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Movies have a rating system to help guide the consumer weed out adult/violent/inappropriate kinds of films. Video games do, too. Do you think BOOKS should have a ratings system? - BTT No. I was just talking with a couple of friends about this and how we started reading adult books at around age 12. I remember one of my first was Judy Blume's adult books, and just the strange transition of reading "adult" situations after…

This was a fun book. I didn't review Colbert's picture book, and reviewing a humor book is not easy. Still, I smiled my way through this book. I adore Stephen Colbert. Sadly, I have not watched "The Colbert Report" on a regular basis for a couple of years now. It use to be part of my morning routine from 2006-8. I think Colbert is very funny and clever. I enjoyed the last book, but I…

This is my fifth Barbara Kingsolver book. My first of hers was actually her memoirs Animal,Vegetable, Miracle. I absolutely love that book as it is a dream of mine to have a small holding farm like she does. As a result, I like Kingsolver as a person; we share similar interests and philosophies with respect to nature, the environment and more. I liked her novels Prodigal Summer and Lacuna. Surprisingly, I was less enthused by…

Hello, everyone! This week, I read Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (review up tomorrow). I posted my finished Buttercup sweater and my usual Booking Through Thursday post. Today, I plan on reading Stephen Colbert's America Again. I went with my family to get some maple syrup and have a nice brunch. I have an alumni meeting this afternoon, but I hope to come home and do some reading. I didn't post last weekend as I…

This project used the frogged yarn from Paris. I wanted something with positive ease for this yarn with lots of nice drape. I also wanted something with a good neckline. I must admit my neckline is a bit bigger than in the pattern, but it's within reason and I can wear a tank top underneath. It is warm and light. Buttercup, started January 24th 2013, finished March 13th 2013. Pattern: Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier Size:…

Happy Spring Equinox, everyone! What book are YOU choosing to celebrate with? - BTT Actually, I'm still on Walden by Henry David Thoreau which is quite natural. I haven't had a lot of time to read lately. I did finish Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver this week and that is also very springy. What is everyone reading this first week of spring?

Does your current mood affect your reading? Affect your choices? I know there are plenty of books I enjoy, but only if I'm in a particular kind of mood–or books that can lift me out of a bad mood without fail. Surely I’m not alone? - BTT Sure, my mood can affect my reading choices. I'm quite an emotional person at times. I think most people are this way as we don't always want to…

Regular readers of Beaton's blog Hark! A Vagrant will be familiar with the content in this book, and if you haven't seen the blog, please check it out. If you like what you see, you can read this lovely book containing comics about literature, comics, history, and often times, Canadian history! In sub categories, there is a fair amount of Feminism and Political History. A few times, her comics are just random out there humor…

Hello, everyone! This week I posted my review of The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark, finished reading Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste by Carl Wilson, and Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant (review up tomorrow). The snow has really begun to melt, and I can already begin to feel the warmth of the sun. I went on a 5-6k run yesterday for the first time in a long time. I…

Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste by Carl Wilson This little book is more than a book about Céline Dion. It is a discourse and meditation on art, aesthetics, taste, and culture generally. It covers much ground in such a small package, and I really would read it again. I recommend it for those of us who question why we like the things we do and why others do the…

Clocks change this weekend here in the US, which means one less hour to read … does anybody else begrudge that hour like I do? Wish the Powers That Be would just pick a time-frame and stick to it instead of inflicting clock-driven jet lag on an innocent public twice a year? (Yeah, so not a question so much about reading … except, of course, you do need to use your electric light to be…

This was a different and strange short novel. Nick Hornby was reading more Muriel Spark in his last compilation noting her ability satisfy with her short novels. Having read The Prime of Miss Brodie, I decided why not. I started this in the queue to get my passport renewed and it was appropriate because it is about a woman who takes a journey to Italy on a mission. Early on in this story, the reader…