Saturday, August 8, 2015

Happy National Book Lover's Day

August 9, 2015
National Book Lovers Day! I know one thing I have in common with most of my readers is the love of reading.
I cannot imagine what life would be like if I didn't know how to read. Do you feel that way?



 
 

 
 





 
Have You read the Lemony Snicket series? Fun, but crazy books, for young people!!



What is your favorite book of all time? Mine is  Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. We were supposed to read it in high school but I didn't really READ it, if you know what I mean. I read it years later. I will never forget the Joades.

 







Many Stephen King books transported me into a magical world. Remember It? This was one of the scariest books I ever read....







I've taken many a journey with the turning of a page. With books you can visit many lands. What is your favorite book that takes place in a different country? Mine was: Eureka Street, A Novel of Ireland Like No Other. (Thanks Kwizgiver for the recommendation).






Do you read the same book over and over? I never do! It's kind of like watching a movie the second time. If I know the ending I don't enjoy it so much. But I know there are people who like to re-read books. Are you one of them?





Have you ever 'forced' yourself to stay awake only to 'read one more chapter'? I think of all the lost moments of sleep. But I wouldn't take them back for anything. Those are the best books, don't you think, the ones which keep you awake at night. What was the title of a book that kept you awake? For me it
would have been The Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jean Auel. And I could not read those books without wanting some kind of meat to eat. I often read while tearing into a chicken leg or a piece of roast beef!!





I can remember vacations we have taken by the book I was reading. My favorite John Grisham book, The Pelican Brief, was my first introduction to John Grisham. We were on a road trip from home to Las Vegas and then to Chicago. I could hardly wait to get into the car so I could pick up the book. Do you read while you are traveling?





So celebrate National Book Lover's Day today. Pick up a book. Find a nice spot to relax. Spend the day reading. I can't think of anything I would rather do. How about you?














                                                                                



 








23 comments:

  1. I loved Grapes of Wrath. I read it when I was a sophomore in high school; it was required reading for 11th grade; I was more than happy to read it again. My all time favorite books were two; To Kill a Mockingbird; I think I read that over 20 times between the summer of my 8th and 9th grade and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Loved that book so much when I started learning to type, I was determined to type the whole book out (didn't though, LOL).

    I have been known to go to bed way too late, just to read one more chapter :)

    betty

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    1. I have only recently read To Kill a Mockingbird. I haven't heard about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn but I checked it out and now I want to read it! I love how we all get ideas of what to read from each other.

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  2. I love reading on my breaks at work. It takes me totally out of that environment and refreshes my mind while my body relaxes. I also love reading on a quiet afternoon or on a rainy day.

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    1. I used to do that on my breaks at work too! It instantly relieved me off the stress of a busy med-surg floor!!

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  3. I can't believe I didn't know it is Book Lovers Day! I must celebrate!

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  4. Well, I felt no guilt when I came in from doing my chores and errands and then sat down and read Jefferson Bass's latest novel 'The Breaking Point'. My all-time favorite book is Ayn Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged'. My goal this year is to red all of Agatha Christie's books and I am almost there.

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    1. ALL the Agatha Christie books is a huge undertaking. Good for you!

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  5. A favorite book? When I thought about that question, I couldn't come up with just one. A whole library flashed before my eyes ... all the books that I've loved for so many different reasons. Once I had to write a "Baker's Dozen" list of books that I would take with me to a desert island. I agonized over that list for weeks. Should I list all of the good literature that I'd studied and loved? (and thereby look more erudite -- it was for the National Council of Teachers of English!) Or should I list the books that make me feel good? That informed me? In the end I chose books that I would want to read over and over. It was a desert island, after all. I don't remember the list, but I'm certain that I included the poetry of Robert Frost, Pride and Prejudice, The Snow Goose, War and Peace, the works of Charles Dickens, a Russian novel (probably War and Peace) and so on. Of course, some of the other participants listed impressive but not-island-friendly books (in my eyes) like Joyce's Ulysses, while others "cheated" and included entire anthologies. Since making the list, perhaps 25 years ago, I've read so many wonderful books that the job would be even harder! It's a fun activity though, isn't it? Nancy (alzheimerswife)

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    1. I totally agree with you Nancy. My favorite book changes all the time. Depends on the mood I am in and what genre we are talking about. You mentioned many of the great classics. I haven't read many of them. But I plan to. And Robert Frost, yes, I love Robert Frost!

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  6. I'm soooo glad I ignored yesterday's 'gentle reminder' from our library and made myself sit down and read, "Girl on a Train!" (Ya, I'd had it 2 weeks and hadn't made it past the first 12 pages.) Unfortunately, nothing else got accomplished all yester-day (and night), but it felt wonderful.

    I don't know it's the 'best' book I've ever read ... I keep changing my mind!... but one from the Civil War era I read back in high-school still sticks in my head, "Tears are for the Living."

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    1. "Tears are for the Living"....I will have to look into that one Myra!

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  7. I don't know how people can NOT read. It is one of the most enjoyable things I do. I love escaping into a book and just spending time with me and the characters, leaving the rest of my worries behind.

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  8. Just the other night, I kept reading "one more chapter" until 6 AM. Not good. Well, the book was...

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    1. What was the book?? You can't leave me hanging like that Liz!

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  9. Oh this is such a happy post! I forgot this book lovers day was coming . . . but I saw your post very early this morning and had plenty of time to have a fun reading day with my granddaughter. My favorite book of all time is THE PEASANTS by Wasyslaw Reymont. It is a long sage about Polish peasants as they go through the four seasons of one year. the saga begins with Autumn. My favorite book that takes place in another country is BUDDENBROOKS by Thomas Mann. It is the saga of an elite German family through four generations. I enjoyed Mann's descriptive style and I like old books.

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    1. I just added The Peasants to my reading list Gram. Sounds very good!

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    2. Here's a lonk to read it online: http://www.unz.org/Pub/ReymontLadislas-1937 It will be so much easier than requesting it via an interlibrary loan. It's a rare book and hard to find, out of print. Reymont won the Nobel Prize in Literature for it in 1924. It is four volumes named after the four seasons beginning with Autumn. It's just an old fashioned book about poor Polish folks and how they make do.I plan to read it again and I am biginning in early October with Autumn and will read the successive volumes with the change in season here. He added a famous Polish tale in the middle of the work. It's a charming piece about Jesus' dog, Burek.

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    3. The previors link I gave you gets you to the right site, but you have to click in the "Pages" tab. Each page is a separate pdf, but once you start, you just tap "next page" to continue. Use this link to get you to the pages: http://www.unz.org/Pub/ReymontLadislas-1937:880?View=Pages

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    4. Thanks so much Gram. I think I have it figured out. I am going to see if I can find it on my phone and I can read it that way. The book looks very good! I like the idea of reading it through the seasons.

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  10. I love to read like you do. I read every night before I go to bed. If I'm in the middle of a great book, I will rush home from work to read.
    I loved the series by Ken Follett - Pillars of the earth and World without end. They were huge thick books and I read them both within 2 weeks.
    I really enjoyed the book Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I bought that for many of my friends. I have read every book by Jodi Picoult , Dean Koontz and Stephen King.
    I love all the classics- Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mockingbird, Where the red fern grows, white fang. When I was a kid, instead of allowance, I asked for books. I used to babysit when I was a teenager and the mom would take me to the bookstore and let me pick out some books. My first series was the Chronicles of Narnia. I was swept away and love all of them today.

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    1. I have never Ken Follett but I have a friend who does. I need to look into reading some of his books. Also adding Redeeming Love to my List!

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