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Day 1-- A fictional character you identify with and why

Scarlett O'Hara. She's the problem solver, the one in charge who gives up her thinly held values and sells her soul to keep her family afloat, only to find in the end that she's lost it all and was never the hero of her own story.
The rest of the questions this way, for those who want to play along... )
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These are all the books in progress, some of which were started in 2009-10 and are proving difficult to get through, and some of which I'm just reading at the moment:

1. Figuring Sex Between Men from Shakespeare to Rochester by Paul Hammond

2. Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose

3. Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama

4. Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South by E Patrick Johnson

5. Fucking Daphne by Daphne Gottlieb

6. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner

7. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

8. It by Stephen King
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From [livejournal.com profile] book_memes:

What book are you currently reading?
1. Needful Things by Stephen King
2. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
3. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner

How far in are you?
1. About 1/5
2. 1/5
3. 1/3

What's it about?
1. A new business opens in a small New England town, everyone likes the proprietor, people buy cool stuff, and hell on earth ensues.
2. Jean Valjean is released from prison, makes a new life for himself, and is brutally punished for it.
3. This one's kinda self-explanatory. But it's an interesting look at the small details that made up Lincoln's complex view of the potential roles of blacks in American society. Watching him gradually back away from the concept of Colonization as the ultimate solution is itself worth the price of admission.

Are you enjoying it?
1. As always. (It's a long-time favorite.)
2. Very much! Even more than expected, in fact!
3. A little dry and slow in spots, but overall, yes. Still best in small doses, liberally mixed with other books.
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] catyah:

The rules are: using only books you have read in the last year, answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title. Trickier than you would think, but quite fun.

Describe yourself: Black Cloud
How do you feel: Bitter is the New Black
Describe where you currently live: The Forest of Hands and Teeth
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Mystic River
Your favourite form of transportation: The Love Boats
Your best friend is: Ella Minnow Pea
You and your friends are: The Losers
What’s the weather like: Good Omens
You fear: The Enemy
What is the best advice you have to give: What We Do Is Secret
Thought for the day: Who Fears Death
My soul’s present condition: Alone in the Trenches

Okay, I didn't read a lot of books that worked well in this kind of meme. Paints a picture, though, don't it? :D
little_tristan: (Books)
Dogs; your favourite fictional canine. Leader, from James Garfield's Follow My Leader
Effortless, a book that you flew through. Chuck Klosterman IV by Chuck Klosterman
Charisma; the last character to win you over. Onyesonwu, of Nnedi Okorafor's Who Fears Death
Emphatically no! A book that has been recommended to you that you really don’t want to read. Don't keep track of books I'm not going to read
Misogyny; the last book with attitudes to women that made you grind your teeth. The Shining by Stephen King (Yes, it took me this long to notice.)
Brown study; the last book that made you melancholy. The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty
Eagerness; the last book you ran out to buy. Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found by John Bonomo
Residue; the last book that you couldn’t shake off. World War Z by Max Brooks (Multiple reads, always takes weeks to recover.:)
little_tristan: (Hangover)
What book are you currently reading?
1. Diary of a Resurrectionist by James Black Bailey
2. Fucking Daphne by Daphne Gottlieb
3. White Fang by Jack London
4. The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty

How far in are you?
1. 14%
2. 3 chapters
3. 17%
4. About halfway

What's it about?
1. A history of grave robbing/body theft for the purpose of supplying British medical schools, including the memoirs of one actual "resurrection man".
2. Author Daphne Gottlieb collects stories by her writer friends that feature a character with her name, sometimes based on that writer's actual perception of her.
3. Story of a wolf dog born in the wild and his experiences at the hands of man.
4. For [livejournal.com profile] oddlittlecat, a middle aged man who's been a failure all his life undergoes a series of epiphanies when his parents die suddenly.

Are you enjoying it?
1. More than I expected. Informative and creepy.
2. Mostly. The quality of the stories vary by author, but the idea is awesome.
3. Always. It's a childhood favorite that I got free for Kindle, perfect for reading in bed.
4. Yes and no. The writing is excellent, but the dead parents and fears of his own mortality hit a little close to home.
little_tristan: (Books)
What's your favourite reading spot now that the weather's turning? (if your climate is changing for the warmer, the question still applies!)

