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text 2014-10-07 07:26
#BookadayUK - Day 6-7 (October): First Book I bought and Last book I bought in a bookstore
The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Elizabeth George Speare
The Anatomist's Wife - Anna Lee Huber
Mortal Arts - Anna Lee Huber
Final Catcall - Sofie Kelly

Day 6: First Book I bought


I have zero idea. I think it might have been a paperback copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. That seems right.


Day 7: Last Book I bought


...Apparently my brain doesn't keep this kind of information. I know I write this stuff down but can't seem to find it.


Used bookstore (McKay's): A huge book haul. The first two Lady Darby series, books from various cozy mystery series, etc.


New bookstore: Final Catcall is the last one I can remember.

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text 2014-10-05 14:00
#BookadayUK - Day 5 (October): Happy birthday Louis Lumière! Favorite cinema/film reference in literature
Movies In Fifteen Minutes: The Ten Biggest Movies Ever For People Who Can't Be Bothered - Cleolinda Jones
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick

Yeah, yeah. Totally didn't notice that today was perfect for The Invention of Hugo Cabret until I'd already used it. In my defense, I still don't have another beautiful spine on a book. George Méliès and the Lumière brothers were contemporaries and they all left their marks on film history.


But Movies in Fifteen Minutes holds a very special place in my heart. It's not technically literature but I have never laughed so hard with friends as when we'd take turns reading some of these out loud. The author has a way of taking all those vague reference you thought about and then immediately forgot and mixing them up tongue-in-cheek text that points out the hilarity and plot holes in a few well known movies.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Sorcerer's Philosopher's Stone:


Hagrid: We're off to Diagon Alley now!

Harry: How do you get there?

Hagrid: Well, you'd think that, often as I go there, I'd know exactly where to do, but...boozing takes its toll, you know. Maybe it's in this here coat closet -


Hargrid: Crap, that's how you get to Narnia. Wait, I remember!

[Hagrid goes to a brick wall out behind the tavern and starts tapping at the bricks with his umbrella. They rearrange themselves into an opening and -]

Some young brunette: Do you know the way to the Goblin King's castle?

Some Caterpillar [in the distance]: I TOLD YOU NOT TO GO THAT WAY!

Hagrid [closing bricks]: Let's try that again, shall we?


The Lord of the Rings (All three and probably a bit more than fifteen minutes):


Bilbo: And then the trolls couldn't decide whether to boil us alive seasoned only by our own screams or to break our bones and suck the gory marrow! And then they said, "Hey, lets do both!" So they stuffed us in a sack with rabid zombie badgers, who started chewing on Bofur's head, and -

Kids: *run away screaming*


[Gandalf does his part to terrify the children with exploding butterflies and, later, a jig.]




If you are interested in film history, I've enjoyed The Story of Film: An Odyssey, a documentary series on Netflix right now. The narrator is not my favorite but the information is amazing.

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text 2014-10-04 14:00
#BookadayUK - Day 4 (October): One with a beautiful spine
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick

Sadly, the books I read don't seem to have interesting spines. I love making the spines beautiful, particularly when a series has spines that create a picture when shelved together.


But this book does have one of Selznick's gorgeous illustrations looking right at you, as if telling you this book has to be read.


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text 2014-10-03 11:00
#BookadayUK - Day 3 (October): A book I love from one of the 2014 Cheltenham Literature Festival authors
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
Northanger Abbey - Val McDermid

If anyone wants to take a quick look at the lineup, it can be found here: http://www.literaryfestivals.co.uk/announcements/cheltenham-literature-festival-line-up-2014


Surprisingly for me, there were two authors I knew, had read, and loved. One is Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which I read for a YA class. It's one of those books that placed me in the shoes of someone unlike me and allowed me to experience their life. There are times I'm still digesting that book.


The other is Val McDermid's Northanger Abbey, part of the modernized Jane Austen series, that I read just this year. He did a wonderful job of keeping the core of the book while bringing it into the modern world. Based on this, I'm looking into his other works to see if they would interest me.

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text 2014-10-02 14:00
#BookadayUK - Day 2 (October): Happy Birthday Snoopy! Favorite fictional dog
Corgiville Fair - Tasha Tudor
Inuyasha, Volume 1 - Rumiko Takahashi

I don't read "dog books", I haven't on principle since Old Yeller - which scarred me for life. However, fictional (non-realistic) dogs, particularly anthropomorphic ones, are exceptions.


Corgiville Fair has been with me most of my life and I never get tired of taking in the detailed illustrations that accompany this delightful little tale. A small New England town "peopled" by Corgis, Rabbits, and Boggarts (not at all what you're thinking) is a lovely little outing I return to again and again.


Inuyasha is a fantasy and historical fiction manga concerning a half human, half dog demon (from Japanese mythology) that involves time-travel, a quest to stop a world-domination/destroying villain, and lots of humor and action. The title character might get on my nerves but he's one of my favorite manga characters of all time.

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