Another Meme

Because I am not reading anything worth finishing, much less mentioning.

This is an autumnal meme stolen from Book Memes and Quizzes

What’s your favourite reading spot now that the weather’s turning? (if your climate is changing for the warmer, the question still applies!) Probably the big chair by the fireplace if I can get it away from the cat.

What single book sums up the Autumn/Fall season for you?
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Diane Setterfield.

Pick five favourite scary/autumnal books for a Halloween stack…
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
The Haunted House – A Short Story by Charles Dickens
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson

Pick one book to give as a ‘treat’ and one as a ‘trick’ when little monsters come to your door at the end of the month…
Trick – Scary Stories Treasury; Three Books to Chill Your Bones: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark/ More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark/ Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones
Treat – Winnie-the-pooh (And Piglet) Halloween 1. Huffalumps and Woozles 2. Which Witch Is Which? 3. They Don’t Scare Me 4. The Werewolf Song 5. Shake Your Bones 6. I Wanna Scare Myself 7. Night Creatures 8. Haunted House 9. The Dungeon 10. The Witches 11. Encounter in the Fog 12. Mad Scientist Laboratory
What books are you hoping/expecting to read between now and Christmas? (a selection is fine)…
Tattoos & Tequila: To Hell and Back with One of Rock’s Most Notorious Frontmen
Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1
As She Climbed Across the Table: A Novel
Oryx and Crake

What’s the best book you read over the summer?
The Passage: A Novel
or maybe Kings of the Earth: A Novel

Do you like to turn leaves, or are you a Kindle convert?
Both actually. I love the smell of books, but I can’t always hold them. That’s when the Kindle comes in handiest. No matter how many pages the book has, or if it’s hardcover, I can still hold the book open with a Kindle.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

This was an amazingly quick read. The story sort of draws you in. When Rose is nine years old, she finds out she can taste the feelings people have while they are making food. She finds this out when she eats something her mother made filled with guilt and romance. Also, her brother disappears occasionally.

I didn’t particularly care for the direction the story took. My co-worker Marie read it and said to me, “I understood everything right up to the last page. Then I didn’t. Read it and tell me what it means.”

Yeah, it’s weird. I give it 3 stars, but it would have been less if the writing wasn’t so good.

A book meme!

Which I stole from Karen Edmisten at http://karenedmisten.blogspot.com/2009/06/book-meme.html

1. What author do you own the most books by? Most likely Jane Austen. Although she only wrote 6 books plus her juvenilia. So I might actually have more books by Anne Rice. But I have more books by and about Jane Austen and even more if you include take-offs of her work.

2. What book do you own the most copies of? Pride and Prejudice. It’s in the three-volume leather-bound compendium, and also in the set of Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen, and I have a Barnes and Noble Classics edition, and the Annotated Pride and Prejudice. Not to mention Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, if that counts.

3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions? Not until now.

4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with? Probably several. Mr. Darcy, Edward Cullen, you know, the usual suspects.

5. What book have you read the most times in your life? Not counting numerous reading of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, it’s probably Pride and Prejudice.

6. Favorite book as a ten year old? Jane Eyre.

7. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year? Oh boy. I don’t remember because if it’s awful, I stop reading it. Last August I had to read The Ice Storm. That was awful. Truly.

8. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year? I’m going to go with The Passage.

9. If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be? I don’t believe in that. Unless I’m teaching a class, and they are paying me to tell them what to read, forget it. I make suggestions, then let them take it or leave it.

10. What book would you most like to see made into a movie? The Passage

11. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read? I don’t know. I try not to read anything too difficult. I usually stop. And if it’s emotionally difficult as opposed to intellectually difficult, I’m just as likely to quit.

12. What is your favorite book? Pride and Prejudice

13. What is your favorite play? Meh. I don’t know.

14. Poem? Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout

15. Essay? Haven’t read enough to have a favorite.

16. Who is the most overrated writer alive today? James Patterson.

17. What is your desert island book? Pride and Prejudice

18. And . . . what are you reading right now? She’s Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, The Parents Guide to Gifted Children, and Book Lust to Go by Nancy Pearl.

Oy!

I’m a bit scattered at the moment. I can’t seem to stay focused on a book. I’ve started and put down so many. But I seem to have settled down with:

She’s Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan – About her change from being a man. This has been on my list since I saw her on Oprah in 2004, I think. And since I can’t find an Amazon link, I’m guessing they don’t have it?

And:

Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers because Nancy Pearl’s books are comfort reading for me.

Goodreads shelf

There are currently 89 books on my “To Be Read” shelf on Goodreads. Now, if I try really really hard, I could read them all in a year. Think it’ll happen? Probably not, but it’s a fabulous goal.

My next problem is that some of those books have been on my TBR shelf for so long, the library only has 1 copy left. And in one case, the one copy was checked out and never returned. Whatever shall I do?!

The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

I finished this new one up last night. I never read her other series because by the time I noticed them, there were 3 and they were big and intimidating. So when I saw she was starting a new series, I put myself on the list at the library.

The story is good. It’s definitely Steampunk. Lots of automatons and vampires and warlocks in Victorian England. Tessa gets off a boat from England and is kidnapped by the Dark Sisters who force her to learn how to change into other people just by holding something they owned. They tell her she has to because they have her brother. Then the good guys show up. The people from the Institute.

All the characters are pretty stock, but that doesn’t really detract from the plot. It’s still pretty twisty. I imagine some will figure out the surprise, but I didn’t.

It is YA fiction, so it’s not fabulous literature, but I don’t feel like I wasted my time. Not that YA can’t be fabulous, it just usually isn’t.

I’d give it 3.5 stars. And I might read the next one.