Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A bunch of updates.

First an update on that ancient list of books I hoped to read in the future... This isn't actually my most updated list of 'books to read.' That list is over 100 titles long and I will not  be posting that here 'cause... it's just too long. xD

1. Vancouver Sun books by various authors. (I have a whole bunch of these read now. But a lot of them are still unread to.)
2. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien. (I'M SO CLOSE! WHY CAN'T I FINISH IT?!)
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
4. Emma by Jane Austin.
5. Books by Charles Dickens (I read A Christmas Carol at Christmastime!)
6. Books by Jules Verne.
7. Books by H.G. Wells (In the middle of reading The War of the Worlds. I also have The Invisible Man sitting on the shelf waiting to be read....)
8. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson.
9. Re-read Watership Down by Richard Adams.
10. Re-read The Freedom Factor by Gerald L. Lund.
11. Re-read The Alliance by same author.
12. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
13. Leviathan by Scott Westerfield.
14. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien.
15. Re-read Robin Hood by Howard Pyle.
16. A biography on J.R.R. Tolkien. (I'm one step closer.... I now own a biography about Tolkien. I just have to find time to read it.)
17. More of the Bible. (I have certainly read more of the Bible since the last time I posted this list! But this one is kind of ongoing...)
18. The Princess Bride by William Goldman. (And I just finished re-reading two nights ago! Review sometime later this week).
19. Books by C.S. Lewis.
20. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (I'm one step closer... I own it now. Hurrah for the thrift store).
Now a writing update....
I finished my April goal which was to finish Camp NaNoWriMo.
To write this blog post, I took a break from my May goal: edit/add stuff to Part One of After the Twelfth Night.
Here's one of my favorite lines near the beginning of the book that I absolutely LOVE!

   I found out later that it had not, in fact, been Sebastian that I ‘rescued’ from that sword fight; it was his twin sister Viola, dressed as a man. I don’t quite understand it all, but in the end Sebastian married Lady Olivia, Viola married Duke Orsino, and I ended up in jail.

As you may know, I love the Beatles.


Every few months I discover a song by them that I didn't know about before... Today was one of those days. I discovered "Yes It Is" which is just a beautiful song. John Lennon said that he had been trying to rewrite "This Boy" and it didn't quite work out. But I think "Yes It Is" is just really beautiful... Calming with great harmonies.

As for books... I'm only reading five now, as opposed to the seven I was reading last week.
For literature I'm reading "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald (fun fact, his name is Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald. He was named partly after a deceased sister and partly for his distant relative Francis Scott Key who wrote The Star Spangle Banner). I'm really enjoying this book. After I finished my chapter today I just wanted to keep reading... It's set in the roarin' twenties. I love that time period anyway, but the way Scott Fitzgerald writes it... His language is beautiful.

I'm also reading "A Hero For WondLa" which I forgot to mention last time... I'm not too far into it but so far really enjoying it! It is the sequel to "The Search for WondLa" which I read in March.

Then, of course, there is the ever present "Two Towers" and also "The War of the Worlds." I'm also reading Jessica's book Kat and Kadet as I edit it. And I suppose I'm reading "After the Twelfth Night" too since I'm editing it.... Argh.

I'm trying to fight the urge to start reading Inkheart again... I love that book. Because it is a book about books. And that makes it cool.

Anyway, back to editing and listening to the Beatles!

Live long and prosper!

P.S. My mom is having surgery tomorrow and we would appreciate prayer. It isn't anything too major.... But it's still kind of scary. =)

1 comment:

  1. Oh, what wonderful books! I haven't read all of them, but I do recognise some really, really good ones that I enjoyed a lot.

    I never knew that about F. Scott Fitzgerald...but that's really cool! I can't believe I never put that together. Oh, and The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite books ever.

    I'll be praying for your mom. Even if it's minor, there is no kind of "fun" surgery and I hope everything goes well.

    Thank you for your very kind comment on my blog today, by the way. You are so sweet :)