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Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2008

I love Post Secret, and I just had to share the special Valentine’s Day video with you! For those who haven’t heard of it, Post Secret is a project whereby people send in their secrets on decorated postcards and the creator, Frank Warren, posts new ones every Sunday on a ‘blog’ (I put that in quotes because the secrets aren’t archived). There have also been several books.

Even though I’m single, I still really enjoy Valentine’s Day. :) It’s a celebration of love, in all its forms, and while I’m not in a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship, I am surrounded by love. In fact, I’m going to call a couple old friends today, who I haven’t talked with in awhile, just to catch up. And my niece and I are going to catch a matinee of The Spiderwick Chronicles!

My reading is picking up a bit…for the last week or so, I’ve had almost no interest in fiction (which hasn’t happened in years), but now I’m in the middle of two historical novels that are just entrancing. In fact, I’m so sucked into the world of Pillars of the Earth, and I care so much about the characters, that I just did something I never do: I went on the internet and found out the ending. Yep-that’s right. Why? Well, because I adore two of the characters to death, and I had decided I wasn’t going to keep reading if their fates were bad. I’m at page 616 (out of 973), but I swear I would have just stopped and imagined the story differently. Fortunately, I’m content to keep reading!

I’m also almost done with The Looming Tower: I got about half way through it last year, but then I put it down because I wasn’t in the mood. I picked it up again about a week ago, and I’ve just been racing through it! For those who haven’t heard of it, it’s the Pulitzer Prize winning account that looks at the history of Al-Qaeda, the attempts of the FBI (mainly) and CIA (a little) to counter it, and how 9/11 happened. I’m reviewing it for Curled Up With a Good Book, so I don’t plan on going into too much detail here, but suffice it say that it’s imminently readable (I love that the author gives a pronunciation guide for all the names) and just fascinating.

And that leads me to the final point of this post: yet another meme. I wasn’t sure whether or not to do this one, but since I was tagged by two people for it in twenty-four hours (Gautami-the creator-and CJ Hill), I figured I better! It focuses on non-fiction.
What issues/topic interests you most? Well, international relations obviously. Also books about various countries (their politics, history, etc.), which is slightly different from international relations but still related. Ironically, I don’t really read travel books-not that I’m actively against them, they just don’t find their way into my hot little hands too often. I enjoy reading pop science books, which in my mind includes books about the environment. And lately I’ve been trying to boost my reading in the biography/memoir category, although we’ll see how that goes. Mythology, although I don’t read nearly as much about it as a I used; the same goes for philosophy (I was a philosophy junkie in high school…now, not so much, lol). I also enjoy reading books that talk in some way about contemporary American society (this is a really vague category, encompassing everything from Fast Food Nation-about the effect of fast food corporations-to Tested-about the effects of the No Child Left Behind Act-toUnhooked-about the sexual habits of girls in my generation). Umm…oh! Since reading book blogs, I’ve started to read books about books…those are always fun. I own seven vegetarian cookbooks, all of which I love, but I don’t really seek new ones out. I think that’s about it, but I browse through the non-fic section of the library and read whatever catches my attention. Also, if I suddenly get interested in a topic, I’ll do a pretty intensive search to find some good books about it.
Would you like to review books concerning those? I do review non-fic books that I read, except for cookbooks. Why wouldn’t I?
Would you like to be paid or do it as interest or hobby? Tell reasons for what ever you choose. Um, well of course, if I could magically be paid for blogging that would be awesome. But I do it as a hobby, or for review sites that ‘pay’ me with a free copy of the book. The reasons? Well, because it’s not really realistic to make money off of it. And I think that’d be kind of sketchy anyway, selling out my blog.
Would you recommend those to your friends and how? I tend to tell my friends and family ‘interesting facts’ from non-fic books that I’m reading, and sometimes that gets them interested. And, of course, I talk about them on the blog…last year, when I decided I wanted to read more non-fic, I had a difficult time finding lists of fascinating non-fic books, so I try to blog about every good non-fic read in the hopes of helping out other readers.
If you have already done something like this, link it to your post. Since I ‘categorise’ all of my reviews, here’s the link for the non-fiction category. You can also see all my reviews in various ‘genres’ of non-fiction by using that drop-down category menu to your right.

Well, that’s it! I’m not going to tag anyone, since I’m kind of memed out right now. But feel free to do it!

19 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2008 10:28 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Wow, if you say Pillars of the Earth is that good, then I’m going to check it out. I’ve been avoiding it because, well, the Oprah factor. Love the postcard video.

  2. February 14, 2008 10:29 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day! This is a holiday that is so diluted anyhow, there’s no reason it shouldn’t apply to all of the special friendships people have in their lives. Single or no, I always liked getting valentines, even if they were from my girlfriends and not that special guy. (Who seems to have forgotten it was V-Day today. Oh well, I forgot too until I saw the Booking Through Thursday meme)

    Sounds like you’ve got some good non-fic reads right now, which is awesome. I really like the feeling of being so much smarter after reading a non-fiction book. I need to pick up Fast Food Nation. I don’t like the burger joints as is, but I think it would keep me irrevocably from eating there.

  3. February 14, 2008 10:32 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I looooved Pillars of the Earth and have the new one. Just wish I had time to read it!! I think I read PotE before the two kiddos showed up!

  4. February 14, 2008 2:36 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you, Eva! I love Post Secret, too…I have a couple of their books and bought Megan one for Christmas this past year and she has the addiction now too :p They’re fascinating! I love that video…do you know who sings the song? Kinda sounds like Tegan and Sara…

  5. February 14, 2008 3:12 pm

    Hey Eva, You’ve won my giveaway! Check out my winner post here: http://thewrittenword.wordpress.com/2008/02/14/a-winner/
    Send me an e-mail at forksblog@optonline.net and I’ll get the book out to you soon!
    Congrats again and happy Valentine’s Day!

  6. February 14, 2008 9:41 pm

    Wow. I guess I didn’t realize you read so much non-fiction but given your major it makes sense.

    And I forgot Gautami tagged you. I’m glad you did it, though.

    cjh

  7. February 15, 2008 12:57 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Eva! The video is very cool. I’ve often wondered about reading The Pillars of the Earth but haven’t because I’m not good with chunksters. But, maybe, I’m a little tempted now…..

  8. February 15, 2008 3:13 am

    Happy Day-after Valentine’s! I love love love love LOVE Pillars. It’s so good. Press on. It’s fabulous. You’ll be so happy.

  9. verbivore permalink
    February 15, 2008 4:26 am

    My book group is set to read Pillars this summer and I was a little nervous, but hearing that you like it changes that and I look forward to starting!

  10. February 15, 2008 4:31 am

    Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day, Eva!

    I love Post Secret, too. Such a great site.

  11. February 15, 2008 6:27 am

    So how was the movie?
    I think I may check into The Looming Tower…sounds good. Can’t wait to see your review! Will you let us know when it’s up at Curled Up?

  12. February 15, 2008 7:12 am

    TY, yeah-I committed to it before Ophra, but I’ve just accepted that she sometimes picks books I love (Anna Karenina, East of Eden…). I just try to find a copy without her sticker!

    Kim L, I agree-I always feel smarter after good non-fic! Fast Food Nation will *definitely* make you stop eating at fast food restaurants, unless you’re really good at forgetting things.

    Heather, you should read the new one, so I can hear your thoughts on it! ;)

    Chris, I know the YouTube comments thread had who sang the song, but now of course I can’t remember. Glad to see another Post Secret addict!

    Stephanie, yay!

    CJH, I actually didn’t used to read too much non-fic (outside of college), but last year I made myself try to keep a 3:1 ratio. What ended up happening was that, come August, I had to read 6-7 non-fic books a month! It was really difficult at first, but now I’m in the habit, which is nice.

    Litlove, it’s an ‘easy’ read in the sense that it flows well and the plotline keeps moving, so it doesn’t feel as much like a chunkster as some other ones. Of course, I really like chunksters, so there you go. :)

    Aka Nik, yay! Glad you love it-I’ve read more into it, and I’m loving it as well. :D

    Verbivore, I can’t wait to see your thoughts on it! Is your book group English-language? Full of expats?

    Nymeth, thanks! Good to see yet another Post Secret fan.

    Debi, actually we left about fifteen minutes into it-it was too scary for my niece. I had had her watch both the previews, and she said they weren’t scary, but the movie got pretty intense pretty quickly (the main character’s brother gets kidnapped and put in a cage by these weird evil faeries). But we still had fun! I will let you know when the review’s up at Curled Up-I always link to reviews on there in my ‘books read’ page too. :)

  13. February 15, 2008 8:01 am

    I have been tempted by Pillars of the Earth – it’s just so darn big (physically I mean!) that I have difficulty holding on to it and carrying it around :)

    You are so well read, Eva – I’m quite in awe!

  14. February 15, 2008 10:49 am

    People have been telling me for YEARS that I should read Pillars of the Earth, but I still haven’t. Hardheaded, me? Yes! I’m glad you’re enjoying it and can keep enjoying it. :D

  15. February 15, 2008 11:23 am

    Happy Belated VDay! Did you get to see The Spiderwick movie? I saw a preview and it looked like it would be fun.
    I cannot believe you found out the ending to The Pillars of the Earth!!! OMG. I don’t know that I could do that :) Glad you are enjoying the book – it’s great isn’t it.

  16. February 15, 2008 3:43 pm

    Happy Day-After-Valentine’s! I’m a little memed out, too. But, it was fun reading your comments and jogging over to see some of the NF you’ve recently read.

    I hope to get to Pillars of the Earth, one day. Glad you’re enjoying it!

  17. February 16, 2008 12:28 am

    Just a note to let you know we’ve added your site to our blog spotted section. We are librarians in Singapore who run a book-related blog site, and can be found at http://blogs.nlb.gov.sg/highbrowseonline/

  18. February 16, 2008 9:20 pm

    I love PostSecret, too. Thanks for posting the video–I’d only visited their site, but never seen anything animated before :)

  19. February 18, 2008 9:22 am

    Ravenous, aww-thanks so much. :) It is big, but I had the trade paperback and just only read it at home.

    Andi, well, I won’t tell you you should read it. I’ll just tell you I loved it! ;)

    Iliana, I only got to see the first fifteen minutes or so. My niece got scared. :( It looked really good. And I had to find out the ending to PotE, otherwise I would have had to rush through it just to see what happened. This way I could savour it!

    Nancy, glad you enjoyed my answers! :D

    Nur Hakim Low, thanks for the link!

    Gentle Reader, I’m glad you enjoyed it. :)

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