Recent Happenings

…Or, the post where Hannah has lots-o-links.

A few things I’d like to share:

First, yesterday I mentioned that one of my favorite books The Perks of Being a Wallflower is being made into a movie. I’m (still) incredibly excited for this and can’t wait to see how the movie comes out. If you haven’t read the book, I’m going to insist that you ought to.

February, it seems, has been the month of romance reading, which is a bit funny considering V-day and all. Honestly, I did not do this on purpose, but you see I just have not had any non-fiction in me. Every time I crack a non-fiction it’s just not catching my interest. I’m thinking that since I’ve been averaging four papers a week for the past few weeks, my brain is tired. When my brain is tired I read romance novels. This month I’ve read twelve books, each of them are romance or have a romance component. Case in point… the month of romance.

Further, I’m declaring that last week was the week of historical romance. Pretty specific it may seem, but when one reads four historical romances in a matter of five days… well, you know…

It has become common knowledge about the pages of this here blog that I’ve begun reading science fiction and fantasy. I’ve also made no secret of the fact that what background I do have in science fiction comes from watching the Star Wars movies, what is easily hundreds of times, and video games – some of which are in fact Star Wars! What am I getting at with the previous display, you must be wondering… Well, one of my geeky co-workers reads lots of Star Wars books, and we talk lots of Star Wars, and he has been at me to at least try to read a Star Wars book. Much as I may own two of them, I have yet to actually crack them open for reading. So, I’ve been flitting around Wookieepedia (the Star Wars Wiki) looking for suggestions. I’ll probably hit up tvtropes next, but I have class in a little while and once I start troping I generally find myself unavailable for long periods of time…

All that in one sentence minus the irrelevant bits, I’m going to read some Star Wars books at the request of a co-worker and see how I like them. This should be interesting.

Also exciting, the fifth Night Huntress novel is going to be released tomorrow and I am SO PSYCHED(!!!!!!) to get my hands on a copy.

Really, truly, cannot wait!

On a bit of a sad note, Borders has filed for bankruptcy and six of the stores in my state are closing, including the one in my hometown. It’s sad to see the store go considering it’s the bookstore I grew up going to, but such is the way of life, I suppose.

With all of the above, I have not yet mentioned my recent additions to my personal book collections. I’ll admit to buying a bunch of romance novels in the past couple of weeks which has been fueling my romance reading, but I’ve also got a few others – (R) denotes those I’ve read since buying. New romance additions include Animal Magnetism (R) and The Trouble with Paradise by Jill Shalvis, On the Edge (R) and Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews, Pleasure Unbound (R) by Larissa Ione, One Week as Lovers by Victoria Dahl, Soulless (R), Changeless, and Blameless by Gail Carriger, Born of Fire by Sherriyn Kenyon, and Immortal Champion by Lisa Hendrix. I think thats all of them. My recent non-fiction additions are Michel Foucault’s History of Madness (which is sizeable, for sure), Will Durant’s The Story of Philosophy, and what I’m anticipating to be a really fun read Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love by Andrew Shaffer.

And that I think is everything I’ve got to share at the moment which means I’m off to class. Anything you’d like to share?

6 thoughts on “Recent Happenings

  1. Cyberkitten February 23, 2011 / 11:38 am

    “Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love by Andrew Shaffer”

    What a *very* odd idea for a book. It sounds like either a criticism of particular philosophers or philosophies. Almost as if being crap at love somehow invalidates their particular school of thought. I’ll be interested in reading your review if you post it here.

    • Hannah February 23, 2011 / 2:30 pm

      My understanding, based on reading the back of the book, is that it is less about the actual philosophical ideas held by the philosophers and more of a biographical account of love gone wrong for the individuals. The humor behind the book – and this is just a guess as I’ve not started reading it yet – is supposed to be in the fact that while love is a topic much discussed amongst philosophers, so many philosophers seemed to have a rough go of things in relationships. BUT! I’ll get back to you on that once I’ve actually READ the book.

  2. Cyberkitten February 23, 2011 / 4:18 pm

    I’ve read quite a bit of philosophy and I can’t remember much about love….

    • Hannah February 23, 2011 / 11:10 pm

      Okay, so… note to self: pay attention to what you write…
      While I made it sound as if all philosophers are constantly off in their corners pondering love, what I should’ve said is that many philosophers have discussed love. The nature of love has certainly been pondered by many of the ‘big’ philosophers (some more than others), but I’ve had to actively seek out a lot of what I’ve read on the topic.

      Am I making any more sense yet or just digging a deeper hole?

  3. Cyberkitten February 24, 2011 / 3:53 pm

    Maybe we should wait until you read the book and I read your review [grin]

    • Hannah February 24, 2011 / 5:46 pm

      Sounds like a brilliant idea.

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