So, beautiful people, I’ve never been much for Valentine’s day. I admit there were some years when I had dates, went to dinner, received presents and even *gasp* got flowers, but lately it seems I’m digging this world solo. So for anyone who thinks they are better off alone, I give you one of my favorite singers singing one of my favorite songs. play it. I guarantee it will cheer you up if your sick of smelling flowers and watching desperate people buy last minute presents. Hell it will probably cheer you up if you aren’t sick of all those things. I know it made me smile and laugh out loud.
Margaret Atwood is one the few writers I know who can make playing Scrabble sexy.
I feel bad for the cow, but I have to admit the story made me giggle. Read it here.
Last five books read: ( more detailed reviews to come)
Heat– Bill Buford
Bill Buford gives up his day job to be a sous chef for Mario Batali. What ensues is a glorious romp through sweaty kitchens from NYC to Italy. Sexy, Raunchy, and terribly moving food writing. This is one of the best gritty food memoirs I’ve read since Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential What more could one ask for?
Soul of a chef-Michael Ruhlman
Ruhlman investigates what it takes to be a chef. From the Culinary Institute’s master chef exam to Thomas Keller’s French Laundry. This book dives deep into the drive for perfection that lies in every chef.
Garlic and saphires– Ruth Reichl
As the newly appointed food critic for the New York Times, Reichl dons a myriad of disguises to test how restaurants treat even the lowliest of guests. This book is laugh out funny, mouth-watering erotic, and deeply moving.
Braindead Megaphone– George Saunders
A thought provoking, emotion stirring and hilarious look at society through essays that are part satire and part journalism. I laughed in public while reading these. George Saunders is a personal favorite.
Slaughter-house five– Kurt Vonnegut
A classic war time book that remains relevant today. I read this in one weekend.
and in progress- Can’t you hear me calling?– Richard D Smith- a biography of Bill Monroe which I was reading while the Red Sox sweeped the Rockies in the World Series. This was entirely appropiate since Bill Monroe was an avid baseball fan and even played on a semi professional team while touring. ( larger review of this to come)
OK, This was too intriguing not to do since my books seems to show up in places far removed from my room including but not limited to: my car and friend’s houses. They are also packed in boxes hidden under sheets ( the ones I had no room for) so I’m not exactly sure what I own anymore. If I thought I owned it, I listed it as a “on my shelf”
I got this from Alejna who got the idea from a bunch of other places. It’s based on Library Things list of 106 unread books. The instructions are as follows:
Bold what you have read, italicize your DNFs, strikethrough the ones you hated, put *asterisks next to those you’ve read more than once, and put a + cross in front of the books that are on your bookshelf.
(Note that DNF=”did not finish”)
A quick word on my large number of DNF’s and then I give you my list. When I finish one book I usually pick the next book based on my mood at the time. I gather up a bunch- sometimes as many as six or seven books and start them all. When one grabs me or I decide which one did I read it all the way through. So, just because I didn’t finish something doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, it just means I didn’t like it at the time. Sometimes it means I didn’t like it as in the case of… well, read the list and you’ll see.
It should also be noted that I worked in bookstores for nearly 10 years which is why there are so many books on this list that are on my shelves but I haven’t gotten to yet. ( the theory being you stock up on all the books you want while you can get a discount on them so when you don’t have a discount anymore and can’t afford to buy them you can read them)
Jonathan Strange & M. Norrell
Crime and Punishment
One hundred years of solitude
Life of Pi: a novel
The Name of the Rose
Pride and Prejudice
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
The Time Traveller’s Wife
+The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
+ A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
+Reading Lolita in Tehran
+ Memoirs of a Geisha
+Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
+ A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave new world
The Count of Monte Cristo
+A Clockwork Orange
+ The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
+ The Poisonwood Bible
Angels & Demons
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
+ The Picture of Dorian Gray
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest
+To the Lighthouse
+Tess of the D’Urbervilles
+ Les misérables
+The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
+The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
The Sound and the Fury
+ The God of Small Things
+A people’s history of the United States : 1492-present
+ A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
+ The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
+Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
+ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
+ Watership Down
+ Gravity’s Rainbow
+ The Hobbit
+ In Cold Blood
+ White Teeth
+The Three Musketeers
The things is I had no idea how much my brain favored one side over the other.
You Are 15% Left Brained, 85% Right Brained
The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you’re left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.
The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.