Well, here we are, for another installment of my somewhat disjointed #BookADay journey through June! Today’s six entries still don’t catch me up, but, by the next post, I should definitely be there, if not a little closer. I’m unable to do this every day, so it’s more #BookEveryFewDays for me. Whatever. It’s a chance for me to talk about one of my favorite things in the world, BOOKS, and share some of my great experiences with books with you readers. So let’s have a look at the next six days:
June 7th: Forgot I Owned It. I own a lot of books and I collect them like a damn dirty hoarder, so there’s quite a few of these that could fit the bill. But, recently, I went to Half-Price with the boyfriend and very excitedly picked up a copy of the first book in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress anthologies. Fast forward a few days later when I’m rearranging books to make room for a guest (yes, I have to rearrange books to make room for guests to stay over…ahem), I discovered the exact same copy of the book I picked up. I knew I should have gotten a different volume of the series, but, oh well! Now I have two. Which merges quite well into the next category…
June 8th: Have More Than One Copy. …of which I have many. So many I could choose for this one. As a bibliophile, I love to have multiple copies of several of my favorite books. That’s why I always baffled at people who said they don’t know what to get me. “A book.” “But I don’t know what you already have.” “THAT MATTERS?” But the book I easily have the most copies of is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I collect all things Alice; it’s a little bit of an obsession. I had to stop after a while because it was getting to expensive. I’m currently up to 15 different publications (and I have two copies of one of the same publication, even). Then there’s all the movies. And the posters. And the toys and stickers and….I said anything Alice, right? Right.
June 9th: Film or TV Tie-In. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. This is by far one of the best book-to-film adaptations I have ever encountered. Of course, I did see the movie first, but I loved Middlesex, so I was thrilled to expose myself to more of Eugenides’ writing. I was blown away by how well they complimented each other. That, my friends, is how a book-to-film adaptation should be done.
June 10th: Reminds me of Someone I Love. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Growing up, my dad had always touted Ender’s Game as one of his favorite books, so of course I wanted to read it. I fell in love with it, too, and it always makes me think of him and how much he’s influenced who I am and what I enjoy as far as books and movies and even my own writing goes.
June 11th: Secondhand Bookshop Gem. This is another tricky one, because which do I possibly choose? There are so many. After a lot of consideration, though, I decided to go with A Royal Pain by Ellen Conford. Hardly a classic; I doubt very many people out there have even read it, but when I was a kid, I found this book at a secondhand store, and, from then, I repeatedly devoured it so many times I could probably give a pretty good retelling of it now when it’s probably been fifteen years. What’s that Anne Hathaway movie where she discovers she’s a princess? Yeah, A Royal Pain did that way before that movie, where a young American girl finds out she’s the princess of some fictional little kingdom in Eastern Europe, madcap highjinks and star-crossed love ensues. I read that book so many times, and it still sticks with me today. Funny how these random books can still have a huge impact on you, though they’re hardly considered classic literature.
June 12th: I Pretend to have Read It. Anything by Charles Dickens. As well known as the stories are, it always strikes me that I’ve never actually read any of his books. So weird. Great Expectations is the top of my list, though.
Six more to follow in a few days! What are your own choices for these categories? Have you been participating in #BookaDay? I’d love to hear some thoughts.