I have a paper and presentation due tomorrow which is in a field outside my normal comfort zone. To say I’ve been stressing over it would be the understatement of the past week. As such all I’ve really been doing is reading and rereading the article on which the paper is based. I’ve been skim rereading another book I cite and after I realized that there are these things called book stores which sell books and might have a book that all local libraries do not, I’ve been trying to read the book which expands upon said article. I’m not going to go into further detail now. Just please think good thoughts tomorrow at 11a EST please.
I did, however, finish two little books. One was cute and fun, the other? I had high expectations of it and it just did not engage me as much as other writing by the author has.
Evil Penguins: When Cute Penguins Go Bad
by Elia Anie
While most of my penguins are good little ones i know that some cute penguins go bad. In this slim volume Ella Anie depicts the ones that do go to the other side .. the humour is both current and (mostly) timeless. While a few aren’t on my i like this best list, my favourites include “trojan penguin” (read the fine print), the atkins diet, cola polar bear, and the “car fish”.
Please note that this “review” refers to an ‘advance uncorrected reader’s proof’ purchased at Strand.
The Art of Civilized Conversation: A Guide to Expressing Yourself With Style and Grace
by Margaret Shepherd
While I greatly enjoyed Shepherd’s The Art of the Handwritten Note I unfortunately found this volume a chore to slog through. If you have ever been stuck in a conversation with me .. I’m sorry. I took this out from the library in a hope to help me find ways to have better conversations. Maybe it was just not the right week for me to read this, but I was not impressed and do not think it offered me anything of value.
Last note: I see that I’ve spent my weekly allowance of my grammar and thoughts on the paper. Sorry this post is incoherent and full of more terrible writing than normal.