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  1. Classic Romance: Northanger Abbey

  2. Became a movie: Dracula

  3. Published this year: The Impossible Knife of Memory

  4. Number in the title: 50 Shades Darker

  5. Written by someone under 30: All I Want to Be by Halley Reed

  6. Non-Human characters: Raven Girl

  7. Funny: Go The Fuck to Sleep (narrated by Samuel L Jackson)

  8. Female Author: The Marriage Chest by Dorothy Eden. Read 42 books by women this year, but that was the first.

  9. Mystery/Thriller: The Moth Diaries is kind of a mystery. I started reading Thai Horse, a thriller, but it was so ugh. Sexist/racist adventure thriller about a white dude, set in Asian country, written by a white dude. Donate it before finishing, and two others that were the same (but set in China and Japan rather than Thailand).

  10. One word title: Starstruck

  11. Short stories: Breakfast at Tiffany's and Other Stories.

  12. Set in a different country: Like I said, my books didn't really travel out of Canada, the US or UK. I'll try to fix that in 2015. I guess the "best" for that category is Eat, Pray, Love. Ugh.

  13. Non-fic: The Women Who Run With Wolves

  14. Popular authors first book: I may have read something that counts, but I don't feel like looking it up. Ew, 50 shades of Grey would count.

  15. Book from an author you love, but never read: Witch Baby, my library had every Dangerous Angel book, except this one, which is the second. My sister bought me the anthology last year. Missing Angel Juan is still my favourite.

  16. Recommended by a friend: ha

  17. Pulitzer prize winner: none this year

  18. Based on a true story: I assume this means, something that happened and was fictionalized for a book. Rather than a non-fic. I'll go with The Fairy Ring.

  19. Bottom of to-read list: since I try to read my books in the order that I buy them/they are given to me/they appear in my hands from a puff of smoke... I'll say the bottom of my to-read list is the newest one. That would be A Midwinters Tail, came in a box of books my sisters friend was donating.

  20. Book your mom loves: she has a lot of books, but can't really read because it's hard on her eyes. I keep telling her about audiobooks and large print, but I dunno. For 2015, I'll make it, dun dun dun, The Secret. Ugh. Someone told her to read it and she went out and bough FOUR copies (one for her, one for each of her brats). She still hasn't read it. Mar read it and hated it. Other Sister read it and is a kiss-ass so she loves it. It's been collecting dust with my other unreads for years.

  21. Book that scared you: Wintergirls and Lord of the Flies gave me some anxiety.

  22. More than 100 years old: Carmilla

  23. Nice Cover: Fly on the Wall, The Marriage Chest. I've gotten out of buying books just for the cover. The plot summary has to be interesting as well. FOTW seemed cute, it was. I misread the summary on TMC and it was disappointing.

  24. Book you didn't read in school: 1984 and Lord of the Flies, I guess.

  25. Memoir: Marbles

I'll post my modified list next year. But mainly I wanted to add POC writers, LGBTQ subjects, poetry, etc. I also changed things like "set in the future" is just "sci-fi". Magic is high or low fantasy. Classic romance is just romance. I dunno. We'll see how 2015 goes.
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I'm going to do this list for 2015. I made a modified list for 2016 that fits me better. And only one category per book. For example, I will be using Margaret Atwoods Maddaddam trilogy for the trilogy. But it would also fit into "by a female author" and "set in the future" (I think).

Anyway, I was curious to see if I unintentionally read any in 2014:

  1. Finished in one day: The Crow. Have been watching the movie since I was little. Amazing art.

  2. Antonym in the title: N/A

  3. Set somehere you've always wanted to visit: My books didn't travel very much. Also, I'm sort of a homebody. I guess London in Neverwhere. But one country that always makes me go "OMG WTF why are you so prettyful!?" is Iceland. So for 2015, I'll get a book set in Iceland.

  4. Came out the year you were born: The Witching Hour.

  5. Book with bad reviews: 50 Shades of Grey

  6. Trilogy: Didn't get a whole one in, but finished His Dark Materials. Least sentimental/condescending childrens books ever. And so good.

  7. Book from childhood: I assume this means re-read a book you read as a child, I re-read Hop on Pop by Dr. Suess before donating it.

  8. Love Triangle: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

  9. Set in the future: The Handmaids Tale

  10. Set in highschool: Fly on the Wall

  11. Colour in the title: Pink Smog

  12. Made you cry: I don't know if any made me cry. Maybe Wintergirls.

  13. Magic: The Night Circus

  14. Graphic Novel: Fun Home

  15. By An author you never read before: White is For Witching by Helen Oyeyemi. A lot would have fit into this category, but I wanted to point this book out. So good.

  16. Book you own but never read: I have a shit ton of books that fit here, but I'll single out the ones that have been with me for years. Like coffee table books, do people ever read them? Mine was Birthday Secrets, an astrology book.

