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Hahahaha. This is going to be very graphic heavy, just so you know. Time to make up for lost time! I'll get to those Top 5 prompts later. For now, have the rest of these.

30 Day Meme, SAILOR MOON... )

The rest of the prompts... )

30 Day Meme, SHIPPING... )

The rest of the prompts... )
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I feel a little under the weather today. I've been sleeping on and off all day--I slept eight hours last night, then took a nap for four and a half hours--and my throat is starting to hurt. I see a lot of floaters in my eyes, too. Oh and the cramps I should've had a few days ago? They were delayed, but they finally arrived today. I think it's because I consciously I told myself "mmkay no more school stress now I can relax" and ... yeah, now I don't feel good. @_@; I'm sick and in pain today.)

Anyways, have another meme for the day.

Day 04 → Your favourite book

My favorite book(s)... )
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Because this seemed like fun!

Take ten books off your bookshelf.

a) Write the first sentence
b) Write the last sentence on page fifty
c) Write the second sentence on page one hundred
d) Write the next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty
e) Write the final sentence of the book

Let your friends guess what book it is.

The books & sentences... )

So uh, guess away if you can! I'll screen comments just as [ profile] escalove did so everyone can take a swing at it. (And if you're not sure about any of the books, but you're curious about them by the lines, let me know and I'll tell you privately.)

I especially had trouble with the last one, because it's a bit ... different from the rests, and I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Oh and some of those should be blatantly obvious, unfortunately. xD;

1001 Books

Nov. 6th, 2009 12:54 pm
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So I finally looked at that list of 1001 Books, and I listed the books I've read from it.

"Atonement" by Ian McEwan
"Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden
"Like Water for Chocolate" by Laura Esquivel
"Watchmen" by Alan Moore & Gibbons
"Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit" by Jeanette Winterson
"The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger
"To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
"The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison

Unfortunately, in my high school, I've never had a class where we actually read classical literature, or at least books that weren't shitty YA books. Nobody wanted to read anything that was "too hard" to understand. Like, the honor students had to read classical literature books, while we got stuck with ... special works such as The Lovely Bones. (And there is NOTHING GOOD about that book, you will never be able to convince me it has redeeming qualities. :\)

Edit: Oops! Forgot one: "The Reader" by Bernhard Schlink, and I'm currently reading "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison for class.
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2604 / 50000 words. 5% done!

For NaNoWriMo, I decided to go with some light and fluffy, somewhat dramatic plot, because I haven't had the time or patience to organize a clear and coherent plot structure. I'm concerned with seeing if I can accomplish getting a daily quota in for the project more than I am with quality. Quantity first, quality later. 8D; (Also, the plot has boy love. And an OT3. Fuck yeah.)

I started reading "Dead Until Dark" by Charlaine Harris. It is such a trashy read--don't tell me it isn't, because the line "THERE IS A JUICY ARTERY IN YOUR GROIN" totally did it--but I like it because Sookie Stackhouse actually kicks ass, unlike Bella Swan, and Bill is not the stalker that Edward Cullen was. I hope.
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A libarary without the books.

“When I look at books, I see an outdated technology, like scrolls before books,’’ said James Tracy, headmaster of Cushing and chief promoter of the bookless campus. “This isn’t ‘Fahrenheit 451’ [the 1953 Ray Bradbury novel in which books are banned]. We’re not discouraging students from reading. We see this as a natural way to shape emerging trends and optimize technology.’’

Instead of a library, the academy is spending nearly $500,000 to create a “learning center,’’ though that is only one of the names in contention for the new space. In place of the stacks, they are spending $42,000 on three large flat-screen TVs that will project data from the Internet and $20,000 on special laptop-friendly study carrels. Where the reference desk was, they are building a $50,000 coffee shop that will include a $12,000 cappuccino machine.

And to replace those old pulpy devices that have transmitted information since Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in the 1400s, they have spent $10,000 to buy 18 electronic readers made by and Sony. Administrators plan to distribute the readers, which they’re stocking with digital material, to students looking to spend more time with literature.

Those who don’t have access to the electronic readers will be expected to do their research and peruse many assigned texts on their computers.

Speaking as an aspiring English major, this is really disturbing and depressing. Is it just me? I do understand the positives in this, but I really don't like the idea of electronics replacing books, or books being referred to as an "outdated technology". Books aren't electronics you can just replace on a whim.

