Monday, April 02, 2007

Music, Books and Miscellanea

Ok, this first one I am stealing from Logo.

Four sentences you've never said
I'm really hungry for liver and canned peas.
5:30 AM is my favorite time of day.
Snoop Dog is a musical genius.
Cleaning toilets fulfills me.

Any number of song title to describe how you've felt this week
'What Am I to You' by Norah Jones

'If I Had a Hammer' by Peter, Paul, and Mary
'Gaudeamus Igitur' by Silver Stars
'Soak up the Sun' by Sheryl Crow
'Got Me Under Pressure' by ZZ Top
'Seen It All Before' by Amos Lee
'Let's Go Crazy' by Prince

Four things you'd be doing on a perfect day
Sleeping in
Riding a motorcycle into the mountains so I can take a hike
Enjoying cooking and eating a good meal and having good conversation and fun with people I love
Making love for hours and basking in the afterglow

Five creative names for a new rock band

Lime and the Shattered Ulnas (sooo stealing this from Logo)
White Noise
Jackhammer to the Skull
Spurious Factoids
Underwired (the acoustic band of buxom babes)

Congratulations! You get to go back in time and prevent 3 songs from being written, thus sparing humankind from ever having to hear them. Which 3 get the axe.
'My Heart Will Go On' by Celine Dion (and while we are at it I am preventing the movie 'Titanic' from being filmed too)
'Muskrat Love' by the Captain and Tenille (between his hat and this song, I so do not want to ever know anything about their love life)
'We Built This City on Rock and Roll' by Jefferson Airplane/Starship/Airplane (whatever the heck they were calling themselves at that point)

Now we move on to one from Myutopia.

Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Whatever is available

Amazon or brick and mortar?
Brick & mortar, I like the library and to support local business. I'll use Amazon if it's an out of print title or can't find it other ways. That being said, I refuse to patronize the local mom & pop operation on Main Street because they have always been miserable when I've gone in and when the local fire dept. (of which my husband is a part) kept the fire in his building from spreading beyond their walls, (keeping in mind this is a minor miracle in attached buildings with no firewalls and that arsonists have torched 6 other buildings in the business district and the next town over lost an entire block due to the incompetence of their fire dept.) all the owners could do was bitch about the water damage to their inventory. STFU, you're alive and you still have a building and a business, people risked their own safety to preserve that for you.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
We don't have either one locally.

Bookmark or dog ear?
If you ever suggest dog earing again I may have to hurt you. That's no way to treat a book.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
Well, I've got enough books that I have them separated by genre. Within each genre they are alphabetized by author, then by title. Librarian wannabe and all...

Keep, throw away, or sell?
Usually keep, though we recently went through about half the collection and donated about 50 books to the local library for their annual used book sale. I only throw away if the book is damaged beyond reasonable use.

Case in point, I threw away a beautiful gilt-edged Bible given to my daughter when she was a baby. Hold the hellfire! I can explain! We only had one closet in the old house (a walk-in by our bedroom). We had a tiny room at the bottom of the stairs. It had a toilet and shelves up the wall over the toilet. I kept cleaning supplies and boardgames in there and had put the baby Bible up there in a hurry one day because the kids were kind of crumpling pages. I went in to get cleaning supplies one day and knocked the Bible into the open toilet which someone had used but neglected to flush.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?

Read with dust jacket or remove it?

Short story or novel?
I tend to enjoy nonfiction more than fiction but when I read fiction either one is fine.

Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?
No real preference.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Lemony Snicket

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Chapter breaks, keeps me mentally organized.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?'s more about what follows those introductions really.

Buy or Borrow?

New or used?
Either. New books hold such promise but old ones have such history. I love the used book sale at the library....last couple of days is a dollar for an entire bag. Woohoo!

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?
I read a lot by recommendation of friends and I love to just browse and see what strikes my fancy. Book reviews...meh...not so much. I don't know the reviewer and they don't know me, it's too impersonal.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Neither. If it's fiction, I just want an honest ending. It's got to be faithful to the characters and setting, whether that means happy or sad, tidy or dangling. It just has to be convincing and not read like the author intended sequel after sequel just for the sake of profit or to get a movie deal.

Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading?
Afternoon or evening

Stand-alone or series?
I can't think of too many series that really held me for the duration.

Favorite series?
Hhmm...'Anne of Green Gables' probably and partly because it was just so much fun to read to the girls when they were little.

Favorite children's books?
I've got such a soft spot for kiddie lit this is hard to narrow down. I'm a big Dr. Seuss fan, I LOVE Shel Silverstein and have given his books to more kids than I can remember. Kevin Henkes is another marvelous author of picture books.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?

Hhhmm... Thirty Days Hath April' by Bill Bley perhaps?

Favorite books read last year?
'Kite Runner' by Khaled Hossein was amazing.

Favorite books of all time?
It's all in the profile.

Least favorite book you finished last year?
'Whose Panties Are These?' which was a set of essays about women travelling. Some were very good, most were kind of ho hum, some were just dreadful.

What are you reading right now?
'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' by Robert Pirsig

What are you reading next?
I have a great big stack of 'to reads.' I will choose based on my mood at the end of Pirsig's book.

Some of the choices include...
'A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali' by Gil Courtemanche
'In the Name of Honor' by Mukhtar Mai
'The Mother Tongue' by Bill Bryson
'The Year of Magical Thinking' by Joan Didion

'Left to Tell' by Immaculee Ilibagiza

Anything I should add to the pile?


barefoot_mistress said...

