It’s a Life – So, I’ve Been Thinking…

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So, sometime on Monday, I became a college student again. I applied to my alma mater (and employer) back in the spring to take a few graphic design classes, now that I am being called on to do more and more design work here in my office. I was accepted, again!, and then had a HELL of a time getting into the class I wanted to take. Employees get to take (three) classes for free (woot!) a year and I wanted to skip a couple prerequisites I didn’t really need. The class I wanted to take was full, so I emailed the professor. I never heard anything so I emailed around (admin, assistant director, director, and so on) some more. To cut a very summer long story short…

…Monday. I showed up to class with an add sheet and dude let me IN. I AM A COLLEGE STUDENT AGAIN.

And I feel so old. Everyone is half my age and twice my height in this class. Hopefully I will kick all their butts. Ha!

So, anywayyyyy, I write this to say I may be a very sporatic until December. Between my school, the kids school, work, and life (plus readathon in October) I am going to be short on time. So, don’t LEAVE ME, but know I may be quiet.

Top Ten Tuesday – Shame Walk

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I have been blogging for over (hold on, have to check…) 11 years now and this is going to be so embarrassing. I have so many books I haven’t read, that I have OWNED since before that time. I am so serious. So come along. Join me on this walk of shame, will you?

The Cider House Rules by John Irving – I read A Widow for One Year right before I started blogging and swore I’d read all the Irving. It hasn’t happened yet, obviously.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – I went on a classics kick when I was a teenager. I never quite made it to Steinbeck before it was over. Still have only read East of Eden. Which I loved. When will I ever learn?

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – I remember when everyone and their mother (on Yahoo! Groups) was reading, and loving this book. So I grabbed it when I found it in a used book store. Never got to it. Still there. On the shelf. I feel like I can say that for every book on this list.

I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb – Everyone loved it – I had to have it.

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood – Everyone loved it – I had to have it.

The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor – I ADORE FLANNERY. Why haven’t I read everything yet?

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway – I thought it sounded good. Paris. Food. Ex-pats. Papa. I’ve tried to read it. Can’t.

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – Laziness. It’s my only excuse. It’s just so BIG. (I have them all in one hardback.)

Jack of Kinrowan by Charles de Lint – I went through a fantasy phase.

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay – See above.

How about you? What’s been on your shelves forever or before you started blogging?

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It’s Monday, August 22nd! What are you reading?

The Trees

You see that book? That book right there? It’s the only book I am really and truly reading. My Goodreads says I’m reading 3 other books, but it’s lying. I’m really not. This book has captured my mind and soul and I can’t read anything else until I finish it. BECAUSE I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS VOODOO MAGIC.

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

 

Currently // Pumpkin Spice the World

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Right this minute | Pumpkin Spice is the new Christmas. I found pumpkin spice coffee in the store Friday and I had to get some. I am enjoying a cup right now. It’s heavenly.

Feeling | Content. I have my coffee, my books…my family is still asleep and all is quiet. I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts.

Reading | I’m reading too many things at once, as usual. I’m going to concentrate on The Trees by Ali Shaw today because the writing is beautiful and I need more.

Listening | I have binged on the podcast Tanis for the past 3 days. IT IS SO GOOD.

Watching | Bullet journal videos mostly. I have a new hobby!

Blogging | I haven’t been feeling it much, obviously, and am having serious thoughts about it. But more on that later. I did update my header.  Redecorating always seems to help.

Promoting | Nothing yet, but the October Readathon is on the horizon. I’ve already started a few tentative workings on it.

Loving | The quiet! Did I mention the quiet??? Also that my fellow alumnus Paul Chelimo won SILVER in the 5000 meters in Rio! Go Spartans!!!

Hating | Humidity. Can it just be autumn already?

Eating | I’m still working on this gorgeous coffee.

Anticipating | Autumn. Without a doubt, autumn.

Have a magical Sunday!

The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson

The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon RonsonThe Men Who Stare at Goats
by Jon Ronson
Published by Simon & Schuster
on April 2006
Genres: Nonfiction
Pages: 272
Format: eBook
Source: Scribd
Goodreads
four-stars
From the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry and So You've Been Publicly Shamed.

In 1979 a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the U.S. Army. Defying all known accepted military practice -- and indeed, the laws of physics -- they believed that a soldier could adopt a cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls, and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them.

Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

With firsthand access to the leading players in the story, Ronson traces the evolution of these bizarre activities over the past three decades and shows how they are alive today within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and in postwar Iraq. Why are they blasting Iraqi prisoners of war with the theme tune to Barney the Purple Dinosaur? Why have 100 debleated goats been secretly placed inside the Special Forces Command Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina? How was the U.S. military associated with the mysterious mass suicide of a strange cult from San Diego? The Men Who Stare at Goats answers these and many more questions.

 

“Most goat-related military activity is still highly classified.”

I figure I’ve talked about this one enough that I owe you guys a review.

This book is bonkers. Really. How many books do you know that can say:

Remember that the crazy people are not always to be found on the outside. Sometimes the crazy people are deeply embedded on the inside. Not even the most imaginative conspiracy theorist has ever thought to invent a scenario in which a crack team of Special Forces soldiers and major generals secretly try to walk through their walls and stare goats to death.

Yes. They seriously stared at goats. To “death.”

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Did they succeed? I really don’t know. But isn’t it weird to think the government even tried? Tried that, and so much more. According to this book, they have dabbled pretty heavily in psychics, remote viewing, and more. And I feel so weird saying that.

How to describe this book. It’s rather like huge conspiracy theories wrapped up in…truth? Hyperbole? Wishful thinking? I was left wondering just what the United States Armed Forces have been up to in the Middle East and other areas of the world, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. And, since this book is over 10 years old, it also left me wondering what they’ve been up to in the years since. It informs somethings I’ve heard in the media and it scares me.

Irregardless of the subject matter, Ronson is an engaging and fun writer. My skeptical feelings are completely informed by him. I could tell while reading the book that, sometimes, he wasn’t sure what to think either and rather than be annoying, it just added to the fun of the book to me. I can’t wait to read more books by him.

Have you read this book? Do you think these things really happened? CAN A MAN STARE A GOAT TO DEATH???

Top Ten Tuesday – Location, Location, Location

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I had several different idea for the topic this week. First, I wanted to do books set in cemeteries, what with RIP coming up and me getting all kinds of excited about it. Well, turns out I haven’t READ 10 books set in cemeteries (I know, what???). Then, I thought I’d do books set in bookstores. Surely I have read MORE than 10 of those. No dice (again, WTH?). So then, I decided I would go with boarding schools! Eureka! It was easy.

  1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling – Because DUH.
  2. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – Actually all three books from this series are set in a boarding school in France. They are all fun.
  3. Looking for Alaska by John Green – Still my favorite John Green novel.
  4. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – Another British boarding school, with magic! But all girls this time. ALL GIRLS.
  5. Morning Glories by Nick Spencer – THIS boarding school is completely and homicidally bonkers. It’s freaking awesome.
  6. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart – Geeky girl in a boarding school. She’s probably a criminal mastermind.
  7. The Secret History by Donna Tartt – Mysterious! Oh so mysterious!
  8. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark – Classic.
  9. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS EVER. EVER, I TELL YOU.
  10. Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede – Laura Ingalls Wilder meets Harry Potter in the American frontier. You know you want to.

What books have you read set in boarding schools, magical or not? And why are they so fun to read?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday!

Well, would you look at that? It’s Monday again. I had a migraine all freaking weekend, so I did a lot of resting (read – sleeping) and reading. Lucky for me, it wasn’t so very bad that I couldn’t read, if I turned the size on the font up on my iPad. I finished up with The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson (I swear, I still have a hard time believing that’s all true) and started The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Mongomery. I am so delighted with that book! So much so that I read almost half of it Sunday. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to do much reading of Dark Matter. I do a lot of my reading after dark, which means using the iPad. I have an actual BOOK COPY of Dark Matter, which is working against it at the moment. I hope to get to it some more this week.

I started listening to Colson Whitehead’s marvelous The Underground Railroad, read by the AMAZING Bahni Turpin, last week. I don’t usually get to listen to audiobooks during the weekend, so I’m excited to start back on it today. I’m so glad I decided to listen to the book. Turpin is one of my very favorite readers.

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Just My Type

Just My

I love how the type looks all melty and stuff.

Simple and perfect.

I looooove me some serifs.

I don't mind when there aren't any serifs either.

Looks kind of like, well, hair.

I just adore this cover. All of it, not just the letters.

I've actually read this book and the way they did the title just perfectly represents it.

This is just plain fun y'all.

Perfection.

I bought this for that type. Honest.

Today is a day to look back at past Top Ten Tuesdays and pick one I either missed, want to do again, or some such. I’m taking Favorite Covers and adding a twist. The more I get into graphic design at work, the more I realize I ADORE TYPOGRAPHY. So, today, I’m sharing some of the book covers I love because of their typography.

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

 It's Monday! (4)

It is a dark, stormy day in my neck of the woods and I wish I was home with these bad boys!

The Men Who Stare at Goats is completely and totally fun and ridiculous. It’s so hard to believe it’s all true. I’d love to curl up on the couch with Neil and let him read to me. And I only just started Dark Matter, but I think it’s going to be fun. (I couldn’t get into The Woman in Cabin 10 yesterday. I’m too flightly.)

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

 

Currently // The Woman in Cabin 10

Right this minute | I’ve been nursing a sick kitteh all weekend (he’s much better!) and I’m tiiiiired. I’m laying on the couch, writing this post, and then I’m going to hit The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.

Feeling | Tired. Kind blah. Can one catch a cold from a kitten?

Reading | Besides starting The Woman in Cabin 10, I’m reading The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson (omg teh ridiculous).

Listening | The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman and lots of podcasts! New favorite: Human Race by Runner’s World. IT GETS ME IN THE FEELS.

Watching | My husband is insisting I watch Stranger Things on Netflix.

Blogging | Here and there.

Promoting | Nothing…yet. Gearing up for October’s readathon!

Loving | The SLIGHTLY cooler weather. Now, if we could just do something about the humidity…..

Hating | That I seem to be getting a cold. Is there anything worse than a summer cold?

Eating | Fruit Rollup. We are gourmet up in here.

Anticipating | A Sunday nap!

Have a great Sunday!!!