Things I Love Right Now

I love this post about young women’s power of linguistic change. (Thanks, Peter!)

I love this print on Anna Maria Horner’s new linen fabric.

I love this Lumineers cover from Nashville, it brought tears to my eyes. #sap

I love this book I am reading. Only four stories in and they’ve all been fantastic. (Also that is a great article with the authors.) (And here is the web site where they generated those stories [and more].)

I love this $190 scarf that comes in 1,557 tartans. I WOULD LIKE THEM ALL PLEASE.

I love SOME of these white ink tattoos. (Especially #1 on the arm altho I hear inner arm hurts like a mother and #2 on the back shoulders.)

(Yes this is totes an imitation of Bliss‘ “I heart” posts. Kudos. And also inspired by Maggie’s WONDERFUL “I Made This For You” posts that I look forward to every week.)

À la Nick Hornby, books in/books out for March.

Bought:

  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove, by Karen Russell
  • Tenth of December, by George Saunders
  • Suspect, by Robert Crais (iphone/Kindle)*
  • Etiquette & Espionage, by Gail Carriger (iphone/Kindle)*

Read:

  • The Order of Odd Fish, by James Kennedy (gift from the author)
  • Suspect, by Robert Crais (iphone/Kindle)
  • The Giver, by Lois Lowry (iphone/Kindle)
  • Choice Words, by Peter H. Johnston
  • Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (iphone/Kindle)
  • Sarah, Plain & Tall, by Patricia McLachlan (borrowed from classroom library)
  • Big Jack, by J.D. Robb (borrowed from laundry room)

*Oops, went over my two-book limit! I blame spring break!

À la Nick Hornby, books in/books out for January.

Bought:

  • The Patrick Melrose Novels, by Edward St Aubyn*
  • Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein
  • Prophet Volume 1: Remission (graphic novel)

Read:

  • Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow #1), by Anthony Ryan (iphone/kindle)
  • SeraphinA, by Rachel Hartman
  • Touch of Frost, by Jennifer Estep

I decided I can only let myself buy two books a month thanks to the current financial straits. Therefore I have/had to wait until February to buy the final Wheel of Time book. That’s OK b/c I have very little time to read right now anyway as I’m not taking much public transit right now which is my #1 reading time. I have almost no free time even when I’m at home right now–teaching is almost a 24 hour job and then only hours I’m not either at school or working on stuff for school are when I need to be sleeping. Yeah it’s super exhausting.

*Technically I already own one of these as a stand-alone…but they just collected the first four to go with the new #5 that just came out and it was on sale at my local store for $20 with 10% off and that’s cheaper than buying a $8-$10 paperback of the three I don’t have…

À la Nick Hornby, books in/books out for November.

Bought:

  • Little Red Riding Hood, by J. Grimm, illu by Trina Schart Hyman
  • Little Red Riding Hood, by Jacob Grimm, illu by Daniel Egneus

Read:

  • Little Red Riding Hood, by Jacob Grimm, illu by Daniel Egneus
  • Little Red Riding Hood, by J. Grimm, illu by Trina Schart Hyman
  • The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides

Slow month for reading. Mostly because I didn’t like the Eugenides very much so when I had reading time I didn’t necessarily use it. Also I wasn’t on public transportation almost all month which is my primary reading time.

À la Nick Hornby, books in/books out for October.

Bought:

  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konisburg
  • The Michigan Mega Monsters (American Chillers #1), by Jonathan Rand
  • The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Stranger’s Child, by Alan Hollinghurst
  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (graphic novel)
  • The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate
  • The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Outpost, by Ann Aguirre
  • Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell

Read:

  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konisburg (classroom library)
  • The Michigan Mega Monsters (American Chillers #1), by Jonathan Rand
  • Emiko Superstar, by Mariko Tamaki
  • American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang (classroom library)
  • The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Stranger’s Child, by Alan Hollinghurst
  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (graphic novel)
  • Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord, by Sarah MacLean (iphone/Kindle)
  • The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

À la Nick Hornby, books in/books out for August.

