Posts Tagged ‘reading’

National Book Month 2012 Begins!

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Supplies -- Check, Enthusiasm -- Check, Check =)

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A good book is all I really need…

Friday, February 11th, 2011

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When times get rough, the weather gets cold, when my heart gets broken, when there isn’t enough money, when someone lets me down… all I need is a good book and I will lose myself within a literary world of wonder. I love reading and all that has meant to me my entire life. I am lucky to have found such a passion for something in this world… I am lucky to have many such passions.

What are yours?

“Books are becoming everything to me. If I had at this moment any choice in life, I would bury myself in one of those immense libraries…and never pass a waking hour without a book before me.”
~ Thomas B. Macaulay


Monday, July 19th, 2010

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Stop whatever you are doing… and read! Pick a good book… go to the library, the book store. Ask me! I can recommend the right book to just about anyone. What are you feeling passionate about? What are you lacking? Tell me and I will tell you what books might fill the voids or compliment the track you are on. I love love love to read and have been doing so frequently. It is the summer of reading aloud for me. I intend on reading at least 10 books aloud. So far, so good.

What are you reading these days?

Want to read it aloud? Why not record yourself reading it and share with a friend or a stranger… why not share it with me?

A journey of 1000 books…

Monday, June 21st, 2010

…begins with one! I am about to embark upon a reading sojourn.

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Goal: 1000 books.

If you care to follow my journey or to join me, you can find it here

5 Books, 1.75 weeks

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

My campaign to read aloud has been working out wonderfully! I have read 4 books out loud and 1 to myself in the past 1.75 weeks! How fun is this? Today, I read aloud Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern. It is a little over 100 pages long and an easy read and it entertained my house this afternoon for a couple of hours. It was fun. I read it aloud and we laughed together at the crazy things his father says. How fun! If you still haven’t started reading aloud, you should! Come on! Pick a book and a friend or family member and DO IT! =)

What are your waiting for?

I can definitely recommend, Sh*t My Dad Says as a quick, funny read…his father is hilarious and crass. Chelsea Handler’s father would be proud…

Reading Aloud

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

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OH! The joy of it… I love to read and lately I have been afforded the excellent opportunity of reading aloud each day, not once but twice and often 3 times! How fortunate for me… yay! I love to read aloud and to be read to. It is comforting. A lovely way to bond with people AND share a good book. How fun for me and for them. Do you read to anyone in your life? If so, tell me about…

If not, start today! Pick easy books to help discussion, try junior fiction. It can be super fun. =) Commit to x amount of chapters a day. I don’t recommend x amount of page numbers as this may not lend to following the story. Chapters are better. But, however it works for you and them… just do it! =) You won’t regret it!

Company of Liars

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

I felt like I should share the books I have been enjoying. And so, I will. I just finished reading Company of Liars by Karen Maitland. This is a historically relevant fiction spin-off of the Canterbury Tales. It is creative and engaging. The characters have believable strengths and flaws, both endearing and annoying.

Set in England, circa the 1400’s, a story of nine wayward misfits who come together by chance attempting to escape their pasts, as well as the Black plague. There is Camelot, the one-eyed elderly man selling hope in relics; Rodrigo, the passionate musical performer, and his promising, yet, troubled student, Jofre; Zophiel, the narcissistic magician; naive Adela, who is pregnant and should not be on the open road, and Osmond, her serious but devoted husband; Cygnus, the one-winged man accused of a heinous murder; Pleasance, the healer; and the eerily strange, devious albino child she has unofficially adopted, Narigorm.

Their journey is arduous and wet. It hasn’t stopped raining for months. Imagine traveling by foot or by wagon and horse on dirt roads, through forests and swamps, with constant rain! EGADS! That would be horrible.

The author does justice to the time period, researching interesting facts to make the story more believable. In a dark time this lost and confused, wayward band find protection, comfort and often suspicion in one another and in their beliefs in the supernatural, spells, relics, charms and folklore of the time.

But it isn’t just the Black Plague these nine must avoid along their way to an unspecified destination. They have to avoid supernatural predators, everyday hassles, angry mobs, and other dangers presented in the medieval times. They have nothing but one another and their limited shared resources. But can they really trust each other? They do not actually know each other and most of them know the others have lied about something or are running from something in their pasts, but what? And how will this affect them?

Where will they end up? How will they be betrayed? Will they survive? (Read the book to find out!)

An interesting side-theme in this book is the way the story demonstrates the religious journey for the side-characters, the villagers these nine pass in traveling. The plague and death must have taken its toll on the religious beliefs of people during this time. Was this the catalyst for the Enlightenment? The book tells how the people turned to God and the Church, which they were taught to do since birth. Then as death smothers all around them, they first try to cling to their religion and their priests, who often take advantage of them. Soon, the Church and the priests abandon them altogether to perish. Alone, they begin to question their beliefs. This is interesting to me, historically speaking. Don’t worry, this book is not religious. This was just a back burner theme I picked up on and found intriguing.

This book provided a engaging tale and motivated me to research more about that time period. Overall, I am extremely pleased with the read. This is the first book I have read by this author, I will be looking for more.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story, strong characters or anyone who has an interest in history (or historical fiction), particularly the medieval times.