Reading Update

Hey there!  Are any of you reading “My War..Killing Time In Iraq”?  Well I’m almost finished and it has been a great read.  I was wondering how long Buzzell was going to go without being censored by the Military and oops… it has happened.  But they still LOVE the posts and the writing. 

I am going to rent the last discs of Showtime’s “The Tudors” today and I can’t wait to see what happens.  It is such a fantastic show!  So well done and well acted.  The costumes are stunning and I would love to get s dress like Anne Boleyn or Princess Margaret for the Renaissance Festival when we live back in the states.  I can dream can’t I? 

So if you aren’t reading along with me what are you reading?  Is it any good and would you recommend it?  Please let us know.

A New Bookshelf Gives Order To My TBR Chaos

Yesterday was a cool and rainy Sunday here in Okinawa.  The highlight of the day was purchasing a three shelf bookshelf and my loving husband putting it together for our study.  Now I have new space to fill with new books and a proper place to put all our holiday gifts.  It has also become my TBR shelf and though there are many titles on the shelves, it makes it wasier to see them and decide what will be my next read.  Actually watching the Showtime series, “The Tudors” has helped clinch my next read after “My War…Killing Time In Iraq”.  The next title for me will probably be “The Other Boleyn Girl” by Philippa Gregory.  Now I’m sure a bunch of you may have already read this and are anxiously awaiting the movie which will be in theatres in February but until then, “The Tudors” Season 1 is available on DVD and it is just fantastic.  It is about King Henry VIII and his many adventures and misadventures in love, politics and life.  Both Boleyn sisters are in “The Tudors” and the story is so juicy and wonderful. 

What Do You Think About…

…turning Planet Books into a bi-monthly reading club?  I want to keep Planet Books alive but make it more realistic for our busy schedules.  I thought that if I posted a voting poll every other month and alloted two months to read a book instead of one than maybe we could find time to read a book together and also read some things on our TBR shelf.  I have my “33 of 33” challenge I gave myself this year and I am going to post about all the books I read this year, not just the books we vote for here on Planet Books.  I would love to hear/read your thoughts on this idea and if you think the change should be implemented now or if a monthly reading club is what you want to stick with.  Please let me know what you think by posting your comment to this post.  If we go to a bi-monthly schedule then I will post the next voting poll at the end of February.  If you prefer to keep Planet Books the way it is then I will post the new voting poll next Wednesday, January 30th. 

How Did He Get Away With This Stuff?!

I am about half way done with “My War… Killing Time In Iraq” and I must say that I am repeatedly shocked at what this guy got away with blogging about.  I think that in the last couple of years there has been a new rule in the military that says you can not have a MySpace page or a blog while active duty.  Well if that is true, I can see why they made this rule because there is tons of stuff about missions and that little event about shooting up a mosque that is not what the U.S. Government wants us little minded U.S. citizens to know about. 

I do wonder how this guy became such a huge hit in the bloggesphere without really advertising the fact that he had a blog in the first place.  His writing is good though and I have enjoyed reading this book so far.  I definitely don’t think that the out-houses at Girl Scout camp in fourth and fifth grade where that bad after reading about the make-shift bathrooms these troops had to use for days on end.  DISGUSTING!!!!!!!  Reading about it caused me to almost throw up in my mouth! 

What do you think of this book so far and what U.S. Forces are doing in the Fight Against Terror in the Middle East?  I will say that living in Okinawa and watching Armed Forces Network Television proves that the U.S. press does not tell the whole story about what good things our military is doing for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. 

“My War” Is Reading Well

Well it’s Friday afternoon and I have had my book for about twenty-four hours now and the next time I pick it up to read I will be starting Part 2.  Part 1 was a build up to Buzzell’s deployment to Iraq as a member of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.  We get to know this man who became a Soldier to make something of his bum life.  So far he’s a typical twenty-something who didn’t make much of himself when he had a chance to do it in a safer environment.  I really like the way this book reads because it doesn’t feel like I’m reading a diary/blog but more like Buzzell is just sitting with me in the local Starbucks (yes we have those here in Okinawa too) and telling me his story. 

I did like reading about the JRTC because I know some Marines who have gone through the training there before their deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan over the last couple of years.  I would love to sit down with my friends (who are safely back with their families after doing their jobs and serving our country) and ask them about the JRTC and even have them take a look at this book.

