Cat Playing Jenga

You may have already seen this video making its way around the internet, but I had to share it. It’s pretty much my favorite video of all time now. It’s a cat playing Jenga, and he’s actually really good at it. But he does have a bit of a temper.

I wonder what other games this kitty can play. Settlers of Catan, perhaps? A little Monopawly?

Anyway, have a great Caturday!

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Book Review: City of Glass

Before Cassandra Clare’s City of Glass, there was Paul Auster’s. The first short installment of The New York Trilogy, City of Glass is both a mystery and an anti-mystery. The main character of the novel cranks out mystery novels like James Patterson, but admits that most such novels are poorly written and don’t involve the kind of higher thinking required with “literature.” They’re purely pleasure reading.

But City of Glass is both literature and mystery novel. As with all Auster novels, it is about more than its plot. Sure, there is a man named Stillman who locked his son in a dark room for most of his childhood and is now being released from prison. And yes, the main character, Quinn, is hired to follow Stillman in order to protect his horribly damaged son from harm. But these elements soon just become technicalities of the story instead of its meat.

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Fantastic Fictional Friendships

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Okay, so I’m a little late for The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday. But I started writing this post yesterday, so it still counts, right?

The theme this week was top ten books about friendship.

I think it can actually be really hard to create a realistic friendship in a book. Friendship is defined by intricacies like inside jokes, nicknames, and silly quirks that can be hard for an “outsider” to understand. The books that succeed at depicting friendship, in my opinion, are ones that make the reader feel like he or she is part of that friendship. Here are my picks:

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What I’m Reading: The New York Trilogy

I haven’t been writing about books much lately, sadly because I haven’t been reading much. I recently started a new full-time job, and I’m usually too tired when I get home to read. This is especially true because I’m reading The New York Trilogy, which isn’t exactly a beach read. That isn’t to say it’s bad—Paul Auster is one of my favorite authors because he makes me think about what I’m reading.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list prompt that bloggers anywhere can answer!

I decided to do a Top Ten Tuesday today, because I love the prompt! It calls for 10 book covers you’d frame as artwork. I’ll admit that I do judge books by their covers (who doesn’t?). After all, the point of a cover is to give a sense of what’s behind it, even if it doesn’t always indicate how good the book is (I actually think the Twilight cover is genius and contributed a lot to its success). As an enthusiast of both art and books, I love looking at covers, and I have oftentimes bought a book simply because of its cover. However, I think it might be hard to distinguish covers I love from covers I would love to frame (I love covers for various reasons—not just ones that look like pieces of art). With that said, here are my top ten:

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