Archive for the 'books' Category

the mystery box

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

One day this week, I drove to work, parked, and noticed that a Mystery Box had appeared in our parking lot. Just a random box, full of books, sitting in one of the spaces. (Watching Doctor Who as a child taught me a LOT about mysterious objects, so I gave the Mystery Box a wide […]

April book report

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

For April’s book o’ the month, I read ‘Must Have Been Something I Ate,” by Peggy Kotsopoulos. On a purely tactile level, I liked this one! The pages are all glossy and thick — very enjoyable to read. Other than that, I had some trouble getting into it, so I actually started from the back […]

February book review: Five to Thrive

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

(Since I’m guessing there’s probably more than one book with this title out in the world, this is the one by Lise N. Alschuler and Karolyn A. Gazella.) Finished this one early, since I keep reading to put off writing. Plus, it wasn’t super-engaging, so I was worried I might get bored and never come […]

book report

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

One of my goals this year is to read 12 books. (One per month-ish, as one does.) Because I have these books, right? And it’s not like I *don’t* want to read them, I just never seem to actually get around to it. And there’s also the handy social interaction factor of being able to […]

adventures in epub

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

I posted before about what I’m calling “classics project” on my to-do list — basically, trying to get some of my favorite fics onto my nook, for easier access to their awesomeness. It’s a lot slower going than I’d hoped it would be. I’ve been using a combination of Instapaper, GrabMyBooks, and Calibre, with somewhat […]

that bookstore video

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

The Joy of Books Created by the Ohlenkamps and their team of volunteers, this is one of those videos that makes me smile, even as I think, ‘god, I hope my boss never asks me to volunteer for something like that.’

advent update

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

So far I’ve been doing well with the “one a day” plan for advent, though I am somewhat concerned that I’ve done all the easy ones first. Also, “make a crafty decoration” became “make a crafty gift,” but I thought those were pretty interchangeable. Today I have the morning off, so I figured, “Why not […]

Badger – keeper of stories

Monday, September 5th, 2011

From Animal Speak, by Ted Andrews (a quote from Crow and Weasel by Barry Lopez): “I would ask you to remember only this one thing,” said Badger. “The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they […]

book review: The Forever War

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

One of my coworkers gave me this book (The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman) and said I might like it. Then he kept asking if I’d read it, which apparently is the best way to get me to do something. Finally I read it last night just so I could start saying yes. 1. If […]

“I’ve read that fanfic!”

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Romance novels are like packaged snack cakes for me — delicious and tempting, yet somewhat embarrassing to be seen reading (or eating). I just got some new ones, thanks to the ginormous yard sale the next town over, and was struck by one book’s similarity to fanfic. Ways A 2007 Romance Novel Was Just Like […]