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Day 296: Literally Late

They don't call it the 'Silly Season' for nothing. (And I am not even talking about my odd eighties-channeling outfit.) We decided to go to Queensland for the three days between my night shifts and my day shifts (ie, straight from working overnight to the airport, up all day, Wet 'n Wild next day, then Christmas and a flight back for a five hour nap and back to work!). As a result I have delayed, and delayed, and delayed, posting. I have missed the Literary Junkies link party, but I am still going to do the prompts. So for all things bookish in my world this month, please see below. And you can see here for what other people read, thought, saw or dreamed in the way of words-between-covers this month.

Q: If you could write a book, what would it be about?

A: I'd love to do a beautifully macarbe, twisted and unusual mystery. Or an obtuse and unreadable OuLiPo text with a constraint too clever for itself—making me a literary and academic sensation, but poor and unread. Or a book about how relationships would be better managed if they were treated like a job.

Q: If you had to read one book or trilogy for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A: One book for the rest of my life, im, poss, i, ble! So I would have to go the Harry Potter series (trilogy squared, plus one, cheating?). If four times through still brings joy, I think I could keep plundering the books for more. Even so, eventually, I may die unless I got something else.

Q: Who is your current favorite book character and why?

A: Just thinking about all the characters in my pile at the moment, and the one I think I like the best is Offred from The Handmaid's Tale. She is feisty and reserved at the same time, and she tells a controlled story which is revealing and tense. I like her. I am not sure things will go well for her, but I like her.

Irene               List_Addict

Q: Is there a book you read every year during the holiday season? If so, what is it and why?

A: No. [Shock statement warning] I am not really into the Holiday Season. In fact I think working Christmas is under-rated. Why do we save all our family joy up for once a year and then give it so much expectation that it invites disaster? That said, I had a great time this year, but maybe because it was so un-Christmas-y. I would never read something holiday season based for that reason. I do look forward to the start of new book count-downs at this time though. That is always exciting.

Q: Do you have any books on your Christmas list? Name a few.

A: I have about a hundred thousand. The budget V—— and I decided on for Xmas presents co-incides perfectly with a Scribd subsciption for a year and so I put the suggestion out there and it paid off. It's not Oyster, but I think I will get my (gifted) money's worth. I'll tell you more about it soon. A few of the books on just the front page that appeal to me are: If You Lived Here I'd Know your Name by Heather Lende, 23 Shades of Black by Ken Wishnia & Barbar D'Amato, Black by Ted Dekker and North Pole, South Pole: The Epic Quest to Solve the Great Mystery of the Earth's Magnetism by Gillian Turner.

Q: What is a book you read and loved that you didn’t expect to?

A: I very rarely meet a book I don't like. And I rarely pick up and read a book I don't think I will like. Doing challenges may, as I delve more into them this coming year than I did in 2013, force me to get out of the comfort zone, and by this time next year I may have someting that surprised me. Here's hoping. I would love for that to happen.

My erratic posting may mean anything between now and New Year's so I will take this chance to say happy reading in the next year. I hope books fill your life with joy and emotion and the wish to share it all with us on this odd place called the blogosphere. Well, I call it that.

The Outfit
Clearing the Closet: It’s time to go Astronaut Training Xperience polo. I just don't do polos. And although you were a fun reminder, I need the space.
Polo: Astronaut Training Xperience, Florida
Skirt: Retail, Barkins
Belt: Op-shopped
Tights: Retail
Earrings: Lovisa
Pet that won't get out of the photo: Lollii
Shoes: Urban Soul

Photographer de Jour: B——

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  1. You are rocking that outfit with the obi belt! I love the glimpse of the furry friend in the foreground.
    And I thought of Harry Potter too, when I read the question: "If you had to read one book or trilogy for the rest of your life, what would it be?" But then I thought of Douglas Adams's "increasingly mis-named trilogy", then Robert Jordan, then William Gibson... yeah, not a question I want to answer for real.
    Happy New Year!

    1. It is a fate too dreadful to even think about in the friendly warmth of daylight - one book, one series, forever. No, can't do it!!! Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy New Year xx


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