Posts Tagged ‘Books’

Works of literature you suggest others burn.

September 25, 2008

Who knew that you guys loved to read so much? I think it’s very telling that there are people I am friends with through different areas of my life who enjoy reading the same stuff. It’s as if I like hanging out with a certain type. Preposterous. While I will be making my way though those books post haste, there is a flipside to the literary discussion. There are certain books you’ve read that you simply hated and wish you hadn’t. As previously stated, most of my reading is on books where I’m trying to teach myself a marketable skill, plus I rarely finish a book I don’t enjoy. So this will be my first list where I won’t actually have 5 things:

  1. “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens – This is the most boring book I have ever picked up in my life. Labels on the back of bathroom items provide a more engaging read. Seriously. I have read many a cleaner bottle while in the bathroom with no magazines. There is nothing good I can say about this book other than I did well on the test my freshman year of high school. It’s too drawn out for my tastes.
  2. “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens – See reasons above. Maybe it’s because I just don’t care for his writing style. By the way, who is it that determines that a book is a “classic” book? Is there a secret commission that meets every few years? What does a contemporary author have to do in order for their work to be considered a classic? Why am I asking rhetorical questions that I won’t ever know the answer to?

That’s it. That’s all I’ve got, though I am looking forward to seeing what books are listed (especially by my friends who are librarians). Pretty anticlimactic. In lieu of listing 3 additional choices I will say that I accidentally left out a book (series really) that is one of my favorites. “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and the subsequent books by Douglas Adams are British comedy gems that I can’t get enough of. Also, I have decided to give my blog a more personal, whimsical feel by including random musings in my posts since I can. Plus it’s a way to entertain myself when I am forcing myself to write (like today). This new section shall be called Nuggets of Knowledge. Anyhow, list 5 works of literature you suggest others should burn.

NUGGET OF KNOWLEDGE:
My great grandmother gave birth to 19 children. Seriously. That is sheer insanity. There was a set of triplets (that died as infants) and two sets of twins (one set died as infants) but other than that they were all one at a time. That blows my mind.

Ways you’d rather spend $4 than on a gallon of gas.

July 8, 2008

Currently in the United States the average cost for a gallon of gas is $4.31 according to the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report. While this raises the ire of most Americans and makes people tell tales of how much gas was “in their day,” the prices pale in comparison to our friends across the pond. According to EIA’s same report gas prices in some European countries are: the UK $8.79, France $8.80, Germany $8.88, Italy $8.96, Belgium $9.02, and in the Netherlands a whopping $9.90 per gallon. Could you imagine spending almost $10 per gallon? You don’t have to imagine it, just move to Holland and you will experience it first-hand.

Fortunately we don’t have prices nearly that high yet, but the prices are still more than we have become accustomed to in recent years. So with gas costs fast approaching $4.50 a gallon what would you rather spend your hard earned money on? I was able to come up with a few things, one of which was surprisingly a date*:

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Unexpected essentials.

June 30, 2008

Originally this post was going to be titled “Things you were accidentally introduced to that you eventually fell in love with.” Not only is that a terribly long name, but it’s also confusing as hell. If you read that as a title you would be less interested in posting than you were for the previous entry (I still don’t care what you think, puke stories are hilarious). After deliberating with one of my most trusted confidantes I settled on the current title, though it still doesn’t really speak to what this list means. Oftentimes we don’t go outside our comfort zones to seek new experiences and because of this we aren’t exposed to new things. New unexpected experiences that you can’t imagine being without is what this list is about. If you still don’t get it you can simply read my list:

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