Sunday, July 29, 2012

What I Read This Week: July 29, 2012

I forgot to post last week. Oops!

Between moving, unpacking, and my birthday festivities, I plum forgot to chronicle my reading. That said, you didn't miss much - as the only reading I seemed to do was a quick scan of The Washington Post each day.

This week, sadly, was not much better. I basically got to go through my Google Reader (still a ton of articles left) and work on Insurgent. Clearly, I need to have my evenings back so that I can get back to the gym. I changed all the addresses on my magazines and they've begun to pile up again.

I am so behind...

... at least I have a reason to hop on the elliptical now.

Friday, July 27, 2012

BOOLEAN: Friday Fashion Find - Science!

Comic con is over. Sad face. I lived vicariously through those who went via blog posts, twitter, tumbls, etc. etc. etc.

Since all things geeky are epically awesome, I've decided to share these spectacular, science related tights. Behold!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Variations on a Them: Read Me

As a librarian and book lover, I have a sentimental spot on my bookshelves for books-about-books. I love reading books about what other people are reading. As I was unpacking my books after moving, I smiled as I uncovered the box which contained all my biblio-related titles.

This month's Variations on a Theme is all about books-about-books. May these titles make you smile. (All summaries are from Barnes and Noble; I've included my reviews of the books I've read.)

Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books
Maureen Corrigan

“It’s not that I don’t like people,” writes Maureen Corrigan in her introduction to Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading. “It’s just that there always comes a moment when I’m in the company of others—even my nearest and dearest—when I’d rather be reading a book.” In this delightful memoir, Corrigan reveals which books and authors have shaped her own life—from classic works of English literature to hard-boiled detective novels, and everything in between. And in her explorations of the heroes and heroines throughout literary history, Corrigan’s love for a good story shines.

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
Anne Fadiman

This witty collection of essays recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language. For Fadiman, as for many passionate readers, the books she loves have become chapters in her own life story. Writing with remarkable grace, she revives the tradition of the well-crafted personal essay, moving easily from anecdotes about Coleridge and Orwell to tales of her own pathologically literary family. As someone who played at blocks with her father's 22-volume set of Trollope ("My Ancestral Castles") and who only really considered herself married when she and her husband had merged collections ("Marrying Libraries"), she is exquisitely well equipped to expand upon the art of inscriptions, the perverse pleasures of compulsive proof-reading, the allure of long words, and the satisfactions of reading out loud. There is even a foray into pure literary gluttony--Charles Lamb liked buttered muffin crumbs between the leaves, and Fadiman knows of more than one reader who literally consumes page corners. [My review]

Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books
Leah Price (ed.)

As words and stories are increasingly disseminated through digital means, the significance of the book as object—whether pristine collectible or battered relic—is growing as well. Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books spotlights the personal libraries of thirteen favorite novelists who share their collections with readers. Stunning photographs provide full views of the libraries and close-ups of individual volumes: first editions, worn textbooks, pristine hardcovers, and childhood companions. In her introduction, Leah Price muses on the history and future of the bookshelf, asking what books can tell us about their owners and what readers can tell us about their collections. Supplementing the photographs are Price's interviews with each author, which probe the relation of writing to reading, collecting, and arranging books. Each writer provides a list of top ten favorite titles, offering unique personal histories along with suggestions for every bibliophile. [My Review]

The Smithsonian Book of Books
Michael Olmert

Through glorious illustrations from library collections around the globe, you'll discover a wealth of book lore in these pages, and gain a new appreciation for the role of books in human society, from our earliest attempts at writing and recording information to the newest electronic books; from sumptuous illuminated and bejeweled medieval manuscripts to Gutenberg and the invention of movable type; from the diverse arts and crafts of bookmaking to the building of magnificent libraries for housing treasured volumes; from the ancient epic of Gilgamesh to the plays of Shakespeare and the tales of Beatrix Potter; and from the earliest illustrated books to revolutionary science texts. Breathtakingly illustrated throughout with 284 color and 99 b/w illustrations. [My review]

A History of Reading
Alberto Manguel

Writer, translator, and editor Manguel has produced a personal and original book on reading. In 22 chapters, we find out such things as how scientists, beginning in ancient Greece, explain reading; how Walt Whitman viewed reading; how Princess Enheduanna, around 2300 B.C., was one of the few women in Mesopotamia to read and write; and how Manguel read to Jorge Luis Borges when he became blind. Manguel selects whatever subject piques his interest, jumping backward and forward in time and place. Readers might be wary of such a miscellaneous, erudite book, but it manages to be invariably interesting, intriguing, and entertaining. Over 140 illustrations show, among other things, anatomical drawings from 11th-century Egypt, painting of readers, cathedral sculptures, and stone tables of Sumerian students. [My Review]

