Monthly Archives: October 2010

Half Read Books

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I’ve been caught in a reading slump. I don’t know if I’m just distracted with my Child Development classes, or with all the excitement over the Giants entering the World Series, but I haven’t been able to finish any of the recent books I’ve checked out from the library. It took me about a month to finish The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo (which I liked, but didn’t love). One book actually made me really mad that I wasted my time reading 50% of it, and another book just wasn’t as enticing.

There will be a formal review for The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo, but here are my brief reviews of the books that did not make the cut:

How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World

by Jordon Christy

This is a of a self-help book aimed at the fresh out of college, younger 20-somethings. I found many things wrong with this book, and I had to stop reading it during the chapter of “never let the boys call you, never make the first move because you’ll fail in the relationship” (That’s me paraphrasing the chapter). I found it a bit hypocritical when the author tells the reader to turn off the TV and stop following the media coverage of ditzy celebs, but then every example about poise, dress or anything else is set by some leading celebrity. There was no advice in this book that you wouldn’t find in the current month’s Cosmo magazine, and I didn’t really get the selling point of this book. The goal was to impress upon young women to act with the grace and charm of an Audrey Hepburn, but I felt that Christy got too tangled up in all the celebrity name & quote dropping to actually produce any quality advice.

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The Smart One and the Pretty One

by Claire LeZebnik

I don’t normally read chick-lit, but this one caught my eye because it is a story of two sisters. Ava and Lauren reunite in their hometown of Los Angeles after finding out that their mother has cancer. Ava, as the older sister, is the mature lawyer always with a plan. Lauren is the younger sister, more frivolous and adventurous. I connected with the sisters from the start, there are a lot of similarities between Lauren & Ava that correlate to my relationship with my sister. My connection to the book was stranded on just the relationship of the sisters. All the men in the book were either obnoxiously arrogant or the complete opposite. I didn’t develop any sympathy for any of the characters and subsequently my interest in the book started to droop after the fourth chapter. I tried and failed at getting into chick-lit. That’s what I get for falling for a catchy synopsis.

San Francisco Giants

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Are there any other Bay Area fans as excited as me about the Giants going into game 5 of the NLCS with 3 wins under their belt??

My sister was lucky enough to have tickets to tonight’s and tomorrow night’s game. I will be eagerly listening to updates on KNBR (680 AM) and watching the gameplay on MLB.com.

I’m not exactly the most avid baseball fan, but this is exciting for San Francisco! No matter what happens, we have an awesome team with some of the greatest players in the works – particularly those pitchers! (Brian Wilson, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain). Come on…they can only go up from here!

Good luck tomorrow Giants!! Kick some Philly butt and take us to the World Series!!

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Gilmore Girls + 10 years

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10 years (minus 6 days) the world was introduced to the fast-talking, smart and witty Gilmore Girls.

Although the show ended three years ago in 2007, it still continues to be a huge part of many lives and a constant image on television screens across the US. This show carries a lot of resonance with me because I grew up with Rory. We were about the same age during the course of the show. Rory and I had a number of similarities:

1. Always carried a book with us

2. Pro and Con lists

3. On the student council at school

4. Taste in music, movies and books.

5. Continued our education after high school to an institution of higher learning.

6. Bottomless pit of a stomach – love of coffee/burgers and fries

Although I didn’t make it into an ivy league school, I am constantly inspired and motivated by this show and Rory Gilmore herself. Her desire to learn, to improve her skills to try something new keeps me on my toes, encourages me to do my best.

In celebration of the show, the characters and everything The Gilmore Girls stood for, this post is my ode to Gilmore.

We start with Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. The unbeatable mother-daughter team that makes every other mother-daughter combo pale in comparison. With their wit, their coffee fueled humor and charming demeanor, these two women show us that smart is cool, and smart is normal. I also love their caffeine addiction and junk-food/constant eating habits.

Richard and Emily Gilmore…do they even need an introduction? They were continually one of my favorite parts of the show. Their old-school elegance clashing with Lorelai’s modern ways of thinking always made for fun spats and dramatic fights.

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And the two best comedic actors of the show… The sassy and snippy Michel Gerard and the bumbling Kirk.
 
