avanta7: (BookWorms)
The Working Poor by David K. Shipler
The Great Influenza by John M. Barry
Futureland by Walter Mosley
The Mantra by Dmitry Radyshevsky
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Language Police by Diane Ravitch
Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, et.al.
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
Codex by Lev Grossman
What's the Matter with Kansas by Thomas Frank
Death Comes as Epiphany by Sharan Newman
The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett
Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
Angelica by Sharon Shinn
Year Zero by Jeff Long
Three Women by Marge Piercy
Ferocious Romance by Donna Minkowitz
Being Methodist in the Bible Belt by F. Belton Joyner, Jr.
Thunderhead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
Legends 3 edited by Robert Silverberg
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Second Nature by Alice Hoffman
Gone for Good by Harlan Coben
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Plague Tales by Ann Benson
O Jerusalem by Laurie King
Count Zero by William Gibson
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone by J.K. Rowling

NOTE: Books without links have been borrowed from spouse's Half.com store.

Yes, I read the Harry Potter series twice. I was prepping for the final book. Sue me. :D
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READ IN 2006

The list )

51 books this year. That's almost a book a week. I can live with that!

NOTE: Books without links were borrowed from spouse's Half.com store.
avanta7: (BookOwl)
Given the recent surge of interest in one of MY favorite obscure authors, prompted by the Waterstone's List of 30 Books That Should Be Rediscovered (which contains only 29 books -- go figure), I offer the following Jonathan Carroll title for a bookring:

From The Teeth Of Angels

Trust me, it's better than that half-hearted review I wrote makes it sound. (If it's any excuse, I wrote that when I first joined and started registering every book I owned, even those --like this one -- that I hadn't re-read in several years.)

If interested, please email me at my screen name at livejournal dot com, or PM me through BookCrossing. Must be willing to mail internationally.

x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] bookcrossing
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Cut because most of you probably saw this already on our other favorite website )


I've read 50 (indicated in bold), and have another 6 on Mt. TBR (indicated by italics). Go me!

Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] whytraven, for taking on such a monumental task. Your efforts are definitely appreciated!
avanta7: (BookOwl)
38 books read so far this year, with just over 2 1/2 months to go.
Last year I read a total of 43. That's probably going to be the total for this year as well.
Nice to know I'm consistent!

Egad.

Jul. 2nd, 2005 03:45 pm
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I just realized I have only a few more days to get books ready for release as I drive across the U.S. from Arkansas to California.

Egad.

Apr. 20th, 2005 06:47 pm
avanta7: (BookOwl)
It's all your fault. Yes, you. You fellow Bookcrossers. Who've mentioned so much stuff about the convention in the forums recently that I started frequenting them again. Even ChitChat. Where I started a thread and now compulsively check it and find some excuse to bump it back to page 1. Curses on your heads.

I need to do laundry and dishes. And cook dinner.

Sigh.
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Let's see the checklist: Good night's sleep, check. Snuggled with spouse, check. Loved on the kitties and the pooch, check. Glass of OJ, check. Morning coffee, check. Guess I'm ready to write!

If you're reading this and you're not a BookCrosser, you will either be bored silly or you'll want to join us in our madness.... )

All in all, a fabulous if exhausting weekend filled with meeting old friends for the first time. I'm soooo glad I went. And I'm soooo glad to be home.
avanta7: (BookOwl)
[livejournal.com profile] tzurriz is my BX convention roomie. Woo hoo!

Bonanza!

Mar. 5th, 2005 05:32 pm
avanta7: (BookOwl)
Mom just gave me a huge bag full of books. I'm supposed to be cleaning house and doing taxes. Instead, I'm going to be registering books on BookCrossing! Heheheheh!

(Procrastinate? Who, me?)
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I talked to a woman at the Arkansas Literacy Council today about a possible tie-in with the 2007 BookCrossing Convention and the 2007 Arkansas Literary Festival. If Little Rock is chosen as the convention site, it's possible that the ticket to the Convention could include admission to Literary Festival activities. Cool. ([livejournal.com profile] madame_urushiol, I've e-mailed you further info on this. Let's discuss soon!)

