Monday, December 31, 2007

Books I've Read: 2007

Books in bold are ones I've especially enjoyed.
  1. The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, Daniel Mendelsohn
  2. The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith
  3. Digging to America, Anne Tyler
  4. Fighting Ruben Wolfe, Markus Zusak
  5. Looking For Alaska, John Green
  6. The Rules of Survival, Nancy Werlin
  7. The Case of the Missing Books: A Mobile Library Mystery, Ian Sansom
  8. Suite Fran├žaise, Irene Nemirovsky
  9. Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, Patricia C. Wrede
  10. Valiant, Holly Black
  11. An Abundance of Katherines, John Green
  12. The Peterkin Papers, Lucretia P. Hale
  13. The Tale of Despereaux, Kate Dicamillo
  14. The Dark Hills Divide, Patrick Carman
  15. Mr. Popper's Penguins, Richard Atwater
  16. Tithe, Holly Black
  17. Victory, Susan Cooper
  18. Bad Kitty, Michele Jaffe
  19. A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, Dana Reinhardt
  20. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
  21. The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan
  22. This Is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn, Aidan Chambers
  23. The Book of Story Beginnings, Kristin Kladstrup
  24. The Blood Stone, Jamila Gavin
  25. Behind the Curtain, Peter Abrahams
  26. Y: The Last Man Vol. 4: Safeword, Brian K. Vaughan
  27. Y: The Last Man Vol. 5: Ring of Truth, Brian K. Vaughan
  28. Beyond The Valley Of Thorns, Patrick Carman
  29. Sir Thursday, Garth Nix
  30. A Certain Slant of Light, Laura Whitcomb
  31. Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, Julie Powell
  32. Tenth City, Patrick Carman
  33. Dairy Queen, Catherine Murdock
  34. King Dork, Frank Portman
  35. How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff
  36. The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield
  37. Golden , Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  38. If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?, Melissa Kantor
  39. The Boyfriend List, E. Lockhart
  40. Fairest, Gail Carson Levine
  41. The Book as Art: Artists' Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Krystyna Wasserman
  42. Bras & Broomsticks, Sarah Mlynowski
  43. The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime, Jasper Fforde
  44. Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything, E. Lockhart
  45. I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You, Ally Carter
  46. Criss Cross, Lynne Rae Perkins
  47. Incantation, Alice Hoffman
  48. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, Carolyn Mackler
  49. Magic or Madness, Justine Larbalestier
  50. Magic Lessons, Justine Larbalestier
  51. Flyte, Angie Sage
  52. The White Darkness, Geraldine McCaughrean
  53. Peter and the Starcatchers, Dave Barry
  54. Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Dave Barry
  55. Magic's Child, Justine Larbalestier
  56. The Ruins, Scott Smith
  57. 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Maureen Johnson
  58. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby
  59. The New Policeman, Kate Thompson
  60. Fat Kid Rules the World, K. L. Going
  61. Snow, Orhan Pamuk
  62. The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years After, Patricia C. Wrede
  63. The Naming, Alison Croggon
  64. The Riddle, Alison Croggon
  65. The Grand Tour, Patricia C. Wrede
  66. They Call Me Naughty Lola
  67. Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine
  68. Feed, M.T. Anderson
  69. The Brief History of the Dead, Kevin Brockmeier
  70. The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde
  71. Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
  72. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, Gary D. Schmidt
  73. Night Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko
  74. Lost in a Good Book, Jasper Fforde
  75. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  76. Weaveworld, Clive Barker
  77. The Well of Lost Plots, Jasper Fforde
  78. Austenland, Shannon Hale
  79. Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You, Dorian Cirrone
  80. Snow Apples, Mary Razzell
  81. Blue Bloods, Melissa De La Cruz
  82. Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, Jordan Sonnenblick
  83. The World to Come, Dara Horn
  84. Shadow and Claw, Gene Wolfe
  85. Charlotte Sometimes, Penelope Farmer
  86. Einstein: His Life and Universe, Walter Isaacson
  87. Stardust, Neil Gaiman
  88. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
  89. Emma, Vol. 1-4, Kaoru Mori
  90. The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst
  91. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling
  92. Skellig, David Almond
  93. The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
  94. The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner
  95. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner
  96. Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr
  97. Clay, David Almond
  98. Masquerade, Melissa De La Cruz
  99. Devilish, Maureen Johnson
  100. Children of the Lamp: The Akhenaten Adventure, P. B. Kerr
  101. American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang
  102. Soon I Will Be Invincible, Austin Grossman
  103. The Uses of Enchantment, Heidi Julavits
  104. Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer
  105. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians Book 1), Rick Riordan
  106. Death Note, Volume 1, Tsugumi Ohba
  107. The Fetch, Chris Humphreys
  108. The Alchemyst, Michael Scott
  109. Gifts, Ursula K. Le Guin
  110. Voices, Ursula K. Le Guin
  111. Russian Fairy Tales, Gillian Avery
  112. Intuition, Allegra Goodman
  113. The Foretelling, Alice Hoffman
  114. The Norse Myths, Kevin Crossley-Holland
  115. What Happened to Cass McBride?, Gail Giles
  116. Peony in Love, Lisa See
  117. Gertrude and Claudius, John Updike
  118. The Headmaster, Taylor Antrim
  119. The World According to Mimi Smartypants, Mimi Smartypants
  120. Book of A Thousand Days, Shannon Hale
  121. Three Bags Full, Leonie Swann
  122. The Crimson Petal and the White, Michel Faber
  123. The Last Summer (of You & Me), Ann Brashares
  124. Platinum, Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  125. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & the Olympians Book 2), Rick Riordan
  126. The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson & the Olympians Book 3), Rick Riordan
  127. Kabul Beauty School, Deborah Rodriguez and Kristin Ohlson
  128. The Crow, Alison Croggon
  129. Service Included, Phoebe Damrosch
  130. Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City, Kirsten Miller
  131. Peter and the Secret of Randoon, Dave Barry
  132. Darkness at Pemberley, T. H. White
  133. Dialogue with Trypho, St. Justin the Martyr
  134. On Pascha, Melito of Sardis
  135. The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman (REREAD)
  136. Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman
  137. Extras, Scott Westerfeld
  138. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, Ally Carter
  139. I Am America (And So Can You), Stephen Colbert
  140. Jesus in the Talmud, Peter Schafer
  141. The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story, Lemoney Snicket
  142. The Book of Air and Shadows, Michael Gruber
  143. Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel, Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin
  144. The Off Season, Catherine Murdock
  145. Skin Hunger, Kathleen Duey
  146. Story of a Girl, Sara Zarr
  147. Emma, Vol. 5, Kaoru Mori
  148. Emma, Vol. 6, Kaoru Mori
  149. H.I.V.E, Mark Walden
  150. Bloom, Elizabeth Scott
  151. The Bermudez Triangle, Maureen Johnson
  152. The Pull of the Ocean, Jean-Claude Mourlevat
  153. Black Dossier, Alan Moore
  154. The Sweet Far Thing, Libba Bray
  155. Dramarama, E. Lockhart
  156. Infinite Variety: Exploring the Folger Shakespeare Library, Ester Ferington

