Covered In Rust

*skips through daisies*

RASL, Vol. 4: The Lost Journals of Nikola Tesla - Jeff Smith

These aren't actually as short as my racing through them makes it seem. It's just super slow at work today.

156 out of 250

Twisted - Laurie Halse Anderson



Something happened.


About damn time. I was wondering when this was going to turn into a book about a teen going through hell, cause that's what LHA writes, you see. It hadn't happened and I was feeling a little let down. But now the kid is wanted for proper charges: sexual harassment and misconduct, lewd behavior, forcible touching, voyeurism and, if he's really lucky, kidnapping. None of which he did. This all seems more like LHA. Whoohooo. Yippee.


Still bored.

95 out of 250

Twisted - Laurie Halse Anderson

I'm amazed at how fast a read this is considering nothing is happening.

Feed Flood

Since I haven't yet, I'd like to apologize the the onslaught of books added that might be showing up in your feed. It was my bright idea to add them manually so I could control everything and wee out undesirables.


I'm not finished adding but, yeah, sorry.

Page 47 out of 449

Cast In Courtlight - Michelle Sagara

Dear Self,


Since you don't actually like PNR all that much, perhaps you shouldn't bother reading them excepting when The Trusted recommend them to you.




Actual Update: Blah, blah, there's a festival. Blah, blah MC is annoying. Blah, blah MC has magics new to her but SOT LEARNING TO USE THEM, DAMMIT, THERE'S FIGHTING N STUFF TO BE DONE!

Reblogged from Rabbit Reads:
Cast In Courtlight - Michelle Sagara

Hmmm... Boring. Kaylin or whatever her name is is annoying me right off the bat. This may go down in 100 page cutoff flames.

The Five People You Meet in heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom

What's this? A semi-religious, inspirational something-or-other book that I....liked?


Huh. How bout that.


While this was on the preachy side, I found the main character likable and pretty realistic. It's also a short book which helps a lot. I didn't find it particularly judgmental and while it is an inspirational book, it read more like a man who was finding out what his purpose had been and wanting to find a purpose is a universal feeling not owned by a singular religion or philosophy.


Wow. That was corny. Now my cat is judging me.


Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson

A very sad look at rape and living through it. Difficult to get through because of subject matter alone but I'd recommend it to teens who are fans of contemporary YA, especially if they don't shy away from the darker stuff.

1020 Haiku in Translation- Basho, Busson and Issa

1020 Haiku in Translation: The Heart of Basho, Buson and Issa - William R. Nelson, Takafumi Saito

This is a really impressive collection of seasonal haiku from Basho, Busson and Issa. The set up features each haiku in English, phonetic Japanese and finally in Katakana with a selection from each writer for each season.


My favorite of the three is Issa (and not because his name is Kobayashi) and in particular his Autumn section.


Definitely not for everyone but if you like haiku or poetry give it a go.

Code of the Street by Elijah Anderson

Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City - Elijah Anderson

This is an interesting sociological study on certain areas of Philadelphia. While it doesn't cover the same information repeatedly, it does leave something to be desired in the way its set up. The most interesting parts were the stories from interviews conducted for research but the subject, while obviously deserving of attention, does not particularly interest me.


This is not something I would have picked up, let alone finished, on my own but it was, alas, assigned reading for a sociology class I took.

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life - Tara Altebrando

What a tedious bit of waffle to go with an awesome title and idea. Seriously, this could have been a bright spot in YA stories but it's buried under ridiculously inane and cliche teen angst and bad editing. 

Some parts were actually entertaining and that's why 1 1/2 stars. I'd hoped to feel some nostalgia for my senior year but all I could think was "Where are there teens who actually act like this? Ya know, besides bad contemporary?" Or maybe the problem is that I've pushed down the memories of peers acting like this and I don't want to be taken back to that time.


Oh, well. Maybe at 27 I'm just too old to "get it."

Poopy Claws by Gene Ambaum

Poopy Claws - Gene Ambaum, Sophie Goldstein

For Christmas last year I received the entire Unshelved book collection. Some other books accompanied them and this was one of them.


This is not what I would call and "adorable children's book", no, definitely not. If you have cats, it's funny and light-hearted and pretty disgusting. I cackled at the ending. That was awesome.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Edward Albee

Every time I read or watch this sucker I get overwhelmed with how insane the characters act. It's like watching them all implode and I've yet to get used to it. However, the overload of the subject matter leads to sad laughter and shock and because of that I don't get bored of the play.


4 stars because it's so unhappy that I feel bad giving 5.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - Douglas Adams

I am VERY picky about the science fiction I read and watch. I don't like most of it. Actually, I DETEST most of it. I love Adams' stuff, though. It's sorta sci-fi!lite. It's more about character interaction and hilarity than actual sci-fi and I'd even put this particular book in a fantasy/paranormal category rather than sci-fi. It's not really them, either but now I'm rambling.


This book has hilarious characters and all the witty one-liners that you expect from Adams but a solid plot is thrown in for good measure. More than that, it's just plain fun to read. I didn't like this as much as Hitchhiker but I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel, The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul.

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe

I'm okay with unlikable main characters when they are SUPPOSED to be unlikable. However, Okonkwo is supposed to be a sympathetic hero type and I just couldn't get around that. If the other, more likable, characters had bigger parts I'd have found this to be more enjoyable but Okonkwo is front and center for the whole story. The ONLY reason I finished it was because it was for a class where there were only about 6 students and there was very intense and in-depth discussion. For the record, I was not the only one who hated Okonkwo.


Why couldn't his friend be the main character? He was awesome.

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