I was at work all day, so I didn't find out until late afternoon, when I finished my shift and went to the library to get some schoolwork done. I got all emotional in public and had to hangout in the bathroom for a moment to collect myself - all in the very best way, of course.
A huge 'thank you' to LadyofGaerdon
both. This is, for all intents and purposes, my first DD. The Poem Prayers
project was DD'd by Halatia
, but I don't conceptualise that as mine. Rather, it belongs to everyone who contributed to it and to everyone affected by the crisis. That DD was amazing, uplifting, and inspiring - particularly as all those prayers just kept coming in - but this one was so in a different way. It hit me in a different place, I guess, to have something that I alone created and poured myself into so fully, so openly, so intimately, recognised in some way. Both have been beautiful experiences and both have left me feeling so very, very blessed - as this community always does.
In closing, thank you to everyone who read, favourited, and commented on A woman is missing.
; it means so much. And welcome to all the new watchers who've added me in the past two days! I look forward to getting to know you in the coming months.
So much love to you all,
1 March 2011 - 30 April 2011See this entry for details.
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper LeeThis one came very highly recommended both from my friends on here and my offline friends. And let me tell you it did not disappoint. I got to the trial scene right before bed one night, and ended up staying up until I finished the whole damn book. I can't remember the last book that hit me in that way, that made me laugh so deeply, cry so deeply, smile so deeply. It was just...wow. Often when I read a classic I like to think about why it's been dubbed 'a classic.' Sometimes it's because of the caliber of the writing, other times because of its historical weight, and others because of how it resonates with human experience. Very seldom does a classic manage all three. This one, though, does and astoundingly so. A remarkable read. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson BurnettWhen I first listed this on my reading list zebrazebrazebra said "The Secret Garden is a stunning book. I read it whenever I feel down and the downness just slows down," which I thought was a wonderfully whimsical way of putting things. And now that I've read it I know exactly what she meant. It was a joyful and heartwarming read and I think Dickon, especially, will be a character that sticks with and makes me smile spontaneously for a long time to come. Pride and Prejudice
, Jane Austen
Generation X, Douglas CouplandWhat can I say? I was written for the generation before my own, but a lot of the problems - the wayward, cheated, but evocatively introspective feelings of being 20th or 21st century 20-something ring true for me, and for most others my age I reckon. I love this book's comments on youth society, and on North American class structures and economics. It's poetic, strange, eerie, hilarious, and far too much like looking in the mirror. I can't wait to pick up Generation A. Celebutantes, Amanda Golberg and Ruthanna Khalighi HopperMan this was a trashy book. I really couldn't get into it at first, finding it much more vapid and frivolous than I'm used to, but I just sort of let go and went with it, and by the end I was enjoying myself thoroughly. Nothing that'll blow you off your feet, or make you think or question your existence, but a decent, humorous read that just lets your brain chill. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg LarssonHoly-fucking-awesome-book-oh-my-god. Seriously, guys, I could not put this one down. I'm not generally one for crime or mystery type novels, but I just found this one to be so well-crafted and so out of the norm, with such vivid characters, that I devoured it with hesitation. Really stoked for the next two books, and interested to see how Larsson develops Lisbeth and Blomkvist in the next installments. And I think must rent the movie this or next weekend!