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My friend Carol, who is unable to read more than one book at a time, cut her copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in half so she can easily transport it on trains and planes.
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OK, this is totally bizarre. I don't know how many of you know who Louise Hay is, but I was introduced to her a long time ago and completely appreciate her. So I was looking to download one of her meditation tapes on, but they were so cheap there I didn't want to waste a credit for something under $10. I go over to Amazon and search the audiobooks and the one that I was thinking about getting is only available on cassette on Amazon. OK, I go to check out who has them and OMG! $200 for a 60 minute cassette? heres the link if you don't believe me. I think I'll go back over to Audible and circumvent using my credits.
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I used to be on top of what was going on in the literary world.
I used to know about the book before it was published.
All without the internet.
Now, I'm last in line.
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I guess that means you [ profile] ajayne since I know you use

So when you have a book that is requested and the requestor has conditions for accepting the book, do you a) really want to get rid of the book, so make sure that your book definitely meets the requestor's conditions or b) figure that someone else will request the book without conditions so save it for later?

I guess I'm a bit annoyed because I've posted 8 books this week that were all on someone's wishlist. Which is nice because I know that the book isn't going to sit around here. But about half of the requests had weird ass restrictions. The non-smoking, non-cat/dog/pet, non-library request I understand. Those can be serious issues for some people. And other things like dirty books and torn covers, I understand. However, I'd like for the people who use those restrictions to be a little nicer in their words. They're a bit hostile. But I had one this week that was "no books that look previously read". Ummm, hello, this is a book swapping community. And today was the "I don't accept books from smoking or pet homes." - OK - "Nor do I accept books". For some reason today, that last line ticked me off. I would hope that most people wouldn't send out books that they wouldn't want to get. Anyway, I guess I'm complaining to complain.
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I just started this one, but it's too good to save until I finish.

Kiss My Tiara by Sarah Jane Gilman. I recommended Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress not too long ago. [ profile] neebs, I think it may be as funny if not funnier.

OK, back to my book.
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OK, so my reading materials follow no path or pattern which is why I just finished No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel by Janice Dickinson, the world's first supermodel.

I have this strange fascination for Janice since watching her on The Surreal Life. I had to read the book and will read the second book as well even though I don't have high hopes after reading the first book. Let's face it, it's a tell-all. She names all the names and I think she got a good kick out of the telling. Gossip queen she is, but I would guess that her singing is about as good as her writing. And yes I read all of it, sick person that I am. It was like having a first hand account of a National Enquirer. Oh, how I love autobiographies.
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I've been doing a lot of reading lately. My mother sent me home with a duffel bag full of books so my need to read is being appeased. Anyway, not too long ago I heard an interview on NPR with the author of How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life. With a title like that how could you not want to read the book? So I put the book on my Paperbackswap wish list and finally got it in the mail a couple of weeks ago.

Quick synopsis of the book -
Opal is a young woman whose entire life has been focused on getting into Harvard. Grades, test scores and extracurricular activities make her a shoo-in on paper. However, all this becomes obsolete when asked in her admissions interview "what do you like to do for fun?" Opal has no answer and spends the next few months getting a life, getting wild and finally getting her first kiss. In the end her life experience only leads her to question what's really important in life.

Sounds like it should be a fun read. Sounds like it should have some Judy Blume-goodness to it. Boy, was I disappointed. It was defintitely nothing close to Judy Blume-goodness. The book wasn't entirely bad. I just expected it to deliver more after hearing the interview. My first clue should have been that I wasn't into the book at chapter 5. My second clue should have been when I was hitting the end of week one and wasn't even close to being halfway through the book. *sigh* The title held so much promise.

Now my pop culture obsesssion enjoyed Opal's immersion into all things trendy from TV shows, clothes, actors and music. However, I realized around chapter 8 that the book was in essence another version of Mean Girls with the "Haute Bitchez" instead of the "Plastics". There was so much potential in a real story. It was annoying to read a paragraph and think "oh, that was in ___________ movie".

Overall, the book was a light and fluffy read. Funny in parts, enjoyable in others, but mostly lacking in oomph. If I'm going to recommend Judy Blume-esque books then I'd go with Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants or any of Megan McCafferty's books. I kind of wish I skipped finding out how Opal Mehta got kissed.
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I'll give you funny.
Go read Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress by Sarah Jane Gilman. Wow! is this book a laugh riot. I haven't stopped laughing since page one. It brings back memories of the "wisdom" my mother had growing up and the wisdom of being five. Now I'll be looking for her other book Kiss My Tiara.

It's 11:30

Apr. 5th, 2006 11:37 pm
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And I should be in bed.
But I just got my motivation to do a few house projects.
Luckily they aren't loud ones involving hammers and drills.
I'll save that for tomorrow.

