BTT ~ Windfall

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Yesterday, April 15th, was Tax Day here in the U.S., which means lots of lucky people will get refunds of over-paid taxes.

Whether you’re one of them or not, what would you spend an unexpected windfall on? Say … $50? How about $500?

(And, this is a reading meme, so by rights the answer should be book-related, but hey, feel free to go wild and splurge on anything you like.)

I LOVE this question!  What to do with “an unexpected windfall?”  Shoes, books, purses, music.  That’s what I would buy without a care in the world.  Thanks to iTunes and the Kindle Store I can have instant gratification of buying music and books now, though I do love to paruse the shelves at bookstores.  Purses!  I LOVE them and call them “Pets.”  I have a lovely collection that I love to keep growing.  Coach, Banana Republic, Dooney & Burke, Japanese designers (purchased in Kyoto) and fabulous bags from trips to Hong Kong.  (I can’t wait to hit the designer outlets once we are back in the states and I am working again.)  Fun, fun, fun!!!  And shoes.  What woman doesn’t LOVE shoes?  I always say, “Purses and shoes always fit.” 

BTT ~ Best Bad Book

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The opposite of last week’s question: “What’s the best ‘worst’ book you’ve ever read — the one you like despite some negative reviews or features?”


The book that comes to mind first when I think of answering this question is The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards.  I read and blogged about TMKD in October of 2007 and at the time there was a Lifetime Movie adaption of the book coming out and the reviews of the book weren’t great.  I agreed with the reviews to a point but over all, I really liked the book.  I usually agree with the book bloggers out there on books but this one was an edge of your seat read for me and I am glad I read it.

BTT ~ Movie Potential

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Tami inspired this week’s question:

What book do you think should be made into a movie? And do you have any suggestions for the producers?

Or, What book do you think should NEVER be made into a movie?

Of the books I’ve read recently, I think that Sarah’s Keyby Tatiana de Rosnay would make a great film.  Recently there has been a slew of good WWII era movies and this story is one that I would want to see on the silver screen.  A sad story always makes for good movie watching when the acting is done well.  Spielberg has produced many WWII films including Flags of Our Fathers, Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List and of course the amazing Band of Brothers on HBO.  Steven Spielberg has an understanding of the Jewish community and history during the Nazi invasion of Europe that would make him an ideal choice for bringing the story of Sarah and her family to life.

BTT ~ The Best Book You’ve Never Read

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We’ve all seen the lists, we’ve all thought, “I should really read that someday,” but for all of us, there are still books on “The List” that we haven’t actually gotten around to reading. Even though we know they’re fabulous. Even though we know that we’ll like them. Or that we’ll learn from them. Or just that they’re supposed to be worthy. We just … haven’t gotten around to them yet.

What’s the best book that YOU haven’t read yet?

I don’t tend to read the Classics.  I like to change it up every once in a while and I have been getting reading ideas from the other book blogs I frequent.  Some of the books that I haven’t read yet, but it seems everyone else has, are Into The Woods by Tana French, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by by Junot Diaz, Loving Frank by Nancy Horan as well as so many others.  I like to read books off of the New York Times Bestseller list too, but have fallen off that wagon.  I’m hoping that when my Kindle 2 FINALLY ARRIVES, I will get back to reading from that list as well as maybe trying some Classics.  Amazon is now offering some of the most classic titles for free in the Kindle format.

BTT ~ The Best?

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It’s a week or two later than you’d expect, and it may be almost a trite question, but … what were your favorite books from 2008?

I’ve been meaning to post my Top 10 of 2008 list for about a week now, so I was glad to learn that Booking Through Thursday‘s question this week was “what were your favorite books from 2008?”  I had set a goal for myself to read 33 books in 2008 for the 33 years I celebrated on my birthday, New Years Day 2008.  Well I met the goal plus one!  Below you will find my top ten favorite reads from the list, followed by the other 23 titles that I read.

