I have completed book #42 for the year. I am more than halfway there, but bigger than that, is, according to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, 42 is the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. So… it’s a milestone number. I am also 9 books ahead of schedule, so I have a nice cushion to relax with.
I started a Facebook page for the blog. Someone please let me know if the above link doesn’t work.
I bought my ticket to this event! “Tickets are the price of the book.” Well, not quite, but I figure the extra cost will cover the event, too. It sounds like a good talk. I can’t wait to read the book.
BINDERY: Amber Tamblyn / Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution
The Bindery hosts a special evening with Amber Tamblyn, to celebrate her new book of essays Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution. We had a packed house for Amber when she came through town for Any Man, so if you want to make sure you get a seat we strongly recommend you purchase advance tickets. Join us!
Please note: This is a ticketed event, with the price of admission equal to the cost of Era of Ignition, which is included with each ticket. Advance tickets can be purchased here. If available, tickets will be for sale at the door.
In her late twenties, Amber Tamblyn experienced a crisis of character while trying to break out of the confines of the acting career she’d forged as a child in order to become the writer and director she dreamed of being as an adult. After a particularly low period fueled by rejection and disillusionment, she grabbed hold of her own destiny and entered into what she calls an Era of Ignition — namely, the time of self-reflection that follows in the wake of personal upheaval and leads to a call to action and positive change. In the process of undergoing this metaphysical metamorphosis, she realized that our country was going through an Era of Ignition of its own. She writes: “No longer stuck in a past we can’t outrun and a future we must outgrow, we are a nation that is actively confronting our values and agitating for change. We are in an age when activism becomes direct action, when disagreement becomes dissention, when dissatisfaction becomes protest, when accusations become accountability, and when revolts become revolutions.”
Through her fierce op-eds and tireless work as one of the founders of the Time’s Up organization, Amber has emerged as a bold, outspoken, and respected advocate for women’s rights. In Era of Ignition, she addresses gender inequality and the judgment paradigm, misogyny and discrimination, trauma and the veiled complexities of consent, white feminism and pay parity, reproductive rights and sexual assault — all told through the very personal lens of her own experiences, as well as those of her Sisters in Solidarity. At once an intimate meditation and public reckoning, Era of Ignition is a galvanizing feminist manifesto that is required reading for everyone attempting to understand the world we live in and help change it for the better.
Amber Tamblyn is an author, actor, and director. She’s been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film, including House M.D. and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Most recently, she wrote and directed the feature film Paint It Black. She is the author of three books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed bestseller Dark Sparkler, and a novel, Any Man, as well as a contributing writer for the New York Times. She lives in New York.
– This event will be at The Bindery, 1727 Haight.
– This is an all-ages event, with mature themes. The bar opens at 7, event begins at 7:30pm..
– Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. 1 ticket = 1 book, no exceptions. The book must be purchased from Booksmith. If you already have a copy of Era of Ignition, remember that books make great gifts! If you have any questions or concerns about this, please write events AT booksmith DOT com.
– If you cannot attend the event but would like to requeset a signed copy of Era of Ignition, and/or any of Amber’s books, order below and put your request in the comments field.
While I was on my trip, I started many draft posts. Ideas for future posts, the beginnings of posts that I had in mind and outlined, and posts that I wrote, tagged and just needed to publish. When I got home, I could see that I had over 100 posts that were partially written.
Part of them were from the 20 books and the 40 books topics, so I’m not too worried about catching up there. There are 50ish of them right there. They won’t be ready to go until I actually read the book, so they’ll be sitting there a while.
I am working my way through the posts today, so you’ll be seeing quite a few in the next day or two.
When I started this blog in October, I thought it was going to go the way of my other blogs. I used to blog sporadically, and then give up on it. I think I just hadn’t figured out the right topic for me.
I go off topic a lot, but I generally stick to book and getting myself to “normal.” It just clicked when I found my topic and allowed myself to go off topic a little.
I have been enjoying writing the blog more than I thought I would. I never thought I would get to 300 posts, but here we are! I am grateful for all of you who follow and like regularly. Thanks for reading!
I thought of a lot of topics to write on, but so far I only have drafts. I have a feeling that I will end up popping quite a few out all at once in the next couple of days, as I have time to fill in the outlines.
I hadn’t been keeping track of how much I’ve been posting lately. I know I’ve been rambling on and on, but hadn’t counted. I got alerted this morning that the post about not knowing the day of the week was #200.
Thank you to everyone who reads the blog regularly. It’s therapeutic to write, and it’s nice to know that someone is at least vaguely interested.
My reading goal for 2019 is 75 books. I was asked why. Because I didn’t have a lot of trouble with 62 books in 2018. The 62 was chosen as a book a week, plus ten audiobooks. I fell behind for a while because of lack of concentration after my surgery. I caught up and surpassed my goal.
I feel that a goal should be a challenge, but not unattainable. Sure, I could set my goal for 1 book for the year, and meet it almost immediately, but there’s no challenge in that. I’d finish right away and be bored the rest of the year.
One of my Goodreads friends set a 2018 goal of 2018 books. She read 10. That’s not even close. Why set such an unattainable goal? Six ish books a day? Not going to happen, really.
I do have friends who set their goal over 100. I am not yet that brave. That would stress me out, so I add to my goal little bits at a time. I met that goal, next year try a little more. Maybe in a couple of years, I’ll be over 100. Not this one.
My retiree friends have 365 books set as a goal. And make it by early December. Please note… retiree. I don’t make time for a book a day yet. Maybe one day.
75 books in 2019. I think it’s doable for me. As those of you who read me frequently know, I have many halfway finished, so I have a little head start. I can do this!
I found this list online. I plan on posting each day’s topic for the next thirty days. I may not do them in order, but I’ll hit all 30 between now and 30 days from now.
The Great American Read sparked my interest in the classics. I hadn’t picked up more than one or two in the past. Ok, so I picked up 15. Actually, I picked up a lot, but only finished 15 before the show aired. This list of 100 books was overwhelming at first, but it gave me a jumping off point for getting into the classics.
It also helped with the list of books for classics book club. There were so many on there that I would never have picked up if it weren’t for the list and book club.
The top ten was released.
Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
The Chronicles of Narnia (series), by C.S. Lewis
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Harry Potter (Series), by J.K. Rowling
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
The Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien
Outlander (Series), by Diana Gabaldon
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
I have read 7 of them. Only one of those seven was read after the top 100 list was published. Not bad. I guess the list is pretty spot on. The finale of the show is tomorrow night, but I will be in class. I’ll have to watch it Wednesday.
BBC published a list a few years ago, and that list is pretty good, too. I hope to get through several of those, too.