Thursday, September 25, 2008

pirates and vampires

Escapism anyone?

To Catch a Pirate by Jade Parker is a teen YA romance that came recommended by another librarian. Good pirate adventure, nothing too stereotypical, girl captain avenging her father's wrongful imprisonment, definite romance though. 230 pages.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Dan and I listened to this audiobook on the way to and from St. Louis for Grandma Staley's funeral a few weeks ago, then we just managed to finish it up tonight because it is due back to the library. It's had a lot of hype, and I guess I can see why - it's not earth-shattering, but it is safe for a vampire story - very much about the characters more than the mythologies. I have been uber-disturbed by the power dynamics of the attraction between Bella and Edward - it's very creepy old man and innocent young girl sometimes, plus it almost seems to parallel an abusive relationship, since the threat of violence, him being honored for showing control constantly simply for not killing her, and her always in trouble for being a temptation both sexually and by being so darn human and tasty.... the ending of the book only intensified this impression for me, and I don't think I'll keep reading, although given another car trip, I would listen if it was playing. I am such a sucker for audiobooks.
13 hours.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

seriously, i'm reading, i swear

most nights, for example, I spend some time reading the scrolling text on the TV Guide channel, trying without much success to find something to watch while nursing the baby -- 3-4 am is the worst selection, as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is basically the only thing on. Not that it isn't a good show, in a retro-childhood kind of way, but it's not what I would choose every single night.

I've also read several magazines -- Parents, American Baby, the New Yorker -- and I just borrowed some of the La Leche League magazine back issues, which I am looking forward to....

Today we took Kivrin to the Baby Bookworms program at the library --

and we read a book to the baby, although I already forgot the title. It was cute though -- about 6 pages long and with lots of pictures of little babies in it.

Okay, okay. I'm grasping at straws to update my reading blog. Everyone was right and now that I have a baby I no longer have time to read.....

now that I don't have as much to write on "Lissa Reads" at least I have a new title "Kivrin's Mommy" so check out our latest happenings on

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


I had a baby and am trying ten days later to update my reading blog from my iPhone at four thirty in the morning while i am up nursing her. i am really not sure when i will read something more than a magaZine article but when i do I will still be blogging here - until then find us at