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

  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • La Verite sur l'affair Harry Quebert by Joel Dicker (loving this!)
  • How To Be A Man (and other illusions) by Duff McKagan
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • Lonely Planet guide to Switzerland
  • Journal of Inklings Studies
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Pop-up Peekaboo: Farm (DK publishing) (board book) (duh)
  • Paddington Bear Goes to Market by Michael Bond (board book)
  • Emily's Balloon by Komako Sakai
  • Bible stories and puzzles (in French) (board book)
  • The Last Chance Ball (a Word Wenches christmas anthology featuring Jo Bourne, Jo Beverley, etc.)
  • Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien (reread but new edition)
  • CassaFire by Alex Cavanaugh
  • First and Second Things by C. S. Lewis
  • Smith of Wootton Major by J. R. R. Tolkien (reread but new edition)
  • So Anyway... by John Cleese
  • The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
  • Slowly, silently now the moon by Walter de la Mare (poem)
  • I can't work like this by Neil Gaiman (poem)
  • CassaStar by Alex Cavanaugh
  • Death of A Century: A Novel of the Lost Generation by Daniel Robinson
  • The Fly by William Blake (poem, reread)
  • Tyger, Tyger by William Blake (poem, reread)
  • The Christie Notebooks by John Curran
  • The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • secret beta 2!
  • The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak
  • Chu's Day at the Beach by Neil Gaiman (reread, many times)
  • Sacred Inwardness by Marilynne Robinson (essay)
  • New Statesman issue guest edited by Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman (I don't usually include magazines in this list but I read this one cover to cover)
  • The North Star is Nearer by Evelyn Eaton
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King (loved My Pretty Pony)
  • Every Month Was May by Evelyn Eaton
  • Occasional Soulmates by Kevin Brennan
  • secret beta!
  • Smoke by Catherine McKenzie
  • In Two Aeroplanes Over the Sea by Amanda Palmer (poem)
  • Jim at the Corner by Eleanor Farjeon
  • Finding Fraser by kc dyer
  • Mother Tongue -- The Story of the English Language by Bill Bryson
  • The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • Come, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie
  • The Lord Fish by Walter de la Mare
  • The Going To Bed Book by S Boynton
  • The Nursery Rhyme Book by Andrew Lang
  • In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
  • Subterranean Scalzi Super featuring To Sue the World (an original, very short Redshirts story available nowhere else) Muse of Fire Mallet of Loving Correction Lock In, Lost Chapters (available nowhere else) How I Proposed To My Wife: An Alien Sex Story An Election Judge Sn Goes Golfing Questions for a Soldier The Sagan Diary The Tale of the Wicked The God Engines You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop by John Scalzi
  • Emily Goes to Market by William Mayne
  • Many Moons by James Thurber, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (reread)
  • Colours Are Nice (Little Golden Book)
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume
  • The Wars by Timothy Findley (reread)
  • The Captive Diary of Catherine Logan by Mary Pope Osborne (Dear America)
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (reread)
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (reread)
  • The Poky Puppy (Little Golden Book) (abridged)
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (reread)
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • secret beta read 2
  • Pre-Fix: A Ciel Halligan Short Story by Linda Grimes
  • Hidden by Catherine Mackenzie
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton
  • But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
  • Oh, Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad by M. R. James (short story) (1904)
  • Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman (reread)
  • My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
  • Usborne board books
  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson (so lovely)
  • Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico
  • secret beta read!
  • The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend
  • HELP! Food Allergies Coming To Dinner by Kait Nolan
  • This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak
  • The Owl Service by Alan Garner
  • Two Caravans by Monica Lewycka
  • Aunt Sass by P. L. Travers
  • An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten (actually a few pages of the story, written by John Green for the film of his novel The Fault In Our Stars)
  • January Brings the Snow by Sara Coleridge (poem)
  • Kissing song by Neil Gaiman (poem)
  • The Mother by Nettie Palmer (poem)
  • William Tell Told Again by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Her Ladyship's Companion by Joanna Bourne
  • The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  • Mes P'tits Contes, legends of Swiss cantons
  • 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