Monday, January 19, 2009

Monday Musings

Books finally came in for me at the library! It apparently takes a week for movement from one branch to another... That's crazy! Three more are in movement right now, so maybe tomorrow? I am going to have to stay off the library web site. I brought three books home and then requested four more! I do have books of my own to read, so I will have to block the site for a month or something... Anyway, I got:

Only in Canada, You Say: A Treasury of Canadian Language by Katherine Barber
Birds of a Feather: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear
The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

I have already started the Barber book. I find it really interesting! Words or phrases that I hear or use all the time are Canadianisms. I am not sure if that is how you would spell that if it was a word, but anyway! I highlighted a few interesting ones, so hopefully I can have a discussion of this book when I review it. I want to hear other countries impressions of both whether they are only Canadian and if you think we are crazy for saying them! (And, yes, this goes beyond eh!).

Then, I got two books in the mail on Friday and never mentioned them:
A Member of the Family by Cesar Millan (I read his other two books in 2007, I think)
Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier (a companion book to Wildwood Dancing which I read in 2007, too, I think.)

Today, I won a book. Yay!
The New Space Opera edited by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan

Thanks Carl!

Speaking of Carl. The books I requested from the library?
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby (Nymeth is quite the fangirl)
Castle Waiting by Linda Medley
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
The Starry Rift edited by Jonathan Strahan (This is why the Carl reference. He told me I should get this, so I did! Actually, it came up when I was looking for Uglies and I figured that meant it was looking for me...)

Anyway, I should probably vacuum. I have been putting it off for like 3 hours now!


  1. Congrats! Looks like you have busy reading week(s) ahead!

  2. Yeah! I am looking forward to all the good books I have to read. :)

  3. This is why I don't go to the library, lol. I think it's bad now...I would never get my TBR pile down if I did that! I would however, save money. If I ever get this TBR pile down though, I think I'll start going to the library!

  4. Well, this would save me from buying books... I am trying to hardly buy any this year for obvious financial reasons! But, yeah, I am already requesting too many books!

  5. Fun, I'm looking forward to hearing more about the Canadianisms. :P

  6. I am trying to post my reviews in order, so it will be a little bit! I did write the review, because the book has to go back to the library, but the post won't be until after the ones that come before it!

  7. Enjoy your new books! And you requested some great ones too. I want to get Cybele's Secret too, but I need to read Wildwood Dancing first :P

  8. Thanks, Nymeth! I only recently began to notice how much you influence my TBR pile. ha ha. Wildwood Dancing was good. I am looking forward to the next one. :)

  9. Wow lots of good stuff there! I'm really interested in reading the Cesar Millan books and I'm waiting very impatiently for Polysyllabic Spree (Nymeth's review made me want this one so much)

  10. Why vacuum when you have books waiting for you right? :)

    I hope you like the Maisie Dobbs book. I'm anxiously waiting the release of the latest installment!

  11. Joanne: Cesar Millan's books are pretty good. I am looking forward to the new one! I am waiting for the Polysyllabic Spree too, I imagine it will be a while before it comes in!

    Iliana: Exactly! I am almost done the Maisie Dobbs book and I quite enjoyed it! I am going to request the next one as soon as I finish it. :)

  12. I'm looking forward to what you think of the Barber book when you're finished it - there were many words in there I didn't realize were not only just Canadianisms, but were specific to one region in Canada. (I think Stag & Doe was one of them, which we use all the time here.) Definitely can't wait to read your review on that one. :)

  13. Court: I thought you were where I got the recommendation from, but I wasn't sure. There were a lot of words that I had no idea were only Canadian. It really surprised me!


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