Beware the Ides of March

I’ve been contemplating a certain change at this blog for quite a while now, and I think it’s time to finally take the plunge. On Saturday, March 15, the URL of this blog will officially become It’s shorter, more streamlined, and easier to type into your Web browser of choice! So get ready, because change is coming! But don’t worry, it’s nowhere near as bad as what happened to Caesar.

caesar (hark a vagrant)

Love poetry

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here are a couple of poems to get you in the romantic spirit:

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“since feeling is first”
e.e. cummings

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;
wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
–the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says

we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis

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“The Life That I Have”
Leo Marks

The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
Is yours.

The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.

A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause.

For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours.

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What are your favorite love poems?

Things are happening!

24 hour read a thon

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon is happening this Saturday, April 27! For those who don’t know, this is an event where crazy book-loving types set aside an entire day solely for the pleasure of reading. As you might suspect, the event lasts for 24 hours, although you’re not obligated to participate (or, ahem, stay awake) for the whole thing. There are fun challenges (with prizes!) throughout the day, and it’s just an overall good time. I’m definitely looking forward to participating this year, although I’ll admit frankly that I don’t plan to stick around for all 24 hours! I’ll just play it by ear. Stop by on Saturday for my progress post — and sign up if you haven’t done so already!

Also, my local library is having its semi-annual sale this weekend! There’s a preview night on Thursday, and then the actual sale will take place Friday through Sunday. I may or may not be using a vacation day so that I can go to the sale on Friday and visit it early and often. *blush* So all in all, I anticipate a pretty awesome bookish weekend!

Jane Austen for the new millennium

If you haven’t seen the Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube yet, you really need to do so right now. Go ahead; I’ll wait.

Pride and Prejudice
gets updated in this series of videos where Lizzie Bennet is a grad student doing a vlog for her master’s thesis. Her pushy mother is dying for Lizzie (and her sisters Jane and Lydia) to marry rich men, but Lizzie is more focused on her career. Then the handsome and eligible med student Bing Lee comes to town…and they’re off!

I’m pretty addicted to these videos at the moment. The acting is generally solid, and the modern-day update is very clever. The story follows the book fairly closely while still making it work in a contemporary setting. Plus, the clothes are adorable! New videos are posted on Mondays and Thursdays; right now Lizzie is visiting her best friend, Charlotte, and she’s just had a surprising conversation with a certain Darcy…

Bottom line: if you’re an Austen fan, you won’t want to miss these!

Trials and tribulations

So my computer died over the weekend…apparently the motherboard is shot. Huzzah! Hence my longer-than-usual absence from this blog. I hope to be back soon, although posting will likely be spotty until I can scrape up the funds for a new computer.

In the meantime, I saw a guy dressed as Fifty Shades of Grey for Halloween today! He was wearing normal business clothes, but he had paint chips of varying shades of gray attached to them. It was excellent.

Anyway, happy Halloween to all, and I hope to post some reviews in the next few days!

National Buy a Book Day

You guys, apparently it’s National Buy a Book Day!

Logo by Clifton Hill

The concept is pretty simple: “On September 7th of each year, go to a book store (in reality or online) and buy a book. Any store will do. Any book will do.” The website (to which I’ve linked above) says that the purpose of Buy a Book Day is “educating the American people on the importance of books to our culture.” Well, that sounds like a worthy cause; guess I’d better hit the Barnes & Noble after work today and buy a book! (Like I need an excuse, right?)