Sunday, January 24, 2010

Weekend Casual...and Book Blurbs

Happy Weekend! Yesterday, L and I went out for lunch and wandered about downtown, having a wee shop. This is what I wore:I changed into jeans for the evening out with the gals and their husbands.

On our shop, we bought all kinds of second-hand books (more Douglas Coupland, another Palahniuk, and a Poul Anderson for me) and CDs. I didn't get any reading done yesterday as I really needed a long nap instead. Yay for naps!

Book: "Girlfriend in a Coma" by Douglas Coupland. This was another Book Club book (I thought I'd get it read early this time, instead of leaving it till the last minute), chosen by Sherylyn.

Stats: Started on Jan 16th, finished Jan 24th. Total reading time: 4 hours, 15 minutes. Shameful - not getting my full hour of reading in every day! But it's better than nothing.

Blurb: I really grooved on this, particularly the first half of it. I love that it's set in Vancouver, so I recognized a lot of the settings, and could picture it all really well. I liked the characters, the dialogue and the writing style. I could totally envision this as a dark comedy/horror. I felt it started heading down Preachy Road a bit near the end, but I still enjoyed it. I bought 3 more of Coupland's books, based on my enjoyment of this one. I gave it a 3/5, for being somewhat fluffy, a fun (and dark) read but knocked a point off for the ending.
Next book: "The Walking Dead: Vol. 11: Fear the Hunters" by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn.

And hey, what do you know? I finished it today as well! I count my graphic novels in my reading diary, because, well, I love reading them!

Stats: Started and finished on Jan 24th (while I watched the AFC Championship). Total reading time: 1 hour.

Blurb: I was recommended this series by our friend, Gareth, who owns the local comic shop, Legends. More on him in a bit. It starts off kind of like "28 Days Later" with slower dead people, and continuing on for quite a while afterwards. It's very graphic and at times tough going, but it's a great series. I rate this a 4/5, same as I've rated all the other books in the series, because it's so good at capturing the emotion, raw violence and characters without having huge expository chunks of dialogue. One of the best graphic novel series out there right now.

Next book: "The Reality Dysfunction" by Peter F. Hamilton. This one's a birthday gift from Kelly (I lend him a lot books), and it's a doozy - over 1,000 pages! Yikes! And it's the first in a trilogy. It's probably going to be a while before I finish.

In the meantime, I do have a couple more graphic novels that I'll read in the next couple of days. I also got caught up on my "Magic Teeth Dailies" by the aforementioned Gareth Gaudin.Three cheers for the Perogy Cat! I've been reading Gareth's collected daily cartoons from the beginning.

This is my shelf of graphic novels. As you can see, it's overflowing. I have Bone, all the Criminal series, all the Preachers, all the Sandman, a bunch of Alan Moore, all of the Invisibles, Maus, and more. Love!

T-shirt (Plum, gift from L), long-sleeved tee (Majestic, gift from Caro), skirt (Club Monaco, consignment), belt (gift from Ruth), tights (Hue), boots (Aldo, consignment), leaf earrings (Plum, gift from L), chain with 2 key charms (unknown origin) and S charm (gift from Mom and Dad).


  1. Speaking of The Walking Dead, have you heard about this?

  2. Oh, that is my favorite graphic-tee-over-striped-shirt combo so far!

    I hope you picked up Coupland's "Microserfs". That's my favorite of all of his.

  3. Hi Sheila! I was reading a few blog posts before bed, with my fiancé next to me on the couch. I'm not sure whether it was the mention of Palahniuk or graphic novels that caught his eye, but suddenly he took an interest, a rare ocaission. We found it quite amusing that my love of fashion, his love of graphic novels, and our shared love of Palahniuk would end up in one blog post! While I'm not sure he'll tune in to your blog all that often, I know he'll still ask me about it from time to time!

  4. You go, Girl! My reading tastes are a little (no, a lot) different from yours, but my commitment to read more this year matches yours, I think. Keep it up! I've got one and 1/2 books to finish before another trip to the library myself!

  5. You are such an incredible pattern mixer - I LOVE how you've layered a patterned graphic tee over a striped shirt. The white skirt somehow balances it all out and makes it work. Lovely!

  6. Love this outfit! What a chic, put-together casual look; you look so comfortable, too.

  7. Audi, thanks! This is totally my default weekend formula.


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