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Friday, August 29, 2008

He Read the Whole Damn Thing

Sesquicentennial - isn't that a delicious word? It means 150th.

Here are some others I'm enjoying lately:

Soliloquy - not an especially uncommon word, but I love the way it curls around your tongue and rolls off in a wave of soft vowel sounds.

Floccinaucinihilipilification - the longest real word in the OED. There are other long ones there but they are purported to have been made up to be the longest word in the dictionary.

Factitious - this means produced artificially or a sham

Ah I do love words. Which also brings me to this book:

Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages

In a task dubbed the "word-lover's Mount Everest", Ammon Shea not only read the OED in a year, he then wrote a book about it and, as heard in an interview, remembers many odd and wonderful words he read on that wild journey.

For all people who adore words, worship dictionaries and are sickly prone to reading lexicography (which would include myself), this book should prove a treasure in your library. I have not read it but I'm willing to bet that I'm right judging from the interview I heard of him. Check that out here: On Point: Reading the OED, if you want to hear it, click the "Listen to this Show" button. I highly recommend it.

Another book on the 'to read' list!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Big Read

“The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.”

1) Bold: I have read.
2) Underline: Books I love. (I didn't bother with this one - too lazy)
3) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling (shouldn't that be Sorcerer's Stone?)
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

Well I counted 25 for me. Shameful isn't it? The worst part is, about half of those were imposed on me by school teachers. Thank the mighty meatball for required reading. How did you do?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Kid's Corner - Our Current Books

I recently purchased Moosetache by Margie Palatini and illustrated by Henry Cole, for reading to the kids. Mooseltoe, shown below, I had bought a couple of years ago from a Scholastic Reader order form. I have always loved the story and cadence which rolls right off the tongue. When I saw that, in fact, Moosetache came first, I decided to get it too. It shares that same rhythm that I find so fun to read aloud. I have always loved reading aloud to my kids. I use different voices for different characters and often find myself so into the reading that I gesture wildly and even stand and act out the stories. When a book has a great rhythm, that just moves me more. These two books are a delight to read and the children ask me for them repeatedly.

Remember, reading to your kids is the beginning of a love for reading. And it counts as reading for you and them!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Some Structural Clarification

I'm wanting your opinion. After a book opening, how many days lead would you like to have to get a hold of the book? Most of these are fairly simple to come by as they are pretty current. But some might be a little more cumbersome. Do you think that five to seven days is enough? Tell me what you want.

I'm a fairly slow reader so you guys will probably finish books before me. However, I will do check-in posts to see where people are during the readings. That way we can gauge when to start diving into our thoughts on the book. It's always more fun with the most people available and when everyone is on the same page - in this case, hopefully the one that says The End.

That's all for now. Carry on.

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Brown Book List #1

Below you will find the list of 24 books I purchased for the first edition of the Brown Book Project. While I do know the books I bought, of course, I do not know the order they are now arranged in. If you'd prefer to be completely surprised, please skip this post!

I've included the ISBN numbers so that you can easily ask for the books at your local shop. Next Tuesday will be the first book opening party, make sure you attend and leave comments for the give-away. Happy reading my fellow bookworms!

1. Naked - David Sedaris -- short stories ISBN 978-0316777735

2. Portrait of a Lady - Henry James -- classic ISBN 978-0140622492

3. In Defense of Food - Michael Pollen -- non-fiction ISBN 978-1594201455

4. What Happened - Scott McClellan -- political non-fiction ISBN 978-1586485566

5. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - David Wroblowski -- fiction ISBN 978-0385664783

6. Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortensen -- non-fiction ISBN 978-0143038252

7. On Chesil Beach - Ian McKewan -- fiction ISBN 978-0676978827

8. Panic in Level 4 - Richard Preston -- science non-fiction ISBN 978-1400064908

9. Me of Little Faith - Lewis Black -- comedy ISBN 978-1594489945

10. Gang Leader for a Day - Sudhir Venkatesh -- non-fiction ISBN 978-1594201509

11. Zookeeper's Wife - Diane Ackerman -- non-fiction ISBN 978-0393061727

12. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy -- classic ISBN 978-0307266934

13. I am America So Can You - Stephen Colbert -- comedy ISBN 978-0446580502

14. World Without Us - Alan Weisman -- science fiction ISBN 978-1554682263

15. Sharp Teeth - Toby Barlow -- epic poem ISBN 978-0061430220

16. Mudbound - Hillary Jordan -- fiction ISBN 978-1554681921

17. Wicked - Gregory Maguire -- fantasy ISBN 978-0060987107

18. The Traveler - John Twelve Hawks -- science fiction ISBN 978-0770429720

19. Coraline - Neil Gaiman -- fantasy ISBN 978-0380807345

20. Dirty Wow Wow - Cheryl Katz -- short stories ISBN 978-1580088329

21. Truck: A Love Story - Michael Perry -- fiction ISBN 978-0060571184

22. Dear American Airlines - Jonathon Miles -- fiction ISBN 978-0547054018

23. The Savage Detectives - Robert Bolano -- fiction ISBN 978-0312427481

24. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde -- science fiction ISBN 978-0142001806

Some book news to peruse:

CIA Unhappy about Suskind's Way of the World

Avon Books Unveils New Site - for lovers of Romance novels and books written for women this new site includes current books, new releases and upcoming releases by Avon Books

Crafter's Alert: Cute Stuff by Aranzi Aranzo - have you seen this book? Apparently all the rage from Japan. Described as "Hello Kitty with attitude".

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Three of You

And the three lucky winners of the book bag and goodies are:

(dddrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr - that's a drumroll can't you tell?)




Please email me at brownbooksblog-at-gmail-dot-com and give me your physical address so I can ship these out to you next week! Hurrah!

For the rest of you I'm sending out great big kisses.


Don't forget that each time I open a new book, there will be a party and another give-away. So come back often.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What the Heck is This Blog???

Welcome to the Brown Book Project.

I'm Lynnea. Or more widely known as Maggie over at Mind Moss.

I've decided to out myself for this project. Why? Because I love books and reading. I've become aware through a family member's struggle with reading just how big a problem it is getting young people, and often times people in general to read.
Life is busy and full of media inundation. Who has time for reading when there are jobs to do, shows to watch, music sets to create, text messages to send and blogs to write (ahem)? But books are the glory of the world. In my humble opinion. So here and in real life, I am putting myself out there, making it my goal to encourage reading, to find a way to promote it in any way I can.

The project itself is this: I have bought 24 books. I wrapped them in plain brown paper and mixed them all up. I'm going to open them one at a time and read them cover to cover. Then we'll talk about the book. We'll tear it down or build it up. We'll delve into it's strengths and weaknesses, we'll find our individual likes and dislikes. And then we'll move on to the next. Here you will find book opening parties with give-aways, reviews, discussions of book news and just about anything that has to do with reading. I might even get in on some author interviews for blog book tours. I am going to be joining a reading marathon for charity at some point this year. I need your support for all of this. I need you coming here, commenting and getting involved. We're going to get our read on!

--Tune in next Monday for the list of books all wrapped up.