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Friday Fun! (I’m Being Boring Lately So Here’s Some Wishlist Highlights)

March 11, 2011 8 comments

Hello my lovely readers!  I hope your weeks went well.  Last weekend I went to a collegiate hockey game with a friend.  It was crazy fun and full of adorable 10 year old boys in Bruins jerseys rooting for BC.  It also was surprisingly warm for a building housing an ice skating rink.  That could be the Vermonter in me talking though.  I also hung out with one of my friends and watched trashy horror movies.

Other than that, my week has been quite normal.  Well.  Aside from having finally done my taxes and seeing I get moneys back for having been in graduate school last year and also being poor.  Yay!  I suddenly feel totally justified in getting my Xbox Kinect.  So.  Since I’m being an epically boring vegetarian librarian alternating between reading a shit-ton, weight lifting and doing chin-ups at the gym, and watching mini-marathons of Teen Mom 2 (for the schadenfreude aspect), I think today I’ll give you all a glance at some books on my wishlist.  (Ok, some of them have yet to make it onto my LibraryThing wishlist, but they’re on my wishlist in my head, ok?!)  I will probably not be able to afford them anytime soon or justify buying them since I currently have a pile of 79 physical books to read in my tiny apartment.  *shuffles feet*  Anywho.  Here we go.

  • Meat is for Pussies by John Joseph
    This is marketed as a going vegan book for men written by a vegan male martial arts fighter.  It’s supposed to blow the myth of being a male vegan equating being weak and/or not masculine out of the water.  Since it’s a perpetual problem that veg*nism has a hard time appealing to the men of humanity, I’m very curious to check this out.
  • Supermarket Vegan: 225 Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes for Real People in the Real World by Donna Klein
    Fact: I am poor. Further Fact: I don’t have a car. Even Further Fact: The nearest grocery store to me is crazy cheap and mainstream so it’s not always easy for me to find obscure ingredients often listed in vegan recipes.  (I do take the time to order vital wheat gluten and nutritional yeast in bulk from Amazon though.  That shit is awesome).  Anyway, I’m very intrigued by the concept of this book.  I hope the recipes are creative and not just like “pasta, veggies, rice, have fun.”  We’ll see!
  • Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry by Liana Krissoff
    This comes across to me as the Stitch n Bitch for canning.  I’m very intrigued by canning but am put-off by how old-fashioned most of the recipes and methods in the cookbooks are.  Why am I into canning you ask?  Hey.  Ya’ll know how into local food and preparing for the zombie apocalypse I am.
  • Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
    Ok, so I could own this already, but I own the previous books in the Sookie Stackhouse series in mass market paperback, and the SERIES MUST MATCH.  Also, I can’t suddenly switch to ebooks for the series at this point in the game, but I would if I could.
  • Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist
    Besides having the most difficult to spell name of any author on this list, Lindqvist also wrote Let the Right One In, which I think is a wonderful twist on/addition to vampire lore.  I can’t wait to see what he does to zombies.
  • The Loving Dead by Amelia Beamer
    All you need to know about this book is that the zombie plague is an STD in it.  AN STD. MUST READ.
  • Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier
    I was completely obsessed with Choose Your Own Adventure (CYA) stories when I was a kid, even the craptastic fundy Christian ones my parental units made me read.  This is a CYA set in the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE.  It’s like a zombie videogame.  Only it’s a book. COVET
  • The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of Science Fiction Feminisms by Helen Merrick
    I’m just obsessed with feminist scifi and any study of or collection of feminist scifi I’ve read in the past has been motherfucking awesome.  Can’t wait to see what new authors and stories I’ll discover through this book.

There’s your glimpse at my wishlist!  Hope you enjoyed!  Hopefully I’ll have more real life stories for you next week.  Also I’m just noticing that this is an interesting mix of zombies, sex, feminism, and veg*ism.  Huh.  I’m *coughs* a unique one, eh?

The Evolution of My Wishlist

September 23, 2010 10 comments

Before LibraryThing, book blogs, and PaperBackSwap entered my life, I didn’t really have a book wishlist.  Oh if I had gotten into a series I’d keep my eye open for the release of the next one or if a friend recommended a book to me I’d put it on hold in the library, but that was about it.  Back then I’d generally go browse the library or a bookstore and just grab whatever looked interesting and that was that.  My reading was much more hit or miss back then.  I’d periodically find a book I really enjoyed, but most of the time it was average or “yuck, this sucks, but I don’t have anything else to read right now, so there you go.”  This meant that, believe it or not, I’d been an avid reader for years, but didn’t really have a firm grasp on what type of books I enjoy.  I’d read anything I could get my hands on just for the sake of reading, because that’s how it was when I was a kid.  We were poor, and so I had to make do with whatever books I could get my hands on.  This mentality had firmly carried itself over into my adulthood.

Then I started recording what I read on LibraryThing, blogging my own reviews, and discovered book blogs.  I created a wishlist in LibraryThing and started adding pretty much any book that sounded even mildly entertaining to it.  I then added them to my PaperBackSwap wishlist until I hit the limit (which is in the hundreds).  I couldn’t believe how many books I wanted to read! I then had the phenomenon of a tbr pile of books I own, not books I’d checked out from the library.  I was sitting looking at them this week, and it struck me.  There are as many books in my tbr pile as I’ve read so far this year, and I could think of at least a few on my wishlist that I wanted to read more than a few of the ones in my tbr pile.  Then something someone pointed out to me a couple of months ago rang through my brain.  They pointed out that reading is my hobby, and I shouldn’t feel bad for spending money or time on something I enjoy so much.  Well, why have I been spending time and money on books that I don’t want to read as much as other ones?  Why have I felt obligated to?  Because I might like it?  Reading is my hobby; it’s not my job.  It’s not homework.  Why have I felt this obligation to branch out into types of books I don’t tend to like just because others have liked them?  I’m not saying I shouldn’t ever branch out.  That’d get dull.  But if you saw my tbr pile and my wishlist, you’d realize that I was branching out about 50% of the time.  That’s a bit too much in my opinion.  20 to 25% is more like it.

I can’t do anything about the books I already have.  I acquired them, so I’m going to read them, but I could do something about my wishlist.  So I went into my PaperBackSwap wishlist and ruthlessly went through, eliminating books that I’d tossed on there without much thought.  What’s left is books I genuinely want to read, and yes, a couple of them are branching out of my norm.  They stayed because they sounded genuinely intriguing, not because they sounded mildly interesting.  I can only read so many books a year.  Why spend time on 0nes that don’t grip me?  That don’t affect my perception of the world?  Life’s too short.  I should enjoy every second of it I get to spend reading for fun.