Wednesday, 4 June 2014

All About Reading: BookADay Meme, ROW80 and IWSG

Look at this fun meme!

The Borough Press is doing a #bookaday celebration on Twitter:



I'm not going to attempt to answer them all in one post, but will list here the ones that come to mind first. The answer to #1 is all of them! I reread a lot of the books I read as a child.

#3 One with a blue cover:

Why, Outlander, of course!

#4 Least favourite book by favourite author

England, England by Julian Barnes.

#6 The one I always give as a gift

That's an easy one: I always give away Forumites' books! Diana Gabaldon, Jo Bourne, ZanMarie Steadham, Kristen Callihan...and many more wonderful authors!

#7 Forgot I owned it

I have an ongoing problem with Lynne Reid Banks' The Indian in the Cupboard. I've read the first one, and I have one of the others, which I think I've read, but I keep buying that one by accident at book fairs, instead of the one I'm missing, which comes in between that one and the first book. So silly!

#19 Still can't stop talking about it and #29 The one I have reread most often

Both the same: The Lord of the Rings -- nearly 25 years of rereads and still going strong!

Speaking of reading, I've fallen behind again in A Round of Words in 80 Days.


I have a good excuse though: I've been busy with beta reads. I'm hoping to participate in the June exercise on the Forum, which is all about how to ensure your characters behave in unpredictable ways.

Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!


Again speaking of reading, I'm thinking that as writers, one of the greatest things we can do is support literacy.

There's an awesome Kickstarter going on right now:

Bring Reading Rainbow back!

The details are all on the project page, but essentially it's all about helping to lower the 1 in 4 illiteracy rate in the United States by making Reading Rainbow available (in many cases for free) to classrooms and various media platforms across the country. And there are lots of fun rewards!

A couple of weeks ago I read the first book in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series for the first time. The planet in these books is balanced on the backs of four elephants which, in turn, stand on the back of a giant turtle.

And then I walked past the Woodrow Wilson monument at work...


...and suddenly noticed a detail I hadn't seen before:

Four turtles!

I can't resist sharing more sunshine-y photos:

Local produce on display at the 19th Century market held
to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Geneva's joining the Swiss Confederation

19th Century Empress of Austria (again sideways! but I swear I rotated the photo!)

Here is where the Empress was assassinated (she was on a boat)

Pretty!

Smelled lovely too

Lakeside on a sunny day



Swan family

Hope you're having a sunshine-y week!
What books would you choose for the BookADay meme?

18 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's cool it has four turtles.
One in four is a scary illiteracy rate.

denisedyoung.com said...

I love the book-a-day meme. Thanks for sharing. Good luck with your ROW80 goals!

Kelly Steel said...

Love the photos, thanks for sharing!

klahanie said...

Hi Deniz,

I also reread the books I read as a child. I'm back to reading, "Run Spot Run!" :)

I'm sure you will catch up with your eighty day mission. Two in one day and soon you catch up.

Thank you for the ongoing photos of your Swiss adventure. And thank you for being part of "I Was Seeking Gary."

Delusionally yours,

Gary :)

Linda G. said...

Gorgeous photos! You make me want to visit Europe again. :)

Leslie S. Rose said...

Reading Rainbow, Lord of the Rings, and those gorgeous pix in one post! Is it my birthday?

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Denise .. your reading lists are just wonderful to read and remind me what I'm missing ... one day I shall settle and read regularly ..

Geneva looks amazing and that produce display is wonderful .. as to the sculpture with its turtle feet ..

You're moving on and that's the main thing .. cheers Hilary

S.P. Bowers said...

Love the Woodrow Wilson monument! I'm a Terry Pratchett fan.

Carol Riggs said...

Your photos are great! Love the very supportive turtles. LOL I remember watching Reading Rainbow with my girls when they were young--such a great show, encouraging kids to read. I had to chuckle about your INDIAN/CUPBOARD books, and you buying the wrong ones by accident. LOL!

Theresa Milstein said...

I enjoyed your photos, as usual.

I loved The Wee Free Men. Best name for a character, ever!

Eden "Kymele" Mabee said...

Oh, this is one of the prettiest and most happy posts(did you know that Levar Burton got his initial Kickstarter money for the Reading Rainbow? Whoo!).... well, it's just awesome sauce.

