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Day 141: My Name is Charlie, And I Am a Book Addict

Today was meant to be my first participation in the Literary Junkies Book Club Twitter party to discuss this month's book Diamond in the Rough: A Memoir, by Shawn Colvin. I don't know what happened. It was a combination of coming off night shift, time-differences and the lack of energy to work them out, and, most importantly, two little things about the book itself. One: I didn't finish it in time. Two: I wasn't sure I had anything to say about it. Confession: I'm not a fan of memoirs. Confession: I was thinking book club would be like being at Uni, when really, I imagine, it's simply a chance for people to get to know each other and have a chat about a book that they may not normally have read. It doesn't have to be backed by theorists and foot-noted—even though there is nothing I like more than taking theorists out for a run to see what they can do. I tried to have a look at what happened on the Twitter party, but as usual I am a Twitter twit and can't work it out. I've just hit the one-click purchase on next month's book, The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick, and, having seen and enjoyed the movie, I am looking forward to, and optimistic that, this text will have so much more that I can talk about. If I can now just work out the Twitter thing and the time-difference, I will be there. Until then I'm linking into the Junkie's May link-up party.

Irene               List_Addict

Q: What are you currently reading? Tell us about it.

A: I have a pile (explained here). In the same way that I am unable to buy just one pair of shoes, rent just one movie or borrow just one book from a library (or, in recent times, buy just one), I am also unable to read just one book at a time. (I call it an 'admiration of variety'; others may call it an attention deficiency.) Currently the pile is out of control. I'll give you the names, but—although I could theoretically do it—I will not even start to 'tell you about it'. We would be here until tomorrow. Here goes: Aaron's Rod; Bones are Forever; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (again); 1Q84: Books 1 and 2; Don Quixote; War and Peace; David Copperfield; This Side of Paradise; The Quiet American (those make up the Classics corner), Antigone (in French, wanker), Primal Body, Primal Mind; Turn of the Century; The Lotus Eaters; Up Country; The Secret Teachings of All Ages; The Book of Secrets; Midwinter Sacrifice; Diamond in the Rough (of course); The Bat; and; The Age of Chivalry. Phew! Mad. Just mad.

Q: Summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) and my favourite thing to fantazise is liying in hammock with a good book. What are your top three fave 'summer' reads?

A: In terms of books I would read again. I suppose the HP's would be top of the list. I have been through all seven Harry Potters four or five times. I am reading the Millenium series again at the moment, and I would consider doing the Hunger Games again. But, otherwise. I would rather go forward to try and get some of the other's done. The Library of Congress adds eleven thousand things to it's collection every day—mostly, I would imagine, books. There are untold numbers of books for me to try and get to before the end. The big end, not Summer.

Q: What are your top three summer 'to reads'?

A: Maybe I will answer this by going on-line now and choosing three books for my psuedo-summer (tropical holiday in a week's time). Back in a tick and I will let you know what I got. Typical. I got four: Ann Funder's, All that I Am; Daniel Keyes', Flowers for Algernon, The Girl on the Stairs: A Masterful Psychological Thriller by Louise Welsh; and; George RR Martin's The Game of Thrones. Reasons in order: loved Stasiland; always wanted to; recommended (but why do authors feel this need to explain what it is you are holding in your hand; every book I looked at was subtitled 'A Novel'. It was borderline annoying.); societal pressure.

Q: What book do you wish they would make into a movie?

A: I know it is a possibility already, but I had also heard that due to the first one not doing so well, the second and third Americanised Millenium movies where not a guaranteed go-ahead. I would prefer they did. I would like to spend time comparing them to the Swedish. And more Daniel Craig is never a bad thing.

Q: Has your favourite author published a book lately or going to publish a book soon. Tell us about it.

A: I saw an interview yesterday with Ian Rankin. I love him. He is so down to earth. I have the series ready to go for when (if ever) I get through the Reichs' series (stop writing so quickly already!!), and so I haven't actually read any of them. But I get a good feeling, and an even better one after seeing him. So I am really excited he has brought Rebus back. Standing in Another Man's Grave. I should get to it sometime in the next ten years.

The Outfit
Dress: Op-shopped
Jacket: Op-shopped
Tights: Macy's, Times Square
Shoes: Irregular Choice

Photographer de Jour: V——

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  1. I love HP! I can literally picture your pile of books! lol I have a pile (much smaller) hidden in my night stand!

  2. Love the skirt and green is so hot right now (love Zoolander too)

  3. Love the skirt and green is so hot right now (love Zoolander too)

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  5. Oh I totally have to look up this Millenium series and see what it's all about! Loved HP and Hunger Games! Thanks! :)


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