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Books to FALL into – 2011
Pardon the pun, but the Piers Anthony/Robert Aspirin fan in me just cannot resist them! It’s already October, so I thought I’d best organize my book queue for the fall and let everyone in on it.  And so….. Fall 2011 Must Read Books *   The Parasol Protectorate Trilogy, by Gail Carriger. “The Parasol Protectorate books are comedies of manners set in Victorian London: full of vampires, dirigibles, and tea. They are Jane Austen doing urban fantasy…” For the record this series has also been highly praised by my sister, who is a fellow bibliophile.  I just uploaded it to my Nook today! *   On Killing: the Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society, Lt. Dave Grossman. This looks to be a fascinating book about the cost to society of training soldiers to overcome human beings’ natural aversion to killing. Grossman connects the dots between the wars our country has engaged in, as well as violent statistics in our country. *   Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell. Yes, I’ve read this book too many times. However, it is a wonderful romance illustrating the ever important “grass is greener” issue, and paints a perfect portrait of a woman who does whatever needs to be done to take care of her family. *   Inheritance, Christopher Paolini. The 4th and (supposedly) final book in the Inheritance trilogy. I absolutely fell in love with the book Eragon, and was as deeply disappointed as the rest of you with the awful film adaptation.  Although in my personal opinion the second two books could have used a much heaver hand with the editing, I’m still hooked on the series and am early anticipating the final book in the series.... Permalink
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Why Do We Hide the Things We Use Most?
Officially added to the list of Why Do I Put These Things Away is clear packing tape. It has taken almost three years for me to accept that S. is to books what Godzilla was to Japan.  She eats them, destroys them, and only then will deign to read the ones that have passed (a.k.a. survived) the meal-time/destruction litmus test.  It has become just another glaring example to Husband and me that children are who they are, with parental influence affecting probably 25% of the final product.  L. and S. have been raised the same way regarding books, and though L. was able to handle the responsibility of paper books by one year, S. does not seem to be gifted in that same particular area. Today we added Lyle the Crocodile to the ever growing pile of paperback books that need to be repaired.  Also temporarily retired to said pile are Tangled, Madeline,  The Aristocats, Robin Hood, Little Cottontail, and Ask Mr. Bear.  And every day, as I look at that pile, I wonder where in the world I put the clear packing tape, and why on earth I didn’t leave it in a more reasonable place.  Like on top of the refrigerator:  always in sight, and always available. Why Do I Put These Things Away seems to be a growing list, and currently includes the measuring tape, the seam ripper, Husband’s Swiss Army Knife, my Nook charger, lotion (which must be hidden from S.), and the flashlights. My computer is about to die, and it appears I’ve put away the charger.  Hmmmmmm, I guess I may have another addition for my list…      ... Permalink
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Must Read Books for Summer 2011
Subject to change at a moment’s notice, and certainly not all-inclusive, here is my list of Must Read Books for Summer 2011.  Some of these are books I have just finished, and others are on my “up next” list.  As it is only May 31, I’ll be updating this all summer long. One Day, David Nicholls “K., you’ve got to read One Day.” “Okay, give me the title of the book.” “No, the title of the book IS One Day.” Haha.  Seriously, though, other than some sort of Abbott & Costello schtick, this was a wonderful story.  Character development, wonderful descriptions, and a premise I fell in love with.  It’s also going to be a movie soon, starring none other than Anne Hathaway. A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin The first book in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire trilogy, and a must read even if you aren’t following the new series on HBO.  There are a ridiculously large amount of characters and families, so don’t be afraid to Wikipedia if you get confused. The Help, Kathryn Stockett This was recommended to me by so many people that I almost felt guilty about not reading it.  And yet, in the same way that I thumbed my nose at an iPod for so long (which I now couldn’t live without), I felt sure that if so many people were recommending it I was sure to be disappointed.  Fear not!  Darkly comedic, dramatic, and at times stomach wrenching, The Help is a book everyone should pick up before the movie comes out on August 12. Bossypants, Tina Fey This is in my “to read next” pile, preferably in audiobook (which would make it “listen to next”), at the express wishes of my dear sister. Pox:  An American History, Michael Willrich... Continue Reading
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