Can you say slacker? I’ve had these book reviews and quilt blocks just sitting around, waitin’ to be posted and I’ve been having too much fun wallowing in President Day bliss. So I have put my patriotic celebrations aside and here are my recent reads and blocks.
Magic Steps by Tamora Pierce – First book of The Circle Opens quartet. Light read full of YA magicnessment. (I swear that’s a word).
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson – I read this with all of my Apple product en towe (iPad, iPod, iPhone, MacBook Air, iMac). Walter Issacson wrote a very good book. He was very thorough in his research and interviews and did not get pulled into the subjects charm. That being said, Steve Jobs was charismatic and calculated. He was the driving force for so many life changing technological advancements but I don’t care how smart you are, how rich you are, or how awesome you think you are – it doesn’t give you the right to be such a jerk to people.
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III – Such a well written, tragic book. The reading of this caused me so much anxiety that I kept wanting to take a break from it, but kept me drawn-in in a way that people can’t jump off a sinking ship (unless they’re an Italian cruise ship captain). I felt heart breaking-ly opinionated about the characters and the decisions they made.
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin – love non-fiction books – when they’re written well. Oh yeah, and when I don’t find the main character annoying. I think the work that has been done is great I couldn’t get past Greg Mortenson (and the pending law suit of his lies included in the book).
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri – I hadn’t read short stories since I was in the 7th grade and found this to be a much more agreeable experience. I enjoyed interloping into bits of lives of people who all share the feeling of displacement or aloneness but still find internal resolution or solace. I also thought it was going to be entirely depressing but found it enjoyable!
and onto the quilt blocks …
So I’ve read some new books with this new year. I’m 3 books into my 2012 goal (once again see GoodReads links to your right hand side). Here are my reviews:
Then Again by Diane Keaton – How not interesting. First of all – STOP MAKING COLLAGES, YOU ARE A GROWN WOMAN, NOT A 12 YEAR OLD! … and although she seems anti-marriage because it was oppressive to her seemingly creative mother to me it was apparent that it was because neither Woody Allen, Al Pacino, nor Warren Beatty would marry her (and she’s obviously still in love with the first two).
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon – Intriguing point of view. Christopher’s story, outlooks, and achievements were endearing. I found some situations hurt my heart a bit, but realised he wouldn’t understand why they should hurt his too.
Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – Kept me laughing (technically giggling on the couch), I’d be willing to trade-in two friends to be friends with Mindy. (Don’t worry, if you’re a friend reading this review I wouldn’t trade you in).
Thoughts on Pop Culture (specifically Beyonce and Jay-Z)
Apparently Beyonce and Jay-Z had a baby this week (I normally pretend to not pay attention to celebrity “stuff” … or something like that). I’m kind of getting over the name (Blue Ivy Carter for enquiring minds) however I was verbally assaulted by Jay-Z’s new rap to his daughter not once but TWICE whilst in the car today. At first I thought it was a radio station joke … and then I realized it wasn’t … here are some of my “favorite” lyrics …
- Your grandpa died of liver failure
- The most beautifulest thing in the world
- You was made in Paris
- Make sure the plane you on is bigger than your carry-on baggage
- You’re my child with the child from Destiny’s Child
And it times for the quilt blocks. Weeks 12 and 13 and 14.
I really had these blocks done before leaving on vacay and this was supposed to post while I was out. However I’m a bit of a ding-dong at times and couldn’t quite figure out how to do that – so you get it now.
*Drum roll* … presenting weeks 4 & 5 … ta-dah!!!!
Book Review: Lives of the Monster Dogs. What a dumb book.
Here it is – as promised – my week three blocks of the Farmer Wife Quilting Bee. Yes, I realise the points on block 5 are not centered (I’m sure you’re all gawking at it now) and it annoys me too. It’s time like these when I turn to the wisdom of Rob who says “that way it just looks like you made it”. Let’s just say that given my skill level this entire quilt will definitely look like I made it. 😀
I have some earth shatteringly awesome news! (I can’t believe I didn’t lead in with this!). Rob and I have been married for 8 1/2 months and Facebook finally allowed me to change my last name on my profile! I know that at the DMV and the Social Security Administration and the Courthouse let me change it in no less than 5 minutes but all it took was additional emailing and providing FB with a photo of a government issue ID to make it happen! I can totally understand why they were a bit skeptical of my new last name, I mean Osborn is a bit tame compared to some that I’ve seen used on facebook (man oh man I couldn’t make these up if I tried)
- Kristin (ok, this is a normal name but I like to include my bff Kristin in my blog when possible since she’s oh-so-far away from me)
Book Review: The Destiny of the Republic. The sophomore novel of Candice Millard met my high expectations after consuming her novel River of Doubt. Instead of telling just the story of President Garfield’s assassination it breathes new life into him as an individual, illustrates the important impacts of his Presidency, and reminds of the ignorance and arrogance of many in power at that time. Loved it.