THURSDAY SPARKS: THEMES & BOOKING — MAY 3

Welcome to another day of bookish delight, as we celebrate two events.

Theme Thursdays, hosted by Reading Between Pages, is all about finding themes in the books we read and enjoying the writing styles of the authors we explore.

Booking Through Thursday is like a conversation amongst bloggers in response to a prompt issued each week.

Come on by and join in the fun!

Theme Thursdays:

Today’s theme:

AGREE , Nod, accept, etc

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Today’s selection is a collection of short stories by Jennifer Weiner, called The Guy Not Taken.   In this collection of short stories, the reader follows the tender, and often hilarious, progress of love and relationships over the course of a lifetime. From a teenager coming to terms with her father’s disappearance to a widow accepting two young women into her home, Weiner’s eleven stories explore those transformative moments in our every day.  My snippet is from the first story, called Just Desserts.

In this passage, three siblings are at a family swimming pool, discussing jobs for one of them; after several attempts, all dismissed by Nicki for various reasons:  she doesn’t like people very much, doesn’t want to do anything physical, etc.  But after her siblings keep pushing, she finally grudgingly grabs the phone:

“When the ringing finally stopped, my sister stomped back across the gravel and snatched up the telephone.  She flopped onto her chair, punched in some numbers, and said, “Yes, in Avon, Connecticut, a listing for Friendly’s, please?” (p. 7-8)

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Booking Through Thursday:

Heidi asks:

Do you have siblings? Do they like to read?

It has been many years since I lived under the same roof as my siblings.  We varied in age and interests so much, but I think that we all enjoyed some form of reading.

My older brother was very scholarly, so I don’t recall him reading for “pleasure,” however.  My younger brother and sister did read, but nobody in the family read as much as I did.

I was dubbed “the bookworm,” and spent more time reading than all of them combined.

I don’t know what their adult reading habits are…I don’t have a close relationship with the two younger ones, who live in a town a few hours away.  My older brother passed away almost thirty years ago.

It is interesting to think about reading habits among siblings, however, and I think of my own children and how they fared in these traits.  My older two were big Stephen King fans in their teens; I know my oldest one still enjoys an edgy story.  He is a writer/photographer, while my second oldest works in the film industry and occasionally writes screenplays.

Their reading habits fueled their adult pursuits.  I think a reader’s journey can take many paths, but in the end, the love of reading is at the core of those of us who love to read, informing our lives.

What about you?  What are your thoughts?

Curl up and read….

28 thoughts on “THURSDAY SPARKS: THEMES & BOOKING — MAY 3

  1. I don’t mind being called a bookworm, as I’m sure you don’t either. I so much prefer reading to watching TV all the time, there are so few shows I enjoy anymore, at one time I was lost without my TV, but no more, I’m lost without my books. My Kindle goes everywhere with me just in case I can find a few minutes to read.

    • I do consider books my “friends,” as they accompany me on vacation, to restaurants, and on errands…lol

      I enjoy some TV, but there are fewer shows these days that I like. Thanks for stopping by, Gigi Ann.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this! I usually get labeled crazy because besides water, food and a bathroom, I am totally content with my own thoughts – alternatively a book. No one in my family gets how I can just dip into a story and stay locked up in it for days if I want to.Frankly, I don’t know either, but I think it’s one of my good traits, anyway. x)

    • I totally agree that the ability to read and thrive with our inner thoughts is a good thing. We are resourceful. We are able to meet our own needs. These are good things, Caro. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

    • Thanks for visiting, Eva…it is an interesting thing, being a bookworm; those who do not share this book love may look at us as if we have a “weird” streak, but that’s okay. We can entertain ourselves! But if we find bookish people to share our book love, than all the better.

  3. ‘Their reading habits fueled their adult pursuits’ – it’s true to me too. Now I can’t stop planning and dreaming of trips to places I have read about.

    I love your final statement – ‘I think a reader’s journey can take many paths, but in the end, the love of reading is at the core of those of us who love to read, informing our lives.’

    • I don’t even know for sure what my siblings read at this point, but I suspect that reading for pleasure does not have a high priority with them. Thanks for visiting, Nicole.

    • Ha-ha…yes, I have dubbed myself Bookworm Nana…and my youngest grandson also captured the true me when he drew a picture of me in front of a computer.

      He was only about six when he did that.

      Thanks for stopping by, Mermer, and enjoy your week.

  4. I was also called a bookworm but not by my family but by my friends and classmates. I wonder what reading habits my future kids would have? Will they take after their mom?

    I really like what you said about a reader’s many paths.
    Thanks for stopping by. ^_^

    • Thanks, Ayanamifaerudo…when I think of our “paths,” I also recall that saying I’ve heard: “Life’s a journey, wear comfortable shoes.” That could be a metaphor for the reading journey…it does fit some of us like comfortable shoes. Glad you could stop by.

    • I do recall seeing Friendly’s while visiting on the East Coast. It sounds great! And thanks for stopping by, Yvonne; I have enjoyed every book by Weiner so far.

      I had always hoped that, if nothing else, I could encourage others in the family to read by example. Oh, well.

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