Sunday, April 27, 2008

Weekend Assignment #213: Book Boosters

"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 #213: While it may be difficult to choose your favorite book of all time, there's probably a certain genre or category of books you prefer over other kinds. Do you love a mystery, or would you rather read about dragons? Are you thirsty for a good vampire take, or is science fiction more your style? Do you mostly stick with the classics, or look for the latest spy novel? Are you a biography buff? Do you like to read about real-world politics, science, history or sports, or would you rather escape the real world with a good romance? Tell us! And while you're at it, tell us your second favorite category of books.

Extra Credit: Do you ever loan out books to friends or family?

-Karen Funk Blocher, of the blog, Outpost Mavarin

I love to read, always have. I have so many books that I can read over and over. A few of those titles, I keep on my desk at all times, so if I need a quick getaway I can just take it down, open their well worn covers and dance off into another existence. I have wondered over the years, what would I have done, if I had never fallen in love with reading?

John Scalzi, had touched on the subject of reading, and what our favorite books are, many, many times, but I never tire of it because I am always finding a good read, and it is fun to share. I don't know why I don't write about my love of books more often on Ellipsis, I guess I am too busy complaining about Bush, or fascinated by the current political landscape, or distracted by whatever has chosen to flutter past my camera. My friend Suzanne sent me an invitation to join Shelfari a while back, and I did, but have done little about it since then. I don't know why. Just haven't. So, how about I give you a proper look into my favorite reads...

Silent Snow By Steve Thayer

I can't say enough about this book! I discovered it in the autumn of 2000. Probably my worst year ever! I was completely inside myself, and alone, except for my lovely books. Alan saw it at Barnes and Noble and bought it for me as a gift. It had me at the first sentence. "It always rains when a child dies." Now don't let that sentence put you off. This is not a sad book, it's a masterfully written book that blends the true life history of the Lindbergh kidnapping case, with a modern day story full of suspense and vivid storytelling.

You will find yourself actually feeling cold, while reading a particular description of a trek through the snow to catch the bad guy. You will feel like you are right there with the protagonist, as he races against time. It's one of the best edge-of-your-seat stories I have read to date. I cannot believe it hasn't been made into a movie! Of course, that might be a good thing, books don't always translate well to the big screen. Take my advice, if you are looking for a great read, I promise you will enjoy this book!

Here is a glimpse of what you will find on the book shelf in my office. I highly recommend all of these books!

Humor meets biography with Steven Colbert's
"I am America And So Can You"

My first diabetic cookbook. Delicious and Yummy.

A vivid story of love and fantasy, which will appeal to the witch in all of us!

I LOVE the Idiot's guides. I own 10 or 15, ranging in subjects from living with Fibromyalgia to the guide to Windows' Vista!

I pocket guide to Impressionist art. I take it quite often along with me when I go out with my camera.

Ok, ok, but what can I say? Cats Rule! Right Steven?

As it says on my sidebar, "I can sit in the autumn sun, and read Neil Simon plays all day long!"

My favorite novel

I love humor in storytelling.

This is a MUST have. Whether you are a diabetic watching your blood glucose numbers, or someone just wanting a healthier lifestyle, you should be informed about the decisions you make regarding the foods you choose to fuel you body with! Educate yourselves... live a good life!

Extra Credit: I don't think I break up my reading choices in terms of favorite genres, so to pick my second favorite would be impossible. I think for the purpose of the assignment however, I will say that Horror is would most likely fit into the category of second choice, as I seem to have less of that type of book then all my others. An excellent book from the Horror category would have to be, "Horror Show" by Greg Kihn. That's right, the rocker and Bay Area Disc Jockey can write too! LOL. I loved that book, and I also enjoyed "Big Rock Beat" also by Kihn. Impressive reading, that blends good genuine humor, with scary, scary stuff! Read it!

"Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it."

-P.J. O'Rourke



Karen Funk Blocher said...

Wow, that's quite a broad range of books! Your entry will inspire us to broaden our reading horizons!

Florinda said...

Thanks for sharing your eclectic list! I've read a lot of Alice Hoffman, and I love The Great Gatsby too. I bought Stephen Colbert's book for my husband for his last birthday - he loved it, but I haven't gotten to it yet.

(I found your blog via the Weekend Assignments and just recently added it to my feed reader; this is my first comment here, so...hello!)

Carly said...
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Carly said...

Well Hello Florinda! :)

It's nice to meet you. Welcome to Ellipsis. I will be looking forward to seeing you!

Always, Carly

Suzanne R said...

Hi, Carly --

Thank you for mentioning me in regards to Shelfari. It's interesting that you haven't done anything with your Shelfari membership, because neither have I. ;-) Maybe one of these days I'll catch up and put more of the books I've read in my area of Shelfari. I have to admit to some confusion as to how to use the site, and I would possibly take the time to figure it out, but I want to go read some more. ;-) These books you have pictured and written about look so interesting -- I will have to put them on an Amazon wish list so I don't forget that I want to get them the next time I am able to order a number of books there!


Mike said...

Greg Kihn wrote books too?! I remember the video he had that was horror-esqe, so I guess it makes sense. Next time I'm out looking for books I'll check out Silent Snow that you mentioned. Sounds interesting. Of all the books I had to read in school The Great Gatsby is one of the few I remember.

DesLily said...

like my amazon wish list isn't long enough?! ARGH! I just added Practical Magic... *sigh* lol

Kiva said...

I love the P.J. O'Rourke quote! I thought I was eclectic, but I think you have me beat. Alice Hoffman is the best. I'm now going straight over to Amazon and put Silent Snow on my wish list.