Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
A couple of months ago, Lezlie at Books 'N Border Collies wrote a review of The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick. The book consists of a very short story, "The Shawl", and an extended story (novella?) entitled "Rosa". I found "The Shawl" in a short story collection I own and wrote about it for a previous Short Story Monday. It was a very bleak, violent story about a Nazi concentration camp. While very well written, it was not at all fun to read.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Now that summer is here (in the northern hemisphere, anyway), what is the most “Summery” book you can think of? The one that captures the essence of summer for you?
(I’m not asking for you to list your ideal “beach reading,” you understand, but the book that you can read at any time of year but that evokes “summer.”)
Monday, June 22, 2009
The title story is my usual starting place with anthologies but, in this case, the broken spine automatically fell open to "The Dress". Just a quick scan of the first paragraph and I was compelled to continue. The following morning, a Border's 40% off coupon appeared in my inbox, the library book was returned, and I purchased a copy of my own. I'm looking forward to slowly making my way through this collection!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
One of my favorite sci-fi authors (Sharon Lee) has declared June 23rd Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers Day.
As she puts it:
So! In my Official Capacity as a writer of science fiction and fantasy, I hereby proclaim June 23 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Day! A day of celebration and wonder! A day for all of us readers of science fiction and fantasy to reach out and say thank you to our favorite writers. A day, perhaps, to blog about our favorite sf/f writers. A day to reflect upon how written science fiction and fantasy has changed your life.
So … what might you do on the 23rd to celebrate? Do you even read fantasy/sci-fi? Why? Why not?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
There are certain types of books that I more or less assume all readers read. (Novels, for example.)
But then there are books that only YOU read. Instructional manuals for fly-fishing. How-to books for spinning yarn. How to cook the perfect souffle. Rebuilding car engines in three easy steps. Dog training for dummies. Rewiring your house without electrocuting yourself. Tips on how to build a NASCAR course in your backyard. Stuff like that.
What niche books do YOU read?
I suppose my 'niche' books have changed, or evolved, over the years as my interests have developed. Of course, there have been constants. My collection of cookbooks has been growing and changing for almost 25 years. Some I use often, while others come out only for holidays, a specific season, or a special occasion. Here are a few of my favorites:
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
" It was a long journey across the Atlantic, she knew, at least a week on a ship, and it must be expensive. She had a sense too, she did not know from where, that, while boys and girls from the town who had gone to England did ordinary work for ordinary money, people who went to America would become rich." page 26
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
|Your Word is "Think"|
And sometimes you feel like you don't have enough time to take it all in.
You love learning. Whether you're in school or not, you're probably immersed in several subjects right now.
When you're not learning, you're busy reflecting. You think a lot about the people you know and the things you've experienced.
What is your word?
I found this fun quiz at Fleur Fisher reads today.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
- Corelli's Mandolin by Louis deBernieres
- Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
- The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz (Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street)
- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
- A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
- Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
- The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede
- And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts
- Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
- The Diary of Anne Frank
- Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
My teaser is from The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry. Since I just started reading last night, the teaser is from the beginning of the book, and I've included three sentences, instead of two:
Monday, June 1, 2009
"Stella, cold, cold, the coldness of hell. How they walked on the roads together, Rosa with Magda curled up between sore breasts, Magda wound up in the shawl."