Friday, September 30, 2011

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This Week's question is by Starcrossed
 
 Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.
 
Q. What book that hasn't been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see make it to the big screen, and who would you like cast as your favorite character?

A:  Recently I read 'A Weekend with Mr. Darcy' by Victoria Connelly.  I think it would make such a fun movie!  And, I could see Hugh Jackman playing the part of Warwick Lawton.  Without giving anything away...there is a certain scene in the book that would be very amusing to watch...kind of like Robert DeNiro in 'Star Dust'!  (if you catch my drift!)  I do agree with many others that movies tend to ruin books, but this is written well enough, with enough humor and so many stories going on, it would play very well on the screen!  

Book Blogger Hop


“In honor of Banned Books Week, what is your
favorite “banned or frequently challenged book”?”

One summer in high school I did a 'banned book' reading list.  I can't remember how many I completed then, but here a few I do remember reading that summer.

The Scarlet Letter
1984
Fahrenheit 451
The Catcher in the Rye
The Great Gatsby

I don't know what my favorite would have been.  Probably 'Diary of a Young Girl' by Anne Frank.


Here are some surprising ones (to me, at least):


Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary  
Are you there God, It's Me, Margaret
Captain Underpants
James and the Giant Peach 
That was then, This is now
Black Beauty



I just find it incredible that some people feel that they can say what you should  not read (or what they cannot do!).  If you don't like it, don't read it (or do it!)!  

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that 
show the world its own shame.”
Oscar Wilde
 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

btt - Loud

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1. What do you think of reading aloud/being read to? Does it bring back memories of your childhood? Your children’s childhood?
2. Does this affect the way you feel about audio books?
3. Do you now have times when you read aloud or are read to?

It's been a while since I have been read to.  The last time I recall was when our kids were younger (MUCH younger), and we were driving across Eastern Washington state. The one who wasn't driving was reading...until the cop pulled us over for speeding.  We were too engrossed in the story to pay attention to our speed!

Though, I have done books on tape...I guess we call them audiobooks in today's world!  I have listened to a few while walking in the mornings.  I found it was the only way to get through Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe.

A few years ago, we were driving (again....road trips) with teenage girls and did 'Inkheart' on cd's to get through Kansas.  We were all captivated by the story!  And couldn't wait to drive back home to find out what happened!


I always wished that our girls would have sat still long enough to read 'long' stories... Harry Potter, The Secret Garden, or The Chronicles of Narnia.  But they didn't.  Doesn't mean we didn't spend hours on 'Good Night Moon' and the like!

I am sure with future road trips with my husband, we will read to one another while driving...but now we have cruise control, and should be able to keep at the right speed!

100 Followers Giveaway!

Well...I cannot believe that 100 people follow me!  That is amazing!  I hope you have enjoyed my Ramblings up to this point!

One lucky Winner will receive a Prize Pack!  What's in it? you ask...  Well... Here's some info:

$10 iTunes card - I know I love to listen to cool tuneage while reading, so thought that I would share!
Bookmarks - I can never have enough, especially when I am reading several books at one time.
Book Plates - make sure that those books you lend make their way Home!
The book plates and book marks will be custom made by Moi!

HERE'S a BONUS!

If I get 25 more GFC followers on this Site, I will ADD another WINNER!

If I get up to 35 Likes on our FB page, I will ADD another WINNER!

Help Spread the Love and Thanks for enjoying my site!  I enjoy reading and writing about it!

The GiveAway will RUN until October 10th, 2011.  Winner(s) will be drawn at random and announced on October 11th.  The Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond...if they don't, a new one will be drawn randomly.  Thanks again!

If the form doesn't seem to work for you, try clicking here and then post in the comments that you followed the link, so I can be sure that your info got on to the spreadsheet!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

top 10 -Rereads

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and theBookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask 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.

Top Ten Books I Want to Re-Read

 
Wow... cool one this week.  Have to head to the bookshelf to figure out which ones I want to re-read.  Though, this list is not in any particular order....

     1.      Persuasion by Jane Austen.  This is my favourite Jane Austen book and I love the story.
     2.      Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee.  I want to make sure it is as good as I think it is!  I loved the story.  (I have mentioned this book enough on this blog...I'm surprised that you haven't picked it up yet!)
     3.      The Bridge Across Forever (and follow on books) by Richard Bach.  Time to get a little metaphysical again!  Great stories about being with your soulmate and multiple universes.
     4.      Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.  I would like to reread this one because I would like to write a story for Margaret Dashwood during NaNoWriMo and need a refresher!
     5.      Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange.  Being a lover of Persusion, it only makes sense that I would want to read his side of the story!  I know I read it some time ago, but, to be honest, I don’t remember having read it!
     6.      Annette Vallon by James Tipton.  A story about a very strong lady during the French Revolution.  If you like Wordsworth, he's in there too.   Like #2, I want to make sure it was as wonderful as I remember it.
     7.      Some of the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig, because I have some of the newer ones and need a refresher before reading those.  What could be better than to have spies during the Napoleonic era, romance and umbrellas wielded by female spies!?
     8.      The Wedding Date by Elizabeth Young.  I remember this one being a lot of fun (and MUCH better than the movie!  Not matter how hunky Dermot Mulroney might be.)
     9.      Two Princesses of Bamarre by  Gail Carson Levine .  This was a good YA fantasy novel and I really enjoyed it!
     10.   The Corset Diaries by Katie MacAlister.  This was laugh out loud funny, and it’s nice to have those once in a while (especially after reading a bad book!)

