Book Meme

Sunday, June 4th, 2017 02:13 pm
debris4spike: (Kindle Readers (7 & the doctor))
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] i_love_freddie:

Just to show I am making an effort to get back to you all. Apparently this has been around for a time, but as I have been missing so it's new to me!  So I have snagged.


Hardback or paperback:
I do like a hardback book ... but there again, a soak in a bath with a paperback is great.

Borrow or buy:
Buy. Will borrow some things, but if I like them I "need" to buy.

Fantasy or sci-fi:
Bits of either.

Love-triangle or love at first sight:
Either - depends on the author.

Wall shelves or bookcases:
I have both ... you can't have enough, can you?

Bad plot with good characters or good plot with bad characters:
Hard, I suppose I like the characters to be the strong part if I have to pick either/or. People who I can love or hate in a poor story is better, as like can sometimes be humdrum!

Harry Potter or Percy Jackson:
Neither!

Booklr or Bookstagram:
Huh!

Contemporaries or Fantasy:
Fantasy.

English books or books in your native language:
My native language is English.

Buy in a bookshop or buy online:
Depends on the book. Online is often cheaper, but it's good to see the actual book itself, sousually at a book shop.

Amazon or book depository:
Amazon.

Buy because of the cover or because of the description:
Description.

Alphabetical shelves or colour coordinated:
Neither. Mine are arranged by genre, then in height within those catagories.

Different sized books or matching sizes:
Doesn't matter ... depends on the subject.

Wait to marathon a series or read as they’re released:
Read as you go ... I may even end up giving up. Although then you have to sit and wait for answers (come on Jim Butcher)

Movie or tv adaptations:
Both.

Reading indoors or outdoors:
I will read anywhere.

Coffee or tea:
Silly question, I'm English! Tea.

Bookmarks or random objects to mark your page:
My Bibles are all full of bookmarks, but other books is either a bookmark or a slip of card.

Dog-earing or bookmarks:
Used to dog-ear, but tend to now use bookmarks.

Be your favourite character or be their best friend:
Depends on the story.

Physical or e-book:
Bibles and other factual books are physical. But I have got into a kindle for many of my fiction books, although still have actual books to read as well.

Read in bed or on a chair:
Mostly in bed - I was brought up that reading during the day is lazy!!

Audiobook or ebook:
Love listening to James. He used to travel to and from home while Mum & Dad were alive. Now he comes to the gym with me! As I said, I do love my Kindle. Have a couple of sites that do free, or cheap eBooks, so that is even better.

Series or stand-alones:
Either

Reading in the winter or reading in the summer:
Funny question - any day, every day!

100 Books

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 08:38 pm
debris4spike: (Kindle Readers (7 & the doctor))
Many of my f-list do "Reading Wednesday", and then today a few have also posted this, so thought I would do this ...

The BBC estimates that most people will only read 6 books out of the 100 listed below. Reblog this and bold the titles you’ve read.

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Harry Potter series -
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Bible
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
Catcher in the Rye
The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffeneger
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
Bleak House – Charles Dickens
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
Emma – Jane Austen
Persuasion – Jane Austen
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
Animal Farm – George Orwell

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Dune – Frank Herbert
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
On The Road – Jack Kerouac
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
Dracula – Bram Stoker
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
Ulysses – James Joyce
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
Germinal – Emile Zola
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
Possession – AS Byatt
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Charlotte’s Web – EB White
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Watership Down – Richard Adams
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

There are quite a few books on that list that I started and never finished.
debris4spike: (Kindle Readers (7 & the doctor))
Day 05 → talk about books this year

As ever have continued to read more Spuffy fan-fic.  There seem to have been a few new writers recently that has really given some great new stories.

I have been reading quite a lot of regency-style romances (like the Georgette Heyer style).  When I packed up all Mum & Dad's books there were a lot  I wanted to read, so while in chaos have downloaded loads onto my Kindle.  Come Christmas (I hope) I shall be able to get back to some proper sets of books again, for example I am looking forward to re-reading the whole Anne of Green Gables series.

