30 Day Fanfic Challenge

Around five years ago, I completed a book challenge, which I originally found at Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic. Basically, the idea was to post every day for 30 days, with a set theme for each day. I had fun participating in that challenge, and a fair bit of time has passed since then, so I figure it’s about time to complete another one. Rather than looking up another book challenge, however, I decided it might be nice to do something a little different. My challenge is still related to reading but, instead of blogging about books, I (and anyone else who chooses to participate) will be blogging about fan-fiction. Continue reading


Top Ten Books I Rated 10/10

Flowery Number 10 Free Public Domain Image bloemrijk-paars-getal-10I haven’t read a lot of books lately. I’ve been concentrating mainly on Harry Potter fan fiction. I did read a lot in the past, however, and I intend to read a lot more in the future.

Over the past few days, in between researching the seventeenth century in preparation for NaNoWriMo, I have been editing my BookCrossing profile. One of the features I added to my profile page is a drop down menu showing all the books I have rated ten out of ten, since I began keeping track of such things.

Going through this list caused me to remember a lot of good books that I read in the past so, when I saw the time and realised I haven’t gotten around to blogging yet, I thought, why not kill two birds with one stone and use those memories as inspiration for today’s Top Ten Tuesday? Continue reading

Books I Read in September & October 2013

Word Cloud for Books REad in September & October

Children of the Night by Dan Simmons Never Say Boo to a Ghost and Other Haunting Rhymes by John Foster & Korky Paul We Know by Gregg Hurwitz Mindbend by Robin Cook Cruelty Games by Wendy Robertson The Sentinel by … Continue reading

I am not Ignoring you!

Over the past few months I have had a lot of people liking my posts and following my blog. I have been really busy lately and haven’t been able to get around to reading your blogs as quickly as I would like. I just want to let everybody know that I really do appreciate you stopping by and reading my blog. I have saved every email informing me of likes and follows and I promise that I will get around to checking out your blogs eventually, I just cannot guarantee exactly when. Thanks for your patience!

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 29

A Book You Hated The list of books that I have hated is surprisingly short. I sometimes cannot get into a book, but disliking it enough to add it to my ‘do not read’ list is rare. Such books do … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 16

Portrait of popular author Jodi Picoult

Most Thought-Provoking Book I am not going to choose a book for this category. Rather, I am choosing an author. That author is Jodi Picoult. Jodi Picoult is an excellent author who engages the reader from page one. Her characters … Continue reading

Books I Read in March 2013

March 2013 Books Read Word Cloud

The Third Man by Graham Greene Dracula by Bram Stoker Incandescence by Greg Egan The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde Don’t Kiss Them Good-Bye by Allison DuBois One for the Money by Janet Evanovich Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 14:

The Road Cormac McCarthy book cover

A Book That Made You Cry Whether you are talking about books or movies or music, I cry at the drop of a hat. Therefore, there are loads of books that I could use for today’s blog. The book I … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 13:

A Book that Disappointed You

Geralds Game by Stephen King book coverAs many of my readers will know, I am a huge Stephen King fan. I love the way he spends words to ensure you are on the same page as he is. I love the way he populates his worlds with minor characters, with names, families, thoughts and histories of their own, where other author’s simply say ‘the baker’ or ‘the policeman’ or ‘the driver’.

I love the way he intertwines his novels so that you feel as though you are reading different stories from one big world, and how, when reading one book, you will recognise a character, a place, a news article – some minor detail from another of his books. I especially love his ability to scare the shit out of me. I never fail to have a sleepless night after reading one of his novels.

Which is why I was so disappointed when I attempted to read Gerald’s Game. I found this book to be terribly boring. I was not sucked into the story, the way I usually am with his books and, frankly, I just did not feel as though the writing was up to his usual quality. In fact, this the only Stephen King book that has ever failed to pass my fifty page test.

I suppose every author has to have a less than perfect work that isn’t up to their usual standard. For Stephen King that work is Gerald’s Game.