Laundry breeds. My bedroom floor is proof. Just the other day, I could see the floor. Today it's covered by dirty sheets, shorts, shirts, skirts, sweats and socks. I've yet to figure out how two people who work in offices can produce so many dirty clothes in such a short time.

Heavy interview day today. Paid several people and discovered a new attorney fee regulation and procedure had been implemented at the first of the week. And no one told us. My first clue was the new screens that showed up in the software as I paged through the electronic claim. Oh, wait, we were e-mailed about it last THURSDAY, three days after the official training session was broadcast. I tackled the printouts of the new rules and procedures which, in typical government fashion, were published in half a dozen different places in the online procedure manual. This means I get to read lots of gobbledy-gook to find the meat. Since I'm the person in the office who will use this procedure most often, I will probably have to prepare a desk guide for the other claims reps to use until we can get a videotape of the training from the regional office. I'm not very happy about this. Oh, I don't mind preparing a makeshift training session; I'm not happy that my supervisor is so focused on the new building for our branch office that he dropped the training ball in the first place.

I played hooky from choir tonight. It's cold and rainy. Phoebe sits on my lap, watching me type. The cats snooze on the down comforter. Time to heat leftovers and make a pot of tea.
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Today is Groundhog Day. I'm betting good ol' Phil sees his shadow. NPR talked about "cross-quarter" days this morning. Now that was interesting. Much better than giving Miss-Jackson-if-you're-nasty more grist for her dying career.

Let's see, this evening after work I can go to choir or listen to the President drone for an hour or more. I can do something I enjoy or I can cringe on my sofa. Sing? Become infuriated? Hmmm. Decisions, decisions.

Any conservative-types out there, I said the same thing about the previous two Presidents. Regardless of how much I disliked Reagan's policies, he was the only President in recent years who knew how to give a speech. Bush I was barely listenable. But Clinton and Bush II made/make me crazy with their delivery and intonation and phrasing. Ick, retch, phewie!! I read the transcript of the speech in the next day's paper and feel just as informed without all the aggravation.

Last night I stopped by Kohl's on the way home. Spouse needed skivvies. I should never go into Kohl's alone, especially when they're having a clearance. Luckily, I managed to restrain myself, and only picked up three long-sleeve Ts and two fleece warmup bottoms, all $5 each. And I promptly hid them in plain sight by wearing one set as soon as I got home, and folding and putting away the rest. Oh, and spouse got his skivvies, too. He's good for about another six months, I think. But he's hard on those skivvies. (No pun intended, believe me.)

Only one post on BookCrossing last night. In BookTalk. I never even looked at ChitChat. I'm almost sorry about that, for [livejournal.com profile] texaswren's sake.

Cold, wet, rainy. Bleh. When will spring get here?
avanta7: (BookOwl)
I just stepped outside to put the outgoing mail where the carrier can pick it up. It's cold and wet, with a light drizzle. Bleah. So much for my planned releasing expedition today! Of course, this will please my mother and sister. I'm going shopping with them, and they roll their eyes whenever I drop books on one of our shopping expeditions.
avanta7: (BookOwl)
The List )

X-posted to [livejournal.com profile] bookcrossing
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A PM from a fellow BXer:

Hello avanta7,
Congratulations on two years of bookcrossing. You are an inspiration - I doubt I'll ever register or release as many books as you. Thank you for your author dates - my favourite themed release was The Hunchback of Notre Dame on the anniversary of Victor Hugo's death in Notre Dame's bell tower on my recent trip to France - so far it has not been journalled.

