Books Day 9: ElfQuest

30 day Book Meme

Day 09 – Best scene ever

I don’t think that there is a best scene ever. There are so many books I love, and so many scenes that make books great. My favorite ones tend to be the ones that really make me feel emotions. I love it when I laugh out loud as I read a book. White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows, Book 7) By Kim Harrison contains a scene like that, in the elevator, that would be spoiler filled if I told you about it.

Captain’s Fury has the scence where he finally finds out who is parents are, that was funny yet touching, but when he reveals this information to others, it always either made me laugh out loud, or smile with happiness.

I could go on for a while, but in the end, I think the closest I can come to a my favorite scene, a scene that still gives me happy little chills every time I read it, I’d have to go with Elfquest: Fire and Flight By Wendy and Richard Pini. It’s a graphic novel I read for the first time as teenager, and one of my favorites. The book is a quest story, but it’s also a love store. Cutter, the chief of a group of elves, has recognized (which is basically like Imprinting from Twilight) another elf, Leetah, who want nothing to do with him.

There is the scene where she finally realizes that Cutter is good, and that she also feels for him what he feels for her gives me the shivers every time.

Here is snippet, from Fire and Flight all the work is by Wendy and Richard Pini and belongs to them:

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Books Day 8: Born to Run

30 day Book Meme

Day 08 – A book everyone should read at least once

The very first book that came to mind upon reading today’s topic was Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
By Christopher McDougall.
I’ve read a lot of books, but I can actually say that this book has created a change in my life.

I am not a runner. I would actually say that before I read this book I hated running. I thought all runners were loco. This included my beloved husband. Bobby read this book and told me I had to read it. It’s not normally something I would consider, but I did read it. And I loved it.

First of all, the book is well written. It is nonfiction, interesting, and entertaining. The author does a great job of interspersing interesting facts with compelling storytelling. You find yourself getting wrapped up in the stories of the runners, particularly one Caballo Blanco, semi crazy man who runs in Mexico with the Tarahumara. And Barefoot Ted is highly entertaining, not to mention all the trouble that some of these runners find themselves in.

Christopher McDougall also builds a very interesting argument about how great marketing from Nike might be hurting you and your running. He inspired both Bobby and me to begin “barefoot running” and to pick up some Vibram five fingers.

But here is the thing about this book, it did two things that changed me, my perspective, and even my health. The first thing it did is it helped me understand running, in a way I haven’t ever been able too. I understand now why people feel the need to run. Running makes sense to me. But do you know the most amazing thing that this book did for me? It made me want to run. I’ve never wanted to run in my entire life. I’ve been known to do just about anything to avoid running. And suddenly, I’m seven months pregnant, I’m reading this amazing book, and I want to run! I didn’t run, because, well, seven months pregnant, and asthma, and I hate running, but at the same time, I wanted too.

So, after I had Ollie, and life normalized, and things got on track, you know what I did? I put on my Vibrams, and I hauled my fat rear to the gym, and I started running. Oh, it’s slow, and I’ve only been working on it for two months. But I’ve been going to the gym twice a week and RUNNING every week for two months. My endurance is up, I’m feeling better, and I am slowly learning to enjoy my run.

Sometimes, I think part of it is the shoes. The shoes are comfortable enough that I wear them every day, instead of sandals. I don’t have to haul an extra pair of shoes to the gym, I don’t have to worry about socks, and I feel like I can go for a run whenever I want. I’m looking forward to summertime being over so I can try running outside! I’m on track to actually run a 5K in October. Oh, I’m not going to run it fast, but I will run more of it than I walk, and that will be a major accomplishment for me.

And I’m not joking when I say that this book is what started it all. Smart, funny, and inspiring, I think everyone should discover for themselves that we are all Born to Run.

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Books Day 7: A Pirates Love

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Day 07 – Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise

I am so sick of historical romances where the female lead is taken aboard a ship, and put into the captain’s quarters to “protect her” from the villainous sailors. Then she is slowly seduced or succumbs to Stockholm syndrome, I’m never sure which.

The first book that employed this that I read was A Pirate’s Love , which wasn’t bad for an 1980’s romance, although I really do think the lead had Stockholm syndrome, not love.

Yet this same story is told over, and over, and over again, often times by authors I really like. Actually, all four books I’ve linked are authors I usually love. But I’m so sick of this story!

The one other thing that I see over and over again that drives me nuts is when the female lead gets pregnant after having sex for the very first time ever. I can’t even remember which books it happens it, because I try and just ignore it when it does occur.

Ollie said his first word today!

I’ve been a bit worried about my Ollie, as he doesn’t have any words. From what I’d gleaned online, “most” babies his age can say “mama” and “dada” at this point.
Today, Oliver finally began saying DADA!!! I am so proud of my little guy! And also, a little less worried.



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Ollie feet

Ollie toes

Ollie said his first word today!

I’ve been a bit worried about my Ollie, as he doesn’t have any words. From what I’d gleaned online, “most” babies his age can say “mama” and “dada” at this point.
Today, Oliver finally began saying DADA!!! I am so proud of my little guy! And also, a little less worried.

Books Day 6: Catspaw

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Day 06 – Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all time
My favorite book of all time is Catspaw By Joan D. Vinge. Part of that is circumstantial, I think. I picked it up to read in the seventh grade, over Christmas vacation. The book was thick! But the cover had caught my eye.

What I didn’t realize is that this is book two. The first book, Psion, I had not read, or even heard of. I remember sitting on my bed in my room, reading it for the first time. I remember getting confused and talking out the mechanics of the books with my Christian Slater poster, because I needed to talk it through out loud. I remember figuring out the book and the mechanics and everything, and I remember being so proud when I finished the book, and that the whole book made sense to me.
I love the main character, Cat. He is, against all odds, a good person. He’s a half human, and half alien. He has green Cat eyes instead of human looking eyes, and he is a very powerful telepath as well. He is always in a bad situation, and I swear, he always gets the short end of the stick. And despite all of this, he does the right thing, over and over again. The story is good science fiction, and my username actually comes in part from this book. The Symb in the book is a critical piece of the plot, after all.
But the other thing about this book is that the feelings that Cat has, and the way he experiences them, translates so well, where you find yourself having empathy with Cat. The plot of the book also has intrigue and mystery, which hooks you and keeps you reading.
Psion is also a great book, and I’ll highlight it later on in the meme. Dreamfall, the last book in the series, was not as good to me. Part of that, I think, is because I really feel that Cat deserves a happy ending, which he still has not gotten. I highly recommend Catspaw!

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Pictures of fun in the sun are here.

Sunsplash with Landon and Em

Bobby's 32nd Birthday

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From Sunsplash with Landon and Em
From Sunsplash with Landon and Em
From Sunsplash with Landon and Em

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