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http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedclassics/index.cfm

This is a meme I did that might prove helpful too.

The Most Influential Novelists, Playwrights, and Poets of All Time

For those of you wondering ‘who decides these things?’, the list below is from the book The Literary 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Novelists, Playwrights, and Poets of All Time (Checkmark Books/Facts On File, Inc.: New York, 2001), written by Daniel S. Burt.
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Book Meme

Mar. 4th, 2010 03:40 pm
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The only rule is that you can't use the same book more than once!

1. Book next to your bed right now: Wizard's First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
2. Favorite series: The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien)
3. Favorite book: The Cowboy and The Cossack (Clair Huffaker)
4. The one book you would have with you if stranded in a desert island: Kushiel's Dart (Jacqueline Carey)
5. Book/series you would take with you on a long flight: The Catch Trap (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
6. Worst book you were made to read in school: Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
7. Book that everyone should be made to read in school: The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
8. Book that everyone should read, period: Beowulf
9. Favorite character: Ennis Del Mar
10. Best villain: The Joker
11. Favorite concept series: Ai No Kusabi
12. Favorite invented world: Middle Earth
13. Most beautifully written book: The Haunted Mountain (Mollie Hunter)
14. Funniest book: Zoe's Zodiac (Mary Jo Stephens)
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1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

"Or maybe business wasn't good, and his boss had no work for him. I wonder if he had a family in the country? It would be a terrible thing, wouldn't it, if he had children to feed and no work? Maybe his wife was poorly, too. And I bet he had... "

-- Jennifer Donnelly, "A Northern Light"
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So yes, I decided to join in and see just how many I do read this year. [I wish there was a way to calculate fics... XD]



4 / 50 books. 8% done!
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Yes, I will be doing this one later. Just thought I'd share first.
ETA: Done! :)

1. Take five books off your bookshelf.
2. Book #1 -- first sentence
3. Book #2 -- last sentence on page fifty
4. Book #3 -- second sentence on page one hundred
5. Book #4 -- next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty
6. Book #5 -- final sentence of the book
7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph:
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Book Meme

Dec. 7th, 2009 01:10 pm
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The Most Influential Novelists, Playwrights, and Poets of All Time

For those of you wondering ‘who decides these things?’, the list below is from the book The Literary 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Novelists, Playwrights, and Poets of All Time (Checkmark Books/Facts On File, Inc.: New York, 2001), written by Daniel S. Burt.

Put an [ X ] against the authors you’ve read, total them up, and resolve to read more (if you can).
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Book Meme

Nov. 17th, 2009 08:29 am
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Do you make notes in books, or underline, or highlight? I did when I was in school -- usually at the prof's direction but not always.

Do you keep a notebook beside your bed for good quotes from your current reads? No.

What's the last thing your wrote on it? N/A.

Do you review your books? If it's a really good one -- or if I think people should know so they can avoid it.

What's the last book your reviewed? I don't remember. RL has been weird lately. Was it a rave? Probably.

In what order do you attack the shelves at your local *used* bookstore? Current general fic and non-fic before working my back to "everything else". ;) Do you take a must-find list? Yes! A lot of people think I'm temp help taking inventory. [g]

Where do you get your book recommendations? My f-list, 'The Daily Show', people IRL...

How many books in your to-be-read stack right now? Probably over 70. (I like to have plenty of books ahead.)

What's been your favourite book this month? (November, or the last 31 days, however you want it to land). I'm still reading "Midnight's Children" (Rushdie) because it's been an oddly busy month.
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In the spirit of Hallowe'en and All Souls Day, here is the following brief meme:

1. What's the scariest book you've ever read?
2. When was the first time you were ever really frightened by a book?
3. True crime - do you read it and if so, whose books do you enjoy?
4. Ghost stories - do you read them? Name a favourite if you're a fan.
5. Horror - do you read it? Whose works do you like?
6. Do you read non-fiction works about the paranormal, the occult, ESP, ghosts, UFOs, or life after death? If so, what do you particularly enjoy reading about?
7. Is there an author whose works you find frightening even though they're not writing in the ghost story/horror/thriller categories?
8. Is there an author whose books you won't read because you find their books too scary?
9. Have you ever written any scary fiction or non-fiction yourself?
10. Give a recommendation of something within the confines of this meme that you think others would enjoy.

My answers to follow in comments.

PS. This can easily be adapted for a movie meme as well.

Book Meme

Oct. 23rd, 2009 05:58 pm
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Book Meme

Oct. 6th, 2009 08:17 pm
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1) Which five books are closest to you right now? *ahem* Actually I am in front of my bookshelf, so here goes: (1) Midnight's Children -- Salman Rushdie (2) The Sea Hawk -- Rafael Sabatini (3) My Antonia -- Willa Cather (4) October Sky -- Homer H. Hickam, Jr. (5) The Dark Wind -- Tony Hillerman

2) How many books have you got 'on the go' (currently reading, or stalled)? Five or six. I usually have one in my purse, two or three in my car and two or three on my desk *coughs*.

