Monthly Archives: May 2007

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling 5

(Spoilers through book 6.) I am finally ready to admit that Order of the Phoenix is my least favorite of all the Harry Potter books. Let the stoning begin. Okay, so, let me explain myself. Remember how much I loved Goblet of Fire? I took it on my honeymoon! I read it as a happy […]

What did I do this weekend? 7

Thank you for asking! I wooed Mike with a little bit of my banana bread. I have never told you about my banana bread, I think. So let me do that now. Back in September, I was sick of Mike cajoling me about making banana bread, so one Saturday morning I decided to make it. […]

The Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski 0

I’ve missed a bunch of books in here somewhere. I have read a lot on the Tudors that I didn’t feel like writing about (how many times can I say, “I am glad I didn’t live back then”), and then I was out of the habit of writing about my books, so a few got […]

I used to live alone before I knew you. 4

A few years ago, I read Ordinary Losses: Naming the Graces that Shape Us by Elisa Stanford. The title of the book, the concept, really grabbed me (as well as the fact that the forward was by Lauren Winner). This is a book about the small losses in our lives, the kind we all experience […]

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini 1

The first time I read The Kite Runner, I was kind of shell-shocked by the whole experience. I thought it was good, but I wasn’t sure I’d ever read it again. And then I picked it for my book club, so I had to. The second time I read it, I was terrified that all […]

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling 4

(Spoilers through book 6.) Goblet of Fire was the first Harry Potter I had to wait for. We only waited about six months, but we still had to wait. And after it, we had to wait three years for the next book. So Goblet of Fire is the one I’ve read and thought about the […]

Summer reading! With audience participation! 5

Back in the winter, when I was considering which books I might like to reread this year, Possession by A. S. Byatt topped my list. I have read it two or three times, and each time I enjoy and understand it a little bit more. It’s a book that works on a lot of levels, […]

This is cool except for the part where I have to read a 700 page book before September 27. 3

I was recently asked to join a book club that I had watched from afar. A whole lot of people I really like are in it, and they talk about books that I love so much already, and I secretly desperately wanted to be in it. And finally finally, they asked me to join! Hooray! […]

Two goodbyes?! This hardly seems fair. 5

Bye, Veronica. I’ll miss you (and Wallace and Mac and Keith and Piz and Dick and, yes, even Logan) and your snarky, cynical self. So, who wants to recommend some shows I really ought to get into? Because my schedule’s pretty open. (What’s the Grey’s spinoff that Piz is in . . . should I […]

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling 6

(Whole series spoilers. Well, at least through book six. If I knew anything about book seven, I wouldn’t have to make these guesses.) Reading Prisoner of Azkaban certainly got my brain moving. But more of that in a second. First I should talk about the first time we read Prisoner of Azkaban. It was also […]

“See you later.” 6

Spoilers for “Bon Voyage.” We’re all Gilmore, all the time here, lately, eh? Well, thanks for bringing up such a painful subject, since that was the last episode ever, and I won’t have anything else to to say about the show. Ever. Thanks. No, that’s fine. I’m not crying over here. There was no crying […]

My Gilmore Girls CDs. Yes, CDs. I am aware I have a problem. Stop judging me. 11

I’m not ready to talk about the episode yet (though there is a spoiler at the very end of this post), but to tide you over, here are the listings for the CDs I made as party favors for our series finale party. I didn’t mean to end up with two discs. It just happened. […]

Tonight’s the night. 1

There are about eight jillion wonderful articles about the end of Gilmore Girls tonight, but my favorite so far? Entertainment Weekly’s got Sean Gunn’s favorite Kirk scenes. Enjoy!

Not the venti. 3

Friday, when the very nice people at Barnes and Noble offered me a free cup of coffee, I took it. And drank it. And it certainly did give me energy for the rest of my adventure at Barnes and Noble. The problem started later, when I couldn’t stop, you know, shaking. Feeling like death. Barely […]

A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd. 1

This book was different than I expected, which meant that it took me a few days to actually get in the habit of picking it up. (I also blame Harry Potter – I am alternating books as I do my final reread, and it’s hard, sometimes, to jump out of something you know very well […]

An unexpected benefit. 4

One of the local colleges has a radio station, and when the students are gone in the summer, they let members of the community run it. Mike has completed the training, and all he has to do is take the test and then sign up for a weekly spot. You know what this means, right? […]

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling 7

I used to say Chamber of Secrets was my favorite Harry Potter book, because it was the last one that ended happily. I have gotten over that desire for a happy ending, for the most part, but it was interesting reading this one with horcruxes in mind. Very interesting indeed. We first read this book […]

Was that our last town meeting ever? 8

Spoilers for “Unto the Breach” below. Honestly, I thought this week’s was not as good as the past two weeks were. I liked Kirk-in-a-box, and Rory and Lorelai had some good scenes, and Sookie was fun. And Babbette and Miss Patty. And the town wanting to attend Rory’s graduation. And, of course, Paris and Rory […]

New music Monday. 7

Hello Internet People. I can’t think of anything interesting to say. But I have been working on my iPod a lot lately, finally making a playlist that I think is awesome. Here is what I am listening to lately, with, of course, the reasons why I am certainly loving each song. “Heavenly Day” by Patty […]

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling 6

You would think I would remember the circumstances in which we purchased our first Harry Potter book, but you would be wrong. Here is what we can agree on: It was definitely late in 1999, around Christmas, and it was definitely at Mike’s insistence. I thought we got it at Barnes and Noble, but Mike […]