Skip to main content

I have READ things

January has been a WHIRLWIND MONTH. And we're only halfway through it. What other mysteries do you hold, January!

In addition to personal/professional Life Stuff, I've actually been finishing books. I KNOW. What is even going on.

So let's look at some actual books on this damn book blog.

Gone Girl. Yeah. I read this. And I was reeeeal excited for the first half. Then a thing happened and I was like "...oh. Reall--ok." And then more things happened and then I liked the ending. YOU CANNOT TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK. Because if you give away anything, it RUINS it. Just -- omg, I was going to say a thing, but I CAN'T for the good of those who haven't read it yet. What I CAN say is that Gillian Flynn apparently lives near me in Chicago. So...boom. Also I kind of want to read Sharp Objects, mainly because I saw a girl on the train reading it and the cover looked neato.

Holes. I was 100% more delighted by the twists in this than in Gone Girl. Mainly because I did not know there would BE any twists. So when a thing got revealed at the end, I giggled muchly. I've loved Louis Sachar since back when I read Sideways Stories from Wayside School at an appropriate age. I've been meaning to read this for years, and the main thing that happened while I read it was people would see it and go "Oh! I should re-read that." And yes, they should. It is wonderful. Also, anything that flashes back to the 1800s Old West gets +20 points.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. I'm just making my way through the lesbian canon. Obbbviously. One of my old Livejournal friends said this is her favorite book and that Ruth and Idgie are the best. Plus, give me a book set in the South that features wise black women and children catching fireflies, and I am SOLD. Also mmm small towns. There's a small town in Illinois called Bishop Hill that was founded by Swedish cultists (I know, right?) and my friend and I road-tripped it out there a few years ago, because you get to wander around and eat pie and find the grave of the guy who shot the cult leader.

I have a whole album of these.

So I love small towns, and this book not only had colorful Southern characters (hurray!), but featured a small town where everyone knows each other. I never said "Ugh it's time to look in on THIS character," because I loved them all. Also, I would please like to live in Whistle Stop. Good job, Fannie Flagg. I will read your other books.

I've started my next chronological Dickens, which is the thrilling (false) Barnaby Rudge -- a book alllll about the anti-popery riots in 1780. Because nothing says 'stands the test of time' like a novel about how unpopular Catholicism was in 18th century England. I'm actually expecting to love it anyway, because it's early Dickens, and I can't hate early Dickens. Plus he just described someone as "a burly, large-headed man with a fat face."

I hate myself for loving you, Dickens.


Popular posts from this blog

Harry Potter 2013 Readalong Signup Post of Amazingness and Jollity

Okay, people. Here it is. Where you sign up to read the entire Harry Potter series (or to reminisce fondly), starting January 2013, assuming we all survive the Mayan apocalypse. I don't think I'm even going to get to Tina and Bette's reunion on The L Word until after Christmas, so here's hopin'.

You guys know how this works. Sign up if you want to. If you're new to the blog, know that we are mostly not going to take this seriously. And when we do take it seriously, it's going to be all Monty Python quotes when we disagree on something like the other person's opinion on Draco Malfoy. So be prepared for your parents being likened to hamsters.

If you want to write lengthy, heartfelt essays, that is SWELL. But this is maybe not the readalong for you. It's gonna be more posts with this sort of thing:

We're starting Sorceror's/Philosopher's Stone January 4th. Posts will be on Fridays. The first post will be some sort of hilarious/awesome que…

How to Build a Girl Introductory Post, which is full of wonderful things you probably want to read

Acclaimed (in England mostly) lady Caitlin Moran has a novel coming out. A NOVEL. Where before she has primarily stuck to essays. Curious as we obviously were about this, I and a group of bloggers are having a READALONG of said novel, probably rife with spoilers (maybe they don't really matter for this book, though, so you should totally still read my posts). This is all hosted/cared for/lovingly nursed to health by Emily at As the Crowe Flies (and Reads) because she has a lovely fancy job at an actual bookshop (Odyssey Books, where you can in fact pre-order this book and then feel delightful about yourself for helping an independent store). Emily and I have negotiated the wonders of Sri Lankan cuisine and wandered the Javits Center together. Would that I could drink with her more often than I have.

INTRODUCTION-wise (I might've tipped back a little something this evening, thus the constant asides), I am Alice. I enjoy the Pleistocene era of megafauna and drinking Shirley Templ…

A synonym for 'Neanderthal' is 'boorish,' which just isn't very nice

So this article came out, which isn't really groundbreaking at all, but it happens to have been published the day after I watched part of the NOVA special "Becoming Human," so it's been on my brain anyway.

I was checking out a book a while ago called Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans, and it was all "Oh dude, our ancestors probably didn't even LOOK at Neanderthals. No way. 'Cause they would've been like, RIDICULOUSLY ugly."

This book was published in 2010. And what came out this year? DNA Shows Humans Found Non-Humans Irresistible

That's right. Your lady ancestor, at some point, sidled up to a Neanderthal gentleman and said "Hey. How's it goin'?

Because all non-Africans ('cause the Africans stayed put instead of traipsing around becoming the Don Juans of prehistoric Europe) have 1-4% Neanderthal DNA. So the above scenario DEFINITELY happened. Which is disheartening NOT because of my huge Neanderth…