So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading
Sara Nelson

In early 2002, Sara Nelson - editor, reporter, reviewer, mother, daughter, wife, and compulsive reader - set out to chronicle a year's worth of reading, to explore how the world of books and words intermingled with children, marriage, friends, and the rest of the "real" world. She had a system all set up: fifty-two weeks, fifty-two books...and it all fell apart the first week. That's when she discovered that the books chose her as much as she chose them, and the rewards and frustrations they brought were nothing she could plan for: "In reading, as in life, even if you know what you're doing, you really kind of don't." From Solzhenitsyn to Laura Zigman, Catherine M. to Captain Underpants, this is the captivating result. It is a personal journey filled with wit, charm, insight, infectious enthusiasm - and observations on everything from Public Books (the ones we pretend we're reading), lending trauma, and the idiosyncrasies of sex scenes ("The mingling of bodies and emotions and fluids is one thing. But reading about it: now, that's personal"), to revenge books, hype, the stresses of recommendation (what does it mean when someone you like hates the book you love?), the odd reasons we pick up a book in the first place, and how to put it down if we don't like it ("The literary equivalent of a bar mitzvah, the moment at which you look at yourself and announce: Today I am an adult"). [My review]

Other Books-About-Books Titles
The Book on the Bookshelf - Henry Petroski
A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books - Nicholas Basbanes
How to Read and Why - Harold Bloom
Library: An Unquiet History - Matthew Battles
On Rereading - Patricia Meyer Spacks
The Pleasures of Reading in the Age of Distraction - Alan Jacobs
A Reader on Reading - Alberto Manguel
Reading Matters: Five Centuries of Discovering Books - Margaret Willes
Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World - Nicholas Basbanes
Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World - Lawrence Goldstone et al.

Links and Stuff: July 26, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

BOOLEAN: Birthday!

It's my birthday!

As a gift to myself, I bought these tights this morning.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Blog Update

There will be no Friday Fashion Find or What I Read Update this week. I'm moving (thank goodness it's not far) and currently buried. I own too much stuff!


Links and Stuff: July 12, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Whilst packing, I discovered that The Boyfriend and I have 9 boxes of books. Seems about right.

I can't wait to have this babies unpacked and all organized again. The apartment currently feels empty without any books on the bookcases.

And, yes, I apparently don't put boxes together in the right direction. Meh. We're not going that far.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

What I Read This Week: July 8, 2012

I hurt. I helped The Roomie (who needs a new blog moniker) move to her new place on Friday and Saturday. No more boxes please!

Sadly, that ain't gonna happen as The Boyfriend and I have to move our stuff this coming Friday and Saturday. Then I will be done with the boxes! Or, at least done with moving them up and down stairs.

My reading this week was centered around trying to not move magazines to the new place...
  • I flipped through the July/August 2012 issue of Everyday Food. I pulled a few grill related recipes. Thank goodness we get to keep our patio at the new place, otherwise these recipes would never be used.
  • I got through two issues of Cooking Light. The June and July issues that mysteriously hid from me. I pulled a few tasty meals from both, but was marginally disappointed at the options in these issues.
  • I also read one of the cover stories from the July/August issue of the Atlantic. I still haven't hit the main cover store, but the article about Ideas was pretty though provoking.
  • This week, I also read a fantastic article in the Washington Post. It was about a convent that makes and sells cheese. Best part... realizing this place is within driving distance. I may need to get me some of this gouda.
  • I finished (yeah!) my professional read on RDA. I really only needed to read the last chapter in that one...
  • Finally, I finished Matched (review soon) and started reading Insurgent. The Y.A. binge continues.

Friday, July 06, 2012

BOOLEAN: Friday Fashion Find - Cherry on Top

It's hot out. Very very very hot out. These ice cream tights can help you think cool.

These are available here on ebay.

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Sunday, July 01, 2012

What I Read This Week: July 1, 2012

It's July already? When the heck did that happen? Time flies when you're trying to sell stuff on Craigslist before you move.

The Boyfriend and I are moving (down one floor... easiest. move. ever.) in two weeks, and our nights have been spent trying to sell stuff, pulling items for donation, packing, and looking for new stuff to buy to furnish the new place. Thank goodness we got the major couch purchase out of the way early. Even with all of that I still managed to read this week.
  • I finished reading Mira Grant's Blackout. I'll post a review soonish. In a snippet: It was okay.
  • I started reading another Hunger Games bandwagon book. This one I grabbed from the library. It's Ally Condie's Matched. I'm about 250 pages in so far. The only reason I've manged to get that far is because of the epic storms we had this weekend. While I never lost power, but internet disappeared. That was a good enough excuse to let me read, uninterrupted for a few hours. The story is good, but I wonder where it's heading.
  • I'm also slowly making my way through the book on RDA. It's not something I find particularly interesting, but I do need to learn about it. I'll keep reading a few pages a day on my commute until I finish. 
  • Finally, I managed to read the opening sections of July/August 2012 issue of the Atlantic. So far it's a good issue. I particularly enjoyed the pieces on traffic in Nigeria and foie gras.