy endings.
June 20, 2008
If you could live on another continent for 1 year, which one would you choose?
Australia - it would be different enough to be a bit exotic, yet everyone speaks English.
Which browser do you use to surf the Internet?
Firefox at home. IT has us locked into IE at work, though - and not even the new version!
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how much do you know about the history of your country?
I guess 8? History was always one of my favorite subjects.
Finish this sentence: Love is…
Any ending I could come up with is hopelessly cheesy.
Have you ever been in or near a tornado?
No - we occasionally get a "funnel cloud" during our summer thunderstorms, but never anything real. And we don't have basements here, so I don't know what we would do if we did have a freak tornado.
June 19, 2008
Think about your favorite authors, your favorite books . . . what is it about them that makes you love them above all the other authors you’ve read? The stories? The characters? The way they appear to relish the taste of words on the tongue? The way they’re unafraid to show the nitty-gritty of life? How they sweep you off to a new, distant place? What is it about those books and authors that makes them resonate with you in ways that other, perfectly good books and authors do not?
I have a lot of "favorite" authors, but I'll choose one for this purpose: David Gerrold, author of (among other things) The War Against the Chtorr series. I love that he creates real, flawed characters. Yes, sometimes they are just mouthpieces for some philosophy, but generally they are real people, with their own motivations and problems, just trying to survive. I love that he created a future earth, under attack from *somewhere* - and how he describes how the ecosystem changes, bit by bit. I love that he's also funny - real humor, but also puns and limericks and jokes. I love that he created a world that I still go back to to re-read, and still wait in hope for the next book (he's been promising it to us for ten years or so).
June 18, 2008
June 17, 2008
The challenge will run from June 21, 2008-September 21, 2008.
1. Make a list of all of the ARC’s that you currently have and/or are on their way to you.
2. If you have:
* 1-3 ARC’s then pick at least one to read and review for this challenge.
* 4-6 ARC’s then pick at least two to read and review for this challenge.
* 7-9 ARC’s then pick at least three to read and review for this challenge.
* 10 or more ARC’s then pick at least 4 to read and review for this challenge.
3. Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
4. List the books that you plan to read for this challenge (you can change it at any time, as long as the books you change are also ARC's). You can read the books on your list in any order.
5. Read the books and review them on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, you can post your review on sites like Amazon. Leave a comment on the post about the challenge with a link to each of your reviews.
My ARC list:
Strangers in Death - J.D. Robb
Enlightenment for Idiots - Anne Cushman
A Prisoner of Birth - Jeffrey Archer
Ask Again Later - Jill A. Davis
Marie Therese: Child of Terror (The Fate of Marie Antoinette's Daughter) - Susan Nagel
Mercy Street - Mariah Stewart
The First Thirty Days - Ariane De Bonvoisin
Loose Girl - Kerry Cohen
I have bolded the two I plan to read first; I'll decide on the third later. I'm actually hoping to get through all of them, but we'll see how that goes.
To join the challenge, go here.
June 16, 2008
You Like Names That Are Popular and Modern
You prefer names you've heard quite a bit and know well.
It's possible that you like the idea of naming someone after a friend.
You taste in names is very mainstream. You don't like odd names at all.
You rather share a name with someone you know than be stuck with a weird name.
Some female names you might like: Amber, Erica, Kristen, Lauren, Megan, Tara, and Vanessa
Some male names you might like: Brett, Christian, Jason, Kyle, Logan, Scott, and Trevor
June 15, 2008
June 14, 2008
Your Ice Cream Personality:
You like to think of yourself as a fairly modest person. And it's true that you don't talk yourself up... but you're also pretty happy with who you are.
You have a wild reputation, but you're not as wild as you seem. You take risks, but only measured risks.
You are a fairly open minded person with a wide range of tastes. You are quite accepting of unusual ideas and people.
You are a natural multitasker. You feel alive when you're doing more than one thing at a time.
You can be a big dramatic and over the top sometimes. You are bold in every way
June 13, 2008
Do you consider yourself to be an optimist or a pessimist?
