Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays


Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:
--Grab your current read
--Let the book open to a random page.
--Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
--You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from… that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
Today's Teaser Tuesday comes from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
"she took up the fan and a pair of the gloves, and was just going to leave the room, when her eye fell upon a little bottle that stood near the looking-glass. There was no label this time with the words "DRINK ME," but nevertheless she uncorked it and put it to her lips" (44).

One Lovely Blog Award

A few days ago I woke up to the wonderful surprise that Melissa had given me the One Lovely Blog Award. I hadn't ever visited Melissa's blog before the read-a-thon, but I am so excited about my discovery! She has a really cool site that everyone should drop by and visit.

Here are the Rules...

1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
3) Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

I have give this award to the following lovely ladies:
  1. http://mycozybooknook.blogspot.com/
  2. http://gosharonego.blogspot.com/
  3. http://myaubade.blogspot.com/
  4. http://in-vero-veritas.blogspot.com/
  5. http://astripedarmchair.wordpress.com/
  6. http://booksandcooks.blogspot.com/
  7. http://jeanettesbooks.blogspot.com/
  8. http://bendingbookshelf.blogspot.com/
  9. http://www.literaryfeline.com/
  10. http://coke-drinking-squirrel.xanga.com/
  11. http://justaddbooks.blogspot.com/
  12. http://cafeofdreams.blogspot.com/
  13. http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/
  14. http://stephaniesbooks.blogspot.com/
  15. http://sjillian.blogspot.com/

Saturday, April 25, 2009

100+ Challenge

Hello everyone, glad to see that one week after the read-a-thon, people are starting to get back online to post some of their successes and reviews. I don't normally write reviews, but I can't wait to start doing more reviews once my seminar papers are finished. (3 weeks--yay!)

I'm finishing my last semester of coursework for my Ph.D., and one of the things that has been made super-clear to me over the past month or so is how torturous-yet-amazing the qualifying exam process is going to be. I'll have to read hundreds of books to prepare for my exams, but I can't wait! I can't wait to read just to read and learn for the benefit of my own career, rather than reading between the lines to try to say something intelligent and interesting in class. I'm tired of trying to impress unimpressible people, and I am so excited about reading reading reading for my own edification. Now, will it be stressful? Heck yes. But do I think I will enjoy it more than coursework? Heck yes.

Anyway, as I was discovering new blogs this past week and during the read-a-thon, I found Melissa's blog. I found a reading challenge on her blog called the 100+ challenge, which sounded vaguely familiar, like I had seen it on a few other pages too but never investigated because it sounded too scary. Once I read all about it, it still sounded totally scary, but I have joined because I have faith in myself and I KNOW how much I'll have to read for quals. So, without further adieu...

The 100+ Reading Challenge will be hosted here this year.

Here are the guidelines:

1) You can join anytime as long as you don’t start reading your books prior to 2009.
2) This challenge is for 2009 only. The last day to have all your books read is December 31, 2009.
3) You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2009.
4) If you don’t have a blog, please join our Yahoo Groups.
5) When you sign up under Mr. Linky, list the direct link to your post where your 100+ books will be listed. If you list just your blog’s URL, it will be removed.
6) All books count: children’s, YA, adults, fiction, non-fiction, how-tos, etc.
***Update: You do not have to decided on your books ahead of time. You can add or subtract from your list during the year.

I have not picked my 100 books yet, as I know that most of them will be chosen for me by my quals committee, but here are the ones that I have completed between January 1 and today. This list isn't entirely complete, but I think I've remembered most of them so far. I'll come back and update this list as I go along so that I can keep track. I'll also be adding reviews later, and will eventually make this list clickable. Give me time...

Fiction
1. Caleb Williams by William Godwin
2. The Hudson Book of Fiction: 30 Stories Worth Reading
3. The Giver by Lois Lowry
4. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
5. The Messenger by Lois Lowry
6. Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
7. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
8. Dracula by Bram Stoker
*****Additions after Apr. 25*****
10. Dr. Dredd's Wagon of Wonders by Bill Brittain
May
11. A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce
12. The Essence of the Thing by Madeleine St. John
June
14. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
15. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
16.

