Monday, October 31, 2011

On the Job: Mum

Biting your tongue. Keeping quite. Taking a breather.

Whatever you call it, sometimes you just have to keep quiet about an issue. We've all been in the position where we want to scream that something is wrong, so-an-so is incorrect, or wish we could reach through our computer screens and say, "STOP IT!" But outbursts such as these are neither productive nor wise.

When a coworker causes you to steam in fury (or bang your head on your desk in annoyance), don't respond immediately. That first gut reaction is often overly dramatic and will cause the situation to get further out of hand. If you're first instinct is to respond immediately. Stop. Walk away (if you can), or take a breather and moment to think before you respond.

A reasoned, measured response is always a better reaction than those that occur in the heat of the moment. Sometimes these situations arise because of misunderstanding or confusion. An in the moment blow-up will likely not reveal the true cause of tension. Throwing words and sending e-mails back and forth will not solve the problem or get to the root of the issue.

So, when you find yourself wanting to explode, take a step back. Look at the situation from all angles, and find the best course of action. Usually taking a few extra minutes (or days) to calm down will help ease difficult situations.

If all else fails, keep a stress ball on your desk and squeeze it if you need something to throttle.


Book 44: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane


TITLE:
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
AUTHOR: Kate DiCamillo
STARTED: October 22, 2011
FINISHED: October 22, 2011
PAGES: 200
GENRE: Juvenile

FIRST SENTENCE: Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a rabbit who was made almost entirely of china.

SUMMARY: [From Amazon] As she did in her Newbery Medal Book, The Tale of Despereaux (2004), DiCamillo tucks important messages into this story and once more plumbs the mystery of the heart--or, in this case, the heartless. Edward Tulane is a china rabbit with an extensive wardrobe. He belongs to 10-year-old Abilene, who thinks almost as highly of Edward as Edward does of himself. Even young children will soon realize that Edward is riding for a fall. And fall he does, into the sea, after mean boys rip him from Abilene's hands during an ocean voyage. Thus begins Edward's journey from watery grave to the gentle embrace of a fisherman's wife, to the care of a hobo and his dog, and into the hands of a dying girl. Then, pure meanness breaks Edward apart, and love and sacrifice put him back together--until just the right child finds him. With every person who taouches him, Edward's heart grows a little bit softer and a little bit bigger. Bruised and battered, Edward is at his most beautiful, and beautiful is a fine word to describe the artwork. Ibatoulline outdoes himself; his precisely rendered sepia-tone drawings and color plates of high artistic merit are an integral part of this handsomely designed package. Yet even standing alone, the story soars because of DiCamillo's lyrical use of language and her understanding of universal yearnings. This will be a pleasure to read aloud.

THOUGHTS: Kate made me cry at 8:30 in the morning! But in a good way, so I guess I'll let it slide. This book, like her other works, was nothing short of magical. Tis a rare day I consider adding an author to my pantheon (i.e. authors whose books I actually buy), but Kate is very close to making that list. Her writing is full of vivid imagery and rich characters, but it is her method of storytelling that is so addictive. In The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, DiCamillo crafts an old style fairytale with modern themes. Frankly, I think we can say she is one of the best children's book authors in recent memory.

In this book, DiCamillo uses the story of a china rabbit to teach lessons of love, acceptance, and relationships. The rabbit, Edward, serves as both protagonist and antagonist. As he matures, the reader begins to identify more with his character. By the end of the book, we have shared in Edward's vanity, adventures, losses, and final contentment.

DiCamillo's writing is lush without being flowery. Each of her words belongs on the page. There is emotion throughout the book, and none of the pages feels unnecessary. There is an organic almost "old timey" feel to the writing. This story could occur in an era and in an country - I wouldn't hesitate to call it timeless.

This book is short and only took me an hour to read, but it still made me cry. That should tell you how good it is.

