Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Ballots and Books

So, I won't mention the election although I did stay up far too late watching it on TV and doing my own calculations about where Montana (which had about 85% precincts reporting when I hit the hay) would end up if all trends remained the same. Well, I woke up and stared at a Democratic lead of less than 2,000 in Montana and recounts that won't even be requested until the end of the month in Virginia and I really didn't need to stay up to be excited about that.

Wait, I did just mention it, didn't I?

Well, I'll do my own personal thoughts on the election later on but in the meantime I have to point this out. In the spirit of NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo, we have the From the Stacks Winter Challenge, in which you read 5 of those books on your shelf that you have had forever but haven't read. Boy, is this challenge ripe for me. I have about 25 books from the library that I am plowing my way through (slowly; plows are slow but stubborn, ok? - actually are plows either one? I haven't really ever seen a plow I don't think), but I have even more books sitting on my shelf that I haven't read. I'll post a few later on to let you know what I'm going to fight my way through, but right now I'm thinking David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, Elie Weisel's Night (kind of cheating, that's a short one), Nicole Krauss' The History of Love (kind of cheating, that was a birthday present so I just got it yesterday), Robert Sapolsky's Monkeyluv (borrowed, have to read it to return it to proper owner), and... what? Running with Scissors (before I maybe see the movie)? Whose Freedom (in tribute to the author who I saw speak Monday night)? Everything Bad is Good for You? What?

Like I said, I'll check my shelves at home and report back to you later on. See, if I had ever gotten into LibraryThing, this problem wouldn't exist.

(Stacks Winter Challenge via Wormbook - yay stalking fellow Columbia Publishing Course students via blogs)


Anonymous said...

plows are neither slow nor stubborn. they can routinely maintain solid speeds in snow conditions, and their operators are trained to not endanger the life of the machine. so... anyhow. eli weisel's night is an excellent read, short or not. i'll send you the ruins, too, so that's one more to your list. and i'll make a list myself! i haven't been reading enough.

Emily said...

how speedy? and are you referring to motorized plows?