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Monday, July 28, 2008

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Latest reads...Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer. I have been a big Archer fan for a very long time, ever since reading my favorite book As The Crow Flies, which is by him. I have read most of his novels and was fairly excited when I was browsing the new releases at the library a couple weeks ago and came across this. It was a good read and definitely in Archer style, but it just didnt seem to draw me in as I remember his other novels doing. His story was full of the classic Archer twists, but seemed a bit predictable and dull compared to his previous novels. Not up to the old Archer standard, but still good. Would recommend.

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. This book has been on my 'to read' list and the movie on my 'to watch' list for a long time. I finally got around to reading it. It was a good story. Quite short and easy to read. It is historical fiction, so it is partially a true story. The author does a great job of developing the main character Griet without ever seeming to explicitly describe her. The movie was good and follows the book fairly well, although, of course, the book is much better. This is a good book if you just want to get away for awhile. It takes you to a different time and place. Would recommend.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This is another relatively short book. This book takes a look into what is really means to live ones life to the fullest. It is very philosophical, a thinkers book. If you're looking for an easy reader, this is not it. At least not if you are a thinker. I enjoyed this book very much. It is an adventure, it is a love story, it will take you to other parts of the world and make you think outside the box. Would recommend.

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy. This story is essentially about good and evil. It is also about how we live with the choices that we make. It is a great story, but I'm not sure about the authors writing style. He jumps from character to character and the story is told from several different perspectives, which I normally like, but for some reason I didnt like this time. I think it's because he jumps characters/perspectives too often. You never really get settled into one character before it switches and often he doesnt even let you know which character he's writing from now, you have to figure it our yourself. Great story, great writing concept, but McCarthy, I believe took it a bit too far. I'll be watching the movie tonight. Would recommend.

I have been watching alot of movies this summer. I've put my Netflix subscription to good use.

I'm very disappointed in the way things are going with Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers. It just really seems like Brett is playing games and wants to keep the spotlight on him. I'm just as sad as any fan to see him go, as long as I've been a fan, he's been the quarterback, but I feel like he's messing with the team. At some point in time, we have to move on, he cant be the quarterback forever. It makes me think less of Brett that he would behave this way, I think it's very unprofessional. Get it together Brett... I love you, but you gotta stop messes with our minds and our hearts.

I went into my school email account and erased all the emails from last school year. It was taking a long time to load all the old emails and I figured since a new school year was approaching that I could wipe the slate clean, so to speak. Can you believe I erased 2777 emails? Plus there were some that I erased a while back because my box was full. That just seems crazy to me. That's alot of email and a testament to how much our school uses email. If you dont check your email, you generally dont know what's going on. Email is a quick and simple way to share information. It's just so easy to drop someone a quick email. I did some quick math...that's about 30 emails per working day. That's alot of email. We do have a great email system called FirstClass with message boards and all kinds of stuff. It really is a great resource, esp for a district that is as spread out as ours. Everyone who works for LKSD has an account which allows connections between people in all of the remote villages. Add to my school email, all the emails I send and receive through my own personal email account and THAT'S ALOT OF EMAIL!

Well, that's all for now. Sometime soon I'll write about what I've been up to the last couple of weekends. Have a great week!


Reese-E said...

Warning: Don't watch No Country For Old Men if you're easily scared!! That movie had me sleeping with my lamp on for months! No lie! It scared me so much. The main guy is so creepy!! Eeeek! NEVER gonna watch that again!

alisha said...

lol...now that i've read the book, i have to watch it. i already know what's going to happen, but thanks for the warning.