Ah, yes, the year end wrap-up. Except that it’s already the new year…damn.
Anyway, I have this pile of little bits of paper that I scribbled something on when I thought, “Hey, I should blog about that.” Mostly, it’s books that I read and thought were good enough to recommend.
- But first, a movie that you should see: “Chalk”
It came out last year but I never heard anything about it. Then, I picked it up randomly from our DVD racks at the library. Think of “The Office” only set at the teacher’s lounge in high school. Hilarious! (And sad, really).
- Mary Roach has been one of my favorite authors since her book, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers.
In her latest book, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, she takes an intimate (very intimate) and funny look at sexual research. One of my favorite quotes from the book is when she is talking about the picture on the ceiling of the GYN’s exam room:
“…back in the early eighties, no woman’s health center was complete without the ceiling poster of a ring of redwood trees shot from below. So ubiquitous was this image that I cannot, to this day, look at a redwood and not feel as though I should scoot down a little lower and relax.” 😉
- A quote from illustrator and children’s author Tomi Ungerer that I like:
“My God, children are little bastards who chew and eat you up as they grow.”
- A great book series that I never would have read if not for a random library patron’s interesting book talk on it:
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gillman
This book was written in 1966 when spy novels really started to become popular fiction. I think it might be labeled as “cozy espionage” today. It’s a really charming series about a sixty-something widower who suddenly decides she will go work for the CIA as a spy. No one quite knows what to make of her, especially the CIA. It’s a fusion of “Murder, She Wrote” meets “Alias” meets “MacGyver.” I really enjoyed them all.
- Random smattering of books I read not too long ago that I enjoyed:
Heir to Sevenwatersby Juliet Marillier (it’s part of a good fantasy series, so start with Daughter of the Forest)
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher (a short and foul-mouthed book…enjoy!)
The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons & Growing Up Strange by Mark Barrowcliffe (sadly, I can identify with this book)
Voyages of Discovery: A Visual Celebration of Ten of the Greatest Natural History Expeditions by A.L. Rice (a huge tome full of amazing and beautiful illustrations, mostly insects)
Too Many Curses by A. Lee Martinez (Comic fantasy starring an obsessively clean kobold…what’s not to like?)
The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters by Rose George (Non-fiction at its best and messiest)
Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorderby David Weinberger (Heavy new thinking and should be required reading for all librarians) Please see the most awesome video below for a good idea of what it’s about: