Another List.

Thanks jmfausti.

The rules are familiar: Bold = a book you’ve read; italics = a book you might read; strike out = books you won’t read; *asterics*= a book sitting on your bookshelves; and, {bracket} = a book you’ve never heard of. I’m using italics for the books I intend to read. I can’t think about what I might read.

So, here goes:

The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
*The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
*To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (J. K. Rowling)
The Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (George Orwell)
Catch 22 (Joseph Heller)
*The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
*The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Mark Haddon)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
***Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
1984 (George Orwell)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J. K. Rowling)
*One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
*The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
*Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
*The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides)
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
**Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
Atonement (Ian McEwan)
The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)
The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
Sula (Toni Morrison)
Cold Mountain (Charles Frazier)
The Alchemist (Paulo Coehlo)
White Teeth (Zadie Smith)
The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)

Here’s what I want to know…

You know that weather pixie I added down on the side bar? It lets y’all know what the weather’s doing in my neck of the woods.

What I want to know is, where is the picture for friggin’ tornado? That’s all we’ve done all damn day is sit in front of the tv trying to figure out where the tornados are going. I want to move.

Haven’t done this for awhile

You Are Midnight

You are more than a little eccentric, and you’re apt to keep very unusual habits.
Whether you’re a nightowl, living in a commune, or taking a vow of silence – you like to experiment with your lifestyle.
Expressing your individuality is important to you, and you often lie awake in bed thinking about the world and your place in it.
You enjoy staying home, but that doesn’t mean you’re a hermit. You also appreciate quality time with family and close friends.

Booking Through Thursday…Again

Booking Through Thursday

This was suggested by Mary.

Connect any six books in your library to each other by any way you want. One book will remind you of another because the author’s name is similar, a fictional character shows up in someone else’s book, another author is talked about by characters in a book, maybe the same friend recommended both books, or whatever. Books from a series count as one entry in your list.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – because it’s my favorite

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – The Jane thing. Jane Austen – Jane Eyre.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde – Eyre. About which I had a conversation with my eldest sister.

The Apple of My Eye – Which I didn’t know I had until I just found it on my shelf with an inscription from said sister Christmas 1997. I’m not sure she gave it to me, so I don’t know how I got it.

Honey for a Woman’s Heart by Gladys Hunt – which was given to me for Christmas by my other sister. It is a book about good books that heal the soul.

So Many Books So Little Time by Sara Nelson – Which is also a book about books.

Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City by Anne Thomas Soffee – which is about the same size as SMBSLT and has a similar feeling dust jacket, and therefore reminds me of the former book, although they are very different on the inside. In Nerd Girl, Soffee goes to L.A. right at the tail end of the hair metal phenomenon to be a rock journalist. She meets people in bands I’ve heard of.

The Dirt by Motley Crue – This is by a band I’ve heard of. (You knew I’d get this in somewhere, right?)

Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – How, you ask, did I make that jump? I’ll tell you. In a song called New Tattoo, by Motley Crue, there are lyrics that say “I’ll be your Dorian Gray/ I’ll never fade away.” How you like that?

I could go on and on with this, but I have to go get a kid from school.

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

I read this because Debra made me. And Debra never makes me read a book. It was very hard to read because of the abject poverty delineated in it, but it would have been absolutely insupportable if the writing hadn’t been very vividly Irish. I also liked how he could remember how he thought about things as a kid. Regular childish misconceptions that most of us forget about once we get things figured out. It added to the story.

General Laziness

Who, you ask, is General laziness? That’s me. I’ve been promoted from Captain Obvious. I just haven’t felt like turning on a computer for about 4 days. That could have something to do with the strained shoulder I’ve been dealing with, but maybe not.

Anyway, to all of you who have been constantly checking the site, waiting for me to post, I’m sorry.

Booking Through Thursday…

On Saturday. Oops. (from Booking Through Thursday)

Booking Through Thursday

Reach out a hand, and grab the book that is closest to you. Turn to page 231, or pick a page at random if the book isn’t that long. Locate the first sentence of the last paragraph on that page.

