yolen: (Happy Love Vibe)
Take my husband's poll :).
yolen: (Happy Love Vibe)
Take my husband's poll :).
yolen: (Lovely)
[Poll #826624]
yolen: (Lovely)
[Poll #826624]
yolen: (Bookish Me)
So, the winner of the poll goes to posting in books in increments of 10. And so, here are the 1st 11 of the 61 books read in 2005. All the books are fiction, unless otherwise noted.

*****************************************************************
*Rating*
5 stars = Excellent!!
4 stars = Great!
3 stars = Good
2 stars = OK
1 star = Why did I bother?!

*2005*

1) "Ragwitch" by Garth Nix
2 1/2 stars
A girl gets kidnapped into a magical realm by the evil Ragwitch, and her brother goes to rescue her. This had its moments but was disappointing after having read Nix's excellent "Abhorsen" trilogy at the end of 2004. That series is highly recommended.

2) "Cowboys Are My Weakness" by Pam Houston
3 1/2 stars
A mixed bag of "being in love with cowboy" stories that was overall a decent read. Guess that's saying something since the whole cowboy mythos does very little for me in general.

That said, I am still dying to see "Brokeback Mountain", dammit.

3) "The Sex Live of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific" by J. Maarten Troost
5 stars
This is an excellent non-fiction book, very humourous and well written and offers a fascinating view of living on a remote island in the Pacific. Basically, a couple with graduate degrees and questionable ambition both applied to jobs in remote areas of the world, the author's gf (and now wife) got a job with the government of the island of Kiribati, and so they went on a big adventure that was not as idyllic as they had initially hoped. Highly recommended.

4) "This Side of Eternity" by Rosalyn McMillen
2 stars
A novel about a family whose father was killed in a workplace accident in Memphis at the height of racial tensions in the 1960s, and their journey 30 years or so down the road. This book was inconsistent. The portions that adressed the civil rights issues of the 1960's and after, the history of the time, were very compelling. However, the potential for a really good story about a family surviving poverty, racism and other horrible situations just devolved into an often soap-operaish vibe at times. Too bad. I think it could have used a better editor.

5) "The Marriage Test" by Betina Krahn
3 1/2 stars
This was a fun read taking place in the High Middle Ages where a saucy lass who is a cook at a nunnery (they are plotting on having her take holy orders against her desires so they can keep her too-delicious cookery to themselves!) unwittingly wins the heart of the noble to whom she has been loaned to as head cook for one year, on the stipulation that she return with her maidenhood intact. Ha! Watch them fall inevitably in love! A little fluffy, but not dumb.

6) "One True Thing" by Anna Quindlen
4 stars
Daughter puts her career on hold to go back home and care for her mother dying from cancer. I saw most of the movie that was based on this a few years ago. A very good book, and very sad. I would have liked it more if I found the main character to be more sympathetic, but hey. I like Anna Quindlen very much as an author.

7) "Cigarettes Are Sublime" by Richard Klein
5 stars
This was an excellent non-fiction work regarding the sublimeness of cigarettes, the very act of smoking and what it brings to the smoker. As someone who used to smoke, it was particuarly interesting. I'm sure non-smokers would find this a fascinating peek into why there are people who smoke even though they know it's killing them!

8) "Spiral" by Koji Suzuki, translated by Gwynne Walley
5 stars
I hated the "Ring" movies (bleah!!) but I love (translation of) the series of books which served as the basis for the "Ringu" movies in Japan, which of course served as the basis for the "Ring" movies in this country. "Ring" and it's sequel "Spiral" (ok, I've yet to read "Loop", the final book in the series, but hopefully I will enjoy it just as much) are way better than the "Ring" movies even vaguely hinted at.

9) "Household Saints" by Francine Prose
4 stars
This was an absolute delight, there were passages that made me laugh outloud from all the whimsy. A NYC city butcher wins his bride in a game of pinochle from her father, mostly on a whim. She marries him cause she's this skinny little thing no one particuarly is after; they both get surprised when they find that they fall passionately in love. They get an even bigger surprise when their only child proves to have a vocation for the nunhood. Ended sadder than I would have wanted it to, but I really enjoyed it.

10) "Fortune Like the Moon" by Alys Clare
3 stars
A fun read along the lines of a "Cadfael" episode, only the sleuthing clergy member is a nun. Who murdered the novice nun?!

