Monday, June 30, 2008

Book Count: June

Number of books read: 6
Pages read: 1624
Average number of days to read a book: 5
Average number of pages read in a day: 54
Number of more books to read to reach goal: 50

Friday, June 27, 2008

Famous Author: George Orwell

Born: 1903
Died: 1950
Famous for: Books, Essays, Communist pigs

- In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
- All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.
- To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
- Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
- Big Brother is watching you.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Famous Author: Carl Jung

Born: 1875
Died: 1961
Famous for: theories of psychology, books on psychology, not being as big of a perv. as Freud

- Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.
- It all depends on how we look at things, and not on how they are themselves.
- Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble.
- The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
- As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
- I could not say I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something that people call God.
- All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Famous Author: Robert Frost

Born: 1874
Died: 1963
Famous for: poems

- Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
- A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
- Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
- I never dared to be radical when young
For fear it would make me conservative when old.
- By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.
- The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

New Stuff!

As this year we are working on read 100 books, why not share information on famous authors too? And so we are starting a new grouping entitled “Famous Author”. Isn’t that imanagitive? It will be a short bit of information on a famous author and some quotes from their works and/or lives that showcase their personality and/or creative genus.

Famous Author: Dave Barry

Born: 1947
Died: in the future
Famous for: Books, newspaper columns, life being turned into a ‘90’s TV show, playing himself on TV.

- You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.
- Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it.
- If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base.
- Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.
- Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Busy Week

Ok, so I noticed when I finally got to the computer today that I haven’t posted in a week. (Which might explain the fact that I’ve been averaging 0 hits a day to the page.) But, because I’ve been busy with non reading books things I have no new books to write about. So I thought I would take a break from writing on books for a while. (You know, until I have something to write on.) And do some classic type WNBNI things. Enjoy.

Gratuitous “Office Space” Quotes

As you may know, we at WNBNI consider “Office Space” to be the great work sucks movie and as such quote it over and over again for no real good reason. As we have gone months without quoting it, these are obviously overdue.

* “The thing is, Bob, it's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care.”

* “No, not again. I... why does it say paper jam when there is no paper jam? I swear to God, one of these days, I just kick this piece of shit out the window.”

* “The ratio of people to cake is too big.”

* “I deal with the god damn customers so the engineers don't have to. I have people skills; I am good at dealing with people. Can't you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?”

* “I can’t believe what a bunch of nerds we are. We’re looking up money laundering in a dictionary.”

And of course. . .
* “And I said, I don't care if they lay me off either, because I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I'm, I'm quitting, I'm going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they've moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire...”

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

50 Books Down, 50 To Go!

For those of you keeping track of my attempt to read 100 books this year, you my have noticed that my last blog was book 50. As it is June, the 6th month of the year, that means I’m still on track to reach my goal! Yahhhhhh!!!!!!!!! Also, as I 1st said to myself that I was now “half-way there” and was watching VH1 reasontly, I have Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” stuck in my head. Not that I mind, it is an amazing song, from an album so great even I bought it. (Giving up money that otherwise could be spent on books.) But, I thought I would share with you, so you too could have the song in your head.

A Note to Self: Murder Can Spook Your Cat

Book Count: 50

Murder Can Spook Your Cat, By: Selma Eicher
Fiction, mystery 263 pages 1998

This is the story of a children’s author who dies mysteriously. The only one who saw her die was her cat. Her ex-husband, who was still friends with her, thinks that one of her step-daughters killed her for their inheritance. So he hires a friend who is a P.I. to investigate as they wait for the results of the autopsy.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

A Book in Review – Pardonable Lies

Book Count: 49

Pardonable Lies By: Jacqueline Winspear
Fiction: Mystery, historic 340 pages 2005

This is book three in the Maisie Dobbs series. We did a short review of the first book here. In this book Maisie is still dealing with the demons in her past as she is asked the find out about the death of two soldiers who were apparently killed during the Great War. Also she is trying to save the life of a girl that is accused of murder.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Book in Review – I’m Proud of You

Book Count: 48

I’m Proud of You: Life Lessons from My Friend Fred Rogers By: Tim Madigan
Non-fiction: memoir, biography 190 pages 2007

First, in case Jen is reading this, I still can’t stand Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. (Lady Eileen Fairchild is an evil witch living in a magic merry-go-round and nothing you can say will make me change my mind on that.) But, that being said, everything that I have ever heard about Fred Rogers the person said that he was a great guy and this book only adds to that. It deals with the authors interactions with Mr. Rogers and how it changed his life and that of his family. It includes actual letters, parts of interviews and the author’s thoughts in a narrative of the author’s life from when he first talked to Mr. Rogers until after his death. It has much information on the spirituality of this Presbyterian minister who saw his ministry in helping children. This includes favorite spiritual readings, why he went into TV, and his thoughts on prayer and heaven.

Monday, June 09, 2008

A Book in Review – Don’t Try This at Home

Book Count: 47

Don’t Try This at Home: Your Favorite Action Movie Sequences, Deconstructed, Demystified & Debunked By: Adam Weiner
Non-Fiction: science, physics, film 260 pages 2007

First, the back of the book promises that this book is “For film buffs and physics fans alike!” However, it is much more for physics fans. It would be a great book to read if you were studying for your SAT’s or a placement test in algebra or science at high school or college, but it isn’t really great for people who just like action films. It did have some useful scientific information in it, but as it had the formulas and equations for everything it talked about it was slow reading and rather boring. I did like the very end of the book and which it went over the rules of physics in cartoon worlds, as it was funny, and didn’t have and math problems to do in it.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

A Note to Self: Unsolved Mysteries of American History

Book Count: 46

Unsolved Mysteries of American History By: Paul Aron
Non-fiction 354 pages 1997

This book is on various mysteries in American history. Things like the causes of the Salem witch trials, did Thomas Jefferson have a slave mistress, who killed JFK, Malcolm X and the Lindbergh baby and other things that people question the official answer too. For the shortness of each topic it did provide useful information and many other sources to read; however, a number of topics now have newer information that wasn’t out when this book was written. For example, we now know that the descendants of Sally Hemings are related to the descendants of Jefferson, so if she had to either be his mistress or that of a close relative and most likely was his.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

A Book in Review – Why Do Men Have Nipples?

Book Count: 45

Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You’d Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini By: Mark Leyner & Billy Goldberg M.D.
Non-fiction: Science, health, misc. 217 pages 2005

This book answers the questions that you always had, but would never bother to ask someone for the answer. Questions like: “Why do people seem more attractive to you when you are drunk”, “Why are you hungry an hour after eating Chinese food”, and “Does hysterical blindness really exist?” In it you learn most likely useless information such as: if you are stung by a jellyfish, do not pee on it, that will only make it hurt more. It would also make a good gift to give your less mature friends as there are chapters on sex, drugs, poop/pee and TV.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Book Count: May

Number of books read: 10
Pages read: 2613
Average number of days to read a book: 3
Average number of pages read in a day: 84
Number of more books to read to reach goal: 56