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A to Z: It’s All Me & My Books

Thank you Trish for posting on this and I know I saw it somewhere else and they deserve credit but am not sure … Maybe MELISSA at Avid Reader? Post on/about her, soon… Trish credits the original source so go visit her if you haven’t already.

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Author you’ve read the most books from:  Wow, I just might have to admit Stephen King because, like Trish, we got totally swept up in a King-Twitter-Mania last year and I read so many I almost wonder if I overloaded and developed a reaction. An ADVERSE like, overdose, reaction. I really need some space from his books.

Best Sequel Ever: Going with a tried and true series from my youth:  The Chronicles of Narnia.

Currently Reading: Well, I started The Great Santini by Pat Conroy based on a recommendation of the author from a new friend after I admitted that I really didn’t know this Conroy she spoke of. 

Drink of Choice While Reading: Probably wine or beer. Or coffee. Or water. I never really pay attention to this link-up.

E-reader or Physical Book? I prefer a physical book but am not opposed to an e-reader. In fact, I’m trying to justify getting a Kindle when I have an iPad. But it’s the ol’ read-in-the-sunshine issue…

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: Dated in High School?! What’s that? I was studying. But… I could have a crush on most male characters in any/all John Green book.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:  The Book Thief. I can’t recall what I really expected of it before I started but having read it twice now, I love love LOVE it. And I probably should give IT by Stephen King a shoutout because I was on the Oh-God-King-Writes-Horror-Oh-Yuck bandwagon and I seriously LOVED the story and the story-telling of this interesting and crazy novel.

Hidden Gem Book: Gosh, NOTHING is coming to mind. Hidden Gem… Hmmmmmm. I am reaching here back to my High School days… I read Les Miserables and don’t have any memory of why I chose that book – other than it being foreign, classic and long. I wanted to show off – ha! And I adored it.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:  My fifth grade teacher read us The Hobbit. It was a BIG book; it was not considered a CHILDREN’s book. It was an “AHA” moment when I realized I was ready to move out of the little kids’ section of the library and so I fell head first into Agatha Christie. Funny, I never got to anything else by Tolkein but I did find The Chronicles of Narnia (yes, maybe ‘kids’ books – it wasn’t that I didn’t still read my age level) and counted them as faves for many many years.

Just Finished:  Uh, I’m in a non-reading phase at the moment. The last book I ‘read’ was actually the audio of Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:  Suddenly, I keep finding the term Urban Fantasy popping up everywhere for me and since i have zero clue what genre this is, I will put it here. (Likely, somebody will challenge me to read and I will.)

Longest Book You’ve Read:  The Stand?  It?  Les Miz??  I have no idea.

Major book hangover because of: I don’t understand this. What is a book hangover?

Number of Bookcases You Own:  Two.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: The Book Thief – twice. Don’t think I have ever read any book three times.

Preferred Place To Read: Anywhere when the book is good. Probably could say my boat since I don’t have to get too specific with WHERE on the boat, right?

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:   

“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” 

This is from The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Happy sigh.

“A writer needs four things to achieve greatness, Pasquale: desire, disappointment, and the sea.”
“That’s only three.”
Alvis finished his wine. “You have to do disappointment twice.” 

And this is from a lovely book that I thoroughly enjoyed THIS year, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

Reading Regret:  Huh? Twilight? nah, I don’t mind having said I’ve read that. I have no reading regrets that come to mind.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):  Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Dragon Tattoo, Twilight, Pullman’s Dust series, the really oh-so-pretty colorful ones about the girl chemist who solves mysteries. Obviously, I don’t read series! It would be a lot easier to list series I have actually completed:  Lord of the Rings.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books: The Book Thief, The History of Love, Mountains Beyond Mountains

Unapologetic Fangirl For: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:  No idea. I don’t keep up with what’s coming because I’m overwhelmed with wanting to read the ‘already here’ list.

Worst Bookish Habit: Or best, depending on if you’re trying to get my attention and I think you are annoying: My ability to zone out EVERYTHING and focus on my book.

X Marks The Spot:  Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel and I have had this on my tbr for what seems like forever. The first blurb on the back says “A tall tale, fairy tale, sopa-opera romance, Mexican cookbook, and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one.” and makes me curious about whether or not I can count this for #Diversiverse. IS it FANTASY enough? If you are unfamiliar with the #Diversiverse Initiative, please please PLEASE visit my friend Aarti at BookLust and see her wonderful explanation. Find a book and read it. Participate!!

