times are hard for dreamers

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Remember when I said I was going to start podficcing? Okay, neither did I. And then I podficced a thing. For a fandom that I'm not actually in, but there you have it. Sometimes a fandom (and fan creations) are so much better than the show/movie/book itself. There be Teen Wolf podfic ahead.

Hot for Teacher('s Aide) by linksofmemories
times are hard for dreamers

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Looking back at some of my old entries, I can barely recognize myself. That's good, probably. Part of me has the urge to torch the journal because, girl, you've got some pretension on your face, but it's probably a good elbow to the ribcage reminding me that in hindsight I will always have a bit of pretension or naivety or something else to keep me humble and I'd better just come to terms with that now. So it's staying & I'm staying & we're both becoming something different. I'm a grown ass woman, and there are better ways for me to talk about my life: preferably over drinks and really crappy bar food. There are probably worse ways for me to flail about like a fangirl, so methinks I'll stick with that.

Back in 2010 I recorded some Podfic for Shoebox Project (not that I had any idea what I was doing). Two years later, I get back from Tanzania only to discover Podfic has become a thing. A thing, people! This is brilliant news. Therefore, I'm hoping to do lots and lots of that. If my Gram only knew what recording Grandma Tapes for me as a child would mean for me as an adult. But yes, on to that.
times are hard for dreamers

finals week makes me feel stupid

 Forgetfulness by Billy Collins

The name of the author is the first to go
followed obediently by the title, the plot,
the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel
which suddenly becomes one you have never read,
never even heard of,

as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor
decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain,
to a little fishing village where there are no phones.

Long ago you kissed the names of the nine Muses goodbye
and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag,
and even now as you memorize the order of the planets,

something else is slipping away, a state flower perhaps,
the address of an uncle, the capital of Paraguay.

Whatever it is you are struggling to remember,
it is not poised on the tip of your tongue,
not even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen.

It has floated away down a dark mythological river
whose name begins with an L as far as you can recall,
well on your own way to oblivion where you will join those
who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle.

No wonder you rise in the middle of the night
to look up the date of a famous battle in a book on war.
No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted
out of a love poem that you used to know by heart.
times are hard for dreamers

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As part of my decision to say yes to adventures, I have gone midnight bowling with Amanda, Diane, and Po just because it was a Tuesday night and they had a Groupon, was tackled, bruised, and given a bloody lip because I wore men's shoes with my prom dress to JSB, went karaoke-ing until two in the morning even though I had to be at a Multiculturalism in Education seminar in less than six hours, and saw Derek Webb and Jennifer Knapp in concert.  All in the last week, which doesn't seem too bad as far as adventures go.

I'm super busy and have more than a few e-mails overdue [one of which is yours, Emily], but I have another conference this weekend (on AIDS and the Church) & another night of karaoke to celebrate Amanda's birthday to look forward to, and I refuse to miss any of it.
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Books of 2010


Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by David Lubar                                                     [definitely YA, but the cast recording was kinda interesting]
Choosing You: Deciding to Have a Baby on My Own by Alexandra Soiseth  [enlightening]
Frontier House by Simon Shaw
The Separate Rose by Pablo Neruda
And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts                                                               [depressing, enlightening: loved it]
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan                                                                       [Thank you practicum; not HP quality, but still good]
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert          [not as good as Eat, Pray, Love, but a topic I enjoyed]


The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan                                                                    [no Harry Potter, but I enjoyed it]
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry                                                                               [amusing in the literary dork kind of way]
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan                                                                         [a read in a day book]
Eggs by Jerry Spinelli                                                                                               [not his best, but still enjoyable]
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk                                                                              [really interesting; even though I knew the ending]
Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan                                                                 [enjoyed; looking forward to final]
Focus on Living (photographs/interviews by Roslyn Banish)                          [on of the most interesting of this nature that I've read]


Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Krauss                               [light reading; didn't like as much as original]
The Monk Downstairs by Tim Farrington                                                             [charming if not all that I expected]
No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre                                                                                    ["hell is other people"]
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry                                                                                [not as much as the Giver, but still loved]
Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli                                                                              [cute kid lit]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling                                      [how much do I love Jim Dale's reading?  So much.]
Coraline by Neil Gaiman                                                                                         [holy creeptastic, Batman]
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky                                     [where have you been all my life? a one sitting book]
What the Dickens by Gregory Maguire                                                                 [he always has an interesting take on classic tales]


The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate                                                                           [definitely passing on to Sisterchick]
The Brief, Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz                                   [fantastic]
I'm Proud of You by Tim                                                                                         [how much do I love Mr. Rogers]
Ugly Betty: the book
(and a few more that I've forgotten)


Chocolat by Joanne Harris                                                                                  [still can't beat Johnny Depp :D]
Push by Sapphire                                                                                                  [a painful read]
Ugly by Scott Westerfeld                                                                                       [definitely a YA book for Sisterchick, but not terrible]


Rien Ne Va Plus by Margarita Karapanou                                                       [intriguing concept; also, disturbing]
The Tree-Sitter by Suzanne Matson                                                                  [a great ethics-in-fiction novel]
Pretty by Scott Westerfeld
Tick Tick Boom by Jonathan Larson
Let Justice Roll Down by Dr. John Perkins                                                     [what a story]
RENT: the Book by Jonathan Larson
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart                           [fairly interesting]


Blessed are the Peace Makers by Wendell Berry
Eccentric Glamour by Simon Doonan
City of Readers: The Book Lover's Guide to Portland by Gabriel H. Boehmer
Dude, You're a Fag by C.J. Pascoe                                                                  [intriguing, helpful for novel in progress]
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Tattoo Machine by Jack Johnson                                                                     [big--tattooed--heart]
Wacky Chicks by Simon Doonan
Junie B. Jones, First Grader at last
Junie B. Jones, Captain Field Day

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn                                                                          [the weirdest book I've read.  Probably ever.]
The Messenger by Lois Lowry


Derby Girl by Shauna Cross
Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman                                                        [beautifully written, kinda funky content]
Dating Jesus by Susan Campbell                                                                    [super intriguing content]
Personal Velocity by Rebecca Miller


Burn This Book edited by Toni Morrison                                                       [some really fantastic essays; particular Morrison's]
Going in Circles by Pamela Ribon                                                                [I probably only liked it at all because of the roller derby]
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros                                      [liked the vignette style]
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan                                                                   [reminded me a bit of Perks]


Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney                                                            [amusing, but not sure why it's a NYTimes best seller]
House of M by John Laymen and Greg Pak
Hello I'm Special: How Individuality became the New Conformity by Hal Niedzviecki
Thinking Straight by Robin Reardon                                                          [didn't agree with the theology, but overall interesting]
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins                                                           [a new fave]
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins                                                               [again, great for teaching kids important concepts]


Bodies of Inscription: a cultural history of the modern tattoo community by Margo DeMello
Mockingbird by Suzanne Collins                                                                [love this series, hated how it ended for Finnick]
Hero by Perry Moore                                                                                      [enjoyed the concept; some laugh out loud moments that are kind of awkward on the bus :D]
Totally Joe by James Howe                                                                         [I like that this was for middle readers]
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan            [there seemed to be some worth-keeping line on nearly every page]
Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman                                                 [an okay opening]
The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd                                                  [quite lovely]

December [missing a few due to finals chaos]

The Disreputable History of Frankiei Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart   [fabulous heroine; fabulous]
Roller derby : the history and all-girl revival of the greatest sport on wheels by Catherine Mabe
Drown by Junot Diaz                                                                                      [love this writer] 

times are hard for dreamers

101 in 1001 the second

Time ran out on my last 101 in 1001 (a couple weeks back). Lists & goals are my thing, so I've pulled together a new one to see how far I can go. I've even managed to make some categories to give myself an easier time. Some of them I've done before and want to have a go at again, others are left overs from last time. & hey, if there are any you want to help me with, let me know!

