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Today's Dimestore Dame is the Blonde Phantom! Seriously, whenever I read her Golden Age comics, I just go all chin-handsy and go, "She's sooooo preeeeeeetty." Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] harmonyangel for some scans of her She-Hulk era appearances!

And now, the sad number of books I read in November.

books read last month )
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Before I left New York, I started a project in which I was going to read all the American Girl books and review them. When I stopped reading AG, Addy was the newest girl, so it was going to be an interesting mix of revisiting the old and jumping into the new. At the time, I lived 5 minutes from a library, which made procuring the books really easy.

I only got through the intro books, Meet ______, before I moved. Since I don't have a lot of interest in buying the whole series (especially since some of the books really suck), I scrapped the project. Maybe when I get my license and a car, I can get to a library again and start it. Until then, here are my notes on the books I did read, since some people have expressed interest.

Meet... )
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This icon has nothing to do with reading and everything to do with awesomeness.

anyway, books read in October )
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September was not the best reading month. But I did listen to a lot of books, at least! I don't really count them in my yearly reading total, but I still want to review them. Audiobooks are marked with an asterisk.

books of September )

Also, I want this coat SO MUCH, so I'm just going to keep refreshing the page until it's like $100 cheaper.
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I'm done with reading for the month.

books read in August )
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I forgot to write up the books I read in June, so here's a two-for-one post. Warning: it be long.

books read in June and July )
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I read a metric tons of books last month, so I've been putting off having to talk about them all.

books read in May )
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Today I read a YA book where three or four really tragic, traumatic things happen to the heroine. It was well written and all, but I think authors really need to be careful that their angst doesn't cross the line into ludicrous.

I mean, in this book, any one of the traumas was more than enough to carry the plot of a whole book. Instead, they were all shoved in there together, to the point that at least one of the plots was left with a million dangling loose ends; I kind of wonder if this means that the author's planning a sequel. In any case, I won't be reading it, because I'm not interested in finding out how many more horrible things will happen to this twelve-year-old. The result is overwhelming, and while the book is supposed to be about the triumph of hope or something, I don't really see it. If I were this kid, I'd have thrown myself off a cliff by the end.

I've read before that writers torture the characters they love most, and I've certainly been guilty of the "and here's one more overwrought melodramatic thing in the backstory" too. But when it comes to writing, I also think that it's sometimes a good idea to consider Chanel's fashion advice -- "When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on."
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So many books.

books read in April )
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This week on Dimestore Dames, I go gaga for the Golden Age while examining Betty Dean Prentiss.

Unrelated, but this month I've pretty much been devouring books. I tend to run through them in a day, maybe two tops, with the bulk of the reading taking place during my two ~45 minute commutes each weekday. The problem (?), I think, is due to:

a. passing the library on my way home from the subway every evening, so it's super convenient to pop in.

b. browsing for library books to order has replaced online shopping for me. At this point, I've even experienced buyer's remorse. And the level of excitement I get when it's time to pick up my new books, or even just to return a finished book, is pathetic.

I need to get out more, but it's really easier just to read.
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Today I did a metric ton of laundry, finished my work for the weekend, made an actual dinner (with leftovers for lunch tomorrow), finished most of a Dimestore post, and started another. This is enough productivity for the entire week, right? I can just stay home the rest of the time and sleep?

Anyway, here are the books I read last month.

books of march )

And now that that's done, I will finish this episode of Sherlock Holmes.
mizzmarvel: (madrox: scholars - iconzicons)
This month, I was pretty pathetico when it came to reading.

books read in February )
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2011 didn't start off to a strong start, reading-wise. In terms of numbers, at least.

books read in January )
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Last night consisted of dinner and karaoke with [livejournal.com profile] poisonivory, [livejournal.com profile] queenitsy, [livejournal.com profile] harmonyangel, [livejournal.com profile] second_batgirl, and others. It was all fun and frolics until the end of the night, when I discovered my wallet was missing and I sobbed pathetically.

But then it turned out it was under the booth at the restaurant the whole time, so no need to cancel credit cards and mourn the sentimental items I stupidly keep in there (the receipt from when I bought my cat, a 50 cent coin my dad gave me, etc.) Moral of the story: stick to purses that zip closed on top.

Anyway, let's look at some books.

books read in December )

Total number of books read in 2010: 178. Not too shabby!

snow

Dec. 26th, 2010 10:16 pm
mizzmarvel: (bat-starry night - poisonivory)
A blizzard is rather nice when you don't have to go out into it. I've been watching it all day through a window that's gotten more and more snow-covered as the hours have gone by. A warm cat has been snuggling my feet, and the radiator is spewing out heat like a pro.

It's nice. Especially since I don't have to trudge through it to work tomorrow.

Also, blizzards always remind me how freaking hot Almanzo Wilder was in the The Long Winter. You know what I'm talking about, Little House fans, amirite?
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books read in November )
mizzmarvel: (madrox: scholars - iconzicons)
One of my incredibly pointless pet peeves is when authors dedicate their books to absurdly large and vague groups. Like, "For children everywhere." Or, "For anyone who has ever felt alone." Or my least favorite, "To all my readers." Omg, it's that means this book is written for me especially! Yay! I love being patronized!

I just want to yell, "IF YOU DON'T WANT TO DEDICATE IT TO ANYONE SPECIFIC, YOU DON'T HAVE TO. IT'S NOT A LAW. GOD."

On the other hand, if I ever write a book that gets published, I kind of want the dedication to be:

This book is dedicated to everyone that has been born and will be born, ever, in the universe.

Even Genghis Khan.
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I read very few books in October )
mizzmarvel: (madrox: scholars - iconzicons)
I'm really late on my book list this month.

books read in September )
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I guess I better do my monthly book list.

Books read in August )

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