tropiavera: a garden gnome sightsees ([✉] prefer to dream)
Summer is the best time for getting obsessed with a new (to you) book series, isn't it? I have fond memories of curling up with the first Harry Potter book when my parents got it for me for Christmas, but all the real marathons took place holed up somewhere with popsicles or iced tea.

Great summer obsessions of the past have included:

- the Wizard of OZ series
- Nancy Drew series
- Redwall (for like four consecutive summers, holla)
- Tortall (Alanna and Wild Magic series)
- Josephine Bonaparte series

Had I had a better library as a kid, I'm sure Terry Pratchett and Diana Wynne Jones would have been amazing for this. This summer so far I've been getting into some true crime (starting with The Bling Ring, natch). So what are/were yours? Are they worth checking out again?
tropiavera: a quizzical brontosaurus ([✇] i respect your unique worldview)
Yes, it is an actual update! I mean, "actual," since we're going with bullet points aw yeah.

+ This is the fourth week of my final semester! I sent an email to my graduation advisor, so hopefully turning in my application will go smoothly and I won't find out that there's some last-minute thing I didn't do (MY GREATEST FEAR). I'm taking 12 credits this semester, but two of those classes are electives, so it's pretty fun! I mean, I say fun now, when we haven't had any assignments due yet. Ha ha?

+ Was school the only thing I had to talk about? Jeez, I hope not. My nascent attempts to get a knitting circle off the ground are...nascent, we were supposed to meet tomorrow but that might get postponed until the weekend. This may end up being for the better, since a) I don't actually know what project I will bring (my crocheting! Okay, I do know); b) we can attempt to draft in more people; c) there's a concert (the CMU Philharmonic) tomorrow night that I was thinking about attending. SELF-DATE, let's go! My last self-date was to see Our Idiot Brother and it was the best date ever.

+ So many shows coming back! What are you watching?

Sunday: Downton Abbey, Boardwalk Empire, Pan Am*
Monday: The Playboy Club*
Thursday: Parks and Recreation, Up All Night*
Friday: Fringe, Nikita

* We'll see. I liked Up All Night's pilot pretty well, and I really like all three leads, so we'll see how that goes. Comedy about married couples that isn't about how much they secretly hate each other?? IT WILL NEVER LAST, I say!

+ Instant DS9, so soon!

+ Corduroy weather! Yes!

+ I just really love the fall.

+ Scott Westerfeld's Goliath comes out tomorrow and I'm so excited I might pee! I have too much work to do to get it until this weekend (because if I buy it OBVIOUSLY I AM GOING TO READ IT ALL, come on, it's like you don't even know me), but aaaaggggghhhhhhhhhhhh.
tropiavera: Margaret Olson (my eyes stay closed long after the fact)
Tonight I am leaving on a midnight train going anywhere to Chicago for my dad's 60th birthday! It's going to be somewhat bittersweet; my dad called yesterday to let me know that my cat is pretty sick and they're going to put her down, probably on Friday. She's 15, every time I've left for the past few years I've worried about this. I'm grateful that I'll be able to see her one last time.

In less sad news: when my face hasn't been about to explode from sinus pressure, I've been reading Diana Wynne Jones's Chrestomanci series. I really wish someone had handed these over when I was a kid, I would have been all over them. I mean, obviously I am now too, but. They would have gone well with Harry Potter when I was in middle school, is what I am saying. It's put Amazon into the habit of recommending some weirdly goofy books, though, which I can't support. Stop trying to make Hush, Hush happen, Amazon, it's not going to happen. For some reason the Kindle store doesn't stock all of the Chrestomanci books, so I stocked Never Let Me Go and Girl in Translation, though I can't guarantee that I won't just reread The King of Attolia six times.
tropiavera: karen eiffel ([✍] once upon a time)
About four days ago, I finally read this book, Leviathan. And it was awesome! I loved everything, but I really really desperately needed more, and fortunately for me the sequel came out on the 5th.

So earlier this morning I finished Behemoth. And then I came down with THE FEELINGS. )

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