Books!

Nov. 25th, 2013 11:57 am
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93. The String in the Harp by Nancy Bond. I re-read this probably every year. So good.

94. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. I guess this is being made into a movie and that's why it ended up on my radar. I really enjoyed it.

95. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Wanted to read this before the movie came out. Very glad I did. Hoping to see the movie this coming weekend. :-)

96. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin. Amazingly beautiful writing.

97. It Starts With Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. Ehhhh. It was okay but I don't feel like it was a life-changer or anything.

98. The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman. I should probably see the movie again now that I've read the play.
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89. Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is by Abigail Garner. Fine, but you could probably read similar articles online.

90. Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected - A Memoir by Kelle Hampton. Gorgeous. If you've read and been touched by Kelle's much-recommended blog entry about her daughter Nella's birth, you'll probably like this book as well.

91. The Walking Dead Book 8 by Robert Kirkman. I was excited when I saw this at the library because I thought I hadn't read it yet, but when I got it home I found out I was wrong. :-P Anyway, I read it again because I'd already brought it home.

92. Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink. Eh. This could have been a long magazine article or something. I don't feel like it was a whole book.
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82. American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson. Surprisingly good.

83. sTORI Telling by Tori Spelling. Interesting. I watched 90210 fairly regularly but didn't know much about Tori Spelling or her dad. This told me a lot. It stopped after she married her second husband and had her first baby; I'd read a second book that picked up where this one left off.

84. The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to recognize it and how to respond by Patricia Evans. Meh. I grabbed it because I'm always reading self help type books for character development purposes, but this one wasn't great. Okay, but not great.

85. Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America by Mike Yankoski. I don't know how this book ended up on my radar but it was pretty interesting and I didn't find the underlying Christianity at all difficult.

86. Women Who Try Too Hard: Breaking the Pleaser Habits by Dr. Kevin Leman. Meh.

87. Living Green: A Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability by Greg Horn. Reasonably well written, though not particularly informative. I don't think I was the target audience.

88. The Wedding Girl: A Novel by Madeleine Wickham. This is the other name Sophie Kinsella writes under, and I think the first book under this name I've read. I would read more although this one wasn't near the top of my list of favorites.
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1. The TV mini series The Shining - is it worth watching? I loved the book and have uncomfortable meh feelings about Kubrick's film.

2. Are there any Avon products you like and would recommend? TELL ME WHAT THEY ARE.

3. Do you have a life on Friday nights? (I think you can guess my answer to that one.)
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76. Vegan With a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Got this one from the library. Some of the recipes seemed interesting and it had some good info but I wasn't inspired enough to try anything.

77. Columbine by Dave Cullen. Heavy.

78. Tell Me Lies by Jennifer Crusie. Good.

79. Say Hello, Candy by Bianca Bradbury. This book was published in 1961 and I loved it as a teen in the early 80s. Bought it on ebay so I could read it again. Still pretty enjoyable by my standards.

80. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella. Hooray for used book stores with cheap books. I hadn't read this one before. Liked it.

81. Savage Love: Straight Answers from America's Most Popular Sex Columnist by Dan Savage. Ehhhhh. At least I didn't pay much for it? Anyone want to comment on this guy?
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70. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. Re-read. Cute, light read.

71. Room by Emma Donoghue. This is a great book.

72. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. This is my favorite of Crusie's books (of the ones I've read, at least.) I adore the main character, Min.

73. Crazy For You by Jennifer Crusie. This one's a more difficult story to read but it ends happy, so...

74. The Education of Harriet Hatfield by May Sarton. Ehhhh. I didn't hate it, but I definitely didn't love it, either.

75. I'm Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted by Jennifer Finney Boylan. Another ehhhh. I really enjoyed Boylan's book She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders but this one felt flat in comparison.
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My son goes back to school tomorrow -- 7th grade! -- so today we're trying to get things together for that. He finished his summer work ages ago; it's mostly a matter of finding all his supplies and packing his bag, etc. He got new sneakers the other day.

The other day I picked up Blood Ties the complete series for an irresistible $6, so I've started re-watching it. It's a bit cheesy in places but the three leads are solid actors and there's chemistry and a sense of humor, so it's fairly easy on the eyes. I'm enjoying it overall.

Haven't been doing a lot of baking lately but I'm hoping to get back into it as the weather cools down. We don't have A/C so baking when it's hot is less than pleasant!

Does anyone want to share what they're feeling fannish about at the moment? I'm really missing being super into a fandom.
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65. Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding. Re-read. Still good.

66. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding. Re-read. Still not as good as the first, though I see there's a third book coming out in October and I'm almost certain to buy it.

67. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Liked it. Will probably read the 2nd book.

68. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Great. Anyone who was a nerdy teenager in the 80s will be impressed by the sheer volume of 80s references.

69. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner. Still great.
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59. Invincible: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley. Read this because I love The Walking Dead (and I think someone recommended it? Although I don't remember who.) and I liked it well enough. Didn't LOVE it, but it's good. If I were a super hero person I think it would have worked better for me.

60. Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller. Ehhhh. Not a completely unreasonable theory, but I'm not sure it works for me.

61. Altared: Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, and What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings edited by Colleen Cullan. Cool collection of essays. Very good.

