And not so good reads. Okay, so good is subjective, but today I’m killing two birds with one stone here because I’m tired (it’s also why I’m so late in posting today). Embecee posted this challenge today, and I liked it so I’m gonna use it for today’s post. It kinda fits… and I couldn’t think of anything else to write. I’m in a lot of pain! Don’t judge me! 😛
So anyway, here’s the “challenge” I’m not sure how it’s a challenge, but here we go. The original challenge and unanswered list can be found here at A Writer’s Life.
If you are a bookworm, how would you answer this challenge?
A book you read in school — So, I’ve been to a lot of schools. Like Elementary School, Jr. High School, High School, two different trade schools, one community college and one university for both Undergraduate and Graduate studies. I’ve read a lot of books. Like… a ton of them for school. I was an English Major after all. A book that stands out isn’t one that I read though, but one that my sixth grade teacher read. It was called How to Eat Fried Worms. by Thomas Rockwell. I’m not sure why, but it has good memories for me.
A book from your childhood — I read a lot of British novels as a kid, like Embeecee, I read a A Little Princess and The Secret Garden, by Francis Hodges Burnett, and a few others that I can’t quite remember at the moment. I know I read a lot of British novels because when I started taking spelling tests in schools I’d get bad grades for spelling color with a /u/ as in colour. My mom had bought this encyclopedia type thing called “A Children’s Hour” I spend a lot of time reading that.
A book published over 100 years ago — Many of the books I read and have read were written over 100 years ago. Take the two I mentioned above, and many of the stories in A Children’s Hour. I’ve read nearly everything Shakespeare wrote, you know? I’m reading a book right now called The Good Wife’s Guide (Le Ménagier de Paris): A Medieval Household Book by Gina L. Greco (Translator), Christine M. Rose (Translator) which was originally written in the 1300’s by a 60-year-old man to his 15-year-old wife on how to be a “good” wife, not only to him, but to her next husband. I’m also reading a book called Our Domestic Birds which was written in 1913 by John R. Robinson and is about how to raise poultry. The poultry book is interesting not just because it’s an older book about poultry, but because it talks about social classes and a bit about engineering in the early 20th century. I mean, damn, we’ve come a long way since 1913…
A book published in the last year — So, I’m interested in Passive energy and we’re thinking we might rebuild our home in the next few years or so. I haven’t been reading a lot of fiction lately (it just hasn’t caught my attention), so I have a few books written on the subject of passive energy. I bought this book and tried to slog through it. It’s very dry but I got some bits and pieces from it. Passive House Details.
A non-fiction book — Also on my Kindle along with Our Domestic Birds, is a book called Civil War Household Tips, by Maggy Mack which is interesting. I wouldn’t do half of what it suggests you do, but some of it is interesting. I like books like these. I have a ton of them. I generally try to collect them as hard copies because I find them fascinating not just for the “tips” but for the glimpses into the society and mores of the time.
A book written by a male author — I’ve read all of Stephen King’s books. Well, most of them. Does that count? 😛
A book written by a female author — I honestly don’t pay attention to who’s writing a book. I just read it. But for school I had to read Jane Austen’s books. So I hope that counts.
A book by someone who isn’t a writer (think Paul Kalathani or Richard Branson) —Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy.
A book that became/is becoming a film. — Nearly every book I’ve read, it seems, has become a movie. The latest one was A Wrinkle In Time. I think… I’m pretty sure of that.
A book published in the 20th Century. — I mentioned one above Our Domestic Birds… but I have several sitting on my shelf. I mean, the 20th century wasn’t so long ago, and that’s a whole hundred years to pick from. The aforementioned A Wrinkle in Time was also written in the 20th century. But another comes to mind… Little Fuzzy written by H. Beam Piper in 1962, about four years before I was born. I like it because it shows a “future” that’s set right around this time and it’s kinda interesting how far the author thought we’d come and some of the limitations he still thought we’d have.
A book set in your hometown/region — That’s a tough one, because I don’t really have a hometown/region. I mean we moved a lot when I was a kid and I moved just as much as an adult. I suppose I could say that Vallejo, CA was my home town because that’s where I stayed the longest. So far as I know there isn’t a book (that I’ve read) set there. But I could google it. Yeah, google comes up empty too. Unless you want picture books.
A book with someone’s name in the title — Wow, that’s a lot of books. ^_^ I mean there are a ton of books with names in the title. One that comes to mind (that I also had to read for school) was A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner. I can’t stand Faulkner or any of his books. I hated that books (good is subjective, isn’t it? Some people love Faulkner… I don’t). Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov was another one I had to read for college with a name in the title. And I wrote 20+ pages about why it was not the romantic novel my instructor thought it was. Again, good is subjective.
A book with a number in the title — Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It’s the book that came to mind, but I have to admit, I don’t remember reading it. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens… I vaguely remember reading this, but it was a long time ago.
A book with a character with your first name — My birth name is rather uncommon (you’d never see it preprinted on anything personalized) so no one used it in books. My adopted name — Willow — also appears to be rather uncommon. I haven’t read many books with a character called Willow. I have seen a movie with that title, and the main character was the titular character. And, of course, there was the Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
A book someone else recommended to you — Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was recommended to me by both my husband and one of my good friends. They both thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. I thought it was okay but nothing to write home about. I guess I was wrong about A Wrinkle In Time being the latest to be made into a movie because Ready Player One got made into one too. This also kinda fits into the “book with a number in the title” too. Ha!
A book with over 500 pages — Oh my goodness… half the books I read are over five hundred pages. However, when I was a kid, I read a book called Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo that was over a thousand pages long. I felt very accomplished, having finished that book. I also read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy back then… also over 1000 pages long… just to say I’d read War and Peace. I didn’t really enjoy it. I was a weird kid. ^_^
A book you can finish in a day — anything under 200 pages is a book I can finish in less than four hours. It also depends on the subject matter and the writing. I mean Twilight? I finished the whole series in two days. I read the Twilight series because if I’m going to debate the merits (or lack thereof) of a book, I’m gonna damn well read the book. I couldn’t even make it through the first chapter of Fifty Shades of Grey.
A previously banned book — The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was banned in Kern County, CA for profanity and “sexual overtones” and in Turkey for spreading propaganda. I’ve always liked that book.
A book with a one-word title — Well, the aforementioned Sacajawea & Twilight could count. But another (so I’m not cheating) might be Beloved by Toni Morrison.
A book translated from another language — again, I’ve already mentioned a couple — War and Peace, A Good Wife’s Guide (which was originally written in Middle French) — But let’s see… I think Lolita was written in English… Most of the books I’ve read that are translated are translated from “old” languages to current languages and then into English, or from Old and/or Middle English into modern English. Like The Forme of Cury which is a 14th century cook book that I find quite fascinating. But I’ve also read books from all over the world that have been translated too. Like Japanese comic books (also known as manga). I don’t read Japanese, so the only way to read manga, is to read the translations. Also, I read all of the Millennium series (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) by Stieg Larsson which was originally written in Swedish.
A book that will improve a specific area of your life — Do books about knitting count? I have a nifty one that focuses specifically on binding off and casting on called The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman. Actually, I have quite a few knitting and crocheting books, and some sewing books.
A memoir or journal — The 12-Foot Teepee by our very own Marilyn Armstrong of Serendipity. An interesting look into her journey if I do say so myself. Go check it out.
A book written by someone younger than you. — Honestly, I don’t know the age of the authors I read. I’m 52 years old. And do you mean that the time they wrote the book? or now? Because I’m betting Shakespeare was younger than me when he wrote many of his plays and sonnets, but he’s kinda dead and gone now. You know?
A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year — I don’t have any plans to visit any place this year, except my imagination, and every book is set there.
An award-winning book — A majority of the books I’ve listed here have won some award or another. I think. But let’s see… nothing comes to mind to tell you the truth. I just don’t pay attention to awards. I don’t even know what awards are out there.
A self-published book — Poor Richard’s Almanack by Benjamin Franklin. I really do love old books that offer “wisdom” and hints about how to live the good life back in the day. They’re great. And Benjamin Franklin published this almanac for 25 years. Maybe it’s not a ‘book’ in the traditional sense, but I’m gonna treat it as such.
And there you have it, a peek into my library of the past. I have a few of these books on my Kindle, and some in print, but most are ghosts of the past. Thanks for your patience if you read this before I edited it. Like I mentioned, I’m in a lot of pain right now. It makes proofreading difficult. But hey, at least it got edited. I’m sure there’s still quite a few mistakes. Fibro fog will do that to ya.