janetlin: (Booky dragon)
Just barely made my goal here. Yay! And finally something that wasn't assigned! This book is on loan from [livejournal.com profile] silverflight, after she got her beautiful magpie tattoo and I expressed my thoughts for someday getting one, she suggested I read this. It's exactly what the title says, and goes over the process (both modern and historical), things to consider and questions to ask when choosing an artist, different styles of tattoo, picking your design, aftercare, even touch-ups, cover-ups and removal. Just the whole works in layman's terms with realism but no scare tactics, demystifying the whole phenomenon for someone considering getting a tattoo.

Titls: Ink
Author: Terisa Green, PhD
Pages: 205



24 / 24 books. 100% done! Woot!

So the distribution looks like this:

Fantasy 33%
Hist. fiction 17%
Romance 13%
Drama 46%
Classic 42%
Nonfiction 8%
Assigned 42%
Play 25%

Not a bad spread. I wish I could have fit more "fun" reading in, but such is the life of an English major.
janetlin: (Booky dragon)
Just barely made my goal here. Yay! And finally something that wasn't assigned! This book is on loan from [livejournal.com profile] silverflight, after she got her beautiful magpie tattoo and I expressed my thoughts for someday getting one, she suggested I read this. It's exactly what the title says, and goes over the process (both modern and historical), things to consider and questions to ask when choosing an artist, different styles of tattoo, picking your design, aftercare, even touch-ups, cover-ups and removal. Just the whole works in layman's terms with realism but no scare tactics, demystifying the whole phenomenon for someone considering getting a tattoo.

Titls: Ink
Author: Terisa Green, PhD
Pages: 205



24 / 24 books. 100% done! Woot!

So the distribution looks like this:

Fantasy 33%
Hist. fiction 17%
Romance 13%
Drama 46%
Classic 42%
Nonfiction 8%
Assigned 42%
Play 25%

Not a bad spread. I wish I could have fit more "fun" reading in, but such is the life of an English major.
janetlin: (Shakespeare)
I actually finished this last week, but was distracted somehow (I wonder) from posting about it. This was the last of the plays we had to read for my Shakespeare class. I liked it better than Henry IV (which, I know, doesn't say much), and it's one I'd read before, back in high school. I think it might have been one of those I never finished, though, because the further in it I read, the less familiar everything was. Like I think I might never have read Acts 4 and 5 before. Heh.

Title: Julius Caesar
Author: William Shakespeare
Pages: 209



23 / 24 books. 96% done!
janetlin: (Shakespeare)
I actually finished this last week, but was distracted somehow (I wonder) from posting about it. This was the last of the plays we had to read for my Shakespeare class. I liked it better than Henry IV (which, I know, doesn't say much), and it's one I'd read before, back in high school. I think it might have been one of those I never finished, though, because the further in it I read, the less familiar everything was. Like I think I might never have read Acts 4 and 5 before. Heh.

Title: Julius Caesar
Author: William Shakespeare
Pages: 209



23 / 24 books. 96% done!
janetlin: (Bored)
Another that dragged, without the benefit OMF had of at least being interesting while it dragged. John Falstaff annoys me, and I can't figure out whether Prince Hal really even likes him at all. I understand Hal does put him aside at the end of part II, but I don't think I care quite enough to bother reading it to find out. Happy to just have this one behind me.

Title: Henry IV, Part I
Author: William Shakespeare
Pages: 225



22 / 24 books. 92% done!
janetlin: (Bored)
Another that dragged, without the benefit OMF had of at least being interesting while it dragged. John Falstaff annoys me, and I can't figure out whether Prince Hal really even likes him at all. I understand Hal does put him aside at the end of part II, but I don't think I care quite enough to bother reading it to find out. Happy to just have this one behind me.

