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Books Read in 2007

I gave myself a goal of 60 books for 2007….and I just barely made it before the year ended!

Books I Read in 2007:

60. Bad Love – Jonathan Kellerman
59. Good Night, Nobody – Jennifer Weiner
58. J is for Judgment – Sue Grafton
57. Darkest Fear – Harlan Coben
56. All Around the Town – Mary Higgins Clark
55. Tart – Jody Gehrman
54. Cold Fire – Dean Koontz
53. A Long Way Down – Nick Hornby
52. 1st To Die – James Patterson
51. Secret Prey – John Sandford
50. The Nanny Diaries – McLaughlin and Kraus
49. At First Sight – Nicholas Sparks
48. Plain Truth – Jodi Picoult – One of my new favorite authors!
47. Love Overboard – Janet Evanovich
46. BOOKRING: Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood – Ann Brashares
45. Mind Prey – John Sandford
44. The Lincoln Lawyer – Michael Connelly
43. The Art of Undressing – Stephanie Lehmann
42. Night Prey – John Sandford
41. His Brother’s Fiance (Trueblood Texas) – Jasmine Cresswell
40. Winter Prey – John Sandford
39. The Knight in Rusty Armor – Robert Fisher
38. BOOKRING: Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood – Ann Brashares
37. BOOKRING: A Spot of Bother – Mark Haddon
36. BOOKRAY: My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult – LOVED IT!!!
35. Silent Prey – John Sandford
34. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan – Sophie Kinsella
33. Basket Case – Carl Hiaasen
32. The Wedding – Nicholas Sparks
31. BOOKRING: The Second Summer of the Sisterhood – Ann Brashares
30. INCOMPLETE: Straight Into Darkness – Faye Kellerman
29. Eyes of Prey – John Sandford
28. Prayers for the Dead – Faye Kellerman
27. Hannibal Rising – Thomas Harris
26. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day – Pearl Cleage
25. False Prophet – Faye Kellerman
24. Night Shift – Stephen King
23. The Taking – Dean Koontz
22. Dating Without Novocaine – Lisa Cach
21. The Friendship Test – Elizabeth Noble
20. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
19. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro – Really unique, interesting story!
18. The Grief Recovery Handbook – John James & Russell Friedman – Everyone should read this!
17. The Cowboy Wants a Baby (Trueblood Texas) – Jo Leigh
16. BOOKRING: Marley & Me – John Grogran
15. Everyman – Philip Roth
14. Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination – Helen Fielding
13. Chosen Prey – John Sandford
12. The Collector – Cameron Cruise
11. BOOKRING: In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
10. Light Before Day – Christopher Rice
9. Pay It Down! From Debt to Wealth on $10 a Day – Jean Chatzky
8. The Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey
7. Forever Odd – Dean Koontz
6. Dead and Dateless: A Novel of Vampire Love – Kimberly Raye
5. Odd Thomas – Dean Koontz
4. BOOKRING: Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes – Can’t believe I waited so long to read this!! Made it to my all-time faves list!
3. Easy Prey – John Sandford
2. BOOKRING: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards
1. The Historian – Elizabeth Kostava

And her eyes would go all sort of far away…

I freely admit I’m a bit of a dork. So, coupled with my lack of sleep, I started my releasing early today. I joined a release challenge on BookCrossing for Stephen King’s 60th birthday. The challenge was to release 60 (or as many as possible) books today, his birthday. I’ve been picking up extra copies of his books for several months now at Goodwill, Half Price Books, etc. I think I’ve managed to collect about 32 of them. I also created a special book label for the release, as well as the above photo for my journal entries.

Anyway, I was sitting here last night trying to figure out where in the world (and how!) I was going to release all of these. I’ve got some standard drop spots, but figured I’d just stop at every random place I pass until they are all gone.

So, flash forward to 3:30am. Big shock, I didn’t take my pill, so I’m wide awake. Decided to hop in the shower and then run by the office at work to pick up some papers I needed. Of course, I then realize that I should be able to free a few SK books on this trip. I left 2 at work, 1 at the gas station, and then figured I’d hit every Starbucks between there and my house (there’s at least 3 I can think of off the top of my head).

Um. Yeah. Apparently Starbucks isn’t open at 4:30am. Don’t people need coffee by then??

The sun isn’t up at that hour either, so I don’t know why I grabbed my cameras to take with me on my morning expedition.

Here I go again on my own.

It’s nice to have a pilot for a brother and the opportunity to get free passes from time to time. Not so nice is the whole idea of flying standby at the bottom of the totem pole. I just listed for my flight to Vegas on Friday. None of the flights look great, so I’m going to have to just be there for the earliest one and keep my fingers crossed. Being at the airport by 6:45am is going to suck navel lint. I’m predicting no sleep the night before since me waking up at that ungodly hour is essentially out of the question.