  17. Takes place in your hometown: none, the closest was Toronto-set Scott Pilgrims Precious Little Life. Toronto is 4 hours away I think. I looked up novels set in Windsor on the library website, found a few that might be interesting.

  18. Written in a different language: The Little Prince (French).

  19. Christmas: A Midwinter's Tail was set in early December and mentions Christmas. Snowed in seemed to be set during winter break, but it never mentions Christmas or New Years. Or when they go back to school.

  20. Author with your initials: Nope. Jodi Picoult for 2015 it is.

  21. A play: N/A

  22. Banned book: 1984

  23. Based on or inspired by a tv show: Buffy comic book

  24. Started but never finished: The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963. We started reading it in school, but then they took it off the reading list. I don't think it was banned, I think it was paperwork or something. I dunno.

  25. More than 500 pages: The Witching Hour. But I won't be using the same books for several categories in 2015.

Going to make this two posts.
angelicmobster8: black and white photo of katharine hepburn, text says i'm still here (Katharine Hepburn)
I've been reading quick ones since this time of year is so stressful for me. Here are some notes on a few of them:

The Elementals by Francesca Lia Block

  • Her most recent books are a lot different in tone from the older ones. That's fine, but strange to witness. I don't know.

A Midwinter's Tail by Sofie Kelly

  • my first cozy mystery. It was cozy all right.

  • Lots of hot chocolate

  • the villain wanted to save the cat, lol

Nicholas Knock and Other People by Dennis Lee

  • a bunch of trippy childrens poems from the 70's

  • some set in Toronto

  • trippy

Snowed In by Rachel Hawthorne

  • Don't really read much YA that focuses on romance. Was kind of cute though. It was set on the island where Somewhere in Time was filmed.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

  • I understand why so many people love it.

angelicmobster8: a well manicured hand with a large ring tightening a lace on the green shoe (Shoe)
This song is so good.

Other songs I'm lovin' today

  1. Tina Turner - Mountain High/River Deep

  2. Ohio Players - Sweet Sticky Thing

  3. The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping

This parody Kim Wayans did of the Crystal Waters song. <3

Another Vi Hart video that is just...

David Walliams wrote a childrens book called Gangsta Granny. I know him as the creepy dude from Capturing Mary, so it's hilarious.

While I'm here, I may as well do an update on the books I'm reading

Motown Encyclopedia

  • Bruce Willis had an entry, lol

InterWorld

  • Joeys mom took that really well

  • I finished it

Christmas Treasury

  • I skipped the short story "A Country Christmas". I don't like doing that, but bleh.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World

  • Finished this. It's a little more incoherant than the first volume, but in a charming way I guess.

angelicmobster8: woman with adorable lamb (Lamb)
Yeah, finished that. Donating it. I wont start any new books (except library books) until January. Anyway, last thoughts.

  1. She probably shouldn't refer to Hinduism and Buddhism as "wacky"

  2. She needs to learn that Africa isn't one country.

  3. "It hadn't occured to me that the Indonesian government would be anything less than delighted to host me in their country for just as long as I pleased to stay" (73) It hadn't occured to me that she would sound more ignorant in the Bali section, than in the India one.

  4. That bribing the guy to extend her visa kind of grossed me out. Especially when she writes about Yudhi being deported from the States.

  5. What is this sex infection she gets that is so painful?

  6. "If you need help making stiff your banana, I can give you medicine."

There was a book in the Goodreads giveaways that had this in it's description: Warning: This title is sexually explicit with mild bdsm. If you like it rough and spanky, this may be for you.

SO true.

This dog would make a great Loup in The Book of Lost Things.
angelicmobster8: black and white photo of katharine hepburn, text says i'm still here (Katharine Hepburn)
Finished The Handmaids Tale

  1. Like I said, I loved it.

  2. It didn't really mention what happened to people of color. I imagine the Marthas are WOCs. Or maybe there are still POC and that includes the Econowives.

  3. "Seed in early Gilead"


Started Eat Pray Love

  • I know I know, but I need something easy breezy to read right now.


Got this in the mail

  1. Goodreads win

  2. a book about Motown written by a British white guy, I dunno

  3. It's going to take a while


Fifty Shades Darker

  1. Bitch-troll

  2. I actually liked the movie 9 and 1/2 Weeks, too bad the series couldn't be more like that.

  3. They've only been together for 5 weeks! Ack!

  4. She has worn that blue shirt too many times, does it even get clean?

  5. Ugh, he bitches at her for harmlessly flirting with Taylor. He's like Ray to her, Christian is a cockstain.

  6. Christian says that lovers don't need safewords!? Fuck you, yes they do!

  7. If Ana had went on the NYC trip and her boss tried to rape her, it would have been so victim blamey. I think I would have burned the book.