Currently Reading: Hard Times and Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Christmas Books by Charles Dickens

Drama
1. Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
2. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
3. Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
4. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
5. Blasted by Sarah Kane
6. Henry V by William Shakespeare
7. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
8. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
9. King Lear by William Shakespeare
10. The Tempest by Williams Shakespeare
11. Much Ado About Nothing by Williams Shakespeare


Non-fiction
1. At Day's Close by Ekirch
2. New England Funeral Sermons ed. by Bosco
3. The Book of Common Prayer
4. The Puritan Way of Death by David Stannard
5. Film Noir by Bruce Crowther
6. How to read literature like a professor by Thomas C. Foster
7. Being Perfect by Anna Quindlen
8. The Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen
11. Detection & Its Designs: Narrative and Power in 19th-Century Detective Fiction by Peter Thoms
13. All Cooked Up: Recipes and Memories from Elvis' Family and Friends
more here...I'll have to find them
Currently Reading: ...

Poetry
1. The Hudson Book of Poetry: 150 Poems Worth Reading

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Booking Through Thursday


Booking Through Thursday can be found here.

Some people read one book at a time. Some people have a number of them on the go at any given time, perhaps a reading in bed book, a breakfast table book, a bathroom book, and so on, which leads me to…
Are you currently reading more than one book?
I'm always reading more than one book!
If so, how many books are you currently reading?
About 5 novels and plays and about 5 non-fiction for some of my papers. Particularly, I'm reading a lot of Shakespeare for a graduate seminar and quite a bit of 19th century lit.
Is this normal for you?
This is pretty light for me.
Where do you keep your current reads?
I keep them on the floor by the bed, on the nightstand, on shelves, on tables, scattered around the house, in my car, in my backpack, by the computer. :) Everywhere there is space, there are books.



Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:
--Grab your current read
--Let the book open to a random page.
--Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
--You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from… that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

Today's Teaser Tuesday comes from Anna Quindlen's A Short Guide to a Happy Life.

"It's amazing how much you can learn in one year. Just like Paul, who was knocked off his mule into the dust on the way to Damascus, and discovered God, I had a rude awakening" (33).

Sunday, April 19, 2009

My Final Read-a-thon Totals


(Shout out to my dear hubby who documented my (our?) journey!)

Well, I just had a blast yesterday, and I am so glad I participated in the read-a-thon. I am proud of myself for the four books that I finished. One was adolescent lit, so it went by quickly, and one was rather short because it's more of a coffee table book, but I did well overall.



The funny thing is that I woke up voraciously hungry for more literature. The first thing I did was pick up a book! But then reality hit me how irrational that response was, and I went downstairs and made homemade coffee cake muffins and omelets to celebrate my 'thon success.



All right, so here are my final tallies for the whole event:



TOTALS:


724 pages read
902 minutes reading (15 hours, and that includes getting a late start by 5 hours!!)
260 minutes blogging and reading other blogs
4 books finished (Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing, Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, Anna Quindlen's Being Perfect, and Lois Lowry's The Messenger)
3 caffeine beverages (coffee, coke, tea)
6 mini challenges
1 nap
2 bowls of ice cream
1 shower
1 episode of West Wing watched w/ hubby
1 In 'N Out cheeseburger devoured

All in all, it was a fun and energizing experience.

Read-a-thon comes to a close!


Read-a-thoners, we made it!!! We survived!!! I'll be posting my totals later on in the day, because I have some more math to do. For now, I'm going to get in bed with a good book! (tee hee)


R-a-t Hour 23, 4 books finished!

UPDATE FOR HOUR 23

Since last update:
Pages: 83 (The Messenger-finished!)
Time: 50 minutes

TOTALS:
660 pages read
842 minutes reading
240 minutes blogging and reading other blogs
4 books finished (Much Ado about Nothing, And Then There Were None, Being Perfect, and The Messenger)
3 caffeine beverages
6 mini challenges
1 nap
2 bowls of ice cream

End of Event Meme

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 1--I had been SOOOO excited for the read-a-thon, but I woke up at 5 a.m. when mine was supposed to start, and I was feeling miserable. I ended up sleeping for 5 more hours, which meant that I didn't meet any of my goals.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Mysteries work really well! I couldn't put And Then There Were None down even though I've read it ten times before.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I had a blast. :)

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The Cheerleaders kept me going during the tough hours. How thoughtful everyone was!

