December 22, 2008 at 11:58 pm | Posted in Book Blather | 3 Comments

Guess what, you guys?  I’m reading #400!  I’ve got over a week to go and I’m… almost… there already!

Technically speaking I’ve already passed 400, as I’ve read a stack of children’s books to the little peeps in my life.  I decided not to include those in my count, though, because they pull down my average page count too much.

Holiday Book Challenge

December 22, 2008 at 7:57 pm | Posted in Challenges | 1 Comment

I saw a month or so ago that somebody was doing a holiday book-buying challenge.  For the life of me, I can’t figure out who it was.  (Can you tell me?)  Anyway, I did it – I bought books for everyone on my list.  The point of this is to keep the publishing industry alive through these tough economic times, and also to encourage the love of literature.  Reading is about the only holiday activity I can think of that won’t make you fat or broke, unlike chain-sucking candy canes like I’ve been doing lately.

Let me just say, also, that I use the generic term ‘holiday’ when I refer to ‘the holidays’ in my personal life.  I tend to want to celebrate every holiday I hear about, regardless of where it originated.  But if you’re shopping for anyone who celebrates Diwali, Eid al Adha, Yule, or Hanukkah, you’re late!  (Well, I guess you could still get away with Hanukkah gifts for a few more days…)  All that’s left are Festivus, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.  Oh, and New Year’s, when my man Rocket Scientist and I have decided to exchange our personal gifts.

Anyway, here are some of the books I bought, without ascribing names in case anyone from my family stumbles across this:

Fancy Nancy – Jane O’connor

The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick

The Sky Village – Monk Ashland

Conversations with God, vol. 3 – Neale Donald Walsch

2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl – Daniel Pinchbeck

Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

Grandma’s Dead: Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals – Amanda McCall

Not everyone is passionate about books – I know!  I couldn’t believe it either! – so it can be especially challenging to choose something for these philistines people.  In these cases I have decided that anything with covers and pages that is not demonstrably a magazine counts as a book.  So cookbooks, comics, and even blank books are fair game.  I like to believe that choosing just the right book you know someone will enjoy is one of the most personal of all gifts.

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