Bought:

  • Kornwolf, by Tristan Egolf
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed

Read:

  • Blue Front, by Martha Collins (poetry)
  • The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller #2), by Patrick Rothfuss (library)
  • Broken Harbor, by Tana French
  • You and No Other, by Cathy Maxwell (borrowed from mom)
  • Kornwolf, by Tristan Egolf
  • Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey (reread)
  • Dragonquest, by Anne McCaffrey (reread)
  • Dragonsong, by Anne McCaffrey (reread)
  • Dragonsinger, by Anne McCaffrey (reread)
  • The White Dragon, by Anne McCaffrey (reread)
  • Dragondrums, by Anne McCaffrey (reread)
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed
  • Hark a Vagrant, by Kate Beaton (gift from Ginger ages ago!)
  • Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, by Hena Khan
  • Far Arden, by Kevin Cannon (8/27)
  • Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech
  • The Book Whisperer, by Donalyn Miller

August was a great month of reading. Getting ready for school but full of free time.

À la Nick Hornby, books in/books out for July.

Bought:

  • Horizon (Aftertime #3), by Sophie Littlefield
  • Grave Witch (Alex Kraft #1), by Kalayna Price (iphone/kindle)
  • Swamplandia!, by Karen Russell
  • Sixth-One Nails, by Mike Shevdon
  • The Road to Bedlam, by Mike Shevdon
  • Strangeness and Charm, by Mike Shevdon
  • Life on Mars, by Tracy K. Smith (poetry)
  • Blue Front, by Martha Collins (poetry)
  • Broken Harbor, by Tana French

Too much for a girl without a job but I did buy most of it with gift cards, so…

Read:

  • Silver, by Rhiannon Held (library)
  • Ash, by Malinda Lo
  • The Pox Party; the Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation #1, by M.T. Anderson (borrowed from prof)
  • Shoot to Thrill, by P.J. Tracy (library)
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness (iphone/kindle)
  • Horizon (Aftertime #3), by Sophie Littlefield
  • Grave Witch (Alex Kraft #1), by Kalayna Price (iphone/kindle)
  • Swamplandia!, by Karen Russell
  • Sixth-One Nails, by Mike Shevdon
  • The Road to Bedlam, by Mike Shevdon
  • Strangeness and Charm, by Mike Shevdon
  • Life on Mars, by Tracy K. Smith (poetry)

À la Nick Hornby, books in/books out for June.

Bought:

  • Bitterblue, by Kristin Cashore
  • Blue Front, by Martha Collins (poetry)
  • It’s Not You, It’s Me; The Poetry of Breakup, edited by Jerry Williams
  • Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
  • Magic without Mercy, by Devon Monk
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt

Read:

  • Arcadia, by Lauren Groff
  • Bitterblue, by Kristin Cashore
  • After the War, by Carol Matas (borrowed from the classroom)
  • The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater (iphone/kindle)
  • Trickster’s Choice, by Tamora Pierce
  • Taken, by Robert Crais (iphone/kindle)
  • Graceling, by Kristin Cashore (reread)
  • Fire, by Kristin Cashore (reread)
  • Break In, by Dick Francis (reread)
  • Bolt, by Dick Francis (reread)
  • Niccolo Rising, by Dorothy Dunnett (reread)
  • Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
  • Magic without Mercy, by Devon Monk
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt

À la Nick Hornby, books in/books out for May.

Bought:*

  • The Lover’s Dictionary, by David Levithan
  • Divergent, by Veronica Roth (b/c the first time I read it was via electronic loaner and I wanted my own copy!)
  • Insurgent, by Veronica Roth
  • Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3), by Patricia Briggs (iphone/kindle)
  • Arcadia, by Lauren Groff
  • Shelf Discovery; The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading, by Lizzie Skurnick

Read:

  • The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster
  • Divergent, by Veronica Roth (reread)
  • Insurgent, by Veronica Roth
  • Dead Iron, the Age of Steam, by Devon Monk
  • Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater (reread)
  • Linger, by Maggie Stiefvater (reread)
  • Forever, by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Lover’s Dictionary, by David Levithan
  • Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins (borrowed from the classroom)
  • Icefall, by Matthew J. Kirby
  • Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli (borrowed from the classroom)
  • Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3), by Patricia Briggs (kindle/iphone)
  • The River Between Us, by Richard Peck (borrowed from professor)
  • Over Sea, Under Stone, by Susan Cooper (borrowed from the classroom)
  • City of the Beasts, by Isabel Allende (borrowed from the classroom)

*WAY too many books for a girl with no job all year, I know. GAAAH. I mean, I was working this month but given I’ve only worked two other weeks THIS YEAR before this month of teaching… Yeah. But I’m just so lonely and miserable, it’s really hard to deny myself books TOO.