Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Fables series - Bill Willingham
Twilight -Stephenie Meyer
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? none
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Having cheerleaders to keep people motivated to read.
5. How many books did you read? Currently 2, but I am trying to read 4 by the end.
6. What were the names of the books you read? Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer & What now? by Ann Patchett
7. Which book did you enjoy most? What now?
8. Which did you enjoy least? The sleeping part.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? Keep making your rounds and encouraging people.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? As long as you have the Read-a-thon I'll participate. I'll be a Reader and Cheerleader next year.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
This challenge is open to Readers and Cheerleaders and will last until 11pm Pacific time. Remember to leave a comment below with the link to the specific post, after you've completed this challenge.
Pages read: 30
Total pages read: 368
2. How many books have you read so far? So far I've completed two, is midway through one, and just started Theodosia.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? The memoir, Comfort by Ann Hood, V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? There's no way to free up my Saturdays with Saturdays being the busiest day of the week for both the love of my life and my mom, but I made sure that the kids had plenty of snacks and things to do.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I constantly have interruptions with so many kids here, but it's not a problem. I don't feel any pressure at all with this challenge.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? There are so many people cheering you on and there's no pressure to have a certain amount of pages or books read.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? None. This year's Read-a-thon has been pretty fun.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Nothing
9. Are you getting tired yet? A little but that's what coffee's for.
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Just relax and have fun. If you need to take a break, take one.
Pages read: 104
Total pages read: 320
Pages read 43
Mini-challenge completed: now 2
What are your reading from today? My lovely kitchen table in Long Beach, CA. The weather is perfect reading weather to me: cold and cloudy.
3 facts about me: I am a single mother of three kids, ages 3, 4, and 6. I am a full-time college student, majoring in English. I am reading with my kids and younger twin sisters who are 8.
How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? Lucky number 13.
Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)? Nope. What's the fun in that?
Any advice for people doing this for the first time? This is also my first time, so I'll just say have fun. This is not a race or a contest, just a bunch of people sharing their love of books with each other. Also, take a break when you need to.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Some of what I plan on reading (if I'm in the mood) :
1. Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer (already in progress)
2. Guerrilla Learning - Grace Llewellyn (in progress)
3. Trail of Crumbs - Kim Sunee (in progress)
4. What now? - Ann Patchett
5. The Best American Comics 2007
6. V for Vendetta - Alan Moore
7. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos - R.L. LaFevers
8. From Hell - Alan Moore
9. One hundred demons - Lynda Barry
10. A midsummer's night dream -Shakespeare
11. Fun Home - Alison Bechdel
12. The vintage book of contemporary short stories
13. Understanding Comics - Scott McCloud
14. Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller
15. Scent of God - Beryl Singleton Bissell
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (2006)
I cannot comment on this book. *Sigh* I just can't. Also read for the Stephenie Meyer mini-challenge.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Oliver is 4 years old.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
1. The Road , Cormac McCarthy (2006)2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (2000)3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)4. The Liars' Club, Mary Karr (1995)5. American Pastoral, Philip Roth (1997)6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001)7. Maus, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)8. Selected Stories, Alice Munro (1996)9. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (1997)10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami (1997)11. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer (1997)12. Blindness, José Saramago (1998)13. Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (1986-87)14. Black Water, Joyce Carol Oates (1992)15. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers (2000)16. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood (1986)17. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez (1988)18. Rabbit at Rest, John Updike (1990)19. On Beauty, Zadie Smith (2005)20. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding (1998)21. On Writing, Stephen King (2000)22. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz (2007)23. The Ghost Road, Pat Barker (1996)24. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry (1985)25. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan (1989)26. Neuromancer, William Gibson (1984)27. Possession, A.S. Byatt (1990)28. Naked, David Sedaris (1997)29. Bel Canto, Anne Patchett (2001)30. Case Histories, Kate Atkinson (2004)31. The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien (1990)32. Parting the Waters, Taylor Branch (1988)33. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion (2005)34. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (2002)35. The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst (2004)36. Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt (1996)37. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi (2003)38. Birds of America, Lorrie Moore (1998)39. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri (2000)40. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (1995-2000)41. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (1984)42. LaBrava, Elmore Leonard (1983)43. Borrowed Time, Paul Monette (1988)44. Praying for Sheetrock, Melissa Fay Greene (1991)45. Eva Luna, Isabel Allende (1988)46. Sandman, Neil Gaiman (1988-1996)47. World's Fair, E.L. Doctorow (1985)48. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (1998)49. Clockers, Richard Price (1992)50. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen (2001)51. The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcom (1990)52. Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan (1992)53. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon (2000)54. Jimmy Corrigan, Chris Ware (2000)55. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls (2006)56. The Night Manager, John le Carré (1993)57. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe (1987)58. Drop City, TC Boyle (2003)59. Krik? Krak! Edwidge Danticat (1995)60. Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (2001)61. Money, Martin Amis (1985)62. Last Train To Memphis, Peter Guralnick (1994)63. Pastoralia, George Saunders (2000)64. Underworld, Don DeLillo (1997)65. The Giver, Lois Lowry (1993)66. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace (1997)67. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (2003)68. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel (2006)69. Secret History, Donna Tartt (1992)70. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (2004)71. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Ann Fadiman (1997)72. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (2003)73. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving (1989)74. Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger (1990)75. Cathedral, Raymond Carver (1983)76. A Sight for Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell (1998)77. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)78. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert (2006)79. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell (2000)80. Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney (1984)81. Backlash, Susan Faludi (1991)82. Atonement, Ian McEwan (2002)83. The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields (1994)84. Holes, Louis Sachar (1998)85. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson (2004)86. And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts (1987)87. The Ruins, Scott Smith (2006)88. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby (1995)89. Close Range, Annie Proulx (1999)90. Comfort Me With Apples, Ruth Reichl (2001)91. Random Family, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (2003)92. Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow (1987)93. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley (1991)94. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser (2001)95. Kaaterskill Falls, Allegra Goodman (1998)96. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (2003)97. Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson (1992)98. The Predators' Ball, Connie Bruck (1988)99. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman (1995)
Saturday, June 21, 2008
This week's theme: Challenges
1. If you participate in any challenges, get organized! Update your lists, post about any you haven’t mentioned, add links of reviews to your lists if you do that, go to the challenge blog if there is one and post there, etc.
2. If you don’t participate in any challenges, then join one! There’s a good selection of possibilities over on my right hand sidebar (scroll down) where I list those I participate in. There’s also A Novel Challenge, a blog that keeps track of all sorts of reading challenges.
I love reading challenges. You can almost always find a challenge that suit your taste or host one if you can't. This year I have signed up for 29 challenges. The ones in bold are finished:
1. 24 hour Readathon
2. Southern Reading Challenge
3. In their shoes reading challenge (my own)
4. Kate's short story
5. The Pub
6. Once Upon a Time 2
7. Triple 8
8. 48 hour
10. Stephanie Meyer
11. Man Booker
12. Summer Reading
13. Soup's On
15. Graphic Novel
16. Orange Prize
17. Newbery Project
18. You set it paperback
19. Book Awards
20. Book Awards 2
22. Just 4 the hell of it
23. The Pulitzer Project
24. Jewish Literature
25. Russian Reading
27. From the Stacks
28. Read one book
29. The Complete Booker
That is a lot of challenges. I refuse to even count how many books I would have to read total. The Triple 8 challenge is 56 books by itself. I'm only signing up for one more challenge and that's the R.I.P. Challenge coming in September. This week's Weekly Geeks is really going to keep me busy posting whatever reviews I have pending, updating all of my challenge lists, plus cross-posting as many books as possible.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
4.5 out of 5 rating
How Children Learn -John Holt
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Dinner with Friends (2000)
2000 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama
Powerful play about two married couples who are best friends. Karen and Gabe are trying to help their friends Beth and Tom through their divorce. The thoughts of what went wrong pour out from both sides along with the effects of the divorce. It was also made into a movie several years ago that's just as good as the book.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Winner of the 2003 Eisner Award for Best New Series
I am becoming the newest biggest fan of graphic novels. This was a genre, that until recently, I didn't pay any attention to. I'm glad things have changed so much.
Fables: Legends in Exile is the first book in a series created by Bill Willingham. The characters from various fairy tales have been exiled from their homelands by an enemy called The Adversary and now have to live among humans in America. The characters that can pass for humans live in New York City while those that can't live upstate at a place called "The Farm." All the characters hope to one day defeat The Adversary and go back home.
Book 1 features Bigby Wolf a.k.a. The Big Bad Wolf trying to solve the murder of Rose Red. Also feature is Snow White, her ex-husband Prince Charming, Cinderella, Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, Bluebeard, Beauty and her husband, the Beast and many more. The story is so funny and realistic. I started reading the novel and didn't put it down until I was finished. It deserves my 5 out of 5 rating.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Frances Hodgson Burnett
5 out of 5
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Summary: Haunting, disturbing, page-turning story.
Time and Materials by Robert Hass,
The Scent of God by Beryl Singleton Bissell,
Rules for Old Men Waiting by Peter Pouncey
Rent by Jonathon Larson
Friday, June 6, 2008
Driving Miss Daisy (1986)
5 out of 5 rating
Pulitzer Prize winner in drama for 1988
My summary: Lovely.
Now reading: The Wild Braid by Stanley Kunitz
Time and Materials by Robert Hass
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
At lunchtime I brought a huge orange-
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave-
They got quarters and I had a half.
And that orange, it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park.
This is peace and contentment. It's new.
The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all the jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I'm glad I exist.