I consider myself a realist - hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
What is your favorite color of ink to write with?
Black. It's bold and straightforward. When I was in law school I did have to keep my inner child entertained by using various colored highliters for my schoolbooks, though. I preferred green and orange for that.
How often do you get a manicure or pedicure? Do you do them yourself or go to a salon and pay for them?
I do my own nails - manicure once a week, and a pedicure every three weeks or so in the summer. I love buying nail polish - my sister says I have a hundred versions of the same shade of pink. That is not entirely accurate.
Have you ever won anything online? If so, what was it?
I "won" a few advance reader books from LibraryThing.
In which room in your house do you keep your home computer?
My computer is in my bedroom, and my mom's is in the living room.
June 12, 2008
A combo of two suggestions by: Heidi and by litlove
Have you ever been a member of a book club? How did your group choose (ot, if you haven’t been, what do you think is the best way to choose) the next book and who would lead discussion?
Do you feel more or less likely to appreciate books if you are obliged to read them for book groups rather than choosing them of your own free will? Does knowing they are going to be read as part of a group affect the reading experience?
I have never been a member of a book club. One of my friends is a member, and she lets me in on her list of books to read, but even if she asked, I don't think I would join. It would be too much pressure to read and process the book, and I don't really like group settings like that anyway. Maybe if I was already friends with all of the members, but certainly not with people I don't already know. I do talk about books with that friend, and with others, but not in such a structured setting.
On a related note, I hate when a blurb for a book says "perfect for book clubs" or something like that. It sounds too much like an "Oprah" book (some of which have been good, but still) and it just makes my defenses go up. It translates to me as "this book is full of contrived situations or fake big ideas that you must talk about with all of your friends."
June 11, 2008
Happy Birthday to me! One of my coworkers made me a yummy birthday cake, so it's been a pretty good day so far. Tonight is dinner with my sister, nephew, brother-in-law and mom, then more cake, so it should be pretty fun. I think my nephew made me a card, so I'm looking forward to that. He's able to take dictation to write what he wants, but he's a little loose with the word placement. My mom's birthday card read "Happy Grammy Birthday." Naturally, she'll be keeping that forever.
June 10, 2008
"What the hell was that?"
"I don't know. Something else. Also terrible."
I'm a J.J. Abrams fan, despite my abandonment of Lost after season 1. I enjoyed this, althought it is not his best work. I liked the "found documentary evidence" gimmick, although there were times I wanted to yell at the guy with the camera. I mean, if you are pinned down in the street, don't film your friends, film the giant destructive thing in front of you! And I think he revealed the monster a little too soon. It didn't hurt that one of the actors looks like a younger Michael Vartan, either. He is a hottie. But overall, I thought it was a pretty good summer movie, with lots of destruction. And the special effects were very seamless; I'm pretty picky about that.
June 9, 2008
So I will entertain you today with this link, via Wil Wheaton. Enjoy!
June 8, 2008
June 7, 2008
June 6, 2008
When you drink soda/pop/coke, do you prefer to drink it from the bottle, a can, or after pouring it into a cup?
I prefer it in a cup with ice, but after that from a can with a straw.
What television show are you willing to stay up late to watch?
Battlestar Galactica! It's on at 10 p.m. our time, which is late for me.
Name one person, place, or thing you think of as brilliant.
J.J. Abrams - the man behind Lost and Alias, and the new Star Trek!
Would you be willing to work 4 10-hour days instead of 5 8-hour days in order to save gas?
Yes, absolutely - unfortunately the courthouse does not yet run on that schedule. Then again, 10 hours at the court would be a pretty long day.
If you were a superhero, what would you call yourself?
Wonder Woman! So I could have an invisible jet, and a golden lasso of truth!
June 5, 2008
Have your book-tastes changed over the years? More fiction? Less? Books that are darker and more serious? Lighter and more frivolous? Challenging? Easy? How-to books over novels? Mysteries over Romance?