I am hoping that the next Dresden Files will be done soon, as that is a series I am enjoying, and re-read the last 3 books this Spring.

Still like to start my day with a Bible reading, at present I am in Leviticus.
debris4spike: (Not pleased.)
I was going to "pop" in to moan about the book I finished last night, to find that my pc had updated itself to Windows 10, and I had to find where things were - luckily I found LJ, so the rest will have to wait until I get that illusive spare minute!!

Anyway, my book.  Story synopsis is girl in her 20's is being stalked, so mother asks a family friend to move in while they find a way to get him caught by the police, so not just cautioned.  Family friend has a nephew staying, and as the story progresses you see that the 2 pairings are slowly building.  It's well written, and flows well.  So, last night I had the last couple of chapters to read and although tired wanted to know what happened.

So last couple of pages, stalker is caught ... THE END!!   Not even a final ... "one year later", or the promise of a sequal, so annoying!

So whereas I would have said it's a good book, now I am left totally in the air and not even enough to set my immagination fully going.  Oh well, lets just add a last line, shall we - "And, they all lived happily ever after".  Yes, much better!

Right must fly - off to dad's, then lunch then work this afternoon.  Have a good day everyone.
debris4spike: (Kindle Readers (7 & the doctor))
I really have been missing, haven't I?

I actually worked half days over this last week, but found it pretty exhausting, so have rested quite a bit.

I am also trying to empty all my lounge display cabinets and cupboards as they are going to charity on Wednesday and I am having Mum & Dad's here instead ... lighter colour, and better quality.  So with stuff coming from M&D's as well, I am literally "knee-deap" in boxes of things, mostly china, glass or books.  Jiffy and I have had to learn hopscotch!

Still will try to get back to LJ - for one thing I owe loads of replies ... I may sit and do some on my tablet while I wait for the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race to start.  (Go, Cambridge!!)

Day 7 - Do You Read?  What Are Your Favourite Books?

  1. I love reading the Bible, both in modern versions and in the traditional King James version.  I have loads of Bibles, both old ones of the family, plus mine that have been used, or are being used.

  2. I love my Spuffy fan-fic.  Yes, I am one of those who never read the comics, and believe that Buffy and Spike ended up "living happily ever after"!!  I do like a what-if story from the actual series especially.

  3. I love the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher.  A good friend sent me the first book on CD as it is read by James.  Yes, I adore listening to him read them, but do love the series.

  4. I love a "Regency Romance" sort of book ... and have found a great site that gives me free Kindle books!  Mum has a set of Georgette Hayer, so they will be slowly worked through.

  5. I do love the Anne of Green Gables series, and a few other random books of that generation.

  6. I do love my history/travel books, and have loads, and more coming as Dad loves them as well.  He has some with him, and I shall be able to swap around to keep us both happy!

So, the answer is, yes, I do read!!
debris4spike: (Spike - face + body + my name)
I keep saying that I am going to do an update, but procrastination is more my friend than ever.  Then when I get a few moments I cant decide what I want to say, so I have snagged the book of days meme from [livejournal.com profile] kazzy_cee

A bit of a catch up meme )
debris4spike: (RDE)

OOOooops I forgot yesterday!

Oh well - I had a whole hour for lunch today rather than my normal half hour as I was changing clinics .... and I got to finish my book sitting in one of the comfy seats ... so very happy (just worried I would snooze, and still be there this evening!)

debris4spike: (James - my name)
I have had a pretty good week - busy at work, but have made a determined effort to do "something" each day ... whether it is to write owing letters, or go shopping.  Procrastination and I are great friends!  As I have just said ina  recent icon post, even my artwork gets delayed.  I want to get back to some writing, as well as still wanting to decorate my bedroom in the next few weeks ... so have made a good effort this week.

I have had a shift each day and have worked on a variety of wards, so that I suppose, has made things interesting and kept me focussed.

But, yes, a good week.

And, as part of my focus I even said I would "meme" ... I still have the 5 character meme to finish but am finding my letter hard.  So [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat I haven't forgotten.

