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And One More Book Meme:

I ripped this off from Becky, who got it from Amanda, and I don’t recall where Amanda got it from.  Some of my answers are sort of cheats, because some of the books overlap categories. For example, one of the books on the non-fiction also belongs on the borrowed list. In those cases, I’m not listing the same book twice.

 THE NEXT 5 BOOKS ON MY TO-BE-READ LIST ARE:

  1. Merde! The Real French You Were Never Taught at School, Genevieve. I mentioned this one in my first post this morning. I’ve skimmed it and plan to finish reading it.
  2.  The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley. Soleil loaned this to me ages ago, and I need to finish reading it so I can return it to her.
  3. The Monster Book, Christopher Golden, Stephen R. Bissette, Thomas E. Sniegoski.  Another Buffy book. What can I say? I’m a Buffy freak. Some would argue that removing the word “Buffy” from the previous sentence would make it even more accurate, and who am I to disagree?
  4. The Girl’s Got Bite: The Original Unauthorized Guide to Buffy’s World. Kathleen Tracy, Amanda Dewey. See #3, above.
  5. Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books, Francesca Lia Block.  This is another one Soleil loaned me. I’m partway through it, and plan to finish it sometime within the next week or so.

THE LAST 4 BOOKS I READ:

  1.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling. I wanted to see how different the British version is from the U.S. version. Conclusions: I prefer the British version. There were only a few terms with which I was unfamiliar, but was easily able to understand them in context.
  2. Fearless 1 & 2, Francine Pascal. I borrowed these from Soleil. They’re brain candy, but enjoyable nonetheless.
  3. The Seuss, the Whole Seuss and Nothing But the Seuss: A Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel, Charles D. Cohen.  This has been on display at Half Price Books for several months, and I finally gave in and bought it. It’s a really enjoyable read.
  4. Are You Losing It? Losing weight without losing your mind. I got this at the drugstore one morning, not realizing that it was sponsored by a new weight loss drug that’s been approved by the FDA as an OTC drug. But putting that aside, the book itself is a good one, and has some good tips.

THE LAST 3 BOOKS I BORROWED:

  1.  The Deathless, Keith R. DeCandido. This is a Buffy novel, and one of the better ones at that. I’d recommend it. I inhaled it last night.  From the first line uttered by Faith, I could tell the writer had the voices of the characters down pat. Very believable.
  2. Bad Bargain, Diana G. Gallagher.  This is another Buffy novel. The story itself isn’t bad, but the author did not capture the voices at all. So I wouldn’t recommend it.
  3. Fearless books 3-5, Francine Pascal. Soleil kindly loaned them to me, and they are high up on my to-be-read list.

THE LAST 2 NON-FICTION BOOKS I READ:

  1.  Hairspray: The Roots, Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Paul Kolnik (photographer)
  2. Wicked: The Grimmerie, A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Hit Broadway Musical, David Cote, Joan Marcus (photographer)

THE 1 BOOK I WISH EVERYONE WOULD READ:

The Canterbury Trails, Chauceriangirl. But y’all can’t read it until I finish writing it. 😉  Or how about The Libris Chronicles. Book One: The Telling, Chauceriangirl and Izzybella. Again, we have to finish writing it first. But then I wish everyone would read it because it’s a good book and I’d like to make enough money to write all night and sleep until noon every day.

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Booking Through Thursday

Here’s today’s question:

  • Do you read e-Books?
  • f so, how? On your computer, or a PDA?
  • Or are you a paper purist? Why?

I do read e-Books, and frequently.  When I’m at work and things get very slow, I’ll meander over to Project Gutenberg or Blackmask and read a book.  It’s convenient, and doesn’t advertise to anyone who happens to wander by my office that I’m actually goofing off instead of working.

I read them on my computer when I’m at work.  Otherwise, I have an eBook reader that I use. I love it because it is about the size of a trade paperback, and I have hundreds of books on each memory card. So it’s very convenient when I’m traveling, for example. I am a really fast reader, and would frequently take 2 or 3 long books on a plane trip. And if there were unexpected layovers, I’d have to go find something else to read. But with my reader, I have hundreds of books right there with me.

Furthermore, a lot of the e-books I read are for research purposes, and I can get them for free from Gutenberg or Blackmask. So it’s very handy when I’m working on my Chaucer book to just pull out my reader and find the reference I need. I like it.

