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It's Monday, which means I picked up the kids from Ex today. It also means the drive home was filled with a touch of insanity as the kids all tried to talk over each other to fill me in on the happenings of their lives over the past week. So without further ado I present: Heard on The Drive Home.....

Jimmy: Hey Mom, I made a girl laugh today. I'm considering it a personal victory of sorts. (Poor Jimmy, he's such a nerd, which makes me wildly happy for some reason)
Monty: Jimmy, how do you know she was laughing with you and not AT you?
Jimmy: Eat shit Monty.

I love my kids.

Believe it or not, I do enjoy a plethora of other shit besides slamming SWSNBN, wine and my children saying wildly inappropriate things. Books. My earliest memories involve books. Memories of my mother sitting and reading (how she managed this with 4 children and the upkeep of a farm is beyond me). My love of books came from my mother. So I did a google search for "book blogs" and holy crap, there are a shitload of blogs about books out there. So here is a Q & A post on books.

Which book has been on your shelves the longest?

I have three bookcases in my house. Large, custom made bookcases. I love my bookcases more than almost as much as my children Alot of books. The oldest is a book called: "Bible Stories for Children". On the inside in my mother's beautiful script is: "To my beautiful daughter, may your life be filled with wonderful stories. Love Mom, Xmas 1981" Of anything I own, this book has the most value. The oldest book I have, a first print of the Swiss Family Robinson. I've never taken it to a dealer to find out if it's worth anything because I'm scared I would sell it for a really great pair of shoes, and that would just be an incredibly asshat thing to do.

What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?

I am currently reading The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson. Next up was going to be A Reliable Wife, but than Friday night I discovered Marian Keyes has a new book out and damn I loves me some Marian Keyes.....the QUEEN of chic lit. If you have not read her, go, do it, NOW. Start with Sushi for Beginners, or Rachel's Holiday...you will laugh your ass off. I promise.

What book did everyone like and you hated?

Life of Phi - oh how I tried to read this book. I couldn't - I got halfway through and felt as though I was being subjected to some sort of subliminal form of chinese torture. And I really wanted to read it because EVERYONE at the time was raving about what a wonderful literary masterpiece it was.

Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Alot of the classics.

Which book are you saving for “retirement?”

I don't plan on retiring. I have this idea in my head I'm going to cash my pension in when I turn 50...travel the world until it runs out and then return to work.

Last page: read it first or wait till the end?

I don't get this....at all. Why do people do this?

Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?

Depends on the author, if it's a writer that I have read frequently, I will read the acknowledgements, makes me feel as though I "know" the writer.

Favorite Book?

Gone With the Wind...oh yeah. Nine times. I have read that book nine times. I think we should all go back to wearing corsets (because you know that shit makes everyone look skinny) petticoats and beautiful silk dresses. But we would bathe.....none of that nasty bathing once a month shit.

I read the Clan of the Cave bear series when I was 13. I read Anne Rice when I was 14 (so not appropriate for a 14 year old). I would run out of books of my own to read and steal my mother's Stephen King books even though they scared me so much I couldn't sleep for a week after reading one.

I read The Perfect Match before Jodi Picoult became a household name. She has a way of absolutely blowing the readers mind with the twisted endings of some of her books. I remember getting to the last two chapters of this book and sitting with the book in my hand muttering " fuck, fuck I can't believe it, fuck" as I read.

So tell me, your very favorite book, favorite author? Favorite book memory?


Anonymous said...
November 17, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Oh my god - could we have MORE in common? I've been toying with the idea of getting into some of those book blogs as well. Let me know if you find a really good one.

1. I don't know what book has been on my shelf longest since I moved at 18 and didn't take a lot of them with me. Probably Calvin and Hobbes comics that my mom gave me.

2. I am reading In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White which is really fascinating. It was a prison/leper colony in the United States in the 1990's. Amazing such a place exists, I had no idea.

3.I tried to read Life of Phi too! I didn't even get as far as you did. I've contemplated giving it another try.

4. JD Salinger Catcher in the Rye. But I will eventually. I hope.

5. Thats a strange question.

6. Yeah I don't get that either. Why even read if you are going to look at the end?

7. Gone with the Wind - you have no idea what a GWTW freak I am/was. I haven't read it in a long time because it moved me to the point that I actually became depressed after Rhett left Scarlett. I will read it again at some point. I'm not kidding that I used to have a life size cardboard cutout of Rhett and Scarlett in my room as a teenager.

I also read My Sisters Keeper before JP was everywhere. Or if she was everywhere I didn't read it at the time. That is one my all time favorite books, but I'm not enjoying her stuff as much now as I used to.

We need to share some other good reads!

Anonymous said...
November 17, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Re: Cashing in your pension at 50,traveling the world till it runs out, and then back to work. Brilliant. The 50-year-old you deserves world travel. The 70- year-old you will likely be too decrepit to enjoy Machu Pichu - might as well put her back to work.

Aunt Juicebox said...
November 17, 2009 at 11:30 AM

I don't read a lot of fiction anymore, but I do still love Stephen King. I also like Diana Gabaldon, and I recently read Charlaine Harris's series that True Blood is based on.

Martinis or Diaper Genies? said...
November 17, 2009 at 11:47 AM

I'm so proud of my grownup fancy book case. wanna see it?


Dual Mom said...
November 17, 2009 at 3:08 PM

VMom - I'll do up a favorites list and post it sometime. If you haven't read A Perfect Match by Picoult I would strong recommend it!

As for Gone With The Wind, it's totally Rhett Butler's fault that I can't find happiness with a man in real life (has nothing to do with the fact that I'm argumentative and stubborn). I need to learn to accept that he's a fictious character.

Jacob - I have seen way too many people wait their entire lives to "do" things only to drop dead a week after retiring. No siree bob will that be me, I am going to enjoy every damn cent of my pension before I'm too old to do so.

AJ - I love some good vampire sex too, Charlaine Harris is ALL about the vampire sex.

Amanda - could your living room be more beautiful? That's what my living room would look like - if I didn't have three kids to feed and clothe and suck every ounce of will I have out of my body. You are so living my life if I didn't have kids!!!! I'm a bit green with envy....

You all get that I love my kids, right?

Kaylen said...
November 17, 2009 at 8:43 PM

I remember the Clan of the Cavebear series as one of hte first adult series I ever read, and it's a book I have read multiple times and would re-read multiple times! Such a great storyline!
I agree with the Juicebox: Diana Gabaldon is one of my absolute favorites, though it's totally not my genre of choice-her books are just magical!!