August, 2006

August 1st, 2006, 11:33 p.m. - Save Toby!

"A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More Touch Me"

August 2nd, 2006, 9:54 p.m. - You think I'm joking? Do I look like I'm joking?

"It's the End of the World as We Know It" - if there's really a Save Zayra faction out there, I WILL DESTROY YOU.

August 8th, 2006, 11:26 p.m. - Don't bother mentioning the obvious double entendres in the title because I'm already thinking them

"Down Under"

And if you think by looking at this page that the only interesting thing in my life right now is Rock Star, give yourself a gold star.

August 9th, 2006, 10:27 p.m. - Now I'm all depressed

"Crazy Train"

August 14th, 2006, 8:41 p.m. - Pop culture overdose

Dancing with the Stars 3 - because I Love the '80s was taken

I'm sure someone, somewhere owes me $5

August 15th, 2006, 11:05 p.m. - It's a turvy-topsy world

"Pretty Vegas"

August 16, 2006, 11:55 p.m. - Yay! She's gone!

"Shiny Happy People"

And tomorrow...a surprise!

August 17th, 2006, 9:43 p.m. - Surprise!

"A Fine Line Between Innovation and Insanity" - I got to recap Project Runway!

August 23rd, 2006, 6:02 p.m. - Yes, this is the only thing going on around here

"Bittersweet Symphony"

August 24th, 2006, 11:18 p.m. - I finally got to use a Panic! At the Disco title!

"Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off"

August 25th, 2006, 8:53 a.m. - Sweet

Someone needs an intervention...

9:19 p.m. - Someone in Hollywood has good taste in books

This makes me happy. Great book, respected writer/director, and terrific cast. I'm there.

August 26th, 2006, 3:03 p.m. - Yeah, it's technically a kids' book. Ask me if I care

23. The City of Ember (Jeanne DuPrau)
When I was in college, I bought The Bad Beginning, the first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, by itself. Before I'd even finished it, I ran out and bought the next five. That's how much I liked The City of Ember - I bought it on Tuesday, and just yesterday I went out and bought the sequel and prequel.

The book centers on Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow, two 12-year-olds living in the city of Ember. In Ember, it's always night. The sun and moon don't exist, and the only source of light is only on for 12 hours a day. The city is supposed to be self-sustaining, full of the supplies everyone could ever need. But now the city is running out, and Lina and Doon are getting worried. Similar to The Giver, 12-year-olds in Ember begin work, only they receive their jobs randomly. Lina winds up with a job working in Pipeworks while Doon winds up with the role of Messenger, Lina's dream job. To her surprise, he asks her to switch because he has an idea of how to save the city, and the only way to follow his hunch is to work in Pipeworks. But the two wind up stumbling across a secret that, while it could answer a lot of their questions, could get them in a lot of trouble.

DuPrau is a great storyteller, and her pacing is perfect. Lina and Doon are terrific characters, both smart and well-equipped to handle their problems. Once you figure out what's going on in the story, you want to get to the next page as quickly as possible, then the next chapter, then the next book. It's one of those books that's just too short.

Up next: The People of Sparks (Jeanne DuPrau)

August 29th, 2006, 8:01 p.m. - Second verse, not quite the same as the first

I'm an aunt again! This one was a little early; she wasn't due until September 4th. Her name is Anastasia Ruth, but we're calling her Annie.

August 30th, 2006, 7:58 p.m. - I know it's lame; I couldn't find anything else with "glass" in the title

"Walking on Broken Glass"

10:00 p.m. - More of the lame...I mean same

"Six-Fingered Man"

August 31st, 2006, 11:02 p.m. - Yawn

24. The People of Sparks (Jeanne DuPrau)
Unfortunately, The People of Sparks isn't nearly as interesting as The City of Ember. In fact, I found it pretty boring. The whole wow-this-new-world-is-really-interesting thing should have been good, but it fell flat. Even the undertones of racism and rebellion didn't make the story any more interesting. I'm hoping the prequel, which I'm reading next, is better.

Up next: The Prophet of Yonwood (Jeanne DuPrau)

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