Books I have read recently

  • Shirley by Charlotte Bronte — I'm reading a giant biography of the Brontes "Wild Genius on the Moors" By Juliet Barker (amazing!! but I'll post on that when I finish) So I'm reading each novel as it's discussed in the book. I loved Shirley. I have to agree with the critics that it is a slow painful start and it does take about 150 pages till we meet the title character Shirley. But besides that, it is so well written. Caroline Helstone’s angst is beautiful and poignant. And knowing that the last third of the book was written after Emily & Anne died explains so much about the change in the book. Charlotte likes to fix her world by writing about it and in her version the sick heroine recovers where her sisters did not. I definitely recommend Shirley for the Bronte fan. Don’t skip it.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas --- It took me a couple chapters to really dive in but after that I was in love. I had read somewhere that it was based on Beauty & the Beast, which is great. What I did not know is that it is a retelling of one of my favorite fairytales: East of the Sun, West of the Moon!!! What a treat when I discovered that. I love that story. It's whimsical and the girl saves the day which I love love love. Sarah does a beautiful job of it and I can't wait for the next one!!
  • Miss Buncle’s Book by D. E. Stevenson —What a little treat. My mom gave these books to me for my birthday and there are so much fun. It’s a light easy read and it made me chuckle.
  • Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder— I adore her soul finder books. I’ve been reading them for years. She builds beautiful strong women and sweeping romance. Her magic system is unique and I want to live in her world.
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr and E. B. White — A must read for every writer. Thanks to Stephen King for the recommendation. It has all those little things that I had questions about and answered them quickly and succinctly. It’s not the funnest read but it’s helpful.
  • Click of Titles to go to the book's Amazon page

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

a bit of silliness really

If I waited and only posted clever, witty blogs , I would write about once a month. So here are some musings and pleasant surprises I have encountered today. I realised that I like sciences. I love my Micro class. Is that weird? I just get it. I love learning it and I'm excited about doing some sketches of the cell membranes of eukaryotes and prokaryotes tonight. I got to play dentist today. I took the capsule, put it in the amalgammastor ( no i didn't make up that word), then I took the amalgam and put it in a tooth. Amazing. The amalgam was like a little silver bullet. Then I shaped it with excellent ,real-life anatomy of a third molar, if I may say so myself. I got to make cements and concoctions, so it was like a pleasant Potions class. Then I stepped outside and experienced the bliss I meet everyday. The clinic is so hot and outside there is a strong gust of 40 degrees wind. I just stand there and breath the freshest oxygen of my life. Ahhh. Now I'm home and very surprisingly not stressed. It is a glorious day.

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