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Matilda Wheelwright
Date: 2013-01-01 23:46
Subject: Books Read in 2012
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January
Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Matilda Wheelwright
Date: 2012-01-01 10:16
Subject: Books Read in 2011
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January
FDR by Jean Edward Smith
What to Expect Before You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This: And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny by Bob Newhart
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War by Nathaniel Philbrick

February
Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Room by Emma Donaghue

March
The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen
The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry
Mathilda Savitch by Victor Lodato
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

April
Rotters by Daniel Kraus
American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work by Susan Cheever
Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice by Maureen McCormick

May
How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships by Leil Lowndes
Juniper Berry by M.P. Kozlowsky
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

June
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

July
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Millions by Frank Boyce Cottrell
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

August
Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels-A Love Story by Ree Drummond
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love by Matthe Logelin

September
If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't) by Betty White
Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief by Dale McGowan
The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma
Uncharted TerriTORI by Tori Spelling

October
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts
Black Rose by Nora Roberts
Red Lily by Nora Roberts
Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell

November
The Poets' Corner by John Lithgow
Good Poems by Garrison Keillor
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

December
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution by David Quammen
My Story by Marilyn Monroe
Good Poems for Hard Times by Garrison Keillor

This year I read 63 books toward my goal of 50. Yay! It is so dorkily satisfying to me watching my Goodreads challenge bar fill up throughout the year.

My favorite books of the year were The Girls of Murder City, American Bloomsbury, What the Dog Saw, the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and the prequels, The Clockwork Angel and The Clockwork Prince, Sepulchre, and The Poets' Corner.

Least favorite books of the year were Mathilda Savitch, Sundays at Tiffany's and Maureen McCormick's autobiography. Ugh.

I didn't have any rereads until I decided to reread the Sookie Stackhouse books (a friend was reading them for the first time and I wanted to read them with her) and then I decided to read the Twilight books and watch all the movies in a marathon while I was home sick, which was fun.

I have a whole list of books that I want to read in 2012 and I can't wait to get started. I say it every year, but I really am going to try to read a good chunk of the books I already own before buying more. Really, this time!
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Matilda Wheelwright
Date: 2011-03-20 12:22
Subject: Pantry Pics
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We finally hung the posters and apron hook in the pantry this morning, so it is "complete". Eventually we will add a drop ceiling to cover up the beams, but that will most likely be 6+ months from now and there's no way I can wait that long to post pictures.

Lots and lots of pictures of my nerdy little slice of heaven.Collapse )
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Matilda Wheelwright
Date: 2010-12-29 20:46
Subject: Books Read in 2010
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January
Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel by Jeanette Walls

February
A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God by Guy P. Harrison

March
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

April
The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
Specials by Scott Westerfeld
The Little Book: A Novel by Selden Edwards
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

May
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan
Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

June
House Rules by Jodi Picoult
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

July
Epic Fail. I read nothing in July. It was a really stressful month for us. I haven't gone an entire month without reading a book since I was in middle school. Here's hoping that life goes back to normal in August.

August
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

September
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
Time and Again by Nora Roberts
Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth by Jenny McCarthy
The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu

October
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson

November
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Notes from My Travels by Angelina Jolie
Congratulations, It's a Dog! by D. Caroline Coile
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

December
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

This was my fourth year of keeping track of what books I read. For 2011 my goals were "I will read at least 50 books. Out of these, at least 30 will be books that I already own, but have not read. I will not reread more than 5 books." I read 51, but only 11 were books that I already owned. The rest were a mix of purchases (mostly used) and library books. However, I am kind of excited that 0 out of 51 were rereads. I am usuall a frequent rereader, so this was a huge accomplishment for me.

My favorite books of the year were Last Night in Twisted River, Half Broke Horses, The Hunger Games trilogy, The Little Book, and The Help. My least favorite were Of Bees and Mist and Time and Again.

My book related resolution for 2011 is to read at least 5 classics, 3 presidential biographies and at least 10 books that I already own. I would make loftier goals, but I have a feeling I am going to be reading lots of pre-pregnancy books (and, if we get lucky, pregnancy books) so I am hesitant to make the goals any more stringent than that.
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Matilda Wheelwright
Date: 2008-11-23 10:15
Subject: Snow Flower & the Secret Fan; a book review!
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The story of Lily, Snow Flower and their fan was interesting and amazing to me from the first chapter. It is difficult for me to imagine a life where my worth is only equal to the sons I bared or my obedience to my husband. Lucky enough to be born in America, I take for granted the luxury of being able to do whatever I want when I want and this book reminded me that for women, this has not always been so. The last chapters had me weeping. The descriptions of foot binding filled me with morbid curiosity and frequently had me running to google for more information and photographs. It amazes me that this practice was ever an accepted part of daily life.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel

I look forward to reading Peony in Love.
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Matilda Wheelwright
Date: 2007-12-31 17:45
Subject: Books read in 2007 (final list)
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January
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Forever by Pete Hamill
Smoke and Mirrors:Short Fictions and Illusions by Neil Gaiman

February
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

March
Deadly Nightshade by Cynthia Riggs
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

April
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Stone Tables by Orson Scott Card
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

May
Wild Orchids by Jude Deveraux
The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux
Angels Fall by Nora Roberts

June
Assasination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

July
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

August
The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman
The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman
Murder With Puffins by Donna Andrews
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan

September
You Got Nothing Coming by Jimmy Lerner
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

October
Many Children Left Behind: How the No Child Left Behind Act Is Damaging Our Children and Our Schools by Deborah Meier and George Wood
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
Not Much, Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers by Linda Perlstein
Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts
Heaven and Earth by Nora Roberts
Face the Fire by Nora Roberts

November
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Y: The Last Man Graphic Novel series: Unmanned, Cycles, One Small Step, Safeword, Ring of Truth, Girl on Girl, Paper Dolls, and Kimono Dragons by Brian k. Vaughan

December
The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City by Jennifer Toth
Life Is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich

This is the first year that I've ever kept track of the books that I read, and I loved doing it. It's so neat to be able to look back at the months and remember what was going on as I read each book. In August I traveled to Boston for work, and the books that I brought got me through the long bus rides and the evenings in my hotel room. In December we went to Florida and had flights and layovers and days by the pool to read. In June we moved, and you can tell that I was busy packing and loading and unpacking, because I only read one book! I really like being able to remember things in this way. I will definitely keep a list in 2008!

My favorites of the year were Assassination Vacation, Freakonomics, The Mole People and Life is So Good. Least favorites? The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid.
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Matilda Wheelwright
Date: 2007-04-15 20:58
Subject: Movie Meme (stolen from madamemama )
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List your favorite film from each genre:

Tear Jerker Life is Beautiful
Chick-Flick 13 Going on 30/Pretty in Pink
Action Batman
Adventure The Princess Bride
Horror The Others/The Birds
Artsy Dancer in the Dark
Documentary An Inconvenient Truth
Drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Stupid Funny Zoolander
Smart Funny Dogma
Fantasy Big Fish
Sci-Fi Serenity
Animated Cinderella (I love GusGus!)
Classic Vertigo and The Music Man. Tie.
Made for TV Band of Brothers (Okay, a series, but isn't that like a really long movie?)
Romance Return to Me
Foreign Pan's Labyrinth
Period Piece Cold Mountain
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