Monday, 24 November 2014

2015 TBR Challenge

I decided awhile ago I wasn't going to do any more challenges because I lose interest in them too quickly.
  However, Roof Beam Reader (here) has announced the 6th TBR (To Be Read) Challenge for 2015. The following is the challenge as it reads on that website.

The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months).
Specifics:
1. Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2014 or later (any book published in the year 2013 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile – I WILL be checking publication dates). Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile.
2. To be eligible, you must sign-up with Mr. Linky below – link to your list (so create it ahead of time!) and add updated links to each book’s review. Books must be read and must be reviewed (doesn’t have to be too fancy) in order to count as completed.
3. The link you post in the Mr. Linky below must be to your “master list” (see mine below). This is where you will keep track of your books completed, crossing them out and/or dating them as you go along, and updating the list with the links to each review (so there’s one easy, convenient way to find your list and all your reviews for the challenge). See THIS LINK for an idea of what I mean. Your complete and final list must be posted by January 15th, 2015.
I will have no trouble finding books on my shelf that were published before 2014. Most have been on it for more than a year. However there are two differences I am adding to my challenge.
Time to read my own books
I will promise to read 15 books in the year from my shelves and I am not going to list them ahead of time. I have too much of a problem with listing books now for those books I will read next year. I will simply have a list of 15 spaces and I will fill the spaces as I go. I love reading according to my mood, my interest level and also in line with how much energy I have. Some weeks I don't have the energy for a heavy duty classic, other weeks that is all I want to read. As long as I finish the 15 books I don't think this should matter. I will talk about the books as I go.  I am looking forward to 2015 reading year and I hope to do okay with this challenge. I often feel guilty I have so many wonderful books and I still bring them home from the second hand shop or the library. Time to toughen up and read what I have. I am hoping this challenge will keep me on track. I'll look forward to seeing how other bloggers are going too.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Grimm's Fairy Tales is New Again

I was lucky enough to get a book voucher for my birthday this past weekend from a friend.  I have been looking at this book of Grimm's Fairy Tales for awhile now and I made up the shortfall and treated myself to it.
As a child I must have read every Grimm's fairy tale a thousand and one times. I loved them. I loved the people who lived in the woods. I loved the animals that came out at night and scared everyone in the woods. The forests were always really deep. The noises were always creaky and sometimes a bat flew by. Okay, I am mixing it up with Edgar Allan Poe or Vincent Price.

The girls had such interesting friendships with
elves, or dwarfs or little men. The horses always tossed their manes and galloped through forests or over fences with little people riding them with no saddles.....and there were princes with lots of wealth.

There was magic and mysticism and scary enough events at times but not so much as to stop reading.

On a rainy afternoon I'd close myself off into my room and the whole day would pass. Or I'd take my things outdoors and find a nice spot in the yard on a summer's day.

Thumbing through this book made me remember lots of wonderful times from childhood.

But this is not just any copy. It is an annotated copy from Norton and Company. Evidently they have a series of annotated copies of books and wouldn't it be lovely to have all of them. Only kidding.

The illustrations are big and in colour. Some are in black and white line drawings.  Some are small and in the corner of pages as one reads.

I hope to reread these tales and see if I enjoy them as much as I once did. I am sure I will look at them with a different eye because the last time I read them was 55 years ago. Wow, now that is hard to believe.  But I know I am going to treasure this book and I also know it will have its own space on the bookshelf.

I'll let you know how I go with some of these stories. It might be a lovely thing to write for a Sunday post.

What experiences do you have of the fairy tales you read as a child?

Monday, 17 November 2014

It's Monday ! What are you reading?

from Sheila at Book Journey
Michael Connelly has a new book out, The Burning Room and that is what we are both reading in this household.
It is on our Kindles.  I have read every book Michael Connelly has ever written.  I don't read a lot of crime fiction though I tend to like it. I also read somewhere if you want to learn about the geography of a place then read crime fiction in that area.  It does tend to be true as these detectives do drive all over creation.

So far I am really enjoying this book but then I am only about 44% into it. I love the fact that Kindle tells you what percentage of the book you have read.

Our weekend was relatively quiet.  The week's activities and taking care of my old dog, Wally, who is 14 years old and has to get up at 4:30 to
do his business outdoors tires me out. He is up at 4:30 and then back to bed to get up about 5:30 to 6:00 for breakfast. Once the birds start making noise he is ready to get up. Once he wakes up he wakes up the other two dogs and the two cats who all converge on the kitchen. I always think, "Why do I have all these animals?" but when they all settle down to eat and their little tales are wagging I am glad to be up with them.  It wakes me up and then I have a couple of hours to do emails, Facebook and read blogs. It is very quiet with all of them asleep again.  But the lack of sleep does catch up so yesterday I slept most of the day.

I had a great birthday on Saturday and Mr. Penguin took the dogs and I to the beach for a run (the dogs, not us) and then out to dinner.  I got gifts for both  motorbiking and reading.  A gorgeous black leather jacket for the bike and a Penguin boxed set of the current popular chefs from a friend and a book voucher from another friend. All in all a good haul.  Birthdays are really fun usually. It is just a shame one has to get older though to enjoy them.

I am also finishing up the vintage Penguin "Buried Alive" that I will write about in more detail. I generally don't have two fiction books going but I had a day where I spent time soaking in a bubble bath and I can't read my Kindle in the bath. The Penguin worked much better.

I hope everyone has a good week and does at least one or two things that are bookish.
The very spoiled Wally