Monthly Archives:: April 2012

A Pinteresting Challenge

April 28, 2012 Books 12

I suppose it’s no secret around here; I’m obsessed with Pinterest. I have a huge crush on it and hope to marry it someday. Yet, when Trish at Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity started a Pinterest challenge, I was leery. Why, I don’t know. I’m silly I guess. However, I have currently completed 2 pins in the past 24 hours, which made me think, HEY. I CAN DO THIS. So, here I am. I’m doing this.

I’m going for Pin Obsessed, which is 8+ pins and I will be updating this post (I’ll link in the side bar) as I complete them. Woot! Let’s have some pining fun!

1. PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

2. Growing celery // This method also works on Brussels Sprouts and Bok Choy. YUM.

3. Shrimp. Yummy, yummy shrimp. // Seriously yummy. AND SO EASY!

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Stuff I Love Saturday (11)

April 28, 2012 Photos, Stuff I Love Saturday 9

– First thing I LOVE is you guys! Huge huge thanks to everyone who took the time to comment on my post about The Princess Bride on Thursday. I am so thankful you recognized the actually pain I feel at finding I have a problem with my favorite book. I’m still struggling a bit with it, but you made me feel so. much. better. LOVE you guys.

– My garden! I am loving my garden! I bought my herbs today, so once I get them in the ground and my potatoes and onions planted, I’m good to go for this season. I can’t WAIT for fresh tomatoes and basil! And baby peaches!

– Speaking of gardens, I found quite a few things I want to do in it on Pinterest this week. I’m dying to make one of these portable greenhouses. I also plan to make this homemade pest spray and this was made. for. me:

– Made some Rosemary Jelly with Orange and Lemon last night. It is so pretty! And really, really yummy. I was worried the rosemary would be overwhelming, but it’s really quite perfect. Time to make some more biscuits!

– Lastly, I am seriously craving some of this:

Also, FoodGawker is Teh Awesome.

Have a great weekend!

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Re-reviewing the Reread: The Princess Bride

April 26, 2012 Books 17

So, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but The Princess Bride is, like, my most favorite book ever. I have read it more times than I can count, ever since I was about 13 years old and discovered that my favorite movie was based on a book. As I am now 34, this means I’ve read this book dozens of times over, *gasp,* twenty years. I read my first copy to pieces (that drop in the bathtub did not help), then I treated myself to the shiny new hardback 25th anniversary edition when it came out and have read it to a nice wrinkle. This year, I decided to treat myself to the 3oth anniversary edition because AH! New material! Sweet!

I started reading it for the Once Upon a Time challenge and found myself blissfully happy to be in the company of Westley, Buttercup, Fezzik(!), Inigo, and Miracle Max. Then something inconceivable happened.

INCONCEIVABLE, I tell you.

I found I had a problem with the narrative. No, a character. One character, in particular.

And this is probably where I should tell you not to read any further if you haven’t read the book. You have been spoiler warned.

At first, I was all, “It’s okay, it will get better. You love this book. It’s going to be fine.”

Then I was all, “Yes, it’s a problem, but it is small. Nothing to get worked up over.”

By the end, I was fretting.

Yes, fretting.

Enough to cause a lifetime of wrinkles and you will have to read the book to get that reference.

My problem? My Problem?! My problem is Buttercup. Yes, she is beautiful and doesn’t really seem to know or care. Yes, she loves her Horse. And I keep telling myself this is satire, but she’s just so…so…dumb! Goldman constantly dumbs her down. And the way the men, ALL the men (except maybe Fezzik) (still love me some Fezzik) treat her like complete crap. And yes, I know it’s satire! BUT, and I mean BUT, why didn’t he give her one redeeming moment? The moment when it is completely apparent that it’s satire, that we are not to think of Buttercup as this BEAUTIFUL, perfect breasted, true loved, yet stupid, do-what-ever-you-say cow and can think for herself? And is actually kind of smart? Beyond what she learned in Royalty School? Because her only defining moment? Is using her fake Queen powers (because she’s not really Queen, is she) to order some men to let them by as they escape.

“And I,” Buttercup said. “I,” she repeated, standing up in the saddle, a creature of infinite beauty and eyes that were starting to grow frightening, “I,” she said for the third and last time, “am the QUEEEEEEEEEEEEN.”

There was no doubting her sincerity. Or power. Or capability for vengeance. She stared imperiously across the Brute Squad.

Buttercup shrugged, “I’ve been going to royality school three years now; something had to rub off.

Um.

Not exactly my idea of a great defining moment.

