THURSDAY SPARKS: THEMES & BOOKING — MAY 17

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!

Themes:

Our themes offer a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

Today’s Theme -

MOM , Grandmother, aunt, teacher (an elder women who deserves respect)

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Mine today is from the same book I excerpted last week:  Reel Life, by Jackie Townsend, a story about sisters and family life…and escape.

Blurb:  Sisters are meant to always be there for each other, or are they? In the glare of reality, clashing views and acts of betrayal can form unbridgeable gaps, and the fabric of sisterly love must be rewoven from whole cloth. Reel Life, the debut novel by Jackie Townsend, charts the story of two sisters who must call upon the past to forge a new and meaningful connection. With iconic moments of cinema as its driving narrative thread, this finely-wrought, absorbing work will cut straight to the heart, and reveal the intricate emotions that come together to form a family. Exploring themes of motherhood, body image, ambition, and love, Reel Life offers a poignant close-up of the most intimate of relationships that move, confuse, haunt, and heal. Surging with drama interlaced with subtle irony, Reel Life will shock, surprise and move anyone who understands that sometimes, escaping reality offers the clearest path to emotional truth.

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Snippet:  (The children are watching The Wizard of Oz, when something happens to the TV):

“It’ll be OK Mom,” they both instinctively blurted out, as their dad limped into the room just behind her.

“I specifically asked you girls not to touch the TV.”

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Booking Through Thursday:

abookandashortlatte1 asks

If you had to choose to live within a novel, which would it be?

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Wow!  This is difficult, because I often read books that are thrillers….and I really don’t want to live inside those books, no matter how exciting they are.

And the family dramas are often sad, with emotional twists I have already experienced and I don’t want to go there again.

But I might enjoy living in some stories with beautiful settings, like The Tapestry of Love, by Rosy Thornton. (Click the titles/covers for my reviews).

Or The Violets of March, by Sarah Jio…gorgeous settings.

Or how about a good beach read?  There’s Summer Rental, with fun, adventure, and some beautiful settings.

You get the picture…I don’t want too much drama, but lush settings and the possibility of a little adventure.

What about the rest of you?  What kinds of books would literally “draw you in”?

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Posted on May 17, 2012, in Booking Through Thursday, Theme Thursdays, Thursday Sparks and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. Good choices! I’m definitely ready to live at the beach right now!

  2. bonniejacobs

    I also chose a beach setting, if I decide living in a book is the way to go.

  3. I haven’t read any of your choices but I do love beautiful scenery. And put me on a beach and I am in heaven. Thanks for stopping by.
    Happy reading!

  4. pinkiepieskitchen

    A lush setting would be wonderful! I’ll have to add those books to my TBR list!

    Here’s my response (not quite the lush setting, lol): http://blueeggbooks.blogspot.com/2012/05/booking-through-thursday.html

  5. My tbr list just grew. I usually read mysteries/suspense but lately have been enjoying novels that have relationship dynamics as it’s premise. Thanks for stopping by and hoping you have a great upcoming weekend.

  6. Uh-oh…sounds like Dad’s not going to be happy about the TV….

    Here’s my Theme Thursday.

  7. The Tapestry of Love and The Violets of March are such lovely settings. This week’s question was so much fun for me. Mine is here – http://www.stasiadesiderata.com/2012/05/17/live-in/

  8. Beautiful settings are the best choices :)

  9. I think that sounds lovely. I really have enjoyed reading all the BTT responses this week.
    My BTT

  10. Patricia @ Lady with Books

    I had the same problem choosing a book to live in myself. I wouldn’t want to go through what the characters did! But if I just had to live in the setting then it would be something fantastic like Hogwarts or Middle Earth. I choose Alice in Wonderland because it was both safe-ish and fantastic. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Great choices – those look like nice, quiet places. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

  12. that’s a good theme snippet.
    http://sidnereading.blogspot.com

  13. Great answers for both memes. I had to laugh when you said you didn’t really want to live in a thriller. I mostly read those too and I’d rather not live in one either.

  14. The possibility of adventure is always a great factor in choosing a book to read or a world to read in for that matter.

    Thanks for stopping by. ^_^

  15. Haven’t read any of the books yet but I am sure these are great choices. Thanks for stopping by.

  16. I haven’t read any of these books but they have beautiful covers! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Valerie @ Intriguing Reads

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