Monday, January 16, 2012

Tomorrow

Hello, my name is kaliedo and I have a problem with procrastination.

There. I've said it. Maybe now I'll come to terms with SOLVING it.

The funny thing, I know that all it takes is to break up things. I always have a problem starting something. And when it's something big, the problem becomes bigger. Then, I decided I'd compartmentalize. Make the big thing into several smaller things, and attack full force. It wasn't so scary. And yet, sometimes, I find it easier to just walk away.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tinkering


One Star.

It took me more than a week to trudge through this under-200 paged novel. In the beginning, it reminded me a teensy bit of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. I loved The Road, so I was happy. Soon enough, I discovered that it was nothing like The Road, but still, it seemed decent enough. A few pages later, I realized I hated the book, but forced myself to finish it. A dying man, George is surrounded by his family, and in the few days before his death, he remembers random things from his past. His jobs, his dad and family, his passion about clocks and fixing them. I usually like lyrical prose, and I have no qualms about stories that aren't packed with action. However, I found it very very difficult to like Tinkers. It seemed to be like an assortment of beautiful sentences strung together, and that do not necessarily add anything to the story. The only thing I could visualize whilst reading was the caravan George's father had. That was it. I found the characters dull and boring, except for the hermit. Too bad he only had a few paragraphs.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Resolutioning

I've been thinking a lot about my resolutions. I know I've already mentioned I wanted to read more this year. But there are other things I want to work on. Like..

Try something new.
Do something scary.
Continue an old hobby.
Finish things I've started.

With every passing year, you find out who your true friends are. And its not something you realize on January 1st of every year, its the accumulated experiences of the past year(s), the chances given, and the not so pleasant feeling of I-guess-so-and-so-wasn't-who-I-thought-she-was.  We all change, that's a given. But we do not have to change for the worst. Like Holden once mused, there are certainly a lot of fakes out there. You can chose whether to lament the experiences you went through, or make the most of it. And I will definitely not be the lamenting type :)  To the people who finally put away their masks, I thank them for showing me who exactly I was dealing with, and to my true blues, I love you even more! xoxo
Nothing like Karak to jingle those grey cells.

Bookcount '12

This year will be a better year. To new friends xoxo

1)- The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
2)- Tinkers by Paul Harding.
3)- One Fifth by Candance Bushnell.
4)- Still Alice by Lisa Genova.
5)- A Game of Thrones: A Song of Fire & Ice (Book 1) by G. R. R. Martin.
6)- A Clash of Kings: A Song of Fire & Ice (Book 2) by G. R. R. Martin.
7)- A Storm of Swords: A Song of Fire & Ice (Book 3) by G. R. R. Martin.
8)- The Housekeeper & the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (reread).
9)- A Feast for Crows: A Song of Fire & Ice (Book 4) by G. R. R. Martin.
10)- A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Fire & Ice (Book 5) by G. R. R. Martin.
11)- 11/22/63 by Stephen King.
12)- بيكاسو و ستاربكس ليلسر حارب.
13)- An Uncommon Education by Elizabeth Percer.
14)- Looking for Alaska by John Green.
15)- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.
16)- Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan.
17)- Papertowns by John Green.
18)- The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano.
19)- Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela S. Choi.
20)- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.
21)- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.
22)- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
23)- Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.
24)- Gold by Chris Cleave.
25)- I am Number 4 by Pittacus Lore.
26)- 52 Fights by Jennifer Patterson.
27)- Wonder by J. Palacio.
28)- I Think of You by Ahdaf Souief.
29)- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles.
30)- What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazel.
31)- Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby.
32)- Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, & So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky.
33)- Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.