5. How many books did you read? four books and counting

6. What were the names of the books you read? I finished Much Ado about Nothing, And Then There Were None, Being Perfect, and The Messenger. I read parts of The Moonstone and my All Cooked Up Elvis cookbook. Also Shakespeare's Henry V.

7. Which book did you enjoy most? And Then There Were None and The Moonstone

8. Which did you enjoy least? Sorry, Shakespeare, but you're not fun for read-a-thons.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? Keep the comments coming. We really appreciate them and read every one!

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I'll probably do the same thing. I will read and then comment as much as I can on others' blogs.

Hours 21 through 23, and zzz



I'm awake! I'm still alive!!!

UPDATE FOR HOURS 21-23
Since last update:
Pages: 113 (The Messenger and Being Perfect)
Time: 165 minutes reading, 55 minutes napping


TOTALS:
577 pages read
629 minutes reading
210 minutes blogging and reading blogs
3 books finished (Much Ado About Nothing, And Then There Were None, and Being Perfect)
3 caffeinated beverages
6 mini challenges

Keep it up, everyone! You can do it! Only T - 100 minutes remaining!

Hours 17-19 R-A-T




Jessica's Hour 18 mini-challenge was posted here and it was about re-reads! She writes:


1. Go back to your blog, and tell us about the books you’re rereading during the mini-challenge. Maybe post a picture of each book and describe why you love it enough to reread it.
OR
2. Go back to your blog, and give us a list of your top favorite rereads of all time. You know, those books that you can go to time and time again for comfort and escape. Again, pictures are good. :)






The books I'm re-reading for the Read-a-thon are And Then There Were None and The Moonstone. I'm actually teaching ATTWN this semester, and I'm writing a paper on MS right now, so all my re-reads are for my own academic responsibilities...


That said, I LOVE ATTWN. I re-read it every semester that I teach it, but I never get tired of it. Some Agatha Christie novels are very predictable and easy to follow, but this one is so clever and heart-stopping, all the way to the end! Some of my other favorite re-reads are




1. The Great Gatsby

2. Romeo and Juliet

3. Oliver Twist

4. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

5. the Redwall Series



My stats for this go-round:


UPDATE FOR HOURS 17-19

Since last update:
Pages: 89 (Much Ado About Nothing and And Then There Were None)

Time: 100 minutes


TOTALS:


464 pages read

464 minutes reading (wow, really freaked out right now that my numbers are EXACTLY identical--crrrrazy!)

190 minutes blogging and reading blogs

2 books finished (Much Ado About Nothing and And Then There Were None)

2 caffeinated beverages

6 mini challenges (counting the re-reads above)

1 episode of West Wing watched w/ hubby

1 cheeseburger from In 'N Out devoured

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Read-a-thon (finished one!)

I finished one of my books!

UPDATE FOR HOURS 15 and 16

Since last update:
Pages: 105 (Much Ado About Nothing and And Then There Were None)
Time: 93 minutes

TOTALS:
375 pages read
364 minutes reading
170 minutes blogging and reading blogs
1 book finished (Much Ado About Nothing)
1 caffeinated beverage (I feel a Dr. Pepper coming on soon, though)
5 mini challenges (see non-fiction mini below)
1 episode of West Wing watched w/ hubby
1 cheeseburger from In 'N Out about to be eaten!


Mini-challenge from Tammy
What is you favorite non-fiction book and why? What genre(s) do you enjoy and are there particular writers that you would recommend to others? If you don't read non-fiction, why not?
  • My favorite non-fiction book is Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's Good Wives, which is about Early New England women from about 1650-1750. Even though it's non-fiction, she writes beautifully and tells impeccably researched stories about these women's lives. It's a good read, although sometimes slow going.
  • I love fiction and drama, and although I am often pleasantly suprised by poetry and non-fiction, I still rarely read it unless it is for one of my graduate seminars.
  • I read non-fiction biographies and histories for a lot of my research for my degree. :)

