Category: Memes

A Book Meme

I’ve seen this meme moving around the blogosphere and thought I’d give it a shot…

What are you reading now?

I am about 2/3rds of the way through Gifted, by Nikita Lalwani. I received the book through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer Program. So far, I’m enjoying it. It made the Booker Prize long list recently, so I am eager to finish it and form an opinion as to whether it deserves its spot there!

Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?

I have so many books stacked up to be read in the next few months it could be anything! Although I’m leaning heavily towards one of the following:
Lost Geography, by Charlotte Bacon
A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
The Lizard Cage, by Karen Connelly
OR
The Country of Pointed Firs, by Sarah Orne Jewett

What magazines do you have in your bathroom right now?

None. I don’t read magazines in the bathroom…BUT, in my living room you can take your pick between Country Home, Country Living, Sunset Magazine, World Literature Today, Today in PT, NARHA’s Strides Magazine, or Reader’s Digest.

What’s the worst thing you were ever forced to read?

Luckily it has been a long time since I was forced to read anything. I’m an adult now. I get to pick. I’m sure there were lots of things I didn’t want to read in high school – but it’s been so long now that I forget what they were.

What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?

That’s easy – The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Admit it, the librarians at your library know you on a first name basis, don’t they?

My library is teeny weeny and does not have much selection – so no, they don’t know me. Now, had this question been “The folks at Amazon” OR “The sales people at Barnes and Noble” I’d have had to say yes!

Is there a book you absolutely love, but for some reason, people never think it sounds interesting, or maybe they read it and don’t like it at all?

The Hotel New Hampshire, by John Irving is one of my all time favorite novels…but, I never can seem to convince other people to read it; and if they do read it, they often classify it as odd.

Do you read books while you eat? While you bathe? While you watch movies or TV? While you listen to music? While you’re on the computer? While you’re having sex? While you’re driving?

Yes for eating, watching TV and listening to music. I’ll open a book and read if I’m in stopped traffic for any length of time, but certainly not while the car is moving (I do have boundaries after all). Never on the computer. I don’t take baths because my tub is not comfortable and reading while in the shower is really not all that easy. While having sex? You’re kidding, right? That may be the only time I’m not thinking about books!

When you were little, did other children tease you about your reading habits?

No. And I don’t even really understand this question.

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?

The last thing? The Road, by Cormac McCarthy.

Blogging Tips Meme

Bonnie over at Bonnie’s Books has tagged me for this meme…and it looks like fun so here goes:

-Start Copy-

It’s very simple. When this is passed on to you, copy the whole thing, skim the list and put a * star beside those that you like. (Check out especially the * starred ones.)

Add the next number (1. 2. 3. 4. 5., etc.) and write your own blogging tip for other bloggers. Try to make your tip general.

After that, tag 10 other people. Link love some friends!

Just think – if 10 people start this and the 10 people pass it on to another 10 people, you have 100 links already!

1. Look, read, and learn. *** http://www.neonscent.com/

2. Be EXCELLENT to each other. ** http://www.bushmackel.com/

3. Don’t let money change ya! * http://www.therandomforest.info/

4. Always reply to your comments. ***** http://chattiekat.com/

5. Link liberally — it keeps you and your friends afloat in the Sea of Technorati. * http://chipsquips.com/

6. Don’t give up – persistence is fertile. * http://www.velcro-city.co.uk/

7. Give link credit where credit is due. *** http://www.sfsignal.com/

8. Pictures say a thousand words and can usually add to any post. ** http://scifichick.com/

9. Visit all the bloggers that leave comments for you – it’s nice to know who is reading! * http://stephaniesbooks.blogspot.com/

10. Thrown in something humorous occasionally, to keep things fun. http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/

11. Make it easy for your readers – use tags and labels and keep it simple! http://www.caribousmom.com

-End Copy-

Time to pass it on, so here are my 10 links …

HeidiJane at Adventures in Bookland
CoversGirl at Between The Covers

Rockin’ Girl Blogger Award

Many thanks to Robin over at Bibliohistoria who just nominated me for the Rockin’ Girl Blogger Award – it is always an honor to have my blog singled out by one of my blogger friends; and in this case to also be honored for starting my Novel Challenges Yahoo group for all of my challenge addicted bookie pals!