And it’s not like Goldman doesn’t try, but he struggles:

“you were already more beautiful than anything I dared to dream. In our years apart, my imaginings did their best to improve on you perfection. At night, your face was forever behind my eyes. And now I see that that vision who kept me company in my loneliness was a hag compared to the beauty now before me.” –Westley

Enough about my beauty.” Buttercup said. “Everybody always talks about how beautiful I am. I’ve got a mind, Westley. Talk about that.”

I honestly got to the point where if one more character pointed out how beautiful Buttercup is, I was going to scream. And that whole, I’ve got a mind part? I never really saw evidence of her actually using it, except to act confused!

And I still hate the way the men treated her. And yes, I know it’s satire. But this?

“Woman,” Westley roared, “you are the property of the Dread Pirate Roberts and you … do … what … you’re … told!”

No. Just… no. That is not okay, not even in satire.

OMG, is this because I’ve gotten older? And (perhaps) smarter myself, that this bothered me?

And it is still bothering me. It’s bothering me a lot. Because this is supposed to be, still, my favorite book in all the world and I want to read it again. Perhaps I need to read it again, right away, and look for what I need from this book, which is…. somewhere Buttercup becomes more than what she is. And I’m so afraid it’s not there. I’m so afraid it’s not there and oh my goodness, I’m about to cry over this, I am so distraught.

OR, by having Buttercup struggle to make the men notice that she DOES have some brains, is THAT where Goldman is trying to “say something?” Oh please, let that be IT! Yes, surely that IS it.

Someone help me. Any thoughts? Have you read The Princess Bride and been bothered by these same things? Should they be bothering me?

 

 

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Monday Rambles

April 23, 2012 Books 3

– Okay, who else has a book binge hangover thanks to the Read-a-thon? I STILL feel woozy. BUT IT IS TOTALLY WORTH IT.

– Due to the Readathon, I kinda missed doing another weekend of Stuff I Love stuff, so I’m going to mix some in again this week.

– I gave the girl my old Nook last week. She has been reading the first IVY & BEAN on it and “says” she wants to read THE SECRET GARDEN next. Be still my heart.

– The YARNAHOLIC in me is totally DYING to do make one of these. Is Ellie to old for one?

Is that not the cutest thing EVER?

– I *almost* picked up WILD by Cheryl Strayed during the Readathon. Now, Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness REALLY makes me wish I had. I have to fit it in soon!

– AUDIOBOOK WEEK IS COMING!!!! Woot!

– I wasn’t CRAZY about SHIP BREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi, but I now I really want to read THE DROWNED CITIES. Thanks a lot, Readventurer! Also, thanks for reviewing SILENTLY AND VERY FAST by Catherynne Valente. I officially need to read everything this woman has written.

– In case you didn’t believe me, you don’t necessarily need to be a child of the 80s, to enjoy READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline. Yay Trish!!

– Also, this is made of awesome:

Love 2Cellos!

 

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Readathon 2012 – Final Update

April 22, 2012 Books 3

And so, the end.

So? How was your Read-A-Thon? Mine was pretty good!

End of event meme;

Which hour was most daunting for you?

Round about midnight, the youngest padded in and wanted to be held. And so, I finally put my head down.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Graphic Novels are a Read-A-Thoner’s best friend.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

You ask this every year and the answer is still no! :D Maybe new end of event questions?? ;)

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

It always works well.

How many books did you read?

3.75

What were the names of the books you read?

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
Fable: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham
Lips Touch, Three Times by Laini Taylor

Which book did you enjoy most?

All were great. All were rereads except Lips Touch and it was great to revisit favorite characters, and meet a few new ones.

Which did you enjoy least?

None.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

I somehow did not sign up, even though I meant to. I’m actually glad I didn’t cheer this time, as it gave me more time to read.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I’ll be here every time I can manage it and I will probably be a reader.

Now, off to finish Lips Touch, Three Times. What a great book! I have no idea why I waited so long to read it!

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Readathon – Update 3

April 21, 2012 Books 3

Halfway there! Eek! Here’s the halfway point meme:

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?

Well…. now that you mention it…. *yawn*

2) What have you finished reading?

Graceling by Kristin Cashore and Fables: Volume 1 – Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham. 517 pages.
3) What is your favorite read so far?

Graceling, but just barely. LOVE that book, but, I mean, c’mon, it’s FABLES. If I manage to read all of them, that might change.

4) What about your favorite snacks?

Growing up, I loved to sit at my kitchen table with cheese doodles and Dr. Pepper. I don’t drink caffeine any more, so I can cheese balls (just as good, and crunchier!) and a Fanta Orange. *drool* Plus, hello! Nostalgia!