meganh
~~~~~~~~~
To my knowledge, I've never had any contact with this BXer, so it's doubly sweet. Think I ought to send her a book?
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Stanley Greenberg has written a deeply researched, extensively footnoted, highly readable indictment of our current political state, and we should be humbly grateful for it.

From the preface, where he observes the press "...prefers the politics of character...." to reporting anything of substance, to the afterword, in which he presents the two scenarios he developed in the previous 300 pages to his focus groups, Greenberg holds very few cows sacred and presents a relatively even-handed treatment of the current political deadlock.

However, I give you fair warning: If you, the reader, are not of the liberal persuasion, this book may irritate the starch out of you. Remember, I said "relatively even-handed." Also remember, I'm a liberal.

Greenberg starts out with a short review of the last 200 years of political history, showing us that one-party domination is the rule rather than the exception. He devotes much attention to the last fifty years, in which no party has dominated, and even greater attention to the last 25, from the Reagan Revolution in 1980 to the bitterly contested and still controversial 2000 brouhaha, and on to the beginnings of the 2004 campaign. (Incidentally, I was reading the section on President Reagan when he died and for the first few days of our national mourning period. I was struck by irony: the facts in Greenberg's work versus the hyperbole issuing from every talking head on television.) Greenberg's liberal bias is highly evident in this section: he is far too easy on President Clinton. I laughed out loud at "...[he] advanced his proposals for gays to serve in the military, thus dramatically illustrating the breadth of the principle for America's ever-expanding rights." Oh, puh-leeze. The "don't ask, don't tell" policy was hardly a milestone in civil rights.

The author goes on to discuss the makeup of each party's core voters, or base; to present hypothetical, occasionally foul-mouthed, and often amusing "secret planning sessions" in which potential party strategies are plotted; and in the final sections, to propose a plan for each party to break the deadlock and pull the majority of voters in line with its political views. Footnotes and graphs and "chalk talk" illustrations abound throughout.

Greenberg writes in clear lucid prose, plainly setting out his premise while using minimal political jargon. While the book is meaty and dense with facts, the only dry thing about it is Greenberg's somewhat sardonic wit. It is a surprisingly funny book which should be read by every voter, regardless of political party.
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As Robins' novel begins, a near-future New York is essentially under armed guard. Citizens are subject to ID checks as they traverse from neighborhood to neighborhood. Gangs roam the night freely and without consequence; law enforcement is minimal and ineffective. Central Park is no man's land. The homeless population has exploded -- although Robins never gives an explanation, she leaves the impression that middle-class families have been priced completely out of adequate housing. Those with sufficient means often barricade themselves into fortresses they call apartment buildings in certain "safe" sections of the city.

John Tietjen, a divorced father of two, has an uneasy relationship with his ex-wife and children, but a passionate relationship with New York. He frequently roams the streets at night without care, trusting that "his city" will not let anything happen to him.

He reluctantly accepts a construction contract out of the city, and while he is gone, devastation strikes. In desperation, Tietjen rushes back to New York, only to find it in ruins and virtually depopulated. After a number of strange encounters, he rescues a woman, Barbara McGrath, from a madman and together they begin establishing a safehouse for other survivors.

But there are many oddities, most of them dangerous, in this new New York. As Tietjen's and McGrath's sanctuary becomes more populated, it becomes a target for other survivors, malevolent and strangely changed.

Robins writes of New York with a gift for description. The city comes alive, and dies, and comes alive again under her pen. Her characters, particularly Tietjen, are well-drawn with satisfying inner lives.

Although I enjoyed the novel overall, I have a couple of quibbles. I wanted to know how New York became an armed camp nearly overrun with the homeless and the lawless -- even a hint or a throwaway reference would have sufficed. And I was dissatisfied with the final revelation of how the city was destroyed. Perhaps I missed the foreshadowing that would have made the denouemént more sensible. The chief quibble, however, isn't the author's fault. A post-9/11 world robs this story of some of its power, particularly when Robins discusses buildings that no longer exist. It's a jarring note, and a sad one.

BX 100

Jun. 21st, 2004 07:18 pm
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What I've Read )

So that's 45 of 110. But since the Narnia series consists of seven separate novels, and LOTR is published in 3 volumes, I've really read 53. Of course, that accounting method increases the number of books on the list dramatically as well. (Just how many Discworld novels are there?)

On Mt. TBR )

Will Consider Reading )

Probably Won't Ever Read )

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