  1. Type the sentence here: Reply here
  2. Does the sentence make sense out of context? Reply here
  3. Does reading the sentence make you want to read the rest of the book? Why or why not? Reply here

Ok. The closest book was a copy of The Dirt by Motley Crue (shocker, I know). On page 231 is a picture of Nikki peeing in the middle of an alleyway, so I’ll have to do the “open to a random page” deal.

From page 148: “Because heroin was Nicole’s and my little secret, no one in the band realized how bad we were getting.”

The sentence only makes sense out of context if you know that Nikki Sixx wrote it and that he later died of a heroin overdose. (You know, considering his past history of death, he looked pretty good on stage last month.)

Does it make me want to read the book again? Not really. But that picture of him peeing in the alleyway, on page 231 kinda does.

Maybe I should try it with a different book. How about Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy.

“She was not in the bed, though she had apparently been there-the clothes on her side being flung back.”

I think it makes sense out of context. And yes, now I’d like to know who was not in the bed, why she was expected to be there, and why she isn’t there now.

Jordan’s game…

which is really Shelly’s game on crack.

Name books you liked, one for as many letters of the alphabet as you can come up with.]

And Ladies of the Club (Helen Hooven Santmyer)
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Dai Sijie)
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the (Mark Haddon)
Dirt, the (Motley Crue)
Emma (Jane Austen)
Farenheit 451
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire
Heavy Metal and You (Christopher Krovatin)
Interview with a Vampire (Anne Rice)
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
Kite Runner, the (Khaled Hosseini)
Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkein)
Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)
Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen)
Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Queen of the Damned (Anne Rice)
Return of the Native (Thomas Hardy)
Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
Three Musketeers (Alsexandre Dumas)
Undead and Unwed (Mary Janice Davidson)
Vanity Fair (William Makepiece Thackeray)
Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)
Year of Reading, A (Eliazbeth Ellingron and Jane Freimuller)
Zhivago, Dr. (Boris Pasternak)

Not too shabby. All but one. What have you got?

Spam Bastards

Ok. Just now, I checked my comments. There were 52 comments awaiting moderation. 1 of them was a legitimate comment. 48 of the pieces of spam were from one guy who calls himself Bonifacius. No links to the alleged urls, etc. And every one of the 48 comments was exactly the same.

If I’m forced to put up a letter-recognition thingy, you’ll know why.

More weirdness…

in my otherwise generally weird life.

Here’s the story. I started blogging a little over a year ago. Mostly all I do is read and obsess over Motley Crue. So that’s what I blogged about. I started reading other people’s blogs and one link led to another and I ended up at jmfausti’s blog. I read it a few times and think to myself, “Yeah. I agree.”

Finally, I leave a comment. She comes to my blog and leaves a comment. It goes back and forth like that for awhile. “Hey, I like that book, too.” etc.

Then, I mention my birthday. Unfathomably, it is also her birthday. I think we’ve decided our birth dates are in different years, but we share a birthday. The birthday arrives. We exchange gifts. Michael says, “Who do you know in New Jersey?”

Doesn’t seem too weird, yet, right? Wait. There’s more.

So when I post my quiz results, hers are invariably remarkably like mine. Even that thing about celebrity look-alikes? Yeah, some of ours are the same. Weird!

I took a Which Dead Poet Are You quiz in honor of Poetry month. I didn’t post the results because I didn’t know the poet I supposedly am. (Marianne Moore? Anyone?) Not only, did jmfausti see my results on the other blog where I found the quiz, which mean we frequent the same other blogs, but she got the same obscure poet on her results. That wouldn’t seem too weird if the poet was Wallace Stevens, which was popular, or, likewise, Sylvia Plath, but it was a poet that only 8% of quiz takers end up with. Whoa!

So who’s got a theory on this one? Is it purely astrology? Were we separated at birth (and some years)? Have I found my doppelganger? (And if so, which one of us is the evil one? (Wait don’t answer that.))

If we end up with matching scars, I’m going to commit myself.

On the other hand. If I have to be exactly like someone, I could do much, much worse than JoanneMarie. But is she like me because she’s great, or great because she’s like me?