Monday, November 29, 2010

Books in November, 2010

This month I: took the SAT again, got really sick, went to the movies a million times, wrote a 35,000 word story, and read 16 books (totaling to 136 so far this year). That's why I didn't really blog a lot.

121. The Road from Home, David Kherdian
Considering how much I love history, I know very little about the time and place this book was set it. It was really eye-opening.

122. At Home in Thrush Green, Miss Read
There is something irresistible about charming country living in England.

123. The Abolition of Man, CS Lewis
This was a really thought-provoking collection of essays. Honestly though, I disagreed with him on a lot of things. His education theory was good, but I don't think he really 'got' kids.

124. The Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
Spooky and awesome. I am such a sucker for books that take place on boats or have to do with whaling or colonialism or explorations.

125. Wharton: Collected Stories 1891-1910, Edith Wharton
She is just the most perfect author ever. Every time I read her I can't believe how amazing she is. It was a really awesome collection, full of fascinating characters, which is is what she does best.

126. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
I can't believe I've never read this book before. It was absolutely magnificent. It was carefully plotted; obviously Haddon spent a lot of time working out the way the plot would unfold. Also, it made me cry. First book this year!

127. Leisure: The Basis of Culture, Josef Pieper
A fascinating little lecture, defending leisure. My sister had to read it for her Philosophy class, and I stole it for a while.

128. Cart and Cwidder, Diana Wynne Jones
How can Diana come up with so many completely unique universes? This book was epic, and beautifully written and plotted. Her vision always shines through and her characters are always hysterical.

129. The Philosophical Act, Josef Pieper
Another little lecture. Really, they were incredibly short, but incredibly impactful. Read them- it will only take an hour or so, but it will give you a lot to think about.

130. Hidden Rainbow, Christmas Carol Kauffman
I've never been so proud to be a Baptist! (No offense to all my pedobaptist friends out there) It's a story about a family in
Yugoslavia who owns a copy of the Bible, and how their religious views change, and how they are persecuted for it.

131. The Neumiller Stories, Larry Woiwode
This was an amazing collection of stories, all about the same family. They weren't told in chronological order so it was a lot of fun piecing them together. They were so beautiful.

132. 97 Orchard, Jane Ziegelman
After six months on the hold list, I finally got this book! It was a book on the culinary history of the Lower East Side, covering a German, Irish, Jewish, Russian and Italian family, spanning from 1860 to the mid 20th century.

133. My Hands Came Away Red, Lisa McKay
This was an very inspiring book. I'm a fan of good, modern, religious fiction. (Except I didn't like Kyle. He was kind of jerky. Her romance with Jeff was much more developed and mature... I thought the love triangle bogged the book down.)

134. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
I seriously enjoyed this book. I'm usually not fond of books full of misery and war, but this was really excellent. I am always kinda proud of myself when I genuinely enjoy classics. Haha.

135. Dear Emma, Johanna Hurwitz
I'm surprised I never read this before. I thought I'd read every piece of historical fiction about Jews in New York for children ever written, but I obviously missed this one.

136. The Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
WHAT DO I LOVE BETTER THAN EMO WIZARD TEENS? NOTHING. There is nothing I love better than emo wizard teens. If LotR had had an emo wizard teen, I'd probably have liked it.

Okay then.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Disney Duets

Not all Disney movies have a duet between the leads. I wish they all did. They're usually the most magical part of the film.

Snow White and the Prince, Wishing/One Song.

Cinderella and Charming, So This is Love.

Aurora and Philip, Once Upon a Dream.

Jasmin and Aladdin, I Can Show you the World.

Rapunzel and Eugene Fitzrupert, I Can See the Light.

Go see Tangled. It was classic Disney in so many ways and the CGI was stunning. It reminded me of The Ordinary Princess and Book of a Thousand Days, two of my favorite books, as well as The Princess and the Pauper (that epic Barbie movie) Ever After. It was lovely.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Spicysteweddemon You should love her too, kay?

So I've read 130 books so far this year and so far this month I've written 30,407 words. I FEEL GOOD ABOUT MYSELF.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Story's Play-Mix Thang

So trying to write a book really cuts back on blogging time. Here is a play-mix of the songs I'm drawing inspiration from.

Ta Douleur by Camille

Daydreaming by Dark, Dark, Dark

Auf Dich Hab' Ich Gewartet by Annett Louisan

Long, Long Time by Helen Forrest

Human Racing by St Vincent

A Sunday Kind of Love by Beth Rowley

Speeding Cars by Imogen Heap

Work was crazy this morning, but I do so love getting paid.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The goose is getting fat.

Christmas post... a month and a half early. But I'm already Christmas shopping, so whatever!

Hooray for Christmas dinner.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Music is the food of love. Dance on.

BLAH feeling ~romantical, avoiding school and my story.

Mulder and Scully.

Darcy and Lizzie.

Buzz and Jessie.

Ned and Chuck.

John and Aeryn.

Belle and the Beast.

The Doctor and Rose.

Rorykins and Amypo.

Naveen and Tiana.

Harry and Jo.

Alrighty then. Today was nice. The Dooley children came over and that's always fun.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Just Another Day

Another day. This one will be illustrated in pictures.

I ate a bowl of broccoli rabe at work this morning because it was there and I was hungry.

This was me at chem lab. In all my gear that makes me feel like a pathologist, play-acting at mad scientist.

Mommy got me a new Edith book from the library!

I am currently sitting on this number, feeling a bit drained.

This movie came out today. So instead of renting it (because video stores are extinct) I scowered Youtube for clips.

I had hot cocoa, hahaha.

I gave myself a french manicure.... it looks nice from a distance.

OKAY now I am going to bed. After squeezing out maybe 300 more words. If I can.