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On books and reading

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
-Ray Bradbury

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
-Groucho Marx

“Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own.”
-Charles Scribner, Jr.

“Never judge a book by its movie.”
-J. W. Eagan

“A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.”
-Salman Rushdie

“To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.”
-Robertson Davies

January 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm 2 comments


“If leaders exploit public fears to herd people in directions they might not otherwise choose, then fear itself can quickly become a self-perpetuating and freewheeling force that drains national will and weakens national character, diverting attention from real threats deserving of healthy and appropriate fear and sowing confusion about the essential choices the every nation must constantly make about is future.”

-Al Gore
from The Assault on Reason

July 18, 2007 at 8:01 am 2 comments

Book meme

I saw this at Quantum Leaps and since I love to read, I decided to participate. If the meme appeals to you, please feel free to carry it forward on your blog.

What’s Your Preference?

1. Novel or novella?
Although I enjoy novellas now and then, they’re over too quickly for my liking. I prefer the longer and more involved experience of a novel. I like to become completely immersed in a story and really get to know the characters.

2. Hardback or paperback?
I like hardbacks best, by far, followed by the large trade paperbacks. I dislike mass market paperbacks and try to avoid them if at all possible.

3. Male authors or female authors?
Makes absolutely no difference to me, as long as they are good at their craft.

4. Fiction or non-fiction?
I read and enjoy both. I’d say about 60% fiction, 40% non-fiction, mixed up for variety and to suit my mood. I’m a fast reader, so it is easy to achieve a good balance of entertainment and education.

5. Bestseller or obscure title?
Both, of course. I have nothing against bestsellers, although I’m occasionally guilty of avoiding a book if it seems over-hyped. I love finding off-the-beaten-track books as well.

6. Local bookstore or chain franchise?
Honestly, I don’t buy a lot of books. I’m a library girl. I couldn’t possibly afford my habit if I bought them all. I buy only the books that I love enough to read more than once or that I would want to loan to friends. When I do buy books, it’s generally online through Amazon or Barnes & Noble. There are very few local bookstores left in my town.

7. Read the book first or see the movie first?
If time allows, I’ll read the book first. This practically guarantees that I’ll have issues with the film, but I like to enjoy a book as a fresh experience, without knowing the outcome in advance. I try to approach the film as a distinct interpretation of the material so that I don’t expect perfect fidelity with the book.

8. How many books do you read in a week? A year?
I read one or two books a week, year-round.

July 6, 2007 at 8:33 am 6 comments

Monday Melee 5/07

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Laziness and apathy. Why vote? It won’t matter. Why recycle or conserve energy? I’m only one person. Why donate? I can only spare $5. Well, I say: It matters. One person is a start. Every little bit helps. If we all get it in gear and do something, it’ll make a big difference.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
“…since September of last year – when Congress wrongly, foolishly, passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 – the president has the power to call any US citizen an ‘enemy combatant’. He has the power to define what ‘enemy combatant’ means. The president can also delegate to anyone he chooses in the executive branch the right to define ‘enemy combatant’ any way he or she wants and then seize Americans accordingly.”
Guardian Unlimited

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
I’m not as efficient as I’d like to be. There’s so much I want to accomplish, and I often get to the end of the day with too many items left undone.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
My bold and adventurous sister is embarking on a summer internship in a foreign country. I admire the way she goes after her dreams with spirit and determination.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I have a quick mind and a good sense of humor. I think a hearty laugh is downright good for you, and I look for opportunities to brighten someone’s day.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I fervently wish that, one day, my kids will love reading as much as I do. It’s on my make-believe list because I’m beginning to fear it isn’t going to happen. I wouldn’t be the person I am without the insights and knowledge gained from books. I hate to see them miss out.

May 7, 2007 at 6:49 am 5 comments

Literature nerd

What Be Your Nerd Type?

Your Result: Literature Nerd

Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this category perfectly! You love the power of the written word and it’s eloquence; and you may like to read/write poetry or novels. You contribute to the smart people of today’s society, however you can probably be overly-critical of works. It’s okay. I understand.

Science/Math Nerd
Social Nerd
Artistic Nerd
Gamer/Computer Nerd
Drama Nerd
Anime Nerd
What Be Your Nerd Type?

March 30, 2007 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Windows on the world

“Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, ‘Lighthouses’ as the poet said ‘erected in the sea of time.’ They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.”

-Arthur Schopenhauer

March 23, 2007 at 7:26 am 2 comments

Monday Melee 3/19

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Closed minds. There’s a lot we don’t know, a lot we don’t understand. There is always room for new or additional information, and it may actually justify a change of opinion when fully considered.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
“According to a new report by the advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council, the U.S. airline industry discards enough aluminum cans each year to build 58 Boeing 747 airplanes.” source: Washington Post
Hmmmm. Seems like a recycling program would be a good idea.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
There isn’t much time left to prepare and file my taxes. Blech.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
My husband has a sunny disposition and a positive outlook on life.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I am an avid reader.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
A magic wand that will instantly and effectively collect and dispose of all cat hair from my home, my clothing, and me. ^,,^

March 19, 2007 at 7:14 am 5 comments


“Imagine a world in which generations of human beings come to believe that certain films were made by God or that specific software was coded by him. Imagine a future in which millions of our descendants murder each other over rival interpretations of Star Wars or Windows 98. Could anything — anything — be more ridiculous? And yet, this would be no more ridiculous than the world we are living in.”

Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation

January 30, 2007 at 9:49 am 7 comments

You’re not the boss of me

I’m an avid reader. I read fiction and nonfiction, across a wide swath of genres. I’m rarely seen without a book in close proximity. Consequently, I get quite a few invitations to participate in book groups. I turn them down, every time.

Give me an hour in a library, and I’ll stagger up to the check-out counter with a pile of tomes. Recommend a great book you’ve read, and I’ll swiftly add it to my never-ending queue of must reads. Start a conversation about a book we’ve both read and I’ll join in. But assign a book and tell me to read it by a certain date. No thanks.

I often wonder why. Apparently, I cannot be happy about reading unless I am free to choose what to read and when to read it. And although I rarely abandon a book once I’ve started, being at liberty to do so without incurring the disapproval of the book club maven is apparently a cornerstone of my existence.

One day, I may succeed in raising contrariness to an art form.

January 19, 2007 at 7:15 am 7 comments

Broaden your horizons

“If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever
acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most
worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.”

In the spirit of this quotation, I recommend the UnSuggester by LibraryThing. It’s the polar opposite of “if you liked reading that, you’ll probably also like reading this.” Enter the title of a book you have read and enjoyed and UnSuggester will reply with books that you, and others with similar taste, are least likely to have read. Are you as open-minded as you think you are? Give it a try.

December 18, 2006 at 11:01 am 1 comment

I’ve been tagged and I can’t get up

Fracas tagged me with a meme.
(Not sure how it happened, really. I thought I was too quick to be caught.)

1. Grab the book closest to you.
2. Open to page 123, go down to the fifth sentence.
3. Post the text of next 3 sentences on your blog.
4. Name of the book and the author.
5. Tag three people.

“When winter sets in and it is too rainy and cold for enjoyable hunting, he tells me that the smith, with its cheerful glow of coals and the white-hot tongs, is quite the best place to be. He is fashioning a rose of iron for me. Meanwhile, I embroider another rose, pink with splashes of darker rose and even moments of red.”

Book: Abundance – A novel of Marie Antoinette
Author: Sena Jeter Naslund

Fracas tagged:
Me, LindaC, and Axe

I tag:
Dr. Nostrum    Nobby    Shirley

December 16, 2006 at 9:05 am 3 comments

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