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 Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (annual reread)
  • A Matter of Grave Concern by Brenda Novak
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • secret beta read!
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak
  • Deadly Contact by Lara Lacombe
  • Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  • The Floating Admiral by the Detection Club, including Christie, Sayers, Chesterton, etc.
  • Brief Lives, Sandman 8 by Neil Gaiman
  • Liza of Lambeth by Somerset Maugham
  • The Mapmaker's Daughter by Laurel Corona (I give up on finishing this; skimmed to the end)
  • Childe Harold by Lord Byron (listened to the parts of it set in Switzerland read aloud)
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • My Dancing Bear by Helene de Klerk
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  • Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery
  • Tu Vas Naitre by Sylvia Kitzinger
  • Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves
  • secret beta read 2!
  • Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
  • The Caliph's Vacation by Goscinny (Iznogoud series; Canadian translation) (reread)
  • Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
  • Le Tresor de Rackham le Rouge by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • Le Secret de la Licorne by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • L'Affaire Tournesol by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • The Bum by Somerset Maugham (short story)
  • The Colour of Magic, Discworld 1 by Terry Pratchett
  • Fables and Reflections Sandman 6 by Neil Gaiman
  • Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party by Graham Greene
  • Once Upon an Heirloom by Kait Nolan (novella)
  • The No-Kids Club by Talli Roland
  • Snip, Snip Revenge by Medeia Sharif
  • Journey to an 800 Number by E. L. Konigsburg
  • various Neil Gaiman short stories on the An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer album (reread (well, this time in audio))
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (reread; actually this was an older edition, published under the original title of Ten Little N******)
  • Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • Never Saw It Coming by Linwood Barclay
  • How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern
  • biographical note on Lord Peter Wimsey in reissue of Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers (on Gutenberg)
  • One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
  • Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres
  • The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
  • Temptation by Sandy Loyd
  • The Incorrigible Mr. Lumley by Aileen Fish
  • Effie's Outlaw by Karen Lopp
  • Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  • The Christmas Crossing by Bev Petterson (short story)
  • secret beta read!
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  • Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
  • Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
  • Emil In the Soup Tureen by Astrid Lindgren
  • Whales by Jacques Cousteau (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Tutankhamen's Tomb by Howard Carter (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Everything's Eventual by Stephen King
  • Go the F*^$ To Sleep (board book)
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss (reread) (brought to you by Neil Gaiman: http://www.worldbuilders.org/our-next-stretch-goal-unlocks-at/neil-gaiman-reads-green-eggs-and-ham)
  • The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi
  • mini Twitter stories by Talli Roland (available here: http://advice.uk.match.com/dating-advice/enjoy-valentine%E2%80%99s-day-and-get-mentallydating?utm_expid=55691082-15.2L0G0ictTcSJ4BI9Srh77A.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fadvice.uk.match.com%2Fdating-advice)
  • The Book of Jane by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter
  • Beloved Demons by Anthony Martignetti
  • Hands-on Therapy by T L Watson
  • Let Me Make Myself Plain by Catherine Cookson
  • The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham
  • Mystery of the Fat Cat by Frank Bonham
  • Spin by Catherine Mckenzie
  • Virgins by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen (reread)
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  • The Ghost in the Window by Betty Ren Wright
  • The Progress of Love by Alice Munro
  • The Treason of Isengard - Book 7 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Behind the Lines (poems) by A. A. Milne
  • the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul
  • 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