a list

Feb. 1st, 2012 10:05 pm
faketales: (sherlock - s (profile))
Things that suck:

-73 Dead Following Riot After Egyptian Soccer Match

-Ella Massar on Dan Borislow


And something that sucks, but nowhere near as much as everything else:

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (This is winning awards? I really wanted to throw it across the room.)


Of course, even with all of this shit going on, today was the first day in weeks that I didn't want to cry. Yay me.

When does baseball season start again?
faketales: (thg - girl on fire)
I'd like to take some time to talk about BOOKS. I have been reading a lot recently (of the 75 books I read in 2011 25 of them were in the last two months of the year) mainly due to a job where I can sit and read for ten hours a week. But this sudden increase of reading time means I have been forced out of my book comfort zone a bit or else I will run out of books. Last year I read 39 young adult books, far and away the most I read of anything. I like YA because they tend to be quick reads, and even if I'm not 100% thrilled I can push myself to finish them in another hour. Plus, YA authors are more interconnected and their recommendations lead me to other YA books.

Things I like to read about (fiction and nonfiction): queer people, strong friendships, nontraditional families that are kind of fucked up but incredibly loyal to one another, awesome female characters, psychopaths, wars, musicians, funny people, epic fantasy, and anything that's confusing and frustrating but fantastic at the same time and then you only love it more on each subsequent reread.

Only two of those things are ever dealbreakers, though. I can read whole books that feature none of those things, but if they've got no women (or just poor ones) and no queer people then I'm probably going to give up. YA is usually pretty good about the strong women and slightly less so about the queerness, but that's where the quick read helps. It's harder to get pissed off about something that takes only three hours. (Except for John Green, who is on notice, because Tiny Cooper isn't enough, sir.) Conversely, a book that is otherwise not interesting to me might end up on my to-read list because I read that it features queer and/or awesome female characters.

Awesome things I have read recently: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Patricia Highsmith, Rebecca, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Moral of the story: I currently have a dozen books on the floor next to my bed and it should occupy me for about two weeks but book recommendations are always welcome. Thank you!


Last night I was going to post about trying to write original fiction for the first time since NaNoWriMo and discovering that I can't do it because I suck, but I was too busy yelling at crushing on Carli Lloyd and yelling at Pia Sundhage to get Hope Solo off the pitch.
faketales: (narnia - edmund (rumpled))
I woke up at four this morning for no reason whatsoever. Then it was so cold I couldn't feel my toes and I freaked out in the way that's only possible when you've had half a night's sleep and thus could not fall back asleep until I could feel my nail digging into my toes. By that point it was too late and sleep had run away and now I am going to be zombie girl for the rest of the day.

But! The National recently played two new songs; Omar Salgado's smile makes me go hngh; he's also really good at getting around defenders; Zarek Valentin still makes me squee; so does Amobi Okugo; I want this book entirely because the cover is so awesome; R.A. Dickey is probably not real; Tim Howard should not be messed with.

books!

Dec. 2nd, 2011 08:42 pm
faketales: (10 things - kat (tiny joy))
So in November I wrote one book and read a bunch of others. Fourteen others, to be exact, most of them coming in the last two weeks of the months.


-All Men of Genius by Lev A.C. Rosen (Possibly the gayest book ever)

-The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (Inoffensive, but not compelling enough that I've picked up the sequels)

-Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Good, but it was so hyped that by the end I was a tad disappointed)

-Just Kids by Patti Smith (A wonderful look at the life of Robert Mapplethorpe, who I knew nothing about before I read this)

-The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Reread; always awesome)

-In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan (All this really did is make me feel guilty about consuming processed foods. I haven't actually stopped doing so, though.)

-Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Reread; my favorite of the three.)

-Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Reread; I have many, many issues with this book but I still love it dearly.)

-The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (This provided one of those "Oh! So that's why everyone adores this," moments on almost every page.)

-The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (Luckily I didn't see the review comparing this to the books of Megan Whalen Turner and Kristin Cashore until I was halfway through because otherwise I probably would have been disappointed. But I still liked it.)

-Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (Ugh. But I hear the movie's better so I'm going to watch that.)

-Storm Front by Jim Butcher (A quick and easy way to pass a couple of hours.)

-Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (STEPHANIE PERKINS HOW ARE YOU REAL!!!!!!)

-Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (Reread; I was pretty much a blubbering mess by the end of this. So much love for Taylor - and Jonah, of course.)

hiiiiiiiii

Oct. 31st, 2011 10:02 am
faketales: (10 things - kat (profile))
This weekend I went on a whirlwind trip to visit my cousin in Massachusetts, complete with bonus October Nor'easter. I had a near perpetual headache because of the excessive amount of time stuck in the car but I did manage to finish my first reread of The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner, which was even better than it was the first time. So if you haven't read any of the Queen's Thief books, go ahead and do so. I'll wait here for your glowing report.

Then I came home and watched MLS playoff games with great glee. This is the reason the Red Bulls have never switched over from being my local team to being my favorite team. They always manage to piss me off too much to love them. But I think that's okay because I'm okay with being more of a fan of the league itself than of a particular team. There's enough parity that it's never the same for long, and that keeps it interesting enough.

NaNoWriMo stars tomorrow and I'm trying it again. I have a plot that is supernatural and inconsequential, but it features a lot of things I wish I could find more of in fiction, like don't-keep-secrets-from-your-friends, and bisexuality-exists, and boys-and-girls-can-have-sex-without-it-being-a-big-deal, and disabilities-can't-always-be-cured, plus many more. Fingers crossed that I make it to the end this year.

No more baseball :(
faketales: (harry - guh)
 i am reading after diana by christopher andersen because i am in the mood to expand my knowledge about the royal family on a superficial level. so far it’s delivering on the scandal and callousness, even though i’m skeptical about the accuracy of 90% of the stuff. but there’s a line from page 14 that is, uh, kind of odd:
 
 
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