Friday, September 21, 2007

John Scalzi's Weekend Assignment #184: From the Top of Mount TBR

"A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy."

-Edward P. Morgan

Weekend Assignment #184: What books do you want to read - but haven't yet? These could be new books, classic books you've just not gotten around to, books you've bought but haven't cracked the spines of, or a book you want to get, but for some reason haven't. The salient characteristic is that you want to read it, but just haven't yet.

Extra Credit: Do you usually prefer the book or the movie?

-John Scalzi (By The Way)

Books, books, books. I am an avid reader, so it would be a rarity to not see a stack of books on my desk. Most of them read, and kept close either for reference, or just because I liked the particular escape it provided, but there is also usually one or two books which I will purchase, and then give myself a month or so to read before I place them away in my book closet. Right now, the book depicted in the above photo, is the only one on my desk which I haven't gotten around to reading. "Creating A Charmed Life: Sensible, Spiritual Secrets Every Busy Woman Should Know."

It came highly recommended, so I will probably start reading it this weekend. I have had it for several months, but decided to save it for when the cold weather came back to the Bay Area. It is supposed to rain later today, and it is already pretty cold outside, so it looks like the time has come. I will more then likely be done with it in a couple weeks, and it will be time to pick up some new ones. Alan, however, will want me to put the titles on my Amazon Wish List, with Christmas being just around the corner. Which isn't a bad idea, because if you set me loose in a book store, it could be slightly frightening how many books I could purchase at one time, because there is nothing like a big TBR stack. Here are the latest titles I am interested in, and I hope appear under the Christmas tree...

1.The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World
By Alan Greenspan

2. Mere Anarchy
By Woody Allen

3. I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman
By Nora Ephron

4. A Photographer's Life: 1900-2005
By Annie Leibovitz

Extra Credit: It just depends. If the author of the book writes the screenplay, it is usually pretty good. Stephen King is a good example of that, also Alice Hoffman. But if I have to choose, I think I will always prefer the book to the movie.

"A Good Book"
Berkeley, California
September 21, 2007
Late Evening


Karen Funk Blocher said...

Let me know how the Ephron book is. I love her screenwriting!

Victoria Moran said...

Carly --

I'm the author of Creating a Charmed Life. It was such a pleasure to hear from GoogleAlerts that you'd featured it, and to see the cover photo on your site as well -- very special. It also came at a time when my life is looking far from charmed: my 16-year-old stepson James passed away suddenly two weeks ago. Every kindness seems magnified now.

In any case, I hope you'll enjoy the book. People seem to love it and that warms my heart.

Your site is exquisite, by the way. You are truly gifted. - Victoria

Carly said...

Hello Ms. Moran

And welcome to my blog. I am so pleased you took the time to stop by and say hello. I is very nice to meet you. I want you to know that started reading your book this past weekend, and I am enjoying it very much. Thank you for sharing your wonderful insights. I will be sharing your book with my readers and friends. Take good care, and once again, thank you for stopping by.