My Favorite Articles of 2013

1. You don’t need it! How to Stop Buying so many “Wants”.
2. In Defence of GOMI
3. The most surreal places to travel.
4. Stop Justifying Your Spending Yes’s
5. Stop Lying to Yourself: How to Change That Voice in Your Head
6. Seven Rules for Managing Creative-But-Difficult People
7. 30 Things to Tell a Book Snob
8. Why Plane Tickets Cost So Much
9. How to Live Without Irony
10. ‘Adulting’ Author Kelly Williams Brown’s Open Letters to the Girls of ‘Girls’ on How to Grow Up
11. The Psychology of Workout Music
12. Never Give Stores Your Zip Code
13. How to Pay Off Your Debt Using the Stack Method
14. Blogging // A Cautionary Tale
15. Does Fashion Blogging Make You a Shopping Addict? Yes. Yes, it does.


My Secret to Reading A Lot of Books

This post is in response to My Secret to Reading A Lot of Books. I felt like Dan was only touching the edges of this subject, so I wanted to put in my five cents to expand. And voila – a librarian at work.


My Secret to Reading a Lot of Books

My Secret to Reading a Lot of Books

Since high school, I’ve considered myself an avid reader of books. Small. Large. Graphic. Zines. You name it – I’m probably going to read it at some point. I studied English – Creative Writing in college in order for me to explore more writing. While I’m not particularly good at writing myself, I’ve come to love all kinds of books. The worst part of reading a lot is trying to keep track of what you’ve read and what you want to read.

I can’t tell you how many times someone tells about a book they’ve read so enthusiastically that I want to read that book too. Then, by the time I get to the book store, I’ve completely forgotten which book.

If your goal is to read a lot–like mine is–there are a few obstacles to overcome:

  • Keeping track of the books you want to read
  • Refining the list down to ones you’re going to read in the near feature
  • Actually reading them
  • Retaining the important parts

Keeping Track of What You Want to Read

Goodreads – This is the website I’ve been using for the past six months. I love it. There are three basic lists: to read, currently reading and read. Then there are options to add more lists. Since my goal is to read all the books mentioned in the Gilmore Girls, I have that list ready. I know what I’m going to read next. There is a social networking aspect too and I can recommend books to friends that are also using the service.

LibraryThing – As the website says, LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers. It allows you to create an online library of the books you’ve read, want to read and also the books you’ve lent out. You are able to group these any way you wish. You can create tags (folksonomy) and ratings for the books too.

Refining the List

What Should I Read Next? – All you have to do is enter a book you like and the site will analyse their database to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next. It’s fairly simple. If you join, then you can create lists.

YourNextRead – This one can connect with your Goodreads account. Then you can import all of your shelves from Goodreads into YourNextRead, and vice versa.

Actually Reading the Books

This is most likely the hardest part of this post. Who has time to read? Commuting has been the biggest hurdle to overcome for me in wanting to read, but I found my solution. Audio. Audiobooks are my savior. I even check them out from my library. I’m saving money. I can read one-to-two books a week this way. Get on board, fellow readers. It’s a revolution.

Retaining Important Parts

Use your Goodreads account to write about your favorite parts of the book once you’ve finished. Not only will you have good notes to refer back to, but you will also be informing potential readers about said book. Oh, the magic of social media.

From Never Running to Running My First Half of a Half Marathon

Running Sucks. I’ve always felt this way about it and I probably always will. Yes, I am a hypocrite about my favorite exercise. I’ve never been a runner. When I decided to start this journey I never thought I would ever progress enough to be able to accomplish a half marathon.

When I was younger I enjoyed running as fast as I could against friends to see who would win. Sometimes I could beat the boys on the playground, but some of them were faster than I was. This led me to do track in sixth grade. I ended up running one race at Parkside and came in second-to-last place. This was the end of my track career. The only other running I did was two track laps as a warmup before tennis during high school.

I wanted to run in college for exercise. This was the first time I wanted to run in a long time. I had a treadmill in one of my apartment buildings. I decided to start a thirty minutes regimen that consisted of running until I was out of breath then walking until I was ready to run again. I pushed myself. I wanted to be fit. It was at this time that there was something wrong with me. I couldn’t run.

You’re probably thinking “oh my gosh, there was nothing wrong with you”. There was something wrong with me. I had big boobs. Ginormous. Every time I would run (or try to) my back would be sore for three days afterward. The pain was so unbearable that I gave up running even when I literally just started. The only thing I’ve ever wanted to do and I physically could not do it.

In the summer of 2011 I had a breast reduction. This is one of my best decisions I’ve ever made in my entire life. I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to do it because I know I would’ve been miserable otherwise. Within a few months I started running. I would get on the treadmill and run as much as I can for as long as I could, which wasn’t much. I could maybe go for a half mile at the longest before I gave up. I downloaded the Couch to 5K app to help improve my endurance.