I'm walking around the house with my new "Books to Read" basket and collecting the random books that I have everywhere. While I was at Target, I also purchased an underbed plastic storage container so that I can store all the books that I've read and posted on Paperback Swap. That way the cat won't decide to pee in a box of books and I won't have 20 billion books hidden around the house. That reminds me, I need to clear out all the ones I shoved under the couch.

Hmmm, now I'm wondering if I should have gotten another box. Anybody else read trashy romance novels like water? I've got a ton if anybody wants any. For the record, I do read books that don't involve heaving breasts and hot members, I'm just going through a trashy novel phase right now.

Anybody else watching Top Chef? It's driving me crazy to figure out where they shop at in San Francisco.


Dec. 8th, 2005 08:46 pm
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When I went home, I took my mom 23 pounds of books.
Why would I take my mother 23 pounds of books?
She likes to read and it was much cheaper for me to lug them onto an airplane than pay to post them to her.
I came home with 28 pounds of books.
The used book store is going to like me very much.
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I just saw a news article where the publishers of Goodnight Moon have edited a photograph of the illustrator Clement Hurd for the new edition so that he no longer is shown with a cigarette in his hand.
I've read Goodnight Moon countless times and I've never noticed the cigarette in his hand. I know that kids are more perceptive than adults, but I'm not sure how many would notice the cigarette in his hand. I'm also not sure that children would find the picture of him smoking as inspiration to take up the habit. Are we so paranoid that the slightest thing could set our children off onto a road of destruction and mayhem? I'm sure they wouldn't approve of my parent's anti-smoking campaign. Oh well. I'm off to seek out an unadulterated copy of Goodnight Moon for my collection.
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Just finished listening to Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja. Wow! It was a great listen. I'm considering picking up some other books by her at the library so I can actually read them.

She has written some adult books, but from what I read on the back of the case she is known for her teen novels.

The story itself was fast paced, well written enough to listen to coherently, and moving. I recommend it as a light to medium read. Light because an adult should be able to get through it fairly quickly and medium because it is in the ABC after-school special teach a lesson genre. The characters are sophomores in high school so there is definite colorful language usage in case anyone would be offended by that.
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Just finished listening to Rage by Jonathan Kellerman.

Normally I like his books, but today this one just isn't cutting it for me.
I didn't like how it ended.
It also doesn't seem to be as well written as the others.
It could also have something to do with the fact that I listened to this one instead of actually reading it. I wasn't a big fan of the reader.
Off to the next one.

Oh, I should probably do a quick report on The Marker by Robin Cook.
It was excellent. If you want an exciting read, read this one.
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That almost killed me I might add. Geez. I walked because parking would be a bitch. I didn't take my bike because I didn't think I should operate a moving vehicle. Needless to say, I need to rest now. Good thing I picked up an extra book to go along with my regular fare.

The reason for more boring "I <3 libraries" talk is because I have to tell [ profile] yarbiedoll about the Art and Music section. The 5th Floor. Yes, that's right, an entire floor dedicated to art and music. I actually went upstairs looking for a book on crocheting with beads, but I heard angels singing as I stepped off the elevator and went to explore. I don't think I've seen a library this well equipped in art and music ever.

Movies galore. It's better than any video rental store.
The vinyl records. I think they had just about everything.
A great assortment of cds.
The piece de resistance? An entire wall of sheet music. Scores of piano music. And I'm not talking a 5 x 8 rectangle of wall-space. Think D. H. Hill and think of one of the rows in the stacks, 9th floor is probably a good imaginary space. Imagine one of those filled from Brahms to Stravinsky with two rows dedicated to Haydn. Sheet music as far as the eye can see. I may have blacked out in the glory. I desperately want my piano here so I can check out music.

The End.

Aug. 22nd, 2005 12:55 pm
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Thank goodness. I finally finished The Secret Life of Bees. I had to force myself to finish, but I'm glad because it truly was a lovely story. By the last 2 chapters I had stopped thinking of home and my mom. I don't think I'll be rereading it anytime soon though. Way too depressing for me.

Now for the quotes:

" . . .some things don't matter that much . . . Like the color of a house. How big is that in the overall scheme of life? But lifting a person's heart - now, that matters. The whole problem with people is that they know what matters, but they don't choose it . . . The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters." (page 147)

" . . . it's something everybody wants - - for someone to see the hurt done to them and set it down like it matters." (page 185)

"In life there are things you can't get over no matter how hard you try" (page 188)

"We can't think of changing our skin. Change the world that's how we gotta think." (page 216)

"Have you noticed the more you try not to think, the more elaborate your thinking episodes get?" (page 271)

"You have to find a mother inside yourself. We all do. Even if we already have a mother, we still have to find this part of ourselves inside." (page 288)

"I believe in the goodness of imagination." (page 300)
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Well, I know why I'm having trouble getting through The Secret Life of Bees, it reminds me of home. I'm homesick. So reading the book just makes me sad. Great! Now how long is it going to take me to read this book?

