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Busybody Bibliophilist on Dumpsters Full of Books

Monday, 16 August 2010 Leave a comment

A friend of mine recently posted a picture on Facebook of a dumpster full of books. She works at a university and apparently the library had been doing a bit of a clean up before the start of the new semester.

Intellectually, I know that books need to be thrown out (or ideally recycled) occasionally but emotionally a picture like that makes me want to take up dumpster diving again just to be sure there isn’t anything good lurking in the pile. How about you? Does a picture of a skip full of books bother you?

HT: Jackie ❤

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Busybody Bibliophilist asks: Book or Movie first?

Monday, 9 August 2010 4 comments

Things continue to be slow here on Bibliophilist as I am still doing battle with the dreaded vertigo. Skirmishes have been won but the war is as of yet undecided.

Despite not reading or posting much during this time of warfare, the old brain was thinking today about what to read once this health issue is settled, and a reread of the final Harry Potter book came to mind. There are times that it’s enjoyable to revisit a story before seeing the movie. (The two part movie version of HP7 will come out later this year for part one and next year for part two). It can be disappointing when the movie changes the plot line or leaves out a favorite part, but I don’t think I’ve ever regretted reading a book before seeing the movie version and will often go looking for the book a movie was based on if I haven’t read it yet.

When it comes to books and movies, do you like to read (or reread) a book before seeing the movie version? If you see (and enjoy) a movie then find out it was adapted from a book would that make you more or less likely to read the book? Or do you prefer to have your books be books and your movies movies?

WWW Wednesday Woes — 28 July 2010

Wednesday, 28 July 2010 3 comments

Ever had trouble with vertigo? Not only does it cause an awful unbalanced nauseous feeling but it can also put a damper on regular extended reading. Such is the state of things in my world for the last couple of weeks, leaving me with nothing new to report in a WWW Wednesdays post. So, if you have time to answer the questions in a comment, I’ll get my book fix vicariously through you.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What did you recently finish reading?

* What are you currently reading?

* What do you think you’ll read next?

Library Nostalgia

Monday, 26 July 2010 1 comment

Outside the Library at Trinity College -- 2004

One of the blogs I follow – Jesus Creed – often puts up a picture of the Old Library at Trinity College in posts about books. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know we had the good fortune to visit Trinity College in 2004. Every time I see the picture pop up on Jesus Creed, I get a very nostalgic feeling and wonder if I’ll ever get the chance to visit there again. Then I get to thinking about other libraries. If I close my eyes I can picture the library we visited in Champaign, IL when I was growing up and remember the joy of sitting there with a newly selected book, reading away. I long for the the excellent libraries of Grand Rapids, Michigan which I have really not seen matched anywhere we have lived.

Is there a library in your past that brings up feelings of nostalgia for you? Do you have good memories of time spent in a library? If you do, what specifically do you remember?

Categories: Bookish Things

WWW Wednesdays — 14 July 10

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 Leave a comment

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What did you recently finish reading?

* What are you currently reading?

* What do you think you’ll read next?

While painting our bathroom last week I finished listening to Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.

After that, to keep the boredom level down as I continued to paint, I downloaded Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. It’s slow moving, but not in a bad way. It’s set in the UK and I am enjoying recognizing places and British ideas. I also started on my new Booksneeze review book: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently by John C. Maxwell. I am feeling compelled to take lots of notes as I go along, so I am not getting through it very quickly. It’s a very interesting book.

At this point in time I don’t have any plans for a next read. I’m always interested in suggestions, so feel free to leave a comment about a book (or books) you’ve enjoyed.

Busybody Bibliophilist asks: “Do you reread?”

Monday, 12 July 2010 2 comments

There are times when it pleases me to go back and reread a book I’ve previously read. Even as a child I remember rereading the Little House on the Prairie books over and over. As an adult I still continue to revisit favorite books: Snow Crash, Persuasion, Going Postal, and Enchantment to name a few.

How about you? Do you have a favorite book (or books) that you like to reread? Or are you more of a “read it once and move on” kind of reader?

WWW Wednesdays

Wednesday, 7 July 2010 1 comment

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What did you recently finish reading?

* What are you currently reading?

* What do you think you’ll read next?

For the last of our motorcycle trip, I downloaded and listened to Tripwire by Lee Child. It’s the third Jack Reacher novel. As with any novel of it’s kind, it had a lot of stereotypical characters and plot-lines, but the story was engaging and made for good riding listening.

Yesterday I started listening to Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. I’m really enjoying it so far.

I got a new book from Booksneeze that is on my next read list. It’s by John C. Maxwell and is titled Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently.

How about you? What are your three W’s?