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Lost in the Dust Jacket

Arthur Rackham from "The Old Woman in the Wood," fairy tale number 123 by the Brothers Grimm

Arthur Rackham from “The Old Woman in the Wood,” fairy tale number 123 by the Brothers Grimm

“I’ve come to love the silence.” She whispered the statement to no one in particular, as seeking solace had recently become her favorite past time. Her words trickled out into the ether and greeted nothingness.

Longing for a new beginning, she searched for solitude between the covers. Only through the pages of never-ending words did she find peace and tranquility. She heard the sounds in her mind, in her soul, preempting the noise of the world. Stories from the outside space were too personal, too intrusive, too raw, too true.

Narrative absorption softened the blow of her own situation. Fantasy swelled within her mind and closed out the awfulness of reality.

A story enveloped her. She felt each character’s embrace, its fingertips gently lingering a moment longer than what felt comfortable but encasing her in safety. She let the moment swallow her. No chance of being forgotten when you’re rooted to the ground.

Other voices called her to rejoin them, asked that she come back to the here and now. Her family wanted her home and needed her to be a part of them. They wouldn’t let her slip away into oblivion.

The girl forced herself into a thinly-veiled metamorphosis, one where she could easily slide back and forth between the states. She acquiesced to stay in the present but only if she could rejoin her characters from time to time. They pulled her back to Maycomb, Narnia, Limerick, Little Rock, Sussex, and West Table — where she only had to worry about their fates and not her own.

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Katy’s top ten favorite book quotes

Top 10Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because Jen is particularly fond of lists. She loves to share lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week she posts a new Top Ten list that one of her bloggers there will answer. Everyone is welcome to join! All she asks is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists. If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.
My Top Ten Favorite Quotes from Books:
1. “It’s not time to worry yet”
2. “She’s got some sort of notion in her head concerning the eternal rights of women.”
3. “Each one of us is left to choose our own quality of life and take pleasure where we find it with the understanding that, like Mom used to say, sooner or later something’s gonna get you.”
4. “one who awakens gradually out of a dream, a delicious, grotesque, impossible dream, to feel again the realities pressing into her soul”
5. “So many books, so little time.”
6. “So this was the rest of his life. It felt like a party to which he’d been invited, but at an address he couldn’t actually locate. Someone must be having fun at it, this life of his; only, right at the moment, it wasn’t him.”
7. “I went to collect the few personal belongings which…I held to be invaluable: my cat, my resolve to travel, and my solitude.”
― Colette
8. “And he waited. It was only for a few seconds, but it felt like a small forever.”
9. “What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”
10. “He could see plainly that she was not herself. That is, he could not see that she was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.”
What are some of your favorites?

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www Wednesday (Sept. 18)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… www_wednesdays

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

This meme is sponsored by MizB at Should be Reading.

*PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here. Thanks! :D

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading Moranthology by Caitlin Moran and listening to Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (trying a second time).

Moranthology

  Prodigal Summer

What did you recently finish reading?

Our last book club pick was The Twelves Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, and it was was tragically sad and excellent at the same time!

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What do you think you’ll read next?

My book club will read Truck: A Love Story next. We need something light after reading Hattie.

Truck

 

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www Wednesday (January 23rd)

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme held over on Should be Reading. To play along just answer the following questions.

What are you currently reading?

My audio experience with Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luis Za’fon has been a good one, and I’m almost done with it.  Highly recommend!

What did you recently finish reading?

I am finishing How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran and love what she has to say.  Any feminist “worth her salt” (as Moran would say) should read this book!  I think she’s a happy British mix of Chelsea Handler and David Sedaris.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe is my book club’s next pick. Our friend Kay gave us all a copy for Christmas, so we’re reading it together for February.  It’s about a son’s experience getting to know his mother better through their mutual love of reading that they discuss while she lay dying of cancer.  I know I’m gonna cry my eyes out.

What are you reading?  Join in the fun of this meme and let us all know!

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Reading Challenge 2013

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Time to think about the new year and all it may bring.  Even at midnight on NYE I was reading and thinking about what I want to read this year.  Okay, I was also watching a Twilight Zone marathon.  According to a summary on my much beloved Goodreads community, I read 81 books last year. Originally cast at 75 books, it was elating to pass that mark by six.  A new goal can only go up, so I plan to read at least 100 books this year.  My adrenaline’s building, and I feel up to this herculean (at least for me) task!

I’ve also joined in the Women’s Challenge posed by a blogger friend, Valentina, at her peek a book blog.  She’d noticed how few female authors’ works were on her “read” list, and I realized the same for myself.  While I am one to always support another woman and at least try a writer’s work to form my own opinion, there are more male writers on my list than I realized.  Get it together, everyone, and join the challenge, too!

