Monday, October 29, 2012


At the risk of sharing more about my personal life than is really safe to do on the interwebs, I'm going to point our that I live in NJ, right in the middle of the orange strip above.  And also, that this is less than a mile from my house (if you know where it is, please don't tell any serial killers with whom you might be acquainted):
I stole this picture from somebody on Facebook.  Thanks, stranger.
And it's not even raining!  I mean, it's kind of drizzling and stuff, but it's not the kind of weather that has you strapping on a life jacket.  In fact, I am underwhelmed.  Irene was dull too.  Maybe because we had a tornado (yup in NJ) on my 11th birthday, I am now unimpressed by anything that Mother Nature has to throw at me.  Or maybe tomorrow I will be rescinding this comment.

BUT it is a good day!  My internship and my husband's job both decided to close before realizing that Sandy was taking her time, so we are home, and he is making me waffle fries with cheese and scallions and all sorts of delicious things, and we are going to play board games, and I may actually get to read a book for fun, something I have not done in over a month.  So really, Hurricane Sandy is awesome for my marriage and life in general and I wish she would stay a while... or maybe tomorrow I will be rescinding this comment.

What are your rain day plans?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Gone Girl ~ Gillian Flynn

The quality or enjoyability of the audiobooks I listen to is positively correlated with how clean my apartment is.  For example, while I was listening to The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, I consistently had a sink full of dishes, the floors could do with a sweeping, and when did I last scoop out the litter box?  On the other hand, my apartment has spent the last week in a state of near perfection.  The floors were all swept, the sink was almost always empty, and I even cleaned off the top of the microwave, where I store my spices, which I have literally never done before.  The reason?  Gone Girl.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Shine Shine Shine ~ Lydia Netzer

Here I am, with yet another book that I finished weeks ago, this time on audiobook (my first purchase with Audible, which I officially L O V E).  And it was SO GOOD.  And weird.  And random.  And I loved it.  Unfortunately, the time gap and lack of a paper copy for me to reference means I don't have that many specific things to say about the novel, but I'll give you what counts.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Prayer for Owen Meany ~ John Irving

I am so late on this review.  I finished A Prayer for Owen Meany weeks ago, and not only have I not had a chance to post about it until now (and only now because I'm eating breakfast [stale cereal] and a couple of minutes ahead of schedule) but I haven't even had a chance to pick up another book.  Reread The Perks of Being a Wallflower before watching the movie?  Nah.  Read some scary stories by H.P. Lovecraft in honor of Halloween?  Guess not.  It's all about the audiobooks this semester (and can I just say that that's underwhelming as well - man is Tolkien dull).

Friday, October 5, 2012

What I've Been Trying To Say

So true, and it makes me sad that so many people, even grown women who would never tolerate such treatment, can't see it.

PS. Ladies, watch the rest of her videos, or however many you can reasonably view in one sitting.  Show them to teen girls and young women you know!  Laci Green is kind of awesome.  So sad I just discovered her today.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

VERY IMPORTANT Casual Vacancy Prophecy

Okay guys, I have no idea when I'm going to read it, but here's my theory about J.K. Rowling's new novel, Casual Vacancy, which has taken over my blog reading list.  Also, it may really be a theory about J.K. Rowling's subconscious.  Whatever it is, I need to say it before someone else has.  Which they may have, I just haven't noticed.  Okay, here goes:

Killing off a character with a rhyming name is really an effort to put Harry to rest once and for all.

Here's where you gasp and flatter my genius.  And/or tell me how obvious that was.