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Top hero’s

Who are your favorite hero’s from literature you’ve read? Why is that character on your list? What makes this character a hero in your opinion?

Harry Potter = Harry has to face off against Voldemort, possibly the most evil wizard in history, regardless if he wants to or not and he shows the exactly why he belongs in Gryffindor in the process. Now, there are times that you see Harry go through some teenage angst and what not but you’re watching Harry grow up during the entire series.

Lisbeth Salander = This girl from Stieg Larsson’s “Girl With a Dragon Tattoo” series is one of my absolute favorites. She’s a computer hacker who doesn’t fit into any normal stereotype. She’s very tough for a girl and overcomes a lot.

Katniss Everdeen = This is another female character that is a favorite of mine. Like Harry, she is going through her teenage years (I believe she was around 16/17 years old when the series was taking place) so there was probably some teenage angst going on. But if you stop and think about what Katniss had to deal with during the series, that’s a lot for a 16 or 17 year old to have to deal with and I think she dealt with it very well.

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Supporting local authors…?

Do you support local authors? Why or why not? Do you support all local authors or just certain ones? If so, why do you support that particular author?

I like to support local authors. Anytime I find literature from an author that is in my area (or anywhere near me), I make sure to get it and read. I know it’s hard for people to get published and even harder to get their literature out there for others to read.

Wayne Hancock = I started reading his literature a couple of years ago. A couple of the books were already autographed when I purchased them. You’d like reading his stuff if you like crime fiction and/or mystery.

David Banks = I purchased his first book (Fort Whiskey) last year and read it as soon as I got my hands on it. I even got it autographed by David when I finished reading it. I really enjoyed it. You need to read it if you enjoy stories about crime, vengeance and love.

Curt Caufield = My hubby has been friends with him for quite a while. When my hubby told me he wrote a book, I immediately purchased it online. I just have to read it when I finish reading what I’m currently working on (the book is classified as science fiction).

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Book problem?

Do you think you have a book problem? Do you think you have an addiction to literature? How far do you think your addiction goes?

I have quite a few books at my home, however, I don’t think it’s a problem. It doesn’t interfere with my job or keep me from going to work. I could see it being a problem at that point if I got caught reading at work and it caused me to get fired. But I’ve never let it get that far. I would love nothing more than to stay home all day and read but that doesn’t pay my bills unfortunately.

I’ve always had a love for reading my entire life. Even before I learned to read on my own, I enjoyed it when someone would read to me. I can’t pinpoint it to just one even in my life or to someone who got me interested in reading. Reading is just something I do in my free time to help me relax (if I’m not spending time looking for more books to read).

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“Lucy Crisp and the Vanishing House” by Janet Hill

I finished reading this last night and I thought it was a fun read. It kind of has this whimsical vibe to it (I’m sure that this is something meant for younger audiences so that might have something to do with it). But if you want something light to read or something quick to read (by yourself or with your kids) then this would be a good book to choose for that. This may be a good pick for people who like the Harry Potter series (mostly resembles the first few books in the series).

Synopsis: It has been a year since Lucy Crisp graduated from high school and she still hasn’t found her calling. That is, until she discovers an exclusive arts college called Ladywyck Lodge. On a whim, she applies and is thrilled to be accepted into their program. Lucy moves to Esther Wren, the charming little town where it’s based, and stays in the house her father buys as an investment: a magnificent building built by a sea captain in 1876. The house has history and personality –perhaps too much personality. . .

Strange things start happening: Lucy hears voices and footsteps in empty rooms. She sees people and things that should not be there. Furniture disappears and elaborate desserts appear. What’s worse is that the strange events are not restricted to her house. Lucy begins to understand that the town and its inhabitants are hiding many secrets, and Ladywyck is at the heart. As the eerie happenings escalate, Lucy fears she is being threatened — but she is determined not to let fairy potions, spells and talk of witchcraft scare her away.

Janet Hill’s enchanting debut novel is part mystery, part supernatural thriller and all fun.

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Book club?

Do you belong to a book club? How do you go about choosing which book to read together? Have you thought of starting a book club? Why or why not?

I don’t participate in any book clubs. I’m not sure how I would go about starting one. I could probably post something interesting at the local book store (if they allow such things) or maybe I could post something online.

