Thursday, July 26, 2007

Not Harry Potter-Related

Well, not much anyway. Everyone has talked about it so much now (Colleen had some great posts and comments on her blog), I don't need to repeat it. It was a wonderful book, a perfect end to the story; I read it all in one 10-hour sitting on Saturday. And though I was sad it's over, I'm looking forward to reading all the books again sometime soon.

In other reading news, I just had another bout of my Mafia obsession. Finished Wiseguy and The Last Mafioso, which I picked up at a recent garage sale. Wiseguy was great; it's the book on which the movie GoodFellas is based. The Last Mafioso was only okay -- I was a bit dubious as to how someone could so distinctly remember word-for-word conversations that were 30 or more years old.

I've moved on to the delightful Sex with the Queen. It's such a guilty pleasure -- a little bit of history along with some very scandalous details.

Hope to have some crafting news soon; I'm back to knitting and have another new craft I'm working on.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Woo Hoo!

According to, my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is currently in Detroit, having left Maumee, Ohio, yesterday. I still think there's a chance I may get it today. Can UPS really deliver the millions of pre-ordered copies in one day? Are they as good as Santa Claus?

I didn't want to go to a store to buy it tomorrow. I'm rather deathly afraid of mean people yelling out spoilers. So I will go on a media blockade, probably starting later today. No more Web, no more TV -- I'll probably even avoid the paper tomorrow morning.

I'll be back next week to blog about the book like everybody else. Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Beware the Web!

Attention all Harry Potter fans -- You probably want to avoid the Web as much as possible in the next few days. USA Today is reporting that someone allegedly photographed pages of The Deathly Hallows and put it on the Web. I was browsing through StumbleUpon yesterday, and happened on a plain text page that seemed to contain spoilers. I'm not sure if it's true or not -- as soon as I realized what it was, I changed the page. But I may have found out key plot details accidentally (let's just say I really hope what I read is wrong). So watch where you travel on the Web!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Adding to the Stash

It's been about six months since my last trip to one of my local second-hand bookstores. I got eight books for about $28, and that includes a trade paperback and a Virago Modern Classic. The full list:

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. I read The Moonstone (again) last year and I've heard about The Woman in White many times.

Tom Jones by Henry Fielding. Seems like something I should read given that I was an English major. And my boss highly recommended it.

The First Man in Rome. Thanks to Siew for the reminder about Colleen McCullough's series about Julius Caeser. I was very disappointed that they only had one of the series of six, but at least it was the first one. I'll be checking out Half.Com for the rest.

This Side of Paradise and Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I really haven't read enough 20th century literature, so I think it's time. I'd had enough Fitzgerald in school (from reading The Great Gatsby three times in about 18 months), but I think it's finally been long enough that I can try some more.

Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger. When I've had my fill with Fitzgerald and Collins for awhile, this will be a nice bit of fluff to cleanse the palate.

The Blush by Elizabeth Taylor, a Virago Modern Classic. I wouldn't even know about Elizabeth Taylor or Viragos if it weren't for Danielle. I'm looking forward to a book I otherwise wouldn't have picked up.

Sex With the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers and Passionate Politics by Eleanor Herman. Really, isn't the title enough just to make you want to pick it up and check it out? In this case, I read the author's Sex With Kings, and it was quite intriguing. This looks to be the same. Even better? It was a trade paperback with a 10-page color center insert for only $5.00!

Still a little ways to go with Caeser. But it's going to be hard not to pick up one of these before I do!

Also -- I've finally updated my blogroll. Check out some of the really cool blogs I'm reading.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Reading, But Not Blogging

Well, I'm keeping up with reading lots and lots of blogs, but writing my own seems to have fallen by the wayside. Work has been pretty busy the last couple of weeks and grad school sucks up an enormous amount of time.

But -- I start vacation on the 4th and my current class ends this Saturday. So hopefully I can get back to some regular blogging.

In reading, I'm still slogging my way through Caeser. It's interesting, though a bit dry. I have to say, most of my knowledge of Caeser comes from Cleopatra or Rome -- neither of which are very reliable sources. Plus, both of those really only deal with the last few years of Caeser's life. Right now, Caeser is campaigning his way through Gaul (I just love the names Romans gave to parts of what is now modern-day France -- wouldn't it be cool to say "Yes, I live in Transalpine Gaul."?) Yes, I know, I'm a geek.

Caeser was dry enough that I needed a break. I tend not to do that, because there's a strong likelihood that after my break, I don't go back to the book I was reading. I was once halfway through War and Peace and stopped to take a break. Big mistake. Anyway, I polished off Stephen King's Night Shift in the last few days. Stephen King was really one of the first "adult" writers that I read. Reading these short stories again was pleasantly nostalgic -- and really creepy at the same time. The man sure knows how to scare the bejeebers out of his readers.