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April 2012

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A Book Thing

One of my friends Tweeted about this book Challenge for May and I found it intriguing.  The Semi Charmed Summer 2012 Book Challenge

This Challenge runs from May 1st  to September 30th.  You can’t read any books you have read before, and only books started after May 1st and finished by September 30th.

Read a book chosen for the 2012 World Book Night.
I haven’t picked one yet.   I am thinking I might read The Book Thief, but I need to figure out if I read it.  Otherwise I might choose Housekeeping.
The Book Thief
Read a book you were supposed to read in school, but either bailed on or Cliff-Noted. (If you were super studious and never did this, then read a book most people were assigned to read in high school but you weren’t.)
I am considering Catch 22 or Catcher in The Rye, I never read those in High School, because they were never assigned.
 
Read a memoir or narrative nonfiction book. (Examples: Friday Night LightsWhen the Game Stands TallThe Devil in the White City, etc.)
Oh this is going to the hardest.  I dislike Nonfiction assignments.  I might need help picking something.

Read a book in one day. (Must be at least 150 pages long.)
I will probably pick some nice Brain Candy book, I have a couple lying around that I haven’t read yet.  Imagine that.

Read a book that you’ve always wanted to read but haven’t gotten around to yet.
Oh this is easy.  I am reading Matthew Lewis Gregory’s The Monk I have wanted to read this for ages ever since I read about it a Jane Austen Novel."Reading Jane's letters" - Elizabeth...
 


Read a pair of books that have antonyms in the titles. (For example: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Boy in the Suitcase, or The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Heart of Darkness, etc..)
Hmmmmm I might have to think on this for a bit.  Any ideas?

Read a book that is set in a place you’ve never been but want to visit.
I am going to read Behind the Veil in Persia and Turkish Arabia / An account of an Englishwoman’s Eight Years’ Residence / amongst the Women of the East by A. Hume-Griffith, I picked it up for my Kindle
 
Find a book written the year you were born that was later made into a movie. Read the book and watch the movie; compare. Or find a movie released the year you were born that was based on a book. Do the same thing.
I think I am going to choose The Wide Sargasso Sea, if I can find a copy.
 
Go into a bookstore or library. Pick any bookshelf. Read the third book from the left on the fourth shelf from the top. (If it’s not at least 200 pages, pick the next book to the right.)
I will try this libraries freak me out.
 
Read a book about which you’ve heard bad things. (Hey, you can’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it, right? And I’m upping the points to make it worth your while.)
Oh I KNOW I am going to need help with this.  Unless I just want to cave and read a Nicholas Sparks book – please someone give me something less annoying to read.
 
Read a trilogy. Total page count for all three books together must be at least 500 pages.
I have never read the Twilight Series so perhaps I will give that a go.
To see what someone else is doing checking In Which We Start Anew’s Challenge Choices

How times have changed

Dragnet (series)

Last night I was watching an episode of the old TV Show Dragnet, it was about the LAPD’s program for women police officers.  I guess from 1902 to the 1970’s women were trained separately from the men and their main job was to be the desk officers at the stations, leaving “The more hazardous field work to the men” said Jack Webb at the end of the episode.  I guess we should at least give LAPD credit for hiring women since the turn of the 20th century.  One of the women characters was asked why she wanted to be a police officer and her response was roughly something about it being either a police officer or a secretary and being a police officer offered advancement.  The show went on about the girl’s personal life, her boyfriend didn’t want her to be a cop, not because it was ‘dangerous’ because remember she would be working in the office her job wasn’t as hazardous as the men’s jobs.  He didn’t want her to be a cop because back then people didn’t like the Police, they were considered bullies with a badge and gun.

So at least two things have changed since the middle of the 20th century.  Society’s perception of police officers and women’s job opportunities.  It always amuses me to watch classic TV and see how women are portrayed back then by Hollywood and even society because those mores of a woman only being able to have one or two jobs didn’t come out of no where for those television writers and producers it came from what was going on around them.  I am grateful to all the women who marched in the 60’s and 70’s demanding equal rights for women.  It gave me the chance to be something else besides a teacher, secretary or a mom.  I am also in debt to all women suffragists who marched a century ago to demand we have the right to vote. In just a few years we women will be celebrating the centennial of the passing of the 19th amendment.

Book Review: The Wishing Rock Theory of Life by Pam Stucky

The people of Wishing Rock, WA have returned!

In Pam Stucky’s second book we pick up right where the first book ended.  The style of narrative takes the form of emails, text messages and one or two old hand written letters from the past.  The story captivates you from beginning to end with the witty and heartwarming conversations of this community who all live in the same building on a little island in the middle of Puget Sound.  The women of the community set out on monthly activities: dancing, boot camp (I sympathized with that one), and going to a lovely spa for mud baths, massages and all sorts of relaxation. While the men set out to look for a ‘buried treasure’ only to also learn a little about some of their pasts in the process.  We meet a few new members and visitors to the community and get to imagine exactly what some of the distillery’s new flavours taste like.  There is a bit of a mystery and we learn more about everyone on the Island.  The book also has a few recipes that the community share with each other.  If you enjoy funny, heartwarming and an engaging story you should pick up a copy of  The Wishing Rock Theory of Life.

All I know is I wish I could move to Wishing Rock. I can’t wait for book three!

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