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10 January 2010 @ 04:19 pm
The three of us got a total of almost five consecutive hours of sleep last night, which makes this post somewhat possible. Molly is currently asleep again (how many hours are babies supposed to be awake anyway?) but will *hopefully* do the five hour thing again sometime soon. (I should also say that prior to that she was awake from 2 to 5am so it was a rather late morning.)

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11 July 2009 @ 11:13 am
snagged from melissa_writing 

It's a Saturday morning, my mind is blanking on so many more excellent YA novels. Must be because I spent last night working with 20 YAs. :-)


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Put a “#” next to the books you plan on reading
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27 May 2009 @ 07:01 pm
I have news. But I can't tell you for at least a little while longer. But I will... soon.

Instead, the topic of this post is "what I am reading."

I've had a mystery binge as of late. Specifically mysteries written before I was born. Specifically the Elizabeth Peters' mysteries.

I read her first Amelia Peabody Crocodile on the Sandbank, about two years ago. I was on vacation and finished it because it was really all I had but I wasn't thrilled with it. I really thought I would love it. The setting and the fact that it's such a great series and it has a female main character/detective, I should have loved it. Alas no.

So I was a bit skeptical to pick up one of her Vicky Bliss stories. But in the particular genre of mysteries that I seem to enjoy, there isn't anything really coming out right now. (The three or four series' that I follow all publish at the end/beginning of the year.) The first novel dragged a bit but it was great. So then I picked up the next one and devoured that and then the next one. I'm up to book four of six now. I love the character and the fact that the setting changes from book to book.

And did I mention that Vicky Bliss is a sassy, no nonsense gal? In the first book she tells the reader that although she likes having a boyfriend, she doesn't want to get married. Ever. And she repeatedly turns down his proposals. She admits that she isn't a leading name in her field, yet. But she's creating a reputation for solving weird art related crimes. (I think I forgot to mention that she works in a museum as a curator of some sort, but her specialty is medieval art.)

I generally read mostly historical mysteries; this isn't a traditional historical. It seems that they were each written as a contemporary but since they're about 30ish years old, they seem slightly historical. Anyway.

They're great. I wish there were more.
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24 March 2009 @ 09:31 pm
The book Wintergirls is out now. Here's an interview with author Laurie Halse Anderson (halseanderson).

If you have a chance, I highly recommend reading this. It's beautiful and wonderful and tragic and heartbreaking. I think it's one of the rare novels that changes the reader as you move through it.
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12 March 2009 @ 07:45 pm
I haven't read Thirteen Reasons Why yet so I'm not quite sure what it's about, but it's on the NYT bestsellers list, again. And I thought it would be too much for my YA section. Silly me. Now it looks like I'm adding it to my list of stuff that I should have read when I first saw it. And to think I had an ARC of this one.

This is an interesting article. It's about how many college students aren't reading "controversial" books anymore. They'd rather read Twilight and the like. (As a disclaimer, I read and own all the series and didn't think it was too bad the first time I read it, but I don't think I'd waste my time reading them again.) In college I didn't read anything that controversial, I think I covered that senior year of high school. Maybe I read too many books on Transcendentalism and Feminist theory but that's about it. I don't think I read much fiction either. I don't think I read much outside of what was required for class, actually.
20 February 2009 @ 11:04 pm
So Valentine's Day was last Saturday. Not really a momentous occasion in my house. Tom made dinner and it bought me flowers, but not the most amazing one we've ever had. But that doesn't really matter for the point of this post.

My most memorable Valentine's Day was back when Tom and I were first dating (either our 2nd or 3rd V-Day). He wouldn't tell me where we were going but just to "dress up." (I think I was still working at HorseAbility then so dressing up was probably what I would normally wear to work now.) I had to meet him at his college. I thought because he had a late class or something. He probably made that excuse or said something about having to stay late to work on a project or something.

Turns out we were seeing a play that the school was putting on. It was something that I'd already seen twice but that I'd love to see again and something that he'd never seen. It was The Vagina Monologues. I was flabbergasted that he would actually come with me to see this. But since it was something I had enjoyed he "wanted to see what it was about" because he's just wonderful like that. I don't think he was quite prepared for what he saw that night but he laughed along with everyone else and was silent and shocked at all the right times. He listened and understood and thought.