Technology is unreliable, as well. While electronics are resourceful, they don't last forever. They break. Books don't exactly last forever, but they're certainly going to outlast laptops and electronic readers. What happens when the electronic readers and computers break, and these kids are unable to go to the library and look at actual text in a book? :\

Um. Yeah. I'm sad, but I'm hopeful that this idea won't spread. (If it does, then I'll panic and start buying EVERY DAMNN BOOK I can find and hoard them in my house somewhere.)
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I finally read a book this month! Two books, actually!

"From One More Day" by Mitch Albom, which is a story about a broken man who spends one more day with his mother, who had been dead for a few years. I bought this book because [ profile] bangflip reminded me of it, and I've read his previous books and enjoyed them. It's an easy read and it's cliched, but it's not so cliched like Jodi Picoult's books are. (I'm sorry, Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper was horrible and I hope you guys never read it.) Albom writes them in such a natural and sincere manner that draws the reader into his characters' world and predicaments. That, and the mother described in this book reminded me so much of my own. Reading it on the way to Ohio really made me homesick. XD;

"Orange Is Not The Only Fruit" by Jeanette Winterson. This one is about the author herself. Jeanette was destined to become a Pentecostal Christian missionary through her adoptive parents' upbringing. The novel follows her inner-struggle with her sexuality and the "exorcisms" she undergoes through her church. It's the first novel I've ever read from Jeanette Winterson. It left a pleasing impression. I'm not sure how factual this autobiography is, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was all true, based on what I know about certain religious groups. If you want an idea of who Jeanette Winterson is, I recommend this book. Also, if you want an idea of what her work looks like, I've taken a direct quote from the book and placed it under the cut.

Orange Is Not The Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson )
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Dropped Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for now. Not because it's badly written - it's actually a good parody on the book and the overall plot - but because I needed something lighter/mind-numbing for my brain. Working ten days straight burnt me out. So I'm trying to read P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern instead. General notes:

• Perhaps it's the English major in me that's pushed me to critically read books, but I've come to this conclusion tonight: picking up a chick lit book and attempting to read it always reminds me why I don't attempt picking up chit lit books in the first place.

• It's difficult for me to take a book seriously when The Token Gay BFF shows up. P.S. I Love You's Token Gay Guy is a sassy hairdresser who says "Jaysus" instead of Jesus.

Otherwise, uhm, it's an okay book so far? It's mind-numbing enough.
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Don’t take too long to think about it. List 15 books you’ve read that will always stick with you -- the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Copy the instructions into your own note, and be sure to tag the person who tagged you.

This isn't in any order; one book isn't more important than the other. Also, this list is bound to change sometime soon, since I'm delving into classic literature these days. This is generally "MY FAVORITE BOOKS EVER" list for now.

1. "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger
2. "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling
3. "The Opposite of Fate" by Amy Tan
4. "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See
5. "Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen
6. "The Five People You Meet In Heaven" by Mitch Albom
7. "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield
8. "The Book of Lost Things" by John Conolly
9. "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire
10. "The Hundred Secret Senses" by Amy Tan
11. "Lamb" by Christopher Moore
12. "The Thornbirds" by Colleen McCullough
13. "Atonement" by Ian McEwan
14. "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
15. "On Writing" by Stephen King

No tagging. If you want to do it, feel free!
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1. Pick 10 of your favorite books.
2. Post the first sentence of each book. (If one sentence seems too short, post two or three!)
3. Let everyone try to guess the titles and authors of your books!

1. You think you know how this story is going to end, but you don't.
2. The library is cool and smells like carpet cleaner, although all I can see is marble.
3. Dear friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn't try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky. Guessed by [ profile] oyasumi_nasai!
4. It was November.
5. My sister Kwan believes she has yin eyes.
6. From the crumpled bed the wife said, "I think today's the day."
7. On December 8th, 1915, Meggie Cleary had her fourth birthday.
8. Once upon a time--for that is how all stories should begin--there was a boy who lost his mother.
9. Once, in a kingdom called Delain, there was a King with two sons.
10. The play--for which Briony had designed the posters, programs and tickets, constructed the sales booth out of a folding screen tipped on its side, and lined the collection box in red crepe paper--was written by her in a two-day tempest of composition, causing her to miss a breakfast and a lunch. "Atonement" by Ian McEwan. Guessed by [ profile] gothayesd51708!
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I just realized that I haven't read anything at all during April. I was too busy with college and starting work this month that I just didn't feel like reading. Also, I'm back into playing computer and video games. I tend to go back and fourth between books and video games.

