Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, Book Addict, books, Burn Notice, chess, Christmas, Christmas Break, Covert Affairs, Dracula, English, history, I Am Not a Serial Killer, If On a Winter's Night a Traveler, Jane Austen, Jane Yolen, Library, literature, Lonely Planet, Mansfield Park, Masterpiece Theater, micro-nations, Mirrormask, NCIS, Neil Gaiman, Neverland, Star Wars, Star Wars Expanded Universe, SyFy, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Wonderstruck
You know you are a book addict when… You walk into the library and the librarian asks “Are you here for your books?” “Yes, I am here on Christmas break.” “We figured.” Yeah. I have 45 from the library not including the three, three feet tall stacks of my own books.
My books cover micro-nations to Dracula retellings, from the history of chess to teen gothic romance, etc. etc. etc. There are some that I have no shame of mentioning (The Left Hand of Darkness, If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler). There are some that need explaining (Lonely Planet’s Guide to Micro-Nations, I Am Not a Serial Killer). There are some that are excusable as a future school librarian (Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, anything Jane Yolen). There are the ones that I will not mention on this blog because I will receive nasty letters about how they are predictable, over-romanticized or dystopian novels not worthy to be read by anyone with a higher education. (To those I say; You probably read Star Wars Expanded Universe. Oh yeah, I went there.) Oh, and books on comics and art.
I have already finished two books and two movies. Wonderstruck was magnificent and I highly recommend it for all ages. (For those who want to know, it is the same author as The Invention of Hugo Cabret and the same type of mix of pictures and words.) The first of the spin-off of The Spiderwick Chronicles was disappointing but I am hoping the other two will make up for it. The Masterpiece Theater version of Mansfield Park was wretched. I can deal with changing things around (particularly for this Austen novel) but it just ruined the gist of the book. Mirrormask was… more of an art house film than a children’s story. I should have known with Neil Gaiman being involved. I probably should not have been so brain-dead while watching it, but… yeah. Not a great movie.
I also plan on catching up on Burn Notice, Covert Affairs, NCIS, and seeing for the first time the SyFy mini-series Neverland. Oh, and audio books.
To all of this I say, I do not want to be overly educated this Christmas break. I am coming up against my senior English Project which I still have no idea what I am going to write about.
I sincerely hope all of you enjoy your reading this Christmas break, be it advanced physics or Star Wars Expanded Universe.
Until Our Next Meeting,
The Lost Writer of Rohan