Posts Tagged ‘a book a week’

More than I’d like to admit, most of the time.

Especially in literature.  If you are taking the immense time and effort to write a novel, please pay attention to yourself.

Now, while I happen to love her books, Jodi Picoult  is often guilty of these inconsistencies.  While I hate it, and S will vouch for my frequent mini-tantrums, at least it gives me something to do while reading the books.  I am always on the lookout for these differences, that most people wouldn’t realise because they’re so insignificant or so far apart in the text.

For instance:  On page 219: “Jack glanced own at his Hanes T-shirt, his striped boxers, and a pair of sweatpants he’d bought with Addie at Kmart.”

Then on page 227: “Jack sat back down and inspected his fingernails.  He scratched a a loose thread in his jeans. He unlaced his sneaker, and then retied it.”

Well, that bothers me.  How can Jack scratch a loose thread in his JEANS when he is wearing SWEATPANTS?  And, before you ask, no – he didn’t have the chance to change – he’s in jail.

It just annoys the heck out of me.  There was another, more significant one in that book (Salem Falls, for anyone who is interested – it was pretty good), but it showed up at the very end and I was in such a hurry to find out what happens (I predicted the outcome on page 224, if anyone is interested) that I didn’t take note and, after a cursory glance to find it again I gave up deciding it wasn’t worth it just to prove my point.

Then there are poorly edited novels which get underneath my skin and make me completely insane.  I will repeat myself, if you are going to take the time and effort to write a novel and get it published, please, PLEASE proof-read it – for spelling errors, at least.

Anyway, I suppose that’s my little rant over with.  Now, I’ve read Change of Heart and Nineteen Minutes and Salem Falls and of course My Sister’s Keeper – the next of Picoult’s novels on my list is Handle with Care which is due back at the library on Tuesday, so I’d better get cracking.




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Once you’ve quit your job, that is.

So far I’ve watched 4 films (An Affair To Remember, Minority Report, Pretty In Pink & Almost Famous), 4 episodes of Criminal Intent, 4 episodes of Without A Trace, and 8 episodes of Friends.  Not to mention some daytime television, Tennis and UK TV Food. 

I’ve also finished reading To Kill A Mockingbird and have assembled notes on the text for our “book club”, and I’ve started reading Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. 

I’ve taken three baths and two showers.

I have read the entire back catalogue of 9 Chickweed Lane comics on Comics.com (3,040 strips).

I have had lunch with a former Temp who worked at Land Engineering. It was an interesting conversation.

I have eaten an entire “giant” watermelon. 

Oh, and I also revised my C.V., spoke to the temp agency twice and wrote 4 cover letters to send out on Monday.

If any of you have any desire to wish me well, I am waiting to hear whether I’ve got an interview for a perfect job next week sometime, so cross your fingers!!

In the next few days I plan to watch more TV, more films, read more books (I got 4 out from the library) and eat more watermelon.  Summertime is a great time to have no job.

If only I had a job!!!



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2008 was a very good, very busy year. 

In 2008 I became an aunt, got engaged, got married, bought and moved into a new house and adopted 2 kittens.  Not to mention the 2 week holiday to the East Coast of America where I met my brand-new niece for the first time!  And the mountains of DIY we’ve undertaken at the new house.

We’ve gutted and re-decorated all three bedrooms, the kitchen and all three bathrooms.  Actually, the third bathroom is still waiting to be finished, but as it is only hanging of towel rails, mirrors and the like, I think we can call the ensuite finished.  Finally.

So what will 2009 have in store for me?  Hopefully not quite as much as 2008 because I don’t think I could do all  that again!!

I hate the word resolution and I don’t think you should have to wait until January to make goals in your life, but it is a rather convenient time to join the goal-setting bandwagon.  So here I go.

