The first was A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey. I used it for my historical fiction report but I've read this book a zillion times. It absolutely is in my all-time Top Five favorite books EVER.
It's the story of Bess Alcott Steed, from the fourth grade through her death in 1968. It’s told solely through letters Bess writes throughout her life, and because of this, everything is told from her perspective exclusively. She prides herself on being independent, intelligent and wealthy enough to never depend on a man, despite marrying twice and giving birth to several children. This book simply is the story of her life and it is amazing and wonderful, and Bess is a bit of a complex character who really grabs a hold of the imagination.
The book is based on the author's grandmother and her last letter is to the author as a young girl. I love the book even more knowing a woman like this really existed. The author says "I think the message is that we all have within ourselves independent means. It refers to much more than money. It refers to a sense of self and a sense of purpose and a sense of power."
The second book was Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, which I read for the horror genre in my class. I chose it because I read a review where Neil Gaiman said the book was so engaging that he even read it while flossing. And I must say...he's not exaggerating! I was getting sleepy reading last night and decided to read just one more chapter. The next thing I knew, it was midnight and I'd flown through 200 more pages to finish the book.
I don't want to give away too much of the plot for this one, but if you can stomach horror at all, I highly recommend it. The ending is pretty gory but mostly it's just very creepy. It's about an aging rocker too and there are lots of references to AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, etc. It's a really intense story and very good. Also, (no surprise), there are plans to make it into a movie. So hurry and read the book first!
(ETA: I just discovered that Joe Hill is Stephen King's son! WOW.)
I watched more Friends, more Bones and the second season of 30 Rock.
I LOVE 30 Rock. It is so hilarious and the characters are amazing, it's all well-written and so fun. But, I have a small rant that I have to get out.
During season one, I thought all the references to how fat Liz Lemon are was meant to be sort of ironically amusing. "Haha! We'll call 100-pound Tina Fey overweight! Stupid industry standards!" But now I really feel like the "ironic" part is gone and it's just moving into insulting territory. Liz Lemon/Tina Fey is TINY. And I am really, really over hearing about how she's destined to die alone because she's lazy and obsessed with food. Oh, and dedicated to her job, which she happens to be really, really good at. THAT BITCH. It's just so freaking insulting to women in general, and HI. This is why self-esteem and eating disorders are so rampantly prevalent among women. Because we just spent 36 episodes hearing about how beautiful and tiny Tina Fey/Liz Lemon is a repulsive cow. WAY TO GO SHOW!
Here's some music I'm listening to this week:
Lots to do today, guess I should get started!