May 20, 2008

A Knack for Titles

What do I do when feeling bored when I should actually be reading? (By now, I should be sleeping.)

I know someone with a marvelous gift to link the name of an actor to another using only the names of five other actors or actresses. Actually, I probably know a few people who can do this rather well. My point is, while some people have a knack for movies and famous people, this is how I pass time . . .

Before the glorious days of LT, I would sit down and think of as many titles of books that I own as I possibly could whose titles link them to one another. I took to writing them down, but those lists have long ago been thrown out: why do this when I have my addiction to LT to fill my time? Or when I have a TBR pile that should have fallen on me a long time ago?

The answer is, because LibraryThing goes down! (Also, my TBR pile isn't stacked, or else it would fall on me.)

Below is a basic example. I will not provide authors to any of the books I will mention below, as it's late enough as it is. (Remember, I said I should be sleeping.)

Fitcher's Brides -> The Princess Bride -> The Constant Princess

See how I went from linking the word 'bride' to linking the word 'princess'?

I really enjoy doing this and would very much enjoy sharing every link of book titles I came up with tonight, but must not get carried away. I'll stick with the ones with the most books if I can manage it.

Sixteen Book Titles:
Where Are the Children? -> Where the Heart Is -> Black Heart, Ivory Bones -> Black Thorn, White Rose -> Blood is the New Black -> Blue Bloods -> The Blue Girl -> The Onion Girl -> The Other Boleyn Girl -> Little (Grrl) Lost -> Lost in Austen -> Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict -> Lost -> Lost in a Good Book -> The Book Thief -> The Lightening Thief

Fourteen Book Titles:
The Bean Trees -> The Summer Tree -> Tapping the Dream Tree -> A Midsummer Nights’ Dream -> Animal Dreams -> The Dreaming Place -> Dreams Underfoot -> Memory and Dream -> The Memory of Running -> The Memory Keeper’s Daughter -> Daughter of the Forest -> Forests of the Heart -> Inkheart -> Inkspell

Twelve Book Titles:
Where Are the Children? -> Where the Heart Is -> Black Heart, Ivory Bones -> Black Thorn, White Rose -> Blood is the New Black -> Blue Bloods -> Snow White, Blood Red -> The Maid of the White Hands -> White as Snow -> Light on Snow -> Snow Falling on Cedars -> Falling Angels

Eleven Book Titles:
Where Are the Children? -> Where the Heart Is -> Black Heart, Ivory Bones -> Black Thorn, White Rose -> Blood is the New Black -> Blue Bloods -> The Blue Girl -> Blue is for Nightmares -> Fly by Night -> Twelfth Night -> Silent Night

Ten Book Titles:
Where Are the Children? -> Where the Heart Is -> Black Heart, Ivory Bones -> Black Thorn, White Rose -> Blood is the New Black -> Blue Bloods -> The Blue Girl -> Blue is for Nightmares -> The Bluest Eye -> The Golem's Eye

I really should italicise all of those books...but I'm way to sleepy.

I think this would be really fun to play on LT, now that I think about it. I'll have to start a thread after work tomorrow. There, the possibilities will be endless.

May 18, 2008

Stephenie Meyer: The Host

At long last this eagerly awaited for book was released. It's not part of the Twilight series but something new that's not a YA book.

I had a really tough time getting into it because of only having five or ten minutes to read here and there due to a busy work week. Once I had more time to read the book in one sitting, I enjoyed it immensely. It was hard to put down though I had little choice. I ended up staying up very late into two nights reading, the only time there was in my busy schedule to read.

From the beginning it is obvious that there is not merely one main character but two lives that are very much a part of this book. One is Wanderer, a soul and alien. The other is Melanie Stryder, a human whose body is used as a host. Through Melanie's memories, two other characters are drawn in and become of importance to both souls within Melanie's body.

You can feel Wanderer and Melanie's relationship as well as their anger, pain, and sorrow. Swept in their thoughts and emotions, you, too, both smile hugely in a grin and are brought to tears.

There's so much more I'd like to say about it, but I could ramble on forever and cause some major spoiling. All in all, an excellent book!

Stephenie Meyer: Twilight

I'm a little slow posting a couple of books I recently read but here they are at last.

