supercheesegirl: (book - medieval)
Yesterday we got to go to the NY Antiquarian Book Fair. My excellent friend Zoe is a rare book dealer, and the bookshop where she works gave her some free passes for her friends. I was so incredibly excited that she invited us! It worked out perfectly because we were already planning to be in NYC to see Sleep No More for the second time on Friday night (post forthcoming on that, too, but that'll take longer to type out), so instead of trying to do a NY trip all in one day, we stayed over at Missi & Mike's and went to the Book Fair on Saturday.

I just have to say, it was incredible. Obviously we weren't going to buy anything; it was more like worshipping at the temple. Seeing all these amazing books, the history of our culture, so carefully preserved and cared for! Seeing the first editions, and signed copies, and rare books and manuscripts and documents! One booth had several early quartos of Shakespeare plays. Upon seeing them, I was moved to tears.

Two of my favorite things were actually at Zoe's bookshop's booth. They had an original Quechua dictionary, one of the oldest in existence! Quechua is the native language of the people of Peru, and was never written down before the conquest. The dictionary dates to the 1580s and includes both a dictionary and a grammar of Quechua. Of course it's in Spanish, but apparently the publisher was of French origin, imported all his printing presses to Peru from France, and they Spanishized his name to make it look better for the Spaniards. Amazing to see.

Zoe's bookshop also had a set of Frederick Catherwood prints. Catherwood was the architect and artist who went on many of the early (like 1830s) expeditions to Maya temples. His drawings were the first the world saw these places--and because of erosion and looting, his drawings are all we have of some of these places. So incredibly exciting to see them.

My other favorite thing was in a different booth. They had a lot of children's books, and hanging on the wall they had an original graphite drawing by Chris Van Allsburg. The drawing (which was huge) was Van Allsburg's attempt, just for himself, to figure out what happened to Harris Burdick. I jumped up and down when I saw it. And now I know (or, at least, I know what Van Allsburg suspects happened). The drawing cost $45,000. It was right next to a beautiful print of the cover art for The Dark Is Rising, one of my favorite books. So awesome.

We walked around the whole book fair. One game we played was to try to find the most expensive items. I saw a first edition of Tom Sawyer that was priced at $108,000. I know we saw something else at $125,000. There were a lot of things between $25,000-75,000. There were also a lot of things that looked like they could be found at any yard sale. (Plan: attend more yard sales.) There were also booths that didn't have prices on their books, which indicated to me that their stuff was probably pretty expensive.

I also found a few books that reminded me of the old treasure trove of books in my mother's attic, which belonged to my mother and to my grandmother when they were children. Some of these might be worth some money. Might be interesting to find out, but unless they were super valuable I wouldn't want to sell them. From what I saw yesterday, they'd probably be worth $75-200, which puts them on the "cool to have" list.

It was such an amazing afternoon. We got to hang out with Zoe a little bit, see what she does, and see all these amazing books. I was blissed out for the rest of the afternoon.
supercheesegirl: (books - hammock)
NPR's Top 100 Beach Books Read more... )
supercheesegirl: (books - bookworm)
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read and hated.

Read more... )
supercheesegirl: (books - bookworm)
I just went through all my 2006, 2007, and 2008 books and put them all into goodreads. That's over 250 books altogether, but some of them I had already put in. I now have 725 goodreads books, and I still have to add all the 2005 books. I'm considering moving some of my reviews over, too--for a lot of the books I've read the past few years, I didn't write much (ie, "Books about mummies are awesome!") but I wrote something substantial for a lot of them. Don't worry, LJ is still my primary book tracker, but I can't deny that goodreads has a strong pull. I want to have the mostest books!! Here, at last, is something I totally excel at.

I also absolutely adore being a goodreads librarian. Combining editions is probably my favorite thing, because it neatens things up so much and it can be done so quickly. But I also love standardizing the titles of books in a series (so that they all read something like, "Mysterious Title (Something series, book 1)"). For a lot of books, especially the more obscure fantasy and YA series, the titles aren't standard at all, so it's really difficult to tell what the order is of books in the series. This is problematic because a lot of times, I'll remember I read the first three books of a series but won't remember their particular titles. Or, I'll hear about a series and go to goodreads to see what ones to read first. So, standardization. It's awesome.

And now I need to get off the computer before my head explodes. Maybe I'll wash some dishes. My apartment is a damn mess.

::edit:: I'm now at over 900 books. I did the 2005 books, and also went through my bookshelf spreadsheet and copy/pasted all the ISBNs. I knew that spreadsheet was going to be good for something!! This is by far not all of the books I've read, either, only the books I've read in the last three years and the books I currently own. I've read lots more books than that. But this is probably the limit of my large-scale book adding, unless I take a laptop into my mom's attic.

book whore

Feb. 11th, 2008 08:20 pm
supercheesegirl: (books - reading girl)
I am highly disappointed that in the entire Philadelphia library system, there is not one single copy of book 2 in the Riverworld series. They have books 1, 3, 4, and 5, but not 2. WTF? Now I must order it online, and if I'm ordering #2 I might as well order 3 and 4 also! Stupid books.

In other news, through some recent shopping and also recent library reading, my amazon wish list has dropped to seven pages! I can't remember the last time it was that short!
supercheesegirl: (books - reading girl)
From the [ profile] altfriday5:

1. Do you read for recreation?
Heck yes.

2. What sorts of things do you read? Fiction? Nonfiction? What category or genre? Long pieces? Short? Books? Magazines? Web pages?
I read all kinds of things. Mainstream fiction, sci fi and fantasy, YA fiction. I very much like love stories about ghosts. Nonfiction, particularly in the fields of history, archaeology, and women's studies, and also travel writing and memoir. I read poetry. I read literary journals. I like Buffy novels and other vampire-related books. I... think that about covers it.

3. Does your mood (day-to-day), circumstance (week-to-week or month-to-month) or lifestyle (year-to-year) influence the reading choices you make?
Yes, definitely. Sometimes I'm in the mood for something serious and literary and intelligent; sometimes I'm in the mood for a good fantasy with a swordfight or two. My circumstances influence my reading: I read on the train every day. I used to read more when I was on vacation, but that hasn't been the case lately--I've been too caught up in vacationy things to read that much. I read a lot on planes and in airports. In the summer, I tend to lean towards lighter reads than I do in the winter; in the summer I like to read the kind of book that will fit in my bag and be nice to curl up with under a tree. In terms of lifestyle, I seem to be doing more reading now that I live in Philly. I take the train every day, so that's an hour of reading every week day. I'm also not taking any academic classes right now, which allows me to read more for pleasure.

4. What function does reading hold for you? Escape? Learning? Companionship? Imaginative voyage? Other?
All of the above. I often lean towards sci fi and fantasy and YA books when my real life is very stressful, just so I can go somewhere else for a while. I love books about history and archaeology, because I learn so much reading them. Reading is also part of my professional and creative process: as a writer, I read poetry, memoir, and literary journals for inspiration and to improve my own craft, and literary journals also to see if they'd be good places to send my work.

5. What, if anything, that you've read in the last year or so stands out as particularly excellent reading?
I haven't done my 2007 reading wrap-up post yet. Hopefully I'll do that in the next week or two. I read almost 130 books in 2007, so I kind of have to check the list to decide what the absolute best books were.

The Questioner says: Don't forget your links!
supercheesegirl: (books - bookworm)
"These are the top 106 books most often marked as 'unread' by LibraryThing's users." (Why 106?) The ones I've read are in bold.

Read more... )
supercheesegirl: (books - petals)
There are quite a few poetry books on my shelves that either I never really liked, or were Fred Chappell giveaways, or for some other reason I acquired but never connected with. So these books are free to good homes. If you want any of the books on this list, let me know and we can work out transportation of the book(s) to you. And let me know if you want more info on any of these, or if I should consider rereading any of them.

