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Books meme
Friday 5th October 2007 7:43 pm

I've been tired out by work, so while I'm waiting for Ugly Betty to start and get twenty minutes through, since Channel 4 are putting twenty minutes of adverts into an hour (!!!), I did the books meme going round.


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Reading meme
Wednesday 22nd August 2007 6:30 pm

Meme about reading, from ladyvivien and hhertzof:

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Tuesday 1st May 2007 10:00 pm

I was tagged by Tanaqui

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next three sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favourite book, or the intellectual one : pick the CLOSEST.
6. Tag five other people to do the same.

There's plenty of scholars there, if that that's what you want."
"Oxford?" she cried. "That's where I come from!"

Those three incredibly enlightening sentences come from The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman (very definitely American edition).

Tag anyone who wants to do this. Again.

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Book meme
Wednesday 25th May 2005 11:23 pm

I started this last week but had problems with Q4, which I've finally finished. So Q3 is a bit out of date, but still.

1) Total number of books owned?

I had a count of the ones I had here and it came to 96. I have rather a lot more books and space for books at home so it's certainly a few hundred. I need a house with a spare room just for the books. In all fairness, I come from a house with shelves everywhere, most of them full of books. We have a room called the library, with, unsurprinsgly, rather a lot of books.

2) The last book I bought?

I bought a load from amazon: The Science of Discworld III, The Science of Hitchhiker's, Secrets of the Jedi (latest Jedi Apprentice/Jedi Quest book), Star Trek: Titan (which looked interesting) and Una's new book. Although one of those will be my birthday present from one of my friends.

3) The last book I read?

The last book I finished was Shard of Honour by Lois McMaster Bujold, which I really enjoyed. I've reserved some more of her books from my library. I also read bits of the latest Angel guide and I'm now reading The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C Clarke.

4) 5 books that mean a lot to me?

Alice in Wonderland. It was my favourite book as a child, and still is now. I remember having debates with dad over the difference between saying what you mean and meaning what you say, and other similar word games. I also have a distant memory of reading out The Walrus and the Carpenter for a Brownie badge.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I have so many different versions of it that must count for something. It's something else me and dad have in common - I lend him all my related books etc. I went to Australia and my cousins could quote me bits of it. I've made friends through ZZ9.

And I suppose Lord of the Rings for similar reasons. I've met people through it and wrote fanfic in it. I even used it (sort of) on my CV.

The Importance of Being Earnest. Which is more of a play than a book but I have it in book form. I remember when I was younger my mum used to go round the house saying 'in a handbag?' but in a funny accent - there had been a version on the TV, I think, and that was what she was copying. But for a while that was the standard expression in our house for expressing surprise.

Little Women. Not so much the three that came after because I got less interested in the sisters once they grew up and their children grew up. I liked Jo and Beth - Jo because she was the sort of person I wanted to be and Beth for the same reason, just more unlikely. And they had interesting lives. Their ideas for games probably influenced mine and my sister's, I think.


On another note, I've just been to see the new Star Wars film (for Orange Wednesday as well). The first half bored me a bit - the special effects were good, shame about the rest. But then it actually started, and although I already knew what was going to happen, I was still hoping Anakin wasn't going to do it.

And poor Obi-Wan! But I foresee plenty of angsty fan fic from it, with [censored] in as well, which I'm really looking forward to.

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Friday Five
Saturday 5th July 2003 9:47 pm

What am I going to do after tomorrow and there's no more tennis?

Friday Five, cos I wasn't in much last night to do it:
1. What were your favorite childhood stories?

I definitely remember Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass. Enid Blyton - I remember Noddy, the Secret Seven and the Famous Five. There were some others about some kids at boarding school, and another series about kids at the Royal Ballet school, but I don't remember what they were called. Thomas the Tank Engine as well - they came in odd-shaped books with different colour covers.

2. What books from your childhood would you like to share with [your] children?

Alice, I suppose. And I think all kids should read Enid Blyton - and not through the cynical/sexual eyes of an adult either.

3. Have you re-read any of those childhood stories and been surprised by anything?

I've been surprised by how much I've forgotten.

4. How old were you when you first learned to read?

Don't know, but I knew how to read by the time I went to school at 4.

5. Do you remember the first 'grown-up' book you read? How old were you?

No, but I suspect I was quite young as my teachers thought I should read more improving (ie boring) books with lots of hard words that made no sense at all. I definitely remember being told that at middle school and rebelling by reading a series about cheerleaders and Sweet Valley High.

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