toxic_corn: Amy Pond reads books! (DW: amy - reading)
It's that time of year! Time for me to post my annual book list. I didn't read as much this year due to work and stress and horrible life events, but I did more than fifty at least so yay?

September 20, 2012 - September 20, 2013 )
toxic_corn: Amy Pond reads books! (DW: amy - reading)
Holy crap, I just realized that it's time for me to record my annual reading list. Since I'm employed full time, I haven't been able to read as much as I would like and as a result my list is shorter than normal. :'( As always, I welcome questions and discussion but if you're only going to talk about how everything I've read sucks, I'm gonna have to ask you to NOT contribute and just use your scroll button.

Here we go!

September 20, 2011 - September 20, 2012 )

I feel like I missed some. I wasn't as diligent about recording my books this year. Maybe I should start keeping it on Goodreads as well so I don't forget anything?
toxic_corn: Amy Pond reads books! (DW: amy - reading)
Here's this year's book list! I was so close to making it to 100 that I could practically taste it. Bah. Anyway, here we go! As always, questions/discussions are welcomed.

September 20, 2010 - September 20, 2011 )
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (chipettes: eleanor - meme time!)
Meme from [ profile] moetushie

Pick 10 of your favorite books or series.
Post the first sentence of each book. (If one sentence seems too short, post two or three!)
Let everyone try to guess the titles and authors of your books.

1. Once on a dark winter's day, when the yellow fog hung so thick and heavy in the streets of London that the lamps were lighted and the shop windows blazed with gas as they do at night, an odd-looking little girl sat in a cab with her father and was driven rather slowly through the big thoroughfares.
2. When I stepped out in the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.
3. On September 15, 1981, a boy named Jack Sawyer stood where the water and land come together, hands in the pockets of his jeans, looking out at the steady Atlantic.
4. When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. - To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee ~ guessed by [ profile] okegirl
5. There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.
6. It was a nice day. All the days had been nice. There had been rather more than seven of them so far and rain hadn't been invented yet. - Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett ~ guessed by [ profile] mystic_notions
7. It's hard being left behind. I wait for Henry, not knowing where he is, wondering if he's okay. It's hard to be the one who stays. - The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger ~ guessed by [ profile] mystic_notions
8. I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1969; then again as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan in August of 1974. - Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides ~ guessed by [ profile] mystic_notions
9. My father had a face that could stop a clock. I don't mean that he was ugly or anything; it was a phrase the ChronoGuard used to describe someone who had the power to reduce time to an ultraslow trickle. - The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde ~ guessed by [ profile] may_b_maybe
10. On the whole, we're a murderous race. According to Genesis, it took as few as four people to make the planet too crowded to stand, and the first murder was a fratricide.
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (billie piper: READ)
All right, here it is: my book list I've been keeping every year since my first year of college! (That would be 2003 for those of you playing at home.) This year I've set a new personal best for myself: I read 116 books!

September 20, 2009 - September 20, 2010 )

I think I gave myself carpal tunnel. As always, I recommend everything except when I don't, you only need to ask to get my opinion. Discussion is always welcome since um, I love books in case you didn't notice.
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (WFRR? jessica: BOOBIES)
Day 15 → A fanfic

Crash & Burn by Nautibitz. I've loved Nauti's fic since I was 17/18 years old and was in the process of rekindling my love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Back in the day I was really into the Spike/Buffy pairing. I've since gotten over it but I to this day will read anything Nauti puts out (heh) because she is SO amazingly awesome. Crash & Burn is my personal favorite that I hope she finishes some day. What's on her site is only Part 1 and I've been patiently waiting for Part 2 since the summer of '03 I believe. Everything else on her site is well worth reading. Especially In Heat and Older.

Anyway, Crash & Burn is an all-human AU in which Spike is a struggling musician suffering from heart break who crashes his car into recent high school graduate Buffy's car. From there it just gets better. The UST is so thick, you could cut it with a knife or drive a stake through it, whatevs.

And that is my contribution to the 30 Day Meme for today. Read porn, kids.

Previous Days )
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (toxic corn)
Day 14 → A non-fictional book


The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker. I cannot recommend this strongly enough. It's a must-read for every woman. It's a book that basically tells you to trust your instincts because your first feeling about a situation or person is usually right. I bought it myself a few years back and it's helped me relax since I don't need to be paranoid about EVERY little thing and can better identify a weird situation early on so I don't find myself in trouble.

