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I have to say, I enjoyed Catching Fire and Mockingjay a lot more than The Hunger Games.

Also, in light of my discussion with [livejournal.com profile] padawansguide last time, I paid special mind not to spoil myself too much before reading these two. I didn't go off reading lengthy summaries of the books or looking for who dies in advance. I left it to my own guesses (which were right in most cases) and just jumped in and devoured them.

My thoughts and like last time, there will be spoilers and way too many words. )

Also, I chopped off about half the length of my hair on Friday. It's now at about mid-back rather than waist length and I like it a lot!
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I meant to post this yesterday, but I got a little busy with... stuff and live-tweeting the Olympic Opening Ceremonies (until Chris told me to stop, but then I started again when he passed out on the couch). More on that later. For now...

Wherein I attempt to find a silver lining, because gold is kind of garish. )
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I must have read Jonah his Frosty the Snowman book a hundred times since this summer when we got it. But we've of course been reading it a lot more lately and there's this one part that bugs the crap out of me.

The children bring Frosty to life and all is great and wonderful. There are a few pages that describe the activities they enjoy with their snow-brained friend. One page says something to the effect of:

"The magical part was that while the children played with Frosty, they never got shivery cold."


Really? That's the magical part? They're playing with a walking talking snowman and the magical part is they're not cold. Seriously? Alright. Whatever.



In other WTF and FTW news, I spent a $5 promotional credit for mp3 downloads at Amazon and they sent me another code for $3 in On Demand TV. *scratches head*

I bought Coldplay's Viva La Vida and I'm loving it. Makes me want to write, especially Cemeteries of London, 42 and Death and His Friends (go figure).
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Won the last of the children's book auctions I'm going to watch for a while. . . until Jonah gets tired of the 43 or so books I just got him. Granted 12 of them are Christmas books and likely won't be read much right now. But there are 19 Richard Scary books and 12 Peter Rabbit books as well that I think he'll enjoy. The stupid Dr. Seuss (53 books) I tried to get rocketed up to $60-something. People are stupid! These aren't out of print, special edition or anything else special. They're just someone's used books. You can get them for a quarter a piece at a yard sale. I'll have to keep an eye out for some Dr. Seuss though because we're seriously lacking in that department and no one seems to know where our collection we had as kids has gone. The Golden Books we have are all mine (and Jason's, and Mike's) from childhood but it doesn't seem like I have all of those either. Anyway, Jonah's been getting bored with what we've got so maybe this will tide him over until I can get a hold of some Dr. Seuss and more Golden Books.

Now off to bed. I'll do a rundown of the weekend (pig roast! YAY!) and my whopping two runs for the week at some point tomorrow.
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Alice in Wonderland. Must have been my first taste of fantastical escapism and I liked it. . . a lot. It seemed Alice and I had similar dreams.

And she wasn't a princess!!!
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So, I'm cleaning and listening to Primus for the first time in ages (good cleaning music, no?) and I start thinking, "Here Come the Bastards is totally what Renesmee was listening to on the iPod Edward gave her for Christmas while the Voluturi approached to not-kill them all."

Seriously, I'm learning how to speak cave-man/toddler-ese to Jonah to try to curb tantrums and reading inspirational running stories and picking back up and reading through my writings on the first 32 chapters of the Tao Te Ching and it's still not enough to wash the Twilight garbage completely out of my head! I think I'm going to go ahead and start The Two Towers now, since I know I have to have it read by some time in June anyway for the next book discussion. Maybe some fiction, better yet some fantasy, will wash away the krappenfest. Surely four books will wash away the filth of four other books right? RIGHT?
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I'm going to try to keep track of the movies I've seen this year. I can't promise to do an in depth review of each one, but I will try to at least mention it. I'm going to do the same for the books I read. I hope to see a lot more movies (and with a Netflix subscription, that shouldn't be difficult as long as we keep up with it) and read a lot more books this year. I did better last year than I have, perhaps ever, but there's a lot more fiction I'd like to read this year, since I broke my streak of reading nothing but non-fiction last year.

Now, on to the two movies I've seen so far this year. I'll try to always put these behind a cut since I don't intend to be careful about spoilers.

Burn After Reading )

Wall-E )

2009 movie count: 2
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Since I'm a literature geek, I'm always interested in what books other people enjoy reading. So, what is your favorite book and why?

Answer can be found here.
mellymell: (me at arches 2005)
Since I'm a literature geek, I'm always interested in what books other people enjoy reading. So, what is your favorite book and why?

I'm ashamed to say that I feel I'm not very well read when it comes to literature. I tend to pick up non-fiction over fiction almost 100% of the time. But, I do have some favorites tucked away in memory from the days when I was told what to read (school). There were a couple of gems in the list that really spoke to me, even if some of the other kids didn't quite get it and found them boring. My favorites are indeed non-fiction titles, but they straddle the line into literature. Neither of these are completely non-fiction, but neither are they novels.

One that really touched me emotionally was I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou. This one was actually my choice. I had to read and do an oral book report on a biography and this what what I chose. Little did I know how deeply the book would touch me. I was in 7th grade at the time and so I was not that far off from Maya's age in the book. Despite what the little girl went through, she was still able to be a little girl. And the poetic imagery just made the words flow together like the notes of a symphony. To this day, I've always loved Maya Angelou's writing. I kind of feel like I got a little more out of this assignment than most may have. I doubt you'd find the kids who did their reports on George Washington still feel today their project truly touched them in this way.

There was a second favorite book that touched me on an intellectual level. In 11th grade, we hit the Transcendentalists chapter of our literature text books. Of course, among the other readings, was Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. This book appealed to me immensely! While other kids were struggling to get through an extraordinarily long passage describing a bird or a tree (which they all found incredibly boring), I was feeling the real message here. Thoreau was describing to me what would become my ultimate dream: To simplify my life, be self reliant and live in touch with nature. Sure, I disagreed with some of his more minor points (vegetarianism and teetotalism for two). But his essential message rang so true to me. In a school where I was quite obviously an outcast and found so little in common with my peers, this book made me feel like maybe I was normal and maybe it was alright to think and feel the way I did.
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Here is the Colin Firth interview.

And for [livejournal.com profile] belluthien and others interested, here is the story about the unique Twelve Publishing.

I haven't worked on anything for the Angel gown in about a week. I've been distracted by the book The Renaissance Soul: Life design for people with too many passions to pick just one by Margaret Lobenstine. I had already passed the link on to [livejournal.com profile] aranel13, but I think most of my friends list here could fall into this personality type, at least a little bit, and would benefit from the exercises in this book. I scored a used copy for $5+S&H (around $8 total). I enthusiastically devoured the first 85 or so pages in the first evening I had it in my grasp. Yesterday, I spent much of the afternoon backtracking to do the exercises in part 2 and intend to finish those up today and proceed with the rest of the book. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] chrystalline for posting about this book on your blog! I intend to spread the word about this book and this concept to as many possible Renaissance Souls as I know.

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