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Noting for when LJ comes back up:

A Dance With Dragons, GRRM
Ghost Story, Jim Butcher

I think this is MTD 16 and YTD 116?

ETA: It was actually 15 and 115.

Also! Potential spoilers for A Dance with Dragons in the comments!
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Dear self: Pick up library holds and pay fines tomorrow.
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And while I'm yoinking memes...

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.

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I'm not sure whether it's cheating or just dumb to have both "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" on the list, or "The Complete Works of Shakespeare" and "Hamlet" both.
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The Reading Survey questionnaire from my English class, which officially starts tomorrow:

Read more... )
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July was slow.

14 books.
No knitting.

Lost two pounds though. At one point during the month I was up to 3 pounds lost, but I got lazy with it toward the end of things.
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Someone - I forget who - posted not too long ago recommending the book Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer.

Thank you, whoever you are, it was really interesting!
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Not only have I put Steve Alten's entire Meg series on my library hold list, but I just turned on Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus on Netflix streaming.

No, I do not know what is wrong with me.

(My god, Debbie Gibson looks so young!!)

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I'm reading And The Band Played On - it's an in-depth analysis of the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic, including the way it was handled (read: "ignored") by political and public health organizations for the first few years, and it's an absolutely fascinating read.
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Oh my.

From Stephen King's official mailing list:

Reports of a Dark Tower TV series and movies have been in the news recently. Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman, Brian Grazer and Imagine Films are in discussions with Steve regarding the adaptation of the series. Here's the word from Stephen:

"It looks good. Things are happening and they are happening fast but any reports you see might be taken with a grain of salt for the next couple of weeks. You will know the news from the official source as soon as we are able to post it."


Remember, Steve. Hugh Jackman, Milo Ventimiglia, Tracie Thoms and Freddie Highmore. Trust me on this one.
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Books read: 30, including 3 audiobooks in the car.

Knitting projects finished: Absolutely none. I haven't had much knitting time in April, alas, and most of it working on larger projects.

Weight lost: 3.38 pounds.

Miles walked: 61.

Happy: I currently have 4.0's in both my biology and history classes, got a 95% on my first bio test, Dan has a job for the next few months, my baby brother got married, Dan and I had our third anniversary, and I got my iPad ZOMG.

While I fell off the watching-what-I-eat wagon for a bit there through the second half of April, I'm going to call it a general success. Rawr.
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Dear library: A 25-book limit on my hold list is insufficient. Please increase it. Grr.
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For the last several months, my car commute listening has been Stephen King's Dark Tower series on audiobook. I've really enjoyed it, but I finished it this morning. Where by "finished" I mean that this time, unlike when I read the books on paper (spoiler at the link), when SK said "Ok you really want to stop here, I promise, you're not going to like the last couple of pages" I listened to him.

Conveniently, I also discovered today that they've finally gotten around to putting all of the Dresden books out in audiobook, read by James Marsters. Well, 9 of them are out. Two more come out on 4/15. Book 12 is due out early April, and audiobook 12 due out late April. And all 12 (plus book 12 in book-format) are on my library hold list.

That should get me through a good 8-9 months of commuting, at least.
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I don't generally find myself getting too fussed about which printings of books I get -- I don't worry about what the books in a series look like, so long as they're at least more or less the same size on the bookshelf.

So naturally, the one series of which I really really want a matched set isn't available that way, because the first four books were published in the mid-90s and earlier by one publisher, and the last three books were published in 2003-2004 by a different publisher.
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My Christmas haul included another flash drive. As I was formatting and naming it, I cannot help but be amused by my current naming theme for my electronics.

Computers: Rikki (netbook), Khan (MBP) and Nagaina (media box)
Extraneous hard drives: Bagheera (external), Nag (Nagi's secondary internal), and Hathi (Khan's Windows partition)
Flash drives: Kaa, Akela, Louie and Darzee
iPods: Mowgli (touch), Karait (shuffle), and Raksha (classic)

I keep thinking, perhaps it is time to rename the wireless network, since nobody but me uses it anyway.

All the names are from stories in Kipling's The Jungle Book -- Rikki, Darzee, Karait, Nagaina and Nag are characters in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi". Almost all the rest are from the Mowgli stories, including "Mowgli's Brothers," "Tiger Tiger," and "Kaa's Hunting," many of which were consolidated into the Disney animated movie titled The Jungle Book. (Exception: King Louie was a Disney-created character for said animated film, and did not appear in the stories.)

The original short stories are good reads though, and are available on Project Gutenberg, as they've long since passed into the public domain.
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Tonight's accomplishments: Another 5 dozen cookies, 3 dozen gingerbread muffins, and I finished Under The Dome.

Very good book, much better than any of his recent stuff. Very reminiscent of Storm of the Century too.
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I read a biography of Jim Morrison today.

First, I'm not entirely sure why or how it ended up on my library hold list. I'm not a fan; in fact, I'm pretty sure the closest I come to having heard a Doors song is the cover of "People Are Strange" by Echo and the Bunnymen off the Lost Boys soundtrack.

Second, after reading it, some people's behavior seriously appalls me. Ugh.


9 October 2009 10:24 pm
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Originally uploaded by shalicat
With much-appreciated assistance from Ari, I acquired a new bookshelf this evening. About 2/3 of the books in this picture were stacked on my nightstand until a couple of hours ago. Clicking on the pic will take you to a larger one with notes, for those curious about what's in the collection.
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I am reading, as my bus book, Weapons of Choice by John Birmingham. It's a time-travel-which-creates-alternative-history story, first in a series, that I got as a free e-book, so I figured what the heck. Many of you are aware of my love of alternative history, particularly the books of Harry Turtledove, who is widely considered the father of alternative history as a genre.

From the book, a scene with FDR yelling at a navy commander come to tell him that people from the future have arrived:

"Hell's bells, Turteltaub," he'd yelled out at the unfortunate officer just a week earlier. "What madness is this? Next you'll be telling me space lizards have landed."


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