Previous Days )

We're meeting with a potential officiant today, tomorrow and next Wednesday so hopefully one of those will be a winner. Once that's done, we can move on to flowers and then start badgering my wedding party to get their dresses/tuxes bought. \0/
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (billie piper: READ)
Day 13 → A fictional book

The phrasing makes me think that I'm supposed to post about a book that doesn't actually exist, but looking at other folks' meme responses, apparently "they" want me to post about a work of fiction. All righty!


The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde is a book series written especially for those of us who are lovers of the written word. The main character, Thursday Next, has the ability to leap into books and interact with the characters there. She has to be careful though, since her actions could change the story as we know it. Lots of wordplay and puns, especially when it comes to people's names, and I just adore this book and the series itself to pieces. (Later in the series, Thursday has to head a group therapy session in Wuthering Heights and it's fucking amazing.)

Previous Days )

In other news, I got to take part in political sign-waving yesterday. We stood on the street corner for an hour and a half maybe and waved signs in support of the bus system. Mr. A and his dad were with me and we got lots of thumbs up, smiles, waves, and horn honking. I was given the thumbs down once, a head shake, and a teenager flipped me off but other than that it was supportive. Most people didn't seem to care though. Such is life, I guess.

Also, I finally got some positive responses from officiants and Mr. A and I are going to be meeting a few of them soon so we can figure out which ones we like and who is more affordable. Yay, this wedding is actually going to happen! :D
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (DW: the doctor: all of them)
Okay, so I'm saying flat out right now that Eleven more than makes up for all the shit we had to put up with under Ten's watch. SO AWESOME. Now I feel bad for purposely slighting Doctor Who yesterday in favor of Castle. I just wanted to save the episode for today so it could be a sweet Easter present to myself. And Eleven just may be my new favorite Doctor and I adore his companion. YAY, LOVING DOCTOR WHO AGAIN YAY!

By the way, happy Easter, all. I'm having dinner at the in-laws' tonight. Yay, good food!

And now we meme!

Day 04 → Your favourite book


A Little Princess. It always touches my heart and it's a comfort read for me. *hugs it*

Day 01 → Your favourite song
Day 02 → Your favourite movie
Day 03 → Your favourite television programme
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (billie piper: READ)
Here it is, the yearly book list! I briefly considered not doing one for 09-10 since I'm not in school anymore, but I'm so used to it that it'll feel weird if I stopped. So here we go!

Books September 20, 2008 - September 20, 2009 )
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (the office: creed - scuba)
While I adored The Office last night (particularly the cold open OH MY GOD), I laughed the hardest at Vampire Diaries. Particularly that cold open. It was difficult to breathe, the cliches were coming so fast and hard (that's what she said). I love you, barely tolerable show.

I also love Creed. He's such a delightfully weird guy. That's why he's become my new default icon. *points* See? Oh, and I forgot to acknowledge when I lost the bow layout. I figured after a whole spring/summer of bows, I just wanted a super simple journal layout. So here it is. With Creed being weird. No more sexy librarian nerd!Billie. *silently pours one out*

Two days until I post my yearly book list. Is it sad that I'm super excited? And that I'm really powering through my current books so they can make the list? I doubt they will, but it's fun to try. I almost want to do something really dorky this year. Like, at the bottom of my journal entries, I write what books I'm currently reading and what page I'm currently at. Is that too dorky? Because I'm sort of salivating at the idea.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt - 297
The Works of Jane Austen: Emma - 458
Go Ask Alice by "Anonymous" (real diary my ass) - 72

Yeah, I doubt I'll be continuing that practice. We'll see.
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (billie piper: READ)
Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

1. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnette
2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
3. The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
4. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
5. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
6. The Time-Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
7. Sophie's Choice by William Styron
8. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
10. The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
11. Tess of the D'urbevilles by Thomas Hardy
12. Ramona Quimby Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
13. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy O'Toole
14. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
15. 1984 by George Orwell

Annnnnd on a completely unrelated note: How about our new American Idol, huh? Meh.
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (Default)
Every year I keep track of what books I've read and then post the titles online. I used to keep the lists at my GreatestJournal but since the site went tits up, I'll have to post this year's list here. Maybe I'll end up backdating my older lists because I'm anal enough to want them all in one place. So without further ado, here is this year's list! It's much sadder than previous years and I'm disappointed at how few I read but hey, there's always this year.