This time I have until Wednesday, April 29th, 2012 to get as much of this done as possible.

69/101 (99)


Activism (5)

001 Get more involved in social justice activism

002 Go to REACH Camp again

003 Further develop my ethic (on poverty, veganism, education, healthcare, etc.)

004 Participate in the AIDS walk [signed up to help with kiddos]

005 Switch my bank account to the more socially just local credit union

Adventure (11)

006 Go on an adventure with Alicia [New Years 2010 - the Bye and Bye]

007 Ride a bike

008 Camp out in my backyard

009 Take photos in a photobooth

010 Go to a carnival

011 Watch a caterpillar turn into a butterfly

012 Hike a several day long trail

013 Stay in a hostel

014 Get decked out to go bowling [Karaoking, but that's the spirit of the law, if not the letter]

015 Spend an afternoon at Rocky Butte [23 March 10]

016 Camp in the woods like we did when I was a kid

Books (10)

017 Read Yoder’s “What Would You Do?”

018 Leave six post-it notes in library books (1 2 3 4 5 6) (#1 - Manifesta, #2 - Empress of the World, #3 - The Glass, #4 - Savoy, #5 - Luna, #6 - The L Word season 3 [not technically a book, but still part of the library system])

019 Build up my kids’ library (have added 100+books and counting)

020 Read fifteen nonfiction books (15/15)

021 Discover a new (or old) writer & fall in love [David Levithan]

022 Spend the day in Powells (4/12/09)

023 Read 101 books I’ve never read before (101/101)

024 Reread all the Harry Potter Books (1 2 3 4 5 6 7)

025 Listen to a book on tape/CD Inkspell (read aloud by the lovely Brendan Fraser)

026 Read all the books I own that I haven’t gotten around to yet

Creative Outlets (8)

027 Send in 3 more postsecrets (1 2 3)

028 Get a RENT tattoo (17 January 2010)

029 Buy or sew a polka-dot dress

030 Sew a bag with rad fabric (I've been given three homemade bags this year and couldn't possibly have another one...to much stuff!)

031 Make a rainbow set of whimsy jars

032 Get work done on my sleeve

033 Take photographs from one of Portland’s bridges

034 Hollow a book (in Progress 12/2009)

Education (8)

035 Graduate from college

036 Start my Masters program or be in Africa :D [applied accepted to teach in Tanzania-September 2011!]

037 (Student) teach where I’m a minority [currently student teaching in an 80% minority population school]

038 Take a sign language class

039 Refresh my French

040 Take a not for credit teacher class [Multiculturalism in Education - 4/25/10]

041 Take a creative writing class

042 Learn ten new words and use them (4/10) [learning a new language, so I'm calling it good :)]

Enjoy the Simple Things (14)

043 Sit on the roof and look at the stars

044 Walk the beach with a friend [yay Emily]

045 Make a list of my 101 favorite simple pleasures

046 Go shoeless for three days (1 2 3)

047 Write a line from Derek Webb on a dollar bill & send it back in circulation (25 August 2009-with Sisterchick)

048 Keep a book of my own Rules for my Unborn Son [in progress]

049 Start my English Patient-esq Book of Everything

050 Leave chalk messages (1 2 3 4 5)

051 Jump on a big trampoline

052 Finish a crossword puzzle with no helps

053 Pierce my nose

054 Dress up in a 1920s-esq outfit

055 Own a fish

056 Try absinthe

Entertainment (8)

057 Have a Lord of the Rings marathon

058 Watch all five seasons of QAF

059 Go to the drive-in

060 Have 101 TV free days (May 2011)

061 Have 101 internet free days (97/101)

062 Watch all 8 Harry Potter movies back to back (with some sleeping)

063 Ask more questions than answer them

064 Sing a classic song at Karaoke [a plenty...including some Frankie :D - 4/24/10]

Relationships (6/6)