Title: Henry IV, Part I
Author: William Shakespeare
Pages: 225



22 / 24 books. 92% done!
janetlin: (Ded)
O frabjous day! I think I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this book now. I did, as I have mentioned before, enjoy the story itself - the main, underlying story, that is - and I even appreciate the device of having lots of side-stories that all connect back to the central one. But at the same time I wish there hadn't been so many of them, and/or that Dickens hadn't been quite so wordy about them. Though I suppose then he wouldn't be Dickens, would he? So, yes, finished at last. Quite a slog, though not wholly un-enjoyable, as I wouldn't have bothered sticking with it to the end if it weren't.

It's hard to summarize due to all the aforementioned side-stories, but I'll try for the sake of those who - like myself - had never even heard of this book, though it's considered by Dickens scholars to be his greatest work: The main central point is the death of John Harmon, just as he returns to England to claim his fortune, and the subsequent dispensation of that fortune, and the fates of those people connected to it in varying degrees (which is everyone in the book). There are characters who have wealth and use it poorly, those who don't have wealth but pretend to, those who have it and don't care, those who don't have it and don't care, those who don't have it and want it, etc. In addition to being a story - a romance, really - about how people react to and interact with other people, it's also an examination of how people react to and interact with money (and the things money can buy) in mid-nineteenth century Britain.

Title: Our Mutual Friend
Author: Charles Dickens
Pages: 820



21 / 24 books. 88% done!
janetlin: (Ded)
O frabjous day! I think I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this book now. I did, as I have mentioned before, enjoy the story itself - the main, underlying story, that is - and I even appreciate the device of having lots of side-stories that all connect back to the central one. But at the same time I wish there hadn't been so many of them, and/or that Dickens hadn't been quite so wordy about them. Though I suppose then he wouldn't be Dickens, would he? So, yes, finished at last. Quite a slog, though not wholly un-enjoyable, as I wouldn't have bothered sticking with it to the end if it weren't.

It's hard to summarize due to all the aforementioned side-stories, but I'll try for the sake of those who - like myself - had never even heard of this book, though it's considered by Dickens scholars to be his greatest work: The main central point is the death of John Harmon, just as he returns to England to claim his fortune, and the subsequent dispensation of that fortune, and the fates of those people connected to it in varying degrees (which is everyone in the book). There are characters who have wealth and use it poorly, those who don't have wealth but pretend to, those who have it and don't care, those who don't have it and don't care, those who don't have it and want it, etc. In addition to being a story - a romance, really - about how people react to and interact with other people, it's also an examination of how people react to and interact with money (and the things money can buy) in mid-nineteenth century Britain.

Title: Our Mutual Friend
Author: Charles Dickens
Pages: 820



21 / 24 books. 88% done!
janetlin: (Thinky thoughts)
Whew, one long overdue book done. This one was fun. I liked Viola and felt bad for Olivia. How awkward to discover the boy you've fallen in love with is in fact a girl. Meep!

Now, I really don't get this whole deal with there having to be three weddings. Why? The third one always feels like a throwaway, especially here. We don't see it onscreen, don't even see the parties involved afterwards being all "lalala, we're newlyweds," it's mentioned in passing _once_ by someone else, and nobody even reacts. Why bother writing that in? Is there something deeply symbolic or something, that there absolutely _has_ to be three weddings? And if Shakespeare knew this, why didn't he ever bother to set up the third one as well as he did the first two between the main characters? Really, it's starting to get annoying.

BUT. Next up is Henry IV and then on to Julius Caesar. No more of this comedy stuff. ... Except, Henry IV is where we meet Falstaff, right? *sigh*

Title: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will.
Author: William Shakespeare
Pages: 189



20 / 24 books. 83% done!
janetlin: (Thinky thoughts)
Whew, one long overdue book done. This one was fun. I liked Viola and felt bad for Olivia. How awkward to discover the boy you've fallen in love with is in fact a girl. Meep!

Now, I really don't get this whole deal with there having to be three weddings. Why? The third one always feels like a throwaway, especially here. We don't see it onscreen, don't even see the parties involved afterwards being all "lalala, we're newlyweds," it's mentioned in passing _once_ by someone else, and nobody even reacts. Why bother writing that in? Is there something deeply symbolic or something, that there absolutely _has_ to be three weddings? And if Shakespeare knew this, why didn't he ever bother to set up the third one as well as he did the first two between the main characters? Really, it's starting to get annoying.