Right now, in front of the oven in the kitchen. When we get the new furnace, I'll go back to the big window in the living room where I can spy on the street, too.

What single book sums up the Autumn/Fall season for you?

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Pick five favourite scary/autumnal books for a Halloween stack...

The Zombie Stole My Candy Corn by Lynda Tysdal
Haunted by Judith St. George
'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
Favorite Short Stories by HP Lovecraft
World War Z by Max Brooks

Pick one book to give as a 'treat' and one as a 'trick' when little monsters come to your door at the end of the month...

I'll be hiding in my room, reading by flashlight and pretending not to be home. The little monsters can get their own books. :)

What books are you hoping/expecting to read between now and Christmas? (a selection is fine)...

Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine
Big Girls Don't Cry by Rebecca Traister
Chuck Klosterman: IV
Bigger Than Life by Jeffrey Escoffier
Fucking Daphne by Daphne Gottlieb

What's the best book you read over the summer?
Tie between Allison Arngrim's Confessions of a Prairie Bitch and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

Do you like to turn leaves, or are you a Kindle convert?

I love books! The pages, the covers, the way they line up on shelves. Everything about them is beautiful to me. That said, I've been having a lot of trouble lately holding them open, and holding hardcovers at all, so I'm converting. My Kindle arrives today and I'm very excited at the prospect of being able to finish Nnedi Okorafor's Who Fears Death without straining any more muscles. :D
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What book are you currently reading?

1. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

2. Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division by Jon Ginoli

How far in are you?

1. Four chapters

2. Three chapters

What's it about?

1. In post-apocalyptic Africa, Onyesonwu (an obscure tribal word meaning Who Fears Death) is an Ewu, a product of rape by a white man. Such children are believed to be inherently violent and are universally shunned, but little Onye is different. Filled with rage toward the people who shun her and her mother, she is also full of magic and has the power within her to change the world.

2. Jon Ginoli tells his own life story, focusing on his love of music and the frustration of being a gay man who hates disco and has to form his own band to fill the void of decent punk-type rock with overtly gay lyrics. (And by overt, I mean graphic, NC-17 fanfic quality descriptions of man on man lovin'.)

Are you enjoying it?

1. Beautiful writing, complex characters, and plot out the wazoo. What's not to love?

2. Ginoli doesn't write books as well as he does songs, but for a fan of the band, it's a very interesting look at the history and processes that brought it into being.
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Once a month [livejournal.com profile] book_memes demands to know: What are you reading?

What book are you currently reading?: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
How far in are you?: 126/193
What's it about?: Janie Crawford was raised by her grandmother, who married her off young in order to see her settled before she (the grandmother) died. But Janie's a rarity in her world, a smart, deep thinking young Black woman who wants to find her own way. After three husbands, the last much younger and the only one she chose of her own free will, Janie comes home to tell the story.
Are you enjoying it?: Immensely. It's easily one of the finest things I've ever read.
little_tristan: (Books)
Book meme from [livejournal.com profile] catyah!

1. Favorite childhood book?
Summer Secrets by Dianne Glaser

2. What are you reading right now?
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
None (They all came in this week.:)

4. Bad book habit?
Buying everything that sounds interesting. I have at least 500 books I really intend to read, and another 200 or so reference and text books that may or may not ever be used.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Their Eyes Were Watching God
The Enemy by Charlie Higson
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorator
More book stuff here... )
little_tristan: (Doom)
What book are you currently reading?

And it just figures, I finished both books today before seeing this post, so I'm not reading one! Let me go grab the next one off the pile and read two pages. BRB!

Ah, here we go. The Children's Blizzard, by David Laskin, recced by [livejournal.com profile] catyah. Nice sad bit of American history.
little_tristan: (Quoth the Raven)
"Well, ain't like it's the sort of thing they hand out medals for, finding a man strung up in one of your trees. But I did. I found him not far from the house."