I’m bringing some books with me, so if I ended up sitting in various airports all day, I’ll have something to keep me entertained. I’m psyching myself up to take it in stride. As long as I actually get into Vegas on Friday, all will be well.

The wedding is Saturday afternoon and I still don’t have a clue what to wear. I have some thoughts, but need to just bite the bullet and start trying things on from my closet…which will only serve to upset me, but it has to be done.

Hopefully Mom will be more recovered from her surgery and feel well enough to get out and about some on Sunday and Monday. She wants to go to the Red Rock where I had all my slot machine success last time. And of course, I want to visit the strip since I missed it last time. Who knows what Dad will want to do….play golf probably. Only I doubt he’s bringing his clubs since they’re doing the flight passes as well and won’t want to check luggage.

Lately I keep forgetting to take my medicine and boy is it making me weird. I need an alarm or something. Probably not helping with my work right now either. I’ve been just awful this week about going into the office. Not smart considering I’m about to be out for 3 days.

Your intuition…it will lead you in the right direction.

I finally finished Blink:  The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.  It was an interesting book and confirmed a lot of things that, subconsciously, I already knew (without thinking!).

“Insight is not a lightbulb that goes off inside our heads. 
It is a flickering candle that can easily be snuffed out.”

We often do ourselves more harm than good by overthinking things and end up confusing the issue.  The real trick is learning to acknowledge those flickering candles and when to follow your gut because, as this book illustrated time and again, it rarely leads you in the wrong direction.

How many times have you done something that you initally thought you shouldn’t?  But you talked yourself, or allowed yourself to be talked, into it because all logical thought indicated there was no reason not to.  And you end up wondering why you were ever hesitant to begin with.

I’ve done it throughout my life.  Quite a few times.  And every time, afterwards, I berated myself for not listening to my own intuitions.  It would’ve saved me, and often times others, a lot of agony and unneeded stress…

I knew, before I ever met Dr H, that I would not be attracted to him.  I knew he wasn’t my “type.”  I knew after spending 5 minutes with him that I didn’t like him like that.  And never would.  Alcohol and sex can’t change that.  I knew there was more to the story with Flirt.  I knew that camera stuff was odd.

I knew, almost every time that Asshole, aka Door #3,  told me he was “working late,” or had some elaborate story about something…even a seemingly innocent story.  I KNEW he was cheating.  But I made myself wait until I had proof.  Screw proof!  I KNEW!  That should’ve been enough.

I won’t bore you with more examples.  The point is…Sometimes, you just know things.  Don’t ignore that or second-guess it or try to explain it.  It happens.  And it’s a good thing.

 

Comments from the old blog:

gak – Jul 20, 06: Daisy!!!! i totally know what you mean. have you taken the myers-briggs- type deal at http://similarminds.com/jung.html

please please tell me that you have a very high “N” because i do too… and it couldn’t reinforce the meaning of this post any more strongly.

amen sistah– listen to your intuition.

xo-
gak, ENFP

Daisy- Jul 30, 06: We had to do the Myers-Briggs thing at work a few years back. I’ll have to go dig and find my result booklet, but I’m pretty sure I was INTJ.

Bookcrossing

I know this isn’t new, but I just recently found out about it and think it’s a fantastic idea!

You register your books on this site and are given a unique ID number to put inside each book (via your own labels or nifty ones you can order from them).  Then you “release” the book by leaving it in some random location, giving it to a friend, a stranger, whatever.  And you add a journal entry on the site for that book ID indicating when and where you released it.

The person who “catches” it is supposed to go to the site, enter the ID number, and create a journal entry indicating they have it.  Once they’ve read it, they should do the same thing and pass it on somehow.

I’m a nerd, I know.  But I love to read.  I don’t allow myself much time for it anymore, but like my photography, I’m trying to change that.  I buy books pretty often and now I won’t feel so bad about it, knowing that I have a good way to pass them on. 

You can also search on the site for books that have been released nearby.  And, if you’re so inclined, you can go searching for them.

I released my first 2 books on Monday.  One I left in the lobby at work, the other, I had Dr Honeydew leave at the airport.  I was sooo excited the next day to find that someone had already caught and journaled the book I left at work!  Very cool!  I know I shouldn’t expect that kind of result all the time, but it was a nice way to get my bookcrossing feet wet.  :)  Especially considering probably only about 10% of books are being journaled when caught it seems.  But maybe that will change as more and more people start doing it.  It’s like catch and release…..but for books. 

Click the banner on the top right of this page if you want to learn more about it.  And if you join, or are already a member, let me know!

That Ditsy Chick is at it again!

Yep.  Another tag.   And holy crap, is it long!!!  So I’d better get started…ok, let’s see.

