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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….
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TUESDAY MORNING SPARKS — A BURST OF CREATIVITY

 

 

After last week’s “slacking off” period, I thought that this week might be better.  I was totally unprepared, however, for how much momentum I now have going on my Defining Moments rewrites.

It’s almost as if someone sparked my battery with magic juice.

Yesterday, I did rewrites for two hours, and today I worked for an hour and 45 minutes!

I’m now on page 130 (out of 254), and we’re moving right along, leaving a trail of broken hearts, stalker angst, and creative mojo for our MC.

Ernestine, our supporting character, is giving us little snippets of her life during WWII, but as the story unfolds a bit at a time, we’re privy to how she felt and why she made those choices.

But what will happen to Jillian now?  With David gone from her life, she is turning into more of a hermit everyday.  This does not bode well!

I’m very eager to return to it…so I must close for now.

I also finished reading and reviewing A Pug’s Tale (click for review).  Fun book!

I’m teasing over at Miles to Go.

What are you up to today?  What is sparking your jets?

 

A Bit of Me (Me)

A BIT OF ME (ME) — WRITING & READING — APRIL 9

Welcome to today’s version of A Bit of Me (Me), hosted by There’s A Book.

Every week, we share bits and pieces of our lives—the real versions that we don’t necessarily share on the web.

Here’s today’s prompt:

 

This Weeks Question: What are/were your favorite subjects in school?

That’s an easy one, actually.  As long ago as my preschool days, I loved books and reading.  Curling up with a book was my favorite thing.  As soon as I could “create words,” I loved writing; I spun my little stories, illustrated by pictures from magazines.
So…in school, reading and writing became my passion as well, formalized as “English literature” and “creative writing.”
Even when school was on a break, you could find me writing or curled up with a book.
Nowadays, you’ll find me at my creation station, blogging and writing.  Here are some of my CREATIONS.
Sometimes, the things we love in school turn out to be what we do later in life.
But along the way, I did some other things. In college, I realized that I loved psychology and understanding human behavior.  After I got a degree, I started a career in social work.
I learned a lot about people in this career, and managed to combine some of those experiences with my current writing life.
What were your experiences?  How did the things you love become your life?
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BOOKING THROUGH THURSDAY — CHEATING — MARCH 3

Good morning!  Today, on Booking on Thursday, we’re responding to this question:

Do you cheat and peek at the ends of books? (Come on, be honest.)

Okay, we’re talking serious reading behavior here!  LOL

Fairytale Endings

Mainly, I’ll glance at the end to see how many pages are in the book…and maybe to see the last line.  But then I hastily move back to my place.  I don’t want to spoil the book for myself, and knowing how it ends might just do that.

Usually the actual last line is something that doesn’t tell much.  It’s all the words leading up to that last line that reveal how things end.  Yesterday I finished a book that had this for a last line:

Slipping her arms around him, she took strength from the sound of his heartbeat for a poignant moment, before kissing him lightly and going back inside.

Even after reading the entire book, I decided that this line didn’t really tell me much about this couple’s future.  For one thing, the kiss was “light,” and for another, she went back inside.  They didn’t walk off into the sunset.

I actually like this ending, because it hints at more, but it doesn’t promise that “happily-ever-after,” which we all know is bs anyway.  Right?

Or maybe you do love a happy ending.  I prefer hopeful endings.

So, long story short, I prefer to be surprised by the ending, but even if I peek, I don’t necessarily know how it ends.

What about the rest of you?  Peeking?  Cheating, if you will?  I hope you’ll stop by and share.

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A BIT OF ME (ME) — READING INTO THE NIGHT

 

In today’s exciting meme that pushes us to reveal bits and pieces of our real selves, our leader at There’s A Book cheers us on each week with questions.  Questions designed to probe and tug at those hidden aspects of ourselves.

Today’s Question:

HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU READ IN A SINGLE SETTING?  OR, HOW LONG HAVE YOU STAYED UP READING A BOOK; WHICH ONE, AND WHY?

Okay, this is more difficult for someone (like me) who has many years to scan, trying to recall…LOL.  I know that there have been many days, back in my youth, when I literally read all day long on a book.  Back then, it was probably Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell, which I absolutely adored.  I recall carrying it around with me and reading it whenever I could steal a few moments at school, and then later, at home.  And, of course, I read it throughout the night.  I can’t say how late I read—way back then—but suffice it to say that I couldn’t get enough of the drama, the emotion, the fear I felt when the Civil War ravaged the land, and when Scarlett O’Hara would do anything to finally save her home (and get her man!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In more recent times, I read until quite late (3:00 a.m.?) to finish Still Missing, by Chevy Stevens, which was so suspenseful that I literally couldn’t put it down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To be completely honest, I often read into the night.  I am a light sleeper and wake up frequently.  When I do, I grab whatever book I’m reading.  If it’s a good one, I often read for two or three hours.

What books have literally kept you up at night?  I hope you’ll stop in and share a tidbit or two.