Friday, April 30, 2010

April 30, 2010---Post Read-A-Thon PAIN!!

OK, so I stayed up all night reading and now I have a MIGRAINE!

I finished six books total, five of which are from "the list" as I want to give them the credit they deserve I will crawl back to be right now and post as soon as my head stops pounding. Oh the things we biblioholics endure for the love of books!

Full reviews and Read-A-Thon notes tomorrow.

Good Night and Good Reading!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Reading, reading, reading!!!

About 11 hours into my read-a-thon and have finished three books. I'll be posting review both on this blog and my other one tomorrow. I am hoping to finish about 7-8, so it's back to the books!

Good Night and Good Reading!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April 28, 2010

Yet another day of no reading, sigh.

I did manage to get my video presentation edited down for my final project in one class though. I also met with a group from another class to go over the "subject analysis" assignment that is currently eating my brain. I always thought that I would be a great indexer as I am soooo organized, but this class is making me feel pretty slow. I am so glad I have these computer friends to meet with, because even if we're still pretty confused after our meet-ups, at least we know we are not alone!

Tomorrow I have to really get going on it first thing in the morning as my 24 hour read-a-thon starts at noon! I hope to get quite a few books read, but my class will have to come first, wish me luck.

Until tomorrow, Good Night and Good Reading!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

April 27, 2010

Not much to report for today, except that I got full credit on my video final project, YAY!! I also wrote a review of the American Library Association for a class. Now all I have to do in the next couple of weeks is finish my final paper and a classification assignment which is driving me crazy. I thought this type of assignment would be easy, but it actually is very complicated.

I finished the YA novel I was reading and its review is on my other blog if you are interested. I'm taking a bit of a breather before Thursday when I have a 24 Read-A-Thon scheduled through a group I belong to on Good Reads. If you haven't checked out Good Reads yet, you really should, but beware, it will absorb quite a bit of your time.

I have been looking at other people's blogs and I see that mine is lacking in the bling category. I plan on figuring out how to add photos and other info once the semester is over so I can spiff up my site. Hey look, I figured out how to do it, guess I'm not that confused after all.

Until tomorrow, Good Night and Good Reading!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

April 25, 2010

I actually took a day of rest today and went out and about to a few stores as my husband and I are thinking about doing some camping this summer and need all of the associated gear. After we got home I crashed for a little while and have been absorbed with YouTube for the past couple of hours. I never should get on that site, because I start searching and the next time I look at the clock a couple of hours have passed!

I am in the middle of a YA novel by one of the author's at my Volunteer Breakfast on Friday. I will be posting on my other blog once I'm finished and will then return to my 1001 quest. Now, I really need to get some school work done.

Until tomorrow, Good Night and Good Reading!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

April 24, 2010

This post is going to be a short one as my brain is sore from finishing my final video project for one of my classes.

I finished THE STORY OF LUCY GAULT by William Trevor this morning. It is the story of an Irish lass in the 1920's who does not want to move from her seaside home and runs away. Lucy's one act of rebellion changes the course of many people's lives. I was surprised when I saw the photo of Trevor on the back cover as he looked like a wizend, Irish fisherman and his romantic sections were very sentimental, in fact, almost sappy. Guess that proves, you really cannot judge a book by it's cover.

This brings me to:

990 TO GO

Until tomorrow, Good Night and Good Reading!

Friday, April 23, 2010

April 23, 2010

I will be very glad when the semester is over. Don't get me wrong, I love my classes, but it seems like everything was plopped into the final few weeks.

I have also found that editing a video is not as easy as it sounds. I does get to be fun once you get the hang on it though. I did one other video for a class called The Biology of Sex. For the extra credit assignment you had to pick a certain story about an animal's sexual behavior. I wound up with the African Elephant and made a sort of Mutual of Omaha video with me "travelling" to Africa (actually the San Diego Zoo) to explain the "biology" first-hand. This video is a little duller, but I am managing to get in a few funny spots to break the tension.

I also attended the Library Volunteer's Breakfast today. There were four YA novelists who spoke about their books and how they became writers. All of the ladies were interesting and funny. A local bookstore had copies of their books available for purchase and signing and of course I had to buy a few. I decided to start a new blog about the other books I read. I am very eclectic, but I have recently become obsessed with YA novels. I only wish they had been around when I was a teenager, sigh!