  8. Christian called Ana and then hung up! That is so childish, that is something Harpy does. Why aren't they using their blackberries for emailing, WTF?

  9. I read "His breathing eases" as "his breathing ceases" and was happy for a moment. I wrote it in my notes as "His breading eases". Christian eases up on breadmaking.

  10. In my annotations, when Ana mentioned her inner goddess doing something (can't remember), I wrote "my inner demon rolls its eyes". It was the one before her inner goddess put a rose in her mouth and did a tango.

angelicmobster8: a heart shaped candy saying a.m. inc. (Schmee)
I won this book on goodreads. Here are some thoughts on each short story:

  1. "Rocketships of Brass" by Chris Raven. I guess it was okay, but it seemed kind of abrupt. I think he's planning on making it into a novel or something. It seemed like some short sci-fi stories that were in this anthology from the 90's that I read once. Whatever at that sentence.

  2. Various stories by AL Butcher: "House of Treasure" and "The Secret Kitchen" reminded me of Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales. Her poems are okay, I dunno.

  3. "The App" by Adam Bigden. I was going to say this was my favourite, but I'm not sure now.

  4. "Sparks" by Donny Swords. I didn't retain anything I read*. Of course this dude has the biggest bio of the writers.

  5. "Dino's Papers" by Alan Hardy. Maybe this one is my favourite. It's quite funny.

  6. "A Hard Days Night"  by Ray Foster. I also liked this one a bit, good twist.


As for the book itself, the formatting could have used more editing. But it was free so whatevs.

* maybe I'm just not into this type of sci-fi, I don't know how I'm going to write a proper review on Goodreads.
angelicmobster8: black and white photo of katharine hepburn, text says i'm still here (Katharine Hepburn)
The Handmaid's Tale

  1. "Purple and smeared with yogurt", well it's good that I don't like yogurt anyway

  2. I know that Margaret Atwood is a funny woman, but I didn't expect the book to be so humourous. Since most of the sci-fi that I've read has been from the fifties or before, wasn't expecting references to Scrabble and Weight Watchers. I love this book.

  3. Pen envy

  4. It was clever of her to put the butter chapter before the ceremony chapter. It never explains whether or not lubrication is used during the ceremony, so I was all "uuuuugh".

  5. I really love that Offreds relationship with Moira is so detailed.

  6. I haven't seen the movie, but I'm guessing that it doesn't have the humour that the book does. I was a little wary of reading the book, knowing that it would be bleak. It is, but the funny moments help and make the narrator more believable. We do sometimes think funny things when horrible things are happening to us. It's like a coping mechanism.


Fifty Shades Darker

  1. Ana says that Christian is so "refined and sophisticated", but he says "Laters, baby" in like every chapter!

  2. Christian is a Sheryl Crow fan.

  3. Dr. Flynn and Dr. Greene are both so unprofessional!

  4. So rude of Elena to be making threats. Ana can't hurt Christian as much as he's hurting her. Even if she got a restraining order, he'd still be after her. Of course she wouldn't do that, because she's so in love with his dick.

  5. Anas speech to Elena was pretty good though, I wish she would get like that with Christian.

  6. Christians all like "You shouldn't hang out with Jose because he tried to take advantage of you" but wont hear it when Ana calls Elena a child molester.

  7. Ana's low self esteem is really annoying. I've got low self esteem, but I would never be that self-deprecating when a billion people are all like "OMG YOU SO PRETTY". That said, a person shouldn't get all their self esteem from other people calling them pretty. I'm trying to be more vain, it's better than hating myself.

  8. Taylors security team includes a Ryan and a Reynolds, lol.

  9. Christians all like "You have to trust me and TELL ME EVERY DETAIL OF YOUR LIFE" and then is "I don't want to talk about my fucked upness". Trusting someone isn't just about telling them EVERYTHING and vise versa, it's about letting them have privacy and knowing they will tell you when they are ready. They don't owe you their innermost thoughts.

  10. Getting really tired of Christians use of the phrase "crack whore".

angelicmobster8: a well manicured hand with a large ring tightening a lace on the green shoe (Shoe)
I was behind on books, but October really pushed me foreward. Tried to only read things that were spooky and what not. Not listed are short stories I may have read.

Finished in October

  1. The Witching Hour (1990) by Anne Rice *

  2. Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker. I've been thinking of the 1992 movie. I have always loved it, but I can still think it's ugh in places. Like Mina falls in love with Dracula after walking in on him literally raping (vampires are sometimes metaphors for rape) Lucy. And we're supposed to feel sorry for him because she's his "reincarnated love" and Lucy is a "whore". In the book, Dracula mostly uses Mina to infiltrate the group that is trying to stop him. So in a way, the Penny Dreadful (tv show, spoilers sort of) version of him is closer than most of the movies. He uses Mina to lure Eva Greens character to him. I don't like who they cast as Dorian Gray though. Off topic. Also, I now realize I was imagining Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing while reading the book.

