angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)
Book under 100 pages: Grumpy Cat Book
Read Aloud: The Catkins Diet (read to my cats)
Middle Grade: Blubber by Judy Blume
Mental Illness: The Crooked Heart of Mercy by Billie Livingston (First Reads win)
Book over 500 pages: The Passage by Justin Cronin
Horror: Book of the Damned by Tanith Lee
Read Book/Watch Movie: Under the Skin by Michael Faber (book was really good, movie was okay)
Audiobook: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather (the category is supposed to be audiobooks that won an award, but I can't download certain books yet)
Book set before 1900s: Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund (a fave)
Non-superhero comic published recently: Rat Queens
Post-Apocalyptic and/or Dystopia: Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Essays: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Notable Mentions of non-challenge books:

  1. Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

  2. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

  3. Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki

  4. The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg

  5. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi

  6. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

  7. The Dublin Murder Squad series

  8. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

  9. Black London: Life Before Emancipation by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

angelicmobster8: (Cherries)
A book with a number in the title: Nine Stories (1953) by JD Salinger

  • They are good stories, but I wasn't going to keep it after I finished. But then the last story blew my mind.

Not part of the challenge:
Re-read: The Secret Garden (1911) by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • It took me longer than it should have to re-read this. I was distracted because my copy was falling apart, my cat kept stepping on my boobs, and I kept imagining what their lives would be like. If Mary were a real person and still alive today, she would be 115. Not too farfetched. Hopefully she would have realized her feelings towards Indians were messed up.

  • My book is a paperback edition that was a tie-in with a tv movie. The cover has the three children in front of a Christmas tree, even though none of the book takes place during Christmas. Colin Firth has a small role.

  • A lot of the book seemed like Dickon fanfiction.

First Reads: The Drafter (2015) by Kim Harrison

  • Not too bad

Films of Norma Shearer (1976) by Jack Jacobs
An Untamed State (2014) by Roxane Gay

  • Really good

Manga: Frankenstein (?) by Junjo Ito

  • Couldn't help but laugh at the female creature

Manga: Free Soul (2004) by Ebine Yamaji

  • Misread the description. Was kind of disappointed that the  story wasn't about a relationship between the main character and Angie.

  • There was a slight incest subplot, but they were very flippant about it.

The Book of Negroes (2007) by Lawrence Hill

  • Really good.

First Reads: Luminous (2015) by Kendra A. Ziems

  • It was self published, could have used more editing.

angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)
Not Part of the Challenge: The Conditions of Love (2008?) by Morishima Akiko

  • My first manga. I didn't get most of it, because I didn't realize until the next one that I wasn't reading the panels in the right order.

  • Also my first yuri...


Not Part of the Challenge: Lovesick Dead (2007?) by Junji Ito

  • Nice and creepy

  • The translation may have been a bit clunky, I dunno. It seemed unnatural for them to be saying "the Intersections Pretty Boy" everytime they talked about him.


Translation: The Descent into Hell (2006) by Dante, translated by Dorothy L. Sayers in 1949

  • Realized too late that it was an abridged version of Inferno. I'll listen to The Divine Comedy on audiobook one day.

  • Dante only fainted twice, which is impressive considering all of the shit he saw

  • "So gaped as one I saw there, from the chin / Down to the fart-hole split as by a cleaver" see what I mean?


Based on a true story: So Young to Die (1993) by Candice F. Ransom

  • Originally bought it because the illustration of Hannah seemed so badass

  • I think this category is for narrative nonfiction or something like Picnic At Hanging Rock. This read more like a wiki article.


Book your mom loves: The Secret (2006) by Rhonda Byrne

  • Don't get me started


TW: rape
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angelicmobster8: (Piggy)
Book You Can Read in One Day: Zen Cowboy

  • Okay, so it's a giftbook, but I really wanted the little cowboy boot charm. There will be book books that will fit into this category, but I... really wanted that charm...


