Tuesday, January 08, 2013


Rowan Atkinson Live!, with Rowan Atkinson and Angus Deayton (DVD).  I didn't get to watch the whole of this, but I definitely enjoyed the bits I did get to see.  It seems like most people like his sketch comedy that is more like his Mr. Bean stuff, but I really don't like that at all.  I do really enjoy the rest of it, not so physical and more dependent on knowing a few things, enough to get the jokes. 
I didn't get to finish this because it doesn't have subtitles, so I can't watch while my son is awake, and I now go to bed pretty much immediately after he does, so evening film viewing is right out.

Dirty Jobs, collection 3, with Mike Rowe (DVD).  Didn't quite finish this either, but because I have been sated of my need for Dirty Jobs

Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart; read by Coleen Marlo.  I was doing a ton of knitting before Christmas, and I thought that I could probably handle knitting while listening to an audiobook.  I can totally handle it, but again, the boy, oi.  So I got through disc 1 only. :(  Great book, very interesting stuff, just not in my house. 

I am now a reviewer and judge for the IPBA Ben Franklin Awards.  I'm excited, because this is a bit bigger and more well-known than some of the other reviewing I've done (although I'm still not getting paid or anything), and-- I checked-- I can actually talk about it.  I've received my first shipment of 18 titles with another box to follow later in January.  All reviews must be complete by March 31st.  I'm not going to reveal my category, and the reviews I post here will have different comments and focus on different aspects of the book than my official reviews submitted.  Because I don't enjoy authors who take things too personally.  I'm almost done reading my first book, and it can only get better from here.

So far it's been interesting, not too challenging, and I'm looking forward to it.  I encourage people to sign up for next year-- some of the books are pre-pub (which doesn't quite excite me like it used to, now that at any given time I have about a dozen books on my Nook from NetGalley, but it's still pretty cool) and you get to keep (or donate, or burn) all the books sent. 

1 comment:

Ms. Yingling said...

Go you! It's always exciting to be on an awards committee, and the boxes of books are a great perk! Have fun!