Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Character Meme

I found this incredibly creative meme while reading Erin's latest blog. She made it up herself, but I'm sure we'll all be borrowing it for our own blogs sooner or later! These things are great for learning about our fellow bloggers, so hopefully this will give you a little insight into my bookish mind. Enjoy!

Character you'd most like to have over for tea?
Savannah from The Prince of Tides. She is my favorite character of all time, being so real and true and as strange as it sounds (at least if you've read the book), she completely reminds me of myself. We would share tea, cookies, and compare stories.

Character you'd most like to have as a sibling?
Lily Owens from The Secret Life of Bees. She would make a fabulous little sister. She is so curious, yet insightful about grownup topics. We could have great sisterly chats, yet lots of play time as well. In the bee fields!

Character you'd most like to be friends with?
Hermione Granger of Harry Potter fame. I have very few friends I can actually discuss books with and she would make the perfect one! She reads everything, therefore can provide excellent recommendations and tell me which to not bother with.

Character you'd most like to have as a cousin?
Brian Robeson from Gary Paulsen's Hatchet series. He is smart, adventurous, and could easily teach me how to survive in the woods by myself. However, I wouldn't want him around all the time...that survival mentality may get old after awhile. Cousin will do!

Character you'd most like to have an adventure with?
Violet, Klause, and Sunny from the Lemony Snicket books. Those kids are on a constant adventure and most are quite amusing. I don't know about you, but I want to be around when they come up with their next creative idea to outwit Count Olaf (sadly this won't happen since the series is over).

Favorite quirky character?
Steve, the huge tree from one of my favorite picture books, Our Tree Named Steve. Yes, he's a tree, that's the quirky part, but he is also strong, protective, fun, and amusing all at the same time. Steve rocks!

Favorite love-to-hate character?
Ms. Trunchbull, the headmaster of Matilda's school in Matilda by Roald Dahl. This giant woman is hilariously mean, this being why I love to hate her. She makes the hatred funny.

Favorite bad guy?
The grandmother from Flowers in the Attic. She is the ULTIMATE bad guy. Seriously, poisoning your own grandchildren by placing arsenic on cookies, disguised as sugar...while locking them away in the attic of an old house. Classic bad guy.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Little Pea? Definitely made the Top Ten list!

For all of you lovers of Children's Lit...I hope you've checked out the book Little Pea by Amy Krause Rosenthal. If you haven't, DO IT! I have read this book many times and just fall in love with it all over again each time I revisit it. The story is adorable: a little pea is not happy that he has to eat candy for dinner. He wants his vegetables! The pea explains that candy is yucky and that vegetables are sooo yummy! The pictures are cute, the writing is cute, it is just plain cute! We cannot keep this book on the shelves at the library I work at and I am definitely going to plan on purchasing it for my own collection. Little kids think the book is hilarious due to the nature of the story being about NOT wanting candy for dinner. How absurd a thought! Anyways, everyone should give this book a read, whether you have children or not. It will keep you grinning all day!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

I like "Fluff" books...Sue Me

After reading in article in a Pages magazine where the author states that librarians shouldn't allow their patrons to read books that are mindless....which just reminded me that I have had so many people tell me that some of the books I read simply shouldn't be classified as "good reading." What the heck do they know? Yes, I enjoy an occasional Nicholas Sparks book. Yes, I do like Debbie Macomber and her small town series about people who have problems that are always solved by the end of the book. Why is that so wrong? I still enjoy the meaty stuff, but sometimes we really just need a completely predicatable plot with a happy ending to show us that reading can still be lightheated. So much of my "main" reading consists of heavy books, books that make my mind tick and my thoughts run rampant, which I love. I really enjoy being able to think about characters and wonder what is going to happen next, but is there really anything wrong with a book that is mindless and results in no thinking whatsoever? Mind you, I do not read Danielle Steel. I do not read Nora Roberts. I do not read Harlequin Romance novels...however, SO WHAT if I want to! Reading is supposed to be fun and relaxing, not boring and something we are forced to do. Therefore, if you want to read a good, juicy romance novel that has some chick baring it all (almost) on the cover, then read away!

