I thought I posted this! Oooops. I’m going through my post drafts.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - FINALLY. And links well to my Bryson A Walk in the Woods (doh – hiking.)
James and the Giant Peach – gift from a friend, read and probably won’t review
Out of My Mind by Sharon M Draper – YA, loaned by a friend
Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Winner The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Thanks Fizzy! I’m a bit intimidated, actually.
Home by Marilynn Robinson, because I was so impressed with Gilead. Purchased at an Independent Book Store Bargain Shelf “Previously Read”.
East of Eden – Readalong!!!
The Secret Life of Violet Grant – selected solely on loving the name/color Violet.
More random stuff about books and reading:
I have pushed on with my audiobook of The Count of Monte Cristo and despite the. halting. odd intonations. of. the narrATOR! I am quite swept up in the story and even dreamed about Royalist vs Bonapartist ideology. Yikes, right?
“Oh the heartless scoundrels! … Is the world filled with tigers and crocodiles?!”
I downloaded the audiobook for East of Eden. Ready to go!
A long time ago which I failed to note with my not quite established habit to secure a post-it note in the front cover of books loaned to me, MBR gave me Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. I have dipped into it often but it never ‘took’. Finally, I left it at the treadmill and have been regularly reading as I walk the Weight Loss 2 setting (30 minutes, ~1.72 miles) and now I’m on a push to finish the damn thing. I’m on to the Massachusetts chapter, about 25% remains. Though I have heard it is SO FUNNY, I’m actually finding it quite sad. The Park Service has limited funds or misuses it, the aphids are eating the hemlocks, unsolved brutal murders… I have no ambitions to hike the AT but I am inspired to visit Mt. Greylock in Mass.
Side note: yesterday, I read about his visit to Harper’s Ferry and, of course, the name John Brown was mentioned. That is more motivation or a clue to get McBride’s The Good Lord Bird. (If any of my family is reading this, think Christmas present.)
School started two days ago. I will be alternating between feeling successful that I finished a project on time and stressing about doing such – over the next four weeks. Right now I’m on the happy side of that pendulum. I have nothing due for two days and it is only commenting/responding. I suppose I should read what will come after that…
I got me a new laptop! A Microsoft Lenovo ThinkPad just so I can practice on this style – nothing more embarrassing than to sit at somebody’s computer and not know how to work that crazy mouse. I need to be fluent in all kinds computers for my job. I’m excited to play with it. I will create a nutty picture doing my homework surrounded by a Macbook, a ThinkPad, two iPads and an iPhone just to search the internet. I’m SO prepared. Bring it on.
Also yesterday (yesterday was a kick ass day overall – did lots of good things), I read on Iris’ blog that she has exceeded the 100 book count on the list of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die and it occurred to me that I didn’t know MY count. According to my shelf in goodreads, I’m at 50. But that might not be all on the READ shelf, so I am astonished at 100+. Way to go!
OK, this was supposed to be a short update post. Gotta run.