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Books Read in 2011

1. Love Story - Erich Segal
2. The Imperfectionists - Tom Rachman
3. Freedom - Jonathan Franzen
4. Einstein's Dreams - Alan Lightman
5. Whose Body? - Dorothy Sayers
6. Clouds of Witness - Dorothy Sayers
7. Murder Must Advertise - Dorothy Sayers
8. Gaudy Night - Dorothy Sayers
9. The Reluctant Widow - Georgette Heyer
10. White Teeth - Zadie Smith
11. A Room with a View - E.M. Forster
12. The Wedding Girl - Madeleine Wickham
13. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
14. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
15. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
16. The Demon's Surrender - Sarah Rees Brennan
17. Howards End - E.M. Forster
18. Sisterhood Everlasting - Ann Brashares
19. Hex Hall - Rachel Hawkins
20. Demonglass - Rachel Hawkins
21. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
22. State of Wonder - Ann Patchett
23. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim - David Sedaris
24. Troy - Adele Geras
25. A Tangled Web - L.M. Montgomery
26. Lock and Key - Sarah Dessen
27. Jacob Have I Loved - Katherine Paterson
28. Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris
29. Kilmeny of the Orchard - L.M. Montgomery
30. Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
31. Blue Nights - Joan Didion
32. The Secret Adversary - Agatha Christie
33. The Secret of Chimneys - Agatha Christie
34. Divergent - Veronica Roth
35. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? - Mindy Kaling

Books Read in 2010

1. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship - Ann Patchett
2. Rilla of Ingleside - L.M. Montgomery
3. Someone Like You - Sarah Dessen
4. Restless - William Boyd
5. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader - Anne Fadiman
6. Lady of Quality - Georgette Heyer
7. Arabella - Georgette Heyer
8. These Old Shades - Georgette Heyer
9. Devil's Cub - Georgette Heyer
10. Venetia - Georgette Heyer
11. Frederica - Georgette Heyer
12. Black Sheep - Georgette Heyer
13. Faro's Daughter - Georgette Heyer
14. The Changeover - Margaret Mahy
15. The Grand Sophy - Georgette Heyer
16. Cotillion- Georgette Heyer
17. Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella
18. Behold, Here's Poison - Georgette Heyer
19. The Nonesuch - Georgette Heyer
20. Staring at the Sun - Julian Barnes
21. The Demon's Covenant - Sarah Rees Brennan
22. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
23. Death in the Stocks - Georgette Heyer
24. They Found Him Dead - Georgette Heyer
25. The Convenient Marriage - Georgette Heyer
26. No Wind of Blame - Georgette Heyer
27. Nothing to be Frightened Of - Julian Barnes
28. Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl
29. False Colours - Georgette Heyer
30. Duplicate Death - Georgette Heyer
31. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Alan Bradley
32. Beauty - Robin McKinley
33. The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
34. Beauvallet - Georgette Heyer
35. The Corinthian - Georgette Heyer
36. The Masqueraders - Georgette Heyer
37. Angels and Ages - Adam Gopnik
38. Envious Casca - Georgette Heyer
39. How to Be Good - Nick Hornby
40. Charity Girl - Georgette Heyer
41. Paris to the Moon - Adam Gopnik
42. Detection Unlimited - Georgette Heyer
43. Passenger to Frankfurt - Agatha Christie
44. A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf
45. The Hours - Michael Cunningham
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I'd never read a historical romance novel before last week; I'm not sure I even knew they existed. But then a friend lent me four Georgette Heyer novels and now I love her and her books and am left wondering where this week has gone. Has anyone read her?

Apparently she's written something close to forty novels, and I can't vouch for all of them, but I highly, highly recommend the ones I have read: Lady of Quality (great), Arabella (fantastic), These Old Shades (great), Devil's Cub (fantastic). They're mostly set in the Regency period. There is witty, charming dialogue, great settings and details, stylish writing, characters I fell in love with, and many passages that made me laugh aloud. I don't know what characters in romance novels are usually like (I've never read any) but Heyer's heorines are intelligent, capable, funny, relatable and not at all in danger of losing their heads to heroes. And the men are by turns wry, tempestuous, funny and dashing, and I would dearly love to meet two of them in real life (Robert Beaumaris and Vidal). And I love the insults that are hurled; I would very much like to go around calling people I don't like coxcombs.

