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30 in 30
So there is apparently a group that proposes the idea of posting 30 entries in the 30 days of June (one a day being the ideal, but not a requirement).  emo_snal had been talking it up and I expressed tentative interest, and then ended up on a list of people probably playing.  Since today is June 4 and this is my fourth entry of the month I figure what the hell?  Besides lists are never wrong.

If you're curious about the details more info can be found here.  The idea of posting daily appeals to me, especially since I have a lot going on in the month of June (with bonus medical stuff).  I'm not sure how well I'll do on the part where it should be interesting to someone who is wandering in out of the cold - but I'll try.


Today is pretty quiet.  I've spoken to the surgical nurse at the hospital
(Nurse: "Weren't you just here last week?" 
me: "yup" 
her:  "Well I'm guessing nothing has changed..." 
me:  "Other than the fact that last week I had surgery" 
her:  "Okay, then we don't need to go through all of this again - I'll just copy the data over from last week.  See you tomorrow.") and watched a movie.  I'm planning to head out for a long walk to the bookstore (with stops for ice cream and picking up a prescription on the way).  I figured I should take advantage of being able to get out before I go back to the beginning of recovery.  At least this time I have my camera here so I can take photos to document the healing from the beginning.


What are your favorite books to read and re-read?  Most of my comfort books are packed already (and J packed his books to start too) so I'm taking suggestions.  I'm making another stop tonight at the used bookstore (I don't like bringing brand new books to the hospital) and will need to stock up, in the last week I finished five books and started a sixth this morning.  Please, recommend away!

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The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Dealing with Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede (and the other three in the series)

I don't re-read books a lot because there are so many books I haven't read yet, but those are a couple that I've read multiple times and enjoyed. I would also, of course, recommend some Lorrie Moore.

I found the Wrede book and it looks fabulous so it is in my pile to read once I'm home.

I agree that there are too many books to go back and revisit things too often, but most people have one or two (anything by Madelaine L'Engel for me) and they're really always good.

Oh, yay, I hope you enjoy it! And if you do, you have three more to look forward to.

I love to re-read "Woman of Substance" and the ones that follow it.

Also, wanted to say good luck tomorrow!!!


I couldn't find "Woman of Substance" at the used bookstore last night, but I'll keep an eye out for it.

The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
East of Eden, John Steinbeck
Winnie the Pooh (seriously)
the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce (young adult fantasy =) )

I just finished the No Fear Shakespeare (Sparknotes) version of Hamlet, which was AWESOME. Also......Proust Was a Neuroscientist, by Jonah Lehrer

PS that no fear shakespeare was the graphic novel version. I can bring it to you if you like.

Wow, you have some pretty serious stuff on your re-read list. I found Tamora Pierce books at the used bookstore, but not the first book in any of her series, and starting in the middle seemed bad. But from reading covers that is an awesome recommendation I will have to hunt some down.

I've read the other three books on your first list - all good.

OK, I am too late to make suggestions for the surgery, but for recovery you might enjoy the Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher, if you haven't read those. He is a wizard PI, and is always neck deep in trouble, and I love him. (What? So my taste isn't high falutin'!)

ooh - I think J's roommate reads those so maybe I can sneak a copy. One of the books I bought is a McGee mystery by John McDonald so I'm totally behind low falutin' books - especially now.

Grover loves the Harry Dresden books and I found most of them highly enjoyable as well, so I'm inclined to agree with catanzey that you might want to give that series a try.

as for reading and rereading, here's a few of mine:
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
The Lady's Not for Burning by Christopher Fry
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
and the Faerie series, beginning with Tithe by Holly Black

by the way, you might be interested in the Murakami book on running. I gave a copy to rubrchick and she might be able to better tell you if it was any good.

The brilliant thing is that I am 150 pages into Tam Lin right now. I can't believe I had never read this before. And I read all of the Dark is Rising over the winter, which means I have them all and I think they're not even packed - good call.

I have the Murakami book on running but I haven't read it yet. I think I'm going to hold it in reserve until I'm back on my feet again. I'm coming to terms with the fact that I'm going to have to blow off the half-marathon I registered for at the end of July, so extra inspiration to get moving will be handy.

*hugs* if you can't find your copies of Dark is Rising, let me know. Amazon is just a click away...

Tam Lin was hugely influential for me. I will say no more for fear of coming across as very fangirly.

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