This and That Thursday is a (somewhat weekly) roundup of interesting personal tidbits and items that I find around the Web (mostly bookish). Hopefully, you'll find something of interest in the following items!
I've been home for the past three days with a sick Bebe Boy James. A little while ago, he asked if I could go get a Subway sandwich for him, so I'm crossing my fingers that he'll be able to go to school tomorrow and I'll be able to go to work. I really wish I would have used this time to get more done in the house, but it didn't work out as well as I'd hoped on that front.
Now on to This and That:
From their article:
Just for fun, we’re going to look beyond the obvious choices, but rest assured that we consider The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, the Harry Potter books, and The Hunger Games series to be among the best as well (even at the tippy top). It’s just that we think they’re so well established already that you really don’t need to see them on a list like this — you can probably just look over at your shelf. Click through to see a few of our most beloved YA (and older children’s book) series of all time.
One of the picks was this series:
One that I TOTALLY agree with is Ender's Game ... awesomely good book! You do NOT have to be a "fantasy" reader to love it.
There ARE some listed that I admit I haven't heard of<, but since James and I still do read-togethers, I believe I willbe picking some up. Right now, he's buried in Rick Riordan's "The Lost Heroes" from the Heroes of Olympus series.
For book porn, check out Flavorwire's The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World.
Here's the one I love best (but I love 'em all!):
I can see curling up in one of those nooks!
Just in case you haven't already seen the list, the Goodreads Choice Awards winners are up. (I've only read one of these this year, but I'd have to agree that "Gone Girl" was absolutely fab). Have you read any of the others? What do you think of these picks?
Book'd Out brings us That Awkward Moment. Totally me is this one:
You realise during your last book buying spree you bought a 3rd copy of the same book you already own (and still haven’t read)
Do any of these moments fit YOU?
Shared by Book Riot on Facebook (you may need to click on the pic to make it bigger):
And, last, but not least, the Atlantic Wire asks "What Kind of Book Reader Are You?" ... followed by Part Deux.
Part One had me thinking that THIS was me:
Delayed Onset Reader #1. You are without a doubt a book lover, and when you walk into a bookstore or any place books are available, you can't help yourself, you buy one or many. When you get home you put them aside, often reverently, as if they were art, displaying them on a bookshelf or propping them up on your bedside table, pages ready to meet your eyes as soon as you have the moment. But you're very, very busy, and days, weeks, or months may go by before you actually crack open one of these books. It's not for lack of trying! When you finally do, you will be overjoyed by all the learning and emotional depth and humor and writing quality that exists in this book that's been sitting within reach all along, and you will be amazed that you waited so long to ever open it. Suggested delayed onset #1 suggestions: The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman; The Princess Bride, by William Goldman; Lolita by Nabokov; Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery.
But THEN I got to Part Deux ... SO MUCH MORE me:
The All-the-Timer/Compulsive/Voracious/Anything Goes Reader. Wherever you go, whatever you do, there's a book with you. It doesn't matter what it is, really, so long as there are pages with words on them, or an e-reader with words on it. We can't really suggested anything here because you took it with you to the grocery store or subway or library or laundromat or coffee shop, and you're standing in line or sitting down and reading it right now.
But then, there's:
The Cat. You creep around the house all day and sneak peeks at all those large, paper things that your owner leaves lying about. Sometimes, if you're lucky, your owner has left one open, and you lie on top of it and let its smooth pages touch your whiskers. It is oddly comfortable, and deeply satisfying, particularly if it's in a spot in the sun, where you enjoy whiling away a whimsical afternoon. Your owner, who is an "It's Complicated" Bookophile type, fancies that you're actually reading the pages, but you're not. You're just lying on them. Humans are so weird. Suggested cat reads: This one looks nice and flat.
I don't have a cat, but if I had one instead of a hamster, I'm thinking my cat would be just.like.that.
That's all for this week's edition! Let me know if you find anything of interest!