Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
And believe it or not, but I can do
- Really Long
- Ridiculously Long
A typical Heidi length probably falls into the Long category. Sometimes the Really Long. Depends on how much I love the work and/or if I'm writing the synopsis for a particular purpose. I can be brief. I really can. But it is such a sad thing to do. If you really want brief, then you should try this website which I enjoy getting a laugh from. But if you want long with Heidi comments--I'm your reader/librarian!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The book does hold a bit of interest for me, as I think Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson series has spurred my liking for cozy mysteries. Of course, that series also added the tasty flavor of included recipes. Mmmm....holiday season coming up--time to bake from the Swenson recipes again!
The big question in all this, though, is can I wait for our library to obtain the audiobook for the newly released #12 Hannah Swenson book, or will I cave and go for the large print? I'll have to eventually so I can copy the recipes!!
Friday, October 16, 2009
These are the categories if you are interested. I know it's a little late in the year to get started. But if you use the ever-wonderful website GoodReads, it shouldn't be too hard to fill in.
1)For Valentines Day: read a book with the word heart or love in it.
2)For Saint Patty’s day: read a book set in Ireland, is by an Irish author, or whose main character is Irish.
3)read a classic
4)Read a book by an author you've never read before
5)Read a memoir
6)March is National Women's History Month so read a book where a woman is the main character
7)Read a book set during a time of conflict
8)read a book with any kind of food/drink in the title
9) read a book written in the last 5 years
10) Read a book that you already own
1)read a book with the name of a month in it.
2) read a book with an author that has same birthday month as you
3)read a book with either the word “school”,“class”, "college", "university" or "teacher" in it.
4)read a book and then watch the movie adaptation
5) read a book that involves a medical condition (physical, mental, emotional)
6)read a book with a one word title
7)read a book with the name of a country, state, or city in it.
8) read a banned/challenged book
9) read a book set in a place you've always wanted to visit/live
10)read a book written by someone of your same heritage (i.e. Belgian, Swiss, whatever)
1) read a book that has a college student as the main character or is a person that is near your age
2) read a book from an author that was born/or had lived in your state/geographical area
3) read a book about/relating to the particular field of study you are in/were in
4) Read a book written by a GoodReads author
5) Read a book about a person you admire
6) Read a book about a subject you wish you could have studied in school
7) read a book by an author you hate (Maybe you just got turned off by one book and he/she is actually a good author... you might have just read the one bad book? Or maybe your hatred is warranted.. either way you'll know for sure)
8) read that book you were supposed to read in high school but instead used SparkNotes(I never used SparkNotes—or Cliff Notes! But here’s a book I should have read and didn’t)
1)book with over 700 pages
2) read a book with your name in the title or is by an author with your same name.
3)read a book about a different religion than you are
4) read a book that you would normally never consider picking up (something daunting, something that is a genre you hate. Etc.)
The other day, I noticed someone was doing an A to Z Challenge. So I looked up and there were a couple of different kinds. Thus, I made up my own! (Title of each book for each letter in alphabet, and title of author's last name for each letter of alphabet.) It was fun to see what books I've read so far this year that fit the Title and Author categories. But then I figured it would be more fun to see the points I racked up, considering there were some letters well read, some very much not, and a disadvantage at reading multiple works by one author. For the scoring system, I decided to use the point value that Scrabble assigns to letters. And then, just for randomness, add an additional point for each book and author that begins with the letters of your first and last names. Confused?
OK. Make a title list of A through Z, and put your corresponding books to their corresponding first letters. Then make an author list of A through Z, and put your corresponding books to their corresponding first letters of authors' last names.
Here is your scoring system:
1 point: A, E, I, L, N, O, R, S, T, U
2 points: D, G
3 points: B, C, M, P
4 points: F, H, V, W, Y
5 points: K
8 points: J, X
10 points: Q, Z
And for Bonus:
Take the first letters of your first and last name. Add one point each for each book under the title list and each book under the author list that corresponds to those 2 letters.
Tally your points!
Still confused? Yeah. It probably is. The only reason I made all this up was because I was trying to pass half an hour without falling asleep, and I felt it should be book related. :-) Plus, I learned a lot about common letters in the English language. More than I'd ever want to know.
Anywho. Here are my results (points in bold)...so far. After all--I'm still reading!
