Sunday, January 29, 2012

Week in Review (4)

Random Thoughts

I am actually proud of my week even though I still didn't finish as many books as I would hope to have. I read poetry, short stories, and essays. Those are goals I have ever year that tend to get neglected, so hopefully I can keep up the momentum. The poetry is for the poetry day I am co-hosting with Lu from Regular Ruminations. For those of you that need a reminder that day is Tuesday and you can read all the details on the original post. Mr. Linky will be at Lu's blog this time around. I look forward to seeing all the posts!

On the other hand, I haven't had a time to do many things I would like to have done. I am desperately behind on blog-hopping, so hi to all the people that read this post. I should hopefully get some time tonight or tomorrow to catch-up a bit. What is everyone else up to lately? In my household it is an obsession with Walk off The Earth. The guy has been watching and listening to them obsessively. And, since I agree it is pretty cool here is their most recent video that is getting them all the attention:

Isn't it cool? And, they are Canadian... Canadians are just very talented. I look forward to seeing what they do next. I think there is a lot of pressure on them to top this video. They were even on Ellen. YouTube has definitely changed the world. They have lots of video but it is only their more recent stuff that has really stood apart from everything.

Challenge News

Nothing I finished this week counts for any specific challenges.

Weekly Reads

I read Volumes 4, 5, and 6 of Scott Pilgrim this week. Do you know what that means? I FINISHED A SERIES! In January no less. That's a great start to the year... I still am not a huge fan of the series, but overall it was a lot of fun and I am glad I got a chance to finish it. I think it helped to read the last few books in close succession. (Library)

I have seen this book around the blogosphere amidst lots of praise. And, I have to say, this book was very interesting! I actually want to read more books along the same idea because I think it would be fun (and helpful) to have a better memory. What I need is a way to remember characters names from books because I am terrible with that. I almost always have to check back when I go to write a review. Isn't that terrible? Obviously the memory idea is not going to be helpful with where you parked your car (or actually what car you are driving) or where you placed your wallet, but it is a very interesting subject. Does any one have any suggestions on books on a similar subject?

The very wonderful and sweet Debi sent me a copy of this book for Christmas and I actually read it! I have other gifts that have resided on my TBR pile for way too long. It's nice to read things in a timely fashion. If I did that all the time, though, I wouldn't have a TBR pile. Do you know I can still remember when my pile was little? Anyway, I would love to say that I loved this collection, but the stories ranged. I will do a more detailed review very soon. (Personal Copy)

Currently Reading:
The New Space Opera 2 
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Gender Outlaws edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Berman
Naked by David Sedaris
Kiss of Death by Jennifer Echols
The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Weekly Posts

What are you Listening to Wednesday - Week 10
Tuning in on Thursday - Week 11 and Friday Reads 4th Edition

New Additions

Scott Pilgrim's Greatest Hour (Volume 6) by Bryan Lee O'Malley (Read)
Scott Pilgrim vs the Univers(Volume 5) by Bryan Lee O'Malley (Read)
Below Stairs by Margaret Powell
Gender Outlaws edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Berman

The Golden Hour by Margaret Wurtele (Penguin)
Paris My Sweet by Amy Thomas (Sourcebooks)

At Large and at Small: Confessions of a Hedonist by Anne Fadiman

Second-Hand Store (Using Credit): (Yes, I had a lot of fun with it this week...)
Civil Campaign: A Vorkosigan Adventure by Lois McMaster Bujold
Cordelia's Honor: A Vorkgosigan Adventure by Lois McMaster Bujold
Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch
Grass by Sheri S. Tepper
The Sons of Heaven: A Company Novel by Kage Baker
Diplomatic Immunity: A Vorkogsigan Adventure by Lois McMaster Bujold
Barrayer by Lois McMaster Bujold
Fate's Edge: A Novel of the Edge by Ilona Andrews
In the Garden of Iden: A Company Novel by Kage Baker
MemoryA Vorkosigan Novel by Lois McMaster Bujold
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Rasputin's Daughter by Robert Alexander
The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller by Jeff Rubin


  1. So excited (and nervous!) to see the turnout we get on Tuesday! I also love your new blog design. It's beautiful :)

  2. I also cannot remember character names for the life of me. :)

  3. I just finished listening to Moonwalking With Einstein and just loved it. I actually used the memory palace to memorize a list of 15 random words in order. So far, it is working and I'm seeing if I'll remember them after a week. I just loved it and was inspired by it!

    1. I want to try the memory palace a bit. I haven't yet, though...

  4. Sounds like you've been doing a lot of reading even if you aren't finishing lots of books. I can't wait to hear what you think about The Golden Hour!

    1. I am looking forward to reading The Golden Hour. :)

  5. Holy Crap. That's a lot of books!! You totally amaze me with your reading! I never read Scott Pilgrim, though I did see the movie. I think i would have liked it better if they cast ANYONE besided Michael Cera. He annoys the hell out of me. I almost cried when I found out he was playing Nick Twist in Youth in Revolt!! Otherwise, a fabulous movie!

    1. The movie was cute. It wasn't insanely memorable, though.

  6. rad
    new folower
    i stumbled upon
    wicked banner


  7. Oops, I was digging the song and it stopped when I hit the comment box. :(

    YAY for 1Q84?

    I'm hoping to do a poetry post tomorrow. :)

    oh - and if you write me a letter, I'll write you a letter back.

  8. Thanks for putting up my Dystopian Feb badge! I'm excited you're excited :)

  9. I read the Scott Pilgrim series in 2010 and don't think I totally understood it.

    1. I don't really think I get the big deal of it...

  10. OMG I left you a long comment on this post yesterday :( Where'd it go :( T_T

  11. Dammit. Blogger ate my comment! Try again

    I have both The Golden Hour and Paris My Sweet too.

    I feel that I should mention that the original singer of that song is Australian...well Belgian/Australian at least! lol

    1. That is so annoying!

      haha, yes, I know. :)

  12. Wow, that is a lot of books! I hope they're all wonderful!

  13. I love the Walk Off the Earth video! I saw it on FB and added it to my favorites folder so I can watch it whenever I need to smile.

    Great haul of books! I'm curious about Paris My Sweet. I've seen it mentioned a lot this past week.

    1. It's great, huh? I hope they go far!

      I am looking forward to Paris My Sweet, too!

  14. Congrats on finishing a series. I definitely haven't done that yet this year! And I'm not, actually, even close. *hangs head*

    What fun you must have had with the credit-spending: some great finds there!

    1. I keep starting new ones, though...

      Yes, it was lots of fun!


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