11) "The Mambo Kings Sing Songs of Love" by Oscar Hijuelos
5 stars
Two Cuban brothers emigrate to NYC several decades ago, they achieve a high level of local fame, and one very big hit that garners them the high spot of their career: being guest stars on the "I Love Lucy" show. Funny, sensual, and absolutely heartbreaking. Beautiful language. A gem.
yolen: (Bookish Me)
So, the winner of the poll goes to posting in books in increments of 10. And so, here are the 1st 11 of the 61 books read in 2005. All the books are fiction, unless otherwise noted.

*****************************************************************
*Rating*
5 stars = Excellent!!
4 stars = Great!
3 stars = Good
2 stars = OK
1 star = Why did I bother?!

*2005*

1) "Ragwitch" by Garth Nix
2 1/2 stars
A girl gets kidnapped into a magical realm by the evil Ragwitch, and her brother goes to rescue her. This had its moments but was disappointing after having read Nix's excellent "Abhorsen" trilogy at the end of 2004. That series is highly recommended.

2) "Cowboys Are My Weakness" by Pam Houston
3 1/2 stars
A mixed bag of "being in love with cowboy" stories that was overall a decent read. Guess that's saying something since the whole cowboy mythos does very little for me in general.

That said, I am still dying to see "Brokeback Mountain", dammit.

3) "The Sex Live of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific" by J. Maarten Troost
5 stars
This is an excellent non-fiction book, very humourous and well written and offers a fascinating view of living on a remote island in the Pacific. Basically, a couple with graduate degrees and questionable ambition both applied to jobs in remote areas of the world, the author's gf (and now wife) got a job with the government of the island of Kiribati, and so they went on a big adventure that was not as idyllic as they had initially hoped. Highly recommended.

4) "This Side of Eternity" by Rosalyn McMillen
2 stars
A novel about a family whose father was killed in a workplace accident in Memphis at the height of racial tensions in the 1960s, and their journey 30 years or so down the road. This book was inconsistent. The portions that adressed the civil rights issues of the 1960's and after, the history of the time, were very compelling. However, the potential for a really good story about a family surviving poverty, racism and other horrible situations just devolved into an often soap-operaish vibe at times. Too bad. I think it could have used a better editor.

5) "The Marriage Test" by Betina Krahn
3 1/2 stars
This was a fun read taking place in the High Middle Ages where a saucy lass who is a cook at a nunnery (they are plotting on having her take holy orders against her desires so they can keep her too-delicious cookery to themselves!) unwittingly wins the heart of the noble to whom she has been loaned to as head cook for one year, on the stipulation that she return with her maidenhood intact. Ha! Watch them fall inevitably in love! A little fluffy, but not dumb.

6) "One True Thing" by Anna Quindlen
4 stars
Daughter puts her career on hold to go back home and care for her mother dying from cancer. I saw most of the movie that was based on this a few years ago. A very good book, and very sad. I would have liked it more if I found the main character to be more sympathetic, but hey. I like Anna Quindlen very much as an author.

7) "Cigarettes Are Sublime" by Richard Klein
5 stars
This was an excellent non-fiction work regarding the sublimeness of cigarettes, the very act of smoking and what it brings to the smoker. As someone who used to smoke, it was particuarly interesting. I'm sure non-smokers would find this a fascinating peek into why there are people who smoke even though they know it's killing them!

8) "Spiral" by Koji Suzuki, translated by Gwynne Walley
5 stars
I hated the "Ring" movies (bleah!!) but I love (translation of) the series of books which served as the basis for the "Ringu" movies in Japan, which of course served as the basis for the "Ring" movies in this country. "Ring" and it's sequel "Spiral" (ok, I've yet to read "Loop", the final book in the series, but hopefully I will enjoy it just as much) are way better than the "Ring" movies even vaguely hinted at.

9) "Household Saints" by Francine Prose
4 stars
This was an absolute delight, there were passages that made me laugh outloud from all the whimsy. A NYC city butcher wins his bride in a game of pinochle from her father, mostly on a whim. She marries him cause she's this skinny little thing no one particuarly is after; they both get surprised when they find that they fall passionately in love. They get an even bigger surprise when their only child proves to have a vocation for the nunhood. Ended sadder than I would have wanted it to, but I really enjoyed it.

10) "Fortune Like the Moon" by Alys Clare
3 stars
A fun read along the lines of a "Cadfael" episode, only the sleuthing clergy member is a nun. Who murdered the novice nun?!