065 Have another Sisterchick Day (25-26 August 09)

066 Spend a day with Gram doing what she wants

067 Create a gift for someone [Finn's epic Harry Potter box of goodies]

068 Initiate spending time with friends [1 2 3 4 5 6]

069 Make a new friend [Diane & Amanda]

070 Spend time with Janet outside of work

Spirituality (6)

071 Visit a Mennonite church

072 Memorize five new verses (1 2 3 4 5)

073 Relisten to the “Blessed are the Peacemakers” tape[s]

074 Attend service at an African church

075 Go AWOL for 24 hours

076 Finish journaling through “My Utmost for His Highest”

Suzie Homemaker (8)

077 Make injera bread

078 Start an Adoption (savings) Account

079 Go through basement (throw away/donate a lot)

080 Frame two art pieces (1 2)

081 Exchange some casual clothes for work safe ones

082 Make sandals out of a tire (bought them in Tanzania)

083 Clean up my hard drive [Finally fixed my CD drive!]

Travel (9)

084 Backpack through Europe

085 Visit Ethiopia

086 Tour a Reggio Emilia school It was a Waldorf School, but I'm gonna call it as counting

087 Roadtrip [July 2010 - Chicago to Iowa]

088 Ride a train [July 2010 - Chicago]

089 Obtain a passport (and use it)

090 Live in another country [Sept. 2011, here I come]

091 See a Broadway show. On Broadway.

092 Get a bicycle

Writing (8)

093 Outline the last half of Traitor to the Motherland [I've decided TttM is most likely retired completely]

094 Finish writing Traitor to the Motherland [see above]

095 Write a fantastic sentence

096 Spend a weekend writing at the beach

097 Fill up the rest of my journal with dialogue from The Other Side of Darkness (finished 22 August 09)

098 Write a detailed background story and outline for The Other Side of Darkness renamed The Mapless Wilderness of Love

099 Write everyday for a month, even if it sucks

100 Win NaNoWriMo again

101 Look into (and try) getting published

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books of 2009


Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim by David Sedaris                                     [always funny, but not as good as Me Talk Pretty One Day]
Educating Esme by Esme Raji Cordell                                                                        [really loved it; can't wait to teach]
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray                                                                               [why yes, I do cry every time a read this]
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris                                                                                 [a few funny portions, both surprisingly an overall eh]


Fugitives and  Refugees by
Chuck Palahniuk                                                        [a few interesting things about my home town]
Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus                                      [funny. very funny.]
Only Yesterday
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
Self-Reliance by Emerson

Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw                                    [love it]
Slapstick by Kurt Vonngut                                                                                          [so, yeah.  weird.]
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera                                                                           [not really that impressed]
Last Session by Jim Brochu                                                                                      [meh]

The Fifities                                                                                                                   [super interesting]
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan                                                                             [not as good as Atonement]
Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield                                                                      [very wonderful]

All Shook Up: How Rock & Roll Changed America by Auschuler
Paul: His life and teaching by John McRay
Better Off by Eric Brende                                                                                         [awesome.  seriously awesome]
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke                                                                                    [rather lovely, though definitely a kid's book]
1000 Tattoos by Taschen                                                                                        [interesting history]
High Voltage Tattoo by Kat von D                                                                          [best part was her tattoos]
Last Light by Terri Blackstock                                                                                [reread]

May Bird and the Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson                                          [cute kids book]
[others that I can't remember--I forgot to post about 'em]

The Shack                                                                                                               [made me do some thinking]
Junie B., First Grader: Boo...and I mean it! by Barbara Park                          [cute as always]
Junie B., First Grader: Shipwrecked by Barbara Park
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee                                                                 [a new favorite]
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Everything Nice by Ellen Shanman                                                                   [chick lit, but I dug the rebel protagonist]


