January 30, 2009
One book you’re currently reading:
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay By Michael Chabon
One book that changed your life:
Fast Food Nation By Eric Schlosser
One book you’d want on a deserted island:
The Collected works of Jane Austen (I have to agree with Eva on this one!)
One book you’ve read more than once:
Persuasion By Jane Austen
One book you’ve never been able to finish:
Les Miserables By Victor Hugo
One book that made you laugh:
The Other Side of The Story By Marian Keyes
One book that made you cry:
Atonement By Ian McEwan
One book you keep rereading:
Persuasion By Jane Austen
One book you’ve been meaning to read:
A Suitable Boy By Vikram Seth
One book you believe everyone should read:
The Book Thief By Markus Zusak
Finally,Grab the nearest book. Open it to page 56. Find the fifth sentence
"Hook still had the power to haunt their dreams" From, Peter Pan in Scarlet By Geraldine McCaughrean.
January 25, 2009
January 24, 2009
1. To be tickled pink
2. To copy & paste the award picture to your blog
3. To write down the regulations
4. To link to the blog who bestowed you the award
5. And finally, nominate 15 blogs for the award
I realise that some of the blogs I nominate will most likely have already been nominated for the award by one or more other bloggers but I don't think you can ever have too many awards so here it goes:
1. Thyme for Tea - not sure what the rules are about awarding to the person who awarded you but I think it is well deserved in this case!
2. A Work in Progress - such a well thought out blog with wonderful posts everyday.
3. A Striped Armchair - I know Eva will have been awarded this award previously for sure but her blog is just so amazing I don't think she could be given enough really!
4. Between Concrete and Sky - such a beautiful blog filled with reading, photography and even dancing!
5. Charlotte's Web - an honest, thought provoking blog.
6. In Spring it is The Dawn - I love this blog for it's beautiful content and presentation.
7. Life and Times of a "new" New Yorker - Fun, spirited and entertaining - I love this blog.
8. Little Breeze - This is a new blog find for me but already I'm checking in quite a bit, beautifully set out and expressed.
9. Reading Writing Living - As the title suggests this blog covers it all - wonderfully.
10. The Reading Life of an Antipodean Owl - A great Australian blog.
11. Under The Dresser - always honest and always fun to read.
12. Caribousmom - This blog is simply stunning, gorgeous to look at and the posts are always so informative and interesting.
13. Gondal-Girl - Another wonderful Australian based blogger.
14. Another Nutter - Yet another Aussie with fantastic wit, humour and honesty.
15. Austenprose - One of my favourite blogs encompassing everything Austen.
January 23, 2009
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January 18, 2009
Write a post about your goals. If you can think of any, also include ideas about projects or activities that you think could help you achieve those goals.
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January 10, 2009
I have a gorgeous old copy of the book which belonged to my mother - with a delightfully kitsch cover reminiscent of the 1960's I feel. I can't actually find a publication date anywhere on the book but that would be my guess.
The story, as I'm sure most of you know, is about 4 young girls - Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy and their trials and tribulations growing up in the Boston area during the American Civil War in which their father is involved in as a Chaplain for the Union Army.
The character of Jo is an autobiographical portrait - and to me the most engaging character in the book - feisty, fun and full of life.
As I was coming to the end of the book I realised that some of the significant events that I knew to be a part of the story where not going to happen - no marriages or deaths to be seen. When I looked up the novel through Wikipedia I read that the book was actually originally published in 2 parts - the second part coming along after publishers realised that the first was so popular - and the copy I was reading only consisted of the original first part of the novel.
Feeling very cheated I will have to go looking for the second part - or simply watch the movie again!
January 09, 2009
SIGN UPS END MARCH 1st
There have been a few changes to the rules so please read closely:
*A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction) Don't complain folks, I read all thousands of pages of the Twilight series and they were good, but not a challenge. A chunkster should be a challenge.
*If you read large type books your book will need to be 525 pages or more I asked around and the average LT book is 10-15% longer or more so I think that was a fair estimate.
*No Audio books in the chunkster. It just doesn't seem right. Words on paper for this one folks.
* You may start any time after signing up. You must complete your reads before or on Nov 15th.
*Short Stories and Essay collections will not be counted.
*Books may crossover with other challenges (see option 4 for a collaborative effort with TBR challenge)
*Only option 4 requires that you make a set list of books to complete the challenge
Those are the basics. Here are your options:
*The Chubby Chunkster - this option is for the reader who has a large tome or two to read, but really doesn't want to commit to more than that. 2 books is all you need to finish this challenge.
*Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? - this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to 3-5 Chunksters over the next ten months.
*Mor-book-ly Obese - This is for the truly out of control chunkster. For this level of challenge you must commit to 6 or more chunksters OR three tomes of 750 pages or more. You know you want to.....go on and give in to your cravings.
And lastly, in an intriguing collaboration with the wildly popular Miz B of
*Too Big To Ignore Anymore - this option is for those chunksters on your TBR list. You may select any number of books over 450 pages but you must LIST THEM to complete the challenge and they must be on your TBR list as well (honor code folk, I don't have time to be the challenge police)
I am going to ease myself into this challenge and sign up for the first option - The Chubby Chunkster. The two books I am going to commit to are:
1. The Annotated Version of Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen and David M. Shapard (739 pages)
2. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth (1488 pages)
Both books I really, really want to read so hopefully I will make it to the end of this challenge!
January 07, 2009
What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I tend not to make new year's resolutions - it only ends badly! I try to concentrate more on my goals for the year (not sure what difference the different terms make but I seem to like it!).
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! 1 new niece and 2 new nephews; Evie, Edward and Isaac all born in 2008.
Did anyone close to you die?
What places did you visit?
Not too much travel in 2008 but did manage trips to the South Coast of NSW (Kiama - simply beautiful), Melbourne and Sydney.
What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
International travel - which will happen in September 2009 with our trip to England and Ireland.
What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory?
13th January - my 7 year anniversary with my boy - and no itch in sight!
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I think finally getting some clarity in regards to my professional life - very satisfying to know where I would like to head at last.
What was your biggest failure?
I don't think there were any major failings - although still not having finished the scrapbook for my beautiful little man, Sammy is one regret. It was supposed to be a present for his 1st Birthday and he has now just turned 3!!
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing major at all thankfully.
What was the best thing you bought?
Books, books and more books! Oh, and the perfect bra!
Whose behaviour merited celebration?
All of us!
Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
No one comes to mind...
Where did most of your money go?
Books, food and the (very) occasional pair of shoes
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Planning my next overseas trip and my Birthday trip in December. Having dinner at the top of Sydney Tower was also pretty exciting.
What song(s) will always remind you of 2008?
Black and Gold by some guy whose name I can't remember - my partner absolutely hates the song but I love it!
Compared to this time last year, are you:Happier or sadder? Happier Thinner or fatter? I have no idea and for possibly the first time in my life - don't care!Richer or poorer? Richer I hope!
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Travelling and reading - can't get enough of either.
What do you wish you’d done less of?
What was the best book you read?
The Book Thief
What did you want and get?
What did you want and not get?
My own private jet.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More travel and holidays by the sea.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
What kept you sane?
My boy and my cat.
What political issue stirred you the most?
Sorry Day in Australia and the election of Obama in the US.
Who did you miss?
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008
You know what is best for you.
January 06, 2009
Addition – Toni Jordan
Breath – Tim Winton
Enigma – Graeme Base
Everything I Knew – Peter Goldsworthy
People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks
Saltwater Moons – Julie Gittus
Sea of Many Returns – Arnold Zable
Tales from Outer Suburbia – Shaun Tan
The Boat – Nam Le
The Build Up – Phillip Gwynne
The Good Parents – Joan London
The Lieutenant – Kate Grenville
The Lifeboat – Zacharey Jane
The Lost Dog – Michelle de Kretser
The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas
The Spare Room – Helen Garner
Wanting – Richard Flanagan
There are still quite a few on this list I haven't read so I think I will make the completion of this list one of my personal reading goals for 2009. Can anyone give me any feedback on any of these I haven't read so far?
January 03, 2009
January 02, 2009
I did manage to read Wuthering Heights and A Room With A View as well as a future or "should be" classic - Small Island.
I think the time of the year didn't help me - I found I really struggled to read classic novels during the second half of the year when life was a little crazy and hectic - I found myself reaching for "easier", less taxing reads to get me through! So, I would really like to join in this challenge again if it is going to be held again in 2009 - there are many books in this classification I am still very keen to read - just when the time is right!
January 01, 2009
Here is how Kim describes the project/challenge on her blog:
If you choose to participate in this project, there is no obligation to participate in every challenge, and you can customize each challenge so it makes sense for your particular blog and goals. Think of the design as similar to Weekly Geeks — participate when it makes sense for you. This is a group effort, because getting better is always easier when you have a support system, but the ultimate commitment remains with you — how do you want your blog to be better by the time we get to December 31, 2009?