62. Other People's Dirt: A Housecleaner's Curious Adventures by Louise Rafkin. Re-read. I find this book fascinating.

63. Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner. I really like Jennifer Weiner's writing. This isn't my favorite of her novels, but it's a solid good.

64. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. I've read this many times. Good.
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51. - 56. Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. Sorry, I can't be arsed to list them individually. I re-read these about once a year. I can whip through all six of them in less than a week. They're fun.

57. My Lobotomy by Howard Dully and Charles Fleming. I wish I could remember who recommended this. It was great. I mean, depressing subject matter, but a fascinating read.

58. Honeymoon with my Brother: A Memoir by Franz Wisner. Eh. Didn't love it. I felt like the premise and what it actually delivered were unrelated.
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This book is a sequel to The Square Peg.

The Broken Triangle!


Vin's a hot Goth, tattooed and pierced and the most popular bartender at the Square Peg. Want to date him or buy him a drink? Sorry. Vin's body is a temple and he's barely been kissed. His heart belongs to Riley, the guy he crushed on in high school and can't forget.

How about Vin's BFF Patrick? He'd let you buy him a drink and have your wicked way with him in the men's room (shh, don't tell Shane or Ben, the bar owners!) Okay, maybe Vin needs to loosen up and Patrick needs to calm down, but they're set in their ways.

Enter Riley, looking for Vin, and suddenly everything changes. Vin's handed a happy ending on a plate and Patrick's free and easy lifestyle loses its glitter as he sees what Vin has.

But does Vin really have his dream guy or does he just have Riley? Maybe they're not the same thing, after all.


The Broken Triangle! Click here for more info or to order from Loose Id.
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47. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. YA about a teen girl dealing with the death of her sister. Gorgeous, amazing.

48. Becoming Sister Wives: The Story of an Unconventional Marriage by lots of people with the last name Brown, I am too lazy to type them all. This was okay. I've watched some of the show and I didn't feel like much in the book was new information.

49. Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens by Kathy Belge & Marke Bieschke. Very good. I think the target audience would be younger teens rather than older ones, but there's a lot of great advice.

50. Magic's Price by Mercedes Lackey. Book 3 in the series.
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It's just one of those days -

The artwork of Jenny Parks, who has made illustrated cat versions of The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, etc.

Love Meow, a blog for cat lovers. Lots of photos of adorable cats and kittens, with great stories, and they all have happy endings.

The Oatmeal's Seventeen Things Worth Knowing About Your Cat.

Stuff!

Jun. 21st, 2013 04:15 pm
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A ladybug! Playing with sprinkles! I don't think these are sprinkles, I think they're nonpareils (to me sprinkles are like little sticks) but whatever. Ladybug!

DO IT NOW: Guide to Proper Bra Fit and Measuring because Victoria Secret and La Senza and whatever are full of shit and you are definitely wearing the wrong size, okay? Okay! I have not actually done this yet, but I totally intend to.
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41. John Dies at the End by David Wong. Love this book. Found the movie very enjoyable, too. Good stuff. Crazy, funny.

42. Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan. Cute, fluffy comedy-romance story. If you like Jennifer Crusie's books, this is sort of Crusie-Light. Fast read.

43. Fodor's England 2013. Some parts of it were helpful. Basically like all the other Fodor's books.

44. A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham. Gorgeous.

45. Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey. Book 1 in the series. Read this series many times as a young adult, decided it was time to read them again. They aren't brilliant but they have so much heart.

46. Magic's Promise by Mercedes Lackey. Book 2 in the series.
wesleysgirl: (Sherlock blanket)
So if you like the BBC Sherlock and John/Sherlock and you haven't read The Paradox series by wordstrings, you should go and do so just as quickly as you can.
wesleysgirl: (Spike/Wes)
Is there such a thing as a tank top or cami that has a PADDED, NON-SHELF bra built into it? For someone in the D cup category? Please link me if you know of any! Or can recommend anything similar! :-)
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I have finally finished and posted the amazing and incredibly patient [livejournal.com profile] janedavitt's birthday fic. It's part of the Sentinel AU series written for her birthdays, and this year it's a ridiculous 3 weeks late, but... better late than never?

This one's called
As the Sun Was Rising
Sentinel, Jim/Blair, 9858 words according to AO3.
It also does double duty for my incomplete Trope_Bingo card, but I won't list the trope now so it can come as a surprise in the story. :-)
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36. Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks. Interesting! A bit more dry than I had expected, but good.

37. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham. Apparently everyone read this when they were kids except me. Glad I finally did.

38. The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet by Alicia Silverstone. Meh. Some of the recipes look good, though.

39. Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV by Jennifer L. Pozner. This is SO GOOD. For real, everyone should read it. It's smart and has a sense of humor. READ THIS.

40. Fashionable Food: Seven Decades of Food Fads by Sylvia Lovegren. So entertaining! You, too, can now relive the fascinating decades in which gelatin and marshmallows were U.S. obsessions.
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Okay, I am nearing the point where I'm going to need a non-JaneDavitt beta for a Sentinel story. It'll be in the 8k word range and I don't expect miracles, just a little help with anything that glaringly obviously bad. You're most likely to encounter typos, dropped words, and those situations in which I think the characters are wearing clothes they've already taken off and vice versa. There is porn but it's actually more of a plotty story. I'd probably have it to you within the next 48 hours. I hope.

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