I've written before that I tend to go on binges - reading everything about a particular topic, for example, then moving on to the next one. I don't think my overall taste has changed, though. I like an absorbing story, in an interesting setting, with real characters. That is a broad generalization, of course, because I also like informative nonfiction, and enjoy a good travel book now and again. My taste has probably matured some: I used to devour romance books in my youth, but now find them too simplistic. But give me a good sci-fi any day, and that has been true since I picked up I Robot in 5th grade.
June 3, 2008
June 2, 2008
Governess: The Lives and Times of the Real Jane Eyres - Ruth Brandon
Worldwired - Elizabeth Bear
Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse - Ed. by John Joseph Adams (short stories)
I'm enjoying all of them, but haven't yet finished any!
June 1, 2008
I also rewatched the new BBC version of Sense and Sensibility, which stands up to rewatching quite well.
May 31, 2008
May 30, 2008
Our cable is still out, and they won't send a technician until Sunday, so I'll be scheduling a few posts (I came in early to post from work today.)
May 29, 2008
May 27, 2008
May 26, 2008
May 25, 2008
Your Inner Child Is Happy
You see life as simple, and simple is a very good thing.
You're cheerful and upbeat, taking everything as it comes.
And you decide not to worry, even when things look bad.
You figure there's just so many great things to look forward to.
May 24, 2008
You Are Mud Pie
You're the perfect combo of flavor and depth.
You are overpowering and dominant - and that's what people like about you.
You bring energy and a new direction to most interactions.
People crave you in a serious way. You're that important to them.
Those who like you give into their impulses.
You don't represent reason. You represent pure temptation.
People get addicted to you rather easily.
You offer people a dark side that is very hard to resist.
May 23, 2008
Your Travel Personality Is: Easygoing
When you travel, you're looking for a lot of downtime. Vacations are your chance to recoup.
All you need is a scenic spot and plenty of time on your hands. You'll figure out the rest.
You're not one to make lots of plans when you travel. You just follow whatever path seems right.
May 22, 2008
Books and films both tell stories, but what we want from a book can be different from what we want from a movie. Is this true for you? If so, what’s the difference between a book and a movie?
I love movies. I love what can be done in a visual medium in seconds what can take pages of print to do. I want movies to entertain, to transport me to another time or place, and sometimes to be thought-provoking. I do like action movies: I like to see things blow up or crash into each other. I do prefer a plot to go along with it.
I do like seeing movies that have been adapted from books, as long as they have tried to stay faithful to the original. I do like to see "based on the book..." at the beginning of a movie, because it makes it more likely there will be a coherent plot. Books adapted from movies, on the other hand, are generally unreadable. I think "Star Wars" and the first Star Trek movie are the exceptions to this. What works on screen can seem wooden or fake on the page.
May 21, 2008
May 20, 2008
May 19, 2008
You Should Spend Your Summer at the Beach
You're a free spirit who is always thinking of new ways to have fun.
And you don't just love summer... you live for it.
So, you really should blow off your responsibilities and head to the beach!
May 18, 2008
May 17, 2008
Your Personality at 35,000 Says...
Deep down, you vastly prefer being with others to being alone. You love to engage people in conversation.
You are finding your place in the world, but you still feel overwhelmed. There's a lot of choices out there!
Your gift is having a way with words. You know how to express yourself well.
You are inspired by freedom. Whenever you are able to do what you want, good things happen.
You are happy as long as you are given some personal space. It's important for you to have your own private life.
This one is not very close to the mark, but I thought it was appropriate because I'm spending this weekend getting ready for my trip next weekend! This time next week I'll be in Orlando!
May 16, 2008
What is the nearest big city to your home?
Phoenix, I guess.
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how well do you keep secrets?
I think an 8 or 9 - If I tell anyone, it's my sister. I'm pretty good not telling anyone, though.
Describe your hair (color, texture, length).
I have chin-length, brown-with-highlights, bobbed hair. It's stick straight and very fine, so I spend a lot of time trying to put some volume in it. I like the cut and color I have right now, though.
What kind of driver are you? Courteous? Aggressive? Slow?
I'm a cautious driver, although I can get impatient with other drivers. I hate driving in traffic.
