Friday, September 30, 2011

Holidays in October:

1. International Day of Older Persons, Feast of St. Thérèse de Lisieux, Feast of Protection/Patronage of the Theotokos
2. International Day of Non-Violence, Gandhi’s Birthday
4. World Animal Day, Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
5. World Teachers' Day
6. German-American Day
7. Start of Yom Kippur (Sunset)
9. Leif Erikson Day
10. World Mental Health Day, World Day Against Death Penalty, Columbus Day
12. Freethought Day
13. Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
14. World Standards Day
15. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, White Cane Safety Day, Global Handwashing Day, Sweetest Day, Feast of St. Teresa of Avila
16. World Food Day
17. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
19. Mother Teresa Day
20. Birth of the Báb
21. International Day of the Nacho
22. International Stuttering Awareness Day
23. Mole Day
24. United Nations Day
27. Navy Day
30. Devil's Night/Mischief Night
31. Halloween, Samhain (northern hemisphere), Beltane (southern hemisphere)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Book in Review: Stupid History

Stupid History By: Leland Gregory
Non-fiction: History 267 page
Book Count:80

This is a book of one page or shorter entries about things that you think you know about history but don't, as well as odd facts, and weird events. It is over all interesting. Many of the entries were things I already knew. A couple were not quite right for example; although it is true that Lizzie Borden was acquitted by a jury of the murder of her parents it doesn't mean that she was innocent(as the author states), experts are still arguing over if she did it or was involved in some way. Also, St. Patrick's day is the 17th of March not because people weren't sure if he was born on the 8th or 9th so they added them together, but because they thought that he died on the 17th. As like with most saints days its the day he died that they base the feast day on (With is logical when you think about it as it would be the day they became a saint in the sense of the word they are using.) And the last issue I had with an entry was that it stated that the Bible never says that angels have wings like we see them in art, as although the way people draw angels isn't from a Bible passage describing angels there were a couple times when angels in the Bible were said to have wings (some times multiple sets.) But, besides these three times when the "fact" wasn't quite right or at least might not be, the facts were fun and told in a interesting way.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Book in Review: To The Nines

To The Nines By: Janet Evanovich
Fiction: mystery 406 pages
Book Count: 79

The review of book eight is here.

In this book Vinnie posted a highly publicized visa bond on an immigrant, who of course goes missing shortly befor he is the leave the country. This leads Stephanie right into the middle of a deadly game, and causes her to break Ranger's Merry Men faster then she blows up cars. Also, her sister is 9 months pregnant from Kloughn and still living with her parents. And to top it all off, Vegas!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Book in Review: Hard Eight

Hard Eight by: Janet Evanovich
Fiction: mystery 326 pages
Book Count:78

The review of book seven can be seen here.

In this book Stephanie is helping an old neighbor find her granddaughter and her seven year old girl. As usual this isn't just the custody case she thought she was getting into. It turns into much more including ending up in a war game with a psychopath . Also, while apart from Morelli thing heat up with Ranger. And after failing at turning gay, Valerie is after any man who is single and has at least 2 bathrooms, even a lawyer who's a real Kloughn.

Friday, September 23, 2011

A Book in Review: Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade

Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade: How to Survive Life's Smaller Challenges BY: Guy Browning
Non-Fiction: Essays, humour, 278 pages
Book Count: 77

This author also writes a how to column in a magazine and this book is written in the same format, so each entry is about 2 pages long making it a quick read. It deals with normal everyday topics with a touch of humor in it.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Book in Review: Cats are Weird and More Observations

Cats are Weird and More Observations by: Jeffrey Brown
Non-fiction: comics
Book Count: 76

This is a short book of comics about cats acting like cats.

A Book in Review: My Korean Deli

My Korean Deli By: Ben Ryder Howe
Non-Fiction: memoir 301 pages
Book Count: 75

This is a fish out of water story with an unusual cast of characters. It is the story of a guy whose family is the definition of WASP who ends up opening a deli/convenience store with his wife and immigrant Korean mother-in-law. Also, he lives with his in-laws and their revolving door of family members new to the country who don't knock while his wife wants to start their family. He works days as an editor of a literary magazine with a one of a kind boss. And there are all the problems with starting a new business, especially when the owners all aren't on the same page an what they want to do.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Book in Review: The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook

The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook By:Matt Dunn
Fiction: Chick Lit, 354 pages
Book Count: 74

This book is a Chick Lit book as told by the guy. Edward comes home one day to find his girlfriend Jane gone, along with everything she owned (Which was most everything.) She left a note saying she was going to Tibet for 3 months to sort things out, and that in fact it was him and not her, because he let himself go. Ed spends the next 3 months with the help of his best friend (and womanizing local celebrity) Dan, Wendy (the barmaid of their local), and Sam his new and female personal trainer working on all the areas of his life that he could improve to impress Jane (well most, he draws the line at hiring a prostitute to test his lovemaking skills. [Which was Dan's idea.])

Note: this book was clearly writing in the UK with related spellings, words etc.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Book in Review: Seven Up

Seven Up By: Janet Evanovich
Fiction: Mystery 337 pages
Book Count: 73

The review of book six in the series can be found here.

