Everything I read and was able to post about in 2005. Entries dated on the date each book was finished.

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Location: Dexter, Michigan, United States

I've been taking photos since I eagerly asked for and received my first camera on my 12th birthday. Naturally, I was made for scrapbooking. I also enjoy knitting, quilting, and swimming. I used to be CreativeExile; my email still reflects that!

Friday, September 23, 2005

French Women Don't Get Fat

by Mireille Guiliano

At first, I thought this book was certainly ghost-written. Nobody puts in all those annoying French phrases themselves. Perhaps I'm wrong. But I was pleased to see that many of her suggestions are things I'm already doing for myself, and I won't have to attempt that horrible idea of "recasting." Two days of nothing but leek soup! Egads.

I've already written down everything I eat for weeks on end through Weight Watchers. I know what I over-do (cereal, and dairy products in general...I have always loved milk...and chocolate in many of its "poorer" American forms...although I have a natural love for the taste of 70%+ cocoa/bittersweet chocolate she recommends).

I try to drink plenty of water (another WW preaching point). My swimming takes care of the fact that there are few opportunities to walk in America -- stores and shopping areas are built too far from suburbs and many "downtown" hometown village included. Apparently swimming and yoga are the only "respectable" exertions a French woman can be seen doing, since they "don't do gyms."

I can't really call myself a couch potato since I don't watch a lot of TV (or sit around eating in front of the TV)...My biggest sit-on-my-ass fault lies in reading, and knitting. I try to enjoy every bite of food that goes into my mouth, and I love to cook and experiment with new foods (yes, even leeks).

If anything, this book made me realize how French I really am...already.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Updated at last...

No book covers (yet) ( seems to be cranky about old covers for the moment; I'm not going to try to put up new ones right now...too much work) or Amazon links (look it up yourself! sheesh). Just an up-to-date list of everything I've finished so far this year. Reviews coming soon. I'm caught up halfway through March 2005.

Oh, and I've turned on word verification for comments. A big, wet raspberry to comment spammers. Nyah, nyah!

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Everything is Illuminated

by Jonathan Safran Foer

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

On Writing

by Stephen King

Gearing up for NaNoWriMo...

Thursday, September 08, 2005


by Rosamund Pilcher

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Sunday, August 28, 2005

The Virgin Blue

by Tracey Chevalier