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My Year of Reading Dangerously

January 29, 2008 Book Reviews, Books, Reading Challenges 4

great.jpgAt last I can mark Great Expectations OFF my list!!  I have completed it!

And I have to admit, it wasn’t quite what I expected (no pun intended!).  I’m not totally sure whether I can say I enjoyed it…more that I enjoyed parts of it. And I am greatly enjoying the discussion we are having about it at the MYoRD Blog.

I had several problems with it though. I never really warmed up to Pip. I came close to it at the end, when the little chit wised up a little bit.  And while I liked our…what to call her, she wasn’t exactly a villian…well, I liked Estella, sort of, I felt she wasn’t a part of the story nearly enough. I did enjoy the heck out of Miss Havisham though. I really did not care for the way Dickens portrayed women at all.  Was there one good woman?  Besides Biddy?  And, of course, dear ole Joe.  I liked Joe. 

All in all, I am glad I read it and, while it may take awhile, I will eventually read Dickens again.

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Eva's Reading Meme

January 28, 2008 Books 12

Dear Andi tagged me for Eva’s Reading Meme meme and it is perfect for a boring Monday morning!
Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews? Crow Lake.  It came out a few years ago and everyone on my Yahoo! book lists were just raving about it.  I bought it.  I looked at it sitting on my shelf.  I looked at it for probably 3 years.  Then I finally mooched it off on someone; I just couldn’t do it.  No idea why.
If you could bring three characters to life for a social event (afternoon tea, a night of clubbing, perhaps a world cruise), who would they be and what would the event be? Well, I like the idea of a world cruise!  So we’ll go with that.  As for who…I’d say Hermione Granger because she is just awesome, Mr. Darcy because he is just hot, and Miracle Max, because he is my favorite character from The Princess Bride.

(Borrowing shamelessly from the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde): you are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for awhile, eventually you realise it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?  Ulysses by James Joyce. 

Come on, we’ve all been there. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it?  Hmm…I’m not sure.  I’m not one to say I’ve read something when I haven’t.  Although there is something in the back of my mind about having to read Shakespeare for a college class and getting out the ole Cliff’s Notes instead.  I just can’t remember which play it was.
As an addition to the last question, has there been a book that you really thought you had read, only to realise when you read a review about it/go to ‘reread’ it that you haven’t? Which book? The only thing I can think of (cause I tend to remember what I’ve read pretty well) is I thought I had read all of Great Expectations but since there were things I know I didn’t read, I must have never finished it before.  Or I read an abridged version the first time.

You’re interviewing for the post of Official Book Advisor to some VIP (who’s not a big reader). What’s the first book you’d recommend and why? (if you feel like you’d have to know the person, go ahead of personalise the VIP)  I agree with Andi’s answer.  The Great Gatsby would be a great one to start with.

A good fairy comes and grants you one wish: you will have perfect reading comprehension in the foreign language of your choice. Which language do you go with? French. I’ve always loved French and I could read Dumas and Hugo in their native tongue!

A mischievious fairy comes and says that you must choose one book that you will reread once a year for the rest of your life (you can read other books as well). Which book would you pick? The Princess Bride.  I already reread it about every year anyway.
I know that the book blogging community, and its various challenges, have pushed my reading borders. What’s one bookish thing you ‘discovered’ from book blogging (maybe a new genre, or author, or new appreciation for cover art-anything)? Graphic Novels. 

That good fairy is back for one final visit. Now, she’s granting you your dream library! Describe it. Is everything leatherbound? Is it full of first edition hardcovers? Pristine trade paperbacks? Perhaps a few favourite authors have inscribed their works? Go ahead-let your imagination run free. Oh my goodness!  Well, my Dream Library (cause really, that is important enough to be capitalized) who consist more of the environment I’d read in than the actual books, since I’d have all the good books ever written.  It would have lots of open windows so I’d have natural light to read by.  A nice, comfy, HUGE couch to curl up on, as well as a recliner to lounge in.  It would be the perfect temperature – not too hot, not too cold.  There would be a separate area for the kids to play and watch TV, so they would be near but quiet.  My shelves would be oak and stretch from floor to ceiling and, like I said, would be full of the best books.  Hardback, paperback, it doesn’t really matter to me.  Although, they would have to be in good shape.  No smelling of perfumes or cigarettes.  Yuck!

And now, let’s say everyone has to tag four people. I tag…

Bookfool
Les in NE
CdnReader
Ashleigh

Have fun!!

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The Loot!

January 26, 2008 Miscellaneous, Photos 7

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(These are actually Christmas loot…I forgot to post it!  It’s Marisha Pessl’s Special Topics in Calamity Physics, George RR Martin’s A Game of Thrones and Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind)

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(Thanks Andi!!!)

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That top one is The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy.

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Fat Boy!

January 25, 2008 Photos 5

I just had to share. He’s getting so chunky! I love it!

Bite those tootsies!

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The Big Three-O

January 24, 2008 Miscellaneous 4

Thank you again, everyone for all the birthday wishes!!  I had a lovely, lovely birthday.  Three cakes (YES!  Three!!), lots of presents, and lots of love…a girl couldn’t ask for more.  More on the books I got in another post, cause I want to post pictures and I don’t have any yet, but I also got some clothes, Ellie and Wes got me House Season 3, got Meet the Parents on HD, and the hubby got me a huge MP3 player.  What’s more, it is compatible with Audible, so now I can download books to listen to while I walk and work out – hint, hint! 

As for the books, I got several from family and I ordered some for myself (thanks Andi!!!).  Thirty is a big year, I have to spoil myself a little.  Pictures forthcoming!

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Tastes Like Chicken…

January 23, 2008 Miscellaneous 9

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Well, I’m 8 and a half hours into my 30s and I have to say, I don’t feel a bit different!  Although I have this little catch in my hip….  ;)

Thank you everyone, for your wonderful and kind words yesterday.  I’m not really that upset about it, I was more upset with 29 than I am with 30.  My 20s were wonderful, I got a fantastic husband and two beautiful children to attest to that.  I hope my 30s will be as equally blessed.

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Book Serendipity

January 18, 2008 Books 5

71275584.jpgEvery so often, my books have a discussion, behind my back, about what I should read.  At least it seems that way.  My reading is coming together in a pleasant, if unexpected, way.

My first read of the year was West With the Night.  It took place in Africa.

My third book was Great Expectations.

One of the books I am currently reading takes place in Africa and involves a white man reading Great Expectations to his class of black children.

How’s that for the circle of a bookish life?  It doesn’t happen very often to me, but when it does, it feels so cool!  I have another book in my TBR about a white woman who marries a black Masai warrior.  I suppose I should read it next!

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My Little Beauty

January 18, 2008 Photos 9

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She’s not a baby any more!! *Sniff* She’s growing way too fast!

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One of the boy too, since he’s so cute!

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