Holy moly, it has been…a shamefully long time since I’ve last updated my blog. There are several reasons for this, not the least of which has been how busy I’ve been this past year. Still, I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t include at least one “best of” list. Most of my reading was for work, but I managed to squeeze in a few for pleasure. Not many, but a few.
Sometimes, I just like talking about books unrelated to craft or publishing.
According to this this test, I average about 1200 words per minute when it comes to reading. This means I can read War and Peace in about 8 hours, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in about 1 hour, and various and sundry other things quickly.
Good to know I was born to be an editor.
- CALVIN: They say the world is a stage. But obviously the play is unrehearsed and everybody is ad-libbing his lines.
- HOBBES: Maybe that’s why it’s hard to tell if we’re living in a tragedy or a farce.
- CALVIN: We need more special effects and dance numbers.
Calvin and Hobbes pretty much defined my childhood. And y’all wonder where White-Harp came from…
- INTERVIEWER: If you had a coat of arms, what would be on it?
- PHILIP PULLMAN: A bird of the raven family with a diamond in her beak. This is the storyteller: storytellers always steal their stories, every story has been told before.
- JJ: For the longest time I’ve spelled it “doughnut” but everyone said that was archaic and/or wrong. “Donut” still looks weird.
- WICKED COOL RILEY: I only use “donut” because of Dunkin Donuts. I sort of prefer the archaic spelling.
- JJ: I’m almost positive all doughnut places spell it “donut”. But I think there was a book I read as a kid that spelled it “doughnut”, so it stuck in my brain that way.
- WICKED COOL RILEY: Homer Price?!
WICKED COOL RILEY: (probably not).
- JJ: YES.
JJ: THANK YOU.
JJ: IT WAS!!!!
- WICKED COOL RILEY: AHHHHH
WICKED COOL RILEY: I did the BEST DAMN DIORAMA EVER MADE as a book report for that book. I did the doughnut scene (obviously) and used cheerios for the doughnuts. I glued them eeeeeverywhere and it was amazing.
WICKED COOL RILEY: I was so mad when my mother made me throw it out.
And this, my friends, is why everyone needs a Wicked Cool Riley in their lives.
As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
Damn, John Green. I mean…damn.
I don't believe in fashion. I believe in costume. Life is too short to be the same person every day.Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door
Lola is a girl after my own heart. ♥
I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me.Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice
This is why I love Austen so: not the romances, not the manners porn, not the “out of countenance”-ing, but this. Words to live by, Miss Eliza Bennet!
It’s that time of year again, as 2011 draws to a close, when JJ picks her Best Reads books. This year’s been a bit of a mixed bag for me, and despite the spate of new and shiny YA titles with attendant romances and cool dystopian/fantasy/sci-fi settings that came out in 2011, the books that [...]
Books win their audiences for a reason. Most popular books wear their artlessness on their sleeve: Stephenie Meyer, the author of the “Twilight” series, is an awkward writer with little feeling for construction, but the intensity of emotion with which she imbues her characters is enviable. You never doubt her commitment to the material, which [...]