Saturday, November 05, 2005
|Profile update 2/26/15
About my wishlist: if you'd like to send me a book from my wishlist I won't object(!), but that's not the main reason I keep a list. I try to keep it current so I can use it to help me keep track of what I'm interested in and/or looking for. Thanks to cliff1976 for his pioneering work on the original wishlist site, which I still like for its flexibility.
This list may not be entirely up to date, but if you'd like to join
any of the ones marked with an asterisk (*), send me a PM and I'll see what I can do.
Why *do* they arrive in bunches?
or already passed on to the next reader:
A couple of wonderful book-related videos that I can watch over and over:
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - wonderful Oscar-winning short film
The Joy of Books - magic in a bookstore
*** 2008 = 202 books released *** 2009 = 756 books released ***
*** Orphan Train_blank2010 = 552 books released *** 2011 = 579 books released ***
*** 2012 = 681 books released ***
Listening to a podcast of "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" (7/15/06) and the woman says the phone company wanted to charge $5 a month for a hyphenated name (that would be the charge for a double listing) so she & her husband just combined their surnames instead. She figures the phone book people just didn't know what a hyphen was!
I wrote the following bits down, but I forgot to write down which book they came from...suggestions welcome! (I was reading a bunch of Melanie Rawn at the time but I'm not sure if they're from her books or not.)
Tentative identification: By the Rivers of Babylon by Nelson DeMille
"Survival is often a mixture of stupidity, hypocrisy, and compromise."
"I'll rant and rave about The Law, and you rant and rave about military expediency. People will take sides. Internal strife is not always bad. It works to make people forget what a hopeless position they're in when they're arguing about trifles. So you and I will argue over trifles. Privately, we'll compromise."
I have 80 (of 93) Newbery Medal Winners on my bookshelf..so far!
2013-2014: Canadian Reading Challenge = 10 provinces + 3 territories
2009: 50 States Reading Challenge = 50 states + DC
2009: 6 books, 6 countries, 6 continents Reading Challenge = 38 countries + Antarctica
2008: A to Z Reading Challenge = surnames, titles & given names
Just gotta squeeze in a little note about some really terrific book-related NON-wrecks from Cake Wrecks because they're, well, amazing. I'm particularly fond of the gorgeous Very Hungry Caterpillar cake.
Books I've registered have visited 40 US states plus Washington, D.C. (missing CT, KY, LA, ME, MS, MT, NE, ND, RI, VT):
6 Canadian provinces/territories (missing MB, NB, NT, NU, PE, SK, YT):
and 40 other countries!
I'm not actually *asking* for these things, but as requested, for the birthday group:
Things I'm always happy to receive: new or used postage stamps (for Mom's collection), BC supplies, colored staples (standard size), origami-related things, the occasional bar of well-wrapped dark chocolate (melting may be an issue)...
I listen to audiobooks in pretty much any format - unabridged preferred.
I like bright colors, sparkly things, silly toys...
Things I'm not terribly interested in: very "girly" things (hearts & such), chick lit & romance books, strongly scented items (except maybe soap), tea & coffee (my caffeine mostly comes from Coca-Cola & chocolate).
More info above in my profile (see "Things I'm looking for that aren't on my wishlist")