Ramble: 30-Days of Books #10

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 10 and the next prompt is:

Name a book that reminds you of home

Home is a great word that has a shared meeting and ultimately means something different to each of us. Home can be family or sanctuary or simply memory of a place long ago and far away.

A book that reminds me of home is The Hobbit. It starts out talking about home and the urge to move on and out and seek adventure.
And throughout the book Bilbo thinks about home and what he left behind.

It also remind me of my home because my oldest sister read it to us younger children as a bedtime story.

And now every time I read that book I remember gathering around while she read the book to all of her younger siblings. My parents would never have picked that book so it was it was a shared sibling secret society.

Ramble: 30-Days of Books #9

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 9 and the next prompt is:

Name a book that you thought you would not like and ended up enjoying.

A book that I read that I thought I would not enjoy was Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.
I was a teenager hooked on Ray Bradbury and Arthur C Clarke and Isaac Asimov.

Reading a thoughtful detective fiction seemed bizarre and weird. I read it. Enjoyed it! And discovered a whole new genre of fiction

Ramble: 30-Days of Books #8

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 8 and the next prompt is:

What is the most overrated book you have read?

There are a few that come to mind. The one that sticks is is James Joyce’s Ulysses.
OMG. Dude you need an editor. It was a whole lot of nothing interesting interrupted by moments of sheer brilliance.
Which is a lot like life – but I already am living that reality of a whole lot of nothing. So now why read it?

Oh wait I just described the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan…

What is your most overrated book?

Ramble: 30-Days of Books #7

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 7 and the next prompt is:

There have been some great comments and messages on these posts. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t responded to our earlier prompts. Drop in and join the fun whenever it suits your fancy!

Today’s Prompt: Name a book that makes you laugh

I do read books for humour – I love to laugh! Heck I love to be silly and tell dad jokes. Most recently I came across a book called “Eats, Shoot and Leaves” by Lynne Trus and which is based off this grammar joke:

A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.

“Why?” asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

“I’m a panda,” he says at the door. “Look it up.”

The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation.

“Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots, & leaves.”

And that isn’t my book – even thought it did make me chuckle and I now love that joke!

So I had to wrack my brain. And out spilled Kurt Vonnegut. Kurt was a witty and sometimes rather sarcastic man. His humour is dark and sometimes quite humourless. And it makes me chortle. There were a few of his books that made me laugh out loud. And in the very next parapgraph tear-up; or plain get angry. He kinda did the whole roller coaster.

Breakfast of Champions is the book I will place here as one that made me laugh at the dark humour.
Also the hilarious childish illustrations.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4980.Breakfast_of_Champions

Ramble: 30-Days of Books #6

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 6 and the next prompt is:

Share a book that makes you sad.

You may interpret sad in any way you feel appropriate from disappointment to frustration. Your emotion so you decide!

I had to think about this quite a bit. Clearly I avoid reading books that evoke sadness. Or maybe I just don’t respond to my reading with sadness? I mean one of the reasons I do read is to find escape from the reality of a life being lived. Not that my life is sad. It just an ordinary life and so why not seek books that take you away on a mental excursion?

The book that eventually came to mind is this one, a book about growing up and along the way dealing with tragedy. It is consider a Young Adult book and also I think it is a great rtead!
The book addresses death and loss. Death is real.
Bridge to Terabithia: . It was written by Katherine Paterson and was published in 1977.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40940121-bridge-to-terabithia

“Sometimes it seemed to him that his life was delicate as a dandelion. One little puff from any direction, and it was blown to bits.”