Monday, September 24, 2007

A post for lovers – book lovers that is!

Next Sunday, I will be moseying down to Queen’s Park to check out the annual Word on the Street book event. I read about this event on Lotus’ site and have been eagerly awaiting said date all summer! For one day only, the lawns of the stately Ontario Legislature will be transformed into a book lover’s paradise showcasing the best of Canadian authors, poets, storytellers and performers. The day’s program includes book readings by Giller Prize winners and nominees, writing workshops, children’s story tent, live musical acts and much much more. If you’re a book lover and you’ll be in Toronto – you must go!

There is the dire need for some creative planning though as I’d already promised my 3 little cousins I’d take them to the final baseball game of the season, and one simply cannot break plans with one’s littlest relatives! Fortunately 2/3 are avid book lovers so could possibly drag them along with me. The 3rd could always be bribed with food and candy!

So, in honour of this upcoming book event, here’s a book related meme – “borrowed” from Beastie – with some additions of my own.

Total number of books owned
400+ and counting! (Spent my entire lunch hour today making a list, but I need to go home and do a recount – can’t trust my memory on this one!)

Side bar story: When we moved to Canada, my mother handed me 2 packing boxes for my books and said, “What fits in here, we take”
I ranted and raved, but she would not relent.
So I took to stowing away books in other boxes meant for silly things like clothes and shoes and such mundane stuff. I even managed to squeeze a few books in with the good china! Still, I ended up leaving a large part of my collection behind and I get teary eyed every time I think about all those books I had since I was a wee little lass. (Oh dear, welling up now….)

Last book bought
I am What I Ate…. And I’m frightened – Bill Cosby.
Also own Fatherhood by same author. Owned Childhood as well, but someone borrowed it and never gave it back. I hope that the fiend later developed a scaly rash in a hard to itch region.

Last book read
I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
By the same author who gave us the funny, touching and amazing story of 101 Dalmatians, I found myself unable to put down the story of a little girl on her way to becoming a woman – against all odds and in spite of her very odd family!

First book read
Although I cannot be absolutely sure of this, my mum thinks that it was a Sesame Street Counting book when I was 4 years young. One thing she IS sure of is that I chanted the rhymes in the book over and over till she could have willingly sold me to the first passing gypsy.

5 Books I re read most often
1. The entire “Anne of Green Gables” series (I can quote whole paragraphs!)
2. The Scarlett Pimpernel
3. Little Women
4. The Hobbit
5. Pride and Prejudice

5 Famous books I have never read
1. Green Eggs and Ham
2. The English Patient
3. The Colour Purple
4. Vanity Fair
5. Anna Karenina

5 books that mean a lot to me
Oh dear – this is the hard part. I simply cannot narrow it down to a mere 5 as I’m completely in love with so many of my books and their fascinating, amazing, complex, wonderful characters. Still, I’ve done my best and here goes:

1. Anne of Green Gables – laugh out loud and never stop dreaming.
2. Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood – everyone’s family is just as screwed up as mine – or even more!
3. Pride and Prejudice – believe in love, even if it comes in the guide of a seemingly pompous, self righteous ass!
4. Such a Long Journey – there is a season for everything; nothing lasts forever – even suffering and pain.
5. Atonement – for every action there is an equal, opposite and sometimes devastating reaction.


Anonymous said...

..Such a long journey and I capture the castle? Haven't heard of either of them, will have to look them up.

Lovely post, thanks for sharing...impressive that you could pull books out of your memory to fit each category...well done.

Enjoy Word on the Street! Not sure if I'm going this year yet, but would love to hear about it if you do....

Penguin Pal

Lotus Reads said...

Hi, Nix!

What a great post, I loved reading how you smuggled your books into the cartons despite your grandmother's watchful eye! Also love knowing your favorite books and what you are reading currently. I love Anna Karenina , don't let the length or the numerous characters put you off, it's definitely worth a read.

I haven't read "Atonement" or "Such a Long Journey" yet, but definitely intend to. Actually I might see the screen version of "Atonement" before I get around to reading the book.

I hope "Word on the Street" is every bit as good as it was last year...will be checking your blog to see what you thought.

Cereal Girl said...

I can't imagine having to choose which books to leave behind!

We'll have to compare notes about Word on the Street. I say on LotusReads that you'll be there too.

The Blonde One said...

One of my favorites is the House at Pooh Corner. Read it at 19 and it made me cry like a baby. Essentially, Christopher RObin tells Pooh that he can't come back to the 100 acre wood as he needs to start school. Terribly sad.

The Pixy Princess said...

@PP - I MUST lend you those 2! btw, thanks for the lovely lunch yesterday.

@Lotus - I'd suggest you read Atonement before seeing the movie, coz a lot of the beauty of the book is in the final chapters when the main character is trying to pull everything togther.

btw, did you know that Such a Long Journey was made into a movie starring Nassirudin Shah and Roshan Seth? I've been trying to get my hands on a copy for EVER!

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