We owe it to each other to tell stories - Neil Gaiman

Sunday, 28 November 2010

A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe
Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow--
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand--
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep--while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Classics Books Challenge

Sarah over at Sarah Reads Too Much is hosting the Back to the Classics Challenge 2011 from January to June 2011.

The goals to complete:

  1. A Banned Book
  2. A Book with a Wartime Setting (can be any war)
  3. A Pulitzer Prize (Fiction) Winner or Runner Up: a list can be found here
  4. A Children's/Young Adult Classic
  5. 19th Century Classic
  6. 20th Century Classic
  7. A Book you think should be considered a 21st Century Classic
  8. Re-Read a book from your High School/College Classes

I'll post soon to let you know what I have decided to read for the challenge

Friday, 26 November 2010

It's FRIDAY!!!

So it is finally Friday, could this week possibly have gone by any slower? I finished all my marking (in case I forgot to say so, I have been substitute teaching for the past month) so I can do some serious reading again. I am proud of myself though because I finished the first two books in the Vampire Diaries series! I cannot begin to describe how different it is from the tv series, but I am enjoying both equally. But more on the Vampire Diaries will follow when I do an actual post on the books. I hope to finish books 3 and 4 in the series, but perhaps that is too ambitious for this weekend as I am rather tired.

I am counting down the days till I am on holiday, so that I can just chill and get back into the groove of serial reading. So here's hoping that you will all have a wonderful Friday (well what's left of it) and Happy REading to you all :)

Monday, 22 November 2010

Recent Acquisitions

I have not bought many books since the last time I really posted on Bibliophilia, so there is not really much to report. I ordered a few books from the Leisure Books Catalogue and picked up bargains at the Save a Pet shop, so here's what I've added to my collection:

  • The White Queen - Philippa Gregory
  • The Red Queen - Philippa Gregory
  • A Sprat to Catch a Mackerel - Raymond Ackerman
  • Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Treasure Island - R.L. Stevenson
Hopefully I'll acquire more over the festive season ...

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Something new...

The meme that I did yesterday helped me realise that I am really not well read when it comes to poetry, so from now on I will be having a poetry Sunday, which will help me to become more acquainted with poetry and maybe it will help you too?
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Getting back into blogging with a meme

I found this meme on A Room of One's own, and thought I would use this as my return to blogging after my long absence *more on that later*. So here goes...

1) What author do you own the most books by?

Because I have all the available House of Night books, I would have to say P.C. and Kristen Cast, but I also have all of Jane Austen's books. So I think this question is a bit unfair to authors who published books that are not an ongoing series. I also have a fair amount of Shakespeare's plays.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?

I have two copies of King Lear and a Tale of Two Cities. Both additional copies purchased because in a book shopping high I forgot that I already had both.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?

Nope, didn't even notice till I read this question.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?

Marcus from the Bewitching Mysteries Series

5) What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?

I can't say there was a book in the worst category, but the book I was most disappointed by was actually three books - Bridget Jone's Diary, Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada. They are not bad books, nor are they badly written; I just expected more because of the movies and tv series.

9) If you could force everyone to read one book, what would it be?

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?

Hmm... Hard to say. Let me get back to you on that.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?

Revenge by Sharon Osbourne

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?

I wish that the Twilight books hadn't been made into movies. The books are phenomenal, the movies not so phenomenal. The book almost gets lost in what the movie shows. But perhaps I should watch the movies again and see if my opinion changes.

But on a more serious not one book that should NEVER be made into a movie is The Catcher in the Rye. Out of respect to J.D. Salinger and his amazing book - Hollywood should not touch it - as it would be the antithesis of the book.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.

John Lennon wrote a Spaniard in the Works so that makes him qualify as a writer - so this counts. I dreamt I met him and told him that he was going to be shot so as to save him.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?

Will have to get back to you on this one.

15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?

Dr Zhivago by Boris Pasternak - still haven't got past the 1/4 mark but will try again during the holidays.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?

Have never seen a Shakespeare play being performed before in the traditional sense of the word. But if movies count then probably Macbeth.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?

I have never read a book [or rather a novel] by a French author before (the horror, I know) but I have started reading Dr Zhivago. So I would have to say that I am not well read enough to be able to answer this question with justice.

18) Roth or Updike?

Updike because of The Witches of Eastwick.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?

I've never heard of either one.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?

Because I have only read Shakespeare so far, I cannot choose. I do have a copy of the Canterbury Tales though that I am dying to get into.

21) Austen or Eliot?

I started reading Emma, so am not fully versed in the works of Austen and have never read Eliot.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?

Biggest is during my first and second year of university - hadn't gotten the balance right yet to be able to read books for fun. And in my first year I had no arts subjects for which to read novels; only social science books. So I only read a few books during the longer holidays.

23) What is your favorite novel?

The Catcher in the Rye.

24) Play?

Iphigenia at Aulis by Euripides

25) Poem?

I am not very well read when it comes to poetry so I would say either the Wild Swans at Coole or i carry your heart with me by E.E. Cummings

26) Essay?

Still have to decide on this one.

27) Short story?

A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger followed by Thomas Mann's Death in Venice (although it is classed as a novella.)

28) Work of nonfiction?

Night by Elie Wiesel and Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies.

29) Who is your favorite writer?

J.D. Salinger

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?

I can't really say.

31) What is your desert island book?

All of Salinger's books, as well as all of Dahl's and then Rowling and some of my other favourites like The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Colour Purple, Angela's Ashes and then of course Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides.

32) And ... what are you reading right now?

The Vampire Diaries - L.J. Smith
A Spandiard in the Works - John Lennon
The Metamorphoses - Ovid
Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life - Roald Dahl
Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger