Enrollment Time!

I finally received notification that I get to enroll in my first graduate classes come June 16th.  Yes, they will be the introductory courses (including a social networking class – at least that is how I understand it right now), but its the beginning!

And I just received my rebate from the IRS, so now its computer-buying time.  I can actually shop for deals rather than browsing like I have been for the past couple of months.  Yay!


A good weekend

This weekend was TMC’s graduation. TMC could not ask for better weather this year as it was misty and cool. If I were a graduate I would have been happy to wear a robe.

On Saturday B and I went hiking in L.A. somewhere. I am not being intentionally vague because we are not quite certain where we were at. We forgot about needing a Forest Adventure Pass and since neither of us had cash, we started looking around for another hike. At the beginning it was more like a stroll, down a steep hill and cross a stream a couple of times. There was a bridge slowly falling apart that several bikers we notice still foolhardily walked across so they could continue on their bike ride. Bike ride or plunge down to the river? The plunge was more than six feet (much more), but not too high. The hiking began on our way back when we had to hike up the steep hill we came down on. If anything, I was convinced that I should start working out again.

On top of all of this, I was able to finish two books this weekend. The second book I was able to finish rather quickly because I am still very familiar with Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I felt it to be a good weekend.

Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
 Again Riordan writes an exciting and fascinating book for children. His series only continues to become better. Each new book has new monsters and battles that leave the reader on the edge of their seat. When I saw him last month he mentioned that what motivates his writing is a class of junior highers in fifth period right after lunch. He wanted to keep them awake with whatever he wrote. And he did an excellent job. His characters develop more too in each book. Wonderful books for any young boy to read, just make sure that he is able to read other books afterwards.

Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange
 I don’t read many Jane Austen sequels anymore, but this one caught my eye. Mostly because Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen novel. Amanda Grange did an excellent job in capturing the spirit of the age in her book. She added to the story, of course, but these additions were well thought out and not outside the main storyline or characters. I loved being able to read what felt like more about these characters, which should be the major goal of such sequels so I felt that Grange did great. She gave me another great insight into Jane Austen’s wonderful book.

Austen for sale

An inscribed book, Emma, by Austen herself will go on auction June 24 this year. To imagine not only the possibility of buying the book (it is said that it will go for around 50,000 pounds), but the idea of selling it. But if you need money and have a book lying around you don’t care about, why not?

Link to newsclip.

And to balance out the post, I just bought tickets for Indiana Jones at 12:15 AM on Wednesday May 21st.  I can’t wait!!

So long Harry Potter

Papercuts today announced that Harry Potter has disappeared from the NY Times Bestseller list. It has been on the list for the past ten years and now a year after the last book came out it has vanished. I am not surprised. With poor writing and a plot that hinged on the next novel, it is not surprising that the Potter books would eventually disappear from the Bestseller list. This does not however mean that they do not have as much value anymore. We don’t see famous classic novels remain on the Bestseller list for years. The fact that her books remained on the Bestseller list for ten years is a noteworthy event in the literary world, as well as the fact that her last novel had the most pre-sales for any book. Potter is not about to fall into the abyss of nothingness.

Click here for the blog: Ten Years Later, Harry Potter Vanishes from the Bestseller List