Tag : Confessions of a Bookworm

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book confessionI love taking part in features and memes.  It brings us book lovers and book bloggers a bit closer together, if only in our shared love of reading great books.    :)

There is a new feature over at Parajunkee.   Confessions of a Bookworm.  Here’s the link.   And the information about all of this is located at that link.

This week’s question is:

Do you prefer using bookmarks, or bending the book page?

I raise my hand and swear I just got the shivers like fingernails on a blackboard at the very thought of bending book pages.  *visible shudder*

I have a lovely collection of bookmarks from vacations, presents, saw it and just had to have it – that is the only way to mark the place in one of my books.  I get violent when a book is returned to me with bent pages.  My own mother used to do this and it drove me crazy.  Needless-to-say, she got pretty new bookmarks every single Christmas.

On the now rare occasion when I do loan out physical books, several bookmarks go with them – with stern instructions to use them or else no more books loans for you.  I will be frank in that I am anal retentive about never bending or folding down book pages.  Never, ever.

book confessionI love taking part in features and memes.  It brings us book lovers and book bloggers a bit closer together, if only in our shared love of reading great books.    :)

There is a new feature over at Parajunkee.   Introducing: Confessions of a Bookworm.  Here’s the link to this week’s post.   And the information about all of this is located at that link.

This week’s question is:   “If you would read only one book in your whole life, which one would it be?”

Only one?  One?  Out of the hundreds if not thousands of novels I’ve read in my whole, entire life.  One.

I’m going to cheat a little and say aside from the Bible.  There is only one fiction novel that I can answer this week’s question with:

Gone With The WindSet against the dramatic backdrop of the American Civil War, Margaret Mitchell’s epic love story is an unforgettable tale of love and loss, of a nation mortally divided and its people forever changed. At the heart of all this chaos is the story of beautiful, ruthless Scarlett O’Hara and the dashing soldier of fortune, Rhett Butler.

First published in 1936, Pulitzer Prize for Novel in 1937 and Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1939.

This one really has it all.  Political unrest.  Family epic.  Unrequited love.  A really sorry excuse for a man in Ashley Wilkes, who while deeply in love with his wife, Melanie, could never get over his fascination with Scarlett O’Hara.  And could never just man up and tell her that there was no future for them, that for him it would always be Melanie that he loved, the one woman who completed him.

Tara.  While not a human character, Tara (the O’Hara plantation) was a vibrant main character throughout the book.  Even now the musical theme for Tara from the movie is running through my mind.

And, Rhett Butler.  A rogue, a rake if there ever was one.  A man who did what he pleased, when he pleased no matter who it bothered or inconvenienced.  A man who would love Scarlett through husband after husband, mad schemes, poor choices and finally have her as a wife, but never a companion.  A man who would shower their daughter Bonnie, with all the love and affection he tried to give to Scarlett, but she was too infatuated with another man to ever see the love that was her’s for the taking.

And sex.  Okay, it was the Civil War and written in 1936 – but really, we all knew what was going to happen when Rhett scooped Scarlett up on that staircase and carried her up to their room – and by Scarlett’s face, sitting up in bed the next morning.  *wink*  Oh, we knew.

I learned a lot from Gone with the Wind.  But mostly how to never truly give up.

The ending lines from the movie will even now break my heart, as a woman finally realizes what she had and what she has lost.  And a man who finally had enough and walked away to his own new life.  Love hurts…and heals.

“I wish I could care what you do or where you go but I can’t… Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” ~Rhett Butler – as he walks away into the fog.

“I’ll think of it tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.” ~ Scarlett O’Hara Butler – momentarily down, but with determination to get her man back because “tomorrow is another day”.

Yes, if I must pick just one novel – Gone with the Wind.

book confessionI love taking part in features and memes.  It brings us book lovers and book bloggers a bit closer together, if only in our shared love of reading great books.  So today I discovered something new.  :)

There is a new feature over at Parajunkee called Confessions of a Bookworm.  Here’s the link to this week’s post.   And the information about all of this is located at that link.

This week’s question is:   How far have you gone for your favorite author?

Well, this week’s question kinda has me stumped.  I’ve definitely not gone as far as Anila has – having her favorite author’s books shipped halfway across the world to her.  Tough act to follow, girl.  😉

Aside from haunting libraries and their vast “on hold” lists to get out of print books that are still on my library’s shelves (I live in a city where all the libraries in our county are linked so I can “order” books and have more than 20 libraries search their stacks for them – kinda cool actually)

I guess the most thing I’ve done (which isn’t all that impressive) is to get autographed novels from my most favorite author at release automatically.  At Turn The Page Bookstore (which is run by Nora Roberts and her husband) there is a subscription service where I automatically purchase the latest Nora books and she autographs them before shipping.  Which is very cool.  There may be other authors that do that, but she is the one that I am aware of.  It means that I don’t have to wait on release date because usually (not always) I get the autographed book in the mail on release day or slightly after… a couple times the day before, not always… depends on the mail  🙂

So mine wasn’t earth shattering this week.  🙂  What’s your story?  How far have you gone?

 

book confessionI love taking part in features and memes.  It brings us book lovers and book bloggers a bit closer together, if only in our shared love of reading great books.  So today I discovered something new.  :)

There is a new feature over at Parajunkee called Confessions of a Bookworm.  Here’s the link to this week’s post.   And the information about all of this is located at that link.

This week’s question is:  Would you rather go on vacation, or spend the money going to one of your favorite author’s book tour stops?

Hmmmm.

Well I can be quite devious in getting exactly what I want (but shhh.. don’t tell my family).  So what I would do is… search over every single detail of my favorite author’s book tour locations – pick one that I’ve always dreamed of visiting, or at least in an interesting location – and book my ideal vacation with a favorite author.  I get to meet a favorite author (and I’d have bags of their books for signing, just saying since I’m there 🙂  ) and take a fabulous vacation right there after the book tour visit.  Win-Win.

Okay, okay… If I must pick between the two options technically, then there really is no other answer than…going to my favorite author’s book tour stop.  I mean, come on it’s my favorite author!

On a side note.  Thank you Anila!  I actually “squee-ed” when I realized that I had a mention of my bookworm confession in this week’s post.  It made my day.  *huge grin*

An additional confession:  since reading that Vivien pets her books (there is nothing odd in that!) – I have been known to swoop down upon a stack of a new release of an anticipated book, grab one off the stack and tightly hug the book.  Yes, right there in the bookstore with people looking on.  But, they’re book lovers too so they at least “get” it.  🙂

Until next week – happy reading.

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