By the way, got my first paycheck on Monday. It feels awesome.

The closest thing is Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, which I have to completely sit down and read through it, so ... meh. Speaking of which, I have to write a research paper on it all night and a little bit tomorrow. Hooray.
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I thought I'd update the blog with the books I read in the previous month. A little late, but here we go.

"Inkheart" by Cornelia Funke
The plot within the book tends to drag a lot - and I never really understood why Capricorn was such a threat to begin with, since I found his lackeys a lot worst - but otherwise it's an enjoyable story and I'd love to get Inkspell sometime soon. I really liked Dustfinger in this story, even with the mistakes he makes.

"Watchmen" by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
The first time I tried to read this, I ended up skimming through it because I didn't really like it. Reading it a second time around, more thoroughly...I still don't understand the hype. I know what the story's about and understand why people would like it, even love it, but it's just not my thing. (Plus, I really don't understand the love for the characters. The only character I liked was Night Owl, but even that wasn't enough to get me engrossed into the story.)

"The Reader" by Bernhard Schlink
I don't think I have anything overly specific to say about this one, other than that it left me with a lot of mixed emotions. Which doesn't make it a BAD book. But I don't really know how I feel about some things, such as the emphasis on literacy over the emphasis of the Holocaust from the main character's perspective, or the dryness of the text itself. I don't love the book and I'm glad I didn't buy it, but I don't regret reading it.

"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf" by Ntozake Shange
This is something I had to read for my Women's Creative and Performing Arts class. Its format is something I'm not really used to, and it takes longer for me to get into the flow of poetry, but this was different from what I usually read. It has a lot of different voices coming from women of color, of any color, about racism and violence against women. I say give it a read and see how you like it.
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1. Do you prefer to read hardcover or paperback books?
I don't have a real reference, but I end up buying paperback books. Hardcover books are too expensive, though they do have better covers than paperbacks.

2. Do you have a favorite place to read in your home?
Again, no real reference, but I prefer the couch in our front room at night. I get most of my reading done at night when nobody's awake to disturb me!

3. Do you have a favorite place to read away from, or outside of, your home?
I used to read my books in the Chinese restaurant we used to go to in Chinatown called "The Dragon King", which had the BEST food I ever had. Any outside reading I get now, it's usually at school or on the train.

4. Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
Not usually. Snacking distracts me from reading. If I can manage to snack and read at the same time, it can be anything from a bowl of soup to Ritz crackers.

5. Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
Usually I don't, unless it's for school, or if I come across a word I'd like to use in my own writing. I have exceptionally small handwriting, so I can get away with it.

6. How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
I always bookmark it. I use the strangest things for book marks, like receipts from McDonald's or Payless, tearing off a piece from looseleaf paper, or a capped pen. I HATE leaving my book flat open; it can break its spine. :/

7. Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
I tend to love fiction more so than non-fiction books. I worry that a lot of non-fiction books have a lot of exaggerated details, depending on who writes it and who or what it's about. I do make exceptions, though.

8. Hardcopy or audiobooks?
Harcopy. I can't get into audiobooks. Most of the time I can't stand the way the person's reading it. (Like, the overly sappy sounding narrator for "Boy Meets Boy" by David Levithan; I wanted him to SHUT UP AND GO AWAY when I got to chapter ... three? It was cute at first, but then it started getting annoying to listen to.)

9. Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?
I can put a book down at any point. If I don't like it, or if I lose interest, I don't waste my time. I move on to another book. (If I hate it with a passion, I strangely enough read it up to the very end, like Stephenie Meyer's books, or Jodi Picoult's.)

10. If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away? Write it down to look it up later? Just try to infer what it means from the rest of the sentence, and keep going?
Taking this answer from [ profile] gothayesd51708, because it's perfect for me: I can usually guess the meaning of the word from the context in which the word is used.

11. What are you currently reading?
"American Gods" by Neil Gaiman, along with "Like Water in Chocolate" by Laura Esquivel for class.

