March 31, 2008
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March 28, 2008
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.
March 12, 2008
March 11, 2008
4. Cook! I want to try out some new recipes, and maybe bake some cookies or something.
5. Spring clean - I want to clean out my closet to make room for new spring clothes!
6. Watch Movies: I have Michael Clayton and Right Outside Your Door on the way from Netflix.
7. Read some more!
What would you do with two days off?
March 10, 2008
What Your Sleeping Position Says
You are calm and rational person with a good deal of balance in your life.
Friends consider you to be kind, caring, and truly loyal.
You are easy going and trusting. However, you are too sensible to fall for mind games.
Open to the world, you are not afraid to be yourself.
If you don't get enough sleep, you are: Able to cope
It's hard to sleep next to you because: You're a bed hog
March 9, 2008
If you could be any current celebrity for one whole week, who would you want to be?
This is a tough question. Would I be me, just in a celebrity's body (like Freaky Friday)? Or would I actually become that person? If I could be me in another person's body, I think I would be Britney Spears, so maybe I could help her out of her sad situation. If I would actually be that celebrity, I think Jennifer Garner, because she seems so normal, and hey, Ben Affleck.
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how much do you enjoy talking on the phone?
I think a 5 or so? I don't talk on the phone a lot, and then mostly to my sister. Email is the way to go.
Name a charitable organization to which you have donated (or would like to).
The food bank.
What is a food you like so much you could eat it every single day for a month?
This one's easy: Chocolate!
Have you or anyone in your family had the flu this year?
No, we all had our flu shots as usual, and so far we've been lucky. I did have a pretty bad cold earlier in the winter.
March 8, 2008
March 7, 2008
1. The Right to Not Read
2. The Right to Skip Pages
3. The Right to Not Finish
4. The Right to Reread
5. The Right To Read Anything
6. The Right to Escapism
7. The Right to Read Anywhere
8. The Right to Browse
9. The Right to Read Out Loud
10. The Right to Not Defend Your Tastes
(by Daniel Pennac, via Becky's Book Reviews)
March 6, 2008
You should have seen this one coming … Who is your favorite Male lead character? And why?
As with last week's BTT, I have a few: Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, Mr. Darcy (of course), Corwin (From Nine Princes in Amber), Stu Redman from "The Stand" (although perhaps more because Gary Sinise did such a great job in the miniseries). But if I had to pick just one, it would be Harry Potter, for being brave, and true to himself, and turning into a wonderful young man despite his relatives' best efforts.
March 5, 2008
1. I'm jealous that the Republicans already know who their candidate is. The whole Clinton/Obama thing just shows how diverse the Democratic party is, so I don't see how we'll ever agree on a candidate enough to actually install a Democrat in the White House. I liked Edwards, myself.
2. I still hate pledge week on PBS.
3. I still love American Idol.
4. I think I need to move my TBR pile because it threatens to tumble down on top of my bed, which is probably a safety hazard.
5. March really is windy.
6. Some people do terrible things to their children. And some children do terrible things themselves. Every time I think I've heard the worst at work, I hear something even more awful.
7. Some people are amazingly wonderful to children not biologically their own. What would we do without foster/adoptive parents!
March 4, 2008
You Are an Espresso
At your best, you are: straight shooting, ambitious, and energetic
At your worst, you are: anxious and high strung
You drink coffee when: anytime you're not sleeping
Your caffeine addiction level: high
March 3, 2008
Why does PBS show only "special" programming during pledge week? Actually, it seems to just be "Celtic Woman." It seems like it would make more sense to show the regular programs, so that the people who watch PBS would actually pledge, because they are watching the show anyway. I rarely watch during pledge week, because they programming is so annoying. Just my two cents.