Thursday, September 30, 2010

More Booksy

The famed "Crick-in-the-neck kiss"
Day 15 – Your “comfort” book

This would have to be Gone With the Wind. I know, it's a silly story that's slightly offensive, but it was the first "adult" book I had ever chosen for myself and read (in Grade 7 from a book fair) and I was so proud that I read it that it left me with feelings of nostalgia.

Day 16 – Favorite poem or collection of poetry

Chicken Soup with Rice, no doubt!
Day 17 – Favorite story or collection of stories (short stories, novellas, novelettes, etc.)
My favourite story is Tatterhood by Robin Muller. It is quite violent now that I have read it recently, but I never thought about it twice when reading it as a child, and, remembering how much I liked the story when I was young, I don't think about the violence now as I let my daughter read it. I talk to her about what's going on and don't just leave her to ponder the situations on her own.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

To Be Cont'd

I'm so tired lately! I'll update soon, but not tonight. For a booksy tidbit, though, I'll treat you to info on what I'm reading:
• A Game of Thrones - it's taking me forever to get through this because it requires concentration to sort out the myriad of active characters.
• The Time Traveller's Wife - I'm really enjoying this one! So far I like it a bit better than the movie.
• Jane Eyre - after the first chapter it finally got me very interested.

What are you reading?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Booksy, Day 14

Day 14 – Favorite character in a book (of any sex or gender)

Ah, if you know me well, you know the answer to this one! Can you guess?

That's right, it's Benjamin Nushmutt! Introduced in Wayside School is Falling Down, he epitomized the entirety of my awkward tween-to-teen years. No matter what he did or said, no one bothered to get to know the real him. In fact, the entire class (including the teacher) insisted that his name was Mark Miller, and he was too shy/awkward/afraid to correct them. To say the least, my coming-of-age was what I call "Nushmutty."

Friday, September 24, 2010

Booksy - Day 13

Day 13 – Favorite childhood book OR current favorite YA book (or both!)

Because I'm sick of typing about Pooh, I'll choose something else. When I was smaller, I loved Chicken Soup with Rice. I still love it, actually, and I try to convince my kids to love it, too. D1 is warming to it, since she can now read with cadence, but D2 is uninterested so far. I'll keep at it.

p.s. - I guess I was wrong about not reading any book 5 times.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Booksy, Day 12

Day 12 – A book or series of books you’ve watched more than five times
Uhm, that makes no sense.
I haven't read a book for myself more than 5 times, either. I have, however, watched The Princess Bride more than 5 times, and that's based on a book, so I'm sure that counts.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What day am I on?

Oh gosh, days are just blurring together lately. Not quite sure where I'm supposed to be.

Day 09 – Best scene ever
The one that sticks out in my mind is the scene where... wait, no, I can't tell. Someone I know hasn't reached that part yet!

But the second best scene ever is when friggin' Eeyore gives away Piglet's house and Piglet just goes with it even though it's breaking his heart and then Pooh tells Piglet he will share his home! Eeyore: what an ass.

Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Wizard's First Rule. I never thought I could like a fantasy book, and the first chapter was boring. But then, boom! It picked up and kept up for the whole book and honestly became one of my absolute favourites!

Day 11 – A book that disappointed you
The Notebook. The movie was so good! The book was so boring.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Booksy, Day 8

Day 08 – A book everyone should read at least once

I really think everyone should at least give Wizard's First Rule a read, just once. I really thought that it gave me a lot to think about regarding life in general. It sounds silly, but it's true. You'd know what I meant if you read it, I'm sure. Give it a go!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Embarrassed - an update.

My most embarrassing moment: I was in my jazz singing lesson when my teacher at the time told me it's time to try scatting. "Just sing whatever comes into your head, even if it's nonsense. There's no wrong way to scat."
"I can't do that, I don't know what to say!" She scatted as an example, and it sounded great. "Ok, your turn. Sing this line, then have at it."
I sang the line, and then she nodded her head for me to start. "Doot-doo. Umm, doo?"


My teacher looked at me. "You're right. You can't scat. Never do that again," she said. She was serious.

... L, I know you feel my pain.

Booksy, Days 5-7

Sorry! I've been super busy in the last few days, and I really shouldn't be posting this now either...

Day 05 – A book or series you hate
Well, I don't know how to answer this one, since I generally don't finish books that I hate. However, I recently read Sisters by Danielle Steel and nearly fell over from dizziness after rolling my eyes so much. Really, it was a terrible read.

Day 06 – Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all time
My favourite series has to be the Stephanie Plum series, my favourite book was Four to Score, where I believe Sally Sweet (the cross-dressing singer) is introduced and Joyce Barnhardt shows up again. Gosh, I could read those books over and over, I think! I gotta get through the 3 I'm reading now so I can get back to Plum!

My favourite book of all time is still Winnie the Pooh. Didn't I mention that already, though?

Day 07 – Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise
Plot device? Hmm... I guess it would be good looks causing people to underestimate a character's intelligence. However, it happens to me so often in real life...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Booksy: Day 4

Holy, how did I get to Day 4 already?

Day 04 – Your favorite book or series ever

Best book ever: Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne. Don't laugh, it's written brilliantly. I felt like Milne captured the spirit of childhood imagination perfectly, without wasting time on boring omniscient descriptions. He just told the story as a child would, and too bad for you if you can't accept the goings-on.

Wait, you've read something better than Winnie the Pooh? Leave me some details!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Booksy - Day 3

Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months

Hands down... OUTLANDER! Oh-em-gee I loved that book! I mean, holy. Big, hunky young highlander who is brave (and stubborn) enough to be the hero-type, plus young and naïve enough to ask questions about his feelings. Lots of dastardly behaviour, lots of scandal, lots of sex. A great escape!

Did you read Outlander? What did you think? What is the best book you've read in the last 12 months?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Booksy - Day 2

Day 02 – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about

I wish people would talk about the Stephanie Plum series! I understand that people don't want to give away any of the plot lines and twists, but good golly it would be nice to gossip about the books while you're reading them! Then again, I haven't read the last one yet, so don't spoil it for me!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Get ready, folks: as suggested by [not-sure-if-she-wants-to-be-named], I'm going to participate in the 30-day book talk! Just keep in mind that lately I'm very tired so my posts will get right to the knitty-gritty.

Day 1: A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)
Honestly, the first series that came to mind was the Harry Potter series, for both circumstances. I loved the books, and I was so disappointed when I finished the last one, knowing that there weren't any more to enjoy! That being said, I was quite annoyed that the last book was mostly a hiking trip. It ended at a good time, I think.
Note: I've heard tell that the James Potter series is comparable - and it has now been placed on my TBR (To Be Read) shelf!

Oh, I shouldn't forget - the series that shouldn't have gone on as long as it did was definitely A Series of Unfortunate Events. The first book was suffice. It was depressing, but more because it was so bad. I'm still not sure why it was so popular.

Which series do you wish had continued or ended? Comment below, email me, or post on your own!