Until then I have items to talk about that [livejournal.com profile] lupina78 has listed -

Great Britain
Family
Favourite Fandom
Music
Four-legged friends
James Marsters (you didn´t think I´d leave him out of this, did you? *gg*)
Books


So, if you want to read ramble, click here )

debris4spike: (James - my name)
I have had a pretty good week - busy at work, but have made a determined effort to do "something" each day ... whether it is to write owing letters, or go shopping.  Procrastination and I are great friends!  As I have just said ina  recent icon post, even my artwork gets delayed.  I want to get back to some writing, as well as still wanting to decorate my bedroom in the next few weeks ... so have made a good effort this week.

I have had a shift each day and have worked on a variety of wards, so that I suppose, has made things interesting and kept me focussed.

But, yes, a good week.

And, as part of my focus I even said I would "meme" ... I still have the 5 character meme to finish but am finding my letter hard.  So [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat I haven't forgotten.

Until then I have items to talk about that [livejournal.com profile] lupina78 has listed -

Great Britain
Family
Favourite Fandom
Music
Four-legged friends
James Marsters (you didn´t think I´d leave him out of this, did you? *gg*)
Books


So, if you want to read ramble, click here )

A Fandom Meme

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 07:45 pm
debris4spike: (Spike talking.)
Last week (or was it the week before), I said that I would "play", so asked [livejournal.com profile] spuffy_noelle for some questions .... and these are what she asked me

1) Top three favorite villians.
2) What's the last movie you saw (in the theater or otherwise), and how did you like it?
3) What are your favorite ships to read fanfiction about?
4) Favorite Buffy episodes.
5) What book are on your "to read" list?
6) What fictional character do you most relate to?
7) Which brother duo do you prefer - Klaus & Elijah or Damon & Stefan?

So, do you want to know the answers )


That was fun, to be meme-ing again.  If anyone wants 6 fandom questions, then let me know and I will ask!

A Fandom Meme

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 07:45 pm
debris4spike: (Spike talking.)
Last week (or was it the week before), I said that I would "play", so asked [livejournal.com profile] spuffy_noelle for some questions .... and these are what she asked me

1) Top three favorite villians.
2) What's the last movie you saw (in the theater or otherwise), and how did you like it?
3) What are your favorite ships to read fanfiction about?
4) Favorite Buffy episodes.
5) What book are on your "to read" list?
6) What fictional character do you most relate to?
7) Which brother duo do you prefer - Klaus & Elijah or Damon & Stefan?

So, do you want to know the answers )


That was fun, to be meme-ing again.  If anyone wants 6 fandom questions, then let me know and I will ask!

debris4spike: (William)
Its hard, again, to know what to scribble about today, seeing as I have already rec'd a couple of books. However I thought I would mention the book I am re-reading at present.

It is one of 2 written by Herman Wouk, and is based on a family before, and during The Second World War. So, although a work of fiction, it is based around real events. I like books like this, as it is easy for me to start reading - and to want to continue.

This story was one I saw on TV, first, as it was made into a mini-series, and Tim bought me the 2 books for Christmas. They are well written, and I'm enjoying the read.

The name - The Winds of War

For those who aren't keeping up with this meme. the full list is -

Read more... )
debris4spike: (William)
Its hard, again, to know what to scribble about today, seeing as I have already rec'd a couple of books. However I thought I would mention the book I am re-reading at present.

It is one of 2 written by Herman Wouk, and is based on a family before, and during The Second World War. So, although a work of fiction, it is based around real events. I like books like this, as it is easy for me to start reading - and to want to continue.

This story was one I saw on TV, first, as it was made into a mini-series, and Tim bought me the 2 books for Christmas. They are well written, and I'm enjoying the read.

The name - The Winds of War

For those who aren't keeping up with this meme. the full list is -

Read more... )
debris4spike: (James with Halo!)


Day 4, and again I am going to cheat and pick 2.

There are loads I could have chosen :-
Anne of Green Gables (and series)
Testament of Youth
Th Princess Bride
When we were very young and Now we are 6
.... to name but a few.

However the first book I am going to choose is technically a compilation of books.

