Aaaaaand we’re back for another round of “What I’m into Wednesday,” which looked a little doubtful earlier this week, I must say. In addition to having a cold going into the weekend, I contracted food poisoning on Saturday and spent most of the night then Sunday and Monday being pretty sick. I was too sick to even finish up this week’s Monster Monday, and I’m WAY behind on the things that I was supposed to have done already this week. Top that off with a house-guest stopping in a day sooner than expected and a boss who is getting ready to go out of town, and I feel a bit discombobulated.
But today, before I go On the Hunt for Wolf Costume Components, I’ve managed to throw in some of the things that I’m into this week:
- City of Bones, Cassandra Clare.
I actually started in December, but I’ve struggled to finish this one for some reason. It didn’t interest me as much as the other things I’ve been reading, and it was LONG. I don’t, as a rule, dislike long books. I think some stories take far more time to tell than others, and some don not naturally break up into small portions. But if I notice how long the book is while reading, if it starts to fell tedious, then it’s too lengthy. The story was engaging enough, but I wasn’t overly fond of the pacing. I’m intrigued by the popularity of the series, though, so I may give the second one a try before deciding on the series.
- The Snow Queen, Michael Cunningham.
This is another one that I’m having difficulty finishing, and it’s not terribly lengthy—not much more than 250 pages. I enjoyed the last of Cunningham’s books that I read, but this novel feels a bit overwritten in places, and at 1/3 of the way through, I don’t care very much about the characters. Maybe I’m just a curmudgeon lately!
- Winter, Marissa Meyer.
I did make my way through this series, and I’m in the first 1/4 of the last book now. I’ve got mixed feelings about the series; I like the fairy-tale elements and the world that Meyer has crafted, but sometimes the story seems to lag. So far I’ve enjoyed this one most, but I suppose that’s because it feels like all those plots are finally moving together, and we’re finally able to see Luna.
Guys, I’m honestly not watching anything right now. What’s new, what’s good?
- This Mardi Gras parade guide infographic by Tracey Bellina Milazzo, via New Wave:
- This op-ed about diversity and aesthetics in the Oscars.
- This place in Germany that has a lot of the props from The Neverending Story on exhibit and where you can take a ride of Falkor.
- This thoughtful piece about three awful words: “Be a Man.”
- We’ve been passing this amazing post from Gretchen back around the blogosphere as we discuss when and how to restart our Feminist Friday Discussions for the year.
- This hilarious vid from some fun, fabulous, feminist gals I know:
- The Iowa Caucus results, which are a bit of a mixed bag.
- The CDC is now advising women who are of child-bearing age and sexually active but not on birth control to refrain from drinking alcohol. While this makes sense for women are actively trying to get pregnant, it doesn’t for the rest of us.
- Susan Sarandon goes to an award show and is awesome. Suddenly, everyone’s talking about her boobs.
- A wolf tail, ears, and maybe some legs if I have the time. Pulling inspiration from my Pinterest board: