A latte-aholic seeking nirvana 20 oz. at a time. Books are also an addiction. I guess that makes me a hyperbibliophile.

Musing Mondays: Terrific Trios

Over on “Should Be Reading”, MizB hosts Musing Mondays where she will “ask a book/reading-related question, and you answer with your own thoughts on the topic.”

This week’s offering is “3 Books Fun”. Usually I like making lists. My problem comes from limiting that list to just a few – and this time was no different. How about you? What would your list look like?

3 BOOKS THAT HAVE IMPACTED YOU
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • All Men Are Brothers by Mohandas K. Gandhi
  • Hieronymus White by Jeff Moss
3 BOOKS CURRENTLY ON YOUR WISHLIST
  • The Killings At Badger’s Drift by Caroline Graham
  • Divergent Series Complete Box Set by Veronica Roth
  • Pretending The Bed Is A Raft by Nanci Kincaid
3 BOOKS YOU’VE PURCHASED IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • Scout, Atticus, and Boo by Mary McDonagh Murphy
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
3 BOOKS YOU CAN’T HELP BUT RECOMMEND TO OTHERS
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Anything by Shel Silverstein
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
3 BOOKS WITH AMAZING COVERS (See Below)
  • The Lunar Chronicle books by Marissa Meyer
  • The Infernal Devices books by Cassandra Clare
  • The Leviathan Trilogy covers by Scott Westerfeld

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JC

Sunday Salon: Quotas Shmotas

014.jpgHow much do you read?

How important is it to you that those closest to you are readers?

Or is it good enough that even though they may not read, they understand and support your love of reading?

Book Riot just had an interesting post about judging others who read – or don’t read.

As for myself, I always have goals and challenges I work on. However, I do not judge others by whether or not they read as much as I do or at all. I don’t even care what they read as long as they read.

To quote Jill Guccini’s article: “If someone reads fewer books than you do, it does not make them less intelligent than you. It does not even make them a worse reader. If someone reads different types of books than you do, it doesn’t make them a bad reader, either. It just means they are a different human being than you.”

EXACTLY

If I judge at all, it’s not on those who don’t read, but those who make themselves a hindrance to those who do; the ones who challenge books and try to ban them from schools and public libraries; who say stupid crap such as, “Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books . . . I am a proud non-reader of books.”

Snobs and haters exist and in the case of that last statement, narcissistic idiots. They always will. Our society seems to have a very strong superiority complex and seems to revel in it any way it can.

Some may think I’m being harsh on Mr. West. But it’s not him as much as his reasoning. If he just came out with, “I don’t like to read.” I’d be okay with it. However, his reasoning is [expletive deleted] vacuous.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to see things as they are by turning up your nose at them. From that position, one completely loses perspective.

It doesn’t matter whether they buy books, borrow books, read them on the iPad, Laptop, or eReader – what matters is that books get read; that the opportunity is always there for any person in any way possible to read what they want, when they want, and how they want.

This is a freedom we must protect at all cost no matter how much or how little your friends and neighbors enjoy this freedom. It is ours to cherish and share, not to belittle and judge.

JC

 

 

Review: Dead Ever After (with spoilers)

Dead Ever AfterDead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
Book 13 of the Southern Vampire series
Fantasy Fiction (S/L/V Advisory)

 

FTC Disclosure: Digital copy borrowed from Library

 

I know there was, and may still be, some heated debate about how Charlaine Harris chose to end the Southern Vampire series.

But I’m fine with it. She tidied things up quite nicely and to tell you the truth, I have more issues with starting some of those storylines – not how she finished them.

Being partly supernatural, it makes no sense for her to end up with anyone human. And the only way for her to be with Bill or Eric would be for her to become a vampire herself, which I have never seen, especially because of her faith. As quiet as it was during the whole series, she does believe in God and for that I feel that losing her “life” and her soul to the undead is, and never would be, in the cards for Sookie.

As for Alcide and Quinn…too strong, too controlling. Sam is the perfect choice of another supernatural and one who is quite happy for Sookie to be Sookie.

He wants nothing form her other than her happiness. He doesn’t want to possess her or suppress her.

Come to think of it, shouldn’t all relationships be that way? I think so.

I like the way she ended the series. Suits me just fine.

JC