Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Catching Up On Books & Movies

Well, it has been AGES since I blogged books or movies. I haven't actually watched much in the way of movies, but tonight the General and I had JesusCamp delivered to our door, courtesy of NetFlix, and I must say, it was un-freakin'-believable. If you want to be scared out of your wits about something that is actually going on today, go rent JesusCamp. And the cinematography was beautiful. Absolutely stunning video.

I haven't been keeping as close an eye on my reading this time around--least ways not in terms of writing up the little book reviews. I started doing it and then I determined it got in the way of my reading time, so I quit. Reading has been a really good escape for me this year in a number of ways, and I would rather just sit and read than to worry about what I'm going to write about the book afterwards.

So, if you noticed over to the right, I have a box that continuously updates as I enter a book as "Read, 2008". It doesn't show every book, as it only has 4 screens of up to 6 books, but it does a good job of showing you the most recent books I've read anyway.

So far this year, I've read 44 books. I'm frankly stunned by that number. I had ZERO intention of reading 100 this year, but it seems like when I'm not reading, I'm at loose ends as to what I can do with myself and my spare time. So, here's what I've read so far, and I'm putting my favorites for the year in BOLD PRINT. :-) And if I have any comments about a particular book, I'll put that in parenthesis after the title.

  • How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less by Nicholas Boothman (Fascinating, absolutely fascinating book, I read it only recently, so I'll have to report back on its efficacy after I practice it)
  • TTYL by Lauren Myracle
  • Bobbie Faye's Very (Very, Very, Very) Bad Day by Toni McGee Causey
  • Bitsy's Bait & BBQ by Pamela Morsi
  • Footnote Washington by Bryson B. Rash
  • The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell by Loraine Despres
  • Don't Kiss Them Goodbye by Alison DuBois
  • Tell Me Lies by Jennifer Crusie
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfield
  • Secrets of My Suburban Life by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (a new favorite--THANKS, NICOLE!)
  • Songs Without Words by Ann Packer
  • The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares
  • 84 Charing Cross by Helene Hanff (always a favorite--THANKS, LESLEY!)
  • The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
  • Oh My Stars by Lorna Landvik
  • The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Queen of the Oddballs And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording to Plan by Hillary Carlip
  • The Summerhouse by Jude Devereaux
  • A Very Brady Guide to Life: Groovy Solutions to Life's Most Puzzling Dilemmas by Jennifer Briggs (lame, lame, lame--used from the 90s movies, not the TV show)
  • Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey
  • I'm Proud of You: My Relationship with Fred Rogers by Tim Madigan (OMG, what a tear jerker!!! You have been warned!)
  • Flirting With Pete by Barbara Delinsky
  • Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg
  • Roses are Red by James Patterson
  • The Other Woman by Jane Green
  • Mortified 2: Love is a Battlefield by David Nadelberg
  • Mortified: Real People. Real Words. Real Pathetic. by David Nadelberg (Laugh out loud hilarity--and God do I wish I could say I couldn't relate at all, but I could relate all too well)
  • The Mystery of Mr. Nice by Bruce Hale
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Ghost Girl by Tori Hayden (forget a grain, read it with a box of salt)
  • Knitting Under the Influence by Claire LaZebnick
  • Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography by Lemony Snicket
  • Name All the Animals by Alison Smith
  • Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich
  • The Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life by Cecile Andrews
  • Good Grief by Lolly Winston (really starting to love her!)
  • The Year My Life Went Down the Loo by Katie Maxwell
  • Daredevil Vol. 3: Wake Up by Brian Michael Bendis
  • Dishwasher by Pete Jordan
  • How to Make Your Man Behave in 21 Days or Less Using the Secrets of Professional Dog Trainers by Karen Salmansohn
  • The Seven Lively Sins: How to Enjoy Your Life, Dammit! by Karen Salmansohn
  • Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailkis
  • Quickie Stickies: 100 Pick-Me-Ups for When You're Feeling Unglued by Karen Salmansohn

So, that's them. I'm currently in the middle of a bunch of books and am excited to find myself reading a lot of memoirs and nonfiction this year. It's quite a change!

3 pearl(s) of wisdom:

Talmadge G. said...

Re Tim Madigan's book about Mr. Rogers: Pull up this YouTube video of Fred Rogers testifying before a Senate hearing in 1969. At first, it's easy to snicker at how he sounds versus the jadedness around him. That doesn't last. You will see Mr. Rogers, whose real-life mannerisms aren't that different from his TV side, put a gruff, a-hole Senator in his place, all but moving him to tears ... and convinces him to restore the PBS funding that Congress was planning on taking away.

You cannot walk away from this video without a solemn awe for this man. We can make fun of Mr. Rogers all we want (and I have, and probably always will), however you have to acknowledge the good he's done in this world.

I met MRS. Rogers while she was in Troy for a piano recital early in 2000. She is truly sweet and talks just like Fred did.

--Talmadge "Trying to flag down a trolley" Gleck

nettiemac said...

I grew up in a denomination that was like the kind of church stuff shown in "Jesus Camp" ..... only my mother never did send me to the church's youth camps in the summer (only a week, but still). She sensed that I would be utterly MISERABLE there, and she was right: I would have been. And so she played up the things I wouldn't be able to do there that I could do at home; mostly, all the silly stuff our church practiced that we didn't. Heretics, we were.....

I haven't thanked her enough.

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...