11) "The Mambo Kings Sing Songs of Love" by Oscar Hijuelos
5 stars
Two Cuban brothers emigrate to NYC several decades ago, they achieve a high level of local fame, and one very big hit that garners them the high spot of their career: being guest stars on the "I Love Lucy" show. Funny, sensual, and absolutely heartbreaking. Beautiful language. A gem.
yolen: (Default)
Thanks to those who voted in my hair poll. Growing my hair longer won, well, by a hair (ducks after making bad pun) so what the hell, longer it is. Until I can't take it anymore and chop off 10" to donate to Locks of Love. Wheeee!
yolen: (Default)
Thanks to those who voted in my hair poll. Growing my hair longer won, well, by a hair (ducks after making bad pun) so what the hell, longer it is. Until I can't take it anymore and chop off 10" to donate to Locks of Love. Wheeee!
yolen: (super)
[Poll #580140]
yolen: (super)
[Poll #580140]
yolen: (bookish me)
Results as of now:

Burn the book!
0 (0.0%)

Just hide the book really well and forget about it.
9 (39.1%)

Copy them into my personal LJ, and then burn the book.
3 (13.0%)

Share the least embarrassing stuff on LJ (did I mention it's embarrassing?).
5 (21.7%)

Be incredibly grateful for the fact that I'm not the unhappy person now that I was then.
21 (91.3%)

Thanks to those who voted. For the record, I *am* incredibly grateful for how I've turned around from those days, whew! There is much to be grateful for: a loving & supportive family (they are these things even when they make me crazy!), a wonderful boyfriend, good health (especially now that I'm minus one poopy gallbladder), good friends and a hugely improved outlook on life and myself.

My initial response to rereading some of the poems in my book was to toss it, I mean seriously, maudlin poetry about things I'd rather forget, yuck! But I'm glad I fished around for opinions, gave me to time to think about it. I'll place this book in my chest where I keep my old journals locked away.

And for those who wanted some poetry:
****************************
SILO

Cold, stark
lonely memories of times long gone
things never done
and joys that seem almost forgotten.
All locked away;
dreamscapes of a better tomorrow
heights to attain
that seem to get farther and farther away.
Like a dandelion seed
that escapes clutching hands.
Like visions in the clouds
meant only to dissipate.
*****************************

Wow, that's pretty crappy! And it's all I'm posting from that book! Goodnight, all.
yolen: (bookish me)
Results as of now:

Burn the book!
0 (0.0%)

Just hide the book really well and forget about it.
9 (39.1%)

Copy them into my personal LJ, and then burn the book.
3 (13.0%)

Share the least embarrassing stuff on LJ (did I mention it's embarrassing?).
5 (21.7%)

Be incredibly grateful for the fact that I'm not the unhappy person now that I was then.
21 (91.3%)

Thanks to those who voted. For the record, I *am* incredibly grateful for how I've turned around from those days, whew! There is much to be grateful for: a loving & supportive family (they are these things even when they make me crazy!), a wonderful boyfriend, good health (especially now that I'm minus one poopy gallbladder), good friends and a hugely improved outlook on life and myself.

My initial response to rereading some of the poems in my book was to toss it, I mean seriously, maudlin poetry about things I'd rather forget, yuck! But I'm glad I fished around for opinions, gave me to time to think about it. I'll place this book in my chest where I keep my old journals locked away.

And for those who wanted some poetry:
****************************
SILO

Cold, stark
lonely memories of times long gone
things never done
and joys that seem almost forgotten.
All locked away;
dreamscapes of a better tomorrow
heights to attain
that seem to get farther and farther away.
Like a dandelion seed
that escapes clutching hands.
Like visions in the clouds
meant only to dissipate.
*****************************

Wow, that's pretty crappy! And it's all I'm posting from that book! Goodnight, all.

Yeesh.

Aug. 9th, 2005 03:31 pm
yolen: (hedwig/hansel)
[Poll #548674]

Yeesh.

Aug. 9th, 2005 03:31 pm
yolen: (hedwig/hansel)
[Poll #548674]

Silly Poll

May. 12th, 2005 10:03 pm
yolen: (tipsy Hedwig)
[Poll #492870]

Silly Poll

May. 12th, 2005 10:03 pm
yolen: (tipsy Hedwig)
[Poll #492870]

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