Friday, February 23, 2007

100 Books...Let's Give it a Whirl

So throughout all of the blogs I have been frequenting, this little diddy keeps popping up and I figured I would add in my 2 cents. It just seems that everyone's opinions are so different on the books they "wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole)...not the nicest of terms, but hey, to each his own. The books that I personally qualify as not being worthy of being touched with a 10 foot pole mean that I either already read the book at hated it (i.e., The Great Gatsby) or I know the basic plot lines and just have no desire to go there. Again, to each his own! Alright, here it goes...

Bold the ones you've read, italicize the ones you want to read, make the ones you wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole red, put a + in front of the ones on your bookshelf, and put an * by the ones you've never heard of.

1. + The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. + Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
3. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
4. +To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
5. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
6. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (J.R.R. Tolkien)
8. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R. Tolkien)
9. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (J.R.R. Tolkien)
10. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
11. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
12. *A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
13. + Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J.K. Rowling)
14. + Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (J.K. Rowling)
15. + Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (J.K. Rowling)
16. + Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J.K. Rowling)
17. + Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling)
18. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
19. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
20. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
21. The Stand (Stephen King)
22. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
23. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
24. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
25. +The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
26. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
27. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
28. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
29. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
30. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
31. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
32. *Dune (Frank Herbert)
33. + The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
34. 1984 (James Orwell)
35. *The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. *The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. * The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. Ulysses (James Joyce)
41. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
42. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
43. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
44. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
45.+ The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
46. + Bible
47. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
48. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
49. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
50. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
51. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
52. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
53. A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
54. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
55. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
56. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
57. * The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
63. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
64. War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
65. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
66. * Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
67. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
68. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
69. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
70. Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
71. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
72. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Helen Fielding)
73. Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
74. Shogun (James Clavell)
75. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
76. + The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
77. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
78. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
79. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
80. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
81. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
82. * Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
83. Of Mice And Men (John Steinbeck)
84. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
85. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
86. Emma (Jane Austen)
87. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
88. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
89. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
90. * Blindness (Jose Saramago)
91. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
92. *In The Skin Of A Lion (Michael Ondaatje)
93. Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
94. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
95. +The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
96. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
97. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
98. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
99. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
100. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)

Hurray for new blogs!

Hello to all and welcome to my new blog! After perusing some wonderful literary blogs (my favorite being The Children's Literature Book Club) for the past few weeks, I came to the all important decision to create one of my own. I read constantly, love to talk about the books I finish, and never have anyone to talk to them about! This whole blog concept is genius! Even if absolutely no one reads my rants about the goings-on in the literary world, at the very least I will have gotten it off my chest and subsequently will just feel better! That being said, if you are reading this and decide my writing is somewhat interesting, persuading you to continue reading my posts, then you will find a lovely mix of reviews (everything from literature, non-fiction, children's, young adult, and the occasional "Fluff" novel), with insights from my amazingly interesting life...though the latter may be a lie.
I have a neverending "To Be Read" list, as do most of you, and always find myself checking out WAY too many books from the library, knowing that I will never get to them all in three weeks, no matter how quickly I read (lucky me, I work at that library, meaning NO late fees). You will get to view that long TBR list, as well as the books I have checked out from the library and any other number of book lists I currently have created. Always the student (currently working on my Master's of Library Science), I will probably even offer insight into current events within the book world...though refusing to even touch on the whole "scrotum" debate. Too much has already been said, you don't need my opinion as well!
I'm really looking forward to sharing my insights with you all, hopefully evoking comments that lead to some form of discussion. I can't wait to some of you to disagree with my opinions, debates are the greatest! Happy blogging!