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2009 in Books

So as is my tradition, I will post all of the books I read during 2009 – it was a good year in books!

*Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan
*The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
*A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire
*Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
*Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
*The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
*Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
*Our Stories of Miscarriage Ed. by Rachel Faldet & Karen Fitton
*The Lightening Theif by Rick Riordan
*Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
*The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
*Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (re-read) by J.K. Rowling
*Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (re-read) by J.K. Rowling
*Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix (re-read) by J.K. Rowling
*Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (re-read) by J.K. Rowling
*Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (re-read) by J.K. Rowling
*The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
*Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (re-read) by J.K. Rowling
*Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
*The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
*The Titans Curse by Rick Riordan
*The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
*The Demigod Files (A Percy Jackson and the Olympians Guide) by Rick Riordan
*Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
*The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
*Harry: A History by Melissa Anelli
*The Magicians by Lev Grossman
*Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
*The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
*The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
*Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament by S.G. Browne
*The Memorist by M.J. Rose
*Coraline by Neil Gaiman
*Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

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January 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

I love books

Yup…I said it.  I love books.  I love to read.  I love the sound of a brand new hardcover book being opened for the first time.  I love the smell of a library full of old books – that slightly musty/dusty smell of old paper.  I love having stacks of books on my nightstand, just waiting to be read.  I love bookstores.  I could spend hours looking at the shelves, trying to decide which book to add to my collection next.  I love libraries – but to be honest, I’d much rather own a book and add it to my own library.

For my birthday, I took every cent that I got and bought books.  I bought:

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

I’ve added them to an already huge stack of books that I need to read, and I love that.  I’ve found my new favorite websites.  The first is PaperBackSwap.com – you list paperbacks that you have and are willing to give to people.  Once someone requests a book you mail it to them.  When they’ve received it, you get a credit.  With each credit you can choose one book from someone else who is offering up their books.  Basically this means you are getting a book for the cost of media mail, which is about $2.23 – WAY less then going to your local bookstore or amazon.com to buy it!  I love this website.  I’ve gotten and given out so many books!

The second is Shelfari.com – a place where you make a virtual bookshelf with all of the books you’ve read, you own, you’re currently reading, you want to read and wish list items.  I have 224 books on my virtual shelf.  You can have shelfari “friends” to see what they are reading and get ideas.  You can join groups of people with similar book interests and join in on discussions on book related things.  It’s especially fun because some of my family members are on Shelfari, so I can see what they are all reading!

Also…shelfari just posted pictures up of Neil Gaiman‘s library.

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I want to live in his library.  The above picture is only one of the MANY they posted, and according to Neil Gaiman’s Twitter account, they didn’t even put up the reference library pics (which he then linked too…more drooling).  I’d even tolerate Hermione the Library Cat if I could live in his library!  Surrounded by that many books all the time…I think it would be heaven.

My library is not nearly as impressive (though, this is just one of my 6 bookshelves):

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I keep a running wish list of books that I want on Amazon.com – though I prefer to buy my books from a local place here in Chicago, Women & Children First.  My Christmas wish list that is passed to the family every year is mostly books (for which I always get in trouble, because they apparently don’t want to buy me books).

I’ve always loved to read.  I taught myself mostly, sitting in the library where my grandma worked in the children’s section pulling out books on the very end of the first row, the easy reader ones.  I think the very first thing I remember reading and comprehending as a word was a STOP sign.  I remember the first book I read, though I couldn’t tell you the name of it or the author.  Hmm…I should try to track that down…wonder if the new library in my town still has those…

If I could, I would spend my days curled up reading my favorite books.  My dream world: a secluded cabin in the forest with a roof top porch, a popasan chair or chaise lounge for me to curl up in to read.  The cabin would be wall to wall books – my favs and ones I’ve never read, so that I could never run out and spend my days listening to the birds, feeling the breeze and inhaling deeply the scents of the forest while I read.  Yeah…that would be heaven.

So, here’s to you books, I love ya man!

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September 8, 2009 at 6:58 pm 2 comments

Things that make me happy…

Iowa…who’d have thunk it??

Hank Green dressed as Sarah Jessica Parker from Sex in the City and Rickrolling me…

My Husband.

Finding out today that Susie, Erik & Jannah will be moving to the suburbs of Chicago!!!!!!

the-brekkes

Free books!  Gotta love Paperback Swap!

