30 Day book meme, 5: a book you hate

Day 5 of the 30 day book meme: a book or series you hate. What? I’m supposed to choose just one? Hi, I’m Mary and I hate books and movies like other people breathe. (That is, loudly, endlessly and especially so on public transport.) I could, for example, tell you about Neal Stephenson’s Quicksilver in which it turns out that the interesting enough characters of Cryptonomicon are actually projections of their exceedingly similar distant male line ancestors into the present. Plus beautiful women cryptographer something something something OH GODS IT’S A MIRACLE THE SPINE OF THE BOOK IS STILL INTACT. … Continue reading 30 Day book meme, 5: a book you hate

30 Day book meme, 4: your favourite series ever

Day 4 of the 30 day book meme: your favourite book or series ever. Let me interrogate the question for a moment. Day 4 is “your favourite book or series ever.” Day 6 is “Favourite book of your favourite series OR your favourite book of all time”. That pretty much compels Day 4 to be about my favourite series ever, doesn’t it? Because if I choose the other door, I have to talk about my “favourite book of my favourite series” on Day 6, which would be strange if I hadn’t talked about the series, no? In addition, I am … Continue reading 30 Day book meme, 4: your favourite series ever

30 Day book meme, 3: the best book you've read in the last 12 months

Day 3 of the 30 day book meme: the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months. I got into Ursula Le Guin’s writing non-Earthsea writing rather late, but now it’s like always coming home, for me. (Yes, haha, I have not in fact read it. I don’t actually seek them out, because I think her work deserves to be read over many years.) This year’s gem is The Birthday of the World, which is a collection of stories. The thematic draw of this book for me was the stories about various forms of introversion, of relationships unfolding slowly, … Continue reading 30 Day book meme, 3: the best book you've read in the last 12 months

30 Day book meme, 2: a book you wish more people were reading and talking about

Day 2 of the 30 day book meme – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about This one is rather leading: it seems to think I’m ahead of the curve on books and am going to be introducing a book or series that none of you have ever heard of. I am no one’s book wizard (incidentally, I’ve read a few hundred pages of Infinite Jest and it’s fun). Still this one is easy compared to Day 20, favourite kiss. Favourite kiss? Yikes. Anyway, a year or so ago I wished I had more … Continue reading 30 Day book meme, 2: a book you wish more people were reading and talking about

30 Day book meme, 1: a book series you wish would just freaking end already

Reposted from here There seem to be a lot of 30 day prompts around at the moment, and I might take on a few of them. The first is the 30 Day book meme, now that I’ve finally found a list of all the prompts. I am not commiting to 30 continuous days. Day 1 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!) I’m ready for the ending of Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn Chronicles. There are actually only five books to date (six in the USA, … Continue reading 30 Day book meme, 1: a book series you wish would just freaking end already