30 Day Book Challenge

I found this challenge at Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic. Basically, the idea is to post every day for 30 days. But these aren’t random posts – that would be too easy. Instead, every day has a specific book-related theme. Here is the list, … Continue reading

Lazy Days

English: Lazy Sunday aftenoon Horse chilling o...

English: Lazy Sunday aftenoon Horse chilling out not in field, but on the side of the lane at the farm entrance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love lazy days. Days where I do nothing I don’t want to do. No cleaning, no working, no cooking. Just surfing the net, watching tele and reading. Maybe some music if I feel like it. Unproductive days. The only problem is, days like this tend to make me more tired rather than less. You would think that lazing about all day would make me feel rested but it doesn’t. Instead, I just feel drowsy and lethargic – like I could sleep for a week. I wonder why that is?

Student Found Guilty of Racism for Reading Book in Public

Klan Street

Klan Street (Photo credit: futurowoman)

In 2007 a student working his way through college was found guilty of racial harassment for reading a book in public. Some of his co-workers had been offended by the book’s cover, which included pictures of men in white robes and peaked hoods along with the tome’s title, Notre Dame vs. the Klan. The student desperately explained that it was an ordinary history book, not a racist tract, and that it in fact celebrated the defeat of the Klan in a 1924 street fight. Nonetheless, the school, without even bothering to hold a hearing, found the student guilty of “openly reading [a] book related to a historically and racially abhorrent subject.”

The incident would seem far-fetched in a Philip Roth novel—or a Philip K. Dick novel, for that matter—but it actually happened to Keith John Sampson, a student and janitor at Indiana University–Purdue University Indiana-polis. Despite the intervention of both the American Civil Liberties Union and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE, where I am president), the case was hardly a blip on the media radar for at least half a year after it took place.

Compare that lack of attention with the response to the now-legendary 1993 “water buffalo incident” at the University of Pennsylvania, where a student was brought up on charges of racial harassment for yelling “Shut up, you water buffalo!” out his window. His outburst was directed at members of a black sorority who were holding a loud celebration outside his dorm. Penn’s effort to punish the student was covered by Time, Newsweek, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The New Republic, NPR, and NBC Nightly News, for starters. Commentators from Garry Trudeau to Rush Limbaugh agreed that Penn’s actions warranted mockery. Hating campus political correctness was hotter than grunge rock in the early 1990s. Both the Democratic president and the Republican Congress condemned campus speech codes. California passed a law to invalidate Stanford’s onerous speech rules, and comedians and public intellectuals alike decried collegiate censorship.

So what happened? Why does a case like the one involving Sampson’s Klan book, which is even crazier than the “water buffalo” story that was an international scandal 15 years ago, now barely produce a national shrug?

Full Story:http://reason.com/archives/2010/01/11/pc-never-died/singlepage

Joe Queenan in ‘Balsamic Dreams’

“Honestly, is it absolutely necessary for every single person in this society to be reading exactly the same book at exactly the same moment?”

—Joe Queenan in ‘Balsamic Dreams’

The Earthsea Quartet

A map of The Earthsea realm drawn by Ursula K....

A map of The Earthsea realm drawn by Ursula K. Le Guin. Original map published in Tales from Earthsea. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Synopsis:The four books of the legendary Earthsea saga together for the first time in a single volume:

A Wizard of Earthsea
The Tombs of Atuan
The Farthest Shore

Ursula Le Guin‘s creation, Earthsea – an ancient world of Wizards, magic, darkness and light, and an ever-shifting balance of power – is an acknowledged masterpiece.
Text:Ursula Le Guin
Buttefly, age 11: I enjoyed all the stories but I liked the first two best because they were more interesting and fun to read.

Mum: The Wizard of Earthsea was one of the first fantasies I read as a child and it has haunted me ever since. This second reading was not a disappointment however. Rather, I found my enjoyment of the book enhanced through a greater understanding of the characters and events than I had as a child. The Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan are still my favourites, but I was able to appreciate the other stories this time round.