  • I will read a book a week.  Or, rather, an average of a book a week.  52 books in 2009 and I am sticking to it.  I’m already behind. (shh!)
  • I will make more of an effort to complete the list of 100 Snapshots listed here.  I miss my camera and I miss taking photographs.  Not just pictures, mind, but actual, thought-through photographs.  So I am going to try harder.
  • I will bake more of the recipes I see on the hundred or so food blogs I read religiously.  I may even post about some of them.  So far this year I’ve made  Gramercy Tavern’s Gingerbread from the recipe posted by Deb of  Smitten Kitchen which has to be my favorite blog.  Wonderful recipes, beautiful pictures and a handful of humour thrown in for good measure.  Go and visit her site, she is amazing. (And the gingerbread?  So very lovely…)
  • I will call my far-away family and friends more often.  I may be 3,444 miles from them but that is no excuse.
  • I will go see something at the theatre.
  • I will spend more time writing.  Writing, writing, writing…  One of these days I will finish the novels that I have started (yes, plural) and I’m not going to let any more half-as-talented-and-twice-as-annoying-as-me “writers” beat me to the punch, and the millions. 

My favorites from 2008?

Website – Cake Wrecks (The Cookie Monster cake still makes me laugh until I cry.)

Book – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Read it right now.  Seriously.)

Poem – i carry your heart with me by e e cummings (A late entry, but utterly perfect.  Thanks, Kate.)

Song, New – Revelry by Kings of Leon

Song, Old – An Olive Grove Facing the Sea by Snow Patrol is still my favorite.

Album – Only By the Night, Kings of Leon

Movie, New – The only film I saw in cinemas this year was Twilight and it certainly does not rate as a favorite.  It wasn’t very good. actually.  I’m looking forward to seeing Australia, if that counts.  If you want a movie I saw this year for the first time and loved, loved, loved then I’d go with Stardust (Thanks again, Kate).

Movie, Old – Pride & Prejudice (Not the BBC adaptation)

TV Show – Toss up between Pushing Daisies and The Big Bang Theory

And what am I looking forward to in 2009?  Going on honeymoon.  Finishing the last of the huge DIY projects.  Finding a new job (fingers crossed).  Watching my niece grow and grow and grow.  Getting my hair cut short.  Hopefully making it back to the States at some point to see people and finally box up all my books to ship over here.  The first year of married life.

That is it, I think.  Stay tuned for updates on the honeymoon, which has been booked, and my first of the 52 books of the year.

Happy 2009.



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a book a week…

At the beginning of every year I resolved to finally, finally read one book a week for the duration of the year.  I have yet to stick to my goal.  This year is the closest I have gotten since I started counting.  With 10% of the year (and 16 days off work) left I have read 30 books.  Which is only 58% of the total, but 10 of those were over 400 pages (one @ 584 and one @ 768) and the 30 books add up to a total of 10,525 pages – so I think I have done pretty well. 

Among them: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, A Quiet Belief in Angels by R. J. Ellory,  Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (finally), The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and lastly The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger which I finished today. 

The Secret Life of Bees is one which I have been wanting to read for a few years now and I am wondering if I would have read it differently a few years ago.  Even a few months ago.  Read it for yourself and see if you know what I am talking about.

The Time Traveller’s Wife gets 6 Stars out of 5 in my book.  I couldn’t read it fast enough.  I wish I had stopped halfway through, though, because the ending hit me hard.  “Had we but world enough, and time,” Marvell.

The list of books I want to read does not think to stop growing to let me catch up.  It is 45 strong today, but probably 50 by tomorrow.  Kate seems to be the only one who recommends books to me these days, so I don’t know where the list comes from.  Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England,  A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Pillars of the EarthStardust.  Many, many others.   None of the Classics are included – that list is 40 strong in and of itself.  Of Human Bondage, or Their Eyes Were Watching God.  The list does not include a single novel by  Dickens and if you have to ask why you do not know me very well at all.

Next I think I will read something by Terry Pratchett even though it is not on the list.  Niffenegger’s poetry and rawness has hollowed me out and I want to cuddle up with the literary equivalent of a big mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows on top – I think Soul Music will do wonders.


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