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From [personal profile] leatherdykeuk

An excellent meme, made up by dk_leathers (on Facebook):

Pick SIX books that you would put on a shelf in a guest room. They can be your favourites, your own published, your idea of classics. I'd be fascinated to see what books (if any) I haven't read on those lists!

Perpetuate the meme!

Kwaidan, by Lafcadio Hearn

Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint

Mental Floss presents In The Beginning

Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

The Stinky Cheese Man by Lane Smith
butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (Default)
Post 10 things that are going right in your life right now. I don't care how small. You're happy with your cup of coffee. You saw a flock of geese flying over. ANYTHING. Things that make you happy. Things that make you smile. No pressure.

It's small and it's simplistic, but maybe for the time you are compiling your list, you'll forget about the bad going on and focus on something good.

My 10 )
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From [livejournal.com profile] buhrger :
can also be used for flims, CDs, etc, etc. feel free to propogate and mutate as you see fit:

1. Title
A College of Magics

2. Author
Caroline Stevermer

3. When did you first read it
I was working for Barnes & Noble in Ventura, CA, living in Oxnard, and in a moribund engagement. My copy is a stripped book, salvaged from the stack that was going out to the dumpster. They would put the recently stripped onto to the break room table in piles, for a few days, in case anyone wanted something to read during lunch.

4. Why did it strike you so much
The physical book, itself, was unwanted. The indicator of value, the cover, had been removed. I literally could not judge the book by its cover. Thankfully. (It's even worse, now.)

I didn't love the book on my first read through. It wasn't bad, but there was something awkward about it. Stevermer (I have read more by her) is not a sterling writer. Nevertheless, in spite of being surrounded by books, I was impelled to read CoM again, almost immediately after finishing it.

5. Have you reread it? If so, how many times?
I have reread it at least three times. The last time was over a year ago. I'm not sure where I stashed my copy, and now it is packed up, where ever it is, so I guess I'll have to finally buy a legit copy. Rereading books was not something I did as a kid; oddly, it didn't occur to me to do. Much like watching movies multiple times (early childhood is pre-home video). Now, I have a long to-read list. Only unusual books get reread.

6. Does it feel the same as when you first read it?
I get more from it every time I read it again. On the second read, what struck me was the phrase glove to my hand, refering to the MC's feelings about the one she loved, and the scene with her big loss/sacrifice, which takes thinking about to understand. Since then, I have delighted in the exploding hat, in the complexity of the evil uncle, in the AU in general.

7. Do you recommend it, or is it a private passion?
It's not Austen. I would recommend it to specific individuals, rather than giving it a blanket recommendation. The writing and theme have a YA feel, but the depths would be out of the understanding of someone who had never had to do something out of duty and responsibility. The nuance that makes it an enjoyable read for me requires some life experience, preferably including the reading of pre-20th century English novels. Then again, many things are improved when one has read Three Men in a Boat.
butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (Nemu (Haibane Renmei))
"Have you noticed how very few people ever bother to look up? A whole world exists above their heads, but nobody ever seems to pay much attention to it." (My favorite Charles deLint concept.)

Reading all day! )


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