The Girl

A while back I posted a review of the Swedish film The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to read the book the film was based on and… wow. Just wow.

As you may remember, I was blown away by the film. Well, the books were even better. Stieg Larsson was an amazing writer. The characters (particularly Lisbeth) are very well constructed, and few of them are flat. Even minor characters are given their moments. As if that wasn’t enough, all three books are also filled with suspense and mystery. Who killed who? Who will be next? There were actually moments where I gasped out loud.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to do a long review right now because I have so much work to do for class! Hopefully soon I’ll be able to sit down and blog a bit about what I’m learning about this semester! But while you’re waiting for that (haha) you should really go find copies of these books!

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A request to my fellow Pennsylvanian book lovers…

Dear everyone,

Want to help me out? I’m taking History of Children’s Literature this semester and the book list is incredibly long. I don’t mind buying most of these or getting them from the library, but I would also love to borrow them from you/talk to you about them! Do you have a copy of any of these?

Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. [1719]
Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women. [1868] (part 1 only) I have a copy of this somewhere, hopefully I’ll be able to find it!
Alger, Horatio. Ragged Dick; or Street Life in New York Among the Boot-blacks. 1867]
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. [1876]
Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. [1865]
Kipling, Rudyard. The Jungle Book. [1894] (the 3 Mowgli stories + Rikki Tikki Tavi)
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. [1883]
Nesbit, E. The Story of the Treasure Seekers. [1899]
Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit. [1902]

Graham, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows. [1908]
Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden. [1911]
I also have a copy of this somewhere…
Keene, Carolyn. The Secret of the Old Clock. [1930] [facsimile edition] I have the 1992 printing of this with the 1950s cover. If you have another edition I would love to look at it!
Gag, Wanda. Millions of Cats. [1928]
Bontemps, Arna and Hughes, Langston. Popo and Fifina. [1932]
Burton, Virginia Lee. Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel. [1939]
Siegel, Jerry. The Superman Chronicles. Volume 1. [1938-39]

Enright, Elizabeth. Thimble Summer. [1939]
Tunis, John R. The Keystone Kids. [1940]
Holling, Holling C. Paddle-to-the-Sea. [1941]
Means, Florence Crannell. The Moved-Outers. [1945]
Lowrey, Janette Sebring. The Poky Little Puppy. [1942]
This is a Golden Book
White, E.B. Stuart Little. [1947]
Heinlein, Robert. Rocket Ship Galilleo. [1947]
Seuss, Dr. Bartholomew and the Oobleck. [1949]
MacDonald, Betty. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic. [1950]
Cleary, Beverly. Henry Huggins. [1950]
Brown, Margaret Wise. Mister Dog. [1952] This is also a Golden Book
Minarik, Else. Little Bear. [1957]

L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time [1962] Steve says he has a copy of this.
Fitzhugh. Louise. Harriet the Spy. [1964]
Steptoe, John. Stevie. [1969]

As you can see, I’m going to more or less disappear for the next few months, and when you talk to me I’ll probably only be able to talk about children’s books because well… once I’m done reading The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest that is all I’ll be reading!!

Eight Things…

Today I spent a significant amount of time watching old Vlog Brothers’ videos on YouTube. For those of you who don’t know, the Vlog Brothers consist of Hank and John Green, and they make fun, funny, entertaining and sometimes educational videos. Watching this one got me thinking, what am I grateful for today? Go, watch, then come back.

You watched it? Good. So, what am I thankful for today, Wednesday August 4, 2010? Let me tell you.

Computer Labs

My computer is currently broken. For about two hours this was a huge disaster and I panicked, but then I realized that it wasn’t really that big of a deal. Since I’ve been having so many computer problems I’ve been storing more and more of my homework on gmail, and all my bookmarks are on Delicious, not my computer. I need the internet much more than I need a computer, and thanks to nice things like computer labs, I have the internet. So thanks, University of Illinois GSLIS building, I’m super happy that you have a nice computer lab for me to hang out in for 10 hours today.

Air Conditioning

It is hot here. Really, really hot here. I’m pretty sure Central Illinois in the middle of summer with no ac is one of the most godforsaken things. Last night my friend and I spent some time being old ladies and doing laps around the mall because it was too damn hot to do anything else. I don’t know how people handled the heat before ac, and I am super grateful that I’m going home tomorrow to houses and apartments and other places that are full of air conditioning.

August 5, 2010

THAT’S RIGHT! I’m super grateful for TOMORROW. Because you know what tomorrow is!? Tomorrow is the day I move back to Pennsylvania. Gooooooodbye to the midwest!

LEEP

And why am I lucky enough that I get to move home despite only being halfway through the program? LEEP! Online education is awesome. I get to live in the comfort of my own state, a mere 45 minutes from my boyfriend and even closer to most of the other people I care a lot about while still attending the number one library school in the country. LEEP, you make me happy.

Indexers

Indexers are awesome and amazing, and I have so much respect for them. I could not be an indexer. Frankly, this summer was full of more indexing than I’m really comfortable with! But now I can say that I do understand what they do, and why they are important to our society. They are unsung heroes of patience. They sit down and index tons of articles and books and… everything every day, just so we can find things. And why do they have to do this? Because of…

Aboutness

Aboutness is basically what it sounds like–what something is about. And computers, for all the wonderful and amazing things they can do, still can’t figure this out. And I’m pretty grateful for that. I’m excited that we live in a time when computers are so powerful and can help us so much and yet… our brains are still better. A computer may be able to do more math than I can (because I can pretty much only do math at the 5th grade level…) but a computer could not index this blog and you know what? I totally could.

Books

Surprise, surprise, books made the list of things I’m grateful for. I love that despite living in an age where digital media is quickly overtaking every other kind, people are still fighting for normal, physical books. Yes, I’m also excited about e-books and I’m interested to see how society accepts them and how they change us, but despite that I am deeply, deeply in love with real books. I’m grateful that I live in a time and place where I can have a huge collection of books to call my own. And! As of next week my book collection will be reunited under one roof for the first time in years.

Fake Movie Trailers

I love movie trailers in general, but lately it seems like there are so many good fake movie trailers out there and I am super grateful that they exist because they make me laugh. The most recent one to make me giggle?