thetofupirate: (Default)
I have a topic to write about, thanks to [ profile] turtle_head!

What I will be reading at my new Friday job and how I choose it:

I read all sorts of stuff - non-fiction, fiction, young adult novels, pretty much anything really. I am more picky about magazines (I regularly read Bitch, BUST, and Real Simple, and then every once in a while I'll read Quill & Quire, UTNE Reader, and New Internationalist, among others), but I'll read just about any book (which is odd, since the time commitment for a book is much greater than for a magazine. And yes, I do continue to read books that I am not enjoying, probably because I hope that it will improve. It's rare that I actually give up on a book).

I have a list of books I'd like to read, and it's all over the map. Because my list is so long, I definitely have to go to the library for most of them (there are certain authors, however, that I do buy the book for, since I end up reading the books quite often). The only trouble with the library is that I do end up picking up random books that look interesting, so my list of books I want to read never really gets much shorter!

I am currently in the middle of a YA series, thanks to [ profile] lagustar lending me the books. It's the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. I've read the first two, and will start the third one shortly. They're pretty entertaining, although it took me a while to get into the first one (15 chapters, actually). I find that it's pretty hard for books about vampires to avoid being cheesey, but these aren't too bad in that way.

Next up, I'll read Everything is Illuminated, which was also lent to me by [ profile] lagustar. I've been wanting to read it for a while, so it'll be nice to finally do that.

Also, I'd like to read Lock And Key by Sarah Dessen when it comes out on Tuesday, but her books have a way of making me bawl my eyes out, which would not be good at work. (I did read part of Just Listen on the bus ride to my other job a few weeks ago, even though I knew I was likely getting close to the place that would make me cry. And I totally did. At least it was sunny and I could hide the tears behind my sunglasses. And thankfully I didn't bawl, just leaked a little.) She is one of the authors I have to own books by, as I read them often. (I tend to do that with YA books. Why am I not a children's librarian?)

After that, I think I may need a non-fiction spree. I could attempt to keep going on Naomi Klien's The Shock Doctrine, but I have a hardcover copy, and if I don't have to drag it around with me, I'd prefer not to. Plus, I spent an awful lot of time swearing at the first chapter, because I found it so disturbing. Again, not the best thing to be doing on the job (but apparently it was okay to do so at a curling rink, which is where I was when I started reading it. But I was the only one watching, so it's not like anyone heard me). I'd really like to read The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists, or Rock On: An Office Power Ballad. I shall have to see if my local library has them. (And I should check if I can reserve things online. I doubt it, though. Or I can be bad, and use my Toronto Library card. I'd have to find the nearest library to my work besides the TRL, I'm guessing.) (Huh. I just realized that an awful lot of the non-fiction I read has to do with music, and especially punk music.)

And because I'm curious, my list of books I want to read currently consists of 45 books, of which at least 3 are not yet released. 11 are non-fiction. The rest are fiction, and a whack of those are YA books. That is a much shorter list than the list of movies I want to see. That is potentially sad.

Next substantial post: what I am planning to grow in my garden (thanks to [ profile] starfishchick for that suggestion! I am always open to suggestions of stuff to write about, should you feel the urge to suggest/ask.)
thetofupirate: (Lenore loves kitty)
The full list of books I read )

Fiction - 27
Non-Fiction - 8
Young Adult - 29
Overall Total = 64

Canadian Authors - 13 and a half (a book with two authors where one is Canadian)
Female Authors - 46
(This time I am not including YA in fiction/non-fiction counts)

The Good Fairies of New York - Martin Millar
Punk rock fairies? Hell yeah! Very entertaining.
The Gum Thief - Douglas Coupland
An interesting look at the relationship between a teenager and her co-worker, who turns out to have gone to highschool with her mother.
The Line Painter - Claire Cameron
And I'm not just listing it because I won a copy. It really was interesting. A woman's partner dies, and she heads on a road trip up north, where her car breaks down. Creepiness and weirdness ensues.
The Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, 1-3 - Bryan Lee O'Malley
Fun story, and it's neat recognizing places in the story, since they take place in Toronto. I really need to get #4.

Television Without Pity: 752 Things We Love to Hate (and Hate to Love) About Television - Tara Ariano & Sarah Bunting
I love trivia, especially pop culture trivia, and this book offers way more than I'd ever need to know about television
On a Cold Road - Dave Bidini
A re-read, but I love it. Recounts touring adventures of Canadian bands.

Young Adult:
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist - Rachel Cohn & David Leviathan
So good. She wrote Norah's POV, he wrote Nick's. I really enjoyed it (which is why I read it more than once).
Mosh Pit - Kristyn Dunnion
I love YA books about punk stuff, apparently. Plus, it's Canadian!

Apparently I read fewer books this year than last year (I read 78 in 2006). I hope to read more this year. And I hope to read more Fiction than YA next year (even if YA is totally one of my guilty pleasures).


May. 2nd, 2007 11:38 am
thetofupirate: (Andrew panflute)
I just won a book!

I like books.
thetofupirate: (Lenore loves kitty)
In 2006, I read 78 books. I beat last year's total, which I was aiming to do. Hopefully I will beat 78 in this coming year.

Anyway, here's how it broke down:
71 were fiction books
7 were non-fiction.

Of those books:
11 were by Canadian authors
64 were by women authors (although it's not 64 women authors in total, since I read several books by the same author over the year)
and 38 were classified as Young Adult books.

Ones I really enjoyed:
Mud Girl - Alison Acheson
Arkansas: 3 Novellas - David Leavitt
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
and Beauty Tips from Moosejaw: Travels in Search of Canada - Will Ferguson.

Next year, I should aim to increase my non-fiction reading.
thetofupirate: (dear buddha...)
It's book drive season again!

Pamela Ribon has teamed up with David Coles to get people to donate books to libraries in Mississippi that were hit by Hurricane Katrina. (The books! The poor books. The pictures are so distressing to me.) If you can, please donate some books. I'll be doing so in the next little while.

I spent a lot of time in libraries when I was younger, and I've started using the TPL a lot more recently (for which I can thank le Cam, TPL children's librarian extrodinaire!), so these book drives always get me. And the karma -it's true! I am one of the people who got a promotion after donating! AND I won a book from Pamie that year, too. So just think of the possibilities for you!
thetofupirate: (Andrew panflute)
The new Rainer Maria album cranked up loud + mini eggs + the newest book in my YA guilty pleasure series = AWESOMENESS!

And how can one word mean another and why am I staying up alone in the dark?

I hope you all have a great weekend!

And holy crap am I excited for the r|m show next month (even if it is on a Monday night - wtf?); it's amazing how often their songs fill me up with emotions so much that I feel the need to cry, and not always because they're sad emotions.
thetofupirate: (Oz as god)
Well, the tally from when I started keeping track in March.

I read a total of 47 books. (That makes me sad. I want to read more! Stupid work, making me stay late and taking away from my reading time! Or the fact that I watched a hell of a lot of movies could account for some of this.)

Fiction: 42 (38 novels, 2 short stories, 2 graphic novels/heavily illustrated)
Non-Fiction: 5 (1 on punk music, 1 on Kevin Smith, 1 on feminism, 1 on baseball, 1 on hiking the Appalachian trail)
Books by women: 34
Books by men: 11
Books by Canadians: 8 (at least. There's a couple more that I think may be Canadian)

Favourite Fiction: Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me, Geek Love, Telling Tales

Favourite Non-Fiction: Fury's Hour: a (sort of) punk manifesto

I definitely need to read more in 2006!
thetofupirate: (you are very star)
I didn't feel like leaving the house today, so I spent the day cleaning, listening to music (and wishing I was in a band), and watching Corner Gas while knitting a scarf for my sister's husband (he finally got his visa! And will be here Nov. 8. I finally get to meet my sister's husband after over two years of waiting!). My apartment is so much cleaner than before (although I still have to do the top of my dresser. Maybe I'll get to that this evening)! It's quite exciting. And I have a huge pile of stuff to take to a thrift store.

So, no Canzine for me. I did, however, discover a gift card for a bookstore that I didn't realize I'd gotten for Christmas last year. Also exciting! It was taped to the bottom of the wrapping of the present I got, and I didn't notice it until today, when I was tidying my pile o' wrapping, gift bags, and boxes. So sometime this week, I will buy more books! I just have no idea when I'll find the time to read them all, as I still have pretty much every book from my birthday still to read.
thetofupirate: (lenore goes pook pook pook)
1)Total number of books owned?

A couple hundred, I guess. I'm too lazy to count, but I know I'd like to own more.

2) The last book I bought?

Every Boy's Got One, Meg Cabot. Sometimes I just need something light and fluffy to read.

3) The last book I read?

am reading - Baseballisimo, by Dave Bidini. I'm not a huge baseball fan, but this is an entertaining book.

4) 5 books that mean a lot to me:

The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay - I could read this book over and over (and I have), and I never tire of the stories, the description, everything.

Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird, Jean Little - so touching, it makes me cry.

Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandella - his autobiography. I remember that my mom thought I was really weird when I asked for this book as a Christmas gift, but she gave it to me anyway. It makes me sad that I live in a world where the things Mandella had to endure happened, but I'm glad I got to see some of them rectified.

Little Critter at Scout Camp, Mercer Mayer - it was given to me in 1993 by "Mickey", a woman I really looked up to. She'd been my councillor the first year I went to Guide Camp (1989), and I saw her there every year afterwards, including my last year there when I was essentially a councillor-in-training, which was a four week program. She was leaving camp for the summer during my third week there, and she gave me the book because she thought I'd make a great councillor, and I needed to start my book collection for kids. It was a huge help to my self-esteem, and even though they didn't hire me the next summer, I still remember how she made me feel. I think she knew that it was what I needed. Plus, she was the coolest councillor there, and she gave me the present.

Have Not Been The Same: The Can Rock Rennaissance, by three guys I'm too lazy to look up. My bible.

5) Tag 5 people and have them fill this out on their ljs
[ profile] listersgirl
[ profile] littlegirltoast
[ profile] sarcasma
[ profile] fromaway
[ profile] girldetective

Man, that was harder than I thought it would be.

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