A: Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox – Eoin Colfer; The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Mary E. Pearson; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll; All-American Girl – Meg Cabot; Al Capone Does my Shirts – Jennifer Choldenko
B: Bloody Jack – Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy – L.A. Meyer; Before We Were Free – Julia Alvarez; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne; The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket; The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
C: Cream Puff Murder – Joanne Fluke; Carrot Cake Murder – Joanne Fluke; Counting on Grace – Elizabeth Winthrop; Chocolate Fever – Robert Kimmel Smith; Cold Sassy Tree – Olive Ann Burns; Charles & Emma – Deborah Heiligman; Call It Courage – Armstrong Sperry; A Curse Dark as Gold – Elizabeth C. Bunce; Catherine, Called Birdy – Karen Cushman; Cheaper by the Dozen – Frank M. Gilbreth, Jr.
D: Dragon Rider – Cornelia Funke; Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World – Vicki Myron
E: Enna Burning – Shannon Hale; Everything on a Waffle – Polly Horvath; Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine; Elijah of Buxton – Christopher Paul Curtis
F: The Five Love Languages: Singles Edition – Gary Chapman; The Fire-Eaters – David Almond; For One More Day – Mitch Albom; Frindle – Andrew Clements
G: The Goose Girl – Shannon Hale; The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows; The Giver – Lois Lowry
H: Hope Was Here – Joan Bauer; Here Lies the Librarian – Richard Peck; Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford; Heidi – Johanna Spyri
16 + 4
I: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You – Ally Carter; If Life Were Easy, It Wouldn’t Be Hard – Sheri Dew; Inkheart – Cornelia Funke; Ida B – Katherine Hannigan; Impossible – Nancy Werlin; Incantation – Alice Hoffman
K: Key Lime Pie Murder – Joanne Fluke
L: The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan; The Little White Horse – Elizabeth Goudge; London Calling – Edward Bloor; Looking for Anne of Green Gables – Irene Gammel; Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy – Gary D. Schmidt; The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch; The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen – Syrie James
M: Maggie’s Door – Patricia Reilly Giff; Marley & Me – John Grogan; Matilda – Roald Dahl; Meet Me in St. Louis – Sally Benson; Misty of Chincoteague – Marguerite Henry; My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult; The Man in the Picture – Susan Hill; Marie, Dancing – Carolyn Meyer; Mao: The Unknown Story – Jung Chung
N: Nory Ryan’s Song – Patricia Reilly Giff; North of Beautiful –by Justina Chen Headley; Newes from the Dead – Mary Hooper
O: One Gallant Rush: Robert Gould Shaw and His Brave Black Regiment – Peter Burchard; Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
P: Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie; Peace like a River – Leif Enger; Personal Revelation: How to Recognize Promptings of the Spirit – JoAnn Hibbert Hamilton; Poppy – Avi
R: River Secrets – Shannon Hale; Remember this Titan: The Bill Yoast Story: Lessons Learned from a Celebrated Coach's Journey – Bill Yoast, Jr.; The Redemption of Sarah Cain – Beverly Lewis
S: September Sisters – Jillian Cantor; Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China during the Cultural Revolution – Moying Li-Marcus; Shakespeare’s Secret – Elise Broach; Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie – David Lubar
T: Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says about Us) – Tom Vanderbilt; Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher; The Teacher’s Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts – Richard Peck; The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield; Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
5 + 5
W: Who Moved My Cheese? – Spencer Johnson; Where Death and Glory Meet: Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Infantry – Russell Duncan; Wings – Aprilynne Pike
A: David Almond; Julia Alvarez; Mitch Albom; Jay Asher; Avi
B: J.M. Barrie; Joan Bauer; John Boyne; Olive Ann Burns; Sally Benson; Edward Bloor; Elise Broach; Elizabeth C. Bunce; Peter Burchard
C: Ally Carter; Gary Chapman; Jillian Cantor; Eoin Colfer; Andrew Clements; Christopher Paul Curtis; Lewis Carroll; Jung Chung; Karen Cushman; Meg Cabot; Jennifer Choldenko
D: Sheri Dew; Roald Dahl; Russell Duncan; Charles Dickens
E: Leif Enger
F: Joanne Fluke; Cornelia Funke; Jamie Ford
G: Patricia Reilly Giff; John Grogan; Elizabeth Goudge; Irene Gammel; Frank M. Gilbreth, Jr.