Amidst all this I was able to finish another book, GABRIEL'S GIFT by Hanif Kureishi, which tells the story of a young boy (Gabriel) in England who lives on the wrong side of the tracks and is trying to deal with his parent's break-up. The characters are not like your average protagonists, in fact, there are very few to like. Gabriel is a bit of a brat, his father is a low-life, and his mother is a drunk. What makes this novel unique is that, by the end of the book, the characters grow and change and you actually do care about what happens them. I don't know if I would recommend this novel as it is definitely not for everyone, but I can understand why it is on the list.

991 TO GO

Until tomorrow, Good Night and Good Reading!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

April 21, 2010

A very happy Spring morning to all. It's funny because while the week leading up to today has been warm and sunny, today is blustery and rainy. I love California weather!

The book finished for today is THE LAMBS OF LONDON by Peter Ackroyd. It tells the fictionalised story (based upon true event) of deception revolving around Shakespeare and a descent to madness in Victorian England. At first I thought the story was a bit dull, but as I read I found it to grow to quite a tight and entertaining mystery. If you know the history, the facts will be plain, but Ackroyd's prose makes this novel well worth the read. It has also lead me to want to read Ackroyd's biography of Shakespeare which tells the true tale.

I have so much to do this week that I am glad the weather is so gloomy. On my todo list is a final Classification list of terms, an answer to an essay question, a review of a peer, a Professional Association review, and some editing of a final project video. Who says a librarian's job is merely to "Shush!" customers and shelve books?

I also hope to start another of the 1001 books, so no more time to talk, until tomorrow...

992 TO GO

Good Morning and Good Reading!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April 20, 2010

The last couple of days have been a blur as I finish some class assignments. I didn't post on Sunday figuring that I could just catch up on Monday, but then I had a long day of work and decided to just lay down for a little while last night and did not wake up until this morning. Oh well, ces't la vie!

Anyway, I haven't read too much in the last couple of days blogwise, but I did manage to finish YOUTH by J.M. Coetzee. I have read this author before and while I like his style, I am not in love with his stories. This one was a coming of age story of a young man from South Africa (apparently it is a continuation of BOYHOOD). I found the protagonist to be a little too chauvinistic for my taste. I liked the fact that he wanted to be an "artist", learning all there was to know about poetry and art, but I did not like his attitude that the only art comes from certain place. I guess that was what Coetzee was trying to show in his character's youth, but it just did not play well with me. Coetzee is a fine author, that puts the reader into his character's minds and lives, I guess I just didn't want to be in this particular life.

I will strive to keep up with my daily posts from now on, but with the last couple weeks of the semester ahead, I may lose a day or so here and there.

993 TO GO

Until tomorrow, Good Day and Good Reading!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

April 17, 2010

Ever have one of those wasted days? One where you have so many things planned and you somehow manage to get nothing done? Well, today was one of those for me. I started many projects, but everything seemed to fall apart.

The one thing I did manage to finish was my book for the day. Actually, it was my "fallback" so to speak after everything I tried to finish failed.

I think I may have been a little premature in saying that UNLESS by Carol Shields was not up to par to her Pulitzer novel. For now that I have completed it, there are many little turns of phrases that remain, which doesn't that often give how much I read. One comment that the protagonist makes:

"Novels help us turn down the volume of our own interior 'discourse', but unless they can provide an alternative, hopeful, course, they're just so much narrative crumble." (1st edition HB, 148-149)

This sentence spoke to me, especially given the day I had just endured, and I dwelt upon it for some time. I read so much, what is it that I am trying to "tune out" and I came to the conclusion that books, be they novels or non-fiction, take me away from the daily grind that is life and lead me to a place where they are all that matters. I am the type of person whose mind is constantly running in many directions at once, reading slows that down for me and becomes a sort of meditation where I only have to think about what I am reading for the time being. I don't now if I agree completely with the end of the quote because I am happy, most of the time, even after reading books that are mere "narrative crumble", sometimes that crumble is just what a reader needs to relax.

Oh well, enough of the waxing philosophical. UNLESS tells the story of a writer who is writing a light comedy novel and her qualms and joys in doing the deed. It also follows the story of Reta Winters, her husband and three daughters, one of which has become homeless on purpose. The story also speaks to the acceptance of women. This may seem like a fluffy read, but in Shields' capable hands the story reads more like poetry than prose. Although she does wrap things up in a little too tight a bow at the end, I still was happy with the read.


Until tomorrow, Good Night and Good Reading!

Friday, April 16, 2010

April 16, 2010

After staying up very late into the morning, I woke up bright and early today with another headache, but by 11am I was much better and I managed to slog through my "Professional Resume" for my Management class.

