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Appetizer -Name a great website you would recommend to others. Televisionwithoutpity. Soup - On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 as highest), how often do you dream at night? 10. I'm a dreamer. I even lucid dreamed I was flying in San Francisco this morning. It was fun. Salad - Did you have a pet as a child?  If so, what kind and what was its name? No, I had a couple of goldfish that kept…

I would enjoy reading a meme about people’s abandoned books. The books that you start but don’t finish say as much about you as the ones you actually read, sometimes because of the books themselves or because of the circumstances that prevent you from finishing. So . . . what books have you abandoned and why? - BTT Sometimes, I've had to abandon books due to time which is why I put The Two Towers…

By Augusten Burroughs. On my allconsuming.net account, I ask for recommendations of nonfiction books. This was the book that most people "thought I might enjoy". It's a very popular memoirs, and I can see why. Many people think the book is funny, and I found some moments amusing, but most of the time, it was just strange. I think Burroughs's prose is simple, direct, and effective as it is. Burroughs childhood and the people around…

Nomad Hat and Scarf, started October 5th, 2007, finished October 18, 2007 Pattern: Nomad Hat and Scarf by Kate Coyle from Interweave Knits, Fall 2007 Made for: Mom Yarn: Patons Shetland Chunky Tweed (75% Acrylic 25% Wool 123 yards per 100g) - 3 skeins of Earthy Brown Tweeds Needles: #9/5.5mm 150cm circs for hat, #10/6mm and 7mm for ear flaps Modifications: Needle size changes, different cast-on. Lessons Learned: I didn't like the tutorials for the…

This is the fifth book in the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde, but it marks the second part of the series and is the first part of the next four books. For maximum enjoyment of this book, I recommend you start with the first four books. It's been so long that I don't remember how good those books are individually, but I love this series as a whole. It's fun, unique, different, hilarious, and…

Alright my dear friends, I must call it a night. I have much to do tomorrow. I read two books, one play, but I really only completed one book. It was fun and worth it though, and the book was particularly apt I thought. I won one of the challenges over at Dewey's blog. Yay! She reads some great books too so I'm sure I'll have some lovely choices in the future. I also would…

A memoirs / biography reading challenge running through the whole of 2008. As with most of my lists, this is tentative and subject to change. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson William Shakespeare or Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson Aristocrats: Caroline, Emily, Louisa, and Sarah Lennox, 1740-1832 by Stella Tillyard Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert Animal,…

From our lovely organiser Dewey: 1. What are you reading right now? Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs 2. How many books have you read so far? 1, and a few scenes from Cyrano. 3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I guess the one I'm reading now. 4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Other than not…

Dear Edmond Rostand, Please write in English -- I kid. I kid. You 19th century French writers slay me good. I have enjoyed your Cyrano de Bergerac. Well the first few scenes, but I must stop and find a more substantial work in which I can understand more than half of what is going on. I love your rhyming couplets and your 12 syllable verses, but another day, my good sir? Amicalement, Athena --- I've…

Death by reading challenges, eh? The Seafaring challenge features books of nautical nature. It runs from November 1, 2007 to January 31, 2008. I really just have one goal in this challenge: Read any book(s) from the Horatio Hornblower series by C. S. Forrester. I love the miniseries, and I've been meaning to read at least one of these books for years. One book makes me Lieutenant, but I want to attain at least Captain…

Sarah had a challenge for us to read in a language that was not our native languages. English is not my first language, but it is by far the one I most adept. Second would be French, so I ventured out to read Edmond Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergeac. I've only ever seen the movie versions of this (both the Gerard Depardieu faithful film version and the amusing Steve Martin one). It's a story that…

I finished Jasper Fforde's First Among Sequels. I'm a bit tired, so I don't think I want to read One Day in th Life of Ivan Denisovich; I want something really light. That's not going to happen, but I'll figure what to read next. Here are the featured readers of the hour: Jessica - Who has just joined us and is reading Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Alison is reading Scott Westerfeld's Pretties and has…