galwithglasses: (Summer impala)
Nearest book, page 117, second sentence.

"Sting Rays lacked a traditional trunklid; the only access to the storage area was through the passenger compartment." From Chevrolet Yesterday and Today

Well, then.
galwithglasses: (Library Sam)
The Inktober prompt for day 3 was collect. What better to collect than books and cats? Maybe books about cats? This one was fun.

galwithglasses: (Farmall H)
Tagged by [ profile] amberdreams

Answer the questions and then tag 10 more folks.

Nickname - Kathy (Kat, Florian and Roy work too)

Eye colour - blue, almost gray

Hair colour - dark brown with streaks of mithril

One fact about you - I live with one husband, one kid, 2 dogs, and my car, The Sophie.

Favourite colour - blue

Favourite place - North Atlantic seacoast, also Lake Superior

Favourite celebrity - I can't pick just one...J2, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean, Bruce Springsteen

Favourite animal - Wolf, elephants, pandas, tigers (World Tiger Day today)

Favourite song - This and the next one are like picking a favorite child. Here are songs that have been favorites at one point or other.
With or Without You - U2
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Amazing Grace by just about anyone, it's easy to improvise and harmonize with this one
I Am A Rock - Simon and Garfunkel
Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington
The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
King of the Road - Roger Miller
Nightswimming - R. E. M.
The Mary Ellen Carter - Stan Rogers

10. Favourite book
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Katy and the Big Snow - Virginia Lee Burton
The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats
Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum
Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell
Aubreyad by Patrick O'Brian
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

I tag [ profile] milly_gal, [ profile] zebra363, [ profile] casey28, [ profile] de_nugis, [ profile] kalliel, [ profile] steeplechasers, [ profile] zubeneschamali, [ profile] indiachick, [ profile] frelling_tralk and anyone else who wants to play.

Book Meme

Jul. 29th, 2015 03:43 pm
galwithglasses: (Library Sam)
Because I'm trying to pass the time.

The BBC thinks you will have read 6 of the books on this list.

Copy and paste the list, then bold the books you have read.
Italicize books you never completed.
Then sum up with a head count, or a comment.

The book list..... )

I'm pretty sure that's more than 6. I'm always interested to see what makes these kinds of lists. They are so arbitrary. A lot of the ones I have read on the list were required reading in school or I read them as part of a project for English class in high school.
galwithglasses: (Library Sam)
In the last couple of weeks, the topic of favorite illustrators came up.  I've wanted to do a post about it for a while.  One of the best parts of being a librarian is getting to talk about books you love and share them with other people.  I miss that part.  I love illustrated children's books and wanted to collect some of my favorite illustrators in one entry.  After I put the list together, I realized I am drawn to two different kinds of art.  One is collage art done with special paper or small objects.  The other is illustrations with a lot of detail.  Some of these folks will be familiar but a couple seem to be known more regionally.  I put links to places for more examples of the artist's work.  I also wanted to say that while these artists have had their work published, I've also seen work equal to or better done by fan artists here.  Feel free to comment with your additions to the list.

My list )
galwithglasses: (Hold on)
The meme that folks have been doing listing the 10 books that have stuck with them has been really fun to read.  I realized when I was trying (and failing) to narrow my list to 10 titles that I've read a lot of books in series where the main characters are what have stuck with me.  I've seen Nancy Drew and a couple of other book series on other people's lists too.  I did and really do like being able to stay in the same fictional world with the same characters.  The majority of the fiction I read now is fan fiction and I think in some ways, it holds the same appeal.  The characters are familiar and I enjoy spending time with them.  Maybe that's what is so attractive about sticking with a TV show for 10 seasons.  Not only are the characters well known by this point, the cast, show runner, writers, producers and some of the crew are familiar also.  Maybe that's why continuity and canon glitches are so annoying to me.  I like the continuation of story elements as the seasons go forward and don't like it when they get interrupted.

I figured I'd make a list of some of my favorite series.  It's fun to see how my reading tastes have changed over time but I seem to stick with similar characters or time periods.  Spies and soldiers show up quite a bit as does the Napoleonic War period.  I've read a ton of romance novels where they tend to be written as trilogies or where a minor character in one novel ends up the lead character in the next novel.  I went through about a decade where I mostly read romances, largely because they were formulaic and pretty much guaranteed to have a happy ending but most of the characters have been forgettable so there aren't too many listed here.  Here's my list in more or less chronological order of when I started reading them.  With some, I didn't stick with the whole series as they or I changed over time.

The list.... )

On a totally unrelated note, today is the day people are showing appreciation for Jared Padalecki so the icon is of the hand of his son Thomas hanging on to his Daddy's thumb. Wishing you and your family well, Jared.
galwithglasses: (Library Sam)
I wanted to take a break from SPN for a bit and post something for Banned Books Week.

Read more... )
galwithglasses: (S&D in snow)
In the US, it's National Library Week.  Head on over.  Libraries are awesome with plenty of access to all kinds of information.  They are enlightening.

Need convincing?

Let's take a look... )
galwithglasses: (Sharpe)
Maurice Sendak, the author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are died today.  For that book, he was awarded the Caldecott Medal, given once a year to the illustrator for the best illustrated children's story.  Here is a reading of it along with the pictures.

Some of his other work is here... )

So long, Mr. Sendak.  The wild rumpus won't be the same without you.

galwithglasses: (Crabapple in snow)
I was sorry to find out today that Jan Berenstain had died within the last few days.  She and her husband Stan wrote and illustrated a bunch of children's books about the Berenstain Bears, a family of bears who find themselves in typical situations faced by many children.  They usually had some sort of moral or safety tip.  The books get mixed reviews from adults but they're pretty popular with kids. If you're about my age and were a kid in the 70s, you probably ran into Inside, Outside, Upside Down, The Bear Scouts, The Spooky Old Tree, or Old Hat, New Hat.  Some of the more recent books are The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies and The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food.  There must be 150 to 200 different titles.  

We haven't read a lot of them at our house because my kid wasn't a huge fan but I've been shelving Berenstain Bears books in libraries since 1983 and they are constantly being checked out.

Cut for chatter about shelving... )

Regardless of their critical acclaim and my own take on their appeal, I think it is worth noting that the Berenstains created characters that have remained appealing to children since the 1960s, a considerable length of time.  The chronological list of their titles reveals a lot about changes in the way we've raised children over that time and what we've had to prepare them to deal with.  It's also an interesting view of how publishing trends have changed, particularly with the increase in religious or inspirational material and publishing houses dedicated to those works.  The Bears are probably a gold mine for sociologists and cultural anthropologists.  It will be interesting to see where they go from here.


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