This is the kind of book I like, that makes a reasonable amount of sense, has a certain core of rationality, and totally scares the crap out of me. Like, our house has a basement, and a weird attic, and I'm really glad that I can never, ever be made, for any reason, to enter either of them. Although today I'm not crazy about the bathroom, either. It's so small and dark, and when I open the door, I'm afraid there'll be something standing there waiting for me. Yes, I'm a child. And I know it. And I welcome these terrors.
So on with the book... )
little_tristan: (Goofball in taped glasses)
Day 29 - Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!)

Saddest death has to go to everyone in EL Doctorow's Welcome to Hard Times, both times, but especially the second. (That isn't at all spoilery, because it doesn't make any sense.)

Most satisfying is probably Nadine Cross in The Stand, by Stephen King. Although that book has many good candidates for both best and worst death. Julie Lawry and Harold Lauder were close seconds for most deserved, with Ralph, Glen and the judge tying for saddest. I'll stop there, because in a book where almost everyone dies, the lists can go on all day.

And, if I wanted to, I could also make long lists of saddest/coolest for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. But I won't.
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Day 28 - First favorite book or series obsession

Probably White Fang by Jack London. I was in the second or third grade when I read it for the first time and I read it every year through high school, when it was supplanted by Gone With the Wind.

First series would be Jim Kjelgaard's Big Red stories. I think I read everything by him before I was in junior high, but those were my favorites.
little_tristan: (Zombies Ahead)
Day 27 - If a book contains ______, you will always read it (and a book or books that contain it)!

Zombies! Assuming it's well written and not trying too hard to be funny or overly dramatic. (Breathers--not funny; Patient Zero--protagonist so perfect and self-absorbed, he does everything but jerk off to his own picture.)

Examples of good books would be:

World War Z and, to a lesser extent, The Zombie Survival Guide, both by Max Brooks
The Zombie Stole My Candy Corn by Lynda Tysdal
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and some guy
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Day 26 - OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book ending

Breathers by SG Browne. Actually, the whole book was pretty WTF, but the ending was the worst part. So much wrong I don't even know where to start, so I'll just say this: Teenage zombie romance.
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Day 25 - Any five books from your "to be read" stack

My next five, because they're mostly from the library and get priority, in no particular order:

1. The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan

2. Racism Without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

3. The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin

4. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Thurston

5. Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine
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Day 24 - Best quote from a novel

Rather a long one here, not so much a quote as an excerpt. But it's the bit that strikes me as most important about the book, and the section I quote most often. From my old standby, Gone With the Wind:

"Maybe I am a rogue, but I won't be a rogue forever, Rhett. But during those past years--and even now--what else could I have done? How else could I have acted? I've felt that I was trying to row a heavily loaded boat in a storm. I've had so much trouble just trying to keep afloat that I couldn't be bothered about things that didn't matter, things I could part with easily and not miss, like good manners and--well, things like that. I've been too afraid my boat would be swamped and so I've dumped overboard the things that seemed least important."

"Pride and honor and truth and virtue and kindliness," he enumerated silkily. "You are right, Scarlett. They aren't important when a boat is sinking. But look around you at your friends. Either they are bringing their boats ashore safely with cargoes intact or they are content to go down with all flags flying."

"They are a passel of fools," she said shortly. "There's a time for all things. When I've got plenty of money, I'll be as nice as you please, too. Butter won't melt in my mouth. I can afford to be then."

"You can afford to be--but you won't. It's hard to salvage jettisoned cargo and, if it is retrieved, it's usually irreparably damaged. And I fear that when you can afford to fish up the honor and virtue and kindness you've thrown overboard, you'll find they have suffered a sea change and not, I fear, into something rich and strange..."


When asked, I like to say that this is what the book is about.
little_tristan: (wrong)
Day 23 - Most annoying character ever

No contest: Dolores Price from Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone. Easily the most annoying character in any book I actually finished. Reading about her was like picking scabs or watching Beverly Hills 90210--a sick compulsion toward self-torture that could not be denied.
little_tristan: (Sam and Cas)
Day 22 - Favorite non-sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships).

Going to have to be totally unoriginal here and say Merry and Pippin from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It's kind of hard to believe that *wasn't* written as a sexual relationship. :)

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