Terse and to the point!
No zombies. No vampires. No angels. No self-help. No horror.
Interesting information and quite timely considering that the new presidency is less than a week old but the lecturer's voice drove me up a wall; he broke up his phrases in some of the strangest....places. I am going to have to put this one in the re-read pile because I didn't get everything he had to say (mind wandered) and I do want to know more.
If it weren't for the lecturer, I would mark this one "highly recommended."
Media has already made him famous. But I'm sharing this here because it is really about books, reading and libraries.
We are a linguistically blended American Family. DH and I grew up in Philadelphia but raised our children in Boston, thus our children speak a mix of regional dialects. Now add to the mix my son-in-law who is from Connecticut.
I brought these two books out at dinner time (dessert actually) and we had a hoot going through both of them, especially the very graphic Speaking American. It was interesting to listening to my children commenting on the various words that they used and didn't use and even more on the words that we used but that they later discovered when they went off to college that nobody else used.
For me, the most interesting page was the one about telling time. How do you say "3:45"? Do you say "Three forty-five" or "Quarter to four" or "Quarter of four" or "Quarter til four"? I decided that I would say "It's quarter to four" but that I would also say "It's quarter of" if not specifying a given hour.
I still haven't sat down to read it cover to cover but sharing it with my adult children was a lot of fun.
I'm back from vacation and already two weeks behind on my reading.There was so much else to keep me busy that I just never had time to plug in and listen.
But, I'm back and ready to catch up, which means it is time to publish my reading goals for the year and to see how I did last year. My goals are pretty the much the same for this year as they were last year:
As for last year, wow did I surprise myself. I read 186 books in 2016 including some DNFs but only 179 discrete titles because I finished my annual re-reads and started over again. I read 71 new titles including 6 new history titles and a bunch of Great Courses (which I am now hooked on). I went down my list of reads from last year to see if I could choose one as my favorite read of the year but alas could not choose one that so utterly stood out above the rest.
P.S. My reading challenger widget says 100 because it is easier to figure out percentages. ;-)
This list is now history. These are the books that I started in 2016, some of them I even finished and a couple of them I even read twice in 2016. It was a very booky year for me and hopefully I will be able to say the same for 2017.
Ruined City --re-read
As much as liked David Copperfield, I am abandoning Nicholas Nickleby --and may even decide to return it and get my money/credit back. It is beautifully written but I don't think I can listen to another 34 hours of it. It is just depressing. The people aren't nice and they don't treat children very well. Even if it is satire and an exaggeration, I just don't want to read about it.
I'm off now, to choose a more up-beat book to read while I spend the next few days baking holiday cookies.
It was a long weekend while the Booklikes website was down for repairs but I am thrilled that it is up and running again. In the down-time, I worked a bit on GR and was just so disheartened. I imported my book list and a whole big bunch did not import because the ASIN number was not in the database. Then I went to add a title and it wasn't in the database either. What a pain in the ass it will be to have to contact GR each time I want to add another title.
It was wonderful to read Booklikes' Katie on Friday afternoon and then so disheartening to read the replies. I remember how my father would react after a long day at the office and my baby sister would confront him the moment he walked in the door demanding that he punish my brother for some transgression or other when all he wanted was a big hello from all of his kids and a chance to unwind after another thankless day at the office. So, during this weekend's outage, all I could think was that the owner's, after reading all of the thankless, self-centered demands to their Friday afternoon post had simple said, "Fuck it. Who needs this aggravation." Some people just don't know when to shut up; Friday was one of those times.
Listen up everybody! The owners do NOT owe you any sort of explanation. You don't pay a penny to use this website. If you don't like the way it is being run, you are free to leave. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. The owner's built this website once and I am sure that they will be able to do it again.
Even though I easily surpassed them in 2015, out of sheer laziness--I won't have to change the sticky hanging on my desktop monitor-- I'm setting the same goals for 2016:
And I'm adding two more challenges, just to keep my reading well rounded ;-):
Don't look for anything high-brow from this quarter. I know that the next few months I will be filling the time with soul-soothing, light-hearted and purely escapist reading as we all collectively hold our breath and wait for the other shoe to drop in the new year.