Four Books

Jul. 17th, 2015 10:42 am
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Memoir: Rebel Heart: An American Rock 'n' Roll Journey (2001) by Bebe Buell w/ Victor Bokris

  • decent trash memoir

  • I didn't like how flippant she was about rock stars screwing teenagers

The rest are not part of the challenge.

Goodreads win: The Girl Who Slept With God (2015) by Val Brelinski

  • I really liked it

  • will be released on August 4

Goodreads win: Let Me Die in His Footsteps (2015) by Lori Roy

  • Also really liked it

  • creepy and lovely

Cat's Eye (1988) by Margaret Atwood

  • so good

  • so familiar

These just keep getting shorter and shorter.
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Trilogy (3): MaddAddam (2013) by Margaret Atwood. Really liked it. Am really curious about how they will handle the tv series.

Not a part of the challenge: Let's Go to Colasanti's (1999) by Jane Buttery

Book that you owned but have never read: Trail of the Wolf (1993) by RD Lawrence. One of those books that have been in the house forever.

Not a part of the challenge: The Casual Vacancy (2012) by JK Rowling. Daaaaamn. She went all out.

Book based solely on it's cover: The Ghost Orchid (2006) by Carol Goodman.

Can't really write right now. I'm just
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Not a part of the challenge: Finished the rest of the Scott Pilgrim books.

Not a part of the challenge: The Truth and the Life (2014) by Elizabeth Moore. A book from the Goodreads giveaways that I actually really liked.

Book with antonyms in the title: That Was Then, This Is Now (1971) by SE Hinton. More depressing than The Outsiders.

Trilogy (2): The Year of the Flood (2009) by Margaret Atwood. I liked it even better than Oryx and Crake. I can't wait to read the third book and I can't wait to see how the tv series turns out.

Book by an author you never read before: The Dream Killer (1970) by Ursula Russell. Originally had a William Faulkner book here, but changed it for reasons.

Been trying to slow down my reading a bit, but whatevs.
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Trilogy (first part): Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

  • loved it

  • though, maybe it's not such a good idea to portray Crake as autistic (Atwood said he has Aspergers). Then again, it was written in 2003 when there weren't so many genius autistic white dudes in books/movies/tv.

  • I really hope those Crakers mating rituals are left in, it would be hilarious.

Book set in highschool: Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot

  • It's irritating how much Mia complains about her body. I didn't even write that kind of shit when I was 15 and I was suicidal.

Classic Romance: Love Story by Erich Segal

  • I saw the movie years and years ago. I don't remember much, but I certainly don't think it was funny. The book is funny.

  • Only poc character was a guy offering Oliver drugs :|

  • I thought the part with Jennys doctor was really messed up, but that's how they did it back then :|

  • Oliver was based sort of on Al Gore, but mostly on Tommy Lee Jones (who was in the movie).

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Eat Pray Love

  1. The part about the girl on the scooter was funny, I also like how she writes about her sister.

  2. I was dreading the India segment, but it hasn't been horribly ignorant. Still pissed off about her Africa references.

  3. Can't believe it, but I'm craving a little romance. Ugh, odd. This applies to that aromanticism stuff I was talking about.

  4. Speaking of romance, I re-watched Maid in Manhattan last night. Both Bob Hoskins and Natasha Richardson are gone. :(

  5. Annoyed me when she said she wished she could be shy. Maybe she meant just more quiet and thoughtful. Shyness sucks ass.

Motown Encyclopedia

  1. Roberta Flack has had an interesting life.

  2. Like I said, reading encyclopedias like regular books doesn't work for me. Maybe I would do better with autobios and bios on various people mentioned in the book.

  3. Quincey DELIGHT Jones!

  4. I love that Anna and Gwen Gordy wrote songs

Apparently Darren Aronofsky is making a show out of the MaddAddam trilogy, so I'm going to read those before it airs. Though I had been planning on reading the Atwood books I have in chronological order:

  1. The Handmaid's Tale (1985) OMG, the trailer for the movie (Natasha!) was so wrong! It gave a lot of stuff away, so don't watch it if you haven't read the book.

  2. Wilderness Tips (1991)

  3. The Robber Bride (1993)

  4. Alias Grace (1996)

  5. The Blind Assassin (2000)

  6. Oryx and Crake (2003)

  7. The Year of the Flood (2009)

Will get MaddAddam from the library.

Some stuff

Nov. 19th, 2014 08:18 pm
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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?
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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.

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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".

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The Handmaids Tale:

  1. Nolite te bastardes carborundorum

  2. Conjealed oyster spit

  3. I really like this book

Fifty Shades Darker:

  1. OMG, it pisses me off so much that he bought the company she works for.

  2. Maybe I'm not into erotica. I don't need a sex scene in every single chapter. I want them to deal with their shit!

  3. "I will not be sidetracked by sex" - Yeah, whatever Ana.

  4. I am "annotating" my copy with things like "UGH OH MY GODDDDDDDDD"

  5. The use of "subconcious" is back, so are elongated nipples.

  6. Carrick?

  7. I miss Kate.

I get the Persephone Biannually. I would love to have some of the books, but couldn't afford it. I do have The Home-Maker, but not one of their copies. This edition has a short story called "Mrs. Miller" by Karin Hellstedt. It's about a mental institution and was first published in 1952. About a decade later, Karin went to her own mental institution and died there in the 80's. She was known as the queen of the ward.
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Finally reading the first 72 pages of The Tale of the Body Thief. My first copy was missing them... It's taking me longer than it should.

  1. Lestat is computer savvy

  2. "Lest their radiance mesmerize and entrance at random" - about his eyes and why he has to wear sunglasses

  3. "Sometimes I become spellbound in the middle of Walmart" - about modern life

  4. "How could anyone ever trust Cary Grant, I wondered -- a man who looked as though he were made entirely of wood?" - about the movie Suspicion (1941)

  5. The old woman was very interesting.

  6. The Thing on the Doorstep by HP Lovecraft

My main book is The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. I have seven of her books, this is the first one I'm reading. But I already love her from interviews. Unfortunately, I haven't had much time to focus on it. Here are things that The Forest of Hands and Teeth has in common with it:

  1. Set in the future

  2. Main character has to give up dreams to be a babymaker

  3. Aunts/Sisters

  4. Guards/Guardians

  5. Rugs made of braided rags

Fifty Shades Darker by EL James. Agh. I know I shouldn't take them seriously, but fuck it.

  1. I thought that Ana would have a couple of chapters without Christian, but they get back together within the first fucking chapter! And he's horrible and controlling right from the start!

  2. Ana's "inner goddess" has returned, but her subconcious has not. Maybe James figured out she should have been using conscience instead.

  3. I don't think James has a knack for American English. Some of the things Ana and Christian say or think seem off.

  4. Why can't Ana have one platonic relationship with a dude? Ugh.

  5. Christian says some poetic shit one minute and then "Laters, baby" the next.

  6. It is kind of painful to read Christian making her feel like shit for forgetting the safe word.

  7. I wrote down "Patrick Bateman" in my notes, but can't remember what I wanted to write.

  8. Ella Fitzgerald - This Thing Called Love

  9. "Put the chicken in the fridge". I have Silence of the Lambs on my mind, so it's more like "IT PUTS THE CHICKEN IN THE FRIDGE!"

I hate that FSD gets the most notes. Actually, I think it's difficult for me to say anything about books I like. That's why some of the books in my October list weren't mentioned anywhere else, even though I loved them.


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