RATING: 8/10 [Terrific]

BOOLEAN: Witchy

The Roomie bedecked herself as a witch for Halloween. The outfit included an exceedingly awesome pair of tights.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Book 43: McNally's Secret

TITLE: McNally's Secret
AUTHOR: Lawrence Sanders
STARTED: September 12, 2011
FINISHED: October 15, 2011
PAGES: 341
GENRE: Mystery

FIRST SENTENCE: I poured a few drops of an '87 Mondavi Chardonnay into her navel and leaned down to slurp it out.

SUMMARY: [From Amazon] When detective Archy McNally is called to retrieve a set of rare stamps known as "Inverted Jennies" from one of Palm Beach's wealthiest and most curvaceous matrons, he unexpectedly becomes entangled in something far more dangerous. A local collector is slain, and all roads lead Archy back to the original crime scene. But before he can put the pieces together, he faces another murder and all-to-real romance.

THOUGHTS: After I fell for the Hamish Macbeth series, The Boyfriend thought I would enjoy the the Archy McNally series. Well, he might be right. I really loathed Archy for the first three-quarters of the book, but by the end he started to grow on me.

Archy, at first, was an incredibly aggravating and annoying character. I could not get past how snobby and (excuse my language) douchey he acted. There were a few times I just wanted to smack him. The name dropping and social comparisons were enough, at times, to take me out of the story. Archy is a really hard character to like or find in any way endearing. Many times I found myself thinking, "I don't care - can this book just be over?"


Once again, I wasn't a huge fan of the central mystery. It's just a storyline in which these characters happen to play a role. As far as the plot goes, it was fine. The story was easy to follow, but I'm not sure I believe the motivations behind the characters actions. The more the story evolved, however, the more I grew to like book as a whole and Archy as a character.

I'm willing to give this series one more shot, but if I still don't like Archy, I probably won't try again.

RATING: 5/10 [Meh.]

BOOLEAN: Friday Fashion Find - Scholarly

The Roomie (and BOOLEAN member) found these awesome tights at ModCloth. She says, "If you were going as the ultimate academic for halloween..."

 
I'd have to agree, those are pretty ivory towery. Now I want to change my costume.


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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Variations on a Theme: Advanced Medicine

The Boyfriend and I have been watching The Walking Dead for the past two weeks. In last night's episode, the survivors visited the CDC. That got me thinking, there are a lot of books out there about medicine, medical advancement, and scary diseases.

This month's Variations on a Theme is dedicated to that theme. Some of these books may scare you (ebola, eek!), but others are simply fascinating. The summaries/reviews are all from Amazon.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot

Science journalist Skloot makes a remarkable debut with this multilayered story about faith, science, journalism, and grace. It is also a tale of medical wonders and medical arrogance, racism, poverty and the bond that grows, sometimes painfully, between two very different women—Skloot and Deborah Lacks—sharing an obsession to learn about Deborah's mother, Henrietta, and her magical, immortal cells. Henrietta Lacks was a 31-year-old black mother of five in Baltimore when she died of cervical cancer in 1951. Without her knowledge, doctors treating her at Johns Hopkins took tissue samples from her cervix for research. They spawned the first viable, indeed miraculously productive, cell line—known as HeLa. These cells have aided in medical discoveries from the polio vaccine to AIDS treatments. What Skloot so poignantly portrays is the devastating impact Henrietta's death and the eventual importance of her cells had on her husband and children. Skloot's portraits of Deborah, her father and brothers are so vibrant and immediate they recall Adrian Nicole LeBlanc's Random Family. Writing in plain, clear prose, Skloot avoids melodrama and makes no judgments. Letting people and events speak for themselves, Skloot tells a rich, resonant tale of modern science, the wonders it can perform and how easily it can exploit society's most vulnerable people.

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Siddhartha Mukerrjee

"In 2010, about six hundred thousand Americans, and more than 7 million humans around the world, will die of cancer." With this sobering statistic, physician and researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee begins his comprehensive and eloquent "biography" of one of the most virulent diseases of our time. An exhaustive account of cancer's origins, The Emperor of All Maladies illustrates how modern treatments--multi-pronged chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, as well as preventative care--came into existence thanks to a century's worth of research, trials, and small, essential breakthroughs around the globe. While The Emperor of All Maladies is rich with the science and history behind the fight against cancer, it is also a meditation on illness, medical ethics, and the complex, intertwining lives of doctors and patients. Mukherjee's profound compassion--for cancer patients, their families, as well as the oncologists who, all too often, can offer little hope--makes this book a very human history of an elusive and complicated disease.