It was the best Valentine's gift he could ever give me.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the young adult novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (halseanderson). If you've never read it, you're missing out on one of the most powerful novels ever written for a teen. Speak tells the story of the night Miranda went to a party, was raped and the months that followed.

It's fitting that these two events happened around the same time. Valentine's Day is a holiday dedicated to celebrating the love you have for someone else.

Halse Anderson recently release a poem that she wrote about Speak. It's moving and wonderful and brings the whole thing full circle. And back to The Vagina Monologues and the activism that Eve Ensler (writer) tried to bring about, The V-Day Movement, dedicated to stopping violence against women and girls.

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When I was 20, Mom and I trekked into the City to Madison Square Garden and saw the big fundraising production of The Vagina Monologues with Oprah and Claire Danes and Julia Stiles and Selma Hayek and Rosie Perez and all these famous wonderful female actresses. And the creator herself, Ms Eve Ensler. It was the first time I saw MSG completely and totally filled (Not even the Jingle Ball compared to this). You could hear a pin drop when each actress started their part and no one got up till it was over.

At one point in the show they asked anyone who had ever experienced or had a friend who experienced violence to stand up. Both my mother and I stood with just about everyone else there. Later I found out how shocked she was that at 20 I had friends who had been hurt like that. I still don't think she realized how many friends I stood up for.

youtube video of The Vagina Monologues (probably NSFW, but o so funny!)Collapse )

Another youtube video of The Vagina Monologues (really bad quality but the actress is wonderful)Collapse )
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11 February 2009 @ 07:07 pm
-- If you ever wanted to know how Scratch and Sniff worked, go here. Mental Floss explains the how and why. I never knew that it came out of making copies.

-- So, like just about everyone, I'm on Facebook. Why does this not surprise me?

Facebook is planning to exploit the vast amount of personal information it holds on its 150m members by creating one of the world's largest market research databases

And my relatives wonder why I keep "ignoring" that silly "We're related" ap.

-- I am halfway through Jenny Davidson's The Explosionist and LOVING it. I'm not going to lie, it's a bit slow going in the beginning, but o so worth it. If you read Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy, you'll enjoy this one. One of these days I'm going to start making "If you read this, then read this" lists. I have a bunch for work, but not for the books that I read that don't really fit my kids (like the very particular genre of mysteries I read).

-- Tom and I finally finished watching Buffy Season 6 last night. WOW. Tom had warned me that this was his least favorite season, but I really enjoyed it. This is the first time I'm watching most of the show so it's all new and great and why didn't I watch this when I was younger? We're also watching Angel and hopefully finishing season 4 tonight. I really don't know why we bother paying cable. Between this and old British TV we very rarely ever watch anything in real time.

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05 January 2009 @ 01:05 pm
So I already said I wanted to read about 100 books this year. I came close last year so we'll see how much closer I can get.

Out of all the "these are the books you must read"- lists, Jezebel's 75 books every woman should read is the only one where I've made a decent dent. I've read 10-11 of the proposed 75. I say 10-11 because there are a couple that I started but didn't finish for various reasons.

If you're interested the article and list is under the cut. I'm going to attempt to read 10 title on this list this year. We'll see how that goes.
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02 January 2009 @ 11:07 am
Happy New Year!

So far my new year has consisted of hanging around with my husband and calling my mechanic (yet again). Here's hoping 2009 is way better than 2008.
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01 January 2009 @ 05:17 pm
One of my 2008 New Years resolutions was to read 100 books during the year. I think I hit somewhat about 80. Reviews were posted over at LibraryThing and Goodreads if you're interested. They're all very short and nothing special. One of my 2009 resolutions is to change that and post longer "reviews" most likely here. But we'll see how that works out.

The Cybils short list came out yesterday (?). I'm very excited about the YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi list. I read Graceling for my library system's Mock Printz award/discussion. I absolutely loved it! I am looking forward to reading more books by Kristen Cashore and in this series. If you haven't read it yet, get it. It's wonderful and amazing and just so good.

The YA list also has a couple of good ones on it, notably Sara Zarr's Sweethearts and E. Lockhart's The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Zarr's novel is a powerful story that was just wonderful. Lockhart's main character is a great feminist role model. I love how she challenges the male powers that be. I have Ten Cents a Dance sitting on my desk waiting for after the Mock Printz.
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