What’s In A Name 6

Beth Fish Reads has announced the 2013 WHAT’S IN A NAME Reading Challenge! Just click on that sentence to go visit the announcement.

1.A book with up or down (or equivalent) in the title: Deep down True, The Girl Below, The Diva Digs up the Dirt
2.A book with something you’d find in your kitchen in the title: Loose Lips Sink Ships, The Knife of Never Letting Go, Breadcrumbs
3.A book with a party or celebration in the title: A Feast for Crows, A Wedding in Haiti, Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness
4.A book with fire (or equivalent) in the title: Burning for Revenge, Fireworks over Toccoa, Catching Fire
5.A book with an emotion in the title: Baltimore Blues, Say You’re Sorry, Dreams of Joy
6.A book with lost or found (or equivalent) in the title: The Book of Lost Fragrances, The World We Found, A Discovery of Witches

(I am on the WP app on my iPad so I have no idea if this will work….) Happy Thanksgiving Eve Eve. I made Pecan Pie. Pictures tomorrow maybe.

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Bart’s Twenty in Eleven Challenge

And the categories for Bart’s Bookshelf Challenge TwentyEleven are:

  1. To YA or not YA… (I will try more YA)
  2. …With a Twist
  3. Hot off the Presses.
  4. It Wasn’t Me! (aka Bad Bloggers*)
    Bad Bloggers: Is hosted by Chris of Stuff as Dreams are Made on.
  5. Show it Who is Boss!
  6. Bablefish
  7. Will-Power? What Will-Power? (aka: The Henry Ward Beecher Memorial.)
  8. Mind the Gap. (This will be hard for me because I don’t read series books!  I have read a bunch of FIRSTs but series usually have more than TWO – help?!)
  9. Back in the Day.
  10. Re-read an old favourite or two for this category.
  11. Way Back When.
  12. Slim-Pickings

I do love challenges that let me fit in the books as we go.


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Jousting with Joyce

I cannot believe what I just did.

I downloaded Ulysses for FREE! to my iPad just so I can attempt to follow along with Softdrink’s ReadAlong “Jousting with Joyce”.

So I guess that means I’m committing.    I think there’s an escape clause…

WORDS already encountered when I decided to see what exactly the style would be of this infamous novel:

UNTONSURED “Stephen Dedalus, displeased and sleepy, leaned his arms on the top of the staircase and looked coldly at the shaking gurgling face that blessed him, equine in its length, and at the light untonsured hair, grained and hued like pale oak.”

*** just so you know, WordPress Editor ALSO doubts this word ‘untonsured’! ***

Definition of TONSURE according to the Dictionary installed on my Mac:  “tonsure |ˈnoun,  a part of a monk’s or priest’s head left bare on top by shaving off the hair.• [in sing. ] an act of shaving the top of a monk’s or priest’s head as a preparation for entering a religious order.  verb [ trans. ] [often as adj. ] ( tonsured) shave the hair on the crown of.

ORIGIN late Middle English : from Old French, or from Latin tonsura, from tondere ‘shear, clip.’”

OUNS “For this, O dearly beloved, is the genuine Christine:  body and soul and blood and ouns.”

Definition of OUNS according to Google Search led me to Wordnik which states that NO DEFINITIONs ARE AVAILABLE.    They do, however, give this same sentence as an example.     Google asked me if I perhaps meant to search for ONUS which means “burden: an onerous or difficult concern”.     Ominous, don’t you think?

(I’m guessing that OUNS means innards and entrails.    Votes?)

Well, isn’t this a fine howdy do and portends great frustration for this reading experience.    Predictions/bets on how far I get with this!?

Of course, that is exactly the wrong foot to get started on – this bad attitude.  Shame on me.

My Novella Challenge is Complete

The Novella Challenge

I think this is the first challenge I attempted that I have actually completed so I’ve also decided to do a summary or recap.    I have volunteered for a few other challenges and have totally lost track of them;   some I don’t think I ever started.   Now,  I feel so extended on my tbr pile and want-to list that I’m overwhelmed.   I have barely even picked up my latest…

Thank God for this challenge!    Read SHORT books?     I was able to tackle this and I feel really good about it.   My original post  where I listed what I said I would read  listed only 5 but I added a few and didn’t complete one for a total of 9 attempted.  Without further ado, I present the list of books I read with links to my reviews.     I list pages and my star ranking, based on 1-didn’t finish(DF)/didn’t like at all to 5-awesome!


I’jaam by Sinan Antoon, 97 pages, 5 stars,  My Review

  On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan, 208 pages, 4 1/2 stars, My Review 

 House of Meetings by Martin Amis, <250 pages, 4 stars, Review WITH Vocabulary Lesson


 I Sent A Letter To My Love – Benice Rubens 197 pgs, 4 stars, My Review


 Everyman by Philip Roth, 182 pages, 3 1/2 stars (Didn’t love the character but well-written;  I will read another Roth book, someday.)   Sort of Review

 The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett,  120 pages, 3 stars, My Review

The Battle of Cowpens, 104 pages, 3 stars, Sort of Review

 Garden State by Rick Moody, 212 pages,1 star/DF,  Unfortunately, this just didn’t fit my mood, it came off as very depressing maybe due to the impressive writing?  Sort of Review

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby (M), 144 pages, 4 stars, My Review    I read this for my “In Their Shoes” challenge, but the page length suggests I can also list it here…