When was the last time you had a really bad week?
I guess the week before the bar exam. I was so stressed and tired, and it just seemed like it would never end.
May 15, 2008
Scenario: You’ve just bought some complicated gadget home . . . do you read the accompanying documentation? Or not?
Do you ever read manuals?
Anything at all?
Some things I read the manual first, but usually I only resort to reading the manual if I can't figure it out by trial and error. Or if something stops working. As for how-to books, I don't often read those. I went through a cookbook phase for a while, but that didn't last long. I rarely read self-help books, except for career-improvement ones (another phase a while ago).
May 14, 2008
May 13, 2008
May 12, 2008
May 11, 2008
Mom and I went out for lunch, and then shopping at Target - a pretty good day!
May 10, 2008
May 9, 2008
When someone smiles at you, do you smile back?
Generally yes, unless I think they are trying to manipulate me with the smile. I tend to smile a lot anyway, whether or not someone else smiles first.
Describe the flooring in your home. Do you have carpet, hardwood, vinyl, a mix?
We have carpet in the bedrooms and living room, ceramic tile in the bathrooms, but wood laminate everywhere else.
Write a sentence with only 5 words, but all of the words have to start with the first letter of your first name.
Jingling jellybeans just jump joyfully. (You didn't say it had to make sense!)
Do you know anyone whose life has been touched by adoption?
My high school boyfriend was adopted. It was never a big deal.
Name 2 blue things.
The sky and cornflowers.
May 8, 2008
Writing guides, grammar books, punctuation how-tos . . . do you read them? Not read them? How many writing books, grammar books, dictionaries–if any–do you have in your library?
I have a couple of dictionaries, and I think I have a thesaurus around here somewhere. I very rarely use those. If I need to look up a word I'm more likely to use dictionary.com or something. I do have a Black's Law Dictionary, which I do use because legal terms do need to be more specific. I have a Bluebook for citations, of course, and two versions of the ALWD citation book (Association of Legal Writing Directors) which is trying to replace the Bluebook. I hate both of them. I had to use the ALWD for my legal writing class, and then had to switch to the Bluebook for Law Review. They are mostly the same, but arranged differently. I also have The Redbook, which is a handbook of legal style. This was also required for my legal writing class, but I hardly opened it. I used to have a Strunk and White, but I can't find it right now. I also have a couple of Spanish/English dictionaries, and I think I have a Latin/English dictionary around here somewhere.
May 7, 2008
I still need to add a button, too...
May 6, 2008
I enjoyed this, because I haven't been reading as much non-fiction as I would like. I found this very thought-provoking. Those who advocate welfare reform say they are doing it to promote the family, but the reality is that the work requirements force single mothers to put their children in daycare. One thing the author also points out is that it creates a pool of desperate workers: they must get a job, and the employers know they can get away with paying minimum wage because there are always more workers. And the workers don't dare complain or they'll get fired.
This is definitely a sociology book, which I liked. The author really got to know both the welfare workers and the welfare recipients, to try to understand how the reforms were really working or not. I though it was well-researched, yet quite easy to read.
May 5, 2008
May 4, 2008
May 3, 2008
What Your Taste in Chocolate Says About You
You are sophisticated, modern, and high class.
Your taste is refined, but you are not picky.
You are often the first to try something new.
You are energetic and quick to act.
You are open minded, and you easily adopt new social causes.
While your heart is in the right place, you often can't follow through with your dreams.
You love the feeling of accomplishment. You enjoy doing what's important.
You feel lost when you have to do frivolous tasks or hang out with shallow people.
May 2, 2008
What was your favorite cartoon when you were a child?
Superfriends! Except for the Wondertwins. I hated them. But I totally wanted an invisible jet like Wonder Woman's.
Pretend you are about to get a new pet. Which animal would you pick, and what would you name it?
I would get a cat and name it Marcus Aurelius.
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy getting all dressed up for a special occasion?
This depends some on the occasion. I like getting dressed up for weddings, if I can find a dress. I don't like getting dressed up just to go out to dinner or something, though. So I guess that averages out to a 7.
