i'm not sure why i hit the tipping point, but i had finally heard enough about The Hunger Games to compel me to download it and give it a try. it probably didn't hurt that i was staying at a friend's house who keeps the thermostat around 50, so i was in bed under the covers quite early in the evening. i started reading around 10 (in bed, wearing my warmest hat), figuring i'd just read until i fell asleep. i finished the first book around 330, and downloaded the second one. i read until about 430, falling asleep with my iPad on next to me. obviously, it drew me in. stepping back and looking at it, i think it was good, but not amazing. i think some of the important moments could have been played up a little more, not in an overwrought way, but in the way that sometimes a song would be better with a bridge or a key change, or a baked apple crisp needs that hint of nutmeg to make it perfect. i don't know exactly what more i wanted from it and when, but i wanted it. maybe it'll come with the next two books.

i think the iPad's telling me what percent of the book i had read and what was left to go made me keep reading. once i hit 75% or so, i pretty much knew i'd have to stay up to finish it.

work was rough today. i really dont' know how to function on 2.5 hours of sleep. i did a lot of staring. luckily, tomorrow is a work from home day, which means if i read until 4am tomorrow, at least i can sleep in.
also in bed with the laptop. since tim's sharing a hotel room with another woman this weekend, i feel no guilt at toting both laptop and palm pilot to bed.

i am one of those consumers that companies love, because they advertise and advertise and then one day i finally give in and decide to partake of what they're offering, and then regret it for a long time. purchases have included door to door vacuum sales (altho i feel only minor pangs of guilt about that one - it's a really excellent vacuum) and any number of of-the-month clubs.

i have finally fulfilled my book of the month club obligations, after sending at least 10 automatically sent featured selections of the month back (they start sending you mean letters about declining the offerings online rather than returning the books to them at their cost). i purchased a math/lewis carroll biog, and medium raw, anthony bourdain's recently released sequel to kitchen confidential. kc is probably the only book i've reread other than harry potter in recent years. i just love the way bourdain writes - it's smart and sarcastic (without it seeming forced or cliched) and all about food. the first bit of medium raw made my mouth water.

i'm on a food book kick. almost everything i've read in the past year was about food, eating, or serving food. highly recommended: service included, by phoebe damrosch, about serving at per se; the apprentice, by jacques pepin. recommended: Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress by Debra Ginsberg. i'm partway through Untangling My Chopsticks: A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto by Victoria Abbott Riccardi, which is interesting, but not that compelling, and The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World's Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn (what's with all my books being colon-ized? good thing i'm just copy and pasting rather than typing - those are really long titles.... even service included has a colon, but i didn't feel like looking it up on amazon). eventually i'll probably go back to fiction, but something about food memoirs is pulling me in right now.

i'm a little afraid to get too much deeper into medium raw, since once i do, i'll probably just keep reading and stop sleeping for a bit, and there are other things i need to get done. maybe i can be patient enough to save it for the plane to dallas.
I woke up this morning convinced that it was Monday. Luckily, it was not, and I think just the gratefulness at it still being the weekend motivated me to do stuff. I cleared out a lot of the basement, which meant opening and going through boxes; sorting books; combining contents of two boxes into one for streamlining; breaking down boxes and tossing the ones that couldn't be salvaged, and saving the ones that could. Now I'll work on getting books back into the proper bookshelves. I also did some yarn organization, and have completed the boring, body part of my sweater, which means working on the sleeves (also fairly boring, but a nice change of pace). I think I needed to recharge on Friday - I was in bed by 8:45 or so, and asleep not long after 10. I've finally started reading Outlander, and I'm afraid I'll have to keep getting in bed that early so that I can journal and then get hooked into the book and read for awhile before going to sleep. The language felt a little ponderous at first, but I think it was more my brain adjusting to how to read fiction than my not liking the author's style, because now I'm pretty enchanted by the thing, and I'm only 40 or so pages in.
first mp3s, then movies, now this! y'all keep me busy:

1. Total number of books I've owned: Ever?! Shoot, who knows. Currently living on the shelves in this room? 85. There are more in the basement, in my office, and also in boxes all over my house.
2. Last book I bought: The Original Scrabble Players' Dictionary, fourth edition
3. Last book I read: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
4. 5 books that mean a lot to me:
  • Le Petit Prince, Antoine de Saint Exupery
  • Redwall, Brian Jacques
  • Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • To All the Girls in Love with Horses, Robert Vavra
  • Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel

Tag 5 people and have them fill this out in their LJs: [livejournal.com profile] u4ic, [livejournal.com profile] maratcal, [livejournal.com profile] kestrel127, [livejournal.com profile] greensock and [livejournal.com profile] helloyarn -- tag, you're it!
I read another book this weekend, Artemis Fowl, Young Adult and often compared to Harry Potter. It was good in its own way, not in a Harry Potter way, and I'm glad tht I read it and will pick up the next one at the library. I also borrowed three knitting books and two E.L. Konigsburg books.

I have more to say, but euchre is calling my name.

A Dog Year

Jul. 4th, 2003 02:48 pm
Reading non-fiction makes me feel more aware of things in my life. I just finished _A Dog Year_ by Jon Katz, which is a beautifully-written memoir of a year in the life of a dog owner, who goes from owning two labs to two border collies, losing the first two to old age, and gaining the second two at the encouragement of an insightful and persuasive breeder. It's really just great to read books about dogs from the perspective of a dog owner and lover, and since I've owned a lab and currently have a border collie, it seems even more poignant to my own life.

I started reading this morning, continued through my lunch of a quesadilla and a mocha frap at starbucks, and finished up just now in my bathing suit in the backyard, surrounded by my small canine harem. Walking back inside, I listened to the birds chirping in the nest that they've built in the beams of our back porch patio, and now I'm listening to the rhythm of the washing machine, almost as intently. I really have to convince myself to read more often - it keeps me so well-grounded.
I'm glad that I got my book in the mail rather than trying to stay awake to procure a copy last night. I finally spent a Friday off being productive, and was very tired by 10 or so. The book arrived around noon, and I'm 100 pages in, and took a break to do a bit of gardening. I'm thinking of sitting out on the front steps with the book, since it's cool and breezy and not yet raining.

I drove Maya today - her pedals are father apart than Sara's were, so I have to actually pick up my foot and intentionally move it from one pedal to the other, which is amusing since I wear size 12 women's shoes, and I wonder if people with smaller feet get leg cramps or something moving back and forth between them. I like the view - sitting up higher than I did in the Neon, but she still feels very big and imposing, and I don't want to ever have to drive her without a chaperone :)

Next weekend I'm hosting two gatherings - a baby shower on Saturday and a kamikaze craft party :) on Sunday - must get to work on cleaning the house soon. Tim will be headed out of town on Friday, so I'm sure I'll find plenty of time Friday evening, unless I find something more interesting to do.

book list

May. 19th, 2003 11:56 am
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] firecat who got it from someone who got it from The Big Read: "In April the BBC's Big Read began the search for the nation's best-loved novel, and we asked you to nominate your favourite books. The votes poured in from all around the UK and here's the results!"

I've read the ones in bold )

If you have other summer reading recommendations, especially any based on my favorites:

1. The Little Prince (Saint Exupery)
2. The Eight (Neville)
3. The Mists of Avalon trilogy (Zimmer Bradley)
4. Secret Garden (Hodgson-Burnett)
5. Harry Potter series (Rowling)
6. 100 Years of Solitude (Garcia Marquez)
7. Memoirs of a Geisha (Golden)
8. Redwall (Jacques)
9. A Severed Wasp (L'Engle)
10. The House of the Spirits (Allende)

...let me know :)



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