Friday, February 27, 2009

Something like this...

Anna meandered into our room, half-asleep, at some point overnight, and we pulled her in to zonk out with us. This happens with some frequency. I can't say that I really mind, since I don't get to see her during the day. Some snuggle time is just fine, and it's not out of hand as she usually burrows in and is sound asleep from about the time her head hits the pillow.

Last night, though, we had the added bonus of Tessa, who woke up at around 4:15 or so and wasn't having any suggestion of going back to sleep. With all of us piled in, little arms and legs and stuffed beasties flying everywhere, and me half-asleep (maybe not quite half), I was struck with an image I hadn't thought of in years. What I wouldn't have given for nine feet high and six feet wide...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Look Who's Two!

Happy Birthday, Tessa!

Books I Read in 2008

I've been meaning to post this list for the past month and a half, but I've been busy starting on the 2009 list! Without further ado, here are the books I read in 2008. The titles in bold are the ones I liked the most, for whatever reason. Just about all of these are first-time reads.

1. The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories - Alberto Manguel, ed.
2. The Gathering - Anne Enright
3. Come Back: A Mother and Daughter's Journey through Hell and Back - Claire Fontaine and Mia Fontaine
4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
5. I Am America (And So Can You!) - Stephen Colbert
6. Fantasyland: A Season on Baseball's Lunatic Fringe - Sam Walker
7. The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen

8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman

9. The Senator's Wife - Sue Miller
10. Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
11. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

12. The Namesake - Jumpala Lahiri

13. The Whole World Over - Julia Glass

14. Eat Pray Love - Elizabeth Gilbert

15. New Moon - Stephenie Meyer

16. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld

17. Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer

18. Pretties - Scott Westerfeld

19. Specials – Scott Westerfeld

20. The Looking Glass Wars – Frank Beddor

21. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

22. Just in Case – Meg Rosoff
23. Smoke and Mirrors – Neil Gaiman
24. The Post-Birthday World – Lionel Shriver
25. Replay – Ken Grimwood

26. The Speed of Light – Elizabeth Rosner
27. The Host – Stephenie Meyer
28. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda – Philip Gourevitch
29. In His Sights: A True Story of Love and Obsession – Kate Brennan
30. What Happened to Anna K: A Novel – Irina Reyn
31. The Summer of Naked Swim Parties: A Novel – Jessica Anya Blau
32. We Need to Talk about Kevin – Lionel Shriver
33. The Three of Us: A Family Story – Julia Blackburn
34. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
35. Case of a Lifetime: A Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Story – Abbe Smith
36. Playing for Pizza – John Grisham
37. Run – Ann Patchett
38. I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman – Nora Ephron
39. Everyman – Philip Roth
40. Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time – Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
41. Blindness – Jose Saramago

42. Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer

43. On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan

44. Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates

45. Dangerous Laughter: 13 Stories – Steven Millhauser
46. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
47. I Was Told There’d Be Cake – Sloane Crosley
48. Netherland – Joseph O’Neill