April 3, 2009 at 2:21 pm 3 comments

Books of 2008

As is tradition on my website, a posting of all the books I read over the past year:
*Tales of the Slayer, Volume 1 by Yvonne Navarro, et. al.
*Tales of the Slayer, Volume 2 by Todd A. McIntosh, et. al.
*Priestess of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
*Stardust by Neil Gaiman
*Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
*Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
*Tales of the Slayer, Volume 3 by Yvonne Navarro, et. al.
*The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
*People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
*The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks
*Twilight (re-read) by Stephanie Meyer
*The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin
*Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
*New Moon (re-read) by Stephanie Meyer
*Eclipse (re-read) by Stephanie Meyer
*The Host by Stephanie Meyer
*The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (re-read) by Douglas Adams
*Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
*Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (re-read) by J.K. Rawling
*Looking for Alaska by John Green
*Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
*Interworld by Neil Gaiman
*Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
*An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
*Paper Towns by John Green
*The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar
*Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay
*Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
*The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
*The Rest Falls Away: The Gardella Vampire Chronicles by Colleen Gleason

January 2, 2009 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

Tagged by Tripp

And here’s another…

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence along with these instructions in a note to your wall.
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

“Shouldn’t I have some idea ahead of time what that might be” I asked, “I mean, suppose the bride is allergic to wasabi-basted arugula aspic?”

Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay

I tag: David, Bethany, Justin, Abbey and Susie

November 21, 2008 at 10:17 am Leave a comment

I GOT YELLOW MARGO!!

Yup it’s official, I got Yellow Margo.

So for those of you who don’t know John Green he’s an AMAZING young adult author…but don’t let that turn you away! JK Rowling is a childrens/young adult author and you’d never think of passing up Harry Potter, would you? WOULD YOU???

Okay, back on track. John Green as I said is a very talented very witty author. His newest book is Paper Towns, which I just got yesterday (damn you Amazon.com for being slow). I finished reading his second book, An Abundance of Katherines yesterday, and read his first book Looking for Alaska last month. So far Alaska is my favorite, but that’s with only being 75 pages into Paper Towns. I reserve the right to change my mind.

What do I love about John Greens books so much? Hmm…good question. It would definitely be the characters. They are so real and raw. I think teens can really connect with these characters and adults can look at them and see themselves as well. These are not clean cut people. They have issues, they have major problems sometimes, they get into trouble and they are not the innocent people adults want to imagine teenagers are. They drink. They have sex. They swear. They are, in essence real. That may shock some people. To be honest, when I first started reading Alaska I was shocked that it was listed as teen/young adult fiction because of all the drinking, swearing and sex. However, as you read the book, you find that it’s not about any of those things. It’s about these vulnerable people trying to find themselves and trying to deal with life. These books aren’t encouraging the “vices” of the characters. The “vices” are just kind of a back drop to the actual heart of each story. I would highly recommend these books for any person, and for any teen!

Another thing I like about John Green – NERDFIGHTERS!!! In 2007 John and his brother Hank decided to not have any text based communication for the whole year: no email, text messaging, instant messaging, etc. So instead they did daily video blogs to each other. Again, highly recommend you go through each video on YouTube and watch them from the beginning. After the year was over, they decided to still do weekly updates as they had developed this amazing fan base (the Nerdfighters) and many inside jokes and traditions. There are punishments, book discussions, songs and more – all with a nerdy theme!

This coming Friday my fellow Nerdfighter friend Roger and I will travel to Naperville, IL to a book signing with John Green.  It’s going to be totally jokes and made of lots of AWESOME!!  I can’t wait.  He’s also doing a signing in Chicago which I really hope I can get to.  I’m working on a secret project to give to John Green on Friday.  Hopefully I’ll have some pics to post on Monday of this weekend.

PS – I kinda secretly wanted Blue Margo…

October 22, 2008 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

Wizard Wrock

My good friend Abbey was in town this past weekend for the Terminus Convention – yup, that’s for Harry Potter! I went down to hang out with her on Friday and had an awesome time, helping her look for her dueling partner, cruising through the vendor booths, and going to the Wizard Wrock concert at Reggie’s Rock Club that night to hear some wizard bands. It was a ton of fun, and I hope to be able to go to Leaky Con next spring myself!

At the concert was this guy, Hank Green. He and his brother have this project called “Nerd Fighters.” He sang a couple of his Harry Potter inspired songs. They were awesome. I post here the one called “Accio Deathly Hallows”, written just before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released. Enjoy!

And just for a bit more nerdiness (like I needed it!), here is another of his songs with a Star Trek theme called “What Would Captain Picard Do?”

August 12, 2008 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

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