Started and Finished in October

  1. The Wide Window (2000) by Lemony Snicket

  2. Pretty Deadly Vol. I (2014) by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Emma Rios *. Loved it. It has inspired some scents.

  3. The Book of Lost Things (2006) by John Connolly *. Had that great creepy old fairy tale thing going on, Maria Tatar would approve. Loved it.

  4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962) by Shirley Jackson *. I think I liked loved it better than The Haunting of Hill House.

  5. Carmilla (1871) by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Really good, really getting into the movies and web-series based on it. Listened to it on Librivox.

  6. The Night Circus (2011) by Erin Morgenstern *. Loved it. Amazing dreamy feel to it. This helped me understand the tarot.

  7. The Lonesome Night in the October (1993) by Roger Zelazny *


Started in October

  1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth (2009) by Carrie Ryan *. It has a sort of detached feeling to it, but that's okay. I mostly like it, reminds me of The Village and 28 Days Later.

* means it was a library book. I was inspired to read some of them by this list.

I doubt I'll start any other books before the end of the month. JK Rowling is releasing an Umbridge short on Halloween.
angelicmobster8: a heart shaped candy saying a.m. inc. (Ghost)
A couple of days ago. Read the introduction by Brooke Allen as well and have some thoughts on that:

  1. Van Helsing made a reference to the Ugly Duckling...

  2. "...calls some of my sex to love..." misread that and thought he meant he had a bit of a boner

  3. Henry Irving seems like an asshole

  4. It sounds like Bram Stoker may have been asexual, with crushes on men like Walt Whitman and Henry Irving.

  5. Brooke Allen says that Lucy didn't survive, because she was too innocent and virginal. It's funny, because most movies today portray her as a slut, because horror movies like to kill off sexual women. I'm glad that the words virgin and slut no longer have any meaning to me. They are just words used to demean women and put them into categories.

  6. This

Overall, I liked it, but it's not my favourite old-timey horror. Though there were some really good parts that Brooke Allen pointed out. I'm more partial to The Picture of Dorian Gray, Frankenstein, Phantom of the Opera and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Maybe in that order. I still want to read Carmilla.

Read a comic book called Pretty Deadly, written by Kelly Sue Deconnick and illustrated by Emma Rios:

  1. I really liked it

  2. A lot of cool female characters

  3. At first I found it chaotic, but that happens a lot when I read comics/graphic novels/whatnot

  4. I was thinking a male character (Mutt, I think), looked a lot like Lee Van Cleef. Or reminded me of him. In the back of the book, there were conceptual drawings. Ginnys hat was called the "Lee Van Cleef" hat.

  5. Anyway, I want to continue with this series.

I have wonderful memories of reading Bunnicula when I was 10. It was a class novel. I read it at home, at this lovely blue desk we used to have, bu candlelight. We had a shallow stone bowl that I would burn stuff in, and pretend I was a witch. I like to play with hot wax when I was little...
angelicmobster8: a well manicured hand with a large ring tightening a lace on the green shoe (Shoe)
The Witching Hour

  1. She wrote that Stuart grew up in a small Texan town, in a lovely house with a widows walk. I don't know how big Galveston was in the early 20th century, but this house is perfect.

  2. This is the plantation where Aaron takes Michael to waste time. I guess it was also mentioned in Interview with the Vampire, but I don't remember. It just showed up on my dash all timely and what not.

  3. Carlotta reminds me of Harpy.

  4. I keep imagining Lee Pace as Lasher. I don't know why. I need to watch "Pushing Daisies".

  5. Deirdre like to play a Gershwin song, sung by Nina Simone, on a jukebox. This one?

  6. This is a library book. Since it's a beat up paperback, I kept forgetting it wasn't mine and wrote in it a bit. In pen! I never do that. Ugh. I don't think what I wrote would bother anyone though.

Dracula

  1. I've been falling behind on Dracula. Mostly because I want to finish TWH. As far as these old-timey horror books go, I think I prefer Phantom of the Opera. I'm going to try to read Carmilla in October.

Anne Rice

Sep. 23rd, 2014 04:22 pm
angelicmobster8: a heart shaped candy saying a.m. inc. (Johnny Christ)
I've been reading The Witching Hour. I like Anne Rice a whole lot better that EL James, but her sex scene make me roll my eyes just as much. I've also never liked how she writes about rape. Or characters calling rough consensual sex "mutual rape" or something like that. I guess I will never read her Sleeping Beauty series.

Also, the Talamasca know(s?) how to waste time. They left the hotel to drive 90 minutes to a plantation, so that Michael can read the files that would take anyone hours to read? Then they have to drive the 90 minutes back?

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