The Viral Storm: The Dawn of the New Pandemic Age
Nathan Wolfe

In The Viral Storm, award-winning biologist Nathan Wolfe tells the story of how viruses and human beings have evolved side by side through history; how deadly viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu almost wiped us out in the past; and why modern life has made our species vulnerable to the threat of a global pandemic.
Wolfe's research missions to the jungles of Africa and the rain forests of Borneo have earned him the nickname "the Indiana Jones of virus hunters," and here Wolfe takes readers along on his groundbreaking and often dangerous research trips—to reveal the surprising origins of the most deadly diseases and to explain the role that viruses have played in human evolution. In a world where each new outbreak seems worse than the one before, Wolfe points the way forward, as new technologies are brought to bear in the most remote areas of the world to neutralize these viruses and even harness their power for the good of humanity. His provocative vision of the future will change the way we think about viruses, and perhaps remove a potential threat to humanity's survival.

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
John M. Barry

In 1918, a plague swept across the world virtually without warning, killing healthy young adults as well as vulnerable infants and the elderly. Hospitals and morgues were quickly overwhelmed; in Philadelphia, 4,597 people died in one week alone and bodies piled up on the streets to be carted off to mass graves. But this was not the dreaded Black Death-it was "only influenza." In this sweeping history, Barry (Rising Tide) explores how the deadly confluence of biology (a swiftly mutating flu virus that can pass between animals and humans) and politics (President Wilson's all-out war effort in WWI) created conditions in which the virus thrived, killing more than 50 million worldwide and perhaps as many as 100 million in just a year. Overcrowded military camps and wide-ranging troop deployments allowed the highly contagious flu to spread quickly; transport ships became "floating caskets." Yet the U.S. government refused to shift priorities away from the war and, in effect, ignored the crisis. Shortages of doctors and nurses hurt military and civilian populations alike, and the ineptitude of public health officials exacerbated the death toll. In Philadelphia, the hardest-hit municipality in the U.S., "the entire city government had done nothing" to either contain the disease or assist afflicted families. Instead, official lies and misinformation, Barry argues, created a climate of "fear... [that] threatened to break the society apart." Barry captures the sense of panic and despair that overwhelmed stricken communities and hits hard at those who failed to use their power to protect the public good. He also describes the work of the dedicated researchers who rushed to find the cause of the disease and create vaccines. Flu shots are widely available today because of their heroic efforts, yet we remain vulnerable to a virus that can mutate to a deadly strain without warning. Society's ability to survive another devastating flu pandemic, Barry argues, is as much a political question as a medical one.

Polio: An American Story
David M. Oshinsky

This well-grounded account documents the quest for a polio vaccine. It reveals professional rivalries and clinical breakthroughs, describes a new era in approaches to public philanthropy, and re-creates the tenor of American culture during the 1940s and '50s, when every city, suburb, and rural community faced potential tragedy from annual outbreaks of the disease. The decades-long contentious relationship between doctors Albert Sabin and Jonas Salk provides the centerpiece of this story. Virologists were split into two main camps: those pursuing the development of an attenuated live-virus vaccine versus those focusing on a killed-virus vaccine, with adherents of the latter believing it would prove not only safer and more effective, but also quicker and cheaper to mass produce. Historical context is provided by detailing how Franklin D. Roosevelt raised public awareness, how his influence led to the emergence of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis and the March of Dimes, and the subsequent creation of the poster child concept as a way of creating grassroots fundraising. The writing dramatically captures both tensions and ethical dimensions inherent in moving from laboratory work with monkeys to human experimentation and, eventually, to implementation of a massive inoculation program reaching 1.3 million schoolchildren in the 1954 Salk vaccine trials. While this part of the story and the public adulation of Salk have been told elsewhere, Oshinsky amplifies the tale with data explaining why the Sabin oral vaccine became the one preeminently adopted internationally, and why the debate has continued.

Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery
Richard Hollingham

Glove up and dive in to what Hollingham describes as a whistle-stop tour of a gruesome and fascinating field. The BBC journalist and author (How to Clone the Perfect Blonde) is a deft storyteller who probably never met a dry fact he couldn't infuse with juicy detail. But there's more here than the drive, energy and bravery of medical pioneers, both doctors and patients, from Galen treating gladiators in the second century B.C.E. to Stuart Carter, the first person to have electrical brain implants to treat Parkinson's disease. Hollingham gives us a tribute not only to saving lives but to making them better. Still, it's the missteps that remind us of the human fallibility of even the greatest doctors. [Robert] Liston's operations were messy, bloody and traumatic, Hollingham writes of Britain's most famous 19th-century surgeon, describing a procedure in which Liston accidentally lopped off an assistant's fingers. The patient died of infection, as did the assistant, and an observer died of shock. It was the only operation in surgical history with a 300 percent mortality rate. What better medical history than one that recounts both successes and failures with honesty and gratitude.

Other Advanced Medicine Books
Aspirin: A Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug - Diarmuid Jeffreys
The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear, and Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America - Barron H. Lerner
Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped Our History - Dorothy H. Crawford
The Discovery of Insulin - Michael Bliss
Good Germs, Bad Germs: Health and Survival in a Bacterial World - Jessica Snyder Sachs
The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, The Most Devastating Plague of All Time - John Kelly
The Greatest Killer: Smallpox in History - Donald R. Hopkins
The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story - Richard Preston
Medicating Modern America: Prescription Drugs in History - Andrea Tone and Elizabeth Watkins (eds.)
The Origin of AIDS - Jacques Pepin
Penicillin: Triumph and Tragedy - Robert Bud
Plagues and Peoples - William H. McNeill

Links and Stuff: October 27, 2011

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Book 42: Death of an Addict

TITLE: Death of an Addict 
AUTHOR: M.C. Beaton
STARTED: October 13, 2011
FINISHED: October 15, 2011
PAGES: 240
GENRE: Mystery / Audio

FIRST SENTENCE: Hamish MacBeth drove along a rutted one-track road on a fine September day.

SUMMARY: [From Amazon] Recovering drug addict Tommy Jarret rents a place near Lochdubh to write his autobiography. He seems to be on the mend, but then he dies of an overdose. Hamish suspects foul play. The bane of his life, his superiors in the big city, declare the case closed, however, so he must move on to other matters, such as the sighting of a monster in a local loch. But when Jarret's pals provide the police with a link to big-time drug dealers, Hamish finds himself in Amsterdam, wearing sharp suits, talking like a hoodlum and posing as a player, all in the company of a very pretty superior officer who just might change his mind about superior officers. Unfortunately, Hamish all but blows his chances with her by sleeping with a hooker. While the Macbeth tales are always a droll treat, this 15th in the series is less tightly plotted than most, with the mystery surrounding the addict's death sidetracked for a long spell as the Amsterdam adventure gives fans an agreeably tougher side of P.C. Macbeth to contemplate.

THOUGHTS: First off, this book was really hard to get into because the reader was not that good. In fact, she was just plain bad. She had a very shrill voice and habit of slurring/garbling the text. When I listen to a book, I want to me able to understand it. Also, I don't mind readers giving each character a voice, but you have to be consistent with those voices, gosh darnit!

Bad production aside, I continue to love all things Hamish Macbeth. There's nothing groundbreaking about these books, but the characters and setting are just so darn quaint. Hamish is a bit of a brilliant copper/schemer, but I find his moments of naive twittiness and/or deliberate jerkness most enjoyable. The quirks of the characters are what make this series enjoyable.

Frankly, I couldn't tell you the ins and outs of what happened on the mystery. The plot was a wee bit convoluted, but that did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the book. The more I read this series, the more I wish these people and this town existed.

I will be back for more.

RATING: 6/10 [Good]

Useful Things: Free

This isn't a useful "thing" so much as a useful list. Ereader and ebook sales are on the rise. While I love my dead tree books, I encourage reading in all forms. What I encourage even more is the reading of FREE books.