I’m supposed to nominate some blogs for this award now – and I am always nervous about doing that because I don’t want to have anyone feel left out. As you probably have noticed if you scroll down the right side of my blog, there are many wonderful blogs that I read; and they are all ROCKIN!!! I love them for their creativity, their sense of humor, their amazing book reviews, their thoughts on life, and their honesty.

So here’s my solution – if you find your blog in my sidebar, consider yourself “tagged” for this award!

Wanna Play???

Dewey at The Hidden Side of a Leaf is having a little fun – it’s called the Blog Roll Game. Get to know your fellow bloggers, increase the traffic on your own blog…and there’s prizes too! If you want to get in on the action, click on the logo:

History Meme

I am unofficially “tagged” for this meme after reading A Fraternity of Dreamers’ post about it.

I.   Go to Wikipedia and type in your month and day of birth (no year):

August 19

II.  List three events:

1934 – First All -American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio
1944 WWII Liberation of Paris – Paris rises against German occupation with the help of Allied Troups
1991Collapse of the Soviet Union – Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is placed under arrest while on holiday in the town of Foros, Crimea

III. List two births:

1871Orville Wright, American Aviation pioneer (d. 1955)
1930Frank McCourt, Irish-American author

IV. List one death:

1980Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank (b. 1889)

V.   List one holiday:

Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the Savior’s Transfiguration, popularly known as the “Apples Feast” which is the first day of the year when eating apples is allowed (!)

I’m supposed to “tag” five other people – but instead consider yourself “tagged” if you read this and want to play! Just leave me a comment with a link to your blog so I can come read your answers.

Books I Cannot Live Without

Kailana’s Written World is hosting an interesting meme. She’s challenged readers to come up with a list of books they cannot live without – not necessarily their “top ten” reads, but books which add something to their lives and are deemed “essential.”

This was harder than it first appeared! I have a long list of books I love which I recommend to other readers. But how to whittle it down to the top ten essential books?

Here is what I came up with (in no particular order):

1.  The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak – A fairly recent read for me, but one that will stick with me for a very long time. This is a book I will definitely re-read. It makes the top of my list of books I can recommend to other readers and is probably the best book I’ve ever read (so far!).

2.  Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White – A favorite childhood book that I’ve re-read as an adult. This book is a classic children’s book which has stood the test of time and is beloved by all children regardless of the decade in which they are born.

3.  The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook, by Beth Hensperger – Oh how I love bread! And this cookbook is one of the most used on my shelf. I’ve never made a bad loaf from it, and I just cannot live without it!

4.  The Hotel New Hampshire, by John Irving – If I had to whittle my bookstack down to only ten, I would have to include at least one book by John Irving; and this would be the book. Any novel that has a family living in a hotel with a pet bear is worth a read…again, and again, and again!

5.  Winterdance, by Gary Paulsen – This is another novel that makes my top ten books of all time list. It’s one I’ve re-read a couple of times and loved it each time. I’ve “loaned” it out a lot and had to replace it several times due to not getting my copy returned! Excellent non fiction.

6.  The Hobbitt, by JRR Tolkien – I remember being magically transported by this novel. A classic read which should be on everyone’s shelf.

7.  War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy – A work of extrodinary talent; an epic that I couldn’t put down and one I hope to re-read someday. This one also makes my top ten books of all time list.

8.  Rogets 20th Century Thesaurus, edited by The Princeton Language Institute – As a writer, I couldn’t live without my trusty thesauras. It has bailed me out of the dreaded repetitive word syndrome more than once.

9.  Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove Series – Oh how I adore the characters in this book. McMurtry really outdid himself with this series. I have read the entire series three times and most likely will read it again.

10. A collection of John Steinbeck’s novels and non fiction books – Okay, I cheated a bit here. I love John Steinbeck. I haven’t found a book yet by him that I don’t adore. I am gradually building up my collection of his books and would not want to part with any of them!

Addendum to Post:

Kailana is twisting my arm to be more specific on #10! So, to make her happy (and play by the rules!), I’ll list a couple of my favorites (so far) of Steinbeck: 

Grapes of Wrath – Amazing literature; dramatic; heartwrenching; incredible character development.
Travels With Charley In Search of America – One of Steinbecks travel memoirs. Delightful, funny, and thought provoking.
Of Mice And Men – A classic that everyone should read.