J.L. Conrad. A Cartography of Birds. Louisiana State, 2002.
Cortney Davis. Details of Flesh. Calyx, 1997.
Beckian Fritz Goldberg. In the Badlands of Desire. Cleveland State, 1993.
Tony Hoagland. What Narcissism Means to Me. Greywolf, 2003.
Medbh McGuckian. Shelmalier. Wake Forest, 1998.
Eilean ni Chuilleanain. The Brazen Serpent. Wake Forest, 1995. (undecided about this one.)
Molly Peacock. Take Heart. Vintage Books, 1989.
Adrienne Rich. Fox: Poems 1998-2000. Norton, 2001. Hardback.
Charles Simic. Classic Ballroom Dances. Braziller, 1980.
Laurie Sheck. Black Series. Knopf, 2001. Hardback.
supercheesegirl: (sandman - delirium)
Today for some reason I started totally jonesing to reread American Gods. I was at my parents' house all day, but I was all excited to get home tonight and start reading it again--and then I got home and realized I had lent it to Rose. Argh. And apparently the Philly library carries absolutely no Gaiman titles at all. I can't believe that, but "gaiman" doesn't pop anything whatsoever in the catalog. And I don't want to be the kind of friend who asks for her books back without allowing a decent amount of time for the borrower to read. I'm honestly tempted to go buy a new goddamn copy, that's how badly I want to read this book right now. And I could pick up Anansi Boys at the same time, since I haven't read that yet, and then when Rose does give me my copy back I'd have a lending copy. This is completely stupid, I don't know why I suddenly want this book so much.

In other news. Saw Pirates of the Caribbean 3 yesterday. Not entirely spoilery, just ranty. )

I also watched Pan's Labyrinth with my parents tonight. It was completely amazing. I loved it. It was beautiful and unexpected and wonderful and I cried.

Memorial Day Movie Roundup:
#1 Pan's Labyrinth
#2 Shrek 2 (not Shrek 3, which I haven't seen yet)
#3 PotC 3

I never thought I'd be putting a Jack Sparrow movie in last place for anything, but there you go.
supercheesegirl: (star trek - aieee)
Got this from [ profile] woodwardiocom and [ profile] lady_anemone. According to the Science Fiction Book Club, these are the most significant sf/f reads from the years 1953 to 2002.

Read more... )

I obviously haven't read most of those. Which, if any, should be a high priority for me to read?
supercheesegirl: (link sad)
Now up on yousendit:

The Tiny Goat - by The Gothic Archies

Now I will never think about this song again. Except that I will because that goat is inside my heart now, gnawing, and now that I know about him he'll make me sad forever.

::edit:: I realized what this song reminded me of. It reminded me of the short story "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield. I had forgotten the title, so I looked it up online, and found the full text here (you can also download her entire short story collection from It's only maybe four pages long, quite short, but it will break your heart into little tiny pieces. Just finding it again and skimming through it, now I want to cry myself to sleep. I think you should all go read this story so I won't be all alone in this. But be warned--Mink, De, the sensitive ones among you--you will never forget this story and it will haunt you forever. I read it six years ago and I still remembered the whole thing. My mom never even read it, only had it described to her by me when she demanded to know what I was upset about, and she still remembers it. Go and be miserable, all my friends!
supercheesegirl: (books - bookworm)
I am basically finished cataloguing books. I'm shocked--I only have around 400. (I skipped lines between sections/shelves so I don't have an exact number at the moment.) This doesn't count the books I haven't read, however. I would bet there's well over 100 of those sitting around. Also doesn't count the books at my mom's house, or the ones I lent to Jorn that are on his shelves. Or, for that matter, the oversize coffee-table type books in the living room. I can't forget to put those in...

yay books

May. 23rd, 2006 05:11 pm
supercheesegirl: (books - reading girl)
I just went on and ordered a few things. I found them through amazon z-shops, and they had several things I wanted so I just ordered through their own website so I could combine the order. I got: two Mrs. Pollifax books (priced at a penny each), Nina Kiriki Hoffman's A Fistful of Sky, and two self-help books that I'd heard good things about (including the one Chrysta recommended--I'll let you know how it is). Total for the order was $17, but that's for five books, one of which is a hardback, so I'm okay with that. This would have been easily twice as expensive if I bought them new on amazon. No more books now, though--I went looking for these books specifically at Harvard Book Store yesterday and didn't find them but found several other used treasures, so I'm seriously done with book shopping until after I move. And if any of you have ever wanted to read a book that I own, now is the time to ask for it, people. There are several items from the last book swap that I need to trade to someone else, too.

