Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Blechy day

Thank goodness for Zofran because I woke up feeling quite nauseous today. This is when it begins, but at least I have my Zofran/Compazine one-two anti-nausea punch to quell this feeling. I head over to NIH in a bit for my last day this cycle and I'm looking forward to removing this bag from around my waist so I can finally sleep without having to adjust myself all the time. Michael is taking me there and Mike's picking me up and rumor has it that my brother is actually on his way right now, which means he might be on time for a change! He certainly takes after my mom and is usually always late to everything. I lie to both of them about what time I need to be somewhere because I can't be late for my treatments and it's the only chance I have to get there on time. I'm certain he's coming over earlier so he can get some of Jeff's delicious apple pie!

Does anyone have any good books they recommend? I've been tearing through a bunch of books lately, but I want something new and interesting to read. I've read a lot of "chick lit" books and a very good book about leoprosy in Hawaii, but I want something else to read. I am currently reading the book, "Why I Wore Lipstick to my Mastectomy" about a breast cancer survivor and it's very good. I think I'm up for a novel or something now.


Luke said...

Holy Crap! Books! Books you say?! We can do books:

The Kite Runner- about afganistan and the changes there, pretty awesome.

A Walk in the Woods- About a novice hiker do'n the blue ridge trail. very funny!

Blink-how to think without thinking is a brilliant and very interesting study on the human mind and how we make decisions.

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins is a great little tale of immortality and such. very funny and interesting to read.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman (anything by him! he's awesome!) will be a movie, so that'll be worth checking out.

let me know if you need more! those are just a few of the recent favs.

peace out girlscout!

Anonymous said...

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving - It's hard to describe what it's about, but it's a real page turner. At 600+ pages, you'll be turning for a long while!

Blair said...

I can recommend all sorts of books, but I've picked up the impression that you and I don't go for quite the same reading material.

But if you're up for some of "The Classics"...

"The Hobbit" is a good read if you have the time to put into it. Best to read it prior to LOTR.

Likewise, the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy is a good read, though I'm afraid I haven't been able to find the time to read book 3. (I was surprised to discover that the events in the movies are 99% covered by the first two books, so something huge must have been cut to avoid doing a fourth installment.)

If you're willing to try something uniquely different, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is another good trilogy (though in this case, it's a "trilogy" with five books and one short story).

Finally, I don't own a copy of it, but Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" is definitely fun and should read well regardless of whether you like SF

Becky said...

You are welcome to come borrow from my personal library at any time, though it is mostly populated with sci-fi novels (more of the magic-y sci -fi, not the futuristic kind). I did just read Eragon and it's sequel, Eldest, and they were MUCH better than the movie... I can't emphasize how much better they were than the movie (I don't know if you saw it, but we felt it was a steaming pile of dung). I also have some good books about your metabolism and how exactly what you eat affects your body's inner workings... it's very interesting, and more than a little bit disturbing at the same time.

victory4angela said...

I think I'll hit the library tomorrow because you've all inspired me. I forgot about The Kite Runner because I wanted to read that anyway. I've read the Hobbit (8th grade) and the Hitchikers Guide (9th grade) and they weren't really my cup of tea. I loved the whole LOTR trilogy, but maybe because I didn't have to slog through the books!!

Blair said...

Yeah, there were definitely parts of the Hobbit and LOTR that were a struggle. I basically skipped over the various poems/songs.

"Connecticut Yankee" is definitely worth a read. Most of the rest of my reading list is like Becky's in that it's heavily tilted toward SF, though I think I have a collection of Greek, Roman, and Norse myths somewhere in there as well.

About the only other alternatives I can offer right now are a C# reference or a few Beetle Bailey compilations.

(I assume we've all concluded that suggesting Harry Potter is a bit too obvious.)

Anonymous said...

I'm going to second Luke on Neil Gaiman. But I'd go with American Gods. It's a book you can get lost in. Big, bold, funny and heartbreaking. I think my brain actually grew while I was reading it.

And if you're looking for a popcorn book, the Betsy Queen of the Vampires (MaryJanice Davidson) books are hilarious. She's a tall blonde who woke up with an unusual blood disorder, but decides she won't let being sick ruin her life. Hmm. Sounds like somebody I know. ;)

Julie B.

Anonymous said...

Birds Without Wings--sad, but incredibly well written. I highly recommend. Aside from that, Terry Pratchett (warped fantasy) is hilarious. I second the Queen of the Vampires--really good.


WashingtonGardener said...

Whatever you do, leave the Anne Rice alone if you are feeling poorly! LOL

I haven't read fiction in so long - only nonfiction for me lately from business marketing to organization. I'd recommend checking out the travel section of the library, you can start planning your next trips and dream journeys for when you are well. Some of the travel books are not just dry guides - but are personal accounts that read like private diaries. I remember reading one true account of a lady touring Egypt around 1900 - very informative of that place and time. Ask your librarian for guidance. They usually keep those my to Biography/
Autobiography section.

BTW have you been to the new downtown Rockville library yet? Makes e so jealous I want to spit.