Ramble: 30-Days of Books #25

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 25 and the next prompt is:

Name a character that you identify with

The character I think I most identify with is Hamlet.
He is a rather ordinary guy and then weird stuff happens.
His father’s ghost speaks to him and Hamlet is all. “Yep gotta do something cause that ain’t right..”

And later Hamlet questions the certainty of what happened and his obligation to change it.

Hamlet makes poor choices and still somehow muddles through.
“To be or not to be…” is a universal inner monologue in all of as at some point.
The questioning of “why do we even bother?”

I am Hamlet just not as eloquent.

Ramble: 30-Days of Books #24

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 24 and the next prompt is:

A book that you think more people should read!

Little Fuzzy is a 1962 science fiction novel by H. Beam Piper, now in public domain.
It was nominated for the 1963 Hugo Award for Best Novel. It is an excellent and thought-provoking read.
What does it mean to be sentient?
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Fuzzy

Read it for free here
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18137

Ramble: 30-Days of Books #23

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 23 and the next prompt is:

Name a book you have wanted to read for a long time and never have.

I was initially going to go with one of the classics for this prompt, such as “War and Peace”
TL:DR

I own the book and every time I pick it up I hear the book whisper:”You don’t have time…”

I Think though I will go with any of the more recent Pratchett books. When I am in a bookstore and seem them all pretty and lined up. Quietly waiting for my hand to open them up. I think “maybe I should try one more time”. So many choices!

And then I recall all the previous disappointments in reading Pratchett. I can’t really start in the middle – I’d have to go back and start with an earlier book. So much effort. So I smile and walk way.

Besides people already tell me all the good parts. I can read them via osmosis!

Ramble: 30-Days of Books #22

Happy Autumn!

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 22 and the next prompt is:

Name a book that made you cry

Hmm. That was tougher than I imagined. Sad I can name a few. Books don’t often make me cry.

“A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving
I mean even the backpage summary hits you – 11 year old kills his best friend with a foul ball….and then the story happens.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4473.A_Prayer_for_Owen_Meany
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Eleven-year-old Owen Meany, playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire, hits a foul ball and kills his best fri…

“When someone you love dies, and you’re not expecting it, you don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time—the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes—when there’s a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she’s gone, forever—there comes another day, and another specifically missing part.”

It is also a very funny book at times.

Ramble: 30-Days of Books #21

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 21 and the next prompt is:

What is the first novel you remember reading?

First novel? Wow that goes way back in time! Here I take “novel” to mean any book that was primarily words. Not a picture book. And a book that someone older than 16 might still occassional read.
And it is the book that pulled me into reading:
It is called Silver Chief: Dog of the North.

I do not have the book anymore and finding information on it is actually a challenge! It was written by Jack O’Brien

Jack O’Brien

It is set in the Arctic and if I recall mostly Alaska and Yukon.
It is in many ways a romanticized and sanitized view of life in the Arctic and the peoples in the Arctic. Jack O’Brien was a military man – and a member of Admiral Byrd’s Arctic expeditions.

I found the book in my parent’s library. We grew up out in the country and my mom loved books. She would buy up books at every church and yard sale she encountered.
When I was 10 or 11 (life blurs that way) I had acute appendicitis. My appendix actually burst, and I developed peritonitis. And I spent 2 weeks in intensive care recovering with a tube draining my abdominal area of infection. That summer was a bust (pun intended) and, because of the surgery and ongoing infection, I couldn’t do anything a boy of that age might normally do. So I began pulling books off the shelf and reading them.
Silver Chief: Dog of the North
Silver Chief to the Rescue
The Return of Silver Chief
Silver Chief’s Revenge
And associated with the Silver Chief books were some books about a Mounties…
Royal Red: Colt of the Royal Mounted
Corporal Corey of the Royal Canadian Mounted

Silver Chief is a part husky part wolf dog that begins life as semi-wild animal who learns to avoid humans as cruel and arbitrary beings. Silver Chief develops a bond with a Canadian Mountie who needs Silver Chief as much as Silver Chief. Silver Chief learns he can trust and rely on the Mountie.

It was a great early adventure book for a young boy and one – that I can imagine were to re-read it now – would reveal its age and cultural viewpoints.