August was a terrible month for me, as my terrible stats attest. Hopefully I can regain ground in September!
- Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating with China’s Other Billion by Michael Levy. I enjoyed this memoir. I wish I had volunteered for the Peace Corps after college; at the time I thought I had other plans, but they fell through. I guess I’ll have to save being a PCV for my midlife crisis. I know there are “better” Peace Corps memoirs out there, but this one seems true to the experience, rather than a pean to the ideal.
- Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. I loved this book! It is essentially a fairytale that combined all the other fairytales into a fresh new fairytale. Everyone lives happily ever after, except for the villains, but they have to earn their happy ending. It was funny and smart and charming, and I’ll be buying my own copy.
- “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (I actually watched this is July, but forgot to include it in the stats. Oops.) This had the potential–and the cast–to be good, but was terrible. I don’t know if it was due to a new director, or simply fatigue on the parts of the actors, but it was disappointing. I am no longer annoyed that Mr Lush saw this in the theater without me.
- “Blazing Saddles” I’ve seen many Mel Brooks movies, but hadn’t gotten around to this one yet. I liked it, and I’m glad I saw it, but it’s not my favorite. I had seen almost all of the classic moments already, so that made the film less interesting.
- “Superman Returns” Like all Superman movies I got bored in the middle. It wasn’t BAD, but I can see why it flopped–it would have been better to do a reboot rather than trying to tie it in to the previous Superman movies.
- Books: 29/50
- Movies: 30/50