What kind of music do you listen to while you drive?
Lately I've been listening to a lot of showtunes: Evita, Chess, Phantom, Little Mermaid. When I listen to the radio it's mostly pop, although my favorite station is no longer on the air. I'd love an 80's station, but we don't have one yet. I do love to sing along, so I probably look a little crazy when I'm driving.
When was the last time you bought a clock? And in which room did you put it?
I bought a little desk clock for my desk at work, back in August. I don't trust the computer clock, and there isn't a wall clock I can see from my cubicle. It's just a little digital alarm clock, but very cute.
May 1, 2008
Quick! It’s an emergency! You just got an urgent call about a family emergency and had to rush to the airport with barely time to grab your wallet and your passport. But now, you’re stuck at the airport with nothing to read. What do you do??
And, no, you did NOT have time to grab your bookbag, or the book next to your bed. You were . . . grocery shopping when you got the call and have nothing with you but your wallet and your passport (which you fortuitously brought with you in case they asked for ID in the ethnic food aisle). This is hypothetical, remember….
When I had my old, unreliable car, I actually kept a book in the car in case of a sudden car repair emergency. I did not transfer the book (Tom Clancy's Clear and Present Danger) when I bought my new car, so I wouldn't have one in the car with me as I headed to the airport. Naturally, I would buy one at the shop in the airport; even our little airport has a shop with a few books. Or I might opt for a newspaper or magazines, because those are my usual choices if I'm under stress. I tend to want only bite-sized morsels to read, but I still want to read!
April 30, 2008
April 29, 2008
You've Been a Little Ruined by American Culture
Whether you live in the US or not, deep down you're a little American.
And there's nothing wrong with loving American culture, but it may have negative effects on your life.
Slow down and enjoy what you have. Reconnect with life's simple pleasures.
You don't need to be in a consumerist rat race. Life's too short to overwork yourself!
April 28, 2008
April 27, 2008
Ravenous Reader - whose description of a short story collection makes me want to run out to the bookstore!
Bibliolatry - who has a terrible book joke.
Everyday reads - who seems to share my love of nonfiction, and shoe shopping, and has excellent taste in books.
She Reads Books - She stayed up all night to read a new book!
Park Avenue Princess - who is raffling off some books.
April 26, 2008
April 25, 2008
April 24, 2008
Do your reading habits change in the Spring? Do you read gardening books? Even if you don’t have a garden? More light fiction than during the Winter? Less? Travel books? Light paperbacks you can stick in a knapsack?
Or do you pretty much read the same kinds of things in the Spring as you do the rest of the year?
I don't think my reading habits change much. I might read more in the Summer when there are fewer new television shows on, but otherwise I think my pace is pretty steady. Maybe I read more travel books if I am planning a trip, and I do start choosing what books I will take on said trip far ahead. (Needs to be long enough to last for a plane ride, but light enough to carry in my bag.)
April 23, 2008
April 22, 2008
April 21, 2008
You Are Disturbingly Profound
You're contemplative, thoughtful, and very intense.
Taking time to figure out the meaning of life is a priority for you.
Because you're so introspective, you often react in ways that surprise people.
No one can really understand how you are on the inside... and that disturbs them.
April 20, 2008
Here's a picture of my next-to-be-read books. I had to move it from my bedside table for fear it would topple and smother me in the night. I don't know when I think I'll get to all of these, but you might notice one of the books is "Getting Things Done." If I ever get around to reading that one, maybe then I'll find more time in my day. I'm halfway through "Recovery Man" and "Flat Broke," and about a third of the way through "Nudge", so maybe I'll get some reviews up this week. Hope you all are enjoying your day!
April 18, 2008
Not mine! I'm off to a retirement reception for a favorite professor. He was one of my first year law school professors, and he was tough! It's a shame that more first years won't be scared to death by him as I was. He later hired me as a research assistant, which was a valuable experience. I just hope there's good food at this thing!
April 17, 2008
I’ve always wondered what other people do when they come across a word/phrase that they’ve never heard before. I mean, do they jot it down on paper so they can look it up later, or do they stop reading to look it up on the dictionary/google it or do they just continue reading and forget about the word?
