Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Clash of Kings

Let the nerdery continue!! So, as much as I loved the first of George RR Martin's books, I loved the second more. Who would have thought Martin could draw me in after killing off many of my favorite characters? After my mourning period from A Game of Thrones, I jumped into this book (all 950+ pages of it) and found myself fully engrossed. I certainly hope HBO has picked this up for another season: it just keeps getting better. I told my husband the other day that this is the first adult fantasy series I've ever truly been enthralled with (I have no shame in my love for Harry Potter and other juvenile literature). Thank you, George R.R. Martin, for making taking this genre to a whole new level. :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian

I'm a day late for my Talk Nerdy to Me Tuesday this week, but I have an excellent excuse. The book was read previously, but our family went out of town for the weekend so my husband could be in a wedding. And, like most times when I visit home, there's always kind of an emotional fall-out when I get back to Tallahassee. I miss mah peeps! So, this book fits perfectly with my homesickness, kind of. Quick run down-- Alexie tells the story of a Native American boy who decides to go to school off the reservation. Simple, right? Well, not so much. A new twist on the classic coming of age tale, Alexie's story adds humor to some very dark situations and revelation to what the reader thinks they already have all figured out. Complete with lighthearted cartoons. :)

The juxtaposition of  vulnerability and maturity Alexie gives the main character's voice is riveting. It is quite easy to pick it up and not walk away until it's finished.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How Did You Get This Number?

Welcome back to the weekly Talk Nerdy to Me Tuesday. Sloane Crosley is my kind of girl-- deadpan humor laced with self-deprecating jibes-- but without being a downer. This compilation of essays was given to me by the same friend who gave me Crosley's first book, I Was Told There'd Be Cake (I know...Elise obviously knows me). Over a year after receiving it, I finished it. Suddenly, as I was chatting with Elise via IM, I had the epiphany as to why it was taking me over 365 days to read a 271 page book (That's less than a page a day. Math whiz? Oh yeah.). Since I'm subject to take my reality from media, I wanted to savor this book: it reminded me of the person who gave it. 

The convo that sparked it all:

ME: What are you making for your sister's birthday dinner?
E: Baked spaghetti, as usual. Then a dessert (not too chocolately, she says). Then garlic bread. Then, of course, wine.
ME: Woah. Jealous.
E: Yeah, I'm carb-loading. Hope I don't blow up like a bitch.
ME: Last time I did that was on my birthday and I felt miserable.
E: Well, I should be okay...since it's not my birthday and all.
ME: I miss you.

Elise's confounding logic always cheers me up-- and makes me nostalgic. These are the conversations one needs to get through the day. While we're away from family and friends for another 7 months, I'm so grateful for IM, text, facebook, etc.-- and for Sloane Crosley, who seems to share a similar wit. (Pack your bags: we're coming for you, Sloane.) If Crosley doesn't get another compilation of essays out by September 2012, and since food is usually the point of my conversations, now I know what I want for my next birthday: