Friday, June 28, 2013

Feature and Follow #28

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This weeks Question:

Q: What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback etc?

For me, there's nothing like the feel of a book in your hand. I know my bag or purse feels lonely, like a giant cave, without a book to inhabit it. I don't understand why more people don't carry books with them. I always have a hard copy book with me, just like I always have a notebook and pen. 

But I like the convience of my Kindle. Honestly what I carry with me depends on what my reading goal for the month is, or challenges I'm working on and which book I was able to purchase on Kindle, and which I had to order through the library. So the answer is both. As long as I get that story! 


Friday, June 14, 2013

Feature and Follow #27

 Gain New Blog Followers

I love activities! This week's blog hop activity is to create a poem using the spines of your TBR pile.

Here's the pic:
Fifth Ave., 5 am
Elphame's Choice was to Wither
with the Raven Boys
Hidden and Eternally Yours, Hidden in a
Midsummer Night's Scream, I Sweep into
Letting Ana Go

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Armchair BEA Genre: From Kindergarten to Tween

Thinking about the books I grew up with as a kid is one of my most fondest memories of growing up. These books were (are) my friends, and I know I can say that here and not feel weird. If I say that around non-bookish people, you get the looks. If you say that around book people, you get understanding nods.

I have say I don't remember much of early childhood books, I do remember flipping through books of fairy tales and the Little Golden Books and being absolutely entranced, fascinated, and even at that small age, I attempted my own crude preschool attempts at writing. This was pre-Disneyification of girlhood, so thankfully I wasn't immersed in the world of Disney princesses--but the REAL princesses from Hans Christen Anderson and the Brothers Grimm and all the varieties in between. My absolute favorite was "East O the Sun, West 'O the Moon":


By the end of 1st grade, I was reading the classics: Black Beauty, Treasure Island, stuff like that. I still believe in the classics and fairy tales as wonderful gateway in which to experience the great minds and adventures of this world.
When I got older, 3rd and 4th grade, I would have to say Laura Ingalls Wilder and Anne of Green Gables would be the essential reading for girls that age--they were certainly influential on me.I loved the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Lucy Maud Montgomery defying the conventions at the time by being writers when the world and society at the time were telling them to say home and embrace more traditional roles. A young feminist in the making!  Little did I know that in my adult years, I would become more like LIW and live in the country in a tiny rural town and write about my experiences as well....



The next stage in my growing up would be the Judy Blume stage. I can't tell you how many times I must have read and re-read her books in middle school. Especially these:

This should be required reading for all young girls, in my opinion. I didn't even find out until college these books were banned because of "graphic" depictions of masturbation and talks about (gasp!) periods and other icky girl stuff. People are really uptight. It's a fact of life, girls need to know about it, get over it.

So finally we enter the Tween stage, which is where I pretty much got into all things Sci Fi and Fantasy. I read some of those books before, and had written my own little stories about a girl who can travel through space, but I didn't get really hardcore into it until the end of middle school and beginning of high school in which I devoured all things Mercedes Lackey, the Dragonlance series, many graphic novels (that's when Neil Gaiman's Sandman series first took off), Charles de Lint, and Ursula Le Guin, among many, many others.  The library was my friend. And still is.

This was a lovely little trip down memory lane!

ArmchairBEA: Non-fiction Edition Day 4 (a day late)

I don't write a lot of posts from my phone, so I hope this goes well. I'm currently sleepless in Salt Lake, on a medical trip, 4 hours from home. It's the second stage in trying to discover what's going on with me.
I'm on summer break now, but August through May I'm an English teacher, so I read a lot of non-fiction by default, and a lot of it is either grammatical "how-to" mechanics, or how to cite in MLA format. Some of these are required for college writers, but I wanted to make the readings somewhat interesting, so I'm currently using Best American Essays (college edition) and Stephen King's memoir, "On Writing."
My most used phrase when it comes to teaching English is: "Writing is a measurement of how you think." That's the value in non fiction: to see how others perceive the world around them and, hopefully, add our thoughts, musings and contributions.
American Essay

Favorites in the Feminism Genre:

 BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch MagazineThe Bust Guide to the New Girl Order

Favorites in the American Essay Genre:

 Women Who Eat: A New Generation on the Glory of FoodWithout a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class

Favorites in the Memoir: I love to read the (published) diaries and journals of people I love and admire as poets, artists, and here are just a few:

 ValenciaIncest: From a Journal of LoveThe Unabridged Journals of Sylvia PlathDirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love

Not there yet, but a little closer than yesterday

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