BUT. Next up is Henry IV and then on to Julius Caesar. No more of this comedy stuff. ... Except, Henry IV is where we meet Falstaff, right? *sigh*

Title: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will.
Author: William Shakespeare
Pages: 189



20 / 24 books. 83% done!
janetlin: (Shakespeare)
I love all the women in this play! How often can that be said of Shakespeare? Portia is kickarse (I like her much better than Katherine. Possibly more than even Beatrice. I'd need to read Much Ado About Nothing again). Come to think of it, I wonder when this was written, in relation to Much Ado; if Portia was sort of a proto-Beatrice or vice-versa. Hmm, Wiki says right round about the same time. No help there.

We started to watch the film version with Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons in class, which I _must_ find and rent now. The court scene must be fantastic.

Title: The Merchant of Venice
Author: William Shakespeare
Pages: 203

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
19 / 50
(38.0%)


Okay, I know the official challenge is fifty books, but I'm very unlikely to get there by the end of the year, so I think I'll start using the tickers based on my personal goal of 24 (which I am, actually, likely to meet and even exceed. Never thought I'd be so glad of all the reading I must do as an English major). So here:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
19 / 24
(79.2%)


Woo, doesn't that look nice?
janetlin: (Shakespeare)
I love all the women in this play! How often can that be said of Shakespeare? Portia is kickarse (I like her much better than Katherine. Possibly more than even Beatrice. I'd need to read Much Ado About Nothing again). Come to think of it, I wonder when this was written, in relation to Much Ado; if Portia was sort of a proto-Beatrice or vice-versa. Hmm, Wiki says right round about the same time. No help there.

We started to watch the film version with Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons in class, which I _must_ find and rent now. The court scene must be fantastic.

Title: The Merchant of Venice
Author: William Shakespeare
Pages: 203

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
19 / 50
(38.0%)


Okay, I know the official challenge is fifty books, but I'm very unlikely to get there by the end of the year, so I think I'll start using the tickers based on my personal goal of 24 (which I am, actually, likely to meet and even exceed. Never thought I'd be so glad of all the reading I must do as an English major). So here:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
19 / 24
(79.2%)


Woo, doesn't that look nice?
janetlin: (Booky dragon)
So, you've all heard me squee about this as I was working through it, and I'm finally done. Wow, why did I never like this type of book before? Perhaps I was too young to appreciate it. Now I'm tempted to give Wuthering Heights another try (in my oodles of spare time, yes).

Cut for those who don't want to be spoiled/don't care )

Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Bronte
Pages: 452

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
18 / 50
(36.0%)
janetlin: (Booky dragon)
So, you've all heard me squee about this as I was working through it, and I'm finally done. Wow, why did I never like this type of book before? Perhaps I was too young to appreciate it. Now I'm tempted to give Wuthering Heights another try (in my oodles of spare time, yes).

Cut for those who don't want to be spoiled/don't care )

Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Bronte
Pages: 452

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
18 / 50
(36.0%)
janetlin: (Politics)
This is rather unconventional reading material for me, who in days past have avoided the issue of politics like the plague. But in recent years I suppose I've just gotten mad enough to actually take an interest. I am unashamedly a conservative, but now the idea of referring to myself as a "Republican" makes me almost sick to my stomach, which is much the same attitude held by the author, an old-school conservative who looks at the current state of the Republican party and wonders what the hell happened. That saying about "absolute power corrupts absolutely"... yeah.

Eenyhoo, not to start political wank. The link to Amazon below has some more coherent and/or salient reviews, for those who are curious.

Title: Invasion of the Party Snatchers
Author: Victor Gold
Pages: 235 (hardback)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
17 / 50
(34.0%)
janetlin: (Politics)
This is rather unconventional reading material for me, who in days past have avoided the issue of politics like the plague. But in recent years I suppose I've just gotten mad enough to actually take an interest. I am unashamedly a conservative, but now the idea of referring to myself as a "Republican" makes me almost sick to my stomach, which is much the same attitude held by the author, an old-school conservative who looks at the current state of the Republican party and wonders what the hell happened. That saying about "absolute power corrupts absolutely"... yeah.

Eenyhoo, not to start political wank. The link to Amazon below has some more coherent and/or salient reviews, for those who are curious.

Title: Invasion of the Party Snatchers
Author: Victor Gold
Pages: 235 (hardback)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
17 / 50
(34.0%)
janetlin: (Reading)
This is the second play for my Shakespeare class, and one I'd read before, but a long time ago. I think actually the first duet I ever did was from this play; I was Hermia (which was a mistake on my part: Helena has much better lines in the scene we chose, though she's a bit whiny). And I either somehow never noticed or - more likely - had forgotten that they actually have a bit of a catfight on stage. Whoa that would have been fun. Alas, the boys were around so it couldn't be considered a duet.

Hermia: "And are you grown so high in his esteem
Because I am so dwarfish and so low?
How low am I, thou painted maypole? Speak!
How low am I? I am not yet so low
But that my nails can reach unto thine eyes."

Dude. Short girl has some rage. 'Course, her man just got stolen.

Title: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Author: William Shakespeare
Pages: 173 (paperback)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
16 / 50
(32.0%)
janetlin: (Reading)
This is the second play for my Shakespeare class, and one I'd read before, but a long time ago. I think actually the first duet I ever did was from this play; I was Hermia (which was a mistake on my part: Helena has much better lines in the scene we chose, though she's a bit whiny). And I either somehow never noticed or - more likely - had forgotten that they actually have a bit of a catfight on stage. Whoa that would have been fun. Alas, the boys were around so it couldn't be considered a duet.

Hermia: "And are you grown so high in his esteem
Because I am so dwarfish and so low?
How low am I, thou painted maypole? Speak!
How low am I? I am not yet so low
But that my nails can reach unto thine eyes."

Dude. Short girl has some rage. 'Course, her man just got stolen.

Title: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Author: William Shakespeare
Pages: 173 (paperback)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
16 / 50
(32.0%)
janetlin: (Reading)
See, I really did pick it up instead of playing WoW or watching Battlestar. Yes, that odd light above my head is a halo.

Anyway, yes. I think I must have read Pride and Prejudice in high school, but it was long enough ago that reading Persuasion was almost like being introduced to Austen for the first time. I didn't find her language that difficult, and I liked the main character, Anne, very much. And goodness, there's a love letter at the end that just made me go, "zomg, I want one!" This was Austen's last novel, and all the maturity and skill of her too-short life are brought to bear here. This is Good Stuff.

Title: Persuasion
Author: Jane Austen
Pages: 243 (paperback)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
15 / 50
(30.0%)


... and I realize that perhaps I have miscalculated in the shipping dates for my textbooks, as the next book I need to start reading is Jane Eyre, and it isn't here yet. Grr. Library time, I suppose.
janetlin: (Reading)
See, I really did pick it up instead of playing WoW or watching Battlestar. Yes, that odd light above my head is a halo.

Anyway, yes. I think I must have read Pride and Prejudice in high school, but it was long enough ago that reading Persuasion was almost like being introduced to Austen for the first time. I didn't find her language that difficult, and I liked the main character, Anne, very much. And goodness, there's a love letter at the end that just made me go, "zomg, I want one!" This was Austen's last novel, and all the maturity and skill of her too-short life are brought to bear here. This is Good Stuff.

Title: Persuasion
Author: Jane Austen
Pages: 243 (paperback)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
15 / 50
(30.0%)


... and I realize that perhaps I have miscalculated in the shipping dates for my textbooks, as the next book I need to start reading is Jane Eyre, and it isn't here yet. Grr. Library time, I suppose.

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