Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.
This week’s topic is: ‘Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR’. I haven’t done a top ten for a few months and I think the last one I did was my Fall TBR list, which didn’t work out too well – I only read one of them. My winter list is very dependent on whether I get any of the books on my Christmas wishlist or not. So, I’ll stick to books I already have, acknowledging that this may change in a couple of weeks time.
- Now and Forever: Somewhere a Band is Playing and Leviathan ’99 - Ray Bradbury
- So Yesterday – Scott Westerfeld
- Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevsky
- The Living - Annie Dillard
- A Generous Orthodoxy - Brian McLaren
- Divergent - Veronica Roth
- From Eternity to Here - Frank Viola
- 1982 - Jian Ghomeshi
- Doctor Who: Shada – the Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams - Gareth Roberts
I’ve had quite a few of these books unread on my shelf for a number of years, so hopefully I’ll get through most of this pile by Springtime.
(Macro Monday is a weekly meme open to anyone; go HERE to see how you can participate)
This is my contribution to the Project 52-2013 group on Flickr this week. The theme is ‘wintry’:
Stacking The Shelves is a weekly book meme hosted at Tynga’s Reviews. Here is what you need to do to participate:
Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!
I haven’t done this one for a few weeks, so here are the latest additions to my shelf for the last month or so:
- The Darwin Awards 4: Intelligent Design - Wendy Northcutt, Christopher M. Kelly
- J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century - Tom Shippey
- Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys
- Wit - Margaret Edson
- The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
- 1982 - Jian Ghomeshi
- The Ultimate Frankenstein - Byron Preiss (ed.)
- The Seven A.M. Practice: Stories of Family Life - Roy MacGregor
- The Sherlock Holmes Encyclopedia - Orlando Park
- Canada – Richard Ford
My choice of book for this week’s Friday meme combo is Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury. I recently picked up this collection of essays on writing and figured it was time to give it a read. GoodReads has the following description:
“Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a land mine. The land mine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces back together. Now, it’s your turn. Jump!” Zest. Gusto. Curiosity. These are the qualities every writer must have, as well as a spirit of adventure. In this exuberant book, the incomparable Ray Bradbury shares the wisdom, experience, and excitement of a lifetime of writing. Here are practical tips on the art of writing from a master of the craft-everything from finding original ideas to developing your own voice and style-as well as the inside story of Bradbury’s own remarkable career as a prolific author of novels, stories, poems, films, and plays. Zen In The Art Of Writing is more than just a how-to manual for the would-be writer: it is a celebration of the act of writing itself that will delight, impassion, and inspire the writer in you. In it, Bradbury encourages us to follow the unique path of our instincts and enthusiasms to the place where our inner genius dwells, and he shows that success as a writer depends on how well you know one subject: your own life.
Now for this week’s quotes:
Book Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post. If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’
The beginning of Zen in the Art of Writing:
Zest. Gusto. How rarely one hears these words used.
Nice, short beginning and that does sound about right.
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
It’s that simple.
From page 56 of Zen in the Art of Writing:
I did rise and run. I learned that I was right and everyone else wrong when I was nine.
This sounds like typical Bradbury and I like it! That’s it for this week and I look forward to getting into this book more in the next little while.
Thursday quotables is hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies. To take part Lisa shares the following:
If you’d like to participate, it’s really simple:
- Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (http://www.bookshelffantasies.com), if you’d be so kind!
- Comment on this post with the link to your own Thursday Quotables post. Or… have a quote to share but not a blog post? Leave your quote in the comments!
- Have fun!
Today saw the passing of Nelson Mandela, one of the most influential people of the 20th century. With this in mind I share the following quote: