Finished! Chicks Dig Time Lords

Have I mentioned I have an awesome father-in-law?

Image from Goodreads

This year one of my Christmas presents was the book Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It. I had put it on my Amazon wishlist once I found out about it a few years ago. It’s not a huge book, so I thought it would be a good choice to bring with me to Ohayocon to read during down time between panels. Boy, was I right.

This book is a collection of essays written by women Who-vians. Jody Lyn Nye, Seanan McGuire, and Carole E. Barrowman are just a few of them. I decided to pick through and read what caught my attention instead of just reading it straight through. Why not? It was a good approach. Strike that. It was a great approach!

Reading about how all these women got into Doctor Who and the fandom was really inspiring. Some got into it watching it on PBS. Some started with the Ninth Doctor. Some were there at the beginning in Britain. Some talk about different aspects of the fandom. All of them talk about how it became a part of their lives, in one way or another. All of them made me glad to be a part of the fandom.

Right now I’m reading through it, again. This time with my notebook and pen nearby to write down thoughts and passages as I go. I wished I had that the first time, but there’s only so much you want to carry around at a convention.

If you’re into Doctor Who, this book is a great read. I highly recommend it!

Advertisements

Finished! Deaf Side Story

Deaf Side Story by Mark Rigney

When I checked the book out of the library, I thought it would be comparing spoken language and ASL cultures. Wrong!

Deaf Side Story is about a production of West Side Story done in 2000 at MacMurray College in Illinois. The Drama professor decided to have the Sharks be students from the Illinois School for the Deaf, which was in the same town as the college. The book follows the production from when the professor first has the idea to after the last performance. The author does an amazing job of chronicling all the trials and problems that arise when you are not only dealing with two worlds, but trying to have them together on stage and make sure the audience has full access to the entire show.

It’s a great read for anyone interested in ASL culture. If you have no prior knowledge about it, don’t worry! The author takes the time to explain various aspects of the culture and the language so reader fully understands why things are the way they are. It’s a great book and is a great way of showing that a difference in languages doesn’t have to mean it’s impossible to work together.

Finished! No Impact Man

I just finished my annual re-read of No Impact Man. Every time I read that book I get something different out of it. As I was reading along, I would feel guilty about everything that I do or don’t do. I buy too much. I waste too much. I don’t do enough. Then I got to the end of the project and the epilogue after.

In the end, the point of No Impact Man, isn’t to be extreme and follow his lead. It’s to show that it can be done and it makes you think about what you can do without making yourself miserable. There are so many things that I’d like to do to lessen my impact, but they’re just not possible right now.
-I’d love to do most of my shopping at Whole Foods and buy as little prepackaged foods as possible, but we can’t afford that right now. So I buy what I can and try to be smart about the rest.
-I’d love to compost, but we live in a small apartment that barely fits all of our stuff. I have nowhere to put a composter, and I don’t think my hubby would be too pleased with it being in the apartment. So I try to make sure we throw out as little food as possible.
-I’d love to use my car less, but we live in a large city with little transportation options in Ohio, which means I can only really use my bike about half of the year. So I simply try to use my car wisely and make that tank of gas go for as long as I can.

Then I think about all the little things I do manage to do in my life and I feel a lot better. It’s amazing how we forget to focus on the positives instead of the negatives. Yes there is a lot more that I can do, but I already use soap made locally, baking soda and vinegar to wash my hair, non-toxic cleaners for laundry and dishes, and some kick-ass non-toxic toothpaste and mouthwash. Instead of going out and buying a brand-new desktop, I made it so I can use my laptop like a desktop. Instead of going out and buying a net bag, I looked up a pattern and am using yarn I’ve had sitting around (I’m finally on the handles!).

And yes, one thing I kept feeling guilty about was my spending habits. Let’s face it, it’s the holiday season and we’re all spending money when we can. But by buying a few awesome tea accessories, I improved my ability to use amazing loose leaf teas and keep my use of teabags at zero. It’s also helping me to kick my Wendy’s sweet tea habit. I just bought some silicone baking sheets today on Amazon because they were on sale and they’ll help me use a lot less parchment paper.

Sorry if this sounds like me tooting my own horn or justifying spending money. But it’s my way of reminding myself of everything I already do, and it’s a reminder that you can do some amazing things to reduce your impact on the planet while still enjoying life!

Impact!

Last night I finished getting caught up on the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire, which I will be posting about soon, and decided to go reread No Impact Man.

I’m only about 25 pages in and I’m already looking at how much I can improve my life. That’s part of why I read that book. It helps to remind me of all the little things that I can do to lessen my impact on the environment. Once I finish it, there’s going to be a great big post. But there’s probably going to be more green posts in the meantime. I’m really looking forward to it!

Read shelf: April

I was just a little busy this past month.

Akira Vol. 1 by Katsuhiro Otomo
Maggie Without a Clue by Kasey Michaels
Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design by Christiane Lemieux
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Brain Droppings by George Carlin
X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga by Chris Claremont
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Princess Jellyfish, Vol. 10 by Akiki Higashimura
Napalm and Silly Putty by George Carlin
More Napalm and Silly Putty by George Carlin
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman
The Red Tent by Anita Diamanat
When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? by George Carlin

15 books! That’s one book every two days! I have not read that many books in one month since I started keeping track. Possibly ever. Well, at least since I started reading chapter books.

Undecorate!

Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior DesignThis weekend I sat down and devoured this book. It is a wonderful book for anyone who is looking for inspiration when working with a room. It really inspired me to just let me be myself. That is what this book is all about, homeowners simply being themselves.

I’ve seen a lot of people say how the rooms in the book aren’t undecorated. “They look like they’ve been professionally done!” is one I’ve seen a lot. Do they look like a camera crew simply went in with no heads-up and everything’s a mess? No. Each room is how the owner wants it to look ideally. But they definitely aren’t “professionally done” rooms.

For me it was the icing on the cake for when I was working on my room. It helped me to look at my stuff and see it in a new light. And that really helped.

Finished! Japanamerica

Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the U.S. by Roland KeltsJapanamerica is a great read for anyone who has an interest in any aspect of Japanese popular culture. The author talks about the history of aspects like anime, manga, and cosplay and talks with people in those professions and fans of those medium. I loved it. I now have a much broader appreciation of anime and manga. It really fills in a lot of gaps that, I’m guessing, many American otaku have in their knowledge of Japan. This book makes me want to visit Japan even more now. The various places he describes, the depth he goes into about the culture, I want to experience it for myself!

A look back at April, May, and June

Yeah. Somehow I forgot to post this for three months! I guess I was so focused on getting the SBC done that I totally forgot. Well, it’s done now and I’m not even trying with the SuBC. I’m personally going to keep track of what would fit where, but I doubt I’m going to bother with the challenges again. No matter how hard I try I just can’t get it finished. So I’m simply going to read for me and enjoy myself.

Anyway, here’s my book breakdown for the past three months:
April
Barefoot Gen, Vol. 4: Out of the Ashes by Keiji Nakazawa
The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey
Ranma 1/2 Vol. 1 by Rumiko Takahashi
Peach Fuzz Vol. 2 by Cibos & Hodges
Legends of the Dark Crystal, Vol. 1 by Barbara Randall Kesel
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour by Brian Lee O’Malley
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

May
Feed by Mira Grant
Wide Awake by David Levithan
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
And Another Thing… by Eoin Colfer
Deadline by Mira Grant

June
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon
Blackout by Mira Grant
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
Barefoot Gen, Vol. 5: The Never-Ending War by Keiji Nakazawa
Barefoot Gen, Vol. 6: Writing the Truth by Keiji Nakazawa
Barefoot Gen, Vol. 7: Bones into Dust by Keiji Nakazawa

Now I get to sit back and read whatever I want at whatever speed I want. Yay!

Finished! In Defense of Food (again)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Michael Pollan’s last book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, launched a national conversation about the American way of eating; now In Defense of Food shows us how to change it, one meal at a time. Pollan proposes a new answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words:Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.

Review:
Yes, this is another reread. But it’s always a little different each time you read it.

When I put serious effort into losing weight, I worshiped at the feet of nutritionism. I made sure I could figure out exactly how many calories I was eating per day. How did I survive, let alone lose weight?!
Now I’m worshiping at the feet of whole foods and very minimally processed food. If it’s an imitation, chances are very low that I’ll eat it.

___________________________________________

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Rating: 5 stars

A look back at the year so far

I am so far behind in writing about everything I’ve read this year. Well, not everything, but a lot of it. I’ve been busy but… well, I’ll let the list speak for itself.

The Forgotten by Tony Lee
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
Grave Sight Vol. 1 by Charlaine Harris
Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Deadline by Mira Grant
Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Brian Lee O’Malley
Geek Wisdom by Stephen H. Segal
The Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman
The Sandman: Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman
Chobits Vol. 1 by CLAMP
Chobits Vol. 2 by CLAMP
Otaku-No-Yen Season 1: As Seen on the Intrawebs by Richard & Sharon Townsend
Chobits Vol. 3 by CLAMP
Chobits Vol. 4 by CLAMP
Chobits Vol. 5 by CLAMP
Chobits Vol. 6 by CLAMP
Chobits Vol. 7 by CLAMP
Chobits Vol. 8 by CLAMP
Chrono Crusade Vol. 1 by Daisuke Moriyama
Chrono Crusade Vol. 2 by Daisuke Moriyama
Princess Jellyfish Vol. 1 by Akiko Higashimura
Princess Jellyfish Vol. 2 by Akiko Higashimura
Princess Jellyfish Vol. 3 by Akiko Higashimura
Princess Jellyfish Vol. 4 by Akiko Higashimura
Princess Jellyfish Vol. 5 by Akiko Higashimura
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World by Brian Lee O’Malley
Princess Jellyfish Vol. 6 by Akiko Higashimura
Princess Jellyfish Vol. 7 by Akiko Higashimura
Princess Jellyfish Vol. 8 by Akiko Higashimura
Barefoot Gen, Vol. 1: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima by Keiji Nakazawa
Barefoot Gen, Vol. 2: The Day After by Keiji Nakazawa
Barefoot Gen, Vol. 3: Life After the Bomb by Keiji Nakazawa
Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness by Brian Lee O’Malley
Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together by Brian Lee O’Malley
Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe by Brian Lee O’Malley
The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffery (an omnibus of Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon)

As you can see, there are a few manga series in there that I need to post about. I’m almost done with the Scott Pilgrim series (one book left), so I’ll have that to write about too. I should probably just sit down with my laptop on Thursday and type my brains out. 🙂 Just because I’ve been reading madly, doesn’t mean I can’t share my thoughts on the books with all of you.