I did find Buzzell’s blog online and you can check it out at  Remember that this book is taken directly from his blog so I did have a moment of “I spent money on the book when I could have just read the blog?” but oh well.  The book is easier to take with you in the car and read while waiting for friends for lunch.  You can also find an interview with Bussell at and here’s an article about Buzzell in The Washington Post from March 2006  I also came across a great site operated by PBS called “America at a Crossroads” and the section called “Operatoin Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Expereince” and at the top is an excerpt by Colby Buzzell.

1 Down and 32 To Go

Last night I finished “Shopgirl” by Steve Martin.  It is the first of 33 books I have challenged myself to read in my 33rd year.  This book was a gift from my sister and her hubby and boy did she pick a good one.  I LOVED this novella!!  I had to remind myself that the author was Steve Martin because for some reason this surprised me.  His writing was wonderful and transporting (though I pictured the actors from the movie based on the book throughout my whole read through) and I actually got a little misty-eyed at the end.  The character development was very well done and I invested a lot of sympathy for the characters as things occurred to them. 

Steve Martin described the depression that the heroine suffers from with such skill and understanding it made me wonder about his own experiences and then I was reminded that the hubby received Steve Martin’s new autobiography for Christmas and it’s on his nightstand right now.  I guess I can find out the answer to my questions with that book.  I totally recommend this short 130 page gem to anyone who doesn’t mind a reading about sex, depression and wonderfully written characters. 

I am still waiting for my copy of our January book “My War…Killing Time In Iraq” though I think today might be the day it’s in the P.O. Box.  Keep your fingers crossed because right now I am without a book to read.  Well not really without a book but I don’t want to pick up another title because I know the new one is arriving soon.

UPDATE:  My copy of “My War…Killing Time In Iraq” arrived in the mail today.  I plan on starting it tonight!

Until Then…

To pass the time until my copy of “My War… Killing Time In Iraq” arrives in my little P.O. Box here on Okinawa I decided to read SHOPGIRL” by the amazingly wonderful and funny Steve Martin. A NOVELLA My sister and her hubby gave this to me for Christmas and though I had seen the quaint and sweet movie starring Steve Martin, Claire Danes and Jason Schwartzman, I had always wanted to read the novella since it first came out in 2000.  Well so far I love love love the story.  There are so many little things that you can’t get from the movie version and to know what the author meant for the character to be thinking in any moment is like a little secret for the reader to know but the movie watcher to never find out.  The novella is a mere 130 pages and I think on top of all the other things going on here I will probably finish it before the next book arrives to devour my attention.  I haven’t forgotten about my 33 in 33 self challenge and “SHOPGIRL” would be the first book on that list.  (“Pillars of the Earth” is waiting patiently for me to pick up again and let it take me back to the 1300’s.) 

Below I am sharing a picture of all the books the hubby and I received for Christmas/my birthday/hand-me-down’s  from my family while in the States.  They all finally arrived safe and sound on Saturday and the stack is very very high.  I am very excited about the stories waiting to reveal themselves to me.  I am also in need of a new small bookcase soon.  I prefer to have my books standing with great posture, proud and vying for my attention from the shelf but right now all these new books as well as some books I bought in November are laying on top of each other in staggered stacks in front of other books on the shelves.  Just another thing to put on my to-do list for this month. 

Hitting The Ground Reading

I just ordered my copy of “My War..Killing Time In Iraq” and I am looking forward to reading it. With the elections going on and the news of Soldiers being killed recently in the Middle East, I think it will be interesting to read a first hand account of what our Troops see and experience on deployments.
I am glad that it will take a week for my book to arrive by mail though. I have so much to catch up on!! Between the magazines that piled up in our mailbox while we were gone, to the huge amount of candidate research I have yet to do and the newspapers I have to skim through on-line I feel so behind.
I am determined to make this the year of self-improvement. Between my new Nintendo NS Lite and the BrainAge and NYTimes Crossword Puzzle games I got for it and the many new books I received between Christmas and my birthday I have think I have a good amount of material to help me get started on my year of self-educating and growing as an adult.
What are your New Year Resolutions or do you not partake in this tradition? Please share!

And The January Book Is…

Killing Time in Iraq

… “My War ~ Killing Time In Iraq” by Colby Buzzell.  Hi Guys!!  Sorry it’s taken me so long to post after the vote was closed on Friday.  We are back on the lovely island of Okinawa and the jetlag is kicking our butts yet again.  That flight from the States is a bitch! 

Anyway, I will post again soon but in case you hadn’t checked the poll results I wanted to let you know what our January title is.  I need to order my copy or check the library ASAP!