Now Reading: Charlaine Harris – Dead in the Family

As I am getting the latest Charlaine Harris book on Tuesday (I hope), I thought I would read the previous last in the series to get back into it again.

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Must. Not. Buy. More. Books.

My room is already starting to resemble a library, but I seem to have a problem with buying more books. I find that the best places to buy books are the RSPCA shop in Pudsey (most fiction books are 25p each) or from The Book People. They often have good offers, and most books tend to be cheaper than Amazon or other shops. I particularly like the collections that they do, as it gives me chance to read books that I wouldn’t usually read, without having to spend lots of money. My last order included a couple of sets, and the latest Charlaine Harris which I have been waiting to be released for ages.

Here’s a full list of what I bought this time (and links if you want to have a look!)

The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz – Denis Avey
The Lost Classics Collection

  • The Last Day of a Condemned Man – Victor Hugo
  • Peter Schlemihl – Adelbert Von Chamisso
  • The Haunted House – Charles Dickens
  • Notes From Under The Floorboards – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
  • The Devil’s Elixirs – E. T. A. Hoffmann
  • A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder – James De Mille
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter – Ambrose Bierce
  • The Black Spider – Jeremias Gotthelf

3 book collection – Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham

  • Cocktails for Three
  • The Wedding Girl
  • Sleeping Arrangements

Elizabeth Gaskell Collection

  • North and South
  • Cranford
  • Mary Barton

The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Omnibus 1 – Charlaine Harris
Dead Reckoning – Charlaine Harris

That’ll keep me busy for a while! 🙂

Now Reading: Cora Harrison – I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend

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Glad you’re not a catcher?

http://twitter.com/#!/14Buckshot/status/68707278844461058

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Decade of the Pitcher?

Congratulations to Justin Verlander on his no-hitter tonight, a fantastic game! I tuned in during the eighth inning, when he was still on track for a perfect game. That was broken up by a walk, but a no-hitter is a fantastic achievement! The excitement in the ballpark was amazing, but I can’t even begin to imagine what it is like for the players. I’m sure Verlander was about 50/50 excitement and nervousness. I’m equally sure he’s enjoying the celebrations now!

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I was watching the Brewers/Cardinals game tonight. Yovani Gallardo was coming close to a no-hitter too, but not quite close enough. He gave up a hit in the 8th, and by that time, his pitch count was getting quite high, so there was not much chance of him coming out for the complete game either.

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It’s been a week of strong pitching performances, and the trend in general seems to be leaning away from power hitting and back towards the pitcher. First of all there was Liriano’s no-hitter. I don’t really want to dwell on that because it was against my White Sox, so we’ll move on quickly. There was also Cliff Lee’s game with 16 strike outs. Unfortunately, he still took the loss in that game, which just goes to show that no matter how good you are as a pitcher, you need the offense behind you to back you up (just ask Danks, Buerhle, Floyd, Jackson or Humber).

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I much prefer to watch a good pitchers duel rather than seeing home run after home run. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fireworks, but I prefer the continuing anticipation of a good pitching battle than the momentary excitement of a big hit.

Saying that, the story of Andre Ethier’s hitting streak is keeping my interest. Currently at 30 games, he is only one game away from tying the Dodgers record, and more than half way to Joe DiMaggio. Still a long way to go though!

The White Sox are on a west coast trip at the moment, meaning they don’t play until 2am UK time, so I won’t get to watch the game. I’ll just leave this out there: wouldn’t it be nice for Floyd to get the second no-hitter of the night?

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Scratch that – I’d just like the Sox to win, please. Pretty please?

I know you want to stay in bed…

…but it’s light outside.

That’s right folks, Wakey!Wakey! are coming to the UK for two dates, and guess who’s going to see them in Nottingham? Very, very excited! Frank is coming with me, and it is his first gig, so it is going to be really fun. I ordered some new Wakey Wakey music a couple of nights ago (narrowly missing out on the last copy of ‘Silent as a Movie’), and I am really loving it. If you want to know more about Wakey!Wakey!, you can see their twitter page @WakeyWakey, or their website. Here’s the video for one of their songs: Light Outside

I have also been listening to a lot of Chris Young lately. Completely different to Wakey!Wakey!, as he is a very Country singer, but he has such a silky voice. He has a few songs (like Flowers or The Dashboard) which give me chills, the words are so lovely. He also has songs like Burn or That Makes Me, that I just can’t help singing along to. I have had a combination of his songs stuck in my head for the last two days, and I can’t wait for his new album to come out. You can find out more about Chris Young on his twitter page @ChrisYoungMusic, or on his website. Here is Chris’ latest video, for a very catchy song called Tomorrow.

Now Reading: Philip K. Dick – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

This is part of my set of ‘books that have been made into successful films’, and was filmed as Blade Runner. Not my usual kind of book but we’ll see how it goes…

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Now Reading: Jean Webster – Daddy Long-Legs

Firstly, I wanted to say how interesting I found The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman. I always find it hard to read books about the war, but we must never forget the terrible things that happened. This book was the true story of the author who managed to escape death against all odds, with help at the end from a German soldier, who was killed after the end of the war. Apparently the film of the book won a lot of awards, so I will be watching that soon.

Daddy Long-Legs was my favourite book when I was younger, and when I saw it on amazon for £1.50, I had to buy it to read it again! It’s quite a short book, so will make a nice break after the last one.

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Chester Zoo

Yesterday I went on a day trip to Chester Zoo with my dad and brother. It’s a lot of walking so we booked an electric scooter for my dad, which he had a lot of fun using – especially when he turned the speed up to max to get away from us. The weather stayed really nice all day (I think I sunburnt my nose), and we all had lots of fun. I thought it might have been quieter with half term being over, but it was really busy – lots and lots of kids.

My favourite animals were definitely the Giraffes. So graceful and very pretty faces, and you could get really close to them compared to some of the other animals. A lot of the animals were just laying around enjoying the sun, in particular the lions and cheetahs, which I would have expected to move around a lot more.

My least favourite were the bats. You can walk right through the bat house at Chester Zoo, and they fly really close to you, which really creeped me out, especially as it’s so dark that you can’t really see them. One landed on my dad’s scooter, but he didn’t mind. In fact, him and Frank stayed in the bat house long after I had escaped!

 

Lillibrilliant?!

I gave up on posting game recaps when the White Sox gave up on winning, but I had to write a post about Brent Lillibridge in last night’s game against the Yankees.

Last night’s game didn’t start until midnight UK time, so I only made it until the 5th inning before I fell asleep, but I saw the highlights (and the tweets) this morning. Brent Lillibridge made two amazing catches last night in the bottom of the ninth, to save the game and get Gavin Floyd the win.

The first one was fantastic, but the second one was unbelievable. Three things I have to mention:

  1. Hawk Harrelson gets really excited. People don’t like him but he’s one of the best play-by-play guys I’ve heard.
  2. Lillibridge’s face as he made the first catch was awesome. I don’t think he expected to catch it.
  3. Derek Jeter came past home plate (obviously expecting he would score and win the game) and just mouthed ‘Wow’ to the home plate umpire. High praise indeed.

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If you want to watch, check out the video on the MLB site:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=14199297&topic_id=8878818&c_id=cws

His postgame tweet was brilliantly understated – I would have been celebrating way more.

http://twitter.com/#!/BSLillibridge/status/63083850313646080