Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Book Worm

Dear Diary:
Berry's Monday Meme was right up my alley this week.  Books and me....me and books!

1. Are you a bookworm?  Absolutely!  I read whenever and wherever I can.  I'm always reading something.  If it's not an actual book, it could be a magazine, newspaper, even a flyer.  I particularly enjoy it after work, after supper, when the house is dark and quiet and I'm cozy and comfy.
2. Which do you prefer: hardcover, paperback or electronic?  Hardcover, paperback and electronic in that order of preference.  There's something about the *crack* of a hardcover.  And of course the old hardcovers appeal to the senses.  There's the feel of the old leather covers; the look of the paper; and thought of ancient readers.  I buy paperbacks because they're cheaper and I consider them [almost] throw-aways.  I don't like electronic very much but it does come in handy when I travel. 
3. Which book is your favourite?  "The wise man reads both books and life itself".  Any book by Lin Yutang.
4. Which children's book is your favourite?   I love children's books and some of the newer ones cover current topics that explain things to kids in their own terms.  There is one book that always brings me to tears when I read it.  I bought a copy for my Mom and we both sat crying while reading it.  It's "Love you Forever" by Robert Munsch.  Everyone should read this and pass it on to a mom / child.

5. What's the last book you read?  It was "Still Alice" by Lisa Genova.  The author interpreted a very real scenario of an intellectual woman who suffers with Alzheimer's.  I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book but I'm glad I did.

6. Name your top five favourite writers:  It's difficult to pick only five but - Robert Munsch, Guy de Maupassant, Robert Galbraith, Alice Munro and Tomson Highway.

7. Name a book that had a strong impact on you: When I was a kid, I got really sick one year and had to spend some time in bed.  My Grandmother passed on a book to me that had been given to her by her mother.  It contained 2 short stories entitled, "The Cuckoo Clock and The Tapestry Room".  I was enthralled by the stories full of magic and mystery.  The vivid descriptions peaked my imagination and made me live each page.  I was no longer a captive in my room...I was a magical cuckoo in a clock on the wall full of tapestries.

8. Favourite & least favourite book genres?  I'll read anything!  I like history, philosophy or the latest on the best seller list.  My least favourite subject is the newest publications of the vampire kind. 

9. Favourite & least favourite book-to-movie adaptations?  I usually read the book first and then I'm always disappointed on how movie people portray things on the screen.  I thought the movie "Life of Pi" was really well done and I think I liked it better than the book.  "Time Traveler's Wife" was better left in the paper version.

10.  Have you ever bought a book on the cover alone?  No I haven't.  The cover often attracts me and I will pick up that book to have a look at it but I always turn to the back or the inside to read what the story is actually about.

11.  Where do you usually buy your books?  I buy at Chapters Indigo at the mall.  I have often ordered from Barnes & Noble or Amazon if I can't get it locally.  I miss the small individual book stores where you could get some different books.

12. Do you go to the library?  Yes all the time.  I've had a library card since I was a kid.

13. How many books do you own? If I buy paperbacks, which I often do, I pass them on to friends or donate them to the used book store or the library so I don't accumulate a lot of those.  The hard cover books I keep since they've been passed down to me from Great Grandparents.  I probably have 100 of those.  I've also kept some of my university text books [not sure why] but am beginning to realize the info in them is getting to be ancient!

14. If you were to write a book about Second Life, which topic would you focus on?  Wow!  I'm sure that book would cover every genre from Art and Architecture to Crime and Mystery to Fantasy.  I think I would title it "My Virtual Migration: A Journey Beyond Myself".

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Hands: SLink AvEnhanced (casual)
Manicure: Izzie's Nails applier
Hair: Analog Dog seven
Tee: ufo boyfriend sweater (universe)
Leggings: Coco white leggings (gift)
Earrings: Caroline's Jewelry large hoops (silver)
Glasses: je suis charmante (silver)

Chair with pose, end table: Just My Imagination Cleom comfort chair
Light: floorplan metal floor lamp

Location:  My house from La Galleria (Palo Alto)