A Thinking Blogger – Who Me????

Nancy over at Bookfoolery and Babble has  nominated me for The Thinking Blogger award! I think I blushed from the tips of my toes to the top of my head last night when I found out – I’m excited and honored and am very happy to “pass on the joy” to five bloggers who make me think!

Here are the “rules” …

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote.

What I discovered this morning, as I explored all my favorite blogs, was it is nearly impossible for me to narrow this down to only five. Some were easy to eliminate because they have been nominated before by other bloggers. But, even still, I found myself with a legal pad filled with the names of blogs I love. I wish I could nominate them all. (For example, my friends over at the NYT Most Notable Blog all have wonderful, thinking sites – and I love discussing books with them).

So after hemming and hawing, and worrying I might hurt someone’s feelings if I didn’t choose them, I finally whittled my list down to five (drum roll, please!!!):

1.  Ariel at Sycorax Pine (aka: Por of Tour) is the brainchild of the NYT Most Notable Blog – a place to discuss books from the challenge I started over here. Her main site is filled with thoughtful essays, book reviews and observations of life.

2.  A Reader’ Journal, crafted by Booklogged, is the place to go if you love a good challenge. Her zest for reading and ability to bring the book bloggers out in force is unmatched by anyone else in the blogosphere!

3.  Evaberry’s blog is simply beautiful. She’s an artist with a camera. Her photos always make me smile. I especially like how they all tell a story of some sort (check out these).

4.  Logophilia is a new blog I’ve just discovered. This writer and reader from  Switzerland definitely makes me think. Anyone with a 10 year reading plan that includes Plato, Aristotle and Shakespeare (among other heavy hitters) deserves a Thinking Blogger Award!

5.  I find myself living vicariously through the words of The Traveller over at Around the World in 100 Books. Her blog has expanded my horizons, made me dream of foreign lands and added to my ever growing pile of books to-be-read.

So there it is – the five blogs that make me think. Thanks again, Nancy, for nominating me for this award!

Visual DNA

What Books Have You Read – A Meme

Since I read Bookfoolery and Babble’s response to this question, I was tagged! If you are reading this, consider yourself…

Ten Things I Love that Begin with the Letter “C”

Thank you to Lotus Reads for including me in my first meme!

1.  Carrots – Best just raw with a little salt…but I’ll eat them steamed or boiled or simmered in a stew as well.

2.  Cats – I have two; or perhaps I should say two cats have me. I love when they purr; they make me laugh when they chase each other around the house; I envy their dignity.

3.  Comforters – There is nothing better than curling up with a good book under a soft, downy comforter. The thicker and softer the better.

4.  Caribou – No, not the deer; my dog! I got her when she was just seven pounds and seven weeks old. She’s now 85 pounds and almost nine years old. My first search dog, my partner, my constant guardian, my “kid.”

5.  Chocolate – The darker the better…drizzled over ice cream, stirred into an ice cold glass of milk, baked into a cake, or just a big chunk that melts lazily over my tongue. Ummmmmmmm…

6.  Canines – I used to do german shepherd rescue; I gave that up but still dogs show up on my porch looking for a kind word, a bowl of chow and a soft place to sleep. I can’t resist stopping to say “hello” to any dog I meet. Along with Caribou, I share my home with Argus who is just a funny, good natured boy.

7.  Cotton Flannel Pajamas – Especially after a few washings when they get really soft.

8.  Camping – I used to like hoisting a back pack and hiking out in the wilderness to pitch a tent. Now that I’m in my forties, I find that I like the comforts I can carry in the back of my car; so camping nowadays is usually “car camping” where I can pull in next to a gorgeous stream and unload tons of food, an extra blanket or two and my air mattress.

9.  California – I first moved to California from New England in 1989. I love the cliffs that drop off to the expansive Pacific Ocean; the blue sky days; the mountains near our home; the amazing array of wildlife; the fact that this is where I met my husband.

10. Children – I was never able to have one of my own, but that has not stopped me from being in children’s lives. I love my neices and my nephew, I love the kids I work with at Triple Creek Ranch. Kids make me smile.

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