Quotes from the book I've enjoyed so far:

Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here. (page 107)

. . . you look like the kind of girl who'll wreck something for sure. (page 118)
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So one of my errands yesterday was to go to the library. I still need to get my own library card, so I'm using RTL's for the time being. I forgot to take a piece of mail addressed to me to prove that I am a Berkeley resident. I'll remember when I return the books I checked out.

I love reading. I also like not having to pay for books that turn out to be no good. When I lived in Richmond, I went to the library all the time. The library was right across the street. The library here is a wee bit further away, but not by much. I forgot how much I like the library. Yay for the public library.

The other thing that I got to learn about yesterday was the new check out system. Berkeley has installed a RFID system to make checking out books faster and easier. However, this has caused an uproar among Berkeley residents. I can't decide if it's good or bad. After waiting in a long line, it took me 2 seconds to check out my book choice. However, do I really want to be riding the BART with an RFID sending out a small radio frequency? I think it falls into the same line as the government having access to my library records. Just because I check out Catcher in the Rye or The Anarchist's Cookbook does not mean that I'm up to no good. Knowledge is power. It reminds me of the place in Berlin where Hitler had all the books he didn't want other people to read burned.

OK, off that rant. I love the library (RFID system be damned) and now I'm going to go read while I fix my Season Pass list.
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As you all know, I bought a trash book to read on Monday.
Sadly, I have finished it before finishing The Secret Life of Bees. It was really short and it was really trashy, my favorite kind. However, I thought that I'd give a book report to prevent anyone else from reading this book.

"Why did I bother finishing it if the book wasn't that good?" you might ask.
Many years ago, my mother paid me $1 to finish a book - her theory was that I would't know that I really didn't like it until I got to the end. I finished the book. I got my dollar and she made me do a book report. I won't get a $1 for this one, but I will give a book report.

If you want to read more . . . )

Stay tuned for other book reports by me. : )
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I have mixed emotions about RTL going out of town for work - on one hand - PaRtY!!!!!!! I can sit on the couch and read without being interrupted every 5 seconds with "did you see that?", I can hog the bed, I can cook loads of onions and peppers, I can add spice to my taste, I can use up all the hot water, lots of good party time things; on the other hand - I can't sleep. Let's use last night as an example - I think I finally went to bed at 3, but I still woke up at 7. Which sucks when I've made plans to run all the errands I need to do.

Which is what I've been doing this morning. Did some grocery shopping at the Bowl. It's a local market that has some of the BEST veggies in the area. Fresh and not rotting already. Downside is that everyone knows this so it's packed no matter when you go. People are parked and waiting for hours before the doors open at 9. Which was me. And it was still a madhouse.

I did cheat a little and went across the street to Walgreens so that I could buy some shampoo and stuff. Which was a pain in the tushy. I used to be able to find a wide variety of brands at Walgreens, now I'm limited to about 7 or 8 brands of shampoo and it's stuff that I won't or can't use on my head. I just don't get it.

Went to B & N as well so I could get a trash book to read when The Secret Life of Bees starts weighing my brain down. I have melted chocolate for that little side trip. Just call me Blondie. The truth is that I was actually looking for a couple of other books which is why I stayed too long in the store. I should have realized that skipping the Berkeley store would have been a better option and just gone to Emeryville where I have three floors to choose from. Of course, because I'm looking for a specific book I'll still have to go to Emeryville.

Now that I'm back, I'm trying to figure out what my neighbor is doing. I think he's finally trimming the hedge between our houses. Yay! I did my side a while back.

And thanks for the smart playlist tip, although now I'm trying to figure out when I bought a Modest Mouse cd.
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A moment of tribute and celebration for Anne Bancroft.

Her death is a downer on this gloomy rainy day in what is suppose to be sunny California.

The happy notes for the day are an empty plant bin and RTL picked out her own clothes to wear today. Three days straight! This could also have a lot to do with the fact that I've forced her to purge the closet. How many times did I hear " I forgot I had that" during the process. Now I just have to prevent a huge influx of new apparel for a couple of months.

I'm looking forward to the next Harry Potter book and movie installment. Still more than a month away for both, however I won't be lined up waiting for the bookstore to open at midnight and nope, I haven't pre-ordered anything.

I need to call my dear friend F and see how the baby is doing. It's just a little difficult with the time change and I don't want to call when the baby is sleeping or eating.
I need to call home as well.

And if anybody wants Dexter, well, I'm willing to send him to a home that is willing to feed him toilet paper, preferably off the roll. He has no brand preference.
You laugh all you want because you don't have to live with it. I'm tired of getting up in the morning and finding the house tp-ed inside. He's about to start sleeping in the crate again instead of his nice cushy bed. Although, I do have to laugh because he hides bits of toilet paper the way most dogs hide bones. Don't tell him that though.


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