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28 October 2009 @ 03:25 pm
assorted thoughts, some with nougat  
All I want today is to curl up in bed with a mug of tea at my bedside, and something strange and lovely to read. Instead I have to finish grading papers. My sigh is infinite. (Though if anyone has any suggestions for something strange and lovely to read, for the future, please do share. I'm in a book lull at the moment; I finished reading a novel last weekend, and am still casting about for the next one, trying to decide what feels right.)

Also, I have one sentence floating around in my head, for the ongoing story--"The graveyard was Thomas' idea"--and no idea what comes next. Figuring that out might also be an acceptable use of the day. But I must grade.

I'm also trying to decide whether I want to go see Bright Star tomorrow. To do so, I'd have to skip a Renaissance talk, but I think tomorrow is the last day Bright Star is playing anywhere nearby. I've never actually been to this theater, though--and you know how I am about getting lost. I miss having people who would go see movies with me. *pout* (I'd planned to go see it this weekend, but I just found out that's not an option.)
Spackle: xkcd: whatcha reading?spacklegeek on October 28th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
My friend loves the stories by Catherynne Valente - I understand they're a little strange, and wonderful.

I just finished Fire by Kristin Cashore, which basically blew me away. Her characters are so real - at least to me. That book rocked me with dozens of tiny revelations. Her first one, Graceling, is also pretty fantastic.


I picked up this book at the local used bookstore over the summer, and have kicked myself since for not purchasing it. I read about two chapters, and really fell in love. She talks about fairy tales, and sort of interprets them in ways I hadn't thought about before.

So, there. Some book recommendations for you! :)
tempestsarekind: ofelia readingtempestsarekind on October 28th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you! :)

I've heard good things about Graceling--I should definitely put that on my library request list! And I'm reading Catherynne Valente's online novel right now (although it's hard to do while in bed), so that's a must as well.

The fairy tale book sounds interesting, too! I never seem to read as much *about* fairy tales as I think I ought to, somehow.
clean all the things!!!: pie deliverythepresidentrix on October 29th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
I have Graceling and liked it well enough - but was still debating donating it to the library. Any chance you'd rather I send it to you instead? (If your library can supply it fairly quickly I suppose there is no need).
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on October 29th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
I think my library can get it to me without trouble, so perhaps donating it is best. And then think--someone else will be able to get it quickly, and all because of you!
pink for pterodactyl: merlin:gwensignificantowl on October 28th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
"The graveyard was Thomas' idea"-

when you find out, I can't wait to find out :D
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on October 28th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Hee. You'll definitely know when I do!
Danielle_P: regency dressdeleilan on October 28th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
Go see the movie! Get an early start and GOOOOO!
(I'm just jealous because it's not showing around here and I'll have to wait for the frickin' DVD...)
tempestsarekind: not supposed to be a heroine [NA]tempestsarekind on October 28th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Heh. I'm definitely leaning toward it--especially since the talk is on a work I don't know well enough to be able to get much from the talk, probably.
the love song of j. aimee prufrocke: memoire | librariennefaeriemaiden on October 29th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
I love weird sentences that float around in the head. Quick, catch it; don't let it get away!

Alack, I want to see Bright Star most terribly, but reason #347 that I am raising money to move to the city is that ALL OF THE CINEMAS HEREABOUTS ARE WRETCHED and show nothing but films in which Things Blow Up and People Snog Cynically and Other People Fall Over Into Vats Of Something Squashy. Even Slumdog Millionaire didn't make it to my town until after it won a wagonful of Oscars so they decided to play it for a few weeks, you know, three or four months after it had come out. It is costume drama season! I need me my costume dramas!
tempestsarekind: it is margaret you mourn fortempestsarekind on October 29th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
Heh. It helps that I know who Thomas is and why he'd want to be in a graveyard in the first place; I just don't know how to put any of that into, you know, words that actually propel the story forward. Oh well--I knew this part was going to be the hard part, going in.

It's so odd; I genuinely haven't felt like I've wanted to see anything in the theatre for months (because of all the movies with Things Blowing Up and whatnot), and now all of a sudden there are three movies I have to hurry and catch before they scurry away (the other two being An Education and Where the Wild Things Are).
clean all the things!!!: book vinethepresidentrix on October 29th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Aw gee, 'strange and lovely' sounds exactly like the book I'm looking for right now but can't find. It's been weird; I want to leave the house with a book in my purse but for some bizarre reason none of my books are the book I want to be reading right now!

I wish we could have tea and go to the movies. At least 'Bright Star' *will* play in a theater near you!
tempestsarekind: ofelia readingtempestsarekind on October 29th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
I want to leave the house with a book in my purse but for some bizarre reason none of my books are the book I want to be reading right now!

This happens to me all the time. Right now I've got The Book of William in my purse, almost solely because I can pick it up and leave off reading it without losing the plot (since it's a book about the history of Shakespeare's First Folio). But I want to be reading something else as well.

I wish we could have tea and go to the movies, too! I like reading what you have to say about movies, so it would be fun to hear it in person. :)