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Booking through Thursday

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

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God* comes to you and tells you that, from this day forward, you may only read ONE type of book–one genre–period, but you get to choose what it is. Classics, Science-Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Cookbooks, History, Business … you can choose, but you only get ONE.

What genre do you pick, and why?

*Whether you believe in God or not, pretend for the purposes of this discussion that He is real.

First of all, thank all higher powers that I will never actually have to make this decision! Were I forced though, it didn’t take long to decide that I’d choose fantasy (provided I didn’t have to distinguish between adult, YA, and youth titles). The realm of fantasy is so broad that, though “it’s all been done” and of course there will be some formulaic plots and regurgitated settings, there is much more scope than with other genres, in my opinion.

How about you?

WWW Wednesday

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

WWW Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three questions…

What are you currently reading? I’m currently reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, A Million Little Pieces, The Mayor of Castro Street, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and listening to Aesop’s Fables.

What did you recently finish reading? I most recently finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

What do you think you’ll read next? Because five books in the works doesn’t keep me busy enough until next Wednesday??? :) I’ll probably finish HP6 this week and move on to book 7, and hopefully get through the Twain as well, which I’m reading on Stanza on my iPod. I feel bad for abandoning Harvey, but I’m just not great at soldiering on through non-fiction; I really ought to keep that one in my bag so I’m forced to read it on the bus, and have to be home to read the “fun” stuff.

What’s your WWW this week?

Teaser Tuesday

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“Well, I don’t say it wasn’t a fine joke, Tom, to keep everybody suffering ‘most a week so you boys had a good time, but it is a pity you could be so hard-hearted as to let me suffer so. If you could come over on a log to go to your funeral, you could have come over and give me a hint some way that you warn’t dead, but only run off.”

It took me flipping pages for a solid five minutes to decide that a non-spoiler teaser from a Harry Potter book is relatively impossible if it’s to be interesting at all. So, I just re-downloaded Stanza to my iPod last night, and decided to find an e-book to use for my teaser today instead.

I read Mark Twain for the first time last year, and loved loved loved Huck Finn. Now, it’s time to move on to Tom Sawyer (though it’s now my understanding that I’m doin’ it wrong. Go figure!).  I can’t get enough of the way Twain makes you truly hear the way the words are spoken; whenever I read this style of written speech, I will always think of my friend Rob, who took Huck Finn from me and read me the first page in exactly the accent I imagined as I was reading. I was delighted, and only wished he could have read the whole book aloud!

So your turn – whatcha readin’?

Free-form Friday

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about audiobooks this week, and I’m curious about the other bookish bloggers out there. Do you listen to audiobooks? How do you choose which books to listen to and which to read? Do you have favorite narrators whose audiobooks you’ll seek out? What resources do you use in order to choose your audiobooks? Do you get them from the library, buy them, use a web rental site? Have you ditched an audiobook because of the narrator? Do you think the quality of the reading affects your opinion of the book’s content?

Manic Monday

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Mondays have a terrible reputation, and it’s not entirely fair… but at the same time? It’s Monday’s fault that my weekend is over. So how can I be anything but a bit resentful?

At any rate, it’s been another big week since the Readathon, with lots of planning and hoping and planning some more. I’ve officially become a fan of Lost, and we’re about halfway through the first season, maybe a bit further? on DVD and streaming Netflix. If you have a Wii, PS3, or Xbox (I think), you must request the disc to stream from your TV; it makes Instant Play a whole new feature, I swear. In the world of reading, I’ve got three books “actively” in progress, with two others in not-quite-abandoned states of partly-read, and still haven’t made my way over to my catalog to finalize all of the owned/lost/new since summer additions and tags. But, the weather is finally allowing for some fire pit action in the back yard, the beach is beckoning, and it’s baseball season! The Red Sox are playing crap baseball, but they only have one day off in the rest of April, so we caved and paid for MLB TV and watched them this weekend. We also managed to get some sightseeing in with a dear friend visiting from Chicago yesterday, and took lots and lots of pictures; tourist days are fun!

How’s everyone’s week kicking off? Anyone else do anything fun this weekend?

Best indie bookstores

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

I am so fortunate to live in a city with so many independent bookstores still in business. I could probably name off ten before I’d have to stop and think, but my favorite by far is Dog Eared Books on Valencia Street in San Francisco, along with Red Hill and Phoenix, its sister stores in Bernal Heights and Noe Valley, respectively. Between the three, I have hardly ever been at a loss for a book I’ve wanted or needed, and the used prices can’t be beat anywhere except at thrift stores. They also hold events at all three locations, which I’m hoping to take advantage of with Rachel this summer; yayyyy, bookish adventures!

Early Favorites

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

For this mini-challenge, we were asked for the first book we ever truly loved. This is such a hard one for me, as I have loved books for truly as far back as I can remember. The earliest, though, was probably a Little Golden Book, and the one that comes to mind first is The Poky Little Puppy. I’d go with either that or The Monster at the End of This Book, which popped into my head fractions of a second later. Both are books I’ve repurchased as an adult; regardless of whether we ever have a family of our own, I want to own them :)

Romancing your friendship

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

This was a simple challenge for me, though I hate to spoil part of the story for anyone, soooooo, I’m only going to post the cover here, and will put details of who and why in the comments. If you’ve not read Tipping the Velvet, I recommend you DO read the book, and do NOT yet read the comment(s) on this post! :)

12 hour mark questionnaire

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

1. What are you reading right now? Lois Lowry’s Gathering Blue

2. How many books have you read so far? This is the second

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Probably Zuzak’s I Am the Messenger

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Nope, just warned the roommates and made plans with my partner for her movie marathon to happen concurrently :)

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Not interruptions, per se; I do have a hard time focusing with the TV/movies going on while I read new material, but I anticipated that, and haven’t read much less than I expected, given the compromised environment. Totally worth it, though, to share the day!

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How much earlier I get super tired than I do on a “normal” day – 12 hours isn’t typical crash time.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I think added incentives for cheerleaders might encourage more people to sign up; I’ve seen frequent complaints about the lack of cheerleader presence, though most of that seems to be coming from a single twitterer…

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Have more beverages on hand – my readathon personal assistant is fading, and she was supposed to go on a soda and/or coffee run :-P

9. Are you getting tired yet? YES. But I’m managing!

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Nope, still working out my own dos and don’ts; I’ll be watching for other people’s tips, though ;)

If the cover fits…

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

For the cover mini-challenge, here are my selections:

Scary:

Serial Killers by Brian Innes

Disturbing:

Sniper by Pavel Hak

Beautiful:

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin

Vibrant:

Fablehaven – Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary

Moving:

Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity

I think they’re mainly self-explanatory, though the last one is probably unfamiliar to most, if not all, of you. It’s moving because of the profound impact some of the pieces in the anthology had on me, both the first time reading it about six years ago, and this most recent time last year.