I also want to read this because it is on the 1001 Books to Read Before I Die list.

Your latest book purchase: The Great Santini by Pat Conroy – not too fond, to be honest. Macho military guy who beats on his kids. Yuck. I was a third of the way in when I just couldn’t be inspired to pick it up again. I know, I know, I am sure I’m missing “the something” and sure, the writing is good but I really don’t have the stomach to see how the kids prevail and the guy gets his  come-uppance or a change of heart.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):  I really liked Where’d You Go Bernadette? Though, I am not one to read at night because I can’t stay awake and then have to re-read pages that never made it out of my sleep-brain to be remembered.


Ready to play along?

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Instagram and Photos Every Day

I’ve enjoyed seeing everyone’s tweets and photos for the monthly Photo-A-Day prompts and so I asked SuziQ about it. Turns out she posted earlier today how to get involved and what the plan is for August. So I’m in.

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CREDIT:  fat mum slim has the how-to-play here.

This might also be a good writing prompt for my year of letter writing. I wasn’t very diligent in July. Let’s hope August is better.

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Musings about Clouds and Such

“Then what do you love, you extraordinary stranger?”

“I love clouds . . . drifting clouds . . . there . . . over there . . . marvelous clouds.”

-Charles Baudelaire, 1862

Mailbox Monday? Nope. the only books I got in the mail, I’ve already told you about or are gifts that I will wrap and send on. Wouldn’t want to ruin a surprise.

Library Loot?  Yes, I should look for that meme… YES!  FOUND IT.  I still have time to participate. (Looks like it starts a new week tomorrow.)

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. 

From the library; inspired by my current reading of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell:

 The Invention of Clouds by Richard Hamblyn

The Invention of Clouds is the true story of Luke Howard, the amateur English meteorologist who in 1802 gave the clouds their names — cumulus, cirrus, stratus. He immediately gained international fame, becoming a cult figure among artists and painters — Goethe, Constable, and Coleridge revered him — and legitimizing the science of meteorology. Part history of science, part cultural excavation, this is not only the biography of a man, but of a moment: the cultural birth of the modern scientific era.

Oh, I thought it was a memoir – WRONG, it’s a biography. Cool. Not sure I will do more than flip through and skim around but it captured my imagination in some way so, here it is.

I am enjoying Cloud Atlas very much! It is just screaming to be finished and I’m showing tremendous restraint not devouring it right to the end. I just finished the second Timothy Cavendish section.

But I have decided to put it down, not rush it and see if I can finish Byatt’s Angels and Insects. JUST found out this morning that a movie was made of the first novella “Morpho Eugenia” but was titled Angels and Insects and I so want to get my hands on it!

So far this month, I have yet to finish a book. Egads.

Letter writing is going well, though. I’ve slowed to down or returned to my goal of one a day so it seems more relaxed than February. Now that I’m receiving more letters, I have a list that includes my new penpals and not so many family members. Though, glancing at the calendar, I need to put a birthday card for my cousin in today’s mail or it will be late.

Happy Monday!  What are YOU reading?

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Mailbox Monday 3.12.12

Monday Mailbox Hosted by Anna at Diary of an Eccentric.

So a week or so ago, I saw that Kailana was going to check out Molly Peacock’s HOW TO READ A POEM… book and so I wanted to do that, too!

If I consider that the EMAIL from the library telling me it was ready for pickup was sent to me e-MAIL inBOX, then I can participate in this meme, right?

On the audiobook front, I have news. I laundered my cellphone last weekend and decided the iPhone would be be best replacement so I now get to explore audio books!!! I haven’t yet. It’s on the to-do list.

I’ve already joined Audibles and downloaded their FREE offer and then CANCELED my membership because I wasn’t happy with the whole situation (downloaded book, couldn’t get it to work on my mp3 player, blahblahblah, etc.) so now I’m wondering, what is the best way to get audiobooks?  Library?  Yes, I will explore the Overdrive app first and see what happens – but I will GLADLY take advice.

HAPPY MONDAY

Don’t forget – Pi Day is Wednesday!  Make a pie or eat a pie to celebrate and get your math on.

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Wordless Wednesday

Happy Leap Year!

Don’t forget, we start Cloud Atlas tomorrow…

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Poetry for February

Today is the last day of the month and that means…

 POETRY!

Kailana has the sign in, or will?  And Lu is the other co-conspirator to make the last day of every month a celebration of poetry.