Okay...maybe they were in order...in order that I would want to re-read them...with maybe Captain Wentworth's Diary being right after I read Persuasion again!

Now...the question is WHEN I would be able to do this!  Not any time in the near future, it seems!  I have somehow loaded myself up with books from netgalley.com and feel obligated to read those before I read all of the ones I want to read...let alone Reread!  I hope I have sparked your interest in a few books that you haven’t thought of before! 

What are your books that you cannot wait to reread?

Monday, September 26, 2011

weekend rambling







here is where we went this weekend...

Hiked towards Brown Canyon Ranch House.  Some of the trees pictured were burned in the Monument Fire in June 2011...neat to see all of the grasses come back ... and the indomitable spirit of a cactus.  Last picture is looking out towards Mexico.

Find more photos here

Thursday, September 22, 2011

bbt - embarrassed?

Do you carry books with you when you’re out and about in the world?
And, do you ever try to hide the covers?

I am a proud book reader.  If I am doing anything other than running to the store... my Kindle, or the current book I am reading, is tucked in to my purse.  I don't like carrying around a large handbag, but recently purchased one large enough to put in my Kindle (and subsequently almost any book).

Back in my 'Mom Taxi' days, I would keep a 'car' book stashed under the seat.  I never knew when I would have to wait, so usually kept something light and fluffy handy...a guilty pleasure book.

Now, however, I won't walk out the door without a book in hand, if I can avoid it!

As for hiding the cover?  Back in middle school, I made paper bag covers for the books that my girlfriends and I passed around...Judy Blume's 'Forever' was one of them.  Definitely didn't want my mom to see I was reading that!  But now?  Nope...proud of what I read, so I don't feel the need to hide the covers.  Though, I won't be carrying around a bodice ripper - It's very easy to identify those books...and they are not something I like to read.  One sad thing about the Kindle... you don't get to show off the beautiful cover art that is on most books these days!

Wow... long answer for a short question... go figure!  What about you?  Are you always with a book?  Do you carry with pride? 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

top 10 - everyone else has read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and theBookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask 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.


Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me

This one is easy… as I have not read many of the mainstream/popular books.  Kind of a ‘heck no, I won’t go’ philosophy on many of them.  I am actually going to group them, otherwise, the list would be too long!

     1.      The Twilight Saga (perfect name for it!) series by Stephanie Meyer.  I don’t do vampires, plan and simple…and I don’t feel like I have missed out to be honest!
     2.      Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.  I have seen a few of the movies, but have never sat down to read them.  I actually tried to read them to our girls when they were younger, but they wouldn’t sit still long enough…you try to get three kids, basically all the same age to do that.
     3.      The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.  I read one or two when I was a kid...but don’t remember them, and haven’t read the whole series.
     4.      The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. After our girls read them, and hated the last book…they felt it ruined the series for them, I didn’t pick them up.  Though, my brother-in-law just finished them and said that the last one was perfect, as the series was about war, and war isn’t happy.
     5.      Anne of Green Gables and follow-ones by L.M. Montgomery.  I have seen how many people loved these books when they were younger, but I don’t think I would enjoy them now.
     6.      The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.  I don’t watch Oprah and never read any of her ‘book club’ books.  I actually tried to read this one, but couldn’t get into it.
     7.      Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien…. I did read ‘The Hobbit’ but never fell into the LoTR trilogy.  A little too fantastical for my tastes.
     8.      I didn’t finish the Percy Jackson series.  I got a little tired of the repetition of these stories, and didn’t read the last couple.
     9.      The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo…or whatever it’s called.  Haven’t read these either.  I even purchased the first two, put them on my shelf, but then donated them instead of bringing them back from England.
     10.   Pemberley Ranch by Jack Caldwell.  Gotta through one Jane Austen-esque book in there.  I know many people in the JA community have read this, but I haven’t picked it up and don’t know if I will, even though I have seen good reviews for this… P&P in the West on a Ranch… might be a little too far for me.

I have mainly not read these out of sheer determination to not follow the crowd….yeah, that’s the way I roll.  How about you…which bandwagon have you not jumped on?  Thanks for stopping by.
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