• Tommyknockers

    By Stephan King –> In case you can’t tell by how banged up my copy is, this book has seen a lot of wear and tear. I bought it used (from the Manhattan Beach library, in like, 1998 for 50 cents) and taped the cover on myself. That mostly worked, considering I have to read the book in two pieces now – the front half, and then the back half. Regardless, I am sure this book will receive continued attention as the years go on; it’s that classic. This must have been my… sixth time reading it? And I still love it, and I still forget parts of the story, and my mind is still blown… every time.

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  • Into It: Bonobo, Cirrus

  • Into It: Atoms For Peace – Judge Jury and Executioner

  • Invisible

    Invisible by Paul Auster –> I received this one as a gift. I had never heard of Auster before (shame on me!) and I must say, I plan to do much more exploring. I loved this book. It was fresh and surprising and sad and beautiful all at the same time. Finished it on the plane… and was left wanting more.

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  • Hipstamatic Gallery 1: The Desert in Summer

    Road Trip. Camping. Motels. Margaritas. California. The trip through Hipstamatic:

  • Chair Restoration

    I have a habit of wanting to save things (usually perfectly usable, albeit already well-used items) from destruction.

    We found this vintage chair in the street and decided to fix ‘er up. The structure was still in good shape but the fabric was completely destroyed on the seat and pillow. Well, after a bit of deconstruction, some fabric purchasing, sewing (huge shout out to Sam’s  mom for her help in this department), sanding, varnishing and some reconstruction, we now have a new chair in the living room! :)

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  • The Passage (more apocalypse!!!!)

    The Passage by Justin Cronin –> I stumbled upon this little gem in the Minnesota St. Paul airport (while killing 5 hours before my flight… yea, I don’t want to talk about it.) I had disregarded every other book on the shelf but gave this one a second look when I saw its strong endorsement by none other than Stephan King.

    Now, I don’t normally give those quotes on the front/back/inside cover a second look. In fact, they usually annoy the hell outta me (I don’t care what so-and-so thinks of your writing! Those reviews are probably paid for anyways!). But in this case, and let’s be clear here, King’s review planted a seed in my mind: “Read this book and the ordinary world disappears” it says. That’s a pretty legit endorsement coming from such a legendary storyteller…

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  • The Talisman

    The Talisman by Stephan King and Peter Straub –> I don’t even know how many times I’ve read this book (in case that’s not obvious from the battered cover). This is just as classic an adventure story as ever. Young boy goes on an seemingly impossible journey through our world and another, parallel universe to save his mother and an entire kingdom from ultimate evil… yum! Monsters, magic juice, evil uncles and mysterious deaths pepper this tale that is as much a saviour story as it is a horror adventure. yesss, bring it on

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  • Bring on the Apocalypse

    Bring on the Apocalypse by George Monbiot –> I’ve been trying to switch off between fiction and non-fiction, so after a world of flying through starry skies with Peter Pan, I moved on to something a little heavier.

    I can’t remember how I discovered Monbiot’s writing, but one thing led to another, and next thing I know I’ve subscribed to his e-newsletter, read all his articles and ordered his book. I love that he pushes you to think in different ways. I may not agree with everything he says, but his focus on presenting the facts (straight, as sad and dispiriting as they often are) resonates with me.

    There is so much embellishment, or even complete disregard, of fact in much of today’s mainstream conversations (politics, talk show media… etc etc). I like it when people tell it how it is, even when it’s not pretty to hear.

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  • Peter Pan

    Peter Pan, Peter and Wendy, and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J.M. Barrie –> First book of the new year! :)

    I have to admit, I was surprised by how long it took me to get through what appeared to be a short, children’s book (note: not a children’s book). The language Barrie uses is fascinating and from a totally different era (glossary provided… thankfully!). I was also surprised at how much the stories moved me (Peter Pan?? really???).

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