Hours 13-14 of Read-a-thon and Survey



Since last update:

Pages: 58 (And Then There Were None and All Cooked Up Elvis Memories Cookbook)
Time: 54 minutes


TOTALS:

270 pages read
271 minutes reading
155 minutes blogging and visiting blogs
50 blogs visited
0 books finished
1 caffeine beverages (I think it's time for #2)
4 mini challenges





1. What are you reading right now? And Then There Were None and Much Ado About Nothing

2. How many books have you read so far? I've been splitting my time between four different books. I always do this--can never read one thing at a time.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I can't wait to finish these two so that I can get back to The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. I've read it before, but I'm writing a paper on Collins, and I am in love with all things Victorian.

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? We were going to have a barbeque cookout with our friends tonight, but we shifted it to last night so that I could read all day today. Of course, that meant that I didn't get to sleep until 2:30 last night and woke up with a raging headache when my alarm went off at 5 a.m. to start reading! Blah.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? The only real interruptions have been not feeling well and needing to eat. But my husband has been sweet about preparing food for me.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I can't believe it's already night-time. Where did the time go?

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? No suggestions for anyone but myself--don't party too hard the night before! (But, boy did I have fun eating my husband's marinated steak, drinking wine, and watching 101 Dalmations with my fellow Ph.D.ers. On second thought, I would do it all again!)

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? I felt very prepared. I had my lists, my books, and my snacks ready. Pretty good for a first timer.

9. Are you getting tired yet? Very tired, but that's probably because I haven't slept much at all this week. (This month? year?)

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? Thanks to everyone for your comments. I've had fun reading them and commenting back!

See everyone back here next time I update.

Hours 11 and 12 - read-a-thon!

For my 11 and 12 hour updates, I decided to have my husband Scott take a few shots of me in action. The flowers here in Southern California are beautiful! There was a nice fresh breeze blowing, and it's about 80 degrees outside, so I took advantage of it.







UPDATE FOR HOURS 11&12 (technically halfway, but I started so late!!)

Since last update:

Pages: 102 (Much Ado About Nothing and The Messenger)

Time: 85 minutes

TOTALS:
212 pages read
217 minutes reading
140 minutes blogging (mostly looking around at other blogs :)
45-ish blogs visited
0 books finished, but still have hope because a long night is ahead of us
1 caffeine beverage
3 mini challenges (see letter mini-challenge below)
2 ibuprophen taken
lots of stretching of muscles, drinking of water, and listening to Joni!!

What are you all listening to?
Letter mini challenge from Flight into Fantasy asked us to write a letter to a character in one of our books. Cute!
Dear Beatrice (from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing),
I admire your pluck, though I do not understand why you hate men so much. It seems to me that you are far too mouthy for your own good. Since your cousin Hero is getting married to that nice Prince, won't you be a dear like your uncle requests and go ahead and get married to Benedict at the same time? Then you could all be one big happy family. I hear it worked out very well for the Capulets and Montagues over there in Italy.
I hope to hear of wedding bells soon.
Love always,
KB

Read-a-thon hours 7 & 8


UPDATE FOR HOURS 7&8

Since last update:

Pages: 58 (split between And Then There Were None, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Messenger)

Time: 75 minutes reading, 20 minute shower, the rest of the time visiting blogs
(P.S. the blogs out there are AMAZING!! I am finding so many new ones that I love!) And the encouragement from the Readathon cheerleaders has been so thoughtful. Go team!

TOTALS:
110 pages read
132 minutes reading
?? minutes blogging
25 blogs visited
0 books finished yet (skipping around a lot)
2 caffeine beverage
2 mini challenges
1 shower
5 minutes exercise (stretching and dancing to The Weepies!)


My time is flying by, and my headache is a little better. The shower totally helped, and the stretching made me remember what circulation actually felt like. Ugh...grad school is killing me!

Now that I feel a little sexier with my legs shaven and hair shiny clean, I commence reading again. Go Shakespeare!

Hour 7, Love Your Library!

The Curious Reader has posted a mini challenge for the read-a-thoners. The theme is Love your Local Libray. :) My local library is the university library where I go to school, and since it is now open to the public, I think it's okay to use it for the challenge. Happy reading everyone! I've visited about 9 blogs and commented on several. I think I'm going to get back to reading now, so I'll see you in a few hours with updates. Good luck!