4 Jobs I Have Had

  1. Catering – From junior high until early college, I did VIP catering at the local university.  Started out working concession stands with our church group, but ended up playing endentured servant at dinner parties held at the University President’s and Chancelor’s homes.  The Chancelor’s wife made us get those damned french maid uniforms (not the porn version, thankfully) for events at her house.  The first time we wore them, I was standing at the door greeting her guests with a tray of champagne.  And she had the nerve to comment about how “cute they look in their uniforms.”  I’ve never wanted to bash someone in the face with a silverplated tray more in my life.
  2. Office Manager at Rentronics – I met the manager in a pool hall while I was in college.  He was looking for a new office manager, I was looking for a part-time job.  I didn’t have to try and sell that crap to customers, just manage the paperwork and computer stuff.  He got fired several months later and the new manager (who apparently was a former manager) was forcing me to do sales so he could bring back his former office person.  Yeah.  I’m going to talk people into spending $10,000 over a few years on a used television.  I think NOT. 
  3. Crap Jewelry Store Manager – After Mission Jewelers shut down, the manager brought me over to manage a new little costume jewelry kiosk in the mall.  That was fun, until his drinking problem surfaced and I was being called at midnight to meet him at bars for “business meetings.”  The kiosk pretty much fell apart not long after, but he gave me the best damn reference that essentially guaranteed my getting my current job, which I started right after college.  Sort of.
  4. CG & Camera Operator for TV station – I wanted to do television production when I first started college.  Really, I wanted to film, but a scholarship to the local school kind of changed my mind for me.  So when I had an chance to get my foot in the door at a local news channel, I grabbed it.  After working the news for a few months, I decided that I would never ever be able to do that for a career. 

4 Movies I Could (and Do) Watch Over and Over Again

  1. Tombstone – Val Kilmer as Doc never gets old.
  2. Pretty in Pink – Jon Cryer as Duckie…I had the biggest crush on him after seeing this movie the first time.  He was my ideal man…when I was 12-18.  He could ride his bike past my house any time! 
  3. The Princess Bride – Just a fun (and also very quotable) movie. 
  4. Any Marilyn Monroe movie – some of my very favs are Some Like it Hot, River of No Return, and Gentleman Prefer Blondes

4 Places I Have Lived – I haven’t moved around much actually.  But here’s what I can come up with.

  1. Memphis, TN – don’t remember it, but I lived there for the first 11 months of my life
  2. Beaumont – with my parents and later in a trailer that was essentially in their backyard. 
  3. DFW area – in a townhome
  4. DFW area – in my very own first home!

4 TV Shows I Love – I don’t watch a lot of tv.  But I do watch a lot of tv shows on dvd after the seasons end.  I’m impatient and forgetful and can never remember the schedules.  So I just watch them all on dvd in a night or two.  Most of them aren’t even being made anymore.  :(

  1. Queer as Folk – I’ve only seen the first two seasons so far (I think the show ended after 5 seasons) but I absolutely love it.
  2. Six Feet Under – Another one I started watching after the show ended.  I’ve watched through the 4th season.  Very dark but also very human and touching.
  3. Carnivale – I still can’t believe those jerks at HBO cancelled this after only two seasons. 
  4. Most anything on HGTV – I love Designed to Sell, House Hunters, Landscaper’s Challenge, Decorator’s Challenge, Curb Appeal, etc.

4 Favorite Books – I read a lot, but in spurts.  I may go months and months without touching a book.  Then, the mood strikes and I’ll knock out 3 or 4 within a few weeks.  I can’t think of any individual favorites…hmmm…

  1. The Mayfair Witches Series by Anne Rice
  2. The Harry Potter books
  3. Most anything by Stephen King or Dean Koontz
  4. Dr. Seuss books – I think all of life’s lessons can be learned from these
  5. BONUS:  The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

4 Places I Have Vacationed – I haven’t vacationed much, aside from the trips with the family growing up.  But here’s a few.  In a few months, I’ll get to add San Diego to the list!

  1. Memphis – Growing up, this was about the only place we ever got to visit.  It wasn’t until I was much older that we actually got to go out and see some of the city:  Beale Street (which is very cool), The Peabody Hotel, Graceland, etc.
  2. Seattle – Oldest brother, Dilbert, used to live there.  Got to go there a few times.  Pike’s Place Market was fun.  And of course, my beloved Fluevog store was there as well.
  3. France – My youngest brother, Duckie, and I got to go for 2 weeks the summer after my high school graduation.  I’d love to go back someday.
  4. Puerto Vallarta – Badass and I went for a week back in 2000.  Would like to go again someday as well, but with better company.

4 Websites I Read Every Day – Sadly, my job doesn’t allow me much time for daily visits anywhere these days.  But here’s the ones I try to hit as much as possible.

  1. My Blogroll Buddies
  2. Dallas Stars sites
  3. Yahoo 360 – similar to MySpace but cooler, unless you want the whole music scene
  4. Google – my quick source for everything 😛

4 Favorite Food (Groups)

  1. Salty
  2. Sweet
  3. Spicy
  4. Cheese

Tagging:  Anyone who wants to participate.  I’m lazy tonight.  Let me know if you post yours!  :)