I really thought this was going to be one of the easiest assignments. I mean I've written resumes before, but they were always for my previous life as an Auto Claims Adjuster (yuck). I started to write and hit a blank as I have very little experience in actual library jobs and I had to find things that I have done that would make me a viable candidate. All told it took me about 2 1/2 hrs to finish the job and then I had to get ready to make my weekly visit to mom.

We went out for Thai food and while I came home very happy in my tummy, I was too tired to finish the next book I am reading.

I am about 1/2 through UNLESS by Carol Shields, a happier read than the ones in the past couple of days. I was really looking forward to this one as I LOVE Shields' Pulitzer Prize Novel-THE STONE DIARIES which is also on the list. While I am liking this one, I am not enjoying it as much as I had expected, but I will wait until the end to give a final verdict.

By the way, if anyone is wondering how I am getting through these novels so fast, it is because I have happened upon some shorter novels. I don't think I will be quite as fast when Dickens and Tolstoy rolls around.

Until tomorrow, Good Night and Good Reading!

A little delay due to Netflix Upgrade, April 15, 2010

I received an email earlier this week that Netflix is now connected to WII for their down streaming movies and I decided to sign on. Unfortunately, yesterday as we tried to hook it up our router crashed (not sure if that's the right term) and I had no access to the Internet until this evening. It was worth it because we now have the streaming movies and TV programs in both the living room and bedroom! I love this program and highly recommend it as it is like having a video store in your home. Boy, I sound like a commercial.

Anyhow, I managed to get through two books in the last couple of days. I finished IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote on the 13th and was actually surprised that I liked it. I have thought about reading this story for quite a while, but since I generally don't like "real crime" novels I have put it off. I found Capote's writing to be very engaging. The story read like a novel, not true-crime, although I guess someone who likes that form of writing would enjoy this as it followed the story of two thugs who kill a family of 4 in a small Kansas town in 1959.

Capote actually is thought to have created this form of "novelistic journalism" and is a master at the job. He manages to work the minute details that make up a crime investigation into an interesting story that follows the details from the day before the murders to the ultimate end of the criminals. The gory details are there, but they are written with much respect and little actual gore. I highly recommend this novel.

On April 15 I re-read THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Mark Haddon. I first read this story last year and it lost none of its charm in this reading. The story revolves around a young autistic boy who is obsessed with "maths" and his efforts to solve the mystery of a neighbor's dog who is killed by what he calls a gardening fork. I enjoyed the way Haddon gave this autistic child life and made the reader look differently at someone who they may have turned away from in real life. This book definitely fits within the 1001 as it makes a hero out of a character who would have been sideline at best in most novels.

Well, I have a resume to finish along with a peer review to complete for one of may classes. To say nothing of the research I need to do for a term paper in another one and the beginning of a video for a third. Yikes, this all has to be done in three weeks, but I'm doing very well so far, so I am not too afraid. Wish we luck!

I hope to find a short novel to read today so that I can keep up with this blog also. So I will check in tonight with my progress.

6 books read
995 to go

Until then, Good Night and Good Reading!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

April 13, 2010

I'm actually posting this a little late, but I couldn't get my husband off the computer. I guess he's brushing up on his PhotoShop skills and was completely engrossed in a tutorial.

I finished THE COLLECTOR by John Fowles today. I enjoyed this one very much as it not only looked into the mind of the "collector", but also the "collected" girl. The author writes from the 'collectors' viewpoint for the first portion of the story, then retells it again in the second section from the 'collected' girl's point of view. Then the third section is the finale, so to speak. It was an interesting way to present this type of story and, as I posted before, this novel is considered the first modern psychological thriller.

Fowles makes the reader go from liking to disliking both the collector and the girl which is something I enjoy in a story like this. It has echoes of Silence of the Lambs along with some hints of Stephen King's Misery. Another recommended read!

Well, I'm off to bed now. I wish I could say that I was reading some "nicer" material next, but IN COLD BLOOD is calling to me. Scary huh?

4 books read
997 to go

Good Night and Good Reading!

Monday, April 12, 2010

April 12, 2010

Hi anyone who's listening! Well, not much "fun" reading today and my migraine reared its ugly head for most of the morning and I then had two assignments I had to complete for my classes.

I am about half-way through THE COLLECTOR and all I can say is WOW! I find it amazing that this was written back in the 60's when there was hardly any news about this type of person in the media. I'll give a full review when I finish the book (and I will) tomorrow.

