Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Avalon High I read this because jmfausti said she really wanted me to. It is a revamping of the Arthur legend, with a twist. The idea is the people in the legend were not only once real people, but come back every generation in an attempt by the “good” side to finally conquer the “bad” side. So far, it hasn’t ever worked.

I have to say, some of the highly supernatural stuff towards the end was a little hokey. It was like it could have been done really well, but it fell short. I just couldn’t suspend disbelief. I did like the heroine a lot. She was really interesting. Actually, all the characters were well written.

Elaine is the heroine, and the way the story usually goes, she’s supposed to be Elaine of Astalot who had a jones for Lancelot and killed herself when he was found out to love Guinevere. Well, our heroine Elaine refuses to be Elaine of Astalot. I did not see it coming when it was revealed who she really is. I should have. The clues were all right there. I felt silly.

I’m not sure a teenager without a working knowledge of the Arthur legend (and I’m sure they’re out there) would really get the entire gist of this story, but he/she might still enjoy the adventure.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None: A NovelWhen I told my friend Victoria that I was reading this, she said, “Oh, I bet you don’t guess the ending.” She was right, but I wasn’t really trying too hard. I like to be surprised. It was a lovely 30′s era Christie novel. I haven’t read one in a while.

In this one a group of 10 people is gathered on a lonesome island and each is accused of a murder. Then, they begin to be picked off. In each room is a poem about 10 little indians and how each dies. The deaths of the people mirror the poem. When the police finally come, all 10 people are dead and they can’t find a murderer.

My Theme Song


Your Theme Song is Back in Black by AC/DC


“Back in black, I hit the sack,
I’ve been too long, I’m glad to be back”

Things sometimes get really crazy for you, and sometimes you have to get away from all the chaos.
But each time you stage your comeback, it’s even better than the last!

Hells Yeah!

Captain Alatriste by Arturo Perez-Reverte

This book is like The Three Musketeers but in Spain instead of France. It read very fast and was easy to visualize.

Captain Alatriste is a soldier who is down on his luck between wars. He is hired by some masked men to scare a couple of English travelers on their way into town. Then the head of the Spanish Inquisition (NO one expects the Spanish Inquisition!) (Sorry, Monty Python moment) appears and changes the orders. Now he and his co-hiree are supposed to kill them.

When it comes to the attack, Alatriste can’t do it. He doesn’t like that “John and Thomas Smith” look really, really high bred. He stops the attack, thereby pissing off his co-attacker, and rescues the men. They turn out to be the soon-to-be Duke of Buckingham and Prince Charles of England. Needless to say, this does not make the guy who hired him to kill them very happy. And he’s not a guy you want pissed at you.

This is the first in a series. Purity of Blood is next. There was a lot of space on the page. Big words. It read really fast. This was just what I needed.

Another Meme…

High School Senior
from Lisa

1. What year was it?

1992

2. What were your three favorite bands?

You know, by 1992 my favorite music was on its way out. Grunge was on the way in and I hated, hated, hated it. My favorites were probably Motley Crue, Skid Row, and L.A. Guns.

3. What was your favorite outfit?

Jeans, Red Plaid wool shirt that was my dad’s, black hi-top Reeboks.

4. What was up with your hair?

Long and straight.

5. Who were your best friends?

Wendy, Beckyie, Mieke.

6. What did you do after school?

Sit in front of the TV before I had to stuff something down my gullet and run off to dance class.

7. Did you take the bus?

I lived 5 blocks from the school, and by senior year, I drove.

8. Who did you have a crush on?

The one guy named Jeff. When I found the senior picture he’d given me (ten years after the fact) I read the message he’d written on the back and realized he was totally hitting on me. Gah!!! Oh, and Robert Kirkpatrick.

9. Did you fight with your parents?

Yeah. I was a mess.

10. Who did you have a CELEBRITY crush on?

I really don’t remember.

11. Did you smoke cigarettes?

Yeah.

12. Did you lug all of your books around in your backpack all day because you were too nervous to find your locker?

My car was my locker. I took the morning’s books in before first hour, then traded them for the afternoon books at lunch. This was slightly before the days of closed campus lunch.

13. Did you have a ‘clique’?

Sort of. My boyfriend was with the bad boy club, so I got stuck with them by default. Otherwise I got along with everyone.

14. Did you have “The Max” like Zach, Kelly and Slater?

Is that the diner thingy? Then the answer is sort of. I hung out at a really hardcore pool hall/video arcade. It was a rough place.

15. Admit it, were you popular?

I wasn’t in the popular crowd, but I hung out with lots of different people.

16. Who did you want to be just like?

I really don’t remember. There must have been someone.

17. What did you want to be when you grew up?

I had every intention of becoming a therapist to the stars. Or maybe just the rock stars.

18. Where did you think you’d be at the age you are now?

In Los Angeles married to a rock star.

I heart Ranger.

My requested copy of Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich came in at the library Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum Novels)yesterday. Yay! I read it in about a 3-hour marathon last night. I stopped only for bathroom breaks and snacks. Michael thought I was nuts for all the laughing out loud I did. (Mostly hee hee hee giggling, though). This one was really good and worth the wait. And there was lots and lots of Ranger.

The List by Aneva Stout

A Love Story in 781 Chapters.

The List: A Love Story in 781 ChaptersI think I managed to read this in 30 minutes. And I was interrupted by kids who didn’t want to go to bed. It is a list. Surprise, surprise. It is written in the future second person. – You’ll hear a knock at the door. Etc.

It is really, really funny, and not a waste of 30 minutes at all.

Gripe Session

Warning: this post does not contain my usual cynical humor. In fact, it contains no humor at all.

Why is it that I am expected to listen to every one else’s drama, but when I am on the edge of a nervous breakdown, no one is interested. The people closest to me tune out completely when I’m trying to spill my guts. When anyone else needs a shoulder to cry on, I am right there. Literally, on call, apparently. I don’t really mind. All I ask is that someone else provide some semblance of the same service when I am at the end of my rope and ready to tie a noose in it.

I am about to unoad on you all. If you can’t take anymore drama, please stop reading. This is purely for my own sake. No one else will listen, so I’ll tell it to the internet. Continue reading

Re-reading

I’ve been having a very rough month. Therefore, I have taken to re-reading. I do this when I don’t want to have to think about what I’m reading too much, I just want the happy feelings to wash over me.

Pride and PrejudiceSo, first, as always, I re-read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I hadn’t read it since the new movie came out last Fall, so it was fun to see which lines came straight from the book. I’ve already got that worked out for the BBC version .

Then I started reading my next “Big Book” of the year hoping to make up where I got behind taking 2 months to read War and Peace, but I just can’t read only that one book. It’s very good, and I enjoy it while I’m reading it, but it’s so hard to pick it up.

So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate ReadingSo, I dug out So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson. I can’t tell you why I love re-reading this book. I’ve probably read it 6 times. In the book, she spends a year reading a book a week and writing about how her reading experience intersects with her life. It’s really comforting to me, for some reason.

What books to you re-read, and why? If you don’t re-read, why not?

The Wings of the Dove by Henry James

The Wings of the Dove (Penguin Classics)I’ve been so busy doing memes, I forgot I finished a book.

This book was soooo hard to read. Especially since I was reading Hemingway at the same time. Hemingway says, “They went out of the bar. They got in the cab. They drove away.” James says, “They went out of the building, which, if they had thought about it, they wouldn’t have done if they had known it would be raining, and got in the cab, which looking back on it, turned out to be fortuitous because it was raining, and drove to the East, which was the opposite of the way the people in the other cab were going.” GAH!!!!

Anyway, once you get past all the parenthetical statements and prepositional phrases, the story is really good. Kate is poor, but she has a rich aunt who will give her lots of money if she marries someone her aunt approves of. Kate is in love with Merton Densher. They get secretly engaged before his trip to America for work where he meets and befriends Milly who has recently come into a buttload of money from the deaths of all her family. Milly goes on a tour of Europe and ends up in London where she meets Kate. When Mr. Densher comes back from America, he finds 2 women in love with him, lucky guy. First, Kate tells him to be nice to Milly to make her aunt think he likes her, so Kate and Merton can hang out without raising suspicion. Kate hatches a plan to have him marry Milly because she is dying and that way he can get all her money and then they can get married. And she may as well die happy, right? Only, he doesn’t really love Milly, so he can’t do it. Milly dies and leaves him all her money, anyway. By now, he is in love with Milly, and he doesn’t want the money. In the end, Kate won’t marry him without the money, the bitch.

I had my doubts about whether or not Kate really liked him anyway. She seemed to me to be putting him off on Milly ever since he got back from America.

Anyway, there you have it. I am tremendously proud of having finished this. Can you tell?

Meme again.

Guess where this came from

1. What would be cool “entry music” for you upon your arrival at work or school?

Jet’s “Cold Hard Bitch.” Hmmm. What else? “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake.

2. How have you personalized your personal computer?

I have the Hunk-0-Matic, thanks to Michael. I had all these pictures of hunky guys that I kept rotating into the wallpaper spot. Finally, Mike got tired of it and wrote a program that chooses a different wallpaper every day. Now I get a different hot guy every day!

3. If someone were trying to decide if something were written in your handwriting, what might be a giveaway?

There’s not one. I have pretty non-descript handwriting.

4. If someone who loved you wanted to get a tattoo on his or her arm as a secret reminder of you, what would be a good tattoo?

This happened to me once. An old boyfriend had my name tattooed to his leg in college. That was bad. If Michael were to do it, I would ask that he put it discreetly in a tattoo of something else.

5. If you were the sort to do damage to others’ property, what would your graffiti name be?

Crackhead? I don’t know. I’m not cool enough for a graffiti name.

ABCs

Blame Sweet Memes again.

