All I Want For Christmas Is a Better Goodreads

If I could get a present from the internet this year, I would want a Goodreads that allows for more finely-tuned tracking of the books I've read. Options like "I read this book more than once this year" would be a great start. A separate track for tracking audiobooks that puts them in the aggregate … Continue reading All I Want For Christmas Is a Better Goodreads

Parallel Worlds, and other adventures

This morning, I couldn't sleep. So in the perfect silence of early morning, I finally finished PARALLEL WORLDS by Michio Kaku. It's taken me over a month to read - dense stuff, but mind-blowing. I've never been stellar at math or science, but I've always loved thinking about the universe and how tiny we are … Continue reading Parallel Worlds, and other adventures

The 2014 Round-up: books read

For years I've been all like "oh I wish I had kept a record of all the books I've read so I could look back at the lifetime list and be smug about it," but I never got around to keeping track. I tried spreadsheets a couple times, but they never stuck. Then, last December, … Continue reading The 2014 Round-up: books read

summer reading list

I've finally put together my summer reading list. I doubt I'll get through all the books over the summer - the only way I could do that is if I still had summer vacations which, alas, disappeared after college. Here's the list: Daggerspell, Katharine Kerr - this isn't normally something I would have picked up, because … Continue reading summer reading list

ignoring the obvious solution?

I just found my way from the Paris Review blog to a story about an organization who has made what is, to me, a rather confusing decision. Basically, a book club with a long history is breaking up because of low membership. Despite their recruiting efforts, they can't round up enough people to support the … Continue reading ignoring the obvious solution?

so far behind

You guys, I'm so far behind. Sorry! My coworker and friend is LEAVING me for another job (for a better commute), so I've been consumed in panic and stress trying to wrap my head around the circus of insanity that I'll be taking over from her. Quick update - I finished Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. … Continue reading so far behind

a new adventure from the stacks

Last night I finally finished House of Leaves. I liked Navidson's story, and I wish it had just been that narrative; I didn't mind Zampano so much, but Johnny Truant's interjections and long-winded stories about hookers and insanity just felt like academic masturbation in three-page footnotes. The only thing I liked about him were his mother's letters. … Continue reading a new adventure from the stacks

house of annoying

So, I'm up to chapter 10 in House of Leaves. GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHG. It's a frustrating book. Now, I did a lot of research in school, and I've loved reading Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels for years, nigh on a decade, so footnotes don't scare me. The problem I have is that whatever is causing the book to … Continue reading house of annoying

Er mah gehrd

Hwaet! I'm very excited about this: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2013/02/beowulf-online.html Old English is still my favorite dead language, even though I'm WAY out of practice in translating it, which in college I did for fun first and credit second. Oh how I fell in love with medieval language. So to see pages from Beowulf is a big deal. … Continue reading Er mah gehrd

house of leaves

I've just started reading House of Leaves - I like it so far. I'm definitely drawn in by the storytelling, and I'm tempted to try to track down all the references in the footnotes, though I'm guessing it would be a waste of time since I've pretty much already been told by the book that it's … Continue reading house of leaves