Some people are never satisfied

And I am one of them when it comes to book gluttony, it seems.

Despite the fact that I have several books in various stages of reading, I still want more.  (I’m sure there’s a lolcat to match the sentiment but I’m too lazy to look for it.)

Currently reading:

“The Millers Tale” in Ackroyd’s retelling of The Canterbury Tales

Devil’s Punch by Ann Aguirre (really like this series)

The Insurgency in Chechnya and the North Caucasus by Robert Schaefer (Vacuous Minx is such an enabler)

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis (courtesy of Angela James, who tweeted when other books by the same author – of Moneyball fame – were on sale)

Homage to Catalonia and Question Mark have been abandoned, one temporarily and one permanently (post to follow about that possibly).

Books waiting on the coffee table to be added to the mix (as opposed to being stacked in myriad piles in front of bookcases, with the rest of the TBR):

Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason (mystery), recommended by Keishon

Drift by Rachel Maddow (nonfiction)

Shine by Lauren Myracle (YA)

Books I want:

New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction: Critical Essays, edited by Sarah S.G. Frantz

Tinderbox:  How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It by Craig Timberg

The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in 20th Century Spain by Paul Preston (reviewed by The Economist)

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

What’s noticeable on my wishlist is the lack of fiction.  The few genre offerings I’m looking forward to are already pre-ordered, otherwise nothing I’m seeing reviewed right now really intrigues me.  But I’m sure more new releases will be added to the pipeline and that will change.  /whine

The big question is: will any of these books be in stock at B&N this weekend?  I’ve got a gift card and a coupon burning a hole in my pocket.


~ Check out Karen Knows Best’s review of that fan-fiction turned bestseller.  She read it, so you don’t have to.  (I was never going to read it anyway 😉

+ Courtesy of Joe.My.God:  an atheist veteran’s response to the religiosity of some presidential candidates and their churches.  (Also, the video for Wank Fest 2012 cracks me up; yes, sometimes I’ve got the sense of humor of a teenaged boy.)

~ Dear Paris: please stop tempting me with low(ish) airfare for April/May. I’ve got potential jury duty and work travel, plus my travel budget is fully allocated for the year.  Also, we have a date next June.  Love, moi.

–  The Department of Education has released a study on arts education in public schools looking at periods pre- and post-NCLB.  It’s discouraging, especially for any art exposure for poor school districts, and in general for arts other than music and visual arts.  (Courtesy of Americans for the Arts.)

+  Three people from my old division have told me this week that I look much happier and relaxed.  I suppose that says it all about the old job vs. new.  I have been asked if I would be interested in going back; I would but not to that specific position and not without a promotion or raise, which aren’t on the table.  So it’s just as well that I’m enjoying the new job.

ETA – one last link, this one courtesy of Courtney Nguyen’s Daily Bagel at SI’s Beyond the Baseline:  2012 MLB preview based on mascot cuteness.  The Oriole!  So cute it’s ridiculous.  Opening Day is tomorrow, and it ought to be a holiday IMO.  It’s the 20th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yard.  Of course, it’s the opening of a new season after 13 losing seasons, so I’m not sure how cheery I should be as a fan.  And yet…

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