Weekend reads and a little celebrating...

Before you ask, the photo is actually from last night.  My friend Matthew Guerreri was on The Colbert Report last night (!!!, I know!!!), talking about his new book The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination.  Obviously, drinks were in order.

Plus, my blog is three years old now!  On January 3, 2010, I posted my first review here, of Fay Weldon's She May Not Leave.  (I still get palpitations when thinking of the book's big climax-y twist at the end!)  You'll note there are entries before that review, but that was me back-dating stuff to give my blog a little more meat. Sneaky me.

I just registered for a course with EdX -- The Ancient Greek Hero.  From what I can tell, it resembles OpenCourseWare but I think the variation is that there are some live events associated with the course -- class discussions, that kind of thing -- so I figured, why not?  I have two Greek plays on my Classics Club reading challenge, so boning up on my ancient Greek-y-ness can't hurt.  Anyone have any experience with EdX or OCW?

And finally, the point of this whole post: what I'm reading!  My weekend read is The Burn Palace by Stephen Dobyns, which I've just started and is delightfully messed up.  I suspect I'll be up late a few nights this weekend!

What are you reading this weekend?

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  1. Happy blogiversary and congratulations to your friend Stephen!!

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  2. Yea!!! for three years. Awesome. And that drink looks pretty amazing, too. Have a great weekend.

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  3. Happy 3 year Anniversary! That is a great achievement :)

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  4. Happy Blogiversary! And congrats to your friend! I'm digging into Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors this weekend and I can't wait.

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  5. The Burn Palace does sound delightfully? horrible! Enjoy it! And congrats on your blogiversary.

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  6. Congratulations to your friend, and Happy Blogoversary! I hope that this weekend is a great one for you. Right now, I am listening to The Painted Girls on audio, and reading Creature Features, a cute book about a family that owns a farm and a lot of mischievous animals!

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  7. Happy Blogoversay!
    I haven't taken any courses through EdX but I have taken some through Coursera and the format looks very similar. I've had no problems so far. Enjoy the Ancient Greek heroes :)

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  8. Happy Blogaversy. That's a reason to celebrate for sure.

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  9. Happy Blogoversary!

    I'm taking a philosophy course with Coursera (trying to...trying to fit it in my schedule) which I believe is probably similar to the ones you mentioned. The courses are free. I haven't heard of edX or OCW, but I will check them out. Thanks!

    Have you read The Church of Dead Girls by Dobyns? It was really good.

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  10. Congratulations to you and Matthew, both!

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  11. Happy Blogiversary!

    I just finished reading Indiscretion by Charles Dubow this weekend (it was excellent!). The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin is on deck.

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  12. Happy Blogiversary and Congrats to your friend. I've never taken any of those courses, so I've got no advice for you..but have fun with it. I'll be reading News From Heaven to finish it up.

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  13. Congratulations on your Blogiversary, Audra! If I didn't know your blog was 3 years old, I'd be sure you'd been posting book reviews for twice that long because your format and reviews are so amazing! I'm so happy I found your blog because I enjoy reading your posts.

    How cool to watch your friend Matthew on the Colbert Report. His book looks and sounds amazing, my husband was drooling over it at the store and hopes to be getting a copy for his birthday!

    I'm looking forward to your review of The Burn Palace! Enjoy!

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  14. Celebration was definitely in order, and happy 3rd blogiversary!

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  15. Happy blogiversary! When I started I did similar, posting lots of reviews I'd written so there was more content. It's hard not to when you've already started writing. And how great for your friend! I've not heard of the programme but I'm guessing it's a pretty awesome one to be on :) Best of luck with your course!

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  16. Congrats on your blog turning three!!!!

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