Sunday, June 20, 2010


So this post comes about four months after my last one and isn't at all what I promised (though I am still planning to do the top 8 rundown.)

However, with school out and my classroom packed up, I finally have a second to blog! I've also had a few seconds (okay, four days) in which to read read read!!!! (Normally I might get annoyed with myself for using extra exclamation points, but reading is deserving of them, in my opinion.)

Since school let out, I've been to the pool three times and been in the water exactly zero times. I was actually going to go in yesterday when I got to a good stopping point in my book, but there was an unfortunate accident in the baby pool, and since both pools are on one system, they closed the water. So I kept my nose in my book.

I'm in the middle of a few books, but I cast all those aside when I was invited to a book discussion for Scott Westerfield's Leviathan. I was very excited to be able to attend (since so many things occur when I am working) and it was the perfect excuse to read Leviathan, which had been sitting in a box since I bought it back in *mumbles.*

At any rate, I read it in four hours, spent another hour brushing up on the real history of pre-WWI Eastern Europe, and now I can't wait for Behemoth. Unfortunately, amazon says I must. Curses.

So then I tried to get back into The Book Thief. I still can't decide if I like it. The choice of narrator, in my opinion, is brilliant, as is all the play with colors and nuances of color, but I can't quite bring myself to love it. That's probably why it's taking me so long to read it. But I read a few pages of it.

Then I remembered a lonely little amazon box that held Garth Nix's Abhorsen trilogy. I unshrink-wrapped it (new verbs are fun, right?) but then saw another book in the box--one I'd placed in my cart because I'd heard of it and it got me free shipping. Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games.

Could. Not. Put. It. Down. (Except when I drove home from the pool and when I paused partway through to order its sequel from amazon and to discover the third part doesn't come out until the fall. GRRRRR.) Within minutes of finishing, I downloaded Kindle for PC from amazon and ordered the Kindle version of Catching Fire, which pretty much means I can't complain about the government's fiscal irresponsibility for at least a month. Still. Totally worth it. Finished it this morning.

NOW I have to wait for Mockingjay. Curses again.

In the mean time, perhaps I'll try WRITING something. :P


  1. So glad you liked Hunger Games and Catching Fire! And you're lucky, you know—you only have to wait a couple of months for Mockingjay. August 24th! August 24th!! But seriously, those are the most un-put-down-able books ever!!

    Good luck with the writing something!

  2. Thanks, Joanna! August 24th seems a ridiculously long time away, though. :(

    I did actually write something. I have 3800 words of the fourth book in what's turning out to be a (at least for me, probably not ever for anyone else) series. Yay! How are you doing?

  3. True, but it's certainly not as far away as it was last summer when I read them!!

    Go you, way to write lots of words! I'm doing pretty well-ish. Revising the novel I wrote in March and progress is going SLOW, mostly because I keep putting it off…

  4. Yay! You're back! Glad to see you're also writing, we missed you.

  5. Joanna, you are correct. However, I'm well practiced in waiting for books to come out (albeit impatiently.) Harry Potter...Forest Born...A Conspiracy of Kings...Sigh. Waiting is hard.

    Catherine, thanks! I'm glad to be back. Thanks for commenting!