My Library

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Better late than never to resume a lost project.

 

How accurate is this library imagined by illustrator Tom Gauld?

My Library- Tom Gauld

My bookshelves continually hold books in each of these categories.

I usually have less read books than anything else as I have to make room for new additions.

Looking at my book shelf now:

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Read: Hmmm… I can’t see any

Intending to read: Pretty much each book on the shelf

Half Read: The Other Life – Susanne Winacker
Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham
One Day – David Nicholls

Pretend I’ve Read: I may or may not count a few books in my collection as read but truthfully these are books I got more than halfway through and just gave up on. They get removed from the shelf along with the truthfully read books.

Saving for When I Have More Time: Far From the Tree – Andrew Solomon
Sapiens – A Brief History of Human Kind – Yuval Noah Harari

Will Never Read: Hard to admit but if I had to say….
Gone Girl  – Gillian Flynn (Already saw the movie)

Purely For Show: This one is too funny….
The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert
The three in the bottom right corner by  Alice Morton

Read But Can’t Remember a Single Thing About and Wish I Hadn’t Read probably deserve their own blog post. But since there aren’t any read books on the shelf right now that will have to wait for another time.

 

This was a fun reflection. I know that when the day comes when I can display my book collection in its entirety I will have multiple books in each of these categories. If one thing is true through, I know that there will always be more books in the Intending to Read category, compared to the amount of books I can add to the Read category.

 

Buying Books

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I’ve recently purchsed some great new books that I can’t wait to read.

Here are the books I’ve just added to my TBR pile:

Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult

The Opposite of Loneliness -Marina Keegan

The Ragged Edge of the World – Eugene Linden

The Invention of Murder – Judith Flanders

 

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!

 

Fictional Readers

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They are few and far between, but when you meet one you feel an instant connection, and begin to relate.
They share the same passion as you, and sometimes to a level of obsession.
The can be different ages, from different genres, and come from different stories.
But, they all have one thing in common.
They are readers. They are fictional characters who read.
And, we met them in some of the stories, T.V shows, and films we love. (Sometimes solely for the reason one of the characters loves to read).

So I wanted my post to be original because I know these types of posts have been done before. So to do this I first made up my list on my own without searching for any lists already made online, just off the top of my head. After I came up with as many as I could I then searched for lists online. I was surprised because the majority of the lists I found contained the exact same characters and was limited to just a few. There’s Belle from the Disney Movie Beauty and the Beast (my fav), Matilda Wormwood from Ronald Dahl’s story Matilda, Hermione Granger from the film and books Harry Potter, and Rory Gilmore from the T.V show Gilmore Girls. I was also surprised because I was actually quite impressed with my own list and the additional characters I thought of that weren’t included on these other lists, or on very few of them.

Here is the list I came up with:

The usuals appearing on the majority of fictional reader lists:

Belle – Beauty and the Beast (Film)
Matilda Wormwood – Matilda (Book)
Rory Gilmore – Gilmore Girls (T.V Show)
Hermione Granger – Harry Potter Series (Books / Films)
Lisa Simpson – The Simpsons (T.V Show)

And some others:

Liesel Meminger – The Book Thief (Book / Film)
Alex Dunphy – Modern Family (T.V Show)
Klaus Baudelaire – A Series of Unfortunate Events (Books / Films)
Spencer Reid – Criminal Minds (T.V Show)
Will and Mary Anne Schwalbe – The End of Your Life Bookclub (Book) (I guess these two aren’t fictional characters but they are readers none the less!)
Tasha (Taystee) Jefferson and Poussey Washington – Orange is the New Black (T.V Show)

I can relate to so many of these characters and maybe that is why there are so many of them that come to mind when I think of fictional readers. It makes fictional stories more realistic when characters do something so human, normal, and something that is actually real in real life. Characters in book, films, and T.V shows can sometimes be too “made up”, too  unrealistic, too fictional, and so it is refreshing to see a character every once in a while doing something and being someone who you can feel a connection to through a love a books, in a real world or not.