tamara_russo: (Accio Brain)
Mrs. Verburg
The Good Luck of right Now (רגעי המזל הקטנים של אמא)
My Family and Other Aminals
Levels of Life
The life Intended

All done.
tamara_russo: (Accio Brain)
Oh, god, I've missed this show.

I keep forgetting how good is people's characterizing here, as good as Person of Interest is.

I'm re-watching it from the beginning as well, because I need the reminders, and also Banshee Origins (which is the webisodes they upload each week), and I just keep loving it more and more.

The first episode of the season wasn't action packed, like a lot of the episodes are, but the opening sequence was fucking awesome, and we have some new shitstorms coming, I can see it happening.


So fucking cold out. I looked at the sky on Thursday morning and decided it was cold and rainy enough to play hooky. Also managed to get a sick day from my doctor, so that was great. My mom and I went to see if we could find a new TV (since out old one - and I do mean old, it's at least 15 years old - up and died last week) and ended up buying a new smart TV, a new dryer and a cell phone for my brother. Good day's work, I'd say.

Yesterday we actually braved the weather, since I needed fabric for my new sewing project (Jacket, this time), and we were able to find great wool/cashmere combo fabric, in two patterns, in different shades of blue.

It was raining hard, so we only took a small detour through the market and went home. I pretty much did nothing the renaining part of the day, except finish my book ("Charlotte Isabel Hansen", second book of the year after "The Ocean at the End of the Lane", which I hope is the beginning of a year that will rekindle my "Clean Shelves" project). I fell asleep quite early.


We went to visit Udi in Be'er Sheva today, and brought half the house with us, including a huge pot of Chulnt (which my mom made) and Bono (who was exceptionally good on the rides there and back).

Udi was glad to see us and we had lunch together, in his ice-box-of-an-apartment. We got back home at around 17:00.

I think I'm going back to Banshee, because if I go to the living room I'll be asleep in less than half an hour.
tamara_russo: (F is for Flight)
I loved "Beautiful Creatures". Loved it to death, but they changed quite a bit of the plot, and got rid of a few good characters. A few I really liked.

I also got the feeling it could have ended right then and there at the end of this movie, when there are three more books in the series.


See, when I read the first book I was annoyed to discover (as I usually am, these days) that the book was the first in a series. This might sound odd - I read tons of good series's of books. Having the characters grow from book to book and spending more times with them, after you already grew to love them is awesome.


I'm kinda sick and tired reading a lovely book and not get an ending. It happened to me again this week, with "Miss Peregrine's home for Peculiar Children". Goddammit, can't anyone write a self contained book anymore? Must all books have sequels upon sequels? You have a great story to tell - great. Write one fucking book. If it's too long cut into it. Distill it. Longer plots don't necessarily mean a better story, just a longer one.

But I'm raving. What I wanted to say (even though I love the Caster Chronicles, and Artemis Fowl, and Thursday Next and all the others) - I loved this movie. I can live without it having sequels and the plot would still make sense (it didn't at the end of the first book - you could feel it, that nagging feeling that things aren't closed). And most of all, Ethan and Lina (my god, I can't even remember her real name, the one they revealed at the end of the forth book) were amazing together. It was so strong I felt it. Something moved in me when they kissed (it happens, not a lot, but it does. It started four years ago, when I feel that, for real, from a story, from a movie, it stirs inside of me and makes me know it's real).

[Yeah, "Miss Peregrine" joined "Why the Evolution is right" in my clean shelves project, which is alive after two dead months. More on that at the end of March]
tamara_russo: (Accio Brain)
Finished "The Ghost in Love" (Jonathan Carroll). It was beautiful. It starts so easily and goes into a tailspin so very quickly.

First book of the year.
tamara_russo: (Accio Brain)
Even though I did buy books this year, I was still able to make a dent in my unread-book-shelf-read-list.

And the winners of this year are:

* One of our Thursdays is missing - Jasper Fforde
* What I was - Meg Rosoff
* The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks - Donald Harington
* Timbuktu - Paul Auster
* Children`s Mate - Bella Shaier (Hebrew)
* Momik - David Grossman
* In another life [בגוף אני מבינה] - David Grossman
* Words into Flesh [שתהיי לי הסכין] - David Grossman
* How I became a nun [Como Me Hice Monja] - Cesar Aira
* Under Milk Wood - Dylan Thomas
* The Enchanted Castle - Edith Nesbit
* As far as you can go [הכי רחוק שאפשר] - Alon Hillo
* Incarceron - Catherine Fisher
* 50 Shades of Grey - E.L. James
* 50 Shades Darker - E.L. James
* 50 Shades Freed - E.L. James
* Zero Mistakes - Ella Yavlonsky
* The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker
* Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian - Eoin Colfer
* One for the Money (Stephanie Plum #1) - Janet Evanovich
* Two for the Dough(Stephanie Plum #2) - Janet Evanovich
* Three To get Deadly (Stephanie Plum #3) - Janet Evanovich
* The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephan Chbosky
* Prevention of Solitude [החוק למניעת בדידות]- Michael Schonfeld
* One night, Marcovich [לילה אחד, מרבקוביץ] - Ayelet Gonder-Goshen
* When God was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman
* Big Girl [ילדה גדולה] - Amichay Shalev
* The Accidental Time Machine - Joe Haldeman
* Beautiful Redemption - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
* In Sandals on the Yarkon Bridge [בסנדלים על גשר הירקון] - Rami Bar-Adon

30 Books. I might have missed one or two, but all in all, I'd say - a good year's work.

Wait - one more:

* The Fault in Our Stars - John Greene

31. Phew.
tamara_russo: (No Fate)
OK, I've been wanting to write this for a while now. It fits today, but it's not just for now. We all have to remember that as human beings, we have faults, and most of us understand it. Most of us (and perhaps I'm giving too much credit here, and on this day of all the days, and contrary to what I always say, but hope is stronger than me, and that's a better condition than the other way around) try to see these faults, and perhaps diminish them.

Three faults are what I want to talk about. Cowardice, Ignorance and Indifference.

All of them played a major role in the Holocaust. As I wrote on my Facebook wall, the Evil may have made the Holocaust happen, but the Cowards, the Ignorant and Indifferent made it possible.

It applies to other things too. Whenever something is being done and people who don't agree say nothing they are overwhelmed by these faults. Speaking up and acting against what you think is wrong doesn't happen all that often (and no as often as we think and want to believe).

I would like to say I don't act upon these faults, but I do. We all do. The thing is, when it really matters, what then? Some people have proven these faults can be undone - not because they don't possess them, but because they stood in front of them with open eyes and chose what they felt was right, and knew that the price they would have to pay, if they pay it, was worth it.

So I say, and cliche as it may be, I hope we all learn to care more. And know more. And most of all, understand fear, it's irrational strength, but also the fact that it can be defeated, and that defeating it is worth the trouble.


In contrast, project "Clean Shelves" continues. March was particularly difficult, but from my last count I read five more books:

* Momik - David Grossman
* In another life [בגוף אני מבינה] - David Grossman
* Words into Flesh [שתהיי לי הסכין] - David Grossman (Yes, three consecutive books by the same author - my favorite Israeli author, I can now say, and I will read every prose book he wrote).
* How I became a nun [Como Me Hice Monja] - Cesar Aira (horrible, pointless book).
* Under Milk Wood - Dylan Thomas (amazing, amazing piece. There are many similarities between that and "Falling out of Time", which is David Grossman's - yes, him again - piece he wrote after his son Uri was killed in the Second Lebanon War).

I'm currently reading "The Enchanted Castle" by Edith Nesbit, which will not take much longer.

I'm determined to buy no books while working on this project (and even left "Tzomet Sfarim" without anything on Tuesday even though there were at least four books I wanted), but I think it won't work on book

Still, I'm progressing well.
tamara_russo: (F is for Flight)
In the past few years (~10?) I've been accumulating books - I think I'm in the vicinity of about 350 books on my shelves at the moment. The thing is, I don't always read them right when I buy/get them. Some books have been sitting on my shelf for some time, a few of them have been sitting there for a few years.

I have had plans for a long time to get through them, but most of the time i just buy new books and read them. Well, no more - project "Clean Shelves" has been going on since the beginning of January and so far I've gone through 5 books, 2 of them have been sitting on my shelf for a few years. My goal is finishing most of the books by the end of the year (at least the smaller books - I don't believe I'll be able to get through all of Shakespeare's writing).

The list so far:

* One of our Thursdays is missing - Jasper Fforde
* What I was - Meg Rosoff
* The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks - Donald Harington
* Timbuktu - Paul Auster
* Children`s Mate - Bella Shaier (Hebrew)

I'm now working on David Grossman - which will see at least four books, and then will move on to whatever comes.


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