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www Wednesday (Dec. 19)

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Hosted by Should Be Reading

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?

• What did you recently finish reading?

• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

My choice for next month’s book club meeting is How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. Her work created an internet buzz , and I’ve been wanting to read it for quite awhile.   

I’m also bound and determined to finish Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, but that’s a sore subject after a month of trying.

What did you recently finish reading?

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk was good, but I only gave it three stars because it was so trippy.  There’s much more to it than the movie shows, yet it’s still hard to understand.  Maybe it’s just me.

What do you think you’ll read next?

It bums me out to have over 400 titles on my “to be read” list and then find out a random book that lands right at the top!  There are so many other good ones waiting, too.  I just picked up Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman, about a young girl who has to raise herself with only the Girl Scout handbook to help her.  Daniel Woodrell “light” comes to mind.  The description is dark, but that’s how I like ’em.  I’d read it just for the author’s cool name.

What are you reading this week?  Join in and link your list back to the meme originator, the famous MizB!

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www Wednesday (Dec. 5)

Join the fun and link your post back to MizB at Should be Reading.

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am struggling to get even partially into Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.  So far I’ve made it to page 114, but I accidentally got the large print version at the library that is 900+ pages long.  It’s like reading in dog years!

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk is also in progress, which is pretty interesting in comparison to the movie.  “His name was Robert Paulson.”

 What did you recently finish reading?

My latest audio “read” was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.  I had never read it as a child and am glad I have now.  I also recently read Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess.  Very funny!

What do you think you’ll read next? 

Oh, I have a feeling Wolf Hall is all I’m going to be able to handle!

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www Wednesday, November 14

This is a weekly meme held over on Should be Reading.  Join in and link your post back to Miz B’s page, please!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

After reading her blog called The Bloggess, I picked up Let’s Pretend this Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson.  I just started listening to A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle on disc since I never read it as an adolescent.  It’s great to having something going during my commute.

What did you recently finish reading?

My latest book finished the audio version of The Shining by Stephen King.  It was quite different from the movie, but not in a bad way.  I could see Jack Nicholson’s face the whole time while listening to it.  Perhaps it was a little late for a Halloween-ish scare but enjoyable nonetheless.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The book club picked Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel but I’ve yet to start it.  Never would I pick a book about 1520s England, so I’m trying to keep an open mind.

 

 

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Siblings — May 3, 2012

A weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading.

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This week’s question:

Heidi asks: Do you have siblings? Do they like to read?

All my siblings like to read.  My oldest sister, who taught me to read four decades ago, reads a lot of tear jerkers about animals.  She is, after all, a feral cat rescuer and cat care “expert.”  My middle sister is an elementary teacher and avid reader of anything, mainly biography/historical biography (& Reader’s Digest).  Then my younger brother is all about military history and practice, being in the military himself, and also the stars — as in Star Trek and Star Wars.

We span the genre spectrum but all love to read!  Prompting began early on in our lives.  My mother is a voracious consumer of formulaic romance schmaltz (unfortunately, but at least she’s reading), and my father used to read everything he could get in his grasp.  He went through books quicker than anyone I’ve ever known, reading our library books overnight if they were left in his sight.  The last gift I gave him before he died was a paperback copy of Hoffa, and the toothpick he used as a bookmark still indicates his last page.

Meme hosted at booking through thursday & linked through Megan at love, literature, art & reason

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Pet Peeves

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Bookish Sarah says:
A while ago, I interviewed my readers for a change, and my final question was, ‘What question have I NOT asked at BTT that you’d love me to ask?’ I got some great responses and will be picking out some of the questions from time to time to ask the rest of you. Like now.”

What are your literary “pet peeves”?

Something that annoys me is not so much about literature specifically, but about reading in general.  It amazes me when people ask, “How do you find time to read? I’m just too busy!”

My stock answer is that I don’t have time to do everything, just like everyone else, but I make time to read.  I have little time to do things I love, but I make time to do them.  Being an admitted recovering television addict, the pitiful state of viewing choices has helped me to considerably cut down that habit.

There are only two shows I regularly watch now, Big Bang Theory (shamefully shaking my head at watching anything Lee Ahronson writes) and New Girl.  Otherwise, I find this time in television history to be a painfully weak one with tired genres being feverishly and unsuccessfully re-worked, little writing creativity, and too much misogyny in storylines and jokes (*sniff sniff* I miss you Modern Family).

Fortunately for me, though, I currently have more time to practice yoga, enjoy the limitless number of good books out there, and use more of the treasure trove of materials collecting dust in my craft room.

I say to everyone who asks, you have to make the time if it’s important enough to you.

What’s your “bookish” pet peeve?

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