30 April 2011

Post 377: a general update

So I've been in Alabama for over a week now. The public library is not nearly as terrible as I first thought, but it is still much more limited than the library I'm used to. So I'll be participating more in various Bookswap sites. I'm already on Bookcrossing and I'll probably swap through Goodreads and maybe sign up with Paperbackswap as well. If anyone has book swapping sites you really like, let me know. I am interested. So, reading list.

Extraordinary, Ordinary People by Condeleezza Rice.
I actually have a small secret crush on Condeleezza. I think she's a smart woman who made some unfortunate political choices. I think if I met her I'd like her and so I'm interested in what she has to say. Anyway, I first heard about this book on The Daily Show. She is absolutely charming and very well-spoken in the interview. She's the kind of person I'd love to have a cocktail or glass of white wine with.

Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail by Caitlin Kelly.
Miss Thang who had a hot journalism career loses her job and has to go into the retail world. It's a book about that.

S'mother: The Story of a Man, His Mom, and the Thousands of Altogether Insane Letters She's Mailed Him by Adam Chester.
Dude, I had to flip screens several times to make sure I got the subtitle right. Are you sure your mother is the crazy one? In any case, I feel your pain man. Crazy moms are hard to deal with, but thanks for the schadenfreude. Let's be friends and trade crazy mother jokes.

The Girl Who Was on Fire edited by Leah Wilson.
This is a collection of essays about The Hunger Games series. I really love deconstructions of novels and whatnot that add to the level of thought. Perhaps this means I need to join a book club and share ideas and things with a bunch of 30+ women. Which I am cool with. Anyone know of a good book club in Alabama? Bueller? Anyway, I was interested in this book, but not planning to go out of my way to get it when the PR person e-mailed me and I was all yeeeeeees!

The I Hate the 21st Century Reader: The Awful, Annoying and Absurd - From Ethnic Cleansing to Frankenscience edited by Nate Hardcastle.
Come on guys, you are breakin' my literary balls with these subtitles. I'm in a weird mood today, can you tell? Anyway I picked this up on a whim because I had book credits and why the hell not? Given that this was written in 2006, I wonder if it's as bad as predicted. Also, this era kind of sucks ass. Word.

The George Carlin Letters: The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade by... Sally Wade (for some reason Carlin doesn't get a byline).
This a collection and reflection of all the sweet, smart, and sometimes smutty letters Carlin sent to long time girlfriend Sally Wade. I saw this in the grocery store and was happy and surprised to see that the library in Alabama actually carried it. I'm feeling a little lonely right now, so reading someone else's love letters is the perfect fix? Especially when it's from a man I greatly admire for his intellect and dirty, dirty mouth.

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.
I once ordered this on Netflix and the first time the disk was sent to me it was all scratched up. Then I ordered it again and it was scratched again. So I guess the story must be pretty good because people are watching the hell out of the movie. But yeah, I like names, names are important, especially when you've named someone or something because of a particular significance. So I am interested.

On another note, I think I've decided to intersperse audiobook reflections in between regular posts assuming I'm not behind (which I am very much not since switching to this schedule). So you'll get a bonus post every now and again as I finish those up. Wooo! ... I need to go take my chill pill now.


  1. Thanks for the shout-out! I think you'd enjoy Malled....and I may go get a T-shirt with Miss Thang!

  2. I will have you know I did use the term humorously, and it is obvious you grew quite a bit through the book. At this point I've actually finished it AND enjoyed it. My review is over on my goodreads. My reflections and my own experiences/soon to be experiences with retail will be up on May 12th.

    Thanks for dropping by, it's fun when authors come by and play nice.


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