H: Shannon Hale; Polly Horvath; JoAnn Hibbert Hamilton; Katherine Hannigan; Alice Hoffman; Marguerite Henry; Deborah Heiligman; Justina Chen Headley; Mary Hooper; Susan Hill
40 + 10
J: Spencer Johnson; Syrie James
L: Gail Carson Levine; Lois Lowry; Moying Li-Marcus; Beverly Lewis; David Lubar
M: L.A. Meyer; Vicki Myron; Carolyn Meyer
P: Richard Peck; Jodi Picoult; Randy Pausch; Mary E. Pearson; Aprilynne Pike
R: Rick Riordan
S: Mary Ann Shaffer; Robert Kimmel Smith; Lemony Snicket; Armstrong Sperry; Gary D. Schmidt; Diane Setterfield; Johanna Spyri
0 + 0
V: Tom Vanderbilt
W: Elizabeth Winthrop; Nancy Werlin
Y: Bill Yoast, Jr.
Z: Marcus Zusak
Grand Total: 416
But we couldn't not go anywhere. That would almost make the fun, well, not so fun. So we wisely chose to do a Wendy's run. However, all of my roommates chickened out. I, on the other hand, kept at it. The cashier--cute little high school boy--after taking my order said, "Can I ask you where you're from?" I totally should have played it up. I should have said New Castle or north of Dover. Because it all would have been truthful. But instead I just smiled and--in my British accent--replied "Delaware!" He looked a little disappointed. Poor guy. Oh well.
I have since tried to honor my holiday, for I do so love the British accents. I hope my fellow British friends do not think I'm making fun in any way. I would love to have the accent permanently (though still using the American accent for particular words that I choose to say the American way). This is my small way of reveling in the joy of hearing British accents, and loving British literature. Of course, I would never want my British accent speaking friends to hear me, as I'm sure I'm not consistent in the least with my accent, but instead am speaking 5 or 6 all in one. Well, I never said I was a proficient. Just and admirer and one who likes to have a fun time.
We'll see how much I will celebrate my holiday tomorrow, as I unfortunately will be among others who do not love and appreciate a British accent as I do. But in case you'd like to celebrate for yourself, it really is a lot of fun and joy!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I will now make myself feel better instead of angry by posting two compliments I received today at work:
Is it OK for me to ask for some We love you and We need you and We recognize that you do more than "just put away books" and that we think you are of worth comments?
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
First, Favorite Banned Classics (from the Top 100 list). We had 4 voters. And we'd been doing so well on the two previous polls. *sigh*
1984 by George Orwell 0 (0%)
The Color Purple by Alice Walker 0 (0%)
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway 0 (0%)
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 0 (0%)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey 0 (0%)
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 1 (25%)
A Separate Peace by John Knowles 1 (25%)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 3 (75%)
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame 0 (0%)
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne 2 (50%)
No unanimous voting, though To Kill a Mockingbird is the obvious winner. No arguments from me on that!
Then we had Favorite Banned Books from 1990-1999 (from Top 100 list). Funny, on this one we had only 3 voters. Less and less. I really should come up with some better ideas. "Or more cooks." (Name that quote!)
Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 0 (0%)
Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden 0 (0%)
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson 2 (66%)
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier 0 (0%)
The Color Purple by Alice Walker 0 (0%)
Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite 0 (0%)
Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz 1 (33%)
The Giver by Lois Lowry 3 (100%)
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson 0 (0%)
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling 3 (100%)
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman 0 (0%)
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak 0 (0%)
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl 1 (33%)
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George 1 (33%)
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein 0 (0%)
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 1 (33%)
The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard 1 (33%)
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene 2 (66%)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 2 (66%)
Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford 1 (33%)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle 3 (100%)
Well, at least we are unanimous on three fantastic books that I wholly sanction (obviously since a third of the winners' votes are mine!): A Wrinkle in Time, The Giver, and the Harry Potter series. All excellent books. Each discovered at different stages of my life. I'm so glad there are blog readers who defy others by reading what they say we shouldn't. Ha ha! Power to us!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
- a book
- an article and/or magazine
- a blog
- a Facebook page
- a Twitter tweet
- a YouTube video
- a movie
- a podcast
Friday, October 2, 2009
So in my celebrations, I thought we could vote on polls based on challenged books. These are books that you liked for whatever reasons you may have. Reader opinions vary, which is the fun of these polls. I know there are plenty on the list that I've read and didn't really enjoy. I also know there are plenty on the list that I have not read and don't ever plan on reading because they aren't quite my thing. But even if they aren't my thing, I would never take away someone else's right to read it. Seriously--if you don't like it, don't read it; don't tell someone else they are not allowed to read it. That's all there is to it.
I'm only going to include the books that I've actually read, or read significant portions of.
For the complete list of Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 1990-1999, click here.
For the complete list of Top 100 Banned or Challenged Classics, click here.
If there are any books from the 100 lists that you have read and I haven't, please mention it!