Book I've Read This Year (2011)

Snow by Orhan Pamuk (half-finished; couldn't stand it anymore)
The Anti-Christ by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Odyssey by Homer
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
Hippolytus by Euripides
Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard
Antigone by Sophocles
The Brothers Manaechmus by Plautus
Poems by Catullus
Song and Silence by Sara L.M. Davis

I and Thou by Martin Buber
The Aeneid by Virgil
Dynamics of Faith by Paul Tillich

Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
Hrafnkel's Saga
Janitors, Street Vendors and Activists by Christian Zlolniski
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Inferno by Dante
Reading the Women of the Bible by Tikva Frymer-Kensky
The Discovery of God by Henri de Lubac

The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer
Sinai and Zion by Jon Levenson
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
The Hidden Face of God by Richard Elliot Friedman
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Rendering of God in the Old Testament by Dale Patrick

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
God: A Biography by Jack Miles
Faithful Place by Tana French
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
The Grave Digger's Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates (not finished)

Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas (not finished)
America Divided by Maurice Isserman and Michael Kazin
Kennedy and the Promise of the Sixties by W.J. Rorabaugh
Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism by Bruce J. Schulman
The Spirit of the Letter by Augustine
Households and Holiness by Carol Meyers
Early Christian Writings (over half the selections)
Ancient Israelite Religion by Susan Niditch

Debating the Civil Rights Movement by Steve Lawson and Charles Payne
In the Wake of the Goddesses by Tikva Frymer-Kensky
Botchan by Natsume Soseki
Antiwarriors by Melvin Small
Sex in the Heartland by Beth Bailey
Framing the Sixties by Bernard von Bothmer
The Japanese Mind by Roger Davies and Osamu Ikeno
Discovering Eve by Carol Meyers

The Pacfiic War 1931-1945 by Saburo Ienaga
Warrior, Dancer, Seductress, Queen by Susan Ackerman
Underground by Harumi Murakami
Caught in the Middle East by Peter L. Hahn
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
Every Man in this Village is a Liar: An Education in War by Megan K. Stack
Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

Books I've Read this Year (2010)

Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
Inferno by Dante
Rousseau's Political Writings by Rousseau
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
Stumptown Kid by Carol Gorman
Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
Purgatorio by Dante
Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody
Maus 1 and 2 by Art Spiegelman
How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed by Slavenka Drakulic
Cracks by Sheila Kohler
Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
Paradiso by Dante
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Here is Where We Meet by John Berger
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
When Did Southern Segregation Begin?
After the Fact by Davidson and Lytle
Essaying the Past by Jim Cullen
Cod by Mark Kurlansky
The Holy Qur'an
Crescent and Star by Stephen Kinzer
Approaching the Qur'an by Michael Sells
An Introduction to Islam by Frederick Denny
Classical Islam by Norman Calder
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The World Split Open by Ruth Rosen
A Season in Mecca by Abdellah Hammoudi
The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Persepolis Part 2 by Marjane Satrapi

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Well I hope everyone had a good Christmas! I had a pretty good one. :) There was lots of snow and I got a lot of stuff I wanted, like a little vaccuum for my dorm and money for a new tv (which I bought and set up earlier this week). I also got a new hard drive. I had a 160 GB one before and only had 10-ish GB left. So my dad and I upgraded mine to 500 GB. :D Now I have 330 GB left on my computer and everything is restored on it and stuff. And my computer loads the Sims faster, which makes no sense because I didn't upgrade my RAM, but oh well. :)

I also saw Black Swan and Tangled last week, both of which were very good but in different ways.

OH! Also on Xmas I got a coffee maker. :) Pretty much the best gift ever.

Today is the one year anniversary of the run that has really sidelined my running. So even though I haven't ran in three weeks, I went out in the cold today and ran the same hill that made me cry a year ago. I totally did it. Despite the snow and wind and cloudiness. I felt pretty good but my knee didn't much like the slipperiness of the snow. So I think that I will have to slowly build up my winter running. But at least I finally got out for the first time in weeks! :)

Also, I read Shutter Island and it was really good.
Doubly also, I have been playing the Sims a ton.
Triply also, 30 Rock is amazing.


Okay, so I tweeted about this and posted this on my Facebook, but I just have to rant about it here.

Basically, I was on Google News and I found this article: Unschooling: Homeschooling with no tests, no books, no bedtime

To sum it up, these kids just go around and learn basically through osmosis-- or at least are meant to. Or, in reality, they spaz around all day and don't learn anything that people just need to know in general. The founding fathers, algebra, who Shakespeare is. And all of this is totally cool with their mom who questions if we really even need to know who George Washington, JFK or James Joyce are. Oh, and did I mention that they don't have bedtimes and are allowed to basically run the house? They made pasta with peanut butter sauce just because they can.

My opinion?

This is a bullshit way to get out of educating your kids. Not only are you creating kids who feel entitled to do nothing and feel like they should have their way 100% of the time, you are also creating children who are so far behind other kids their age it isn't even funny. There are just some things that as an American citizen -- hell, even just as a person -- you should know or be able to do. Know who founded out country? Pretty important. Doing simple math? Pretty important. How can you even work at a fast food joint if you can't do simple math? And how will these kids ever GET out of service sector jobs if they can't pass a GED test because they have never been made to learn any of the things they learn in a school?

And also, how will these kids every know what they want to learn/study if they aren't exposed to it? I would never have known that I wanted to study religion if I wasn't exposed to religion classes in college. How will these kids ever find an academic field they will want to study if they aren't exposed to literature, language, math, history, science, etc? About the only thing they can do with their piss poor education is cook and do music because those are the only two things I can think of that you don't really need an education for but can teach yourself. These kids are so disadvantaged in almost every aspect of their lives and they don't even know it. They have no idea what the real world is like and that's just sad.

I'd like to know what other people think about this "unschooling" idea. I know that some of your on my Flist are teaching or studying to be teachers, so your opinion would be very interesting.

Books I've Read this Year (2009)

Oedipus by Sophocles
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Othello by William Shakespeare
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman (x2)
World War Z by Max Brooks
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Burial at Thebes by Seamus Heaney
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by M.S. Merwin
The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill
Natural History of Religion by David Hume
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel
Electra by Sophocles
Feminist Frontiers
Self-Made Man by Norah Vincent
Guyland by Michael Kimmel
The World's Religions by Huston Smith
Perfume by Patrick Suskind
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
The Jew and the Lotus by Roger Kamenetz
Tales of Wonder by Huston Smith
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Guess what I did!

I made a running blog today! I want to blog about all the runs I have from today til my marathon in May. Because I really like reading about my runs and now I can talk about them all I want without boring all my friends!

But I figure other running friends/LJ friends might be a tad interested, so here you go: :)

Vacation photos!

I finally got around to making this long, long post. There are 100+ pictures, so hold on to your seats. :P

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I congratulate anyone who made it through that. <3

PS: This is only public so my parents can see my pictures and Facebookers without LJs can see it too because I need more than a 60 picture album to make this vacation come to life. :)

Books I've Read This Year (2008)

Atonement by Ian McEwan
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Killing Yourself to Live by Chuck Klosterman
The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
Stiff by Mary Roach
Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
Chuck Klosterman IV by Chuck Klosterman
Junky by William S. Burroughs
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Ready? Okay! by Adam Cadre
Sundays with Vlad by Paul Bibeau
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk
In the Woods by Tana French
A Good and Happy Child by Justin Evans
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Likeness by Tana French
1984 by George Orwell
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Oedipus the King by Sophocles
Emma by Jane Austen