How to Buy a Love of Reading                                                                            [another new fave]
When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris                                    [another quite amusing one]
Bachelor Girls: 100 Years of Breaking the Rules... by Betsey Israel          [very interesting; esp. first several chapters]
After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance                      [good, albeit somewhat shallow]
The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey                                                                       [love love love love love love love]


Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake                                                              [some really beautiful stuff]
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch                                                                  [liked both this and the actual lecture]
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke                                                                                [enjoyed, but, y'know, predictable]

Follow Me to Freedom by Shane Claiborne and John M. Perkins            [fantastic.  truly.]
Going Bovine by Libba Bray                                                                             [clearly it's been awhile since I've read YA lit that doesn't function on a late-nineteenth century social more because woah lots of sex]
Emergency Neil Strauss                                                                                  [helpful for writing some of my novels]
Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut                                                      [who tears pages out of library books?]
Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper by SARK
Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli                                                                         [buying 2 copies; one for me, one for sisterchick]
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
Gossamer by Lois Lowry                                                                                 [not my fave of hers, but great ideas]

The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry                                                                         [all right]
Dress Your Family in Courderoy and Denim                                             [listened this time; Sedaris' voice not what I expected]
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers                                                                        [I don't remember Julie Andrews being quite so vain]
Rules for My Unborn Son by Walker Lamond                                            [this is good stuff]
Postsecret: Confessions on life, death, and God

Teacher Man by Frank McCourt                                                                   [an over all enjoy]
War Is... edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell                            [wasn't that impressed overall]
Pedro and Me by Judd Winick                                                                      [fantastic]
A Positive Life by Multiple Authors                                                               [worth the five bucks at Powell's]
The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall                                                                    [would never have finished it had I not seen the movie]
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott                                                                         [I think she wrote my heart]
The Novelist Notebook by Laurie Henry                                                    [some beneficial things, others not so much]
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers                                                         [a reread; still as beautiful as I remember]
The Martian Child by David Gerrold                                                             [enjoyed]
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan                                           [a good read aloud some day]
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Girl, Interrupted                                                                                              
[Reminds me a lot of Remuda time]
The  Reader                                                                                                    [good, but also a bit disconcerting]
times are hard for dreamers

a book I need to read:

We die containing the richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves. I wish for all this to be marked on my body when I am dead. I believe in such cartography- to be marked by nature, not just to label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings. We are communal histories, communal books. We are not owned or monogamous in our taste or experience. All I desired was to walk upon such an earth that had no maps. –The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
times are hard for dreamers

Books of 2008


Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter            [mediocre]
Martyr's Song by Ted Dekker                            [love it]
Echo in the Darkness by Francine  Rivers   [a fave]
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray               [love it]
Sex God by Rob Bell                                        [not so much]
Typee by Herman Melville                              [eh]


The Gates of Zion by Bodie Thoene               [I like it, but not as much as Zion Covenant]
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince         [a fave]
Night by Elie Wiesel                                         [love it; will buy it ASAP] 
Redburn by Herman Melville                         [an improvement on Typee, certainly]
Ghetto Diary by Janusz Korczak                   [liked it]
1984 by George Orwell                                 [love it]
Shantung Compound by Langdon Gilkey   [I liked it...ish]


Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale   [okay]
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu   [liked it]
A Season of Grace by Bette N...                [so blasted disappointing]
On the Move by Bono                                 [Ethiopian visuals!]
Resident Aliens by Haeurwas                  [me gusta]


April in Paris by Michael Wallner           [it's okay]
Vital Signs edited by Dale Peck         [meh, mixed bag of goodies]
This Wild Darkness: the story of my death by Harold Brodkey [I liked it]

May [wow, I didn't read many books last month...most were articles for my Pothen paper]

