Saturday, October 30, 2010

Books in October, 2010

And I've done it. I've read 120 books this year. From now on it'll all just be icing on the cake. I honestly did not think I could do it, but here we are. This month I read 17 books, from 104 to 120.

1. Leave it to Psmith, PG Wodehouse
Leave it to Wodehouse really. Leave it to him to write this book. Did he have to draw maps of his characters relations to each other? Psmith had more awful pals, fake fiances, and common thievery then even your average Jeeves and Wooster book.

2. How the Heather Looks, Joan Bodger
A beautiful memoir of a family who travels to England to see the sights in children's books. From Wind in the Willows to House at Pooh Corner... it feeds Englandlust like none other.

3. Scott Pilgrim vs the Universe, Bryan Lee O'Malley
I've been reduced to begging, obviously. Please read these books. They will make your life better. Funnier books there have never been, but they are so sweet and genuine too.

4. Sunshine, Robin McKinley
What can I say about this book? It was beautifully written, captivating, romantic, hysterical, perfectly formed and filled with a host of crazy characters. If you were disappointed in the lost opportunities in Twilight then read Sunshine.

5. Fathers and Sons, Ivan Turgenev
Russian people are weird in such a lovely way. Maybe it's because my sister and one of my best friends are obsessed with Russians... but they always make me laugh.

6. A Glove Shop in Vienna and Other Stories, Eva Ibbotson
Only a few days after I finished this my friend told me Eva had died. She writes the most optimistic, darling stories set all around Europe. Magical.

7. Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour, Bryan Lee O'Malley
So if I say I actually cried while reading this would you think less of me? Perfect ending to a perfect series. Spread the Scott Pilgrim word!!

8. The Uses of Enchantment, Bruno Bettelheim
This was a glorious, fascinating book analyzing fairytales and fairy tale tropes. Anyone who ever loved fairytales needs to read this.

9. Scorpius: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, Rockne O'Bannon
Oh my love. You are so lost without John. I can't wait till the next two come out in soft cover. I wait with bated breath.

10. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
I'm not a fan of war books but this was was really amazing. I guess that's why the back of it said, "The greatest war novel ever written!"

11. An Unwilling Guest, Grace Livingston Hill
Nothing like a good Christian romance novel. It's like a romance novel, plus some people getting saved! Really though I read it cause I'm a sucker for Edwardian.

12. Miniatures and Morals, Peter J Leithart
A interesting book of essays on Jane Austen's novels. I've always enjoyed her books but never really 'got' them and this book helped me with some historical context for one.

13. The Virginian, Owen Wister
This was just complete over-the-top, fan-service, cowboy, soap opera drama! With cowboys. And the prairie. And TAVERNS.

14. The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
The most freaking weird book I've ever read. Sure, it was all religious-literary-foreign-fiction, etc, etc... but mostly it was just spooky and awesome.

15. The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan
Really my first thought upon finishing this was, "WAIT WHAT? I HAVE TO WAIT A WHOLE YEAR TILL MOAR PERCCYYY?" My second thought was, "Wow, that was awesome." If you like Roman mythos or Greek mythos or American landscapes or amusing teenagers... you'll like this.

16. The Rest is Noise, Alex Ross
Wow. This made me want to know more about music. It made me feel music. It's a beautiful non-fiction mix of stories about composers, historical commentary, and chilling descriptions of music.

17. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
I think I enjoyed this book a little too much. Then again I read it like a fantastical comedy, which I think it must have been written as. Because nothing else makes sense.

This is kinda 24 hours late because I decided that watching Bad Blood on Halloween was more important than blogging.

Friday, October 29, 2010

What Life Looks Like

These last few weeks.

Balancing chemical equations is really messy.

Except maybe my mind doesn't WANT TO BE INSPIRED.

Our living room right now. Watching tv is kinda difficult.

For all my Halloween needs I just go to one of Plenilune's dozens of livejournals and blogs and tumblrs and fanfic sites.

German translations and copywork...

I've got these AMAZING Gilligan and O'Malley slippers.

At least the trees are pretty!

My library holds right now... That book on top? I've been waiting for it since May.

I hope this ugly (yet informative) post was informative. I'm really sorry for being AWOL on and off. But tomorrow I'll post my monthly book post and you'll get to see which lucky book was 120!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

British People Sing Differently

All female British singers have something Americans don't. It's the way they sing around their accents I think.

Rain on my Parade, Duffy

Foundations, Kate Nash

Rehab, Amy Winehouse

Cold Shoulder, Adele

The Fear, Lily Allen

Upsidedown, Paloma Faith

That be all. This bathroom renovation will be the death of me.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Deutsch Filmen

I've been watching some German movies lately. It's fun and really hard and I usually get a headache after.



Goodbye Lenin!

Lola Rennt

Bella Martha

Life is feeling very hectic. We are gutting our bathroom and putting in new everythings. Our home is in uproar.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Candles Post

So what's better on an October afternoon then lighting a few candles? 'Nothing' is the answer I'm going for.

I am currently reading four books... I try to stick to one at a time but I couldn't resist. My brain hurts a little bit from all the reading.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Um. Sorry bout that.

My beautiful track record has been broken. But two chemistry labs and two college visits and a trip to New Jersey and a concert in Union Square and two days of work and regular school and SAT prep and a REALLY GOOD BOOK kinda meant that blogging didn't get done. But laundry also didn't get done. You have to pick your battles, you know? But I should be back on track now. Thanks for the patience.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Eisley on tour so be there kthnx

So on Thursday my sister and I will be going to our fourth Eisley concert in as many years. We are excite. There are still tickets left and they're cheap and it's such a lovely venue. Come and hang with the DuPrees!

Gramercy Theater in Union Square. Spread the Eisley lurve!

Today was work 6-11, chem lab 12-1 and Hunter tour 3-5. Yawn.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Lovely Folk

Fall = Folk Music.

A Fuller Wine, Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet. Firefly music as my sister calls it.

Sigh No More, Mumford and Sons. Hard core indie folk! Also you really should listen to Little Lion Man by them.

Ashes, Dark Dark Dark. Perfect nautical perfection. Actually check out their entire album.

I Am You, Kim Taylor. Smallville always leads me to the coolest artists.

Across the Black Prairie, Black Prairie. Amazing instrumental folk music, very old-timey and good for day dreaming.

Work went quite well this morning. I have fallen in love with Irish Breakfast tea. There are no interesting school related developments. The end.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Lovely Lace

Have I done a lace post? I don't think so. All from Etsy and a 'lace' search.

So yesterday someone thought I was my sister's mother. Funny thing is she's only five years younger than me. But no offense to her she looks more like eight than twelve. Either way I was impressed with myself. Haha.