Welcome friends! I have started this entry in the global technosphere because I have been in love with books since the age of 2. Among the busy business of being a new teacher, this is my outlet for sharing thoughts on a love of reading a wide variety of books. My inspiration can be summed up with a yearbook quote from a teacher written when I was 8: "To the only girl at recess I see reading a book. Good for you!"
My blog title is quoted from a classmate who asked me this once. Believe it or not, I've also heard it as a teacher :D

Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Blog Hop!

Happy Friday!

A weekly meme hosted by Jennifer @ Crazy For Books.

This week's question comes from Marce @ Tea Time With Marce.

What very popular and hyped book in the blogosphere did you NOT enjoy and how did you feel about posting your review?

Awesome question!  I think this is an issue that I'd love to read about as it can cause a bit of discomfort (and perhaps shame?) to admit that you did not like a book that everyone & their brother seems to adore.

This has happened to me at least twice that I can especially recall:  I had difficulty coming to terms with not liking Freedom by Jonathan Franzen when even Obama claims to really dig it!  Yikes :D  Another was She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb.  I just could not get past the slogging pace.  I loved the language, the characters, and the style, but it moved along soooo slowly that I just gave up.

Did you feel the same way about either of these books, or do you have another title that made you feel this way?

A weekly meme hosted by Janet @ Friday Fill-Ins.

1.  The best thing about a birthday celebration is making a wish.

2.  If only we could slow the passage of time.

3.  I went shopping recently and the most interesting thing I bought was a toy Santa that climbs up & down a gold chain to a Xmas tune (I forget which) for my cousin who loves funny toys.

4.  No one is too old to play a child's game when you are young at heart.

5.  The reason is so simple that we completely miss it.

6.  I'm getting to be a Scrooge about the incoming snow and cold.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to blog hopping (finally!), tomorrow my plans include dinner at my cousin's house and Sunday, I want to put a major dent in The Girl in the Dragon Tattoo!

Apparently, this last part is a holiday carols quiz...but on the ones I couldn't solve, I filled in the letters with some wacky pseudo-Haiku :)

1. HYAMLC:  Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

2. TFNTADS:  The First Noel the Angels Did Say

3. GRYMGLNYD:  Get Ready, Your Musty Grandma Lurks Nearby...You're Done (for) :D

4. ICUAMC:  It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

5. SNHNAICAIB:  Silent Night, Holy Night, All is Calm, All is Bright

6. OTFDOCMTLGTM:  One, Two, Four, D'oh!  Oh Crumb, My Time Long Gone To Math :D

7. DTHWBOHFLLLLLLLL:  Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly, Fa La La La La La La La La

8. YBWOYBNC:  You Buy What One Yearns, But No Coupon :D

9. JTTWTLHC:  Just That Tome With The Long Hip Chapters :D
Have a great weekend :)


  1. Your Fill Ins were fun! I haven't read Freedom but I FULLY agree with you on She's Come Undone. It was a painful read. The Gate House by Nelson DeMille was one I was disappointed in and so was The Picture of Dorian Gray.

  2. I haven't read Freedom but I FULLY agree with you on She's Come Undone...yawn. I felt this way about The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Gatehouse by Nelson DeMille.

  3. #3 God rest ye merry gentlemen, let nothing ye dismay :)

    #9 Joy to the world, the Lord had come! :)

  4. Nope -- I couldn't do she's come undone either. Haven't read any other wally lamb. #8 You better watch out ... #3 God Rest ye merry Gentlemen...

  5. Old follower hopping through.

    I haven't read those books, nor have I heard of them. Maybe I'll shy away from them in the future!

  6. My husband and I debated reading Freedom, but it was almost like a going-to-the-dentist thing. An obligation. Then he read a review in the Atlantic that trashed it. And he talked to a woman who was slogging through it and was miserable. We decided not to bother and she gave up.

  7. Love your design.

    Stopping by from the hop.......Happy Hopping.

    Stop by my blog to see my answer to what book I thought wasn't worth all the hype.

    silversolara AT gmail DOT com

  8. Hopping through. I'm not going to bother with Freedom. I just assume I won't like it - which probably is unfair, but oh well.
    My Hop