One of the reviews says "I've read her books to ragged shreds" and that is exactly how I feel. I read Devil's Cub yesterday and I've already reread my favourite passages five times (and not just because I'm insane). So even though my finals start two weeks from today (four of six exams are worth one hundred percent of my grade), this week was worth it. But I am trying to exercise more willpower than I have to prevent myself from reading any more books before April 26.

Postcript: I bought my own copies of Arabella and Devil's Cub, as well as Venetia and The Grand Sophy. Venetia was very good, and I am saving The Grand Sophy for a study break over the next two weeks.
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We were all sitting in the pub, trying to remember to breathe, as if we could will our team to victory, when Crosby scored and Canada won 3-2 in overtime against the US. It was pandemonium: leaping to my feet and screaming and hugging my friends and managing to bang my knee and pure joy.

Last time we won gold in men's hockey in 2002 I wrote an awful poem to celebrate. This time there was swearing and cheers and hilarious comments like this from my friend, after Danny Heatley (a Canadian player) laid a weak hit: "Yeah, Heatley, ease into it, like an old man into a bathtub. Asshole."

There are still people outside honking and cheering and celebrating. I can't stop smiling. What a fantastic day.
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Happy birthday, musamea!!! I hope you're having a fantastic day.

I just came back from Reading Week, which was lovely and full of seeing friends and manicures and watching bad movies (Valentine's Day, you were just as bad as I thought you'd be) and seeing Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at my favourite theatre. I'm always happy to go home.

I read most of L.M. Montgomery's books for the first time when I was between 10-12 and they're the books that have shaped my life the most. Especially the Emily trilogy: if I could be anyone in the world, real or fictional, I would be Emily, because of how deeply I love and understand her. I didn't read Rilla of Ingleside until last week, though, because it's the last of the Anne books and I didn't want to have read everything she's written, I wanted to have something left. So many people whose reading taste I trust have told me it's one of their favourites of all the Anne books, though, so I finally bought and read it and promptly fell in love with it. I laughed and cried and wondered how I could have waited so long to read this. Most of Montgomery's books are insular and don't mention the world events going on when they're set but Rilla of Ingleside isn't like that; it's all about the home front during the First World War.

There are some things that meant so much to me when I was younger which aren't nearly as good as I remember them being (there was a time when I thought She's All That was the greatest movie ever made). But L.M. Montgomery's books aren't like that for me. I've read them more times than any other books and they stand up to those repeated readings. I love them just as much now as I did when I was younger and I'm so grateful for that.
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Books Read in 2009

1. The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
2. The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia - Laura Miller
3. Sloppy Firsts - Megan McCafferty
4. About a Boy - Nick Hornby
5. Arthur & George - Julian Barnes
6. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
7. The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
8. The Virgin's Lover - Philippa Gregory
9. The Yiddish Policemen's Union - Michael Chabon
10. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
11. Run - Ann Patchett
12. The Demon's Lexicon - Sarah Rees Brennan
13. Sacred - Dennis Lehane
14. Murder in Mesopotamia - Agatha Christie
15. Hercule Poirot's Christmas - Agatha Christie
16. Death on the Nile - Agatha Christie
17. On Beauty - Zadie Smith
18. The Hollow - Agatha Christie
19. The End of the Alphabet - C.S. Richardson
20. The Mystery of the Blue Train - Agatha Christie
21. Gods Behaving Badly - Marie Phillips
22. Cat Among the Pigeons - Agatha Christie
23. A Complicated Kindness - Miriam Toews
24. The Path of Minor Planets - Andrew Sean Greer
25. The A.B.C. Murders - Agatha Christie
26. The Moving Finger - Agatha Christie
27. The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje
28. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
29. When You Are Engulfed in Flames - David Sedaris
30. Unaccustomed Earth - Jhumpa Lahiri
31. Her Fearful Symmetry - Audrey Niffenegger
32. Talking It Over - Julian Barnes
33. The Shipping News - Annie Proulx
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Bright Star

If you like Keats, doomed love affairs, female characters whom you want to befriend, and/or good movies, please go see Bright Star. I loved it. And if you cry while walking home at night in the rain, then we are the same.

