Saturday, December 25, 2010

101: Some updates

There are a lot of items on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days that I can't do because of my temporary move. But there a few items that I worked on before leaving California and a few I can do here.

Here are some things I've done (some are partially finished):

- visit my family again (visited them in late spring)
- get a job that I like (I have an interesting job working at a German store in the area, I'm learning a lot of new things there and obviously enjoying the products as well).
- get all the junk out of the second bedroom (got all the fish tanks and supplies out before we left, there are only some items left in the closet)
- Read at least one of my books that are written in German (Goliaths Falle: Israelis und Palaestinenser im Wuergegriff)
- sell large fishtank (I was actually able to sell it, I'm so glad since it was basically new, just dusty from storage)
- sell and donate other things that I/we don't need (We sold and mostly donated many (many items went to the new thrift store of Lake Avenue Church), but there are still items left to sort through)
- sort LAC notes (throw those out I don't need anymore etc.) (threw out a lot of them, but not finished with the process)
- light a candle and enjoy (we just did that yesterday and today for Christmas)
- find out about old pen pals if they are still interested in corresponding (figured out that most of them wouldn't continue)
- organize my art and craft supplies (partially done)
- blog there regularly (even without doing a plan, I figured that I wanted to blog about the books I read this year, so I'm using this blog mostly for that purpose at the moment.)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Asking for Trouble

Indeed Sophy is asking for trouble with the way she lies so easily. She tells a lie to her mother to sooth her only for her to become upset later anyway. It's not the type of book I would usually read, but as one among many other books it was fun. The outcome with Josh was fun to read even though it was somewhat predictable. In order not to reveal the final plot of the book, I'll only say this, Sophy is asking for trouble again right at the end of the book by the way she behaves...

(book 48 for 50 books in 2010 challenge)

American Born Chinese

This graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang was another good recommendation. It's interesting to see how the stories of the Monkey King and Jin Wang come together. Some characters like Tze-Yo-Tzuh (who was and is and shall forever be) and Chin-Kee are described in a stereotypical way, but it fits into the story.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

I'm glad I entered the drawing - A Beacon of Hope

A Beacon of Hope (The Sixth World of Men, #1)A Beacon of Hope by Walter E. Mark

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book as a First Reads lucky winner!

I'm glad that I entered the drawing and got to read the book. The people in the story live on a different planet, but their society is similar enough to ours that I could relate to it well, but different enough to make it really interesting. There are many technological advances that enhance their quality of life (I love the one where you can create the interior design of your room buy just pointing and selecting using a computer interface, I would like to have something like that.). And others threaten to destroy the world to leave it in chaos and misery. The Sixth World is different enough from our world to make the book really interesting. But on the other hand one can relate to the issues they are going through and draw one's own thoughts for our world.

I would like to find out how the story continues in the second volume.

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(46th book of 2010)