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literary wall o’ shame, pt 2

Yesterday got me thinking, based on the books of shame that haven’t been read. And I figured in stead of a bright and shiny post today. I thought I would pose a question (based on two people (Dawn & my PT, Lauren) asking me this): What are the 5 books that you are most ashamed to admit you’ve read? Mine? Twilight/New Moon/Eclipse/Breaking Dawn. Though each should be it’s own unique number of shame. Nora Roberts. Shame fills me typing that, but dear wonderful world, sometimes I need mindless fluff. Every Princess Diaries Book. (finished in college, oops). Gilbert Morris. For anyone that grew up reading Christian Fiction, you will understand what I mean by that. Morris is by far the most formulaic writer on the planet. Every book has the same formula, and I read 25 of them. Shame. Eat, Pray, Love. I got caught up in the hype and read it. I felt like I lost 4 hours of my life that I will never get back. (Did I mention I’m a speed-reader). It was …

thursday book day.

Publishers Weekly has a blog. (Though who doesn’t in the world these days). Yesterday there was a post dedicated to the Literary Wall O’ Shame. I personally thought this was going to be aout everything you’ve read that you’re ashamed of, I have lots of those, but it wasn’t. The best and worst thing about books is that there are too many of them. According to Bowker, there were 288,355 titles published in 2009 in the U.S. alone. What that means is you have a whole lot of options, but that also means there are over 288,000 books every year that you haven’t read (unless you have nine eyes and more than 365 days, in which case you’re a time-traveling mutant and are readying plans to take over Earth). I’m not very good at math, but if you multiplied 288,000 and 100, I’d imagine you’d get a number with roughly 70 zeroes. This number would represent, give or take a few digits, the number of books in the last hundred years you haven’t read. Instead, it …

Fantastic Evening

I expected today to be awash. Pretty much I had no plans, I wasn’t sure I wanted plans, and I was confidents that is plans actually arose I would shoot them down. And then I climbed out of my bed. Oh how quickly my resolve faded. It began with breakfast/lunch. The British Friend wanted pancakes and we were both pretty confident that our go to pancake place would be packed. So, I pulled out the random box of Bisquick (Lord only knows in what moment of desperation that appeared in my kitchen) and I went to work pancake making. A shot time later, pancakes…fresh strawberries and syrup graces my beautiful square dishes. It was great, I mean not as great as the buttermilk pancakes, but tasty all the same. Then it was off to E’s where the party was in full swing to finish off yesterday’s keg. It was crazy. It was amazing. I don’t think I have laughed so hard in a long time. But then came my favorite part of the day. [Back …

procrastination, in review

So like has been lamented time and time again, last week was bad and my focus was shot. Needless to say, my procrastination level went way, way up. And so, we will have procrastination in review…a time to tell of the amazing things on the internet that can only be founds through mindless surfing, facebook and gchat links. 1. “Are You A Christian Hipster:” I mean this one about made my day (although I will admit it’s been on the “to blog about list for almost 2 weeks).  It’s been all over the internet including a shout out on the “Daily Dish” from Andrew Sullivan at The Atlantic. My favorite paragraph: Christian hipsters love thinking and acting Catholic, even if they are thoroughly Protestant. They love the Pope, liturgy, incense, lectio divina, Lent, and timeless phrases like “Thanks be to God” or “Peace of Christ be with you.” They enjoy Eastern Orthodox churches and mysterious iconography, and they love the elaborate cathedrals of Europe (even if they are too museum-like for hipster tastes). Christian hipsters …