(I like law school and living in Toronto so far. I liked it more when I found out that this one girl (who already seemed nice and everything) wrote her English Honours thesis on John Keats and Fanny Brawne!)
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1) I wrote my last final exam as an undergrad last Wednesday. It's so strange to think that it's over.

2) It snowed today and yesterday. It is the end of April and in normal cities, you expect showers or flowers. But I'm trying not to rise to the bait of the crazy weather, because I leave for Europe in three days. I'm going with two friends on the typical post-graduation tour. We're going to Spain, France, Germany and Ireland and I'm really excited to meet people and mangle languages and get lost and eat and eat. Also, to visit the Louvre properly this time, armed with the knowledge gleaned from a couple Art History courses (I have added specific museums to the list of places I want to go based on their collections of artists I love, like Friedrich and David). If anyone wants a postcard, please let me know.

3) I still have to hand in my final copy of my honours thesis. There does not seem to be enough time for the things I need to do before I go, so of course I would visit my favourite political blogs tonight. Let it never be said I didn't learn effective time management skills by this point.
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I am clearly not a Decider: please help!

I am almost entirely sure I'm going to law school this fall. However, I'm not sure where to go. I've been accepted at five schools and have narrowed (slightly) the choices to three: the University of Toronto, Columbia and New York University (NYU). I've visited all three schools and, in my opinion, they're all great. I don't think I can make a bad decision - I think I'd be happy at any of them - but I'm kind of afraid of not making the right one.

So, I turn to you, f-list, for advice. Here are the respective advantages:
- the most important academic advantage is that I REALLY want to study Canadian constitutional law, and obviously there's a lot more of that in Canada than in the US (plus, the U of T has a really strong constitutional program, anyway)
- I can still take interesting courses in international law and do international human rights internships
- I have a lot of family in Toronto, and I'd like to spend more time with them
- I have a few friends going to the U of T next year, including one of my closest friends, so we could live together
- It's easier to go from Canada to the US with a JD degree than it is to go the other way
- Tuition is half the price of NYU and Columbia

- has the strongest international law program in North America, by most accounts (including amazing internship opportunities and faculty), and I also really want to study international law
- has exchange programs with schools like Oxford and Paris II
- by virtue of being in New York, I'll get opportunities I wouldn't get in Toronto - for example, the UN is there
- there's lots of options for working closely with faculty on current cases or even co-authoring articles
- New York's an awesome place to live
- however, it doesn't have a campus, it's just a collection of buildings

- a really strong all-around program, plus I love the campus
- all the New York-specific advantages NYU has: location, opportunity, etc.
- it gave me a really good feeling when I visited

Half of me thinks U of T (which is generally considered the best law school in Canada) is the best and most sensible option, while the other half wonders whether the opportunity to go to Columbia or NYU is too good to pass up. I was talking to one of my professors about it, and he told me about a conversation he had with his own professor about where he should go for his Ph.D. His professor said, "You can't really do what you want at Oxford, so it seems like you should go to Essex, except for one thing: if you don't go to Oxford, will you wonder what would have happened if you had for the rest of your life?" My professor went to Oxford, realized they had no one there for his political theory interests, and eventually got his Ph.D. elsewhere.

I don't know. It's a little scary for me, trying to peer into a foggy crystal ball and decide where I would be happiest. I'd appreciate any thoughts anyone has to offer.
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Books Read in 2008

1. Persuasion - Jane Austen
2. Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
3. 1984 - George Orwell
4. A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader's Reflections on a Year of Books - Alberto Manguel
5. Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella
6. Lock & Key - Sarah Dessen
7. Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
8. New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
9. Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer
10. Shelf Monkey - Corey Redekop
11. Nomad's Hotel: Travels in Time and Space - Cees Nooteboom
12. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
13. Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
14. Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
15. Darkness, Take My Hand - Dennis Lehane
16. Prayers for Rain - Dennis Lehane
17. Avalon High - Meg Cabot
18. Cross Channel - Julian Barnes (short stories)
19. Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger
20. Weep Not, Child - Ngugi wa Thiongo
21. Dangerous Liaisons - Choderlos de Laclos
22. The Last Summer (of You and Me) - Ann Brashares
23. The Boleyn Inheritance - Philippa Gregory
24. Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan - Ann Jones
25. A Great and Terrible Beauty -Libba Bray
26. Prep - Curtis Sittenfeldd