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Reading Meme Day 13

Posted by spragujs on January 18, 2011

See Day 2 for why I’m doing these all out of order and stuff.  I was able to come up with this one without too much thought.  My favorite childhood book.  I wouldn’t have thought this one would be so obvious to me, but turned out it was!

Wendy and the Bullies cover artWendy and the Bullies by Nancy K. Robinson was my favorite.  Blurb:

Wendy knows where all the bullies are–but what can she do about them?  What can she do when she’s face-to-face with a dangerous bully like Stanley Kane?

I’d previously thought that Where the Red Fern Grows was probably first book I ever reread, but now I’m pretty sure that’s not the case.  I know I reread this book.  I have no idea who/where I got it from, but it was the coolest.  Wendy’s ability to strategize (in spite of the fact that rereading it as an adult clearly shows there’s no such detail in the book) made her my hero.  😉  Also, I don’t know if this was the book that made me love books with maps and maps in general, but the back of the book even had a map.  Woot!  My first book with a map!

Wendy's Bully Map

Below are the remaining memes that I will someday cover:
Day 01 – Your favourite series of books (with more than 3 in the series)
Day 02 – A book that you wish more people had read
Day 03 – Your favorite recent book
Day 04 – Your favorite book ever
Day 05 – A book you hate
Day 06 – Your favourite writer
Day 07 – A writer you don’t like
Day 08 – Your favourite work in translation
Day 09 – Best scene ever
Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A book that disappointed you
Day 12 – An book you’ve read more than twice
Day 13 – Favorite childhood book
Day 14 – Favorite male character
Day 15 – Favorite female character
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure book
Day 17 – Favorite trilogy or tetralogy
Day 18 – Favorite book cover
Day 19 – Best ensemble of characters in a book
Day 20 – Favorite kiss or love scene
Day 21 – Favorite fictional romantic relationship
Day 22 – Favorite ending/climax
Day 23 – Most annoying character
Day 24 – Best quote
Day 25 – A book you plan on reading
Day 26 – OMG WTF? plot
Day 27 – Favourite non-mainstream writer
Day 28 – First book obsession
Day 29 – Current book obsession
Day 30 – Saddest character death

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Reading Meme Day 29

Posted by spragujs on December 17, 2010

This one’s kinda easy, so I’ll go with it.  It’s even better in one way, as I can come back to it as my “current obsession” changes.  😉  Also, see Day 2 for why I’m doing these all out of order and stuff.

My current obsession is to read (or more primarily) listen to as many Agatha Christie novels as I can get my hands on.  (Thank you Audible.com membership!)  I’ve printed out and gone through this list, mostly in order up to Death Comes as the End, or just slightly past half way (not counting the ones I couldn’t find).  I’ve downloaded 26 audiobooks (and would strongly recommend most of the narrators) and I think I borrowed a couple audiobooks from the library too (the rest I actually read off a page).  O.o  😉  (It’s a little strange actually.  Lately I’ve been reading a few rather than listening, yet when I come home I have a hard time remembering that I can’t get out my phone to listen to them.  The narrators are stuck in my head even though I’m not listening!)  I haven’t been able to get my hands on all of the books/audiobooks though.  According to my marked up list I’m missing 10.  That makes me a little sad.  Audible has many of the short stories available, but I haven’t been able to convince myself to spend a credit on a couple hours of audio (when I normally get 6-7).  I think I need to maybe try out my library system a bit more…

A few random thoughts:  thus far, while Poirot and Miss Marple are always very enjoyable, I’ve found I like her other main characters more:  Superintendent Battle, Tommy and Tuppence, and Mr. Satterthwaite primarily.  (Seriously, how can you go wrong with a name like Satterthwaite?!)  She’s definitely a happy ending type of author, which I’m totally down with.  😉  There’s virtually always a getting together of various couples at the ends of her novels.  She also really felt for those folks who were thought to be suspects in a crime, even if they were never convicted (and obviously especially in cases where there wasn’t ever a criminal truly found to help alleviate suspicion from those other people).  It’s been a pretty big point in at least the past third of the novels I’ve read/listened to.

Enough randomness though, that’s my current obsession!

Below are the remaining memes that I will someday cover:
Day 01 – Your favourite series of books (with more than 3 in the series)
Day 02 – A book that you wish more people had read
Day 03 – Your favorite recent book
Day 04 – Your favorite book ever
Day 05 – A book you hate
Day 06 – Your favourite writer
Day 07 – A writer you don’t like
Day 08 – Your favourite work in translation
Day 09 – Best scene ever
Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A book that disappointed you
Day 12 – An book you’ve read more than twice
Day 13 – Favorite childhood book
Day 14 – Favorite male character
Day 15 – Favorite female character
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure book
Day 17 – Favorite trilogy or tetralogy
Day 18 – Favorite book cover
Day 19 – Best ensemble of characters in a book
Day 20 – Favorite kiss or love scene
Day 21 – Favorite fictional romantic relationship
Day 22 – Favorite ending/climax
Day 23 – Most annoying character
Day 24 – Best quote
Day 25 – A book you plan on reading
Day 26 – OMG WTF? plot
Day 27 – Favourite non-mainstream writer
Day 28 – First book obsession
Day 29 – Current book obsession
Day 30 – Saddest character death

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Reading Meme Day 2

Posted by spragujs on December 14, 2010

Ok, I’m stealing a meme from a couple of friends of mine, who I believe stole it originally from somewhere else, which may have been taken from somewhere else still!  Ah, the internet. 

The intention, I’m sure, is to do them in order, one per day for 30 days in a row.  I’m unfortunately not that dedicated, so I’m just going to do them as I’m inspired to.  I’m also really horrible at choosing favorites, and with a not so great memory just trying to run through them wouldn’t be that interesting either, so… 

I’ve decided to start with the day 2 post, which is to tell of a book you wish more people had read.  I’m not sure the one(s) I’ve picked count, as they’re currently in print and there’s a new book in the series coming out (i.e. the series hasn’t been cancelled).  I guess I should qualify the statement with – I wish more of my friends had read it.  Then there’d be more people to enjoy it with.  Also, “it” is technically a series.  (See, told you I’m horrible at this.)  With no further adieu: 

Green Rider by Kristen Britain Cover ArtGreen Rider is the first novel in the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain.  I’m not sure it’s technically counted as young adult literature, but from what I remember, it could certainly be read by younger adults and still be appropriate.  The first three books at the very least.  The blurb for the first, since I haven’t read these books since at least 2007 when the last book came out:

Karigan G’ladahon has fled from school following a fight which would surely lead to her expulsion.  As she makes her way through the deep forest, a galloping horse pounds up to her, its rider impaled by two black-shafted arrows.  With his dying breath, he tells her he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary magical messengers of the King, and makes Karigan swear to deliver the message he’s carrying, giving her his green coat, with its symbolic brooch of office.  This promise given to a dying man changes Karigan’s life forever.  Pursued by unknown assassins, following a path only her horse seems to know, she unwittingly finds herself in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand.

At the moment I’m not sure I could adequately describe why I enjoy this series so much.  I definitely remember that somehow, in spite of following many typical fantasy tropes, it still feels somehow different to me.  The atmosphere, the world, etc.  Somehow, this human world (admittedly with magic) still has managed to come across in my mind as more otherworldly than most locations that are actually supposed to be otherworldly.  That might be possible to take the wrong way, but I’m hoping you won’t take it that way.  It makes the stories so much more useful to escape with (for me, of course).  As that’s the strongest impression from these books that I can give at the moment, that’s what I’ll emphasize here.  Also, Karigan has to be the coolest girl name ever, and if I were to ever have a daughter, that would totally be her name.  😉  And, I definitely remember enjoying many (if not most) of the characters. 

I’m sure that lots of people would find these stories very black and white.  I don’t think I can try to deny that in this case as I may have in the past, but it works for these books in my opinion. 

Hopefully, I’ll have more detail or impressions when I reread the books (because I’ll definitely need to) before Blackveil (book 4) comes out February 1, 2011.

Below are the remaining memes that I have covered and will someday cover:
Day 01 – Your favourite series of books (with more than 3 in the series)
Day 02 – A book that you wish more people had read
Day 03 – Your favorite recent book
Day 04 – Your favorite book ever
Day 05 – A book you hate
Day 06 – Your favourite writer
Day 07 – A writer you don’t like
Day 08 – Your favourite work in translation
Day 09 – Best scene ever
Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A book that disappointed you
Day 12 – An book you’ve read more than twice
Day 13 – Favorite childhood book
Day 14 – Favorite male character
Day 15 – Favorite female character
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure book
Day 17 – Favorite trilogy or tetralogy
Day 18 – Favorite book cover
Day 19 – Best ensemble of characters in a book
Day 20 – Favorite kiss or love scene
Day 21 – Favorite fictional romantic relationship
Day 22 – Favorite ending/climax
Day 23 – Most annoying character
Day 24 – Best quote
Day 25 – A book you plan on reading
Day 26 – OMG WTF? plot
Day 27 – Favourite non-mainstream writer
Day 28 – First book obsession
Day 29 – Current book obsession
Day 30 – Saddest character death

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