In this book Stephanie is trying to bring in an elderly man, who her grandmother dated, for smuggling in cigarettes. As always this is 1000 times harder then it sounds. He may be old, half blind, hard of hearing, need to pee a lot and have other problems that she learns from her grandmother's over sharing, but he has a gun and a Caddie and isn't afraid to use either of them. Also her sister moves back home after her marriage falls apart and decides to become a lesbian. The mob keeps breaking into her home (and do her dishes). And her stoner friends go missing. Not to mention her wedding to Morelli, that she didn't exactly agree to, but that isn't stopping her family from dress shopping and renting halls.

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Book in Review: Pirattitude! So You Wanna Be a Pirate? Here's How!

Pirattitude! So You Wanna Be a Pirate? Here's How! By: John "Ol' Chumbucket" Baur and Mark " Cap'n Slappy" Summers
Non-fiction: humor, history, talking pirate, 221 pages
Book Count: 72

This is about about being pirate like by the people who started International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which is September 19th. It included the story of how they made the holiday, why it is the day it is, definitions to piratey words, info on famous pirates, info on how the be a little bit of a pirate (without all the sea travel and illegal activities), and more. It is done in a very conversational voice and included a foreword by Blackbeard and an intro by Dave Barry. It has all you need to know to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day as well as a bit of things you might like to actually know about real pirates.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Book in Review: Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo (vol 5)

Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo (vol 5) By; Matsuri Akino
Non-fiction: Manga, horror 224 pages
Book Count: 71

In this volume Count D has to deal with a pastry shortage, magic eggs, a health check up, ghost stories, a bird/angel cult (or maybe not), the Bon Holiday (where the dead visit family), and many mysteries.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Book in Review: Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo (vol 4)

Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo (vol 4) By: Matsuri Akino
Non-fiction: manga, horror 224 pages
Book Count: 70

This volume has a Romeo and Juliet story with the Yakuza, ghosts, side shows, and an actor that is too good with their job. We learn more about what Count D does at day instead of working in his shop.

Friday, September 09, 2011

A Book in Review: Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo (vol 3)

Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo (vol 3) By: Matsuri Akino
Non-fiction: manga, horror 208 Pages
Book Count: 69

This volume deals with the bird flu, a black widow and one that isn't, water and the sphynx cat in Egypt. It also has a number of weird dreams with questions on what was really a dream and what was real.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

A Book in Review: Barrel Fever

Barrel Fever By: David Sedaris
Non-fiction: essays, short stories humor 196 pages
Book Count: 68

This book is mostly short, fiction stories with only a few of the humorous essays that David Sedaris is most known for. Each story stands alone and is written from many different points of view; men and women, young and old, gay and straight. The one thing that they by in large have in common is that they would be depressing if told by another writer. The essays are on line with what you would expect from the author. The main one is the story of the year that he worked as a Christmas elf at Macy's.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

A Book in Review: Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo (vol 2)

Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo (vol 2) By: Matsuri Akino
non-fiction: manga, horror, 216 pages
Book Count: 67

In this book Count D and his landlord Woo-Fei still are playing their game of cat and mouse. Also, having read this far in the series unless things change soon, I have to say that horror isn't really the correct genre for this book, no matter what the book says, it is more like "The Twilight Show" with a twist ending at times.

A Book in Review: Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo (vol 1)

Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo (vol 1) By: Matsuri Akino
non-fiction: manga, horror, 192 pages
Book Count: 66

This series is about a pet shop owner in a Chinatown in Tokyo. The pets are mostly magical and mythical beings that are often disguised as normal pets and grant their owners their greatest wish. The owner (Count D) is also not a normal person. Also because the "pets" can change into humans the owner of the property is after the Count thinking that he is selling slaves or prostitutes. This volume includes a twist ending story, a love story, one about gangs and one from the past involving Eva Braun.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

A Book in Review:there's a (slight) chance i might be going to hell

there's a (slight) chance i might be going to hell a novel of sewer pipes, pageant queens, and big trouble By: Laurie Notaro
fiction: humor, mystery, chick lit 302 pages
Book Count: 65

This is a fish out of water story of a big city gal who moves to a small town where everyone is crazy, most not legally crazy just I'm glad I don't have these people for neighbors level crazy. I don't want to say too much about what happens and ruin the story for anyone. It has some great twists and turn and very memorable characters. It also deals with a mystery in the town that was unsolved for 1/2 a century.

Monday, September 05, 2011

A Book in Review: 101 Things You Didn't Know About Irish History

101 Things You Didn't Know About Irish History By Ryan Hackney and Amy Hackney Blackwell with Technical Review by Garland Kimmer, Ph.D.
Non-Fiction: History 236 Pages
Book Count: 64

This is a book all about Ireland. It is divided into areas and then goes in a mostly chronological order for each area. It covers a wide range of information most of it quite well. I would say that I was expecting more detailed knowledge in the area of religion and brewing in this book (given the subject), for example it says that stout is not a lager or an ale; however, it is a type of ale.