You could still have a book club during the current pandemic. You could just have your meetings online rather than meeting in person. My biggest problem would be my schedule at work. I don’t work a set schedule at work, it will fluctuate quite a bit. So it would be hard for me to meet with a book club unless I could convince my work to give me a specific day or time off…

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Favorite literature quotes

I’ve gathered some of my favorite literature quotes together. My favorite is obviously the quote from Gustave Flaubert that is on the main page of my blog directly underneath the title. However, here are a few more for you to enjoy….

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”  (J. R. R. Tolkien)

“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”   (Maya Angelou)

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”   (Anne Frank)

“I couldn’t live a week without a private library – indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.”   (H. P. Lovecraft)

“There is no Frigate like a Book 

To take us Lands away

Nor any Coursers like a Page 

Of prancing Poetry – 

This Traverse may the poorest take

Without oppress of Toll – 

How frugal is the Chariot 

That bears a Human soul.”   

(Emily Dickerson)

“The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read.”   (Benjamin Franklin)

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“Campfire” by Shawn Sarles

I finished reading this today. This was a little different than I thought it was going to be but it was still a good book. It’s perfect for reading when you want a spooky read, especially during a thunderstorm. There were a few times that a thunderstorm came along while I was reading this book and I thought it helped create the perfect atmosphere. I even finished reading this during a thunderstorm today. The book might seem a little slow in the beginning but it gets good once you get past the first few chapters.

Synopsis: While camping in a remote location, Maddie Davenport gathers around the fire with her friends and family to tell scary stories. Caleb, the handsome young guide, shares the local legend of the ferocious Mountain Men who hunt unsuspecting campers and leave their mark by carving grisly antlers into their victims’ foreheads.

The next day, the story comes true. Now Maddie and her family are lost in the deep woods — with no way out — being stalked by their worst nightmares. Because there were other, more horrifying stories told that night — and Maddie’s about to find out just how they end . . .

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Reading to someone else…?

Do you read out loud to anyone? If so, who do you read to? Do you ever read aloud when you are reading by yourself?

I don’t really read to anyone or have anyone to read to. My nephew is old enough to read because he’s learning to do so in school. I’ve let him read to me a couple of times. But I don’t get to really do that with him very often because he kind of lives far away and I’m usually working most of the time when he comes to town. The few times he’s gotten to read to me, I’ve let him read whatever he wants. Last time, I think he read one of his Star Wars books.

I don’t really read aloud when I’m reading to myself either. I just read quietly to myself so that I’m not disturbing my hubby when he watches his tv or whatever he’s doing at that particular moment.

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Order Online…..

I purchased this book online last week and it finally arrived yesterday. The local bookstore that I normally frequent didn’t have this book so I just ordered it online. I can’t wait to read this book but I’ll have to finish what I’m currently reading first (one thing at a time). What about you? Are there any books out there that you are really looking forward to?

Synopsis: In the year 2125, a mission to not only explore the universe but to colonize other planets has been sent out. A group of mating pairs in cryostats as well as a small team to pilot the ship are also sent out. The group in cryostats is awakened to find that the pilots are missing, and there are no records saved since leaving Earth. Now three generations into the new colony, Cayden Wayne has emerged as one of the top crewmen and has to deal not only with the Biotas, the native inhabitants on the planet, but the Kamolians as well, a warrior race with universal domination as their only goal.

The first in a series of books that will follow Cayden and his team of friends as they explore the universe as well as try to figure out what happened during the missing time after leaving Earth.

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How do you pick….?

When shopping for new stuff to read, how do you decide on what literature you take home with you?

I have few authors that I enjoy reading so part of it is just keeping up with my favorite authors. The other part of it is, while I’m browsing, I’ll see books that attract my attention or books that speak to me. Part of it is how the cover looks but the main part is when I pick it up to read the synopsis. If the synopsis makes it sound good, then it goes in my basket. If it doesn’t sound good to me then it goes back on the shelf.

If I’m shopping online, I’ll do the same thing. However, I can search more directly when I shop online. I can look for books in a specific genre or written by a certain author. I can narrow it down a little easier instead of just kind of wondering around the store. Don’t get me wrong, I like browsing the bookstore. It’s just a little easier to narrow down your search online.