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Thanksgivnukkah Extravaganz[nukk]a[h] 2007

I'm sitting here in my warm apartment listening to the wintry mix pelting my windows, and I'm thinking that sometime in the next couple of hours I'm going to have to go outside and shovel just to get the snow up before the freezing rain really starts up in earnest. This is the only thing keeping me from curling up on my couch under a blanket with a nice, big mug of tea steaming next to me; I don't want to get too comfortable too soon or I won't be able to drag myself outside in a little while. It is beautiful outside, though, white and stormy and there's no one out there and wouldn't today be perfect if I didn't have to shovel?

A car just drove by my house with an engine that sounded like horses hooves clopping on a cobblestone street. Weird.

But I didn't begin this post to write about the glorious winter weather we've been missing for the past few years here in New England. No, I wanted to post about the birth of what I hope to be a new Holiday Season tradition: Thanksgivnukkah. You see, for the past several years my family has had Thanksgiving with this one particular other family, very close friends of ours, but since my family went elsewhere this year and part of their family went elsewhere this year, we decided that we needed to hold an after-the-fact Thanksgiving feast, and while we were at it why not celebrate Hanukkah after the fact as well? The Thanksginukkah Extravaganza of 2007 was born.

Just to give you a sense of what you're dealing with, Thanksgivings with this family have always been a day-long event. Everyone gathers at about noon to begin preparing the meal and the fixings, and this is when the snacking and the drinking also begin. Five hours of eating and drinking later, we're ready to begin the actually Thanksgiving meal. Etc. Etc.

Seeing as we were celebrating Thanksgivnukkah and not Thanksgiving, the menu may appear to be missing a few things, but I assure you it was quite sufficient:
  • Fresh smoked turkey (a particular specialty of this family, so glorious, so tasty; the stuff dreams are made of)
  • Latkes
  • Applesauce (made by yours truly)
  • Stollen
  • Salad (how did something health get in there?)
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Donuts
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Pecan pie
Everyone was especially excited about my brother's donuts, but something went tragically wrong with this little guy:

All he wanted was to be a delicious donut

For whatever reason, the dough didn't rise and as a result didn't cook through during frying. Let's take a moment to mourn.

RIP. You looked delicious, but weren't cooked through.

The food was followed by a rousing game of Dictionary (my favorite new word: krukolibidinous. I will use it every chance I get) and a showing of The Sting. Could the day have been any more perfect?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Did somebody say snow?

Yeah yeah, "I can do everything you can do better" and all that jazz. It's days like today I really miss having a man around. Why? Because snow's been falling at about the rate of THREE INCHES PER HOUR since about 1 PM this afternoon, and my arms are so, so tired.

I've put in about three hours of solid shoveling so far this afternoon and evening, and I'm predicting another 2 or so necessary tonight so that I can actually get my car out of the driveway tomorrow morning and get to work.

Idea of the month: leaving work at 12:30 today to avoid traffic

I'm just saying. From what I hear, it's taking some people about 4 hours to get home from work. Me? I spent that same time shoveling. And working on the report that's due tomorrow...

And listen, I know the snow plows are just trying to be helpful, but do you think they could stop SNOWING IN MY DRIVEWAY? That takes a lot of work to get rid of, you know.

I also wouldn't complain if my upstairs neighbors helped with the snow removal.

I think I'm going to increase my hours-of-shoveling-remaining estimate to 3.

OK, 'nough complaining for now, I need to get back to my carbo-loading.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

God has a gold tooth

And apparently this is just the first episode...I can't wait to see what they do with the other holidays!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Part trois

My next two gift ideas for your beloved bibliophile are ones that I can neither condemn nor condone. They need to be labeled:

WARNING: Some books were harmed during the making of this gift

If that's something you can stomach, look no farther than here and here. If you cannot, please, for the love of god, avert your eyes.