Of course;

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
(or anything else by him)

Thats my suggestion for today. Once you read one if his novels, you will want to read all 4, and he is Parsi, so you get to learn about that part of Indian culture, all of his books deal with Parsi characters as well as the other religions in India.

I confess to dog earring books, but only if I own them, and they are already a little tattered. I dont like used books, they make me sneeze alot......I think it's mold and dust...

Anyway, have a great week Lime, and lets hear it for BOOKS! Hurray!

ttfootball said...

Lime dis kinda too long to read on a monday eh...

Cosima said...

I have tried to read "The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy for months now, but haven't yet managed to get past the first chapter. Something else always comes up and when I have the chance to pick it up again I start from the beginning to get into the flow of the book. I haven't given up hope though... maybe I get to the second chapter tonight.

steve said...

liver and canned peas I am for sure with you on that! LOL

and the thought of making love all day sounds pretty dayum good!

bsoholic said...

I'd go see Underwired live! Haha!

jillie said...

Cool post today. I wish I would make myself read more. Between Robert and I we have a ton of books scatter through out the shelves in the house. I go in spurts here and there and it depends what I am in the mood for. When the guys play volleyball on the beach, I bring my chair and big hat and read and read. LOVE IT!

My favorite types of books are bio's and the likes. I am really fasinated by other peoples lives. I am ready Andy Summers book "One Train Later" now (from The Police). Next in line is "Final Exam"..a book on a Surgeon's reflections on mortality. I go from one extreme to the next...

Cheers to ya...

What do you mean you don't go gaga for liver and canned peas? EWWWW!

lecram sinun said...

I am so with you on the theme song for Titanic... though the movie itself remains a guilty pleasure... simply because of Billy Zane's just over the top performance.(Hope you don't think any less of me because of that.)

AndyT13 said...

Consider the book meme stoled.

word ver: utrozyx

??? Utero what now?

Margie Blystone said...

Saw 'Stranger than Fiction' with Will Ferrell video rental yesterday... After reading your Mem it made me think you might really like it... I liked it immensely, a pleasant surprise!

lime said...

susie, i'll have to add parsi reading to my list after i pick myself up reeling in horror at your dog earing

tt, have a cup of coffee and get back to me

cosima, let me know how that goes for you ;)

steve, you're a man after my own heart!

bs, all i have to do is find a singer, a drummer, a keyboardist and someone who can actually play the guitar well (unlike me) and i'm good to go!

jillie, i am with you. i find real life rivals fiction many times

lecram, ok, i can cut you leeway for billy zane's performance,'s just that...the boat sinks...ya know? we all know it will sink. we all know jack will die. and i dunno, i inda HOPED rose would too....

andy, can't wait!

margie, you, know i looked at that the other night and thought about renting it...may have to go back for it now.

Anonymous said...

Your 4 things you've never said are make me laugh all the time!:)

DaMasta said...

Hey Limerz,
I got tagged with the first one, as well.. so I'll be posting that soon.. and I am totally stealing the Celine Deon song idea.. omg! I was working in AMC Theaters during the summer o' Titanic, and during the summer weekends, we had midnight showings of some of our bigger blockbusters, and holy geezus! if that movie did let out till 3:45 am!! We had to wait till it "dropped" before we could go home. BLASTED TITANIC!!! ;)

Stealth said...

I'm really hungry for liver and canned peas.
5:30 AM is my favorite time of day.
Snoop Dog is a musical genius.
Cleaning toilets fulfills me.


RennyBA said...

Woow, what an impressive and readable meme. Good to know you even better! I'm soaking up the sun too as we've started our golf season in Scandinavia:-)

mary said...

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Lemony Snicket

**I prefer Lemony Snicket too!!**


Margie: I saw Stranger than Fiction too! It is a book lovers movie.

mary said...

A couple of years ago I went thru a biography phase and enjoyed this book:

Ambulance Girl: How I Saved Myself by Becoming an EMT

I think it was made into a Lifetime movie, but don't judge the book harshly because of this! It is the true story of a woman who writes cookbooks with her husband.She goes thru a depression and finally gets herself out of the house by becoming a volunteer EMT driver.

Moosekahl said...

I filled out my book meme last night, I stole it from My Utopia too :) I better get mine up. I'm 120 pages into Double Bind now and it's pretty darn good :)

lime said...

tc, i'm always glad to make you laugh!

damasta, however did youescape with your mental health intact?

stealth, i'm betting you agree with every one of those too. am i right or am i right?

renny, glad you enjoyed. have fun golfing :)

mary, yes and i am glad to meet another who agrees. and i think i heard about that particular book. thanks for the suggestion:)

moose, i'm looking forward to yours.

G-Man said...

Limey, Your right on about the Liver and canned peas..
You don't like Gangsta's Paradise...or Gin and Juice?
As far as the reading are WAYYYYY out there in Literaria!!
You've forgotten more books than I'll ever read..Great List baby.xox

lecram sinun said...

BTW... SUCH A LONG JOURNEY by Rohinton Mistry... was made into a movie a few years back. Really, quite good.

Balou said...

meme-o-rama! And you make it fun to read!

Here's one for the pile if you haven't already read it, "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel.

DaMasta said...

Umm.. you think my mental health in "in tact"???


Rurality said...

I've been reading your comments over at KF's for a while but just clicked over for the first time. You are hilarious! Your songs to axe are right on the money. And I think I belong in Underwired (if only I could ever master an instrument).

Anyway, please don't read the Didion directly following the Pirsig!