Books from September 20, 2007 - September 20, 2008 )
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (DW: reading donna)

Your result for The How Well-Read Are You? Test...

Incredibly Well Read

*Applause* You. Are. Amazing. You may also be bothered by the fact that the first three sentences were not proper sentences at all but, rest easy now, the periods are there for emphasis. Also, I apologize for making this test to measure 'well-readliness' but nothing else would fit properly. Well, then. I could easily talk to you for hours. We could have a field day discussing Capote, Austen, Chaucer, Steinbeck, and Dickens, just to name a few. Chances are you really enjoy reading, which is wonderful in this day and age, and you either impress or annoy those around you with your vast knowledge of the best literature the world has to offer. Bravo, my friend. Bravo. Let's do tea sometime.

Take The How Well-Read Are You? Test at HelloQuizzy

I've always been one of those weirdos who consider books as friends. The first chapter book I can remember reading is Ellen Tibbits by Beverly Cleary. Then all the Ramona books and the American Girl series. (BSC and Sweet Valley Twins came much later for me. Trashy fun!) How about you guys? Let's start a book discussion! *dorky flail*
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (DW: marfa's pouty)
Bleh. You know how you can get headaches from having your hair in a ponytail for too long? Well, I have a hair-related headache right now just from having my hair tucked behind my ears all day. Sometimes I'm glad that my hair is so thick. This is not one of those times.

ETA: Oh yeah, I finished The Notebook. What. A. Piece. Of. Crap. Spoilery ranting )
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (DW: reading donna)
Forever and a day ago, I bought a Nicholas Sparks book at a drug store because a) I had a bus ride ahead of me with no other reading material and my mp3 player had died and b) I was curious to see what the fuss was all about. I read a few pages, found it boring, and set it at the bottom of my To Read pile. I've finally gotten to it just a few days ago.

And... Euugggghhh. It's not even the genre because I've read romances that were actually really cool. It's him. Nicholas Sparks. His writing style is bland and boring. And in The Notebook I think he's created an unsympathetic, selfish, and indecisive heroine in Allie. I'm nearly 100 pages in and I absolutely dislike her. I'm too invested to toss it aside now, but seriously. What a bunt. I hope it gets better but I still think I'll be donating this book to the library when I'm finished. Spoilery rant )
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (NES: bastian - DORKING)
Today when I went to the drug store to pick up some Easter candy for me and my roommates, I found myself in the book/magazine aisle so I could have something to read while waiting for the bus. And for some reason that I cannot possibly fathom, I hovered between two Stephen King books and a Nicholas Sparks book and I honestly had a mini-quandry over which to buy. Seriously.

And I ended up buying the Nicholas Sparks book while my brain was screaming, "What?! What?!! Put that down, what the fuck?! You know you're going to hate that! You know this Oprah book is crap! Put it down!"

The other half of my brain calmly replied, "It's not fair to rag on this author unless we've read something of his. Once we reach the end we can say what we want because we'll have an informed opinion." To which the other half settled down and said, "Okay."

I read three pages and it was painful. I know it'll just get worse but I'm going to stick it out. Because it's not fair to rag on something you've never read or watched.
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (toxic corn)
[ profile] nutmeg610 finds the raddest memes. (I have to note that before we get to the meme, I sometimes write comments next to the list and then see people yoink the thing from me and include my comments. O_o That's weird. Delete other people's comments on these memes, people. It's really weird to leave them there.)

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of 30 September 2007). As usual, bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk to those you've read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list.

Books! )
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (toxic corn)
I recently read Bored of the Rings, the Harvard Lampoon satire of Lord of the Rings. And my whole time reading it, I kept picturing [ profile] nutmeg610 pointing out all that was wrong with it. XD It's an okay book, a shade over a hundred pages, but by maybe chapter four I felt like the premise was wearing a bit thin. The biggest laugh for me was that the Bilbo Baggins character's name was Dildo Buggers. Because I'm twelve.

Also, about Fables: Comics blathering )


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