Graphic Novel/Comic Book: Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

  1. I always thought that Enid reminded me a bit of my sister. In the comic, her birthday is 12/23/1979, so she's 5 days younger than my sister.

  2. David Clowes, lol.


Book with more than 500 pages: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

  1. Could have read this after Christmas.

  2. See, it isn't difficult to put a mixed race family into a story.

  3. OMG, Doughboy.

  4. It would be lovely if this were made into a movie. It would probably be whitewashed though.

  5. I haven't read the Percy Jackson books, he must have made the Greek gods less rapey.

  6. I love how confident Sadie is.

  7. Kept imagining Carter as a younger Donald Glover. Nut was Lupita Nyong'o. Bast was Zoe Saldana. For some reason, when I was dreamcasting Sobek (well, his voice), Zach Galifinakis jumped into my head. WTF?

  8. The Elvis bit was interesting. I was going to write about it some more, but I'm too tired. Ugh.

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Cat Magic (1986) by Whitley Strieber and Witches (1993) by Kathryn Myer Griffith both:

  1. have hissing black cats on the cover

  2. are about witches

  3. have characters named Amanda

I dunno.
angelicmobster8: (Cherries)
Where do I get my books? Lately I've been going to the library. Also, taking whichever books my sister or her friend are donating, that I'm interested in. I haven't been buying books, because I have sooooooo many all over my room. Usually I bought them from the library book sale or at thrift stores. The most recent book I bought were at a church sale, they were:

  1. Gone With the Wind

  2. Chocolat

  3. The Little Prince

Can't afford to buy books new, makes me feel guilty that I can't help out the independant bookstores. Also can't stand going into Chapters. Everytime I'm there, I get dizzy and confused.

Favourite Bronte sister? I have read Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. I prefer JE, but understand why WH is so great. I have Annes books and look forward to reading them, I've heard some great things about her writing being proto-feminist. I don't think I could pick a favourite even when I do read everything by and about them. It's so sad that Charlotte lost all of her siblings.

Any bookish presents? Other sister gave me this.

Goodreads reccomended this book to me while I was reading Christmas Treasury (which I ended up donating without finishing). I do want to read it, but it doesn't seem to go with Louisa May Alcott.
angelicmobster8: (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.

Some stuff

Nov. 19th, 2014 08:18 pm
angelicmobster8: (Butterfly)
I have decided not to look at Post Secret anymore. I dunno.

My Gotham City Sirens dream cast:

  • Poison Ivy - Christina Hendricks

  • Harley Quinn - Juno Temple (she's a bit younger than the other two though)

  • Catwoman - Gugu Mbatha-Raw

When I was reading Breakfast At Tiffany's, I was so surprised at how racist Holly was. I know it's the 40's and she's from Texas, but gawd! I couldn't imagine Audrey Hepburn saying some of those things. Or Marilyn Monroe, who Truman Capote wanted as Holly. While I was reading, I was trying to think of an actress who I could see as book-Holly, and I thought of Amanda Peet. Igby Goes Down Amanda Peet.

The wiki page for The Handmaid's Tale answered some questions I had. It was Atwoods birthday yesterday.

Here are some Jane Austen novel covers from the past. I really love that 1907 one.

I should start going to the art gallery or something. I haven't been there since I was 12, maybe?
angelicmobster8: (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...

*cries*

Aug. 30th, 2005 11:51 am
angelicmobster8: (Schmee)
I go back to school on the 6th! *sobs*

On w/ annoying online journal whining/ranting:
My summer sucked, my family sucks! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Why!?

Anyway, I went to the movies over 10 times this summer. Some of the movies were okay, some were a waste of money. There's a whole bunch of other crap I did this summer, but I don't feel like typing it.

I want skittle bubble gum! I love skittles!

My msn nick: {Äñgêlï¢Mðߧ†êr} BOW DOWN! Or I will unleash my zoinky army of surly crack-babies! {Soy un perdedor} Zingaro!

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac rules!

Soy un Perdedor,
Hugs and Puppies,
AM

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