Animal Farm by George Orwell         [me gusta]
The Man With Night Sweats by Thom Gunn   [meh]
The Beautiful Mrs. Seidenman by Andrzej Szczypiorski  [good parts, slow parts; shouldn't have read it broken up]
Nicolae by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins       [so, I don't understand why everyone likes this series so much]
Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw      [liked most of it]
Boys Like Us by Peter McGehee                  [liked it]
The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers      [still love it; wrote Francine a letter]
Last Light by Terri Blackstock      [I'm thinking about buying the series...so I'm glad it is a series]
Voices in the Night by Dietrich Bonhoeffer   [the translation]
Night Light by Terri Blackstock  [um...yes...a stay up all night so you can read it in one sitting series]
True Light by Terri Blackstock    [ditto]

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum         [meh]
Stargirl by Jerri Spinelli                              [for a ya novel, I liked it a lot]
Passion and Purity   by Elisabeth Eliott                  [I've always loved this book]
The Giver by Lois Lowry                     [um...love it.]
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss      [parts were absolutely beautiful, parts were yawnish]
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath                        [liked it]
Stardust by Neil Gaimon                              [also liked it]
The Way We Live Now American Plays & the AIDS Crisis      [mixed bag]
Without You by Anthony Rapp                     [pretty good; I loved the added info of the RENT stuff]
Dawn's Light by Terri Blackstock               [the end of a good series, le sigh]
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer                        [definitely YA; definitely buying the series]

The Virtuous Consumer by Leslie Garrett      [definitely a beginners guide--though I learned a bit]
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer                  [parts were superfluous, but in general I liked.  I liked the J/B/E dynamic]
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer                        [seriously, book!crack; I want a Jasper/Alice story]
Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller      [love it; want to hike Grand Canyon now; thoughts require post]
Atonement by Ian McEwan                         [a beautiful book and a brilliant story--bought it]
Accidentally on Purpose by Mary Pols     [liked it--personality-wise I saw myself]
Cool Names for Babies by Satran & Rosenkrantz    [people name their kids some weird stuff]
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou     [I loved her story; it was beautiful & heartbreaking...]
Lost in Austen by Emma Campbell Webster      [all right in an Austen lover way]
The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier      [rather brilliant, really]

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer       [most strongly written of series; though parts contrived; liked it a lot]
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler   [While good, it's one I actually preferred the movie]
The Better World Handbook by Jones, Haenfler, & Johnson   [some pretty interesting stuff; some to skim]
Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy by Geralyn Lucas         [pretty good but repetitive]
The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket by John Weir            [okay premise, mediocre deliver, better once Eulene entered]
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx                          [I really liked it, and I rarely like short stories]
The Half-Skinned Steer also by Annie Proulx            [this one I didn't like; no character connect at all]


Job History by Annie Proulx
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne                 [I liked it much better this time around]
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris                   [loved it--shall read more from Sedaris]
The Wanting Seed by Anthony Burgess                       [a bit slow going storyline-wise]


A Clear and Present Word by Mark D. Thompson     [the first chapter was spectacularly slow; pretty good otherwise]
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote                     [Holly Golightly is an amazing character; and bird imagery! yes]
Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge      [pretty eye opening]
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyers (what's out there of it)   [I much prefer Edward's eyes to Bella's]


Penelope by Marilyn McKay                                          [one of those rare moments when the movie is better]
Lord, Save Us from Your Followers by Dan Merchant    [me gusta; though not growth inspiring as I agreed with him]
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne     [very good, especially for being written in a child's voice]
Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli                             [hard to believe Harry is really over]


The Family by the Balswicks                                     [a textbook, but pretty good]
Providence and Prayer by Terrance Tiessen         [a lot was over my head; I preferred the examples at the end]
Let Them Eat Fruitcake by Melody Carlson             [meh]
Wisdom by Andrew Zuckerman                                [brilliant]
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray              [always love it]
Rebel Angels by Libba Bray                                       [still a fave]