I can remember being in about 6th grade and first encountering the word "bourgeoisie." I had no idea how to say it, much less what it meant, so I looked it up. But then, as now I usually just tried to figure out an unfamiliar word based on the context. If I can't do that, and it seems like an important word, or I am curious, then I will look it up. Naturally, if it were a school book or something then I would just look it up right away. This issue seldom comes up in other books, though.
April 16, 2008
Like Dewey, I can't remember not reading. The family story is that I taught myself to read by being read to: mostly Dr. Seuss. My grandparents subscribed me to a book of the month club for kids, and my mother thought I was just memorizing the books. Until we got the new book one month, and I proceeded to read it to my little sister without having it read to me first.
But why do I continue to read? Why do I read every chance I can get, and feel "wrong" if I haven't read something in a while? Lots of reasons, of course, but three main ones:
1. I love words. I love playing with words, and seeing what other people do with them. I love how the change of one word in a phrase can completely alter the meaning.
2. I want to escape. I want to travel to other places and times and lives and see them from the inside. I want to explore worlds that we can never see: travel through space and time and encounter other people and see our life reflected in theirs. I think this is the main reason I loved reading as a child. I grew up in a small town, and reading allowed me to experience the outer world from a safe place.
3. I want to know things. I want to know everything! Before the internet, books were the only source of information. I used to (and still do) just browse in the nonfiction section of the library or bookstore and just pick up whatever catches my fancy, then read everything I can get my hands on about the topic until I feel I know "enough" to move on to the next thing. The internet has helped to fill this need for me, but books still are vital to me for this.
So what about you? Why do you read?
April 15, 2008
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April 12, 2008
Your Thinking is Abstract and Sequential
You like to do research and collect lots of information.
The more facts you have, the easier it is for you to learn.
You need to figure things out for yourself and consider all possibilities.
You tend to become an expert in the subjects that you study.
It's difficult for you to work with people who know less than you do.
You aren't a very patient teacher, and you don't like convincing people that you're right.
April 11, 2008
April 10, 2008
Pick up the nearest book. (I’m sure you must have one nearby.)
Turn to page 123.
What is the first sentence on the page?
The last sentence on the page?
Now . . . connect them together….
(And no, you may not transcribe the entire page of the book–that’s cheating!)
Okay, my book is "Recovery Man" - by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (the latest in the Retrieval Artist series).
This part of the ship was dark and filthy. He must have turned off onto one of the side corridors, which all had shimmery barriers like the ones on the airlock doors.
See what I did there? I didn't connect them, because I think they connect pretty well by themselves. Which makes me wonder if the book isn't a bit long winded, but that's another story for another day.
April 9, 2008
What Your City Walk Means
You are thoughtful and contemplative. You enjoy spending time alone with your thoughts.
You are quite introverted and maybe even a little shy. You prefer to interact one on one with people.
Money is important to you in as far as you'd like to have enough to survive.
You are curious about ideas. If you had the means, you'd like to explore the whole world.
April 8, 2008
April 7, 2008
The Movie Of Your Life Is Film Noir
So what if you're a little nihilistic at times?
Life with meaning is highly over-rated.
Your best movie matches: Sin City, L. A. Confidential, Blade Runner
April 6, 2008
April 5, 2008
"Ask Again Later" - Jill A. Davis
"Strangers in Death" = J.D.Robb
"A Prisoner of Birth" - Jeffrey Archer
"Stalking the Wild Dik-dik - One Woman's Solo Misadventures Across Africa" - Marie Javins
"Flat Broke with Children - Women in the Age of Welfare Reform" - Sharon Hays
"American Dream - Three Women, Ten Kids and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare" - Jason DeParle
April 4, 2008
April 3, 2008
When somebody mentions “literature,” what’s the first thing you think of? (Dickens? Tolstoy? Shakespeare?)
