Monday, December 10, 2012

For the Love of Books

Books.
There is something about that word that evokes deep feelings for me, and any avid reader, for that matter. I read so much as a child that that is what I would get taken away if I was grounded. Sometimes my mom would put the books on the top of the refrigerator and make me go outside and play. If I was really into one, I could read the entire thing in one sitting, even if it was all day long.

I read a lot of the classics in high school, and one of my favorite authors was Charlotte Bronte. I think I've read pretty much everything she wrote, and then I moved on to her sister's work. I also loved Jane Austen's books, but I only read Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Emma. One of the things about Jane Austen's writing that is timeless are her characters, and there is no better way to improve than to study the masters.

I mentioned trying to start a book club, but I know everyone has a lot on their plate to commit to something like that, so I'm just going to pick a book to read by myself and work on seeing it through a writer's eyes. If anyone wants to join me, please feel free to, or if you've already read the book, just go ahead and share your thoughts. I'm not going to keep a schedule because, well, there is no need to.

My pick this time around is Sense and Sensibility.


I never read the book, but I did see the movie and I loved it. Plus it's been years since I've read any of Jane Austen's books, but the ones I have read were certainly memorable.

I'd love your company with this but if you can't join me this time, just leave a thought anyway and let me know what you're up to or what you're reading!


Next up is the Alex Cavanaugh blogfest!

“Cheers, Cavanaugh BlogFest.”
AKA: Alexfest

Hosted by these awesome folks: Mark Koopmans, Morgan Shamy,David Powers King and Stephen Tremp.

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In +/- 20 words, what does Alex look like? Oh shoot! I don't know, but seeing as he's a musician too, I guess I would picture someone like Adam Levine!

In +/- 20 words, who could play Alex in a documentary? (Living or dead) I'm just gonna have to go with the above, Adam Levine.
I'm sorry! I know that's not very creative, but it's a Monday morning.

In +/- 20 words, who does Alex remind you of? I'll be honest here and say no one really. He's an original.

In +/- 100 words, (excluding the title) write flash fiction using all these prompts: Cavanaugh, Ninja, IWSG, Cosbolt, Guitar

FLASH FICTION- NO TITLE

Julie walked into her brother's bedroom and tossed a book on his bed.

"Hey, I think you'll like this one Jude," she said.

"What's it about?" he asked, glancing at it before strumming a few chords on his guitar.

"This guy Cavanaugh wrote it, and it's right up your alley. All sci-fi and Cosbolt pilots stuff. It's cool," Julie said, flopping down on his bed.

"Hey watch out, you'll wreck my ninja gear," he said frowning.

"Chill!" she said, irritated. "Well, if you're going to be like that, I'm off. I have to go to my IWSG club anyway."

For Bonus Points: In +/- 40 words, leave a comment for Mrs. Cavanaugh - thanking her for sharing Alex

Thanks, Mrs. Cavanaugh. Any married writer knows how much their spouses' support means- without it we would probably have given up!


Have a great week :)

46 comments:

  1. Our no.#3 answers are the same! Alex is one-of-a-kind...

    As an introverted child, I also read a lot. I can SO identify with reading-in-one-sitting, because when a book captured my attention, then nothing and no-one could tear me away. While other kids chose to play outside, I was content to sit and read...

    I've also decided to add the classics to my ever-growing reading pile. There are one or two Steinbeck novels I need to read. I found an old dusty, worn-out, dog-eared copy of Thomas Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd, which was my grade 12 prescribed novel (many, many moons ago...)
    I haven't read Sense And Sensibility... my local library will probably have a copy...

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    1. Sounds like we have a LOT in common. Hope you can join me (Hint, hint) :)

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    2. Yes, we certainly do seem to have a lot in common... and the idea of joining is sooo appealing... will keep you posted... :)

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  2. All three of us had similar answers to number 3! Alex is an original. (: And oh my, Adam Levine is some very nice eyecandy! Great choice. (;

    and for your book club it's a great idea and I'd love to join, Sense and Sensibility is one of those classics I never got around to reading (and really want to) but right now I have trouble finding time to read Christmas cards! But when things settle down after the holidays I'd like to try and join you in the club. (:

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    1. That would be nice. I probably will be reading it well into January myself. I have three other books I need to finish up before I start another!

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  3. I haven't read this either (and feel the need to hide by saying so -- especially since I'm an English teacher...), so I think I'll read it along with you. I need to get to the library though.

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  4. Like the flash fiction!

    I'll read Sense and Sensibility. It's been a long time since I've read it. Do you have some sort of time frame? I'm sure I can get it read over the holidays.

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    1. Okay, now I'm really excited. That's two more for sure! I didn't have a time frame but now that it's more than just me it might be a good idea. I'll wait a week until everyone has the book and then maybe we can just take it a few chapters at a time, making a comment about it on our posts.

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  5. I used to get in trouble for reading books during my naptime when I was a kid. Very upsetting!

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    1. That's cute :) I don't think I would yell too loud if I caught my kids doing that.

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  6. I loved your piece about Alex. Great job.

    As to S&S . . . it's a great period novel and one that I enjoyed reading even though the teacher said I had to. :-)

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  7. Rose that is great! Adam might have to take off some makeup though. How does he feel about a Ninja mask?
    Thanks SO much!!!

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    1. What!? No eyeliner?
      And it's all about the support! You're much appreciated.

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  8. Nice, Rose! Really fun! And YES to Adam Levine. I can see that! :D

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  9. This was really cute. Nice job! :)

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    1. Thanks! And double thanks for stopping in :)

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  10. That was perfect! Reminds me of the good 'ol squabbling sibling days. Thanks for participate'n! :)

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    1. Snapshot of the sibling thing- it's been fun :)

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    1. The more I think of it, the more I think it fits too!

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  12. Great flash.
    Oh and I love books too!! I love reading them, being surrounded by them, creating them.

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    1. Yes, yes, and yes! Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Wonderful (and oh, so real) sibling scene. Neat that you included his book. I haven't seen anyone do that yet :)

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    1. Why thank you! I appreciate you joining my blog too :)

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  14. Nice flash piece and I think his books are "cool" too :-D Adam Levine? Yummy :-D

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  15. Books are cool and nicely done on AC! He is chill, after all~
    Adam Levine...fun!
    Nice flash :D

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  16. Sense and Sensibility is my favourite Austen book (well, it might be tied with Persuasion). Enjoy! Good tribute to our ninja captain :)

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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    1. Tyrean M.- Thanks!

      Allison- I read Persuasion when I was a teenager and don't really remember it, but I'm looking forward to Sense and Sensibility. Thanks for dropping by :)

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  17. Great Alex stuff. I haven't read Sense and Sensibility either, but I don't have time to start another book right now.

    Thanks for stopping and commenting at Under the Tiki Hut.

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  18. Very appropriate flash fiction. Nicely done!

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  19. Good message to Mrs. Alex. I love Sense and Sensibility too.

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    1. Carol K.- Thanks! And no problem- I'm looking forward to more of your posts.

      Joylene N.B.- Thank you :)

      Susan G/K- Thanks for stopping by, and I'm looking forward to this book now :)

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  20. My twelve-year-old daughter sounds like you as a kid - I don't know what she'd do without a book to read. That's a great passion to have!

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    1. Our girls are the same age! And I'm happy to report she's a bookworm too :)

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  21. I like the characters in your flash fiction! Great dialogue. :)

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    1. Thank you! I was off the top of my head and definitely not as brilliant as some of the others I've read, but I just wanted to pay tribute to Alex.

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