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!

I hate to admit it, but I haven’t had a lot of time to go blog hopping. I’ve been reading! I will catch up with all of them tomorrow, for sure!

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So, I’ve read two books. I’m about to start Animal Farm, and then I’ll move on; either to Fire by Kristin Cashore or Railsea by China Mieville (since I started that days ago anyway). Then I’ll alternate with Fables titles until I hit the hay. I’m not really THAT sleepy yet, so if I keep my head up, I should be good to go for a few more hours. Just have to keep my head up. Good night my dears, I’ll report one last time in the morning!

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Readathon 2012 – Update 2

April 21, 2012 Books 7

UPDATE #1

Finished with Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I’ve read 389 pages so far. Off to a couple of graphic novels and/or short stories.

Mini Challenges!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Sunny and beautiful North Carolina!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Well, it was Graceling, LOL. It was just as great as the first time I read it. Not sure about the rest yet. Maybe on to Fire.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

The bag of Chex Mix I bought. Yum!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Um…I like to read?

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I’m going to actually stay home. For, like, almost 24 hours. I’ve been out once and I AM DONE.

Back to reading!

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Readathon 2012

April 21, 2012 Books 5

Is it weird that I’ve had this weird “Cesar Flickerman” type voice in my head all morning, booming that it is “Dewey’s Read-a-Thon Today?” I don’t know what year readathon this is, so I can’t go it’s the 74th Annual Read-a-Thon!!!! *sigh* Wouldn’t it be something if people are doing this 60-some years from now?

I am such a nerd.

And, not for the first time, I’m wishing it started at 6:00 here instead of 8. I’m ready to go! What can I do with two hours? Huh? Huh? Bueller?

Forgive me, I’m a little weirder than usual this early in the morning.

Okay, so yeah, I’m ready to go this party started. I have my humogeous pile of books, I have snacks, I have music to play, I have no kids – for the time being, I’ll be reading with them later – the hubby is asleep for a few more hours…. Only thing I have to deal with is this whiny cat and the stupid dog who got out of his pen last night and ran in the stupid road and made my really really bad headache MUCH MUCH WORSE because I had to run my ass off to catch him.

*huff*

See, I told you I’m weirder in the morning.

Okay, so, I got an email from my service provider last night. Apparently MY SERVER is getting an update in the next 48 hours (how’s that for specific?), so it is entirely possible my blog will disappear for awhile. *grumble* WHY THIS WEEKEND? I know, right? At least I’ll have Twitter and Facebook.

I could have sworn I signed up to be a cheerleader, but, alas, I never got any emails about it, so I guess I didn’t. So I’ll be haphazardly cheering on my own. Watch out. Hopefully I’ll be fully awake soon.

At 8:00 (or so), I’ll be picking up Graceling by Kristin Cashore, as it is the only book I’ve been able to make stick the last few days. Isn’t that the best? Going into the Read-A-Thon with a slump hanging over your head? It may be a day of rereading. I shall, at least, see, and maybe you will too, if my blog behaves.

What are you reading today? What snacks are you eating? I need snack ideas.

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The Readathon Approacheth

April 19, 2012 Books 7

Ah, Dewey. You left us so many things to remember you by and this is my absolute favorite one. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Thank you, as always, for your giving and loving spirit.

Y’all! It is Read-A-THON time!!! Woot!

I hope to be going at it all day and I’m planning to rope the kids in as well. I gave my daughter my old Nook this week and it’s got a book on it for her too, with promises for more if she finishes it. I will be reporting, of course.

Here is my massive pile (of course) of books. Any recommendations?

  • Among Others by Jo Walton
  • Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  • Castle Waiting by Linda Medley
  • Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Returning by Christine Hinwood
  • The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  • Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest trail by Cheryl Strayed
  • Railsea by China Mieville (already reading this anyway)
  • Hotey by Josephine Bailey
  • The Earthquake Machine by Mary Pauline Mowry
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
  • Red Glove by Holly Black
  • Fables by Bill Willingham (starting with Vol 1 and going on til I stop)
  • All the Shannon Hales I haven’t read yet (Enna Burning, The Goose Girl, The Princess Academy [can I read this with Ellie?])
  • Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan (Seems a good time for a reread)
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore (gotta great ready for Bitterblue!!!!)
  • Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
  • Fallen by Lauren Kate
  • Revolution by Jennifer Donnolley
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  • The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
  • Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
  • Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck
  • Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
  • The Boneshaker by Kate Milford
  • Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  • Sabriel by Garth Nix
  • Abhorsen by Garth Nix
  • Lirael by Garth Nix

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