Monthly Archives: December 2010

Day 28: Favorite title

 I haven’t read this book yet. It’s on my to-read list. But I really love the title. I have friends who have read the book and say it’s quite interesting. It’s no surprise that the plot revolves around the alphabet.

The plot summary according to Wikipedia:

Ella Minnow Pea is set on the fictitious island of Nollop, an isle 21 miles SE off the coast of South Carolina, and home to Nevin Nollop, the supposed creator of the well-known pangram “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” This sentence is preserved on a memorial to its creator on the island and is taken very seriously by the government of the island. Throughout the book, tiles containing the letters fall from the inscription beneath the statue, and as each one does, the island’s government bans the contained letter’s use from written or spoken communication. A penalty system is enforced for using the forbidden characters, with public censure for a first offense, lashing or stocks (violator’s choice) upon a second offense and banishment from the island nation upon the third. By the end of the novel, most of the island’s inhabitants have either been banished or have left of their own accord.”

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Day 27: Most surprising plot twist or ending

Easy. HARRY POTTER BEING A HORCRUX. Sorry if I just ruined it for anyone. I mean I guess I should have seen that one coming but I really didn’t expect it when I first read about the horcuxes. I swear when I figured out that Harry was one, I screamed “THE SCAR!! OH MY GOD NOW THEY HAVE TO KILL HARRY IN ORDER TO DESTROY VOLDEMORT.” Well obviously that’s not really how it ended up in the book. But at that one moment in time, I thought my life would never be the same. My grandmother read all the books before me and I went screaming to her saying, “WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME MIM?? I mean I feel that would be at least an important hint to give.” Yeah I was a little obsessed with the books back then. But I mean can you blame me? I also have to say the ending of the series was pretty surprising too. A pleasant one, but a surprise nonetheless.

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Day 26: A book that changed your opinion about something

I have honestly thought about this all day and have come up with nothing. I mean it honestly would take a book a lot of clout in order to change my opinions. I mean I guess I could say that with some of the autobiographies I’ve read, I’ve gotten a much clearer perspective of certain people, whether they be historical greats or recent celebrities. I mean a lot of times, it’s easy to hate or be jealous of some of the famous people out there today but when you read their own words about their life, you realize they’re just a person like any regular Joe on the street. They can just act better than we can and thet get paid more than we do for a great talent. For example, I read Tori Spelling’s first book. sTORItelling (yes I read this, I really loved their Oxygen show and her husband is hot. Don’t judge). I had never had negative thoughts towards her but I fell into the typical vortex where I thought she had the perfect life based on her TV show. But after reading her book, I realized what it took for her to get where she is now and that she didn’t necessarily lead the all-star “I’m Aaron Spelling’s daughter” life that we all think she lived. Books like that are pretty grounding for people to read. And while they don’t really change my overall opinion on something or someone, they bring a touch of humility and reality to the table.

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Day 25: A character you can relate to the most

Easy. Matilda. From Roald Dahl’s book of the same name. While I don’t have telekinetic powers, I am pretty much just like her in every other way (especially as a child and now even so in my adult years). Matilda learned to read at a very young age, just as I did, and books became her form of escape from her rather strange family. Now my family wasn’t all that strange. In fact, we were pretty normal as far as families go. But ever since learning to read, books became my escape, my santuary. I always knew I could rely on a book to make my day better or take me away from whatever adolescent issue I was having. And the same can be said today. I go to places like Pemberley, Forks, or Sichuan and meet people like Jay Gatsby and Emily Delahunty. And I can do that any day that I want. Matilda spent the majority of her free time at the library, as did I. And Matilda also was an outsider. She never felt like she fit in with her family or at her lousy school. And she used her passion for reading to take her away from all that and find a better life for herself. When I was younger I also felt out of place. My sister was 18 and had no use for me. My dad was always at work and a lot of the kids at my elementary school would make fun of me (mostly because my hair back then would make me look like a poodle). I did have a few best friends like Matilda did. And I also had a teacher that became my go-to person and my friend. Even today I can relate to Matilda in just about every way (still minus the telekinesis…but boy I wish I could go all Carrie on a few people) But I digress. Today,  I still deal with people who are less than desirable as acquiantances, much less friends, but I have the true blue stick outs who I know I can count on. I still have a college professor who has become my mentor and good friend. And yes, I still prefer to be alone in my bed with a book and a glass of wine rather than out getting into god knows how much trouble.

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Day 24: A book you wish other people would have read

No one I have ever talked to has even heard of this book much less have they read it. I came across this book at the library one day. I had no definite list of books I wanted to read that day and was just picking up random books (most of which I found the cover to be most interesting). This book was on the very bottom and very empty shelf in the section I was in. I flipped through it for a second and really liked the way the dialogue read and thought a lot of the ideas presented in it were interesting and just kinda cutesy so I decided to give it a try. I finished this book in a day. There’s no true plot to this book. It’s just about two brothers who open up a bed and breakfast. Some of the book deals with the stories behind some of their guests. Other parts revolve around the brothers and their unique habits.

 I love the quote on GoodReads that is used to describe this book: “The best books, as you read them, take you from wherever you are to a place where you want to be. If you’re a reader of a certain type—a lover of books, cats, and absurdity of a quiet kind—then the Bachelor Brothers’ Bed and Breakfast should be on your itinerary.”

But I really just think everyone should read this book. It’s pleasant and soothing at the end of a long day and it literally takes you to a bed and breakfast owned by two fraternal twins who have plain every-day adventures. And I think everyone could use a dose of that every now and then.

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Day 23: A book you’ve wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t

 I have wanted to read The Historian ever since my sister bought it and told me what it was about. The story interweaves the folklore of Vlad the Impaler with that of his cultural counterpart, Count Dracula and is told through the correspondance of a professor and his colleagues. The main plot revolves around a professor and his young daughter who go on the hunt for Vlad’s tomb. I waited for my sister to read it out of common courtesy (which took like 7 years because of its length and the craziness that is her life). After she finished it she put it on the top shelf of her bookcase and I unfortunately had to let it sit there because I wasn’t tall enough to reach it. Now that I’m tall enough, everytime I go to her house, I take it off the shelf, leaf through it, read the side flaps, and attempt to read a couple of pages from the start. But I’m not going to lie, this book is REALLY long and there is no way I would be able to read it during school. I keep wanting to read it over the summer but then I get caught up in the newer books that are out that I want to read. I promise I will get to it eventually though if it takes my whole life. I am way too immersed in the subject matter not to.

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Day 22: Favorite book you own

SIDENOTE: This was technically yesterday’s post but since yesterday was a snowy CHRISTMAS I wasn’t at the computer at all. So you’ll be seeing two posts from the book meme from me today. I hope you all had a wondeful Christmas and that Santa was very good to you:)

Really? Come on. That’s like trying to pick between Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr. It’s an impossible decision. All the books I own are my favorite. But I just decided to choose one that really means a lot to me. I mean The Wizard of Oz is a book that everyone should own. It’s a childhood classic and will still bring you down to earth as an adult. This particular book has a lot of meaning to me as it was one of the first that my grandmother read to me. The Wizard of Oz has also been the one movie/book that my dad and I hold special in our relationship. I’ve always loved reading this book and it always brings me back to a time where everything was easy and dreams consisted of fantasy worlds and ruby slippers rather than the material dreams everyone has today. It’s really just a special and sentimental book and I will always keep it with me. I chose this picture of the cover because that is the actual version I own.

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