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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Book Meme

  1. Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews?
  2. 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?
  3. (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 realize it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?
  4. 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?
  5. As an addition to the last question, has there been a book that you really thought you had read, only to realize when you read a review about it/go to ‘reread’ it that you haven’t? Which book?
  6. 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 personalize the VIP)
  7. 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?
  8. A mischievous 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?
  9. 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)?
  10. That good fairy is back for one final visit. Now, she’s granting you your dream library! Describe it. Is everything leather bound? Is it full of first edition hardcovers? Pristine trade paperbacks? Perhaps a few favorite authors have inscribed their works? Go ahead-let your imagination run free.
WOW!  All I can say is that this book and "Eat, Pray, Love" are really impacting me on a very spiritual level this year.  I've read at least 2 other books by Kingsolver, so I'm familiar with her affinity toward nature and her writing style.  I'm only a few chapters in.  What I didn't expect was for some childhood memories to crop up, and for me to begin realizing what a horrible path I'm on.

Here's what I know- we had a large garden growing up, in which we grew all of our own vegetables to live on during the summer (including pumpkins for Halloween).  My Dad is a hunter and we would live off of canned veggies and what he brought home in the winter months (venison chili, anyone?).  We foraged for asparagus, morel mushrooms, blueberries and raspberries depending on the season.  We picked wildflowers for the centerpiece of our table, or brought in evergreen in the winter.  Of course we went to the store, but what I didn't realize is that our family was making a statement by living off of the land as much as we could.  I've never thought about my country upbringing in quite this way.

I've decided that I want, no I MUST show a part of this to Matthew.  I know I need to take baby steps, and I'll start with buying all of my veggies, bread, and cheese at the farm market when it opens this year.  I'm really excited about this, and I hope that by doing it, I can help to teach Matthew a sense of community, and maybe a love foor food- real and good food.

Book 2

Lost and Found- Carolyn Parkhurst

This was an entertaining read. It's about the contestants on a game show that is similar to "Amazing Race". You would probably really like it because of that element. The main characters are a mother and daughter who joined the game to try to repair their messed up relationship.

I bought this book at Target on a whim, and it was a nice quick read that was very enjoyable.

I haven't read more books because I'm reading a super long book right now that my mom gave me. The title escapes me at the moment and I'm too lazy to go look in the bedroom, but it's a wonderful book about a Master Builder. It's one of Oprah's books.
I don't usually like period pieces, but this book got me right from the first page.

More to come on that....


Books read: 2/50

Book 1

Possible Side Effects- Augusten Burroughs

This is a re-read. I love it. I find myself wanting to read his books when my life feels unmanageable. I am inspired by the way he keeps his sense of humor even when his life is dismal.
This is a book of short essays, and some of them act as continuation to Running with Scissors and Dry.

Highly recommended, but I think you've probably already read it.


Books read: 1/50

Book 6

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal was a fun read, and a quick one too. I started and finished it today.  At first glance, you think it is a memoir, and I suppose it is.  However, it is actually in encyclopedia format. Memories and lists and such are alphabetized and cross-referenced. It's fun and different.  I'm not changed by the book, but I do have insight into her personality. The next time I hear her on NPR, I will think, "Oh yeah!  She's the one who...". It was just right for a melancholy sort of day.

Books read: 6/50

Book 5/50

Well, after dealing with baby fevers, puking, and diarrhea for 8 days, I finally got a little time to read. One of the things I did while Matthew was napping on me a few days this week was watch TV.  I was flipping through the stations and turned on No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain.  I knew who he was, and had seen him on my favorite show Top Chef before, although I never took him that seriously (nor did I know much about him).  I quickly became hooked, and have been devouring this show whenever I see it airing.  His smart ass sense of humor sits just right with me, and I love the idea of 1 guy with a camera travelling and talking (a la Survivorman without the survival).  Anyway, I went out and picked up his book Kitchen Confidential and really enjoyed it.  It's a memoir of his life in the kitchen, and all of the antics that go on back there. He makes no pretenses of it being a glamorous lifestyle, and even discusses his drug abuse in depth.  Told in the first person, and incredibly interesting, this really hit the spot and might have been the bright spot in my week.

Books read: 5/50

stolen from you!

The instructions: “These are the top 106 books most often marked as ‘unread’ by LibraryThing’s users. The rules: bold what you have read, italicize what you started but couldn’t finish, strike through what you couldn’t stand and underline those you have no intention of reading.”

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi: a Novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities

The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran: a Memoir in Books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked: the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales

The Historian: a Novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible: a Novel
1984
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Dune
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes: a Memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-Five
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake: a Novel
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: an Inquiry into Values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood: a True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

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CHALLENGE!

Top 5 road trips in fiction or non-fiction.

CHALLENGE!

Did you hear me say that like the guy in the Cosby Show tap dance episode?

Anyway...

Homework Assignment: Top 5 Fictional Crush Characters

On the gayness of Dumbledore

from the NYTimes book review

Have you seen this? I think it's an interesting perspective on the whole "outing" of Dumbledore.