Seems like this part if the year is off to a good start:) I had a really good follow up appointment with the dentist; the dental assistant (? did my cleaning) said she was "really excited" by the improvement:P i may need to see an orthodontist, coz my bottom teeth are pushing against my top ones, wearing down the bottom ones and loosening my top one:S but it's not too bad yet, so i'm holding off:P
Oh, I double checked the date on my beginner's license, and it doesn't expire til *next* year!:) i didn't realize it was a 2 year thing now that it's a graduated license. So yay, i don't need to re-write and pay for it:P and now that snow's clearing up, maybe i can get out driving more:)
J had an interview this morning for a stock position, and he says it went really well:) i'm really glad! he put out a bunch of applications and resumes last week, and i'm really hoping it'll pay off!! *fingers crossed*
i've been reading a lot, as usual:P i got another shift at the library just as i was finishing the last batch of books, and my willpower's not that strong, so i came home with a little pile again:P I did make it til half-way through my shift before i got any though, and i put some back, so i'm working on it:P And i have read 1 for my books-i-already-own challenge (it's also my most recent assignment for 1001books)! i'm working on another, but it's quite big, and i'm kinda picking away at it, so it'll be a little while:P esp. with the library books, and i couldn't resist buying a couple of new books (final in a series i'm reading, and a new Charles de Lint book [which promptly insisted i ignore all others and read it first:P])
Some games i usually play while on facebook aren't working for me right now, and it's a little annoying, but then i'm also realizing how much time i waste on them! it'd be ok if i was doing something else while playing them, but i was spending probably a couple hours a day just on these little silly things! So now i think i'll just leave it be, not figure out how to make them work again, and spend that time reading, updating livejournal, cleaning, and otherwise feeling more productive;P
18 Roverandom by JRR Tolkien
I really enjoyed this story:) It's the fairy-tale side of fantasy, and is written for kids, but isn't condescending. I felt it had a lot of depth and truth to it, and i really like that feelings weren't glossed over or "lightened" (ex, actually angry, not just frustrated or scared). What i did not like were the preface to my edition, and the notes. The peface gave too much away, and should've been at the end. I know i could've read it at the end, but that feels wrong and out of order for me:P The notes were strange in that they explained a lot of things that didn't need to be explained, and the one thing i didn't know, didn't have a note for it.... And it's only from 1998, so it's not like things weren't common knowledge and now are. I would've expected them to update their notes.... But the story is great!
19 Suite 606 by JD Robb et al
I liked the variation among these stories, with the paranormal aspects, whether it was crime or romance or fantasy, set in the future or the past, etc. I also had variation in how much i liked the actual stories:P I liked the 1st one the best (not surprising given how much i like Robb), and the 3rd on the least. Also a couple of authors have pronoun issues- when 2 men are involved in a conversation, do not use 'he' unless is is very clear which one is speaking:P
20 Alcatraz vs the Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson
I thought this was fun and exciting and a good story. Sometimes the silliness and absurdness get to me, but then i'm an adult woman, not the younger boy this is targeted for;P And all i'll say about the ending is Aaaaaaahhhhh!!!
21 Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
This was excellent! it was fun and smart and had complex characters, even the ones really interested in the pageantry (mostly; see Miss Alabama and Miss New Mexico:P). I think it did a good job of discussing some contemporary issues without being an "issues" book. I think it presented things as normal without denying that there were problems around them (acceptance, perception, etc, not just the issue itself). At points it did feel like there was too much going on (see: pirates come in), but it does work out, and sometimes i just sat back and enjoyed it:P
22 The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley
This wasn't as good as the first one. It was slower getting into the mystery (although not too slow), and the resolution feels kinda incomplete. It also repeats a lot of little things (like that the candy shop is also the post office). I do like this series and will definitely read the others, but this was a bit of a let down.
23 Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
This was quite short and very quick, so it glosses over a lot, but it's still a good story, and we get to know various characters. I would've liked more from it, but I can see why this is so popular, and to be fair, i probably would've loved it as a teenager. And i also know there are more stories after this one:)
24 Bite by Laurel K Hamilton et al
This jsut wasn't for me:( I liked Harris' story a lot, and it makes me more interested in starting her work, but the other 4 jsut felt like excuses for sex scenes, to the detriment of the stories:( They felt rushed or easy, and the first and last ones are even fairly badly written:( Perhaps if i was involved in any of the series already i would feel differently...?
well, hate to leave it on a bad note, but hey, i'm within 10 of what i've read, and now i want to read more of Under My Skin:P