callistahogan: (Book Addict)
Today was a book day.

Around noon, I went to the library, but then decided to head down to the bookshop below the library and get a few books. After all, I had about $33, and the most you ever have to pay for a book is $3 per hardcover, so... no book lover can pass that up.

At the library, I got the following:

Dust by Elizabeth Bear
All the Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear
Murder of Angels by Caitlin R. Kiernan
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

I started Dust first. I love it so far, although there are a few little bits of it that I don't necessarily approve of (even though that's not quite correct wording, because I like that part, it's just something a little strange). Other than that, though, it's good and certainly keeps my interest. Judging by how quickly I've been reading it, I'll probably have it finished by Sunday or Monday. And then I'll move onto my library books and then, if I have time before I have to send them back, I'll start on the big stack of books I bought.

At the bookstop, I bought the following for only $8.50:

The Scourge of God by William Dietrich
What Was She Thinking? by Zoe Heller
God's Politics by Jim Wallis - I took this out from the library, tried finishing it, didn't, and so I decided to buy it once I saw it at the bookstore, just so I'd have a copy. It might come in handy.
Vigil by Robert Masello
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Last Day by Glenn Kleier
Contact by Carl Sagan

It certainly looks as though I'll be building up my library quite quickly, doesn't it? After all, I still have a list of books I want to get the next time I stop in the bookshop. And at fifty cents per paperback, $3 for hardcovers, I can get quite a few books with the money I still have.

Do any of you have opinions on any of the books I bought (or borrowed)? If you do, I'd love to hear them.
callistahogan: (Books)
Today was a library day.

Thankfully, I got most of the books I wanted. Although The Spiral Staircase by Karen Armstrong was not there (I wanted to read it partly because of [ profile] miriammoules' recommendation: thanks!), I did get the following: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, Kingston by Starlight by Christopher John Farley, Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, and Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.

I started reading The Handmaid's Tale and Kingston by Starlight a few moments ago and, so far, they are very good. I am thinking I will like my introduction to Atwood, and the language in Kingston is just so rich, and the prose is just so flowy. The prose is actually something I'd want to write! I adore flowy prose, so I'm sure I'll love Kingston for that reason.

And, of course, I have heard wonderful things about Atwood.

The other two nonfiction books I checked out... well, let's just say I am probably one of the last people on the planet to read them, just judging by my trawling through [ profile] 50bookchallenge because I am bored out of my skull and procrastinating on my novel.

Speaking of which.

35K, you are mine. Tomorrow.

Friends: please kick me if I don't get it by tomorrow? *grins*

Okay. Now I'm off to read for a bit!

Oh, and because I'm bored and I want to know a bit more about you all, I'm snatching something from [ profile] technophile's journal, just because I loved the question:

What sort of God do you/would you believe in? Don't just say "Christian God" or "Muslim God" or whatever. Be specific. Even if you're an atheist, disregard that for a moment. Just, what god would you want to believe in (or think would actually exist IRL)?
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Yesterday, I went to the library. I originally wasn't planning on it, but the book I wanted to read (Hollywood versus America) was in and I didn't feel like waiting until later to wander in and get it. I had only finished one book since the last time I went and, though I was only a few pages into Good Omens at the time, I decided to just go anyway, considering I can always go back and pick up Good Omens whenever it strikes my fancy.

In fact, I'm probably going to go pick it up the next time I go to the library, because the few pages I read were very good.

In case you're curious as to what I got, I picked up the following: I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik, Arabian Nights and Days by Naguib Mahfouz, Hollywood versus America by Michael Medved, and The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory.

So far, I've started reading all but The Constant Princess, and I like them all. My favorite has to be I Am Legend, just because the whole vampire aspect intrigues me more than I can possibly say. I'm thinking I'll finish that book first, then move onto His Majesty's Dragon, but I should know not to plan by now—all my best-laid plans tend to fall by the wayside.

The only gripe I have with Hollywood versus America is that it is very outdated—it was first published in 1992, which was before I was even born—but I'm hoping the basic principles still apply. I'm thinking they will, so that's good.

Oh, and if I manage to finish all these books in... hmm, ten days, isn't it, I'll have reached fifty books by the end of September, which is a definite plus. Who wants to bet I can do it?


*grins—just kidding*

*wanders off to read more of I Am Legend*

(Also, sidenote: it took me about five read-throughs to make sure there were no glaring typos in this post. I think there's something wrong with me. Too many vampires, perhaps? Or more generally, too many good books? Or is it even possible to have read too many good books?)
callistahogan: (Books)
So. Let's see what I have to talk about.

For starters, today was the first day of my NWEA testing (a sort of standardizing testing you do on the computer), and it was the English test first thing today. Most people I know only got in the 220-235 area, but I managed to get a 240. It was a fairly easy test, although certain questions I needed to guess on (I had no clue what a gerund was, for example, and you can't ask questions on these sort of tests), but if it was basic grammar, critical reading, spelling, or other items like that, I did it easily. 

I have two more days of testing to go. Tomorrow, I'm doing the math test, which I'll probably be terrible at, and then on Thursday, I'm doing the reading test. I'm not too worried; honestly, my main concern is whether I'll get done with the math test in time to go to lunch tomorrow or not.

In other news, I went to the library yesterday and picked up my customary four books: Set This House In Order by Matt Ruff, The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, and The Garden of Good and Evil by David Hewson.

Set This House In Order was the first book I started, and I seriously cannot put it down. It's all about Dissociative Identity Disorder (in case you don't know what that is, go here), and it is amazing. I'm not even a hundred pages into it and it's already looking like an A+ book.

I hope to finish it today, so I'll cut this post short. But I will end this post with a plea to read it, because it's superb. I can't wait to see what happens next!


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