The first thing I think of is the "boring" stuff they make you read in school. Of course, I never personally though all of it was boring (just some - I'm looking at you, Mr. Faulkner), but I think of literature as the "important" books - the ones you are supposed to find symbolism and deep meaning in, and not necessarily enjoy.
Of course, I read Jane Eyre after I stumbled upon it in the local library, and read it and loved it without knowing it was a "great" book. And I tore through Les Miserables when it was assigned in 11th grade English, because the assigned reading was too slow paced for me - I had to know what happened next!
Do you read “literature” (however you define it) for pleasure? Or is it something that you read only when you must?
I read. Anything. For fun.
April 2, 2008
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What does the color dark green make you think of?
It makes me think of the carpet I would like to have in my own personal library.
How many cousins do you have?
I have two first cousins on my dad's side. Lots of second cousins, though.
On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how honest are you?
Wasn't this a question before? I think I said 8 before. I do fib to save people's feelings.
Name something that is truly free.
Using the letters in the word SPRING, write a sentence.
Not really about spring, though.
March 27, 2008
While acknowledging that we can’t judge books by their covers, how much does the design of a book affect your reading enjoyment? Hardcover vs. softcover? Trade paperback vs. mass market paperback? Font? Illustrations? Etc.?
If I'm in a bookstore, the cover might entice me to pick up the book and at least read the synopsis on the back. Now that I shop for most of my books online, the cover is less likely to be a factor. I generally prefer trade paperbacks, because mass market ones seem to feel "cheap" - flimsy covers, stiff pages that fall out when you open the book too far.
March 26, 2008
Your Mind is Orange
Of all the mind types, yours is the quickest.
You are usually thinking a mile a minute, and you could be thinking about anything at all.
Your thoughts are often scattered and random - but they're also a lot of fun!
You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about esoteric subjects, the meaning of life, and pop culture.
March 25, 2008
March 24, 2008
Also, they spend a lot of the time hungry - food supplies are cut off. This made me hungry reading it, so be prepared with snacks. (I had the same problem with We the Living by Ayn Rand.)
March 23, 2008
March 22, 2008
What Your Easter Egg Says About You
You are truly optimistic, open, and hopeful.
And your optimism gives you the courage to live life adventurously.
You love new experiences, ideas, and challenges.
You see life as a fluid, growing process.
March 21, 2008
Given the choice, would you prefer to live in the country or in the city?
Well, where I currently live has the best of both worlds: I'm in the city, but the country (well, desert) is only a 15 minute drive (at most). So we have all of the cultural benefits of the city, and the good shopping, but can get out into nature quickly.
Who is the cutest kid you know?
My nephew, of course!
Fill in the blank: I couldn’t believe it when I heard ___________.
...Caprica had been greenlit! This is the prequel to Battlestar Galactica, and it seems the writer's strike helped with getting it approved, as the idea had already been tossed around.
If you could star in a commercial for one of your favorite products, which one would you want to advertise?
What type(s) of vitamins and/or supplements do you take on a regular basis?
I take a generic multivitamin. I don't like taking a lot of pills, but I like the extra vitamin C and the iron.
March 20, 2008
You’ve just reached the end of a book . . . what do you do now? Savor and muse over the book? Dive right into the next one? Go take the dog for a walk, the kids to the park, before even thinking about the next book you’re going to read? What?
(Obviously, there can be more than one answer, here–a book with a cliff-hanger is going to engender different reactions than a serene, stand-alone, but you get the idea!)
It does depend on the book to some extent. If it was a "heavy" book, I might wait until the next day to start something new. Of course, I usually have more than one book going at once, so it would be unusual for me to finish everything all at once. I do tend to take a break before reading more of the same genre, unless it is a series that I am anxious to find out what happens next.
March 19, 2008
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March 15, 2008
Your Score: Rabbit
You scored 17 Ego, 15 Anxiety, and 17 Agency!
IT was going to be one of Rabbit's busy days. As soon as he
woke up he felt important, as if everything depended upon him.
