Friday, April 17, 2009

Tagged

Hey everyone! I was tagged by Bookworm, so here are my answers to all of these cool book questions...

Tell me about the book that has been on your shelf the longest...

Okay, don't laugh...probably, (and I'm trying to be honest here) The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Books by Betty MacDonald. I think that's her name. They were about these kids that had really bad habits, and there was this woman that had really bizarre and magical cures to get them to stop doing it. One girl didn't want to take baths, a little family had problems getting around in the morning, one little boy didn't want to share, so the Moms of these kids would call Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, who lived in an upside down house with lots of buried treasure in her backyard. I read these over and over when I was little. Another book that has been there for awhile that I have never read is Smokey the Cowhorse by Will James. It's actually on my reading list for this month!

Oh wait, I take that back. I bet that the L. M. Montgomery books have been there the longest, because my Mom had those forever and they used to reside in my bookcase when I was little, and they're back now, so the L. M. Montgomery stuff.

Tell me about a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (i. e. person, place, time, etc......)

Inkheart. This is a really tough question, but I just realized that there are some things about Inkheart that are kind of relative to me here. One: I love reading. Period. Books are just great. Two: I'm always fascinated with how Funke is so honest and random with her writing....there are piles of books all over Meggie's house (in worst case scenario, this is my room, meaning I haven't cleaned or organized for weeks) and she also mentions something about fat brown spiders in the first few chapters. We have those, and I loathe them to the core. Meggie seems to be fascinated with little random things, like blue jay feathers, she takes comfort in familiar books, and she likes to have cocoa for breakfast. I think I adopted that practice afte reading Inkheart, seriously, I'm not kidding.......


Tell me about a book you required in some interesting way...


Well, I could tell you about TWO of those. ARC of the first Farworld book by J. Scott Savage, which was a great book, and then I won a signed copy of the first 13th Reality book by James Dashner, also a great book. Those were cool book experiences.



Tell me about the most recent addition to your shelves...

I bought the second, third and fourth Warrior: New Prophecy books recently, because I had this neat little coupon for them at Barnes and Noble. Gotta love those e-mails...even though things like that are usually annoying. I get these cool coupons all the time!

I also recently bought a hardback of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander. I haven't read any of this except for the Harry Potter book.


Tell me about a book that has been with you most places.....

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.
I remember one time being kind of worried about something, and just grabbing that book, thinking that I would have something familiar and fun to do if I needed it. I've started that book countless times, and read it all the way through twice, and I've just started reading it again! It goes to lots of places with me. Of course, any book that I'm reading goes where ever I go, even if there is little to no chance that I'll get to read it while I'm there.

Tell me about a bonus book that doesn't fit any of the above questions...

Okay, how about the book Rattlesnakes by J. Frank Dobie? I got that from the libarary recently and I have every intention of reading ALL OF IT in a few weeks. It's just a bunch of rattlesnake lore, stories and cool facts and stuff. It's such a random book, but a few years ago I read part of it and loved it. Weird, considering that I have a gigantic fear of snakes.....but they also fascinate me.

Okay, I tag.....Mikaela!!!!

Anna

Hopefully I can post more soon...driving school is keeping me on my toes busy. :D

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Hmmm

I'm mostly posting to tell the word that I'm tired from making dinner, but I was just on my Blog Patrol and every time I get on there, somebody on the internet has found my blog through the two Hank the Cowdog posts I have on here. In other popular searches, it seems like my Spiderwick posts, Inkdeath posts and Silmarillion posts are attracting a lot of attention too. Weird, what people look for....and what they find.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

What's in a Name?



I've always been really fascinated with names and the meanings behind them as a writer, and an interesting, different name always grabs my attention.

But I was just thinking about how there are some names that I don't like, and I think it's because I've stereotyped the kind of character that name usually gets stuck too. And I also realized that all it takes is one character that really stands out with that name to change my mind about that.

For instance: Until recently, I never cared at all for the names Ginny or Daniel. What characters changed my mind???


Ginny Weasley, the vivacious Weasley sister in the Harry Potter series. I'm always going to think about her when I hear 'Bat Bogey Hex...' she becomes a very important character in the sixth installment of the series, and her character really shines through. At first I wasn't sure about how she ended up (I'm not going to type that out for the few that haven't read HP yet....), and I didn't know if I liked that, but now, after rereading all but the last book (which I'm excited about) I decided that I definitely do. I also really like the way it is spelled. Weirdly, that sounds like it might be a cool name to name a little girl, which is really weird for me, that name has just never appealed to me....I think the spelling does make a lot of difference. You have to admit that Anne spelt with an 'e' really does look better than Ann.


LOST SPOILER BELOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!







Daniel Faraday is a character from Lost introduced in the fourth season. I had seen the actor in another movie that I liked a lot, and was interested to see what kind of character he would play, and after seeing an episode in which he was particularly interesting, Daniel/Dan seems like a cool name now.
I did always like the Bible story when I was little (still do)....then it was mostly because of the lions.........



So nearly any name that I don't like can probably be redeemed if I see it in a different light. I say nearly because there are exceptions to nearly every rule. :D
Anna

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

National Poetry Month

Hey everyone! I found out today on 22 words that this month is National Poetry Month. I've been meaning to have a go with poetry for awhile, and also to read more, so it looks like this is the month to do it. It's cool that I'm reading the Iliad during National Poetry Month. Maybe I'll even finish it before May gets here!

Poets.org

Anna