Showing posts from May, 2012

One of those days

I really still can't believe that she is gone. We miss you, Elizabeth!
Note: Shortly after deciding to post this picture, I found out that Elizabeth's son, Christian, is missing. Please keep him and the family in your prayers.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Blogs I Read that Are Not About Books

Another great prompt brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish!

Top ten blogs I read that are NOT about Books!
1. A Veggie Venture:  I really like this vegetarian recipe blog. I am not a vegetarian, but I do like veggies! So, this is a blog for new recipe ideas.
2. Gail Carriger's "Hail the Victorious Parasol": I love Carriger's light steampunk paranormal novels (they are hilariously funny!), and her blog is the same way. She has great steampunk visuals and fun tidbits about the Victorians on this site. It isn't like her website, which is totally geared towards the books. This blog is more about steampunk and Victorians.
3. The Burtons: Because I love Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. This is a Tumblr site, so there isn't much reading to be done. Still, I love it!
4. The Victorianist: Because, well, you know.... Again, not about books. More about Victorian culture/events.
5. Under the Sign of Sylvia: I don't always agree with her, but her posts are alw…

Thursday has no theme:

I don't have a special Thursday "themed" blog post, but I thought that I would quickly post the covers of three books I recently purchased. PS: I can't believe that I bought hardback, but I have been waiting for these...

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Writers that Led to Me Being Obsessed with Them

Today's "Top Ten Tuesday" is a freebie topic (at least it is if you didn't want to do the reality show one...and I don't watch a lot of I was lost!). In other words, we get to chose our own, or we can use the one supplied. At first, I hadn't planned on doing this week's prompt, but after dinner I came up with one: Ten Writers that Led to Obsession...or, at least, me being obsessed with them! The thing is that when I come across a writer I really love--one whose compilation of words makes me long to know that person inside and out--well, I become obsessed. I have to read all of their books/poems/essays and any biographies I can get my hands on. So, here we go...

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1. Truman Capote: 

Simply because he is foremost on my mind right now! I became interested in him after going to the Alabama Write…

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Quotes

Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for giving us a great prompt this week!

My "Top Ten" for quotes are...

1. From Charles Dickens's Bleak House:
"The light is come upon the dark benighted way. Dead! Dead, your Majesty. Dead, my lords and gentlemen. Dead, Right Reverends and Wrong Reverends of every order. Dead, men and women, born with Heavenly compassion in your hearts. And dying thus around us, every day."
2. From J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
3. From Donna Tartt's The Secret History:
"Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves? ...If we are strong enough in our souls we can rip away the veil and look that naked, terrible beauty right in the face; let God cons…

Because she makes me happy...


Inspired Reading

The theme of the Alabama Writers Symposium was the sense of place. All of the presentations really made me think about Alabama and southern literature in a whole new way; and as a result, I decided that I would make an effort to familiarize myself with more Alabama and southern authors. I've read To  Kill a Mockingbird, of course, but I have never read anything by Truman Capote (though I've seen Breakfast at Tiffany's several times). On Sunday, I went to the bookstore and bought Capote's Other Voices, Other Rooms.

I chose this novel because it is one of his earliest and because it is part of the Southern Gothic tradition. Here is the synopsis from Amazon:

Published when Truman Capote was only twenty-three years old, Other Voices, Other Rooms is a literary touchstone of the mid-twentieth century. In this semiautobiographical coming-of-age novel, thirteen-year-old Joel Knox, after losing his mother, is sent from New Orleans to live with the father who abandoned him at…

What a weekend!

I'm sorry that I have been neglecting the blog lately, but I have been extremely busy with work. We are so far behind schedule at the moment (for various reasons beyond our control), and I have had out-of-town business trips. 
My most recent trip was to the Alabama Writers Symposium. It is held in Monroeville, Alabama, each year, and at each conference the board gives out two awards--one of which is the Harper Lee Award. As you may know, Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, rarely makes public appearances and has not given an interview in over 45 years. Well, imagine my surprise when I actually saw her this weekend! She attended the awards luncheon and was present to watch Fannie Flagg receive the Harper Lee Award! Very exciting! 
This is actually the second time I have seen Ms. Lee. A few years ago, I was in the Gorgas Library coffee shop and saw one of my former professors having coffee with her. No one bothered her for a couple of reasons: 1) it just isn't done; 2…