|Dec. 12th, 2007 @ 03:30 pm Whoops.|
Current Music: Tori Amos - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Well, I think it’s safe to say I fail at NaBloPoMo. The truth is, I had a terrible stressful week where lots of bad things happened (including two family members making trips to the emergency room (everyone is okay)), and I let this journal get away from me and after that it was easier to just keep not posting than to post. I apologize.
I have also not actually completed a book since my last post either. I was working on Microtrends, by Mark Penn and E. Kinney Zalesne for my book club at work. The concept - that the world is fragmenting into smaller groups and those smaller groups are holding more sway in the public and political arenas - was interesting, but ultimately, it didn’t impart any exciting new ideas, and the trends he used as examples were by and large pretty well known and discussed already. I chose not to finish the book and instead just read select essays on trends (education, web romances, gaming) that interested me. I found it interesting that despite his claims that these groups were significant because they had a new power, he was still quite dismissive of some, particularly gamers. “More people are gaming than ever. *joke about making room in the basement* *joke about 30 year olds living at home.*” Not exactly mind blowingly innovative. The discussions on various trends made for a very interesting book group discussion though.
Next month we are reading Lean, Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich. I’ve tried like four times to write a review on this book and my eventual conclusion was that I couldn’t think of anything to say about it. It was good, not great. DISCUSS. That’s January. February’s selection is the Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs…it promises to be interesting…I think. It should be either hilarious or DEEPLY AWFUL so at the very least it should make for interesting discussion. Only time and me getting my hands on a copy will tell. But since it’s not until February, I have some time to decide.
In the meanwhile, I am trying to work my way through this is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin. I am enjoying it on one level, because it is a subject that is totally fascinating (why we choose the music we choose and what it means to our brains), but my brain is having a little trouble getting engaged as well. I suspect part of the problem is that I have been reading it in snippets instead of in concentrated settings and because some of the concepts are complex, I keep having to go back some to remind me where I left off.
Anyway, again, I’m sorry I dropped off the face of the earth, and it wasn’t because I don’t have plenty of things to talk about, so hopefully it won’t happen again.