It starts at the beginning of time and finishes with a hope of a future that is literally out of this world.
It has births, marriages & death; songs, laments & proverbs.
There are battles & peace treaties; family feuds & royal bloodlines.
There are individual stories of triumph, such as a poor girl who marries a prince and a slave who governs a country.
There are stories of torture and of travel.

So, have you guessed?

The Book that has been translated into more languages than any other, the most widespread, and one that, even though I read some of it every day, I realise I discover something new each time.

The Bible.

My second book is "slightly" more obscure.

It is a Edwardian love story of a rich lady who supports a missionary to Africa. It is in 3 sections
Gold - the story of how they meat, and the money she gives to support his work.
Frankincense - the story of their service to others. his to the people of Africa, and hers in supporting him with letters, and working with the poor in London.
Myrrh - the story of death. He is ill - will they be able to get past their misunderstandings before it's too late.

They meet as she goes to Church on Boxing Day, and hears the visiting vicar speak about the Wise Men ... The book is called "The Following of the Star" (by Florence Barclay), and this is why the 3 sections are so named - the gifts of the wise men.

One of the few books I have read many times - and still greabs my attention in the will they - won't they question.
debris4spike: (James with Halo!)


Day 4, and again I am going to cheat and pick 2.

There are loads I could have chosen :-
Anne of Green Gables (and series)
Testament of Youth
Th Princess Bride
When we were very young and Now we are 6
.... to name but a few.

However the first book I am going to choose is technically a compilation of books.

It starts at the beginning of time and finishes with a hope of a future that is literally out of this world.
It has births, marriages & death; songs, laments & proverbs.
There are battles & peace treaties; family feuds & royal bloodlines.
There are individual stories of triumph, such as a poor girl who marries a prince and a slave who governs a country.
There are stories of torture and of travel.

So, have you guessed?

The Book that has been translated into more languages than any other, the most widespread, and one that, even though I read some of it every day, I realise I discover something new each time.

The Bible.

My second book is "slightly" more obscure.

It is a Edwardian love story of a rich lady who supports a missionary to Africa. It is in 3 sections
Gold - the story of how they meat, and the money she gives to support his work.
Frankincense - the story of their service to others. his to the people of Africa, and hers in supporting him with letters, and working with the poor in London.
Myrrh - the story of death. He is ill - will they be able to get past their misunderstandings before it's too late.

They meet as she goes to Church on Boxing Day, and hears the visiting vicar speak about the Wise Men ... The book is called "The Following of the Star" (by Florence Barclay), and this is why the 3 sections are so named - the gifts of the wise men.

One of the few books I have read many times - and still greabs my attention in the will they - won't they question.
debris4spike: (Umm ...)

... What do those two have in common?

Shall I leave you guessing ... "Answers on a postcard" ...

Or


I'll put you out of your misery!! )
debris4spike: (Umm ...)

... What do those two have in common?

Shall I leave you guessing ... "Answers on a postcard" ...

Or


I'll put you out of your misery!! )

15 Book MEME

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 08:52 pm
debris4spike: (William)

This is a MEME I saw on [livejournal.com profile] ducktheduck s LJ this morning and decided to snag -

Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you.

So, here goes .... in no particular order :-


1) Anne of Green Gables (and series) - L.M. Montgomery
Mum has the full series, and I was given book 1 when I was 10, which I read and loved.  Mum then lent me the rest.  To read of an un-wanted 10 year old moving and settling into a loving family, and then going on to university, marrying, and seeing her children in World war 1.  A great series, and one I still re-read.


Read more... )

15 Book MEME

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 08:52 pm
debris4spike: (William)

This is a MEME I saw on [livejournal.com profile] ducktheduck s LJ this morning and decided to snag -

Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you.

So, here goes .... in no particular order :-


1) Anne of Green Gables (and series) - L.M. Montgomery
Mum has the full series, and I was given book 1 when I was 10, which I read and loved.  Mum then lent me the rest.  To read of an un-wanted 10 year old moving and settling into a loving family, and then going on to university, marrying, and seeing her children in World war 1.  A great series, and one I still re-read.


Read more... )

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