In the spring of 2012, I ran a 5K in 30 minutes flat. I was so proud of myself. I continued doing a lot of 5K’s in 2012 which included obstacle courses as well. While I didn’t care about the time in those, I cared about my strength and endurance throughout.

Now, in 2013, I usually run about two miles during my lunch hour a couple days a week. I have a hard time running on the treadmill compared to running outside where I have better control over my breathing. On July 21st I was supposed to run a half marathon, but I ended up sleeping through my alarm which didn’t give me enough time to drive to Chicago. I promised myself I was going to make it up on my own time in the next weekend.

The following Saturday morning I woke up at 5:30 and left my house a little after 6am. I had mapped out a path that would’ve been 13.72 miles. I ran for 7.65 miles in 1:33:14 and then I had a sharp pain on the outside of my foot. I couldn’t even walk straight on it. I had to limp 3.85 miles home after I couldn’t get a hold of someone to pick me up. The first thing I did when I got home was throw my shoes away. Somehow I was certain that the shoes were the problem.

A few days later the doctor told me I had tore a muscle in my foot. As long as I stayed off it, he assured me, I would be better within a week or two.  And it was.  During those two weeks I had a hard time believing that my foot wasn’t broken.

After waiting an excruciatingly long healing period (three weeks) I’ve ran five days last week which concluded with the Electric Run.  I completed my best time for a 5K in 27:09.  Huzzah.  Photo is from my Instagram account of me and my friend, Laura. To summarize: I don’t think I’ll be trying for a Half Marathon again.

Electric Run

Every Book Rory Gilmore Read or Mentioned on Gilmore Girls

So I came across a list of every book Rory Gilmore has read on the Gilmore Girls. I will now make this list my list. Instead of continuing onward with my lists that I did the past two years, here and here, I’ve decided to finish this.  This list of 250 books.  I’ve crossed out books that I’ve read and have remembered reading.  Others, like Pinocchio, I will re-read.

Can I finish all these books in one year? Only time will tell…

Gilmore Girls Reading List

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  8. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  9. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
  10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
  11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  13. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  16. Babe by Dick King-Smith
  17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
  18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  21. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
  23. The Bhagavad Gita
  24. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
  25. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
  27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  29. Brigadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
  30. Candide by Voltaire
  31. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  32. Carrie by Stephen King
  33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  34. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  35. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  36. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
  37. Christine by Stephen King
  38. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  40. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
  41. The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
  42. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
  43. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  44. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  45. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
  46. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  47. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  48. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  49. Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
  50. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  51. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  52. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  53. Cujo by Stephen King
  54. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  55. Daisy Miller by Henry James
  56. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  57. Lisa and David by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
  58. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  59. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
  60. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  61. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  62. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  63. Deenie by Judy Blume
  64. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  65. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
  66. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  67. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  68. Don Quijote by Cervantes
  69. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
  70. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  71. Edgar Allen Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  72. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  73. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  74. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  75. Eloise by Kay Thompson
  76. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
  77. Emma by Jane Austen
  78. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  79. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  80. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  81. Ethics by Spinoza
  82. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
  83. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  84. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  85. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  86. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  87. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
  88. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
  89. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
  90. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  91. The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  92. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
  93. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  94. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
  95. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  96. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  97. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  98. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  99. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  100. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
  101. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
  102. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  103. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  104. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
  105. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
  106. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  107. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  108. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
  109. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  110. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
  111. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  112. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
  113. The Graduate by Charles Webb
  114. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  115. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  116. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  117. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  118. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  119. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  120. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  121. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  122. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  123. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  124. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
  125. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
  126. Henry V by William Shakespeare
  127. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  128. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  129. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
  130. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
  131. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  132. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  133. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
  134. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  135. How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
  136. Howl by Allen Gingsburg
  137. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  138. The Iliad by Homer
  139. I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
  140. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  141. Inferno by Dante
  142. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  143. Ironweed by William Kennedy
  144. It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
  145. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  146. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  147. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  148. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
  149. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  150. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
  151. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  152. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  153. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  154. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  155. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
  156. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  157. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
  158. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  159. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  160. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
  161. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  162. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  163. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  164. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  165. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  166. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  167. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  168. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  169. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  170. Love Story by Erich Segal
  171. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  172. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  173. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
  174. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  175. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  176. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
  177. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  178. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  179. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  180. A Mencken Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
  181. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
  182. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  183. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  184. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  185. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  186. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
  187. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  188. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
  189. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  190. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
  191. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  192. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  193. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
  194. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
  195. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
  196. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
  197. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
  198. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  199. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  200. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  201. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  202. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  203. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
  204. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  205. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  206. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  207. Night by Elie Wiesel
  208. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  209. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
  210. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  211. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
  212. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  213. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  214. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  215. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  216. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  217. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  218. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  219. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  220. Othello by Shakespeare
  221. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  222. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  223. Out of Africa by Karen Blixen and Isak Dineson
  224. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  225. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  226. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  227. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  228. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  229. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  230. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
  231. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  232. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
  233. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  234. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  235. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
  236. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
  237. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  238. Property by Valerie Martin
  239. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
  240. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  241. Quattrocento by James Mckean
  242. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  243. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
  244. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  245. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  246. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  247. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  248. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  249. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  250. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  251. The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien
  252. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
  253. Richard III by William Shakespeare
  254. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
  255. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
  256. Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
  257. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  258. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  259. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  260. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  261. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
  262. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
  263. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  264. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  265. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  266. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  267. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  268. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  269. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  270. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
  271. Selected Hotels of Europe
  272. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
  273. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  274. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  275. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill (I chose one by John Kegan)
  276. Sexus by Henry Miller
  277. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  278. Shane by Jack Shaefer
  279. The Shining by Stephen King
  280. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  281. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
  282. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  283. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  284. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  285. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
  286. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
  287. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  288. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
  289. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
  290. Songbook by Nick Hornby
  291. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  292. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  293. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  294. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  295. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  296. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  297. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  298. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
  299. Stuart Little by E. B. White
  300. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  301. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  302. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
  303. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
  304. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  305. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  306. Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
  307. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  308. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  309. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  310. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  311. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  312. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  313. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
  314. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  315. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  316. Ulysses by James Joyce
  317. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
  318. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  319. Unless by Carol Shields
  320. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  321. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
  322. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  323. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
  324. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  325. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  326. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  327. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
  328. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  329. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
  330. What Color is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
  331. What Happened to Baby Jane? by Henry Farrell
  332. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  333. Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
  334. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  335. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  336. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  337. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  338. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  339. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Library and Information Science Masters Degree