12. What is the last book you bought?
... A lot of books? In this order: "3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows" by Ann Brashares, "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman, "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress" by Dai Sijie, "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak, "Love Walked In" by Marisa De Los Santos, "The Nature of Monsters" by Clare Clark.

13. What is your all time favorite book?
I'll have to say, it's any Amy Tan book, or "On Writing" by Stephen King. And of course, "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger. I'm a sucker for romances, and this book always makes me cry. :'(

14. Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can read more than one at a time?
I used to be able to read more than one at a time, but my attention span is shorter these days. xD; So, I tend to concentrate on one book at a time.

15. Do you like re-reading books?
I do, but I never, uh, actually do it. The only book I ever re-read thoroughly was "Lamb" by Christopher Moore. I read that book four times until I finally got to the end. I loved it so much, I couldn't quit it. >_>;
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→ Hmmm. Why not?


→ My paid account is going to expire in ... about a half an hour, I think? I'm going to renew it right away, but now I have a crazy urge to delete all of my icons and replace them with new ones? I don't get why I'm so obsessed with icons.

→ I just found out that I'm actually six classes away from getting my associates. Chriiiiiiist. I'll have to take a summer class to make up for loss time.

→ On the plus side, my World Lit/Latin American studies professor complimented my writing and how much it's improved since her last class (which was in early 2007), so... that made my day. I'm excited about the research project we have to do. I have to pick from a list of authors I've never heard of, so ... it's going to be fun to explore them all.

Edit: InterlockingCoho (11:27:06 PM): When the robots revolted, I was not considered a powerful enough robot to enslave humans. That made me sad. DOWNTRODDEN ROBOTS OF THE WORLD UNITE!

Why me.
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Unpdated Post: Author Shit List provides a few authors who have made racist and sexist comments, either in interviews, in their blogs, or even in their own books.

Most of these authors, I've never even heard of, but I was considering buying a book of David Levine's. Now, I'm happy I know better. The linked comments are extremely insensitive and shocking. (Robin McKinley especially surprises me. She jumped on the "Obama isn't really black" bandwagon, too. WTF?) It's definitely a good list to have your hands on, if you want to avoid indirectly supporting them.
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Go to, yo. It's very simple and quick to use.

P.S. As much as I adore Belle from "Beauty and the Beast", why does every other person in the literary communities always post with icons of her? Seriously, I must've seen three different Belle icons today - from the same scene!

If I ever saw an icon of Gaston holding Belle's book and attempting to read it, that would be awesomely different. See:

Give me variation, people!
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I finally stopped being lazy and finished "Inkheart" by Cornelia Funke. I really liked it! I'll definitely pick up its sequels next, but, one thing I noted ... I started shipping a pairing that's ... probably and obviously never going to happen.

Why does this always happen to me? :|
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Mark the ones you've seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own facebook account, paste this as a note. Then, put x's next to the films you've seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click post at the bottom. Have fun.

The List )

80 Movies. And they didn't even have other films I've watched on this list. Pffft.

Reading more of "Inkheart," and purchased the book "The Kite Runner" the other day for only $10, huzzah.

OH OH OH. And apparently, Skillet is a Christian rock band. I'm not sure why it took me so long to realize this. Now I'm going to keep thinking that "The Last Night" has some crazy religious context. :[ Kinda like how "Never Alone" by BarlowGirls got ruined for me as soon as I figured out it was about God.
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I feel pretty good today! Went to class, took a test and most likely aced it.

I've been reading the book "Inkheart." I originally purchased it for my sister, but she hasn't been reading it so I picked it up. It's good! It's a children's book, but so far I'm enjoying it, since it's one of those stories written for kids and adults. I loved these kinds of stories when I was younger. I also have to read "The Courage to Create" by Rollo May and "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf" for my classes.
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I took a quick glance over the book He's Just Not That Into You out of curiosity, and it's quite the brainless self-help book. Apparently, some people need a book to understand what common sense looks like on paper. All it does is take things we already know ("he's not into you if he's married, not dating you, not calling you," et cetera) and apply it into a book. It even comes off as sexist at times. I'll just sit here and wonder why anyone bothered turning this into a movie.

In lighter news, I got a 40/40 on that monologue I wrote. I'm not going to jump around and show just anyone, because it's still embarrassing and I can't believe I have to read this in class. D:


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