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For the next 5 weeks, I will be out in the field as part of my real life job. I will be on a research vessel with extremely limited access to the internet, so I won’t be able to interact with you, dear readers.
I hope you will enjoy the posts I have scheduled ahead of time for you – Monday Quotes, some book reviews, and some Top Ten Tuesday lists – but unfortunately I will not be able to respond to any of your wonderful comments. Treat Yo Self Thursday will also be on break until I get back, but don’t let that stop you from treating yourself and posting what you got!
I will miss interacting with you all for the next few weeks and talking books, but the upside is that I will have oodles of reading time and lots of new book reviews for you when I get back!
Click the image for an SNL video about being on a boat – it is nothing like this, but I do have my flippy-floppies.
But if you’re interested in what it’s really like on a research cruise, check out this video here.
This popped up on my Tumblr feed today (from http://www.tressugar.com) and made me smile. Lots of these are very true, but I definitely identify with #5 and #12. Reading just one more chapter costs me so much sleep! Click on the image to link to the list – enjoy!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s topic is the top classics we’ve read or still want to read. There are so many great ones I love and so many I still want to read, that I could’ve done an entire top ten list for both topics, but I limited myself to my 5 favorite classics, and 5 that I most want to read. Here they are:
5 Favorite Classics I’ve Read:
1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith. This is the first book I read as part of my high school curriculum, and it really affected me. The characters and the tone of the book have really stayed with me ever since, and I mean to do a re-read of this one sometime soon.
2. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. Her works aren’t always the easiest to read, but Austen’s dry humor, funny and lovable characters, swoon-worthy romance, and witty commentary can’t be beat.
3. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is another one that I read in high school many years ago and just loved. It was sad, but there was something about it that really struck an emotional cord for me. It’s been popular lately with the recent movie adaptation, but the book is a whole different beast and if you haven’t read it, you definitely should.
4. And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie. I don’t know if many people consider mysteries to be classics, but I absolutely love them and this is my favorite by far. I’ve read it multiple times, even though I already whodunit, and I’ve even bought copies as gifts for people.
5. Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls. I’ve read this book multiple times because I love it, even though it makes me cry buckets of tears every time.
Top 5 Classics on my TBR:
1. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas. I started this one a couple years ago, had to return my copy, and never finished it. But, I intend to in the next couple months!
2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle. I have listened to part of this collection on audiobook, but as a fan of the British TV show, I feel like I should read all of the books.
4. The Giver, by Lois Lowry. I’m still not sure how I didn’t read this when I was younger, but I would like to now.
5. Dune, by Frank Herbert. I already own a copy of this sci-fi classic, but just haven’t read yet.
A link to this article popped up on my Twitter feed the other day and I really enjoyed it – if you’re a fan of sci-fi and fantasy you might find this a fun read as well. It discusses how some science, particularly biology and environmental science, is often well-thought out and detailed in fantasy books. At times, even more detailed and realistic than the scientific details in science fiction, where the advanced physics and technology are often taken for granted and can almost seem like “magic.”
Also, it mentioned a bunch of fantasy books I personally love (like Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern) and a few that I haven’t read but added to my TBR list immediately. Particularly, A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan – how has a book with this title escaped my notice for so long??