A- AREA CODE YOU ARE IN RIGHT NOW:

918

B- BIRTHDAY:

November 6, 1973

C- CURRENT CRUSH:

Johnny Depp, Vince Neil, Keanu Reeves, Sebastian Bach

D- FAVORITE DRINK:

Dr. Pepper

E- EATING CURRENTLY:

I’m not eating right now. I had some pizza earlier

F- FAVORITE FOOD:

Chicken Tikka Masala.

G- WHO DO YOU GO TO FOR ADVICE?

Michael. Or mom. Or a few friends. Depends on the advice.

H- CURRENT HATRED:

Sinus headaches.

I- I LIKE TO PLAY:

Trivial Pursuit Booklovers edition, Pride and Prejudice, Wise and Otherwise.

J- CURRENT JOB:

This is currently up in the air as I just applied for a new position.

K- ANY KIDS?

A 6 year old boy and a 4 year old girl.

L- I LOVE:

Mike.

M- FAVORITE MOVIE:

Pride and Prejudice.

N- YOUR PHONE NUMBER:

I’m not telling you. If you don’t have it already, you don’t need it.

O- OVER OR UNDER:

Que?

P- FAVORITE PERFUME/COLOGNE:

Magic by Celine, although I try not to marinate in anything.

Q- A LITTLE QUIRK ABOUT YOURSELF:

I sniff books.

R- LAST ROAD TRIP:

Bowie Tx last August.

S- DO YOU SMOKE:

Not anymore.

T- FAVORITE TV SHOW:

Stacked.

U- COLOR OF YOUR UNDERWEAR:

Pink Paisley

V- LAST TIME YOU WERE IN VEGAS:

4.5 years ago when I was pregnant with the girl.

W- WISHFUL THINKING:

Losing 50 pounds.

X- X-RAYS TAKEN THIS YEAR:

Ankle. again.

Y- YOUR FAVORITE YEAR OF YOUR LIFE:

1990? Sounds good.

Z- ZODIAC SIGN:

Scorpio – Woot!

Extremely Long Meme..

That probably no one will read.

From Sweet Memes

1.ONE OF YOUR SCARS, HOW DID YOU GET IT?
Appendectomy

2. WHAT IS ON THE WALLS IN YOUR ROOM?
Pictures of kids, ballet dancers, and Johnny Depp.

3. WHAT DOES YOUR CELL PHONE LOOK LIKE?
Blue-ish Grey Nokia

4. WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LIKE TO LISTEN TO?
Mostly 80′s hair metal, but occasionally I like more recent rock and hip hop. I’m also a classically trained pianist, so I’m not a total music cretin.

5. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME YOU WERE BORN?
About 9:15 at night. (But not last night)

6. WHAT DO YOU WANT MORE THAN ANYTHING RIGHT NOW?
More sleep.

7. WHAT DO YOU MISS?
Spontanaeity.

8. WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?
I don’t know. Might have to get help from Michael for this one.

9. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SMELL?
Books.

10. DO YOU GET CLAUSTROPHOBIC?
I do, actually. Crowds of strange people mess with me.
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New Booking Through Thursday…

On Saturday.

Booking Through Thursday

This week’s questions were suggested by Christine.

  1. Do you read non-fiction books for pleasure, not counting books required for courses or for work?I do like non-fiction. I don’t read as much as fiction, but I generally like it.
  2. If so, what areas of non-fiction interest you the most? If not, why not? Not surprisingly, I like books about books and reading. I also like books about sociological issues. I read biographies if they’re interesting.
  3. What are some of your favorite (or least favorite) books from those areas? I like Malcolm Gladwell. I can’t wait for another book of his. I read his blog just to “listen” to his voice. I like Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust books. And So Many Books So Little Time by Sara Nelson, is one of my favorite rereads.

Problems.

It has come to my attention that there may be problems with the new spam filter. If you are having trouble getting approved through the thing, it’s either because it’s messed up, or I don’t like you. Kidding. I only toss out the ones that say porn or some such.

Anyway, leave me a comment if you’re having issues, and we’ll try to figure out the problem. Kidding again. Shoot me an email adrienne dot teague at netzero dot net and let me know. I’m sorry for any inconvenience. I like comments, so I’ll do what I can to fix it.

Anniversary.

I forgot to tell you. Michael and I had our 9-year anniversary a week ago. It slipped my mind because we didn’t get to celebrate. We both had to work that evening, so we said, “Happy Anniversary” and went our separate ways. But, Michael did get me some gifts. To most of you, these would not be good Anniversary gifts perhaps, but to me… Well, you’ll see.

1) Copy of the new Rolling Stone with Johnny Depp on the cover. He said, “There’s really only one picture of him in there, but when I saw it i decided you’d think it was worth the price of the magazine.” He was right.

2) Copy of the movie Constantine with Keanu Reeves. It doesn’t matter if it is any good, Keanu is just required to walk around on the screen for awhile to be of value.

3) Big poster of Johnny Depp from the new Pirates movie.

I think these are exceptional gifts for an anniversary, not least for showing how secure he is. But I suspect he had ulterior motives. “Here honey. Happy Anniversary. Look at all these other hot men for awhile, and I’m gonna go play Guild Wars.” Oh, well.