It was just the day for Organizing Something, or for Writing a
Notice Signed Rabbit, or for Seeing What Everybody Else Thought
About It. It was a perfect morning for hurrying round to Pooh,
and saying, "Very well, then, I'll tell Piglet," and then going
to Piglet, and saying, "Pooh thinks--but perhaps I'd better see
Owl first." It was a Captainish sort of day, when everybody
said, "Yes, Rabbit " and "No, Rabbit," and waited until he had
You scored as Rabbit!
ABOUT RABBIT: Rabbit is generally considered Clever by his many friends and relations. He is actually a much better reader and writer than Owl, but he doesn't consider it worth mentioning. Instead, Rabbit's real talent lies in Organizing Plans. He organizes rescue parties, makes schemes to reduce Tigger's bounciness, and goes on missions to find out what Christopher Robin does when he's not at the Hundred Acre Woods. Sometimes, however, his Plans do not always go as Planned.
WHAT THIS SAYS ABOUT YOU: You are smart, practical and you plan ahead. People sometimes think that you don't stress or worry, but this is not the case. You are the kind of person who worries in a practical way. You think a) What are my anxieties about and b)what can be done about them? No useless fretting for you. You don't see the point in sitting around and waiting for things to work out, when you could actually work them out today and save yourself a lot of time and worry. Your friends tend to rely on you, because they know that they can trust you help them work things out.
You sometimes tend to be impatient with people who are less practical in their ways. You don't have much patience for idiots who moan about things but never actually DO anything about them. You have high expectations of everyone, including yourself. When you don't succeed at something, or when something goes wrong despite your best efforts to prevent it, you can get quite hard on yourself. You need to cut yourself some slack and accept that everyone has their faults, even you, and THAT IS OKAY. Let yourself be faulty, every now and then, for the sake of your own sanity.
|Link: The Deep and Meaningful Winnie-The-Pooh Character Test|
March 14, 2008
1. When you dislike a book, do you say so in your blog? Why or why not?
Those of you who have been reading my blog know the answer is yes. I try to explain why I disliked something, but I try to be honest.
2. Do you temper your feelings about books you didn’t like, so as not to completely slam them? Why or why not?
I try to be fair and explain what it was I didn't like. And if there is anything I did like about the book, I try to mention that as well.
3. What do you think is the best way to respond when you see a negative review about a book you enjoyed?
I try to recognize that different people like different things. I might try to explain what I did like and why, but it's hard to change someone's opinion (including my own!).
4. What is your own most common reaction when you see a negative review of a book you loved or a positive review of a book you hated?
I might wonder if they read the same book, but I don't often feel I need to comment. Different people like different things, and expect different things from what they read.
5. What is your own most common reaction when you get a comment that disagrees with your opinion of a book?
Unless the comment is offensive or abusive, I leave it. Sometimes I'll respond, especially if I think they make a good point. I enjoy the dialogue, though, and I'm usually glad my opinion at least encouraged someone to respond!
6. What if you don’t like a book that was a free review copy? What then?
This is a tough one. I never promise to review a book I get as a free copy. If I finish the book, I'll probably review it, and I'll be honest.
7. What do you do if you don’t finish a book? Do you review it or not? If you review it, do you mention that you didn’t finish it?
I give up on a lot of books. If I've mentioned the book previously, I might mention that I've abandoned it. If there's something I think is really awful about the book I might spend more time explaining why I abandoned it.
March 13, 2008
How about a chance to play editor-in-chief? Fill in the blanks:
__________ would have been a much better book if ______________________.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" would have been a much better book if it had not had the epilogue at the end. I know this is sacrelige to say that there is anything wrong with the HP books. However, I think the final book would have been better without the little peek into the future offered at the end. I would have preferred if JK Rowling had left it to us to imagine what might happen to all of our beloved friends, rather than wrapping it all up for us quite so neatly. The cynic in me thinks she was trying to control the fan fiction versions of the future, but I suspect really she didn't want to let them all go yet, and wanted to put us at ease that everything turns out right in the end. I can understand that; I want an easy life for our Harry as well. Life isn't really like that, and his personality and talent for finding trouble would suggest his adult life would be as interesting as his childhood was, Voldemort or no.