I had not meant to reread this series till July right before the release of Breaking Dawn. However, others were talking about it so much and having ever so much fun referring to it as the book that I couldn't resist reading it again as well.

I tried to read it more critically and to try to see the view as I read the book as others I knew who were reading it for the first time may view the story, however it was difficult to not be simply delighted to read this book again. There are differences of opinion revolving around this series but such is to be expected woth any book.

Having reread this one, I want to complete a reread of the entire series. I'm planning on digging into the second book, New Moon soon.

May 1, 2008

Top 106 unread books on LibraryThing

No one zapped me or said 'you're it' for this but after reading about it on the LibraryThing blog, I'm doing this on my own anyway. Here are LibraryThing's top 106 unread books. Please note they're going by 'unread' and not 'TBR.' I guess some people refer to their TBR pile for what others such as myself refer to as their wishlist. This is a real shame because while I'm an obsessive LT tagger, I tag by 'TBR,' not by 'unread.' This leaves me a little unhappy. I may just do a post for top 106 unread TBR books as well to compare the differences. That will have to be done later though, because it's already 2am and I'd rather be sleeping.

Here are the rules everyone is following:
bold = what you've read,
italics = books you started but couldn't finish
crossed out = books you hated
* = you've read more than once
_ = books on your TBR list (hmm, I'll have to think that over when I'm more awake)

1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell ^^
2. Anna Karenina
3. One hundred years of solitude
4. Crime and punishment
5. Wuthering Heights
6. Catch-22 a novel
7. The Silmarillion
8. Don Quixote
9. The Odyssey
10. The brothers Karamazov
11. Ulysses
12. Madame Bovary
13. War and peace
14. Jane Eyre
15. A tale of two cities ^^
16. The name of the rose
17. Moby Dick
18. The Iliad
19. Emma ^^
20. Vanity fair
21. Love in the Time of Cholera
22. The Blind Assassin
23. The Canterbury tales
24. Pride and prejudice *
25. The historian : a novel
26. Great Expectations ^^
27. The kite runner
28. The time traveler's wife *
29. Life of Pi : a novel
30. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
31. Atlas shrugged
32. Foucault's pendulum
33. Dracula
34. The grapes of wrath ^^
35. A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
36. Frankenstein
37. Mrs. Dalloway ^^
38. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
39. Middlemarch
40. Sense and sensibility
41. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas42. Memoirs of a Geisha
43. The sound and the fury
44. Brave New World ^^
45. Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle I)
46. American gods : a novel ^^
47. Middlesex
48. The poisonwood Bible : a novel
49. Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West *
50. A portrait of the artist as a young man
51. The picture of Dorian Gray
52. Dune
53. The satanic verses
54. Gulliver's travels ^^
55. Mansfield Park
56. The three musketeers
57. The corrections
58. The inferno
59. Oliver Twist
60. The Fountainhead
61. To the lighthouse
62. A clockwork orange
63. Tess of the D'Urbervilles
64. The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay : a novel
65. Persuasion ^^
66. One flew over the cuckoo's nest
67. The scarlet letter
68. Robinson Crusoe
69. Anansi boys : a novel
70. The once and future king
71. Atonement: A Novel
72. The god of small things
73. A short history of nearly everything
74. Oryx and Crake : a novel
75. Dubliners
76. Cryptonomicon
77. Angela's ashes : a memoir
78. Beloved : a novel
79. Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
80. The hunchback of Notre Dame
81. In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its…
82. Lady Chatterley's lover
83. A confederacy of dunces
84. Les misérables
85. Watership Down
86. The prince
87. The amber spyglass *
88. Beowulf : a new verse translation ^^
89. A farewell to arms
90. Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into…
91. The Aeneid ^^
92. Treasure Island
93. Sons and lovers
94. The personal history of David Copperfield
95. The road
96. Possession : a romance
97. The history of Tom Jones, a foundling
98. The book thief
99. Gravity's rainbow
100. The War of the Worlds
101. Tender is the night
102. Candide, or, Optimism
103. Never let me go
104. The plague
105. Jude the obscure
106. Cold mountain

As you can see, I've hardly touched any of them, and I added to the rules as I went along. ^^ = books I know that I definitely want to read one day that I don't own.

Now it's ten till 3am and I am saying goodnight!