Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Oct 31)

great pumpkinNo Halloween is complete without either watching or reading It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz, so I am choosing this classic for my Friday meme combo this week. GoodReads has the following short description:

It’s Halloween!Time for ghosts, ghouls, and…

the Great Pumpkin? Linus is sure that this year the Great Pumpkin will finally appear. Join Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang for some spooky tricks and hilarious treats in this adaptation of the television special!

Now for this week’s excerpts:

book beginningsBook 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 It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown:

From costumes to candy, pumpkins to parties, each year the Peanuts gang looked forward to Halloween.

A nice, short beginning to a short classic story.

Friday 56The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown:

“But maybe there is a Great Pumpkin,” Sally countered, sticking up for her beloved Linus.

“Every year Linus misses tricks or treats and then the Halloween party,” Violet observed as she put on her ghost costume.

“He’ll never learn,” Charlie Brown agreed.

Poor Linus! You have to feel sorry for him in his sincerity. I think we’ll probably be watching the TV special tomorrow, as we didn’t really have time to watch it tonight. We rarely miss a year.

Teaser Tuesdays – The Disappeared (Oct 28)

teasertuesdays2014eTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here are my teasers for this week:

the disappearedWe took the papers to Schwartz’s and outside the deli door a blind man with misshapen legs sat like a frog, feet splayed backward on a piece of cardboard. When he heard us walking nearby he said, I’m going to take you to Hollywood, and you dropped a coin in his plastic dish.

From page 33 of The Disappeared by Kim Echlin.

Bookmark Monday – Halloween (Oct 27)

bookmark-mondayBookmark Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Aloi from guiltless reading. Take a picture of one of your favourite bookmarks, post it on your blog, and head over to guiltless reading to share a link to your post.

This Friday is Halloween, so I found these cool printable book-themed Halloween bookmarks at gkbc inc, which I think are quite appropriate:

halloween reading kids

Saturday Snapshot – Twilight (Oct 25)

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by West Metro Mommy. Go there to see how you can participate.

Earlier this week on one night where it was pleasant and calm, and not too chilly, my son and I took the opportunity of going out in the early evening for a walk. For once I actually remembered to take my camera. The light was failing, but I liked the way the streetlight in the following pictures was lighting up the path and the almost bare trees, so I snapped a few pics to try and capture the moment.

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Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Halloween Tree (Oct 24)

I recently picked up a copy of Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree at Bearly Used Books for a dollar, so with Halloween just a week away I’ve decided to give it a read and have also chosen it as my choice of book for this week’s Friday meme combo. GoodReads has the following description:

halloween treeAdventure, mystery and history are all wrapped into this eerie Halloween story about eight costumed boys who are whisked away on a kite through time and space to search for the meaning of Halloween.

It was the night of All Hallow’s Eve… a night of darkness and of dreams… of moonlight peering through the cobwebs of time and velvet silence splintered by tormented cries…

And through the streets of town raced a fiendish band–shrieking, howling, pounding on doors. “Trick or Treat” screamed the skeleton, as from every house the chilren extorted candy in the traditional blackmail of Halloween. But the last house was different. From within the black depths came Mr. Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud… a monster… a magician… a product of the night itself… who became their guide on a kite-flying, broomstick-riding trip back into the history of All Hallow’s Eve…

Now for this week’s excerpts:

book beginningsBook 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 The Halloween Tree:

It was a small town by a small river and a small lake in a small northern part of a Midwest state. There wasn’t so much wilderness around you couldn’t see the town. But on the other hand there wasn’t so much town you couldn’t see and feel and touch and smell the wilderness.

I don’t know a lot about this book, but this seems like a typical Bradbury beginning. I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one as much as his other stuff that I’ve read.

Friday 56The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of The Halloween Tree:

And the sun rose showing them…

Egypt. The River Nile. The Sphinx. The Pyramids.

“But,” said Moundshroud. “Notice anything – different?”

“Why,” gasped Tom, “it’s all new. It’s just been built. That means we really have gone back in Time four thousand years.”

This sounds quite intriguing, so I hope I can get into this book this weekend and find out what’s going on here.

Booking Through Thursday – For a Friend (Oct 23)

btt2This week Booking Through Thursday poses the following questions:

If someone you know has just published a book—do you feel obliged to buy a copy? Even if it’s not the kind of book you’d normally read?

I have had a few friends and acquaintances who have had their books published. Knowing the love, sweat, and tears that they have put into their work, I usually try to support them by buying a copy of their book. If I really enjoy it I will let them know and will also tell as many people that I know that it is worth buying. There have been a few that have been the kind of book I would not normally read, but I have seen them as the opportunity to try something different, which is not always a bad thing.

I think it’s good to encourage people I know in this way, because every great writer had to start somewhere. I usually get them to sign their book as well, because if they become famous I’ll have a signed first edition :)

WWW Wednesdays (Oct 22)

www_wednesdays43To play along with this weekly book event, hosted by Should Be Reading, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I didn’t manage to post for the last couple of weeks, so here are my answers for the past three weeks:

What are you currently reading? As is my usual custom, I have too many books on the go at the moment, but the two books I am trying to get through first are:

What did you recently finish reading? I actually had a productive three weeks of reading, finishing the following six books:

What do you think you’ll read next? I would like to finish off the two books I mentioned previously, but I’m also going to get started on The Way of a Pilgrim for the Renovaré Book Club.