February 10th, 2012

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Book 11 for 2012

I, Coriander by Sally Gardner. 293 pages.
Fairytale set between the English Civil war and the Restoration. Coriander Hobie lives with her devoted parents in London and is wonderfully happy. Until her mother dies suddenly and her father must marry a devout Puritan woman to avoid being suspected as a Royalist sympathiser…
I enjoyed this book. There's really not much substance to it, I suppose, but it's nicely written and the characters are sympathetic, if a little one-dimensional. 
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Book Two - A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages

  My second book was a so called light read (or rather, reread) but it took a few weeks of spare time reading; aiming for at least a chapter day. I was going to read She-Wolves by Helen Castor, about four Queens of England pre-Elizabeth Tudor, but about halfway through, I realized because I was taking so long to read it, it was a few weeks overdue. Any-who, I decided to grab a reread from my own bookshelf.

I love this book. Kristin is one of my favorite people, and enjoyed reading it everytime.

From Amazon;

A lively, laugh-out-loud journey from Oklahoma beauty queen to show biz sensation."Life’s too short. I’m not."You might know her as a Tony Award–winning Broadway star who originated the role of Galinda the Good Witch in the smash musical Wicked. Or you may recognize her from her starring roles on TV—The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, and Sesame Street. At four foot eleven, Kristin Chenoweth is an immense talent in a petite but powerful package. Through a combination of talent, hard work, and (she’s quick to add) the grace of God, Kristin took Broadway and Hollywood by storm. But of course, into every storm, the occasional drizzle of disaster must fall, and Kristin reflects on how faith and family have kept her grounded, even in tough times.Filled with wit, wisdom, and backstage insight, A Little Bit Wicked is long on love and short on sleep. It’s essential reading for Kristin’s legions of fans and an uplifting story for anyone seeking motivation to follow his or her dreams—over the rainbow and beyond. FEATURING CHENOLICIOUS RECIPES, KRISTIN’S ADVICE FOR YOUNG ACTORS, AND MUCH MORE!

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I've been trying to read a book a week. Let me put this in a different perspective. I've been trying to ONLY read a book a week, because I have no self control otherwise and will spend way too much money on books. I've been doing very well at it too. I have one week to make up for but I'll get to it sometime. Here's a list of what I've read so far and yes I know most of them are quite juvenile.

1. The Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins
2. Catching Fire-Suzanne Collins
3. Mockingjay-Suzanne Collins 
4. Foundation-Isaac Asimov 
5. By week. Whoops.
6. The Amulet of Samarkand-Jonathan Stroud

1-3 is a series. I'm not much of a reviewer but here goes nothing. It's about a futuristic North America called Panem that is made up of 12 districts and the Capitol. The districts rebelled against the Capitol and lost. The books pick up 74 years after the rebellion. Every year each district is required to send two kids, or tributes, to fight to the death in the widely televised Hunger Games. The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, volunteers to take her sister's place in the Games, and is caught up in events much bigger than she ever anticipated. I don't want to give away much, but I loved reading these books. Anyone who likes young adult sci-fi should give it a shot. I'll give the overall series an 8/10

Foundation. It's one of those classic sci-fi novels that I just never got around to. Hari Seldon developed psychohistory, which is a form of mathematics that can predict the general future. His predictions say the Galactic Empire will fall and a barbaric period lasting 30,000 years will ensue. Seldon also predicted that he could reduce that number to 1,000 if he starts a "Foundation", a society of scholars and scientists with a planet of their own for the sole purpose of preserving all of humanity's knowledge. The book covers the first 150 or so years of the Foundation as they face complete disaster time and time again. If you like clever sci-fi as much as I do, this book is a 10 and a must read.

The Amulet of Samarkand. It's a witty book and very entertaining. It's actually the first of three so I'll let y'all know how they are too. But basically, the story follows Nathaniel during his first years as a magician. 11 year old Nathaniel was embarrassed publicly by an ambitious young magician in the government, Simon Lovelace, while his master, Mr. Underwood, stood by. Having lost all respect for his master, Nathaniel, now at age 12, summons the djinni Bartimaeus to help him get his revenge against Lovelace. Of course Bartimaeus is trouble and Nathaniel learns the price of ambition first-hand. Another good read, though for a younger audience. 7/10.

That's it for now. I'll be back for more later, and if anyone has anything for me, lay it on me.

Books #1-7

Slow start to 2012 for me, busy busy!:)

1)"Lose weight without dieting" by David Nordmark
I have never read a diet book before but this free kindle book actually stood out for me. Not because it's "Not Dieting" but because it compares "Unnatural" habits we form to the animal Kingdom where most Animals will stop eating when they're hungry, drink when they're thirsty.etc. A good read

2)"The art of the put-down" ed by Winifred Coles
Brilliant collection of famous funny and derogatory remarks :)

3)"Stargate SG-1: Sunrise" by J. Frances Crane.
Really good read for any SG-1 fan.

4)"The Secret History of the world" by Jonathan Black
Really interesting look at the growing consciousness and mythical/ Spiritual history of the world. Sometimes a bit "Foil hats all round" for me but very interesting all the same.

5)"The Psychopath test" by Jon Ronson
Couldn't put this one down. Ronson takes a detailed look at the "Hare Checklist", the criteria used to diagnose psychopaths. A fairly well rounded, interesting and sometimes funny look at the definition and history of psychopathy.

6)"The Enterprise of Death" by Jesse Bullington
Absolutely loed this book. It centres around a young african slave forced into service by a necromancer. It never went where I though it would but I loved every minute.

7)"Hitler's Canary" by Sandi Toksvig
This is actually a children's book but I love Sandi Toksvig. Very enjoyable little story about the German occupation of Denmark and the Danish resistances effort to get all danish Jews out of the country. Made even better by the fact that the story is loosely based on Toksvigs Danish Grandmother who was a member of the resistnace.
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