Monday, October 31, 2011

Nano and things

I'm nano-ing this year. For those of you going ... what? All is explained at the website:

I have no idea what I'm doing but I'm there. Or something - lol.

I was reading The Honourable Schoolboy but started to get a bit bogged down and it was slow going, so I've abandoned it for now. I'm still picking at the Iliad, though.

So now I'm reading Kraken by China Mieville. It's another co-read with Jodie from - we read Mieville's The City & The City (BREACH) together last year and had fun. Kraken is about a giant squid that goes missing, which - you can't really go wrong can you with a book like that. PLUS it has an awesome purple cover, and ... I haven't had enough sleep, clearly.

Anyways. Readathon was fun, yes? I'm thinking of maybe being a reader for the next one but then I get conflicted because Readathon is always short of cheerleaders but I'd love to do one where I just ... read, and eat. I shall ponder.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Readathon mini-challenge

*\o/*!!! I'm only cheering this year, and it's 1am here so I'll be leaving some comments on my readers' list and then going to bed - lol.

BUT I wanted to do the first meme anyway:

1)Where are you reading (cheering) from today? - My living room/Middle Earth :D
2)Three random facts about me… - I turned 40 this year, we have 10 cats  and I bloody hate getting caught in the rain.
3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? - No books, but I have readers H-J to cheer for for Team Fruitloops #cheerfroot on twitter :-)
4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)? I'd like to get around as many blogs as I can ... 
5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? Have fun! And switch off your word verification <3 :D *\o/*

Monday, October 17, 2011



I've just sat here for the past 20 minutes not typing anything. Go me?

Um um um.

Oh!! Readathon this weekend!

Are you reading? Are you cheering? Are you saying ... what? is where you need to be for all your information. I'm cheering this year. I've tried doing both in the past and it always goes south, so I'm just cheering. Plus there's always way more readers than cheerleaders so ... I don't have a good way to end that sentence. /o\

I've hit fifty books read for the year which is some sort of milestone yes?

I watched the 2009 film of Dorian Grey last night. It was ... interesting. Unfortunately, at the crucial moment, the portrait rather reminded me of the caretaker from the Harry Potter films ...

Monday, October 10, 2011

This is not a post ...

... I mean, it was meant to be but I don't really have anything to post about. So here, have a gratuitous picture of Patrick instead:

I'm still struck by wonder, sometimes. I mean look at him ... 

I'm reading, and I'm keeping up my Sunday night movie thing that I started a few weeks ago. I'm reading The Iliad, and The Honourable Schoolboy. I watched Centurion which is one of those EVERYBODY DIES movies, which I've decided that I hate. Urgh. Michael Fassbender was running around early Britain as a Roman soldier, being tracked by the Pict, or something. But. Everybody dies. (Except Michael Fassbender. I don't even know.)

I've made my real-life friend watch Sherlock, and we're two episodes in :-) We've started gathering at her house of a Saturday night with DVD, snacks and cross-stitching in hand. It's rather fun and after Sherlock, we're going to rewatch the first series of Downton Abbey.

Oh, hey, look it's sort of a post after all!

Monday, October 3, 2011

*poke poke* Is this thing on?

Heee. I've already used that pic over on the #spbkchat blog (which is here by the way, let's not pass up the chance for a little bit of self-promotion:  But meerkats are funny and make me smile and I'm too lazy to find another pic, so here you are. ;p

Now, let's see ... since last time, I've finished three books - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John LeCarre (fantastic but slightly confusing); Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (preferred American Gods but it's still good. I mean. Gaiman) and Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Heard (loved. LOVED.)

I went to What's Your Number, which made me somewhat ragey with the slut-shaming and the prevalent 1950s attitude that's in ALL THE ROMANTIC COMEDIES RIGHT NOW but Martin Freeman was in it for five minutes for no good reason, so there was that.


What's good is this: Readathon!! In a few short weeks! I've taken the sensible route this time (lol) and I've just signed up to be a cheerleader, not a reader as well. Cheerleading is fun, it helps you lose weight and helps old ladies across the road. Well. It's definitely the first thing, and you should sign up because there are always way more readers than cheerleaders and readathon readers need all the *\o/* they can get! :D

I will - probably - do a food porn vlog still because how could I not? It's readathon!