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I was reading this post from The Beat That My Heart Skipped and I couldn’t believe it. The woman interviewed in the post works in London and she has an MA in Librarianship. MA. Master of Arts.


This whole post confused me because, for the past two years, I’ve been studying to achieve my Master’s also. On May 19, 2013 I will have a Master’s of Library and Information Science with a focus in Archival Studies. Even my undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Information Studies. Science. It is common in the US to have a MLIS or MLS.

It’s odd to see that it is considered a MA and BA overseas. Perhaps the United States takes it more seriously?
<blockquote>”The MA at Brighton covers the more traditional aspects of librarianship (collection development, cataloguing and classification) alongside units which examine the changing role of the information professional in society, and issues relating to the social context of information in the digital age.” – Ruth Collingwood</blockquote>
This paragraph could technically cover some of what I studied at the <a href=”;utm_medium=shorturl&amp;utm_campign=ischool&#8221; target=”_blank”>University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee</a>. I never really looked into programs at other schools, but I know the University has to have ALA accreditation in order for the diploma to be legit.

The <a href=”; target=”_blank”>University of Sheffield has a MA of Librarianship</a> and <a href=”; target=”_blank”>this blog post</a> talks about MA Librarianship also. This is all so baffling because I’ve only heard about programs that are similar to the one I’m studying. Even on the <a href=”; target=”_blank”>ALA website</a> it recognizes the Master of Arts programs.

Mind blown.
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Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars

John Green

It’s hard to be a teenager. It’s even harder to be a teenager with stage four thyroid cancer “with an impressive and long-settled satellite colony” in your lungs.

This is the life of sixteen year old Hazel Grace Lancaster in the book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Thanks to a miracle drug the tumors have been kept at bay. “The drug was phalanxifor, this molecule designed to attach itself to cancer cells and slow their growth” (Green 25).

Hazel is rendered a homebody because of her disease which makes her mother think she is depressed. But even though “depression is a side effect of dying,” she abides by her mother’s wishes to attend support group. This is where she meets Augustus Waters who lost his leg from cancer and is in remission.

They bond over Hazel’s favorite book An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten. The book ended on an interrupted sentence and it is Hazel’s dying wish to meet the author and have her questions about what happened to the other characters. Augustus uses his wish from The Genies to take Hazel to Amsterdam to meet the author.

Both teens are brilliant, witty, and have to deal with experiences that no one should. These teens are not normal teenagers and have a penchant for dramatically perfect speeches. Cancer is heartbreaking and scary, but brings Augustus and Hazel together in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Book Review: Faceless Killers

Henning Mankell
Henning Mankell’s Faceless Killers (the first book in the Kurt Wallander series) is a Scandinavian crime novel. Inspector Kurt Wallander investigates the brutal attack on the Lovgrens, an elderly couple, in Sweden’s countryside. With only the only clue of the Mrs. Lovgren’s final word “foreigners” to go on, Kurt begins unraveling this murder mystery. The melancholy tone perpetuates the decline in both Kurt’s career and personal life. Kurt faces many challenges with his family including his senile father, Povel, the separation from his wife, Mona, and his estranged daughter, Linda. As facts of the deceased’s illegitimate son and a missing briefcase of cash arise, Kurt becomes obsessive in the case and almost loses his job until he finally chases down the killers.