bookaddict88: (Results Beyond Hope)
Time again for one of my round-ups! This is a pretty full one. I had more time to read last semester than I've had in a LONG time. And of course, I did lots of other cool things as well!

Books I've read:
  • The Rope Trick by Lloyd Alexander (reread)
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore
  • Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox
  • Young Miles by Lois McMaster Bujold (reread)
  • Dresden Files Books 1-12 by Jim Butcher
  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The History of Rasselas by Samuel Johnson
  • Lady Susan by Jane Austen
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Queen of Attolia, King of Attolia, and Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (re-read on the first two; also, got halfway through The Thief)
  • The Sally Lockhart Mysteries (Books 1-4) by Phillip Pullman

Places Visited:
  • Colorado, USA
  • Maastricht and Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • London, UK
  • Brussels, Brugge, and Ghent, Belgium
  • Monschau, Berlin, and Munich, Germany
  • Athens, Thessaloniki, and Poros, Greece
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Bern and Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Salzburg and Vienna, Austria
  • Venice, Milan, Siena, Lake Como, and Florence, Italy
  • Madrid and Sevilla, Spain
  • Paris and the Loire Valley (inc. Bloise and Tours), France
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Edinburgh, London, and Stratford-upon-Avon, U.K.

Productions Seen:
  • Les Miserables (two different productions, in London and Edinburgh)
  • Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre in Prague
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (the ballet) at the State Opera House in Vienna
  • Oliver! in London
  • Legally Blonde the Musical in London
  • Macbeth at the Globe in London
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company Public Understudy Performance) in Stratford-on-Avon

Other random things I've done:
  • Volunteered at Junior Winter Camp at Forest Home
  • Taken and passed the PRAXIS II
  • Got my B.A. from Baylor University!
It was quite a semester!

Darkside

Apr. 25th, 2008 04:42 pm
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On Shakespeare's birthday, [personal profile] sartorias posted a list of links of various projects that aren't easily defined or aren't boosted by the "big guns" in publishing.

One of the links she posted was to a book you can read online entitled Darkside.  Anyway, since she recommended it, and described it as "smart" and "funny", I gave it a try, though I don't usually read urban fantasy.  It was a lot of fun!  I read it all the way through, and didn't get much studying done that night...

Speaking of studying, next week is the last full week of classes. I have a test to take and two papers to write that week.  One of the papers is giving SO much trouble (the other isn't easy, but at least it's fairly short).  The test is not going to be hard as well. And then when that week is over, finals start the next Thursday.  My finals this semester are all packed together, which is going to kill me!   I'm still not looking forward to summer itself that much, since for most of the summer I won't be doing anything all that fun, but I REALLY can't wait to be done with my classes!

So yeah, it's not going to be a fun weekend, for the most part. At least I had a TON of fun last night, with Chicago and with celebrating a friend's birthday. Oh, and Sunday we're going to be celebrating my roommate Elise's birthday. We were supposed to celebrate it last Sunday, but we had to cancel it at the last minute. It was going to be a surprise, and since Elise didn't know about it, she ended up missing it as she was working out at the gym with her phone in a locker.  She knows about it this time (though she doesn't know all of what we have planned), so hopefully it'll work out!
bookaddict88: (Shiny Bookstore)
I am currently sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for my Borders (Amazon) order of 4 paperback books to come in. And they probably won't be here for another week and a half, because I just ordered them last night. The thing is, I don't even have time to read them once they come in (I'm STILL behind on schoolwork), but I'll disregard that and devour them anyway.

The Ladies

Feb. 13th, 2008 01:51 am
bookaddict88: (Impossible)
About a month ago, I read The Ladies, a short story about Mrs. John Adams found on the online speculative fiction magazine, Coyote Wild.  Unlike most of the speculative stories on the magazine, this one contains no magic or magical creatures. Instead, it is sort of an alternate history. 


Oh, and on a side note, Sherwood Smith ([personal profile] sartorias) has a couple of stories on Coyote Mag that are worth a read.  The first is Summer Thunder, a story set in the same world as Crown Duel, the Inda stories, Senrid, etc..  The second is the lovely story And Now Abideth These Three.
bookaddict88: (Narnia)
I just saw a trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian here. It looks SO good. I can't wait to see the movie!!!

I hope they don't change too much, though. This was one of my favorite books. It's inevitable that there'll be some changes made, of course, and I hear they're adding a bunch of stuff since the action-filled part of the book is so short. But I just hope the basic themes, story lines, and overall feel stay the same.  I was VERY satisfied with the first movie, and I hope this one is as good or better. From the trailer, it does LOOK amazing...did I mention I can't wait to see this movie? (Though why is Caspian so old??? And what's the White Witch doing there (well, frozen in ice, but still...)? They mention bringing her back in the book, but they never actually do. And I hope they don't in the movie, because it would just be changing things TOO much, I think.) But I guess I'll have to wait until May to see if it's as great as I'm hoping for.  I hate waiting.  Blah... 
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Random links I think you should visit:

Operation Christmas Child - Fill a shoebox with gifts for a child who may not otherwise get any!

FreeRice - Improve your vocabulary while helping donate rice at no cost to you!

The Literacy Site and its affiliates - Help donate money to worthy causes by just clicking a button once a day.

Project Download (which has an LJ community [profile] projectdownload) - Download a file once a day to help Erin, who suffers from two neurological disorders, pay for the brain surgeries she needs.  As with the above two links, the only cost to you is your time.

[community profile] holiday_wishes - Spread the holiday cheer by granting people's wishes and posting your own. I'm a maintainer of the community (and participated last year as well), and I think that it's a wonderful way for people to connect. Not everyone's intentions are altogether altruistic, but overall the spirit of the community is very friendly and giving. (My wishlist is here, if someone wants to grant one of my wishes! ;-) )

YA Fantasy Readers
- A Yahoo! group I set up awhile ago that really doesn't have anyone there yet.  It's meant to discuss - what else? - YA fantasy, and it's open to anyone, teen or not (after all, I'm barely a teen myself now!).

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