I thought about copying down a few Tennyson poems that were featured in the Byatt novella I just finished late last night, Morpho Eugenia (so good!) but. I’m not sure where I put the book. *lookingaroundroom*

THEN, I had the brilliant idea to go google for Leap Day poems but wasn’t inspired.

So, then I went and did some chores and am right now avoiding other chores and sat down to see if I could compose anything myself,with my poet-hat on. I do my best poetm-writing when I just sit and see what pops into my head.

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I wish, I wish upon a star

But then wonder, can I do that?

It’s daylight, no stars in the sky at the moment,

And I’m obviously borrowing a line from someone else’s poem,

Is that stealing?

What is my wish?

World peace, I toast; I wish for cheerfulness and kindness.

I wish for easy decisions and less hassles,

Realizing immediately that my first world problems are silly.

Silliness but they are my sillinesses. My world.

Silly should be reserved for giggles and frivolity

not judging the quality of petty problems, anyway.

I wish I could find a swing and sail into the sky,

the sunny daytime starless sky.

Well?  How’d I do? Happy February Poetry Day!

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Mailbox Monday 2.27.12

Mailbox Monday 2.27.12

Mailbox Monday 2.27.12

  Mailbox Monday is a Meme currently hosted by MetroReader.

I picked up the following at Goodwill on Saturday so not quite ‘mailbox’ but more like New-Books-In-the-House:

  I really enjoyed Oryx and Crake.

 Seems to be one of those books you should read cuz everyone has.

  I’m sure this will be grittier than the movie.

Now for a LetterMo report. Three days to go! Still time for me to write you a letter if you want one. Or want to receive an ARTFUL postcard! Just DM me your snail-addy to @BkClubCare or e/m to BkClubCare [at] GMail.

I have written/sent (not including today tomorrow and Leap Day (Wednesday)) 75 pieces of mail. Twenty of these pieces were to family, most likely Valentine’s Day cards – I have 11 Nieces and Nephews. I sent 12 birthday cards and 11 postcards. I wrote 9 letters to 6 other LetterMo participants. Thirteen thank-you cards were mailed thanking various kindnesses; one bereavement card. I received a sad and moving thank-you back for that bereavement card. Only one of the birthday cards has been acknowledged. No judging; just the facts.

Postcards seem to generate the most responses — tweets, Facebook acknowledgements, emails, etc.

In all, I received 13 pieces of mail (not counting a bookmooched book; but I sent a thank-you to the nice person who mailed it to me.) I received a gift of a heart-shaped bottle opener – and immediately sent a thank-you. I received some cool postcards, a bookmark and a lovely haiku. One LetterMo letter did not have a return address on so I am sadly unable to reply. One LetterMo letter (to Winnipeg) I intend on writing tomorrow.

I received two Valentine’s Day cards myself; a text message of ‘Thank You’ came from the mother on behalf one niece. (What about the nephew, same household?)

I have sent letters to California, Ohio, Kansas, Colorado, Alabama, Massachusetts (to an address just around the corner from me), Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Virginia, Missouri, Florida, Connecticut, New York, Nebraska, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Canada:  Nova Scotia, Toronto and Calgary Alberta. Overseas in both directions: Belgium and the Netherlands, South Korea and the Philippines.

I wrote one author a fan letter.

THANK YOU EVERYONE who has offered me their addresses, have requested to receive mail and/or let me know it arrived!  I do NOT do this so I can get mail back necessarily, but it IS nice to know something sent was received. Did I miss you?!  I do feel like I’ve failed someone but can’t figure it out…

I know 12 people who celebrate birthdays in March and I intend to mail them each a card.

Looks like my year of letter writing has some strong momentum, wouldn’t you agree?

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That Eclectic Eccentric New Mom Tagged Me!

I’ve been tagged by Ms. Trisha at Eclectic-Eccentric.  Here goes.