Until then, Good Night and Good Reading!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

April 11, 2010

It's day four and I spent most of it in bed trying to beat a sick migraine. I hate these things which I inherited from my mother. Luckily, hers ended when she hit menopause, so I have that to look forward to.

Didn't get any reading or studying done today, but that won't stop me as I am headed out to my trusty SDSU library for a few hours of late night research. I actually did get started on another novel last night, THE COLLECTOR by John Fowles which is supposed to be the first modern "psychological thriller novel". I am about 50 pages in and it does not disappoint as it reminds me of Silence of the Lambs in London.

I'll report on the rest of the story tomorrow.

For now, Good Night and Good Reading!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A lazy Saturday...

I actually spent most of today catching up on my DVR programs and reading as my husband was fighting a headache most of the day and we couldn't do the reorganization we had planned. I love days like this while they are happening, but when the day is done and I look around at what I didn't do it makes me irritated. Luckily, there is always tomorrow, to quote a certain southern belle.

I have two books to add to my finished list and I thoroughly enjoyed them both.

First I read THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark. Having seen and enjoyed the movie many times I was really looking forward to reading what the movie had left out. I was not disappointed. Sparks is able to breathe life and spunk into this wonderful woman who in her prime saw as her main goal to make her "girls" the best they could be.

I wish that I had had a teacher like Miss Brodie growing up who thought about what there was to living life after school, rather than just learning through books. I did have one teacher, Annie Krill, who taught acting through the Old Globe ROP program here in San Diego, who was probably closest to Miss Brodie in teaching style and class. I loved the way she made us feel like we were already adults and ready to take on the world. Just as Miss Brodie saw her girls as the "creme de la creme," Annie Krill made us believe that we could do anything we set our hearts to.

I then picked up a decidedly darker book: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH by Alexander Solzhenitsyn which is as it title suggest an actual day in the life of a prisoner, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, in a gulag in Stalinist Russia. Known to his wardens as S-854 Ivan lives a bleak day of gruelling cold, little food, and hard labor. Given the content one would think that is would be a boring read, unless there was lots of action, there wasn't, but I found that only a small portion which detailed the building of a wall with mortar dragged a bit. The rest of this short novel was a very interesting look into the life of someone who was serving a ten year sentence for a crime he didn't really commit.

As a side note, this particular book is better read in one or two sittings as it is like a single day diary with no chapter breaks. Being a mere 159 pages this is not too difficult to do.

Well, that's it for today. I have to do some research and study tomorrow, so I don't know if I will complete any books, but I will definitely check in with my status.

So I've read three books with only 998 to go!

Good Night and Good Reading!

Friday, April 9, 2010

One down a thousand to go...

I was able to get through NORTHANGER ABBEY by Jane Austin in one night, which is my normal reading speed (about a book a day). I loved getting back to language that takes an entire paragraph to discuss the weather that morning. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it sure is mine.

I have always loved this story as it shows what Austin was like in her beginning days. All of the talk about novels and women and trying to make it look like what she was doing had meaning. It is sad to think that she never really knew exactly how a large a literary figure she would become, and with only six books. Actually, I believe they have found a seventh, but I haven't read it yet.

I think I will read a newer novel next, but not sure what. Tune in tomorrow and I'll tell you what I decided upon. As for now...

Good Night and Good Reading!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Day One, let's get reading

Well here we go, I've got a meeting for one of my MLIS classes tonight and I bet I will be very frustrated afterwards, so I will begin with one my favorite classic authors, Jane Austin, and her shortest tale NORTHANGER ABBEY.

I guess a description of what an MLIS actually is might be in order. It is a Masters of Library and Information Science. A big title for librarian...yes you do need a Master's degree in order to be a full-fledged librarian. That is because, as I am painfully finding out, a librarian's job is not just to shush patrons and shelve books. No, today a librarian must be on the cutting edge of research technology, has to be able to catalog and index book and journals (not as easy as it sounds) and he or she has to manage library staff. I am currently pulling my hair out with three courses (not for the weak of heart) Info & Society (a history of library science), Info Retrieval (a database design course which is currently making me cross-eyed) and Info Organization & Management (a class looking at how documents are made findable within a database).

I am going to try to post every morning with what I have read the previous day and an account of where I am in my quest. I decided at this point not to set a time goal for finishing, but I would like to be almost done by the time I finish my degree in two years.

Good Afternoon and Good Reading!!