Friday, April 22, 2011

Word of the day

  • primordial
a : first created or developed : primevalb : existing in or persisting from the beginning (as of a solar system or universe)c : earliest formed in the growth of an individual or organ
: fundamental, primary

Book Review: Light on Snow by Anita Shreve

Friday, March 25, 2011

The dictionary has failed me

The online edition for the Oxford English Dictionary officially added the "words" OMG, LOL, and FYI to the pages. Itt is official we are living in a nasty world filled with generations of misled children.

What are your thoughts?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Word of the day

  • salvo
: a simultaneous discharge of guns or bombs
a : a sudden burstb : a spirited attack

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Let books be your dining table,
And you shall be full of delights
Let them be your mattress
And you shall sleep restful nights.
~Author Unknown

Book Review: Revolutionary Road

If being crazy means living life as if it matters, then I don't mind being completely insane

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Happy 202nd Birthday to Edgar Allen Poe.

I celebrated by reading his works. Glad he is being recognized, better late than never. He suffered greatly during his life, never was able to get out of poverty, even though he devoted his life to writing. Best known for 'The Raven' and 'The tell-tale heart', he is known as the father of mystery and horror short stories. His macabre writing perceives him as unhappy and full of sorrow but also made him one of the greatest writers. The tell-tale heart is hands down my favorite of his works followed by 'The Fall of the House of Usher'.

Book Review: A Bend In the Road

Where does a story truly begin? In life, there are seldom clear-cut beginnings, those moments when we can, in looking back, say that everything started. Yet there are moments when fate intersects with our daily lives, setting in motion a sequence of events whose outcome we could never have foreseen

Word of the day

  • snitty
  • \SNIT-ee\
: disagreeably ill-tempered

Sunday, January 9, 2011

And in thine eye a kindling light 
    (Whatever it might be)
Was all on Earth my aching sight
    of loveliness could see

From 'Song' by Edgar Allen Poe
Great books, like great friends, are to be shared.
Richard Ford

Book Review: Fight Club

The first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club.
The second rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club.

100 + Reading challenge

I was skimming through a lovely blog today: and came across this challenge and I wanted in right away since I'm trying to read as many books as I can this year.
Here it is:
1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate. Posting on GoodReads or wherever you post your reviews is good enough.

2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.

What doesn't count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible.

3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2011. Books started before the 1st do not count. You can join at anytime.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to your post where your books will be listed. Include the URL to this post so that other viewers can find this fun challenge. If you’d prefer to put your list in the sidebar of your blog, please leave your viewers the link to the sign up page. Again, so viewers can join the challenge too.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Word of the day

  • proselytize
  • \PRAH-suh-luh-tyze\
: to induce someone to convert to one's faith
: to recruit someone to join one's party, institution, or cause

In the news

As one of America's greatest authors, Mark Twain's work is known universally. It is only obvious that his work should be reviewed in school. In many school districts however, his books are banned for containing the 'N' word, or teachers are uncomfortable teaching the American classics because of the racial slur. A university English professor, Alan Gribben, is producing a new version of the books, Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He is replacing the word nigger in 219 spots in Huckleberry Finn and 4 times in Tom Sawyer with the word 'slave'. This has raised a controversy around the literature world. Some believe the word belongs in the book since it is specifically about racism others think it's a great idea to remove that barrier and have teachers be comfortable teaching the American classics.

What do you think?

Monday, January 3, 2011

Today in History

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear J.R.R Tolkien!
Today we celebrate the birthdate of an english write who forever changed the fantasy fiction literature.In 1937 he published, The Hobbit, which later led to the publication of The Lord of The Rings novels.So let's celebrate for the father of the fantasy world. 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.
 Anne Herbert

Word of the day

  • grandee
  • \grand-DEE\
    : a man of elevated rank or station

Original book covers Vs. Movie poster book covers


                I detest when a book is made into a movie and the book cover is changed into the movie poster.

Book Review: Resistance

It was as thought they both knew what they had could not last

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Today in History

Author Rudyard Kipling celebrated his birthday on December 30th. He lived to be 70 years old. He was known for his poems of British soldiers and his Children's stories. In 1907, he received Nobel Prize for Literature.  Among his most popular works were 'The Jungle Book', which was written in 1894 and made into a Walt Disney movie in 1967.
Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbours.

Word of the day

  • mahatma
  • \muh-HAHT-muh\
    : a person to be revered for high-mindedness, wisdom, and selflessness
    : a person of great prestige in a field of endeavor
I found the cutest bookstore in downtown La this week.