Many, many pages

I love them. I love how they look, how they smell. How my fingers glide along their smooth exteriors, my palm memorizing their planes and angles. I love how they fit differently in my hands, and how they will open up to me when I move my hand beneath their spine, revealing all their secrets in a breathless tumble; giving it all up to my avaricious eyes.

Books. Marvelous books.

I’ve been reading a bunch since Christmas, but haven’t fully incorporated the new reads into my biblio-paradigm yet, but I’d still like to be an attention hussy and direct any book loving peers to THIS PAGE where I’ve painstakingly collected a list of some favorites.

If you read any of the books there, on my suggestion, let me know so I can strut and act all insufferable for awhile. The weebles love that.

Since naked rollerblading got canceled…

How ’bout Saturday= Books & Music Day?

Okay! That’s just as fun, surely!

Here’s the background ambiance if you wish. I compiled an album of some songs by women. This was a great year for female artists; there were even good songs that hit the mainstream (will wonders never cease).

[splashcast BLWB1513DZ]

Jaynova did this nifty book meme that he found on Bibliomom’s site, and then he tagged me (cus I asked him to). (Thanks!)

One book that changed my life:

Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver.

I recognized myself in Codi, and that book inspired me to take the next step, and the next step and the next, when I was ready to just curl up in a ball and give up.

One book I’ve read more than once:

I’ve read a lot of books a lot of times. What comes to mind is the Ann of Green Gables series. From the time I was eleven years old till now I’ve probably read every book in that series 14 or 15 times, except ‘Ann of Windy Poplars‘. I don’t like that one, so I only read it twice.

One book that made me laugh:

I could say any David Sedaris book, but what leaps to mind right now is Christopher Moore’s ‘Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove.’

There’s a whole section near the middle with Molly and a couple of Christian fundamentalist petitioners that is pure comedic beauty.

One book that made me cry

I don’t cry when I’m reading books. If something upsets me terribly in a book, I get mad at the author. Sometimes I throw the book, or put it deliberately next to stinky bunny, the mauled and odiferous ex-dog-toy in the back of the closet that Sierra won’t let me throw away.

This is rather consistent with real life. It’s extremely rare that I’ll get angry for anger’s sake, but when someone hurts me I become hostile and lash out.

One book that I wish I had written:

The Lovely Bones‘ by Alice Sebold. I often wonder how she was able to write that book. It could have so easily been macabre or horrifying or killingly sentimental. The balance and the enormity of the talent needed to pull that book off is something I can only stand in awe of.

One book that I wish had never been written:

I’m going to amend this a little. I said earlier that I sometimes get mad at the author… One book that pissed me off terribly was ‘Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas‘ by Tom Robbins. That probably sounds odd, but I didn’t want to like the characters or get sucked into the story at the beginning, but I did. I got really, really interested. I was really, really wondering wtf was going to happen to those wacky weirdos, and then the book ended.

No sequel. Done. Just when it was getting interesting.

…..

I have written e-mails. I have railed. I have demanded. I have even attempted to bribe. It seems that Mr. Robbins either can not or will not tell the story that he got me so interested in.

The bitch.

Books that I’m currently reading:

The World Without Us‘ by Alan Weisman

The Magician’s Assistant‘ by Ann Patchett

Rowdy in Paris‘ by Tim Sandlin

and ‘Ordinary Wolves‘ (again) by Seth Kantner

Books that I’m meaning to read:

The Kite Runner‘ by Khaled Hosseini

& Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

5 books I’d highly recommend:

OWL by William Service

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

Friday Round-up (kyped)

This idea is stolen, thieved, kyped, warped & manipulated for my own purposes. Ain’t I clever? Paul of Cafe Philos was going to start a Friday round-up where he shared some funny, titillating, or thought-provoking net bytes he’d come across through the week.

Then, …I’m not sure what happened. The idea seems to have killed his blog impulses utterly. His writer’s pulse went dead. He’d be an interesting case on the television show ‘House‘, where they make snappy comebacks over the splayed, gray corpse. (The success of that and other hospital dramas is kinda weird, ain’t it? I mean, its interesting to watch, but if I were dying I wouldn’t be real keen on having some self-righteous twerp of a physician be shockingly rude to me. I’d probly punch his fat nose in.)

I digress.

These posts sparked my intrigue this week:

This at The Lilli Pad: So true. She minces no words.

This post, by pamplemousse, delves deep into the allure of these ‘digital worlds’- exploring how part of the attraction may be that these connections are transitory.

Over at david b-log, the monkeys are coming!

Take a peek at what Aos has collected from the annals of improbable research.

Particularly apt for the writer’s among us, the latest at Tim Sandlin’s blog.

Corina has been exploring the phenomenon of room mates. Her summation.

Orgies and things, at Not Exactly Rocket Science.

A cheerful update from Other david.

And of course, I must make the grave announcement that Unrealistic Expectations has turned to the dark side and become a cat-blog. It’s a sad, sad day for blog-kind, but maybe their vicious predator depictions will erase the tinge of cutesy bile that rises up in a reader’s throat. How it started.

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I’m adding an amazing picture section to the Round-up

Stevo, The green bamboo

Robin’s Valentine.

Ron’s rocket ship.