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Christmas Wish List

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For a book lover a Christmas list is usually composed of just that, books. I would happily receive all books for Christmas.

Here are the books I have listed on my Christmas wish list:

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What We See When We Read – Peter Mendelsund

Between the Lines– Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Creativity Inc. – Ed Catmull

My Age of Anxiety – Scott Stossel

After the End – Amy Plum

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow – Rita Leganski

Inside – Alix Ohlin

Authorable Mention

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This second edition of “Authorable Mention” goes to the one and only Roald Dahl.

Still a child at heart I can’t help but re-read some of my favourite books from when I was little. Some of these favourite books come from the author, Roald Dahl. Recently re-read are, the Twits, and the BFG, two of my favourites.

In his career Dahl wrote over 15 children’s books. You may recognise, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “James and the Giant Peach”, or “Matilda”.

Dahl’s books usually contain some strange elements, and characters, magic, and make believe. They feature heroes, laughs, and silliness.

My favourite book by Dahl is:
The BFG

Some of my favourite quotes from Dahl’s books are:

“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
-Roald Dahl, The Twits

“I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.”
-Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr. Fox

“I was glad my father was an eye-smiler. It meant he never gave me a fake smile because it’s impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren’t feeling twinkly yourself. A mouth-smile is different. You can fake a mouth-smile any time you want, simply by moving your lips. I’ve also learned that a real mouth-smile always has an eye-smile to go with it. So watch out, I say, when someone smiles at you but his eyes stay the same. It’s sure to be a phony.”
-Roald Dahl, Danny the Champion of the World

What I remember most about Dahl’s books are:
The characters.
The memorable plots.
The ways they have made me laugh.
The book covers.

Here is Roald Dahl’s official interactive website: http://www.roalddahl.com/

Did you read Dahl’s books when you were a child? Do you read them to your children now? Which is your favourite?

Book Signing

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This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favourite authors, Sophie Kinsella, at her book signing in London.

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I brought my copy of “Wedding Night” for her to sign. This is my favourite book by Kinsella as it is one of the funniest books I have ever read.

 

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If you havent read Kinsella, you may recognize her name as the author of the “Shopaholic” Series. She has also written stand alone novels such as , “Remember Me?” , “I’ve Got Your Number,” and “The Undomesticated Goddess”. All of her novels are laugh out loud guaranteed.

Despite my shameless enjoyment of Kinsella’s novels, other readers have found that they are self-conscious or even embarrassed to be reading her books. Apparently, Kinsella is an author readers try not to share their enjoyment of openly. Yes, Kinsella is not the most technical writer, her books do follow a similar pace and outcome, yes her characters tend to be similar in personalities and likeness. Critics will alway have something negative to say about all authors, but I don’t think readers should hide what they are reading from others in order to avoid judgement. I think readers should read what they want to, what makes them happy, what makes them laugh (like Kinsella’s books), and not worry about what other people think about what they are reading.

That’s what I do at least. Kinsella is not a “guilty pleasure” of reading, she is not an author to be ashamed of reading. I read her books because I enjoy reading them. I read them because they make me laugh, and I am not embarrassed to suggest them to others.

Check out this article that dives more into the debate about reading books written by Sophie Kinsella.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/book-reviews/confessions-of-a-shopaholic-aholic-why-its-okay-to-love-sophie-kinsellas-anti-heroine/article21289034/

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Maggie Wrobel referring to Sophie Kinsella’s books.

 

Authorable Mention

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This “Authorable Mention” goes to Jodi Picoult who happens to be my favourite author!

Picoult has written and co-written over 23 novels, 8 of which have been featured in the number 1 spot on the New York Times Bestsellers list! I imagine this number to soon be 9 as her newest book release is October 14, 2014 and I am sure it won’t disappoint!

Picoult writes books that focus on family, legailities, relationships, drama, and usually controversial, emotional, difficult topics.

My favorited book by Picoult is:
Change of Heart

Some of my favourite quotes from Picoult’s books are:
“Maybe who we are isn’t so much about what we do, but rather what we’re capable of when we least expect it.”
― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

“A mathematical formula for happiness:Reality divided by Expectations.There were two ways to be happy:improve your reality or lower your expectations.”
― Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes

“Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.”
― Jodi Picoult, Second Glance

“People always say that, when you love someone, nothing in the world matters. But that’s not true, is it? You know, and I know, that when you love someone, everything in the world matters a little bit more.”
― Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

“Forgiving isn’t something you do for someone else. It’s something you do for yourself. It’s saying, ‘You’re not important enough to have a stranglehold on me.’ It’s saying, ‘You don’t get to trap me in the past. I am worthy of a future.”
― Jodi Picoult, The Storyteller

“That’s what religion does. It points a finger. It causes wars. It breaks apart countries. It’s a petri dish for stereotypes to grow in. Religion’s not about being holy…Just holier-than-thous.”
― Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart

What I like most about Picoult’s books are that:
The books are usually written from the different characters’ perspective
The books usually feature some kind of legal matter, including court scenes
The books focus in difficult topics that you may not other wise think about or consider
The books teach you about love, family, strength, challenges, and many other important themes

Check out Picoult’s official website here for more information about her books, the author herself, and other items of interest!  http://www.jodipicoult.com/

Have you read any of Picoult’s books? If you have, please let me know what you think of her!

I will just be here counting down the days until I will be able to read her new book!