Love your Local Library Mini-Challenge



What is the name of your local library? Honnold-Mudd Library

What city is it located in? Claremont, CA

How often do you go to the library? At least 5 or 6 times a week

If you're a regular, do the staff know you? They always laugh or groan when I come up to the counter with my mighty stacks!

Do you browse while you're there or just pick up items you have placed on reserve? I always browse, but since I am usually there for school stuff, I try not to take home too many goodies for fun.

What is your favorite thing about your local library? I love the many different environments it has. There are tons of areas to sit and read or study. Some are more comfortable. Some are more studious. Some are more loud. Some are more quiet. I like the variety, and I never get bored.

Read a thon off to a rocky start =(

Well, I had very high hopes for starting my readathon at 5 a.m., but I also had a horrible headache (probably because I had just gone to bed less than three hours earlier!), so I talked to hubby and he said that I needed to lie back down until I felt well enough to even look at the pages and words swirling around, much less read them.

So, I reeeeally started at about 10:15 this morning instead of 5 a.m.

My meager stats so far...

Pages: 42 pages (from And Then There Were None)
Time: 57 minutes
Totals for 'thon 42 pages read
57 minutes reading
20 minutes blogging
0 books finished
1 headache
1 caffeine beverage
1 mini-challenges (Introduction meme--I want to do more!)

(Shout out to Trish--thanks for the encouraging text messages!!! Luv ya, girl.)

The Read-a-thon begins!

For those of you who haven't heard, I'm participating in a 24-hour reading marathon from 5 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. on Sunday. It begins now!!

If you would like to join or see what all the literary fuss is about, hop on over to the website here


Here's a questionnaire to get going on all the fun and festivities.



  • Where are you reading from today? Glendora, California!
  • 3 facts about me … 1. Most days I wear pink sparkly eyeshadow; I can’t help myself. 2. I am a Ph.D. student in English literature...so part of this read-a-thon is my normal homework routine of reading every minute of every day, haha. 3. This is my first read-a-thon!
  • How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? About 14, but I am rooting for finishing about 4 or 5.
  • 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)? 4-5 books, probably 15 hours or so (hopefully more!), and I want to cheer others on when I get a chance.
  • If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time? It’s my first, but I would love advice!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

listies



I have finally compiled my read-a-thon list, which is so exciting that I think I might have to do a little dance before typing any more...

*long pause*

Allllrighty then. Back to business!

My read-a-thon list is quite awesome. Starting at 5 a.m. on Saturday morning, I will be reading...

"Non-negotiable…" selections

Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare—for my Shakespeare class

Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare—for my Shakespeare class

The Devil's Dominion: Magic and Religion in Early New England by Richard Godbeer—for my American History course (I'll probably add this to my non-fiction five challenge list)

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie—for the Intro to Lit course that I teach. My students start discussing this book on Tuesday…

Henry V by William Shakespeare—for my big ‘ole paper due in a month (blah)

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins—I have to write a paper on this novel before school is out to finish my incomplete in my last nineteenth-cent. British lit course. I should re-read it or at least get a good chunk re-read this weekend.

Just for me, but still academic-y.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne—because it’s soooo good.

Hard Times by Charles Dickens—for my Classics Challenge J

Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens—because Dickens is my homeboy

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen—because I’m the only one (and by “one” I mean mushy book-crazy girl) I know who hasn’t read it.

For fun, for ME!!!

All Cooked Up Elvis Cookbook—to make the read-a-thon hip shakin’ good (for Non-fiction five challenge)

Being Perfect by Anna Quindlen

The Messenger by Lois Lowry

Dr. Dredd’s Wagon of Wonders by Bill Brittain

Does my list make you happy too? Enough to dance?

Here's another list. It's things I've done in the past 24 hours. Lots of numbers.

I have...

  1. graded 39 essays, 4-7 pages each
  2. slept 2 hours
  3. taught 2 classes
  4. caused 2 students to cry
  5. written about 15 emails for the transdisciplinary Text course
  6. received my big Amazon box in the mail with 7 new books!
  7. danced 1 happy dance
  8. spent about 1 hour w/ hubby
  9. eaten 1/2 of an enchilada that I brought home from El Ranchero a few nights ago. YUM.
  10. compiled my weekend's read-a-thon list
  11. danced 1 more happy dance
  12. made a list on my blog with 12 items

And the answer is "yes" if you have asked, "is she going nuts?"


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

bookmarks

I've been mulling over my books for about two weeks now trying to decide what I have to read for school during the read-a-thon and what I get to read for myself. Since this is my last semester of coursework for my Ph.D. in English Literature, I'm working my rear end off trying to complete all of my assignments and finish what I start, which is a very hard thing for me to do when it comes to books. I LOVE books. I love, love, love them. But I have problems, too.

I have an entire house full of books that are only partially read. I did a quick head count of my shelves, and just glancing at one of my "novel" shelves, I saw around thirty books with bookmarks sticking out of them. I am pretty diligent about marking my place when I stop reading them, but I am very bad at ever getting around to finishing the books. I have very good intentions. In fact, I try all the time to go back to books that I never finished. The problem, of course, is that I want to start over from the beginning again, and then I usually get busy right around the time I stopped the last time, so the book mark goes in again and I never make it to the end.

Grad school has been brutal to my bookmark problem. In fact, the number of bookmarks I've lost to some really good books has probably quadrupled in the past four years. There is never enough time to finish one 800 page Victorian novel before it's time to read the next one, or the next one, or the one after that...and the tumultuous cycle continues. (That said, I've probably read *and finished* hundreds of books in the past four years...but I've stopped short too often due to the time constraints of school.)

Does anyone else have this problem? Am I the only one with book-marky bookshelves??

...I have made a vow to myself that I am going to finish before summer is over at least the books that I claim are my favorites. Then, once I finish my dissertation in 2011, I can revisit my bookmarks one by one.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Chocolate Cake; or, what I did last night instead of grading papers


Last night, Scott and I made a delicious chocolate cake from my All Cooked Up Elvis cookbook. All I can say is YUM. I'll post the recipe later. :)

I am doing a ton of reading for my history course, so I don't have much time to blog, but I wanted to say that I'm formulating a tentative list of books for my readathon! I'm going to have one for each of my classes, and then maybe a little one just for me. I'm two-thirds of the way through Lois Lowry's Giver series, which has The Giver, Gathering Blue, and The Messenger. I'll probably read the last book during my 'thon. The others will have to be school books, but I'm going to try to make some little goals for myself to spice it up. Any suggestions?

Love to the fam, KB

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Marathon

24 hour read-a-thon? Of course I've heard of it...it's called every day in grad school!

But in all seriousness...

I've been playing around with the idea of joining the 24 hour reading marathon on April 18-19th. What do y'all think? I know I definitely have plenty to keep me occupied. The question is, can I stay awake the whole time??
The cool thing about the marathon is that you can use it to work on other reading challenges (again, in the real world it's called "homework"!). I would just need to make sure that I get all my grading done before the weekend. :) Would anyone want to join me? I think it sounds like fun.
Of course, I am a big nerd and admit this in public venues. But books are awesome, and I like making lists and then crossing things off. It may be a sickness. More details later.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Non-Fiction Five Challenge

Non-Fiction Five Challenge
May 1 - September 30, 2009



My friend and fellow book-lover Trish has taken on a new challenge and has invited us to join here.

The Rules (unchanged from previous years)

1. Read 5 non-fiction books during the months of May - September, 2009 (please link your reviews on Mister Linky each month; Mister Linky can be found each month on this blog)

2. Read at least one non-fiction book that is different from your other choices (i.e.: 4 memoirs and 1 self-help)

(all choices do not need to be posted and may change at any time)

My tentative list:

  1. All Cooked Up: Recipes and Memories from Elvis' Family and Friends
  2. Jill Lepore's New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in 18th Century Manhattan
  3. Julian Symons' Bloody Murder: From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel: A History
  4. Christopher Booker's The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories
  5. Harry Mount's Carpe Diem: Put a Little Latin in Your Life