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Ramble: 30-Days of Books #28

I love books. I love words.

I am doing the 30-day book challenge to get some conversations started about books. Please do join in with a comment on your own books – or a link to your own post!

Day 28 and the next prompt is:

Your favourite title for a book or short story.

This will be a short post!

My all time favourite book title is
“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”
by Philip K. Dick

(The book that inspired Blade Runner).

Ramble: 30-Days of Books #27

I love books. I love words.

I am doing the 30-day book challenge to get some conversations started about books. Please do join in with a comment on your own books – or a link to your own post!

Day 27 and the next prompt is:

Name a book with the most surprising or effective plot twist

or “The well I didn’t see that coming!” moment.

There have been very few books that have surprised me by the ending or twist. Maybe it is because the book-blurbs and reviews make you expect a twist!

One book that I think did an effective job with a twist is Ender’s Game (by Orson Scott Card): Ender’s in Battle School training to fight the insects for most of the book. He gets promoted and advances to take on more complex simulations. And if you read the book you know the twist! So I won’t spoil it any further than to spoil the fact that there is a twist!

Ramble: 30-Days of Books #26

I love books. I love words.

I am doing the 30-day book challenge to get some conversations started about books. Please do join in with a comment on your own books – or a link to your own post!

Day 26 and the next prompt is:

Name a book that changed your opinion on something.

This is a tough one as we often read books that reinforce our views and opinions.
So I will make a bit if an odd choice and pick a book that changed how I decide what to value.

The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff
It is in some ways a cutesy book that attempts to show the concepts of eastern philosophy through the eyes of Pooh bear.

It mostly works and what connected with me is that life isn’t complicated unless we choose complications.

Simplify and smell the roses. Or at least taste the honey!
Life is short and beautiful. I want enough to be comfortable and enough companionship to feel loved.
What more is there?