Book refuge…

Jun 11

One of the nifty things about my Nook is that I am able to download samples of most any ebook. I do this often. I have read hundreds of samples of books and ordered a lot of them. Last week I ordered a sample of “The Scent of Rain and Lightning: A Novel” by Nancy Pickard but hadn’t gotten around to reading it until last night. I read it to my friend aloud and the story was engaging enough for me to purchase it right then. I continued reading some 130 pages before I went to sleep. Right before I gave in to my weary body and blurring vision from reading so long, so late, there was a passage I thought worth sharing and discussing. Here it is, The numbers looked friendly to him, because he liked them and because they wouldn’t avoid his eyes. And thus, his sterling academic career began that day in Heather Davidson’s classroom, where the only companionship was to be found in his teacher’s kindness and in the impersonal facts in the book on his desk. And so his love for scholarly pursuits began, and his love for learning and books…this boy who was ostracized because his father was a bad guy. This boy was alienated, teased and ignored because of no cause of his own. His mother was suffering and thus could not be there for him the way he needed but he didn’t blame her. His life was complicated but reading, arithmetic, school work was not. And his teacher was his only solace, she was kind to him when the whole world seemed cruel. This is what school and books were like for me. For many of us. How many lost children are forgotten, go to bed hungry, alone? How many have no one to care for them? This is a common theme throughout every culture, and every era. I was a forgotten child. A child left hungry. A child abused. A child neglected. I found comfort in the worlds within the books. I found solace and strength of character within the lines of the greatest and worst stories of printed literature. I learned how children can be loved and can be...

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Secret Bookshelves…FOUND!

Jun 09

I guess I am not so good at hiding my addiction as I thought I was… I have been informed by unmentionable parties that more of my ‘stashes’ have been found… Drats! Where to next…?

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I think I have a problem…

Jun 08

It began very early in life. An addiction, a dirty little habit. I hide it from everyone as best as I can…stashing it under tables, in closets, in cupboards, in the freezer even. I try so hard not to let it affect anyone but it has grown out of control. Wherever you turn its obvious… this habit. I have run out of places to hide it discreetly. It is always staring us in the face. It even comes to bed with me… Reading is my addiction. And I know not how to recover… I fear others are starting to notice… It is keeping me up at night… I cannot, will not give it...

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Reading is a big part of my life…

Jun 03

I am unabashedly in love with books, literature, well-written characters, the written word…for me reading is more than just a hobby, it is a way of life. I wish I could extract just the tiniest portion of my love and enthusiasm for reading and inject it in all children and young adults to inoculate them from apathy and atrophy of creativity, of well-developed thought. If but for the possibilities of inspiring the twitter generation to pick up a book and use it for anything but a door stop. I eagerly give books as gifts to people of all ages and promote my love without shame! Do you? Books are the only things that contain the whole of life… binded pages of everything that is real. A photograph, an artist, a song can capture but one moment, one freeze frame but a book… a book can contain the secrets of passion, the deep bonds of family, the rejection, the glee—-life encompassed attached to the spine no matter its title. You can learn lessons, words, ways to communicate, ways to love… escape routes and answers to befuddled questions… you can gain a world of knowledge within a book… experience an entirely different life or exactly the same! You can take adventures or sit quietly on a hammock and observe a moment so profound you will never be the same again. So what are you waiting for? GO! Grab a book… pick it up… and experience it as if it were your own story… or be brave and write yours for the world of book and life lovers to...

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Interview with author Karen Maitland

Oct 25

My true love is to read. I am far past a bookworm plowing past bibliophile. My home is littered with books stacked waist high from the door onward. It is a literary adventure within these walls. This past year I have been fortunate enough to read some excellent books and one of them Company of Liars: A Novel by Karen Maitland sent me head-over-heels for historical fiction. I wrote a review post about Company of Liars: A Novel which you can read here. I contacted the author recently to ask some questions so I could fill inthe author information for her on another book lover website. Whilst exchanging emails with this most gracious and eloquent writer I mentioned the possibility of having an informal email interview. I sent her a bunch of questions, asked her to pick her favorites and respond at her own leisure. And respond she did. I am sharing her responses with all of you in this post. Karen Maitland is both thoughtful and eloquent in her responses, thank you Karen! Karen Maitland Year of Birth: 1956 Place of Birth: UK Gender: Female Nationality: British Official website: http://www.karenmaitland.com/ Genres: historical fiction, medieval fiction, thriller, modern thriller _______________________________________________ Tell us your latest news? My next medieval novel The Owl Killers: A Novel is due to published in America in September 2009, so I am really looking forward to seeing copies of that. I’m delighted to say I’ve just had another two-book offer from Penguin UK, for two more historical novels The Mandrake’s Tale and Falcons of Ice and Fire. And I’ve just finished a novella for The Sacred Stone, the next joint Medieval Murderers novel. It was such a privilege to be invited to join five of my most favourite authors for their sixth joint novel – Bernard Knight, Susanna Gregory, Philip Gooden, Ian Morson and Michael Jecks. When and why did you begin writing? From about twelve onwards I used to scribble dreadful angst-ridden poetry instead of doing my schoolwork. I continued to write as an adult, but I kept it a secret for fear of failure, and I didn’t really have the confidence to try to write for publication until about sixteen years ago. Then...

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