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Liebster Blog Award


Thanks to Megan at Love, Literature, Art, & Reason for her Liebster Blog Award nomination!  I love hearing about books from other reading fanatics.  Apparently Liebster means ‘dearest’ in German.

The Rules: Winners answer 11 questions provided by whoever tagged you, provide 11 facts about yourself, and choose 11 followers to bestow the award upon, so long as they have 200 or less followers.

Megan’s questions:

1. What is your favorite book of all time?
Hands down, it’s To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  The greatest American classic evahhh!
2. Why did you start blogging about books?
I was reading a lot of blogs about writing and books, so I decided to join in the fun.  This blog’s beginning also coincided with the release of my first e-novella.
3. Favorite character best friend? Do you have any friends like that?
Leisel’s little friend, Rudy,  in The Book Thief was quite the charmer, and I wish she would have kissed him … such a sad ending!  I don’t necessarily have a friend like that, but this young man appealed to my “underdog” side.
4. Do you think long books are intimidating? Why/why not?
Yes, if it’s Ken Follet or Wally Lamb.  It’s daunting to consider the time commitment when I want to move on to other “tbr” books quickly.
5. Real books or e-books?
Anymore, it’s e-books for the simplicity of use.  Especially after reading a library book recently and not being able to keep it open while eating lunch.
6. Buy new, used, or borrow from the libary? 
It depends on whether or not I ever have a chance of getting the book signed by the author.  If so, I’ll buy it even at hardback price (first edition, autographed David Sedaris).  Be it too expensive, I borrow from the library.
7. Favorite genre?
Lately it’s been post-apoc or dystopian for me.  How can you overlook a cute end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it story???
8. Awesome author you’ve discovered (or loved more than before) this year?
The coolest author I’ve discovered through goodreads this year is Hugh Howey.  Sci Fi and Speculative Fiction lovers should absolutely try his work.
9. Do you write?
I definitely try!  See question #2.
10. Favorite show or movie based off of a book? Why?
My favorite, even though I’ve never read the book, would have to be The Princess Bride.  My son and I could watch it (and have done so) hundreds of times, even though I’m SO not into princesses.  It speaks of loyalty, friendship, bravery, and fun all at the same time.  Or as imdb.com describes it, “A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather).”
11. Least favorite show or movie based off a book? Why?
My least fave is It by Stephen King.  I hated what “it” was at the end, even though I can’t remember if that was “it” in the book.   Pennywise is the fiercest cinema clown ever created.  Such a good book with such an unbelievably bad movie climax.  Okay, it was a tv mini-series, but I’m counting it.
 11 Random Facts about me:

    1. Pets are people in my opinion.
    2. There were originally two sets of wisdom teeth in my mouth.
    3. I sing Karen Carpenter and Anne Murray songs to my son at bedtime, even though they were “before my time.”
    4. I think I can play the harmonica … but other people don’t agree.
    5. I shot a deer once (never again).
    6. I’ve never been to Hawaii and really want to go someday.
    7. My favorite place to be is out on the water at the Lake of the Ozarks.
    8. The only foods I don’t like are canned peaches and slimy cherry pie filling.
    9. My all-time favorite color is orange.
    10. My hair has been brown, red and blonde.  It’s currently blonde hiding gray.
    11. I read a lot of feminist blogs.
 My eleven awardees whose book blogs I follow are:
Becky at Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic (although you’ve gotten a different version of this award before)
She who Loves to Read at The Reading & Life of a Bookworm (although you’ve also gotten this before)
Kat at Wild Night In (got you again!)
Danielle at Enchanted by Books
and Lanea at Rockblocks (even though her blog’s about music)
And your questions are:
1. Comedy or drama (reading, movies or tv)?
2. Shelfari or goodreads?
3. What is the first book you remember reading?
4.  Why do you blog?
5. What is your favorite reading genre?
6. Do you own an e-reader?  (why/why not)
7. Who is your favorite author?
8. How do you feel about popular book recommendations?
9. What book would you never read even if you were paid to do so?
10. New rock or classic rock?
11. Do you create a playlist in your mind while reading a book?
No worries if I tagged you but you can’t participate.  Have a great weekend!

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Good Books Every Woman Should Read

Thanks to Megan at love, literature art & reason for inspiring this post (from the article at Huff Post).  There are so many young women out there who would have no idea what some of these books are about.

1. I totally agree with the nomination for The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and call it a “cautionary tale.”  My previous review:

Women who believe in the so-called “traditional” roles of females in society need to read this book. Fatalistic, yes, but scary enough to imagine even in modern times. We should appreciate our freedoms in the U.S. It was a very interesting and important read.

2. An outstanding personal story that has stuck with me for years is Warriors Don’t Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High by Melba Patillo Beals.  What amazing strength this young woman showed through her involvement in the America’s 1954 school desegregation process.  No matter what age, women young and old can fight for what’s right!

3. If you ever think you are/were downtrodden as an American woman, read Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker.  If women don’t support each other, who will?

4. Another more modern example of “Geez, I don’t have it so bad” is offered through The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.  My previous review:

Disturbing but in a watching-a-train-wreck kind of way. You feel for the kids and can’t stand the parents but almost feel like they are loving in a very twisted sort of way. This a very good book, quick and easy to read, although some situations are hard to fathom.  I’m glad it was recommended to me.

5. Another intriguing fictional “what if” scenario is presented through A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.  True, some women in America are subservient to their husbands and made to cater to their every whim.  Unfortunately, some are beaten into submission.  This story of polygamist torture is so unnerving you feel the pain while reading about it.  We should all experience the vicarious agony these women withstand in order to empathize with them and work for a world in which women are treated fairly as human beings with equal rights.  My previous thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Hate to make the comparison, but I liked it even more than The Kite Runner. These characters were drawn so well and are so memorable to me, I rated it as high as my favorite book, To Kill a Mockingbird. The tale of what these two women endured is an incredible statement about the injustice still happening to females in the world today.

I honestly hope young women (and mature ones, too, for that matter) don’t settle for stories of love-struck wonder and fantasy.  Those titles serve their escapist purpose I suppose, but let’s hope they also strive for reaching their intellectual and creative best while nurturing their own self-respect and self-reliance along the way.

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