So what if you're a bit behind on the ROW80. It's the Challenge that knows you have a Life for a reason. Because Life happens, and sometimes we fall behind. Sometimes we get ahead too though.

Balance, Deniz. Enjoy your vacation. There will be time to write later.

Liz Blocker said...

Love those pictures - and LOVE the bookaday idea!! I'm with you on the LOTR. I still reread them about once a year, too :)

Jack said...

I have a friend doing the BookADay thing. It looks like a lot of fun and I want to try it out when things slow down for me a bit.

Yours was fun to read!

Kelly Steel said...

I love the book-a-day meme. Thanks for sharing. Good luck with your ROW80 goals!

Donna Hole said...

I remember the reading rainbow. It was a fun program. Book a day sounds like a lot of fun for beginning readers.

....dhole

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks so much everyone! Can't help sharing when I take photos on sunny days :-)

J Hanna said...

Some people I know did not like Outlander very much. I guess I should read it, but I am just not tempted. There are other books I would rather read.

Deniz Bevan said...

It's true, J, I've got a couple of friends who read the first book and then never continued the series. To each his own, I guess! :-)

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • The War of the Jewels - Book 11 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert by Gertrude Bell
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • The Hierophant by Lee-Ann Dalton (short story)
  • The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
  • 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (reread)
  • Lonely Planet guide to Switzerland
  • Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
  • beta read!
  • Ode on Venice by Lord Byron (poem)
  • Little Miss Scatterbrain by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Lucky by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Trouble by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Homage to Switzerland by Ernest Hemingway (short story; reread but I really don't remember it after 20 years)
  • The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier (reread)
  • Sing a Long Children's Songs
  • Emily's First Christmas
  • Up At the Villa by Somerset Maugham (novella)
  • Telling Stories by Tim Burgess
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Marble Collector by Cecilia Ahern
  • Sophie's Throughway by Jules Smith
  • Baby Animals (Little Golden Books)
  • The House That Jack Built (Little Golden Books)
  • Scuffy the Tugboat (Little Golden Books)
  • The Saggy Baggy Elephant (Little Golden Books)
  • Morgoth's Ring - Book 10 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Who's A Pest by Crosby Bonsall
  • Mine's the Best by Crosby Bonsall (reread)
  • The Case of the Hungry Stranger by Crosby Bonsall (reread)
  • extracts from the diary of John Evelyn (Volume 1 of 2)
  • extracts from Lord Byron's letters about Villa Diodati
  • Pippin the Christmas Pig by Jean Little
  • Ite Missa Est by Anthony Martignetti
  • The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Red Angel by G. K. Chesterton (essay)
  • Emily's Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary
  • The Boy Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was by the Brothers Grimm
  • The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • secret beta read!
  • Preludes by Wordsworth (extracts read aloud)
  • Little Miss Scatterbrain by Roger Hargreaves
  • Dance Me A Dream by Kait Nolan (ARC)
  • Once Upon A Coffee by Kait Nolan
  • England and Switzerland, 1802 by William Wordsworth (poem)
  • Once Upon A New Year's Eve by Kait Nolan
  • short story by Becky Morgan (http://forums.compuserve.com/discussions/Books_and_Writers_Community/Writers_Exercises/Becky_Morgans_December_X/ws-books/85291.1?nav=messages)
  • Blood In Blood Out by Brenda Novak (short story)
  • That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch (short story)
  • Distraction by J. L. Campbell
  • Humble Bundle Peanuts collection (strips by Charles Schulz)
  • Peanuts Volumes I to VI (bought via Humble Bundle; very disappointing as it's mostly new strips -- how is that even allowed?!)
  • Sandals and Sangria by Talli Roland (short story)
  • Over the Hump by Talli Roland (short story)
  • issues of Journal of Inklings Studies and Amon Hen and Mallorn (Tolkien Society)
  • Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet by Matt Napier
  • Babar and his Family by Laurent de Brunhoff
  • Illusions Lost by Byron A. Maddox (short story)
  • ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
  • Lost My Name book for Emily (https://www.lostmy.name/)
  • Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne
  • When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne (reread)
  • Neil Gaiman comics on Sequential app
  • Moranology by Caitlin Moran
  • see the 2015 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2015/12/annual-books-read-statistics.html
  • see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html