I Don’t Watch YouTube

I have never been one of those people who can watch YouTube videos for hours on end, browsing for funny/scary/risky videos to help me pass the time or pull me out of a bad mood. If someone posts a YouTube video on my Facebook wall, I tend not to click on it until they press, “April, did you like the video I sent you?” To which I make up some excuse as to why I haven’t watched it and quickly change the subject so I don’t have to promise to watch it. I rarely share a videos, unless it’s a hilarious clip from a movie that I was just talking with you about!! Lets chuckle at the relevancy!

Or…when it is absolutely applicable to my life and the very few people that are like me.

This is one of those cases. It’s a video about finding the perfect sitting position in which to read a book. Please enjoy:

Get toned. Read a book. Sounds legit.

The books I am currently reading

The list of “books I’m currently reading” is always a long one. Yes, I am one of those freaks who can read more than one (read: 5) books at a time. I am 1/3 of the way through each of them right now, so I don’t see myself blogging a new review until mid-week next week. Therefore, I thought I’d sate you with the titles and a little teaser of each book I am currently working through:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Alex Award winning title): It’s 2045 and the entire world is trying to find the ‘Easter Egg’ hidden in the computer-generated multi-player universe OASIS (think combo of Facebook, Second Life, and the Sims). 5 years after the search kicked off, teenaged Wade Watts finds the first of 3 keys, sparking a global race to find the Egg.

Interrupted: a life beyond words by (fifteen year old) Rachel Coker is the 1940s story of Allie, a shy teen who is relocated to Maine after the death of her best friend and mother. I began reading this after it was recommended to me as a potential title for the 1Book1Community for Loudoun County Public Library. (I am a committee member helping choose this year’s title).

Anya’s War by Andrea Alban Gosine: Anya and her Jewish family fled the Soviet Union to live with her mother’s parents in Shanghai-hi. While riding her brand new bicycle through her neighborhood she finds an abandoned newborn baby. Another title I am considering adding to my list of potential 1Book1Community books.

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey: a 2012 Printz Award honor book, the story begins with the brutal murder of a young girl. Jasper knows he will be the scapegoat, so he asks Charlie to help clear his name.

Reviews to come next week!

Books I’ve Quit Halfway Through

I’m sorry, book. You aren’t what I thought you would be. Maybe it was my misinterpretation of the summaries I read? Or the publisher can’t write a factual synopsis to save her life? I was interested, intrigued, excited, even! But now that I have started you, I can’t wait to quit you.

Books I’ve quit so far this year:

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, as quasi-reviewed here.

The Vanished by Heidi Julavits, a kind-of-paranormal adult novel about a student of parapsychology (um, she’s in college to be a psychic?) whose professor attacks her with her mind. Wait, what?? Also, I am (was) listening to this on audio CD and was thoroughly annoyed at the breathy voice the narrator used. I feel like that added to the creepiness of the story, thereby turning me off completely.

The Science of Yoga by William J Broad was a very well-researched discussion of all the research done on yoga since the its inception. But it was a bit too much for me. The introduction was great and got me super-psyched to read the book! I was the first at my library to get it, after being on hold for months waiting for its publication date to come around. Then I tried reading it, and I found it to be a tad boring. (I didn’t except an easy narrative read, but I expected…less than what I got. Perhaps that is my own fault.)  Broad obviously tried very hard not to hurt any researcher’s feelings, and it was that inability to commit to a ‘side’ that made me return the book well before its due date. I still recommend the title to those interested in yoga, and those who enjoy facts.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (translated by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel) was another audiobook I turned off. The female reader had a too-soothing voice, as my intentions for audiobooks are to help get me to the gym at 6:30am and get me home at 6pm (or as late as 9pm). Her voice was too sweet, soothing, and rhythmic. OBVIOUSLY no one’s fault but my own.

I will add more titles as they come, and they will surely come.

Sleeping Cats

Yes, this post is exactly what the title denotes. I absolutely love watching a cat sleep. They are so peaceful (read: not neurotic) and beautiful (unless they’re ugly), and (usually) let me pet them without batting at my hand or trying to bite me (okay, Crew, I’ll stop!). I miss my parent’s cats sometimes, and today I could really use a good kitty snuggle. In lieu of that, here are pictures of kitties sleeping:

Thank you.

Book 25: Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

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Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews is a horrible book that I am actually angry at completing. The book had absolutely nothing to it. High school senior Greg is the novel’s self-deprecating yet obscenely selfish narrator. Yes, I see the oxymoron…but that is the only way to describe this total baby of a character. So he is an overweight mouth-breather with a snot problem. How does that give him the right to be a complete and utter jerk to every single person including like, every single girl he has ever encountered? Okay we get it…you’re awkward around girls. Many adolescent males are. You are not unique or special, Greg. But he takes this inability to behave like a normal person and turns it into his “act”, and his act isn’t the least bit funny. In fact, it’s really messed up and annoying.

I am so sorry for this negative review. I truly don’t like being so negative…but I cannot imagine ANYONE enjoying this! (That is has 4 stars on both Goodreads AND Amazon is beyond me!) The only people I would even consider recommending this book to are the awkward boys that visit my library, but even they would say, “Ms. April…this kid is stupid and mean. Why did you recommend this to me? DO you think I am like this Greg kid?” Therefore, I will recommend this book to no one.

Please feel free to prove me wrong on this. Point out some insightful thing I missed.

Free coffee!!! And ice cream, and cinnabons….

Tax Day is Thursday. Have you filed?

Well if you have, treat yourself on Thursday, April 15 to some yummy treats! (If you haven’t filed, you can treat yourself too, but shouldn’t you be planning an escape route to Canada instead?)

– You can start your day with a free cup of coffee at Starbucks IF you bring your own mug for said coffee. The coffee conglomerate has been encouraging “green” practices for years, and this newest Green Project is sure to be popular. At least for one day…

– Know what goes good with coffee? ICE CREAM! Okay, anything goes good with ice cream (especially Cheez Its. Or french fries!) Luckily, Maggie Moo’s is giving away samples of their new treat: the MaggieMia’s Ice Cream Pizza! But only from 3-7pm and only at these locations.

– One of my favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavors is the Cinnamon Buns which is Caramel Ice Cream with Cinnamon Bun Dough & a Cinnamon Streusel Swirl. Which brings me to our next free thing: Cinnabon is giving away 2 free cupcake bites between 5-8pm. The Cinnacake Classic looks good enough to eat! Wait…

– P.F. Chang’s Bistro, T.G.I. Friday’s, McCormick and Schmick’s, and Chick-fil-A all have BOGO or discount deals, as well.

Also, I read somewhere that Dunkin Donuts is offering a free donut, but their website doesn’t state such. I don’t think I’ll be walking into my local Dunkin looking for a hand out, but if I can get some kind of verification I will be hitting up every Dunkin in a 10 mile radius. Double chocolate glazed? Yes please. Bavarian Kreme? Why not. French Cruller? That’ll go well with my free coffee from Starbucks. 😉

Did I forget a reputable establishment that deserves my business?