#3: “Snoop: What Your Stuff Says about You”

October 18, 2008 at 10:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Pop psychology is always fun to read.  This book made me want to snoop through my friends’ stuff, but even more, it made me want to rush out and hide a bunch of things in my house and my office.

I’m tired… I don’t know how much trouble I’ll have staying up tonight, but getting up at quarter to 5 was a real challenge.  Normally on Saturdays I sleep in and take two separate naps!

#2: “Reading the OED”

October 18, 2008 at 6:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Ammon Shea makes me feel perfectly, perfectly sane.  Not only did he read the entire Oxford English Dictionary in under a year, but the reason he did it was that he’d been reading nothing but dictionaries for the last ten years and he wanted to treat himself.  Now that he’s done, he plans to turn right around and do it again.  Whew.  (Though the sad part is, I’ve already read far more pages this year than were in his OED).

The book is hilariously ascerbic.  Shea includes definitions of words he really liked, with commentary on when he would use them.  I laughed out loud several times.  A delight.

1. “Hurry Down Sunshine”

October 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

That was a good pick for a first book.  Beautifully written, fascinating, a really quick read.

Introduction Meme

October 18, 2008 at 12:16 pm | Posted in Book Blather | 6 Comments

Where are you reading from today?

Cloverdale, California.

3 facts about me …

I’m doing a reading challenge this year of 400 books.  Yesterday I finished #312.

I’m really good at composing limericks.

I can read the International Phonetic Alphabet.

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?

15, for variety and because they have to last through Tuesday.  (I’m not at my own house).

Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?

My goal is 1000 pages and the full 24 hours.

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time?

I’m not a veteran, but my advice would be to go to bed earlier the night before!

5:08 AM

October 18, 2008 at 12:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments


I haven’t been up at this hour since my senior year of college, and that was from the other side of night.  I heard the first birdsong of the morning, but I think I woke it up with the bathroom light.

Was that a poem?

Anyway, my first book of the day will be Hurry Down Sunshine, a bit of irony since I’ll probably be halfway through before sunrise.

TBR Mountain

October 18, 2008 at 3:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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