Kat: Remember those two hardback Hamiltons you gave me? I still haven't read them since I don't have the first one--want them back? Or is someone else in the scorpion bowl crowd interested?
supercheesegirl: (books - bookworm)
Tonight I started cataloguing my books. I did the top two shelves of my favorites, typing all the info into an excel spreadsheet, and then I uploaded that to librarything. Here's my catalogue so far. Pretty exciting, hmm? I'm hoping to get all my books catalogued before I pack them. This only took me maybe two hours.
supercheesegirl: (books - BSC)
I went to a book swap party this afternoon. I brought a box of books that Jorn and I had been wanting to get rid of for a while. When I arrived, there were stacks and stacks of books on the tables. At first I was nervous--my inner monologue went something like "Ooh, this looks good. Can I...? Oh, thanks. Oooh, but there's... really, I can have two? I'll just carry these two around for a while and maybe put one back..." Eventually, though, I got to the point of hysterical shrieking if anyone so much as bumped into my pile, let alone perused it, and I had to hide my bag in another room so I wouldn't get psycho. :)

I came home with... 19 new books!!! So exciting!!! One of them is for Farbo because I thought she'd like it, and another is one that I have to pass on to a friend when I'm done reading it--but most of them I'll probably pass on when I finish them anyway, so that's not a problem. I picked up volume 2 of The Watcher's Guide, and The Summer Queen (I squee'd aloud when I found it), and a couple of Octavia Butler books, and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (which never even hit the table, as I saw its previous owner pull it out of her bag and I took it directly from her hand), and a translation of the writings of Hildegard von Bingen (which I was so excited about, and then immediately felt like a big dork). There's a feminist book about writing, and some vampire trash fic, and an archaeological mystery, and a librarian romance. SO MANY BOOKS. So excited!!!! (When I got home, I kissed Jorn passionately and asked if he'd like to see my books, then I sat on the floor and showed him every single book and bounced up and down with enthusiasm. He was amused.)

And this was a really good event, too, because any leftover books are being donated to the prison library project or to a local library. And the hosts are talking about having another one in a few months. I'm amazed at how happy this event made me. I'm already eyeing my bookshelves for future swap fodder (it's there, believe me, even though I just cleaned house this morning). Thank you thank you thank you, book swap friends!!
supercheesegirl: (fred - bibliophiliac)
In case you're interested, I went through my shelves and stacked up a bunch of books to get rid of. Sadly, my shelves now look, not empty, but nice and neat and not crowded. Too many books. In no particular order... )

So yeah. I got a lot of work done tonight. If I get really ambitious, I have several hardback things that I might take to that good bookstore near downtown crossing. I seem to remember them having a decent poetry section, and I have several things that I'm just not going to read (ie, some stuff my mom picked up for me for a dollar at a library sale just because it was poetry).

Really, if you're interested in any of my books at all, not just the ones listed here, please come to my house and take them away. Unless you're Susanna, in which case I want my The Dark Is Rising sequence back. But none of you are Susanna.

book meme

May. 24th, 2005 10:36 am
supercheesegirl: (fred - bibliophiliac)
Book meme, from [ profile] padawan_alli and [ profile] myras_girls:Read more... )
supercheesegirl: (fred - bibliophiliac)
Novels that have won the Hugo Award (I guess I should consider this a reading list?). I've read woefully few of these... )
supercheesegirl: (Default)

so i have an interview on monday with harvard law school for an editorial assistant position. also. i talked to nicole at houghton mifflin, and she said they're still considering me for the editorial assistant position there and may want to set up an interview for next wednesday.

also. i finished The Color Purple. what a good book. i think maybe Alice Walker must really love people, love everything, to be able to write like that. i remember now how i felt when i finished The Temple of my Familiar: i wanted to run out and buy everything she'd ever written and read it all. i got stuck in the first chapter of some other book of hers that i'd gotten at the used store, but that book clearly must've been her one bad one. now i am once again inspired to read everything she ever wrote.

also. i'm psyched to be going shopping with sarah farbo tomorrow, and i'm psyched to be watching Angels part 2 on sunday, and to be watching all the lord of the rings movies next week. and tonight, i'm going to watch a bunch of buffy. things are pretty good.


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