Adventures in Reading

Bookends: Oh the challenges!

I’ve given up on the Newbery Project. I read the first few pages of the Dark Frigate by C.B. Hawes and proceeded to moan and groan. After looking over the Newbery list, as commendable as it may be, I realized there wasn’t really anything that I wanted to read or that I had read and been terribly impressed with. Saying this, I feel like I’m tripping a small child, but I might return to another children’s award reading challenge like the Amelia Bloomer Project.

I would like to thank and congratulate Heather over at BookAddiction for being my first participant of my Bookmooch via Blogging. If you haven’t heard previously, I end my book comments with a conclusion that includes the books I’m adding to Bookmooch. If the book interests you, leave a comment with your Bookmooch username and I’ll reserve the book for you.

I’ve also been finding some discrepancies within my “Year in Review 2008” list, which is a little annoying and goes to show my poor recording skills. (Or just poor recollection: I’ve just spent the last 30-minutes hunting my misplaced copy of Dracula!)


Bookends: Adventures in Reading
September 22, 2008, 11:30 am
Filed under: maintenance, thoughtful | Tags: , ,

I’m “posting” this on September 18th though it won’t show up for a few days. But since September 14th I’ve had no electricity, which hasn’t been too bad but definitely has some frustrations: no laptop use for writing papers, no well-lit areas to read, and cooking in the dark has resulted in a lot of unnecessary eating out. Hopefully by the time this post appears that magic wand of electricity will touch the circuits of my humble abode.

Blog wise a lot has been going on at Adventures in Reading: the layout has been tweaked with a new banner I am particularly taken with, I’ve poorly utilized Flickr to display some of the books I’ve read, I’ve hooked up an RSS feed to display some of my favorite posts (see if you’re on the list!), my Links have been moved to a separate page for the sake of tidiness, and I also had a brief mad bout of trying to link my reviews to other reviews with a modicum of success.

Bookends: School Days

Did I ever get around to mentioning that classes started? I have another round of Spanish (and have been appreciating Out of the Blue’s posts on Spanish learning tools) and am also taking a course on writing center theory into practice. Both courses are keeping me quite busy, which unfortunately distracts me from reading. Every now and then I walk by my growing TBR stack (now with two new ARCs) and I cringe. I’m tempted to dismember it, but there are so many books on it that I want to read!

I’ve also started a second job, which was interesting (and rather amusing) because during the application process I had to sign a terrorist exclusion page to ensure my future employers that I am not a terrorist. So readers be assured that I checked “no” in all of the appropriate boxes and Adventures in Reading continues to be ran by a terrorist-free personage.

P.S. I am waiting with great anticipation for the 2008 Best American Short Stories edited by Salman Rushdie.