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Bloggiesta 2010

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This weekend I will be participating in my very first Bloggiesta!

This is a great weekend blogging marathon set up by Natasha at Maw Books, and this weekend will be the third installment.

Bloggiesta: PedroThe premise of the bloggiesta, for those that haven’t participated before, is to spend the entire weekend working, updating, improving your blog. From minor things such as writing up posts, to reaching out for guests posts and reorganizing all of your tags and categories.

I unfortunately have to work both Saturday and Sunday, so I’m going to try and make the best of my free time this weekend by working on my site. I don’t have too many to-do items on my list, but the few I have will turn out to be quite time intensive.

So, what is my gameplan for the weekend? Well, here is my checklist of things I would like to accomplish by Sunday 9pm

1. Type up review of East of Eden

2. Discuss bookclub field trip to Salinas for East of Eden.

3. Put proper tags and category marks on all posts.

4. Update images of book covers that are no longer available

5. Make sure any and all links on my site are still active

6. Design a new features area for the main page.

7. Update Blogroll links

8. Update About me/Review Policy page

9. Update Boolist with titles I’ve read, link reviews to Librarything

10. Draft upcoming Teaser Tuesday post

11. Type review of Hunger Games

12. Join a new book blog community meme

Whew…I’m sure there’s more that I need to do, but this is a good start until I figure out what else I’m missing!!

Anybody else having a bloggiesta weekend? What changes do you have planned?

College in a Nutskull – Review

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College in a Nutskull edited by Anders Henriksson

Age: YA/Adult

College in a Nutskull is a compilation of hilarious and erroneous text taken from college essays around the United States. The text has been assembled by professor Anders Henriksson of Shepard University in West Virginia. I normally shy away from books like these because I feel that they make for impersonal gifts. This one, however, is really funny. I plan on giving this book away to one of the teens at my library as a prize in an upcoming contest.

Henriksson has mostly transcribed the text from college essays around the world into a 17.5 subjects; Religious Studies, Philosophy, Language, Art, American History and more. The book is designed to look like a spiral notebook, with lined pages and a spiral binding and even doodles and tic-tac-toe games in the margins to boot! The book is an overall quick read, but I think best enjoyed read section by section over a span of time. Reading the book all at once can cause a massive headache of frustration and apathy towards students that mistake Fascism for Facebook.

These are some of my favorite lines:

As an anti-semite, Richard Wagner of course detested French people and showed this in his work. This is really obvious in the operas that belong to the Lord of the Rings.

As a Southern writer, Eudora Welty was on the inside looking at the otuside looking at the inside.

The Watergate Scandal was when there was not enough water in the nation’s capital. Nixon knew about this and did not care.

There are many, many more gems like this sprinkled throughout the book. The Eudora Welty quote in particular reminded me of my favorite worst pick-up line “I couldn’t help noticing you noticing me noticing you from across the room.”

Its a light read, a fun read, and for some reason, makes me want to dig up my old college essays and if I have ever written anything that could contribute to this book!

College in a Nutskull
edited by Anders Henriksson
Workman Books, 2010
ISBN 0761154655
135 pages.
*book sent for review by Workman Publishing Group*

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Find this book at your local library