Macbookless – Day Three

It took nine minutes for my computer to boot, open Firefox, and load this page.

Nine. Minutes.

In the grand scheme of life, that’s nothing, but I’ve come to expect more than that from my technology.

I want my Mac back.

I also realized that my “bills to pay” checklist is on my Mac, so that caused a bit of a panic today, but I think I successfully managed that.

Last night I started reading My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I know it’s sooo 2004. I was bratty about it when it came out and didn’t want to read it because ALL of the women I worked with were reading it. Yes, I know that’s petty, but it made sense at the time. I keep seeing the commercials for the movie, and it made me want to read it just because I feel like I may have missed something. I’m only about 60 pages in and not yet enamored, but not ready to quit. I’ve passed the 50-page mark (à la Nancy Pearl), but I think I’m going to keep going. I haven’t loved the last two books I’ve read: Special Topics in Calamity Physics and Between, Georgia. STiCP was very very slow. I read a review that described it as “overwritten” which I thought was a great observation. I cant remember where I read that, so there is no citation, sorry. 🙁 I’m not sure why I didn’t give up on it. I think it’s because I really liked the cover, and I wanted to like it because of its massive referencing.

I feel that as a trained librarian I should enjoy a book that makes hundreds of literary references, but I didn’t. I’m not sure if that makes me a bad librarian, but I doubt it, because I can still connect people with sources relevant to their information needs. 🙂 Between, Georgia was ok. It was light (although it dealt with intense situations). I was looking for a happy medium between In Her Shoes and Beloved. I wanted something chick lit-y but not fluffy. I’ve had a bit of trouble with that. So if you library types have suggestions I’d love to hear them. When I think about things that fall into the category I’m trying to get at I think of The Time Traveler’s Wife. I’m ready for suggestions!

Jackson, J. (2006). Between, Georgia. New York: Warner Books

Morrison, T. (1987). Beloved: A novel. New York: Knopf.

Niffenegger, A. (2003). The time traveler’s wife: A novel. San Francisco, CA: MacAdam/Cage.

Pearl, N. (n.d.). The rule of 50. Retrieved June 6, 2009 from Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust Web site:

Pessl, M. (2006). Special topics in calamity physics. New York: Viking.

Picoult, J. (2004). My sister’s keeper: A novel. New York: Atria.

Weiner, J. (2002). In her shoes: A novel. New York: Atria Books.

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  1. Allie’s avatar

    It regularly takes my laptop several minutes to load up (I’ve never timed it, though). And it takes FF AGES to — I downloaded an extension called Tab Mix Plus, which lets me stack tabs and remembers them when you restart, so FF usually has to load up 40+ tabs. Yes, I know that’s bad.

    As to book recs, I will think on that. That’s not a genre I’m well read in, I admit.


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