Monthly Archives: January 2007

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks 0

I didn’t really write about it, but last year I read March by Geraldine Brooks twice: once before it won the Pulitzer and once afterwards. The first time I read it, I was trying to decide whether my book club should read it, and after it won the Pulitzer, we decided to go ahead and […]

Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos 5

Sometimes I read chick lit and think, “I was just not the target audience for that.” I have tried several of Sophie Kinsella’s books, and I never got past page 10. Alisa likes Kristin Billerbeck, but I don’t really care for her. I can do the lovesick calorie counting kind of chick lit (a la […]

Countdown to February sweeps. 3

Rebecca Rand Kirshner, people. Didn’t I tell you? Rebecca Rand Kirshner. In an interview, CW president Dawn Ostroff recently said, regarding Gilmore Girls, “[T]he first half of the season was a little rocky. [Dave Rosenthal] was painted into a story-line corner [from last season]. I think the second half of the season will be a […]

What would I want this new year to bring / Well, I’d want you here with me 7

I slip on my shoes and run out without my coat, unlock the car, turn the key in the ignition, and blast the heat. I set the seat warmer as high as it will go. Then I run back inside to finish packing my lunch. By the time I get ready to leave, the windows […]

Becoming Jane . . . or at least a Hollywoodized version of her. 10

The trailer for Becoming Jane is up. It looks wildly inaccurate (based on what little I have read of Jane Austen’s letters) and I found the Little Women music distracting (that’s what that is, right? I think so), but there’s no point in me saying that I won’t go see it. We all know that […]

Some things I did for the first time today. 10

1. Went to the community center in my town. It’s nice. 2. Joined the community center in my town, which would also be the first time I’ve ever paid for a gym. I am going to try to go a few times a week and use the treadmill. 3. Got hit on at the gym/community […]

Ugly Betty and The Office throw down. 0

So, here’s something I think is . . . interesting. I have seen a fair amount of fans of The Office complaining about how much they think Ugly Betty sucks, how undeserving it is of the Golden Globes that it won (well, specifically Best Comedy Series, so maybe just one of the Globes that it […]

Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey 4

I went through a lot of emotions while reading Philip Yancey’s new book on prayer. Excitement that I can join God’s work on Earth by praying, turning inward to contemplate the kind of praying I do compared to what the Bible talks about, surprise when confronted at the truth of what scripture (and Jesus) had […]

The State of Stars Hollow Address. 6

Soon and very soon, Gilmore Girls is coming back. (Veronica Mars, too, and I’m probably more excited about that one, but I don’t write about it, so this is a Gilmore-centric post.) Next week! And . . . I think I’m looking forward to it. Even after the craptastic episode that was “Merry Fisticuffs.” Why […]

Life and loss, one song at a time. 3

I like the idea of being able to chronicle your life through mix tapes. I remember the mix tape of They Might Be Giants and R.E.M. that my cousin made for me, the CDs that Sarah and I were given when we drove to Memphis in 2003, the countless playlists that Mike has devised for […]

The Dark is Rising 7

“You will be frightened, often, but never fear them. The powers of the Dark can do many things, but they cannot destroy. They cannot kill those of the Light.” I have read four of the five books in The Dark is Rising sequence, which, for some reason, I’ve never read before, and I have enjoyed […]

Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares 5

Everyone, except maybe Peter Pan, has to grow up, and that includes Carmen, Tibby, Lena, and Bee. For these four friends, growing up encompasses all kinds of things: a pregnancy scare, learning what “home” means, thinking about why you selfishly hurt the people around you who have what you don’t, finding out who you are […]

Passion by Jude Morgan 0

This novel was about four women who loved Byron, Shelley, and Keats. The four women were Caroline (who was Lord Byron’s lover at one time), Augusta (more on her in a minute), Mary (Shelley, obviously), and Fanny (engaged to Keats when he died). I knew next to nothing about these Romantic poets, so when I […]

More book talk. 0

I wrote about my ten favorite books of last year at The Corner Table.

Rock the library! 7

Once upon a time, Harry and the Potters played at the Greensboro Public Library on a Saturday afternoon. I had to work that day. I did not get to go. But then! Then Harry and the Potters came back! And I got to be there! While they rocked the library! It was a good time […]

I have found almost everything ever written about love to be true. 6

Mike and Andrea and I went and saw The Holiday, which I was hesitantly looking forward to. I mean, on one hand, the trailer made it look super-cute! And it has Kate Winslet in it! I love her! On the other hand: Cameron Diaz. Back to that first hand: Jack Black! He’s funny! And that […]