Now for some fun and random behind the scenes trivia.
  1. The average script for an episode of the show runs 75-80 pages, as opposed to 45-50 for a standard hour-long television show.
  2. Liza Weil originally auditioned for the role of Rory and didn’t get the part. The producers liked her so much that they wrote her the role of Paris Gellar.
  3. Luke wasn’t originally meant to be a series regular. He was in the pilot and once producers figured out the chemistry between him and Lorelai they extended his role in the show.
  4. In the beginning of the show, Kirk held a number of odd jobs with a number of names before the writers made him a frequent character by name of Kirk. In the pilot, his name was Mick and he showed up at Lorelai’s to install the DSL.
  5. Alexis Bledel (who plays Rory) hates coffee, even though her character loves it. She usually drinks tea inside of the coffee mugs.
  6. Scott Patterson (who plays Luke) used to be a major league pitcher for the Braves, and Dodgers among others before hanging up his cleats to take acting classes.
  7. Keiko Agena (Lane) is about 15 plus years older than Alexis Bledel, even though they play best friends of the same age on the show.
Websites for Gilmore Girls Fans
  1. Shameless self-plug for my Rory Gilmore Reading List.
  2. Gilmore Memories. A great site for episode recaps, trivia and show clips.
  3. The WB for new GG episodes uploaded every Monday.
  4. ABC Family for their in-depth Gilmore Girls show site.
Ah Gilmore Girls. I can watch you every single day, from episode 1 to episode 7 and start all over again right after the last episode.
Although I didn’t get to it today, a post for another day will be all about the fashion of the Gilmore Girls. I know I am not the only person to covet and yearn for a chance to dig through Rory’s closet during her college years. Now that would be an endless ramble of all that is cute and chic.
Well, for now I leave you with the friendly faces of the Stars Hollow residents.
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Teaser Tuesday (10/05)

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TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

# Grab your current read.

# Let the book fall open to a random page.

# Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

# You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given! # Please avoid spoilers!

My two teasers

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

He had killed only a fraction of these women, but every woman anywhere near him was a potential victim. The cataloguing had the mark of a passionate hobby, and he must have devoted countless hours to it.

I must be the last person on this Earth to finally pick up and read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, and I’m glad I didn’t wait another day.

Call Me Kate – Review

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Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguires by Molly Roe

Age: Teen

Call Me Kate takes place towards the beginning of the Civil War. Katie is a 14-year-old girl living in a small Pennsylvania coil mining town. After a mining accident that severely injures her father, Katie has to help her family survive and make ends meet. During a time of great prejudice and tension, Irish men in particular are sent to fight in the war if they are unable to repay $300 in debts. A secret Irish organization known as the Molly Maquires are planning something big and dangerous to counteract these standards. After finding out that a close friend of hers has become involved with this group, Katie decides that she has to do something about it.

I felt that Kate, was a very strong girl for the times. Her courage in keeping her family together during such an emotional and tumultuous times is inspirational and admirable. One thing that popped up for me while reading this book is that it would be a great piece of historical fiction for teen reading assignments. I could recommend this more for the younger teens. But it is a fascinating look at a piece of history we don’t really learn about in school.

Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maquires
by Molly Roe
Tribute Books, 2009
ISBN 0-9814619-3-9
— Sent for Review by Tribute Books —

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Find this book at your local library

Call me Kate : meeting the Molly Maguires

Author Information – from Tribute Books

Molly Roe Blog:
http://conversationsfromthesideporch.blogspot.com/

Molly Roe Bio:
Molly Roe is the pen name of Mary Garrity Slaby, a veteran language arts & reading teacher at Lake-Lehman Junior Senior High School. Mary holds a Ph.D. in education from Temple University, and Pennsylvania teaching certification in six areas. She has pursued the hobby of genealogy for the past decade. Mary was born in Philadelphia, raised in Schuylkill County, and currently lives in Dallas, Pennsylvania with her husband, John. They are parents of two grown children, Melissa and John Garrett, cover illustrator of Call Me Kate. Digging into the past has given Mary newfound respect for her ancestors and a better understanding of history. Call Me Kate is the first in the author’s trilogy of historical novels loosely based on the lives of the strong women who preceded her.