Thursday, August 04, 2005
Hi there, my name is Charlene and I am passionate about books. Growing up, I probably spent more time at the library than I did at home and I always seemed to have my head in a book. I am a military (Canadian Air Force) wife and I live with my beloved
husband and our two furbabies which are a cat and a kitten.
I started with a love of fiction and I did read a lot of horror, though I rarely read from that genre any longer. I am not sure why. I tend to read Non-Fiction, Current Events, Science Fiction and Fantasy and a great deal of Self-Help books. I also collect ARC (Advanced Reader Copies). The subjects I am passionate about though are:
Books written in French: I moved to Quebec in January of 2007 and though I am enrolled in a French language course for beginners, I am finding I am not picking up the language as fast as I would hope. I am picking up children's french books from the
store at times but hope to start a permanent collection of classics in French too. Stuff from teen years like Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Black Beauty, The Giver and so on. Any help in helping me put together a list of good french books, would be greatly
Religion and Spirituality: I have dipped a toe into many a religion but found that none really rang true with me. My personal path seems to wander in the realms of Wicca, Shamanism, Buddhism and common sense. I just try to keep an open mind, refrain
from judging others though I admit I judge myself often and harshly, always act with kindness and honesty and basically treat others as I would wish to be treated. It works for me.
The Holocaust, Rwanda (and other genocides): I always want to read more about these subjects. While these are extremely depressing topics and often overwhelming when faced with such a waste of lives, I believe the more people learn about these times,
the less likely it is that we will allow it to happen again. That could be wishful thinking though.
Countries, Cultures and Relations: I love to learn both about my country and others. I tend to read the books on politics, history and current events as it often gives a deeper insight into the countries.
Geisha: Ever since reading Memoirs of a Geisha, I have been intrigued and eager to learn everything about this. So much of the content touched my heart and the traits of a Geisha are very similar to those of my own submissive lifestyle.
Languages: I have always loved languages though my own skills are currently limited to English, four years of rusty highschool German and three years of very rusty highschool French. The French and German I remember very little of. I hope to improve
myself in those three languages before I move on to others. I will be working on improving my English grammar and also reading books simultaneously in either French and English or German and English to build my fluency.
The Environment and Nature: This is a subject I am very new to but I am finding myself very passionate about these issues already. I am working to educate myself on how to better help preserve our planet, than help to devastate it.
Self Improvement: Whether it is learning how to better handle my time and stresses of everyday life, how to improve the way I relate to my loved ones and those around me or how to feel better about myself (I am a survivor) I read a lot of Self Improvement
books. Currently I would like to make Relating to Teens a priority.
I have moved my permanent collection to librarything so that I can keep this bookshelf filled with books I can share. You can view my personal collection at the following link but please be aware that it does contain alternative lifestyle content and may be offensive to some. You can view it here
Books my mum bought me when I was growing up and I would love to have in my permanent collection again:
Emma's Story, Emma and I, Emma VIP and other Emma books by Sheila Hocken.
Holly Hobbie by Richard Dubelman
Wishing Chair books by Enid Blyton
Faraway Tree books by Enid Blyton
Chalet School books by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer List
Malory Towers books by Enid Blyton
My Birthday RABCK Buddy is colebear and her birthday is January 17th. Thanks chich!
If you receive a book from me, you may do what you want with it once you have done a journal entry.
I look forward to sharing books with people, learning more about authors and books I have never considered or been exposed to and hopefully making new friends too. I have met many new friends on here and I just thought I would take a moment to say that I truly appreciate each and every one of you. It's a blessing to have you in my life. Thank you to everyone who has ever sent a book, whether a RABCK, a ring, or ray. It always brings a ray of happiness to my day which I treasure. I also enjoy checking wishlists and sending books out as RABCKs. I check www.rabck.com from time to time for that.
To see what I have read lately, check out my book blog at http://theliteraryword.blogspot.com/