That does not mean, though, that I have forsaken paper for e-books. There is nothing like the feel and smell of a printed book that you can hold in your hands. So I have far more print books than e-books.

I enjoy the best of both worlds.

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After yesterday’s oh-so-emotional posts, I need to take a break and be mundane and ordinary today. So here goes:I have a new favourite mascara: Big Fatty, by Urban Decay. The stuff is great! Even without curling my eyelashes, this mascara makes my lashes look so full that you’d think I had on fake eyelashes. Plus it makes them so long that they brush against my glasses when I put my readers or sunglasses on.   Of course, I think pretty much everything by Urban Decay is great, which is why it was such a delightful treat when Joe took me to Sephora on Tuesday evening and bought me everything I wanted. Well, everything I’d let him buy me, anyway. I got two eye shadows (Smog and Midnight Cowboy), lip gloss (lust), some edible pina colada sparkly body powder, the aforementioned mascara, some mineral makeup and some liquid makeup. I also got some new perfume–Givenchy Très Irresistible Soleil d’Été. It smells utterly delightful, being lighter than the heavy perfumes he likes to get me so it works well in the warmer weather. I don’t mind wearing those heavy perfumes when it’s cold out, but in the spring and summer I like lighter scents. We also went to see Pirates of the
Caribbean on Tuesday night. I liked it very much. I think they did a really good job with it. And Keith Richards was just hilarious!
I’m gearing up for the last Harry Potter book and the next movie. I’ve ordered a great hot pink spike-haired wig (I’m going to be dressing up as Tonks). I had requested to be off work on July 13th (the release date of the next movie), as I will be at the midnight show. However, I found out yesterday that the
U.S. release date was moved up to July 11th, so I had to change my day off.
  Fortunately, my supervisor loves Harry Potter, so she didn’t give me any flack about it at all, and asked for a photo of my costume.  I don’t have to take off work for the book release, since it’s always on a Friday night.  The book release is, I think, the week before the
Juarez show opens. Fortunately, we don’t have rehearsals on Friday nights, so Soleil, Izzybella, and I will be hanging out all evening and then reading all night. I’m trying to talk LeZard into joining us as well. I’ll have provisions at the house—chocolate in case of dementor attacks, jelly bellies (I can’t do Bertie Bott’s; I ate a soap flavoured one once and was queasy for two hours), chocolate frogs, jelly slugs, etc.  I’ll head over to the British Emporium in Grapevine to pick up some pasties, samosas, and other fun things. Speaking of the British Emporium, Izzybella and I went there while we were having our sisters’ day on Monday. I got some different foods to try—some really fantastic looking curry sauce, some curry beanz, a can of potato and leek soup—and some candy. The best by far was the box of clotted cream fudge from
Scotland. Oh. My. Gosh. That stuff was really good!!!!!!!!!
  It wasn’t chocolate fudge, but very creamy delicious yummy goodness.   I have decided that when I get ready to do the Christmas stockings this year, I’m going to go back and get some cool British candy. I also got a Fry’s Peppermint Cream bar, which was “dark chocolate with fondant center.”  Also very tasty. Not as good as the clotted cream fudge, but then few things are.  We got a couple of bags of different flavoured crisps to try (steak & onion, and cheese & onion), but we were too full to taste them.  Joe finished those off for us. And I got Joe a small tin of violet pastilles. I don’t know why he likes those things; to me it tastes like I’m eating flowers, and is completely unappealing. But he likes them.When I was taking Spanish in high school, I remember sitting with one of my friends who spoke Spanish at home and getting her to teach me how to cuss.  At the time I didn’t know how to swear with the fluency I now possess, so my knowledge of Spanish cussing is very limited.  And I know a vulgar word or two in Polish, and can do some swearing in French as well.  So when I’m at work cussing out the copier or my computer, I’m usually doing it in another language. A few years ago, when I was taking French in college, I got a book called Merde! The REAL French you were never taught at school.  I figured it would be full of slang and a few choice cuss words. And it does have plenty of slang, and more than a few choice cuss words.  There are things in this book that I wouldn’t even say in English!  I found the book yesterday and brought it to work with me.  I need to memorize a few more terms, so I’m not always merde-ing and zut-ing. Those get old, know what I mean?  And now that I’ve just shown you that I’m still 11 or 12 inside. . . .

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