Karen’s Top Ten of 2008
1.  (A Tie)
~  The Art of Racing In The Rain
~  Keeping The House
2.  The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Lie Society
3.  Twilight
4.  Between Here & April
5.  Change of Heart
6.  The Abstinence Teacher
7.  Dewey – The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched The World
8.  House & Home
9.  My Best Friend’s Girl
10.  Where The Red Fern Grows
12.  Shopgirl
13.  My War… Killing Time In Iraq
14.  Wonder Woman: Love & Murder
15.  St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised By Wolves
16.  Candy Girl
17.  Matrimony
18.  Mrs. Lieutenant
19.  Sail
20.  The Last Summer (Of You And Me)
21.  Night
22.  My Horizontal Life
23.  Schooled
24.  I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
25.  The Great Man
26.  The Summer of Naked Swim Parties
27.  Loose Girl
28.  Time of My Life
29.  Man of the House
30.  Home Girl
31.  Lulu In Marrakech
32.  Bachelor Degree
33.  Off The Menu
(34.  Driving Sideways ~ Review Still Pending)

BTT ~ Time Is Of The Essence

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1. Do you get to read as much as you WANT to read?
(I’m guessing #1 is an easy question for everyone?)
2. If you had (magically) more time to read–what would you read? Something educational? Classic? Comfort Reading? Escapism? Magazines?

When I’m in the zone (which can last for months, weeks, days or hours) I find that I read a ton of books.  But when I am not in the zone, it is very hard for me to commit to the time I need in order to read what I really need to read for reviews.  Right now I am not in the zone.  I think it is due to the fact that the holidays are upon us and the social calendar is a little more full than usual.  Because of that, when I am home, I just want to watch T.V. or surf the net. 

If I found more time to read, which isn’t really hard for me to do but dedicating myself to the time is the sometimes the hard part, than I might not feel as overwhelmed by the reviewing venture I set out on this year.  I am trying to remember to read for “fun” and not “requirement” every so often though.  I have made it a habit of reading in bed before falling asleep as well as taking a book with me when I’m going out for the day just in case I have to wait for someone or get stuck in line somewhere. 

What about you?  Do you read as much as you would like?  Do you feel like you need more time for reading in your day?

BTT ~ What’s Sitting On Your Shelf?

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Okay–here was an interesting article by Christopher Schoppa in the Washington Post.

Avid readers know all too well how easy it is to acquire books — it’s the letting go that’s the difficult part. … During the past 20 years, in which books have played a significant role in both my personal and professional lives, I’ve certainly had my fair share of them (and some might say several others’ shares) in my library. Many were read and saved for posterity, others eventually, but still reluctantly, sent back out into the world.

But there is also a category of titles that I’ve clung to for years, as they survived numerous purges, frequent library donations and countless changes of residence. I’ve yet to read them, but am absolutely certain I will. And should. When, I’m not sure, as I’m constantly distracted by the recent, just published and soon to be published works.

So, the question is this: “What tomes are waiting patiently on your shelves?

This is something I think about and worry about too often.  What books are waiting, some impatiently, for me to finally pick them up and read?  Where to begin.  Well, I’ll start by looking at the shelf to my right. 

New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn ~ Stephenie Meyer
Hellen of Troy ~ Margaret George
Sweet Love ~ Sarah Strohmeyer
The Gargoyle ~ Andrew Davidson
Final Theory ~ Mark Alpert
Drama City ~ George Pelecanos
Barefoot ~ Elin Hilderbrand
The Alienist ~ Caleb Carr
The Host ~ Stephenie Meyer

Now let me check out the shelf to my left.

Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins ~ Rupert Everett
Audition ~ Barbara Walters
The Little Friend ~ Donna Tartt
The Golden Compass ~ Philip Pullman
The Innocent Man ~ John Grisham

I won’t even look at the two tall book shelves in the study to add more titles to my lists from.  I’m embarrassed and depressed as it is just looking at the two lists I just constructed based on me two short book shelves alone.  The reason I have fallen behind on reading these titles is because of my book reviewing endeavor I have jumped into.  I love it and enjoy it immensely but I do wish I was a much faster reader so I could read everything I have, not just the books for reviews. 

Do you find yourself in my predicament too?  If so, do you alternate one review book than one of your own books?  Are you a speed reader so you don’t have these frivolous worries?  Do you have any advise?