3) Describe your ideal reading place. Anytime, anyplace -- just as long as I am comfortable and not interrupted.

4) Roughly (or exactly, if you're keeping count) how many books have you read so far this year? Between 25-30, mostly because I was busy with legal stuff. Usually I read more. Are you taking part in a challenge? No, but next year I plan to read a book a week, or more. Preferably more.

5) If you were going on a long journey, would you grab your current read, or an old standby? Both, probably.

6) Has the proliferation of sites such as Wikipedia or even Google curbed you of buying reference books on your favourite topics? No, it's actually added to it. :)

7) Do you have an e-reader/kindle? How many books do you have on it? No. Even though they are pushing Kindle as being more eco-friendly, I prefer "real" books. Especially when I have so many of them. ;) Of course, fic is entirely separate. [g]

8) If you get into a series of books, do you devour them all at once, or mix it up to make them last? I like to have the first two or three in a series before I start, otherwise I feel too lost.

9) Which book has surprised you (pleasantly, unpleasantly, or just factually) most recently? The recent "book" (and I am using the term *very loosely*) by Gloria Vanderbilt. The mind boggles, but at least the unicorn is only a bystander.

10) Recommend a book completely at random, to anyone who may be reading your answers. Pick one of these, any of them. (And then let people know what you think, even if it's something like: "it s*ked donkey ballz when I read it back in 19--/20-- [or jr. hs, hs, or college/uni], and it *still* s*ks donkey ballz.")
http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedclassics/reasonsbanned/index.cfm

Book Meme

Sep. 16th, 2009 12:29 am
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From [community profile] book_memes:

1. Do you buy/borrow books when you don’t actually need them, putting them away to read later, or do you only refresh your book stack when you are out of fresh reading material?
I'm always buying more books, just to be prepared. Sometimes I buy ones that are in really *good* condition for trade credit.

2. Where do you do the majority of your book searching? In a library, a store, your parents/family's shelves?
Mostly in the local used book stores, though I always plan for the local library sales.

3. Do you have books on your shelves that you couldn’t finish, but that you’re hoping you will be able to complete someday? If so, which books are they?
Of course I have books like that -- doesn't everyone? (But I can't think of any specific ones right now, sorry.)

4. What do you do with books that you no longer want? Which books have you gotten rid of lately?
I usually keep them around until I go through a "cleaning phase" and if I can't remember much about it, I put it in my trade box. (And I seldom remember those titles.)

5. Does anyone you know go through their shelves sometimes and give you books from their clean-out? Have you received any books this way?
No, not any more. I used to get books that way when I was a kid but that's been quite some time ago.

6. If you have a “to be read” pile of books, how many are on the list? What’s next on the list? If you keep an actual physical link to books you own and are planning to read, provide a link, if you have one.
"Snow White, Blood Red" out of a shelving unit of (probably) an easy fifty or more. Since I have such a big pile, I prefer to choose one at random by just grabbing. It's more fun that way.

7. Is there a book that you keep putting off reading? Which one[s]?
"The Boleyn Inheritance". I got it when I was watching "The Tudors" but I haven't read it yet. If it happens to be part of a series, I wait until I have the complete series, or at least the first few books in a series before I start reading it.

8. What book would you like to buy or borrow next?
Probably one from my "lost list" (aka wish list) on Amazon -- I'll say "The Haunted Moutain" by Mollie Hunter.
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Books Five:

1. What story did you love reading, as a child?
Oh, I loved so many books! It's hard to pick a specific book or author but I loved Marguerite Henry's "Misty" books. I always wanted to go there.

2. What remains to be your all-time favorite book?
"The Way To Rainy Mountain" by N. Scott Momaday. I had the greatest good fortune to be able to attend a reading he did at university, and I was enchanted by it -- and him. He has a wonderful voice and I could have listened forever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypr3x8uBFgA

[Just so you can get an idea. It's actually my second choice but the first is nearly an hour long.]

3. What book do you usually recommend to people?
I usually try to pick something that I think they might find interesting, so it varies with the person.

4. If you were a character in a book, who would you be?
Until 2005-6, I would have probably said Éowyn in LotR. When I saw "Brokeback Mountain", I realized that I *am* Junior Del Mar. (Although Éowyn is still a good alternate choice.)

5. If you could write a book, what would it be about?
I have no idea. If I dared, I would write about my life here but I look over my shoulder quite enough as is.

Book Meme

Sep. 5th, 2009 12:10 am
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From "The Friday Five" -- I thought this was especially appropriate:

Books Five

1. What story did you love reading, as a child?
2. What remains to be your all-time favorite book?
3. What book do you usually recommend to people?
4. If you were a character in a book, who would you be?
5. If you could write a book, what would it be about?
(sic)


I'll probably do this later on because I need to sleep now.
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1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
Look for the *
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
Look for the #
3) Underline the books you LOVE
I'm using the ***** rating system (and maybe some commentary as well)
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