Rules
1 You must post the rules.
2 Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the  people you’ve tagged.
3 Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
4 Let them know you’ve tagged them!
Questions from Trisha and my answers
1. What is your favorite piece of art?
My favorite piece of art in my house is totally original — the shower curtain that I had commissioned. Will show in a followup post (not in the mood to take photo, upload, blahblahblah. Do remind me if I forget! But I won’t because I want to put on Pinterest anyway, so I can throw the artist some exposure.)
2. What literary character do you think would make an awesome world leader?
Enzo the dog from The Art of Racing in the Rain.
3. What color do you think should be outlawed from clothing?
None. I love color and the right to self-expression. 
4. Hats. Yes or no? YES!!  I love hats.
5. What contemporary novel should be added to the high school curriculum?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak because it is awesome. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami because it is odd.
6. What book featuring real people do you think could work if the characters were switched to animals?
Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier.
7. Genetically designed humans. Hell yes or absolutely not?
Nah. I say no.  
8. What book would you like to see get parodied a la Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?
Anna Karenina?  (Did you know that Jude Law and Kiera Knightley are making a movie this year of AK?!?!!)
9. What book would you absolutely hate to see get parodied?
Can’t think of anything…   Hmm… Pondering… uh…
10. TV. Awesome source of entertainment or horrifying time suck?
Yes.
11. What literary character should immediately jump off the page and into your bed?
Sherlock Holmes aka Robert Downey Jr.
MY QUESTIONS for 11 Bloggers NOW TAGGED by ME (with zero pressure – do if you want, I totally get it if you don’t want to.)
1.  Tell me about any letters you’ve written lately to a friend just for the heck of it?
2. Do you have a favorite beer?
3. If you ever write a book (or if you have), which genre would it be/is it?
4. What is your favorite dish to cook?
5. Didn’t Trisha ask some awesome questions?
6. How would you have answered her No.9?
7. Do you have a favorite number?
8. Tell me a nonfiction book idea subject that you think I should write a book on because there isn’t one already?
9. Did you like my answers to No. 5 for book that should be H.S. curricula?
10. Red or white?
11. Would you be embarrassed to receive a postcard with artwork by Dali? ya know – the erotic variety?  I have some if you want one. I’m kinda embarrassed to send.
TAGGED!    Aths, Vasilly, LaurieC, Kailana, BermudaOnion, Ti, Sheila, Amused, Nancy, Dorte, and Anna – all of you have commented lately (at the time I wrote this post) and as far as I can tell, have not already been tagged.  Really – whatever. If you need a post idea, I’m giving you one, if not – no biggie.  :)   But if you do feel the fun to play along, come tell me because I can’t get my google-alert to work – the one that is supposed to tell me when somebody links to me?  I fails to catch 90%. Thanks. :D

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Poetry Day

Today is Poetry Day for Lu and Kelly-TheWrittenWorld-Kailana-MyReadingBooks-PseudoKiwiCanadian-@BookishNerd as just one piece of the big celebrate-poetry event they are plotting to get me to read deep things that may or may not rhyme. Clicking on the pretty blue button above will transport you to that other world.

Here’s what I came up with for today:

I baked bread.
Just today, this morning.
very exciting.
I am hoping it is sourdough.
The cookbook index
Does not list sourdough.
It is boule.
Says it sours over days.
(The batter. Batter?
In the refrigerator.)
It smells so good.
Now that it is baked.
So tempting, not to tear into it.
Must let it cool.
Be cool.
Yum, I heart fresh bread.
And I made it myself!
I’m so proud.
Could anything be more basic
goodness?

Well? LOTS going on here, for such a simple poem that doesn’t rhyme. A carefree woman of middle-age who wants to try new things and get healthy – that’s the surface view. Who writes poetry about bread because she doesn’t own any poetry books that feature any poems about bread and that is what she felt compelled to talk about considering that she just crafted a loaf of homemade bread and wanted to share it with the world. But underneath, we glimpse a woman possibly unsure of what she really wants to do with her days and is easily swayed by trends – bake your own bread!write your own poems! I bet she is someone who talks too much about herself. But overall, a good person.

“The people long eagerly for two things -
Bread and circuses.”

- Juvenal (c. 60-140 A.D.)

 

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I’m Joining the BAND

The Blogger’s Alliance of Nonfiction Devotees

or BAND for short…

What is one of your favorite types of nonfiction to read? OR What is one of your favorite nonfiction topics to read about?

I haven’t really thought about what types of nonfiction I like to read…    I like memoirs sometimes, biography often but not often enough, easy-to-understand science-y stuff, narrative nonfiction and …   um, I guess I need to check the definitive list.   [One second, please while I look again at my Sophisticated Dorky friend Kim's post that explains the BAND.]

travelogues – though I show little evidence, and even some self-help.   Even that self-help category is broad!   I own books to inspire creativity, how to write a letter, keep a journal, reference texts and quote books, etc.   And cookbooks!    Cookbooks are self-help, right?

I have a few essay books on my tbr. I love most anything penned by Tracy Kidder. I like books on feminism and want to explore further the topic of women and technology.

I ENJOY NONFICTION.    Do you?  


I prefer pi.

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