If you're looking to stock your e-reader, I suggest visiting this list of free ebook sources available online. It may take awhile to plow through and find what you want, but there is so great stuff out there. Besides, sometimes you find the best pokes by simply browsing.

The list is put together by Gizmo's Freeware, and they try to make sure that all of these sources are legal. The list is constantly being updated, so I suggest bookmarking it for future reference.

BOOLEAN: Gray Diamond

Back in July, I posted an entry about a pair of gray tights I found at Target. On Monday, I was finally able to wear them.

These tights look phenomenal with my gray skirt and silver shoes. I think they also may be a bit sturdier than normal tights. I snagged a fingernail on them and they withstood the attack.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Book 41: Library Management Tips that Work

TITLE: Library Management Tips that Work
AUTHOR: Carol Smallwood (ed.)
STARTED: September 15, 2011
FINISHED: October 12, 2011
PAGES: 190
GENRE: Library Science

FIRST SENTENCE: [From the Foreword] The diversity of topics covered in this book attests to the broad scope of responsibilities that managing libraries requires.

SUMMARY: [From Amazon.com] There s no shortage of library management books out there but how many of them actually tackle the little details of day-to-day management, the hard-to-categorize things that slip through the cracks of a larger handbook? Library Management Tips that Work does exactly that, addressing dozens of such issues facing library managers, including
  • How to create a job manual, and keep staff accountable
  • Keeping your library board in the loop
  • Using numbers to make your case
  • Dealing with unreturned library materials
  • Methods for managing multiple libraries with one FTE librarian
  • Retaining services despite budget cuts and staff shortages
  • Public relations on a shoestring
Written by contributors from across the field, this eclectic guide offers best practices suitable for managers in all types of libraries.

THOUGHTS: I read this book cover-to-cover. I learned about a lot of good management tips, but only a few of them were applicable for my needs. This book is a compilation of essays, and I think it would be best used by reading only the chapters that apply to your job and type of library. While I did learn some new things, most of the advice is pretty self-evident. This is a good book for someone who has just stepped into a management role.

RATING: 7/10 [Very Good]

BOOLEAN: How to Wear Tights


When it comes to fashion, I've always thought that if you had the confidence to wear it, you can pull it off.

Not everyone agrees with that, but style is a choice - there are no hard and fast rules. I've received awesome comments on my tights.... and not so awesome comments (I believe the word "ugh" was used once). Zany tights are, clearly, not everyone's cup of tea.

I wear tights because I like them. I also have the luxury of working in an environment, an academic library to be specific, that is not too conservative with the dress code. That means I get to play around with my wardrobe a bit more than most people.

When it comes to tights, I tend to follow the following guidelines:
  • Do I like them?
  • Do I feel confident wearing them?
  • Do they "go with" something in my wardrobe?

If I can answer yes to all those questions, than wearing that pair of tights is a go.

Most of the time (but not all the time), I also follow that rule of "Two out of three." Said rule states that the tights should match your shoes or your skirt (as seen here and here). That way you keep your legs looking long and lean. But.... I don't always do that (as seen here and here).


One of my favorite fashion blogs, Capitol Hill Style, just posted her guidelines for how to wear tights in a more conservative office. It's worth the read.

Frankly, if you think you look good, I say you should strut your stuff.



YouTube Tuesday: Do You Need Us?



Yes.

Monday, October 24, 2011

On the Job: At Home

In the era of smartphones, e-mail, and cloud computing, it can be difficult to keep work at the office. We are always in contact with our coworkers and supervisors, and it can be easy to try to get "just one thing" done on a Saturday.

Don't.

Unless you work a position or on a project where you have to be in communication at all times, walk away from work when you are not in the office. It is hard to not work, particularly if you see e-mails accumulating in your inbox. I'm guilty of working on the weekend as much as the next person. That's the world we live in today. That said, unless the issue is pressing, stop working when you can. It's the weekend, or your vacation, or simply after hours. You have left the office and should leave work alone.

When you reply to e-mails 24/7 you set the precedent that you can be interrupted at any time. If you don't set limits on when and where you can be reached, you risk becoming that person everyone bugs (even when you're on vacation). By not replying to work requests, you set boundaries of how and when you can be contacted. Work emergencies are always the exception, but "everyday" stuff should be treated as such and left for the regular work day.

Also, if you find yourself working during your downtime, you risk burnout and making errors. If you're working during non-office hours, it's likely that your not giving 100 percent of your attention to your project. Trying to multi-task on work during personal hours is not fair to yourself or the office.

When the day is done, leave the work on your desk. It will be waiting for you when you get back to the office.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Read-a-thon: Wrap Up

The Final Read Stack
Which hour was most daunting for you? 
I would have to say Hour 18. The Roomie had gone to bed, and The Boyfriend was not back from his evening outing. Since there was no one to poke me awake, it was rather difficult to keep going.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I found License to Pawn to be very interetesting... but I also read that early in the read-a-thon. Anything by M.C. Beaton is usually good for a kickstart to tired eyes.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I think it's great. I like knowing the date of the next read-a-thon as early as possible so that I can block off that time on my calendar.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The cheerleaders were exceptional. They kept me going all day.

How many books did you read?
I completed 6 books and made a relatively decent dent into a 7th.

What were the names of the books you read?

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel by Paulo Coelho
License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver by Rick Harrison
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Death of a Hussy by M.C. Beaton
Blankets by Craig Thompson

(Started) Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

Which book did you enjoy most?
That honor has to go to License to Pawn. It is the one that I found most interesting and fun. Also, it made me want to watch a Pawn Stars marathon.

Which did you enjoy least?
Hmm, that' a tough one. I guess The Alchemist. The pictures were very beautiful, but the store never fully grabbed me.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I'm not a cheerleader, but they are spectacular.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
If I can make sure that day is open, I am SO there. I will be a reader, but I may attempt to comment on other readers blogs more.




Final Reader Notes:
That was one great read-a-thon. I love that I got to share the day with The Boyfriend, The Roomie, and large quantities of delicious noms. There is something about reading and eating all day that makes for an exceptional fall Saturday.

All of my books were enjoyable, and I completed 6 (and a quarter) titles. I pledged that I would donate $10 to First Book for every title I completed. Since I made it through a full 6 (and then some), I will be donating $65 to the organization.

Is it time for the spring Read-a-thon yet?

Hour 20: Wherein Our Reader Bids Adieu

CURRENTLY READING: Nothing! I'm not even close to finishing Girls in White Dresses, but my eyelids are way too heavy.

THOUGHTS?: It's going to be a interesting read to get through over the next few days. I still don't know if I can say that I like it.

SNACKS AND STUFF: Nada. My teeths have been brushed.

COMPANION UPDATE: The Boyfriend stayed with me for the final hour, but now he too is headed to bed.

ANYTHING ELSE?: I made it. I read 6 books, and lasted for 20 hours. Woohoo! *Snore*

PAGES READ THIS HOUR: 29
PAGES READ TOTAL: 2012 (I made it. That is an awesome number to see, and also slightly scary to see. Is it an omen?)

BOOKS COMPLETED:
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel by Paulo Coelho
License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver by Rick Harrison
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Death of a Hussy by M.C. Beaton
Blankets by Craig Thompson

Hour 19: Wherein Our Read Has Head Bobs (and Hope?)

CURRENTLY READING: Girls in White Dresses

THOUGHTS?: It's decadently girly, but I don't know if I actually like any of the characters yet.

SNACKS AND STUFF: Nada.

COMPANION UPDATE: The Boyfriend just got home. I may be able to stay up for one more hour.

ANYTHING ELSE?: Nope.

PAGES READ THIS HOUR: 36 (oh, the head bobs)
PAGES READ TOTAL: 1983 (screw head bobs, I'm making it to 2000 pages)

BOOKS COMPLETED:
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel by Paulo Coelho
License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver by Rick Harrison
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Death of a Hussy by M.C. Beaton
Blankets by Craig Thompson