25 November 2015

24 November 2015

Top 10 Tuesday: Thankful

Since it's Thanksgiving this week (in the US, anyway), Top Ten Tuesday is all about thankfulness! Just so we're clear, mine is by no means an exhaustive list of things I'm thankful for. Some are obvious (tea!), some are relevant (books!), some are random (you'll see). But I'm thankful for all of them.

  1. I am thankful for books. I mean, obviously. There’s no book blog without books! But seriously I cannot imagine who I would be if I had not been introduced to books so early in life or what my life might be like, even now, without books in it.
  2. I am thankful for libraries -- most especially my library consortium and state-wide interlibrary loan system. Between the two, I can usually get just about any book my greedy bookish heart desires. This means I’m saving money! That I then spend at Amazon on the comic books and manga I can’t get through the library. The Husband would argue it’s no savings at all, but I’d argue he knows nothing about the economics of books.
  3. I am thankful for The Husband. How I got so lucky so early in adulthood, I’ll never know … especially as I was dead cert I’d never get married or, heaven help me, get sucked into some complicated intercontinental romance with a man. Silly me. He’s awesome -- kind, quirky, beautiful, brews a mean cup of tea, gives excellent hugs, and warms my soul.
  4. I am thankful for that pure thrill of pleasure that runs right through me when I see that a book I’ve really been anticipating has finally come out. The joy of it can carry me along for days.
  5. I am thankful for the quiet afternoons spent curled up with a cozy quilt, purring kitty, big “cuppa tay,” and a good book. I used to think such afternoons were pure decadence and that I should be doing “more important things,” but now I realize there’s times when nothing is more important.
  6. I am thankful for tea. Green. White. Herbal. Black. Hot. Cold. Even room temperature, half-forgotten, and possibly (probably) tainted by kitty whiskers. Thankful for it all. As the quote goes: “Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.”
  7. I am thankful for my health. I know, considering all the things that have gone wrong happened lately, I might not be thankful for my health. However, while they’ve all been pretty discomforting and OHMYGODWHY, they could have been so much worse. (Yes, that’s right, universe. I’m tempting you to make my life Even.More.Eventful).
  8. I am thankful there are only 37 days left in 2015. Even though I know the year could have been so much worse, quite a lot of 2015 made me want to make rude gestures at the universe and the longer year’s gone on, the more I’ve want to pull the blankets over my head and pretend I’m just not here.
  9. I am thankful for the WQXR New York online streaming classical music wotsit. I can’t read to music, but I find I must write to it. Classical music works best and WQXR plays some great selections. I don’t know what it is, but music just gets my writerly juices flowing. Suddenly the book I’ve been avoiding talking about for two weeks becomes the things I must talk about today.
  10. I am thankful for audiobooks. There are books I’ve, time and time again, to read but ultimately had to set aside, because I simply could not find my way into them. But, with audiobooks, the most impenetrable text opens right up.

17 November 2015

Top 10 Tuesday: Quotes

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a list of quotes I've loved from books I've read in the past year or so. I used to be a great scribbler of quotes -- had notebooks dedicated to the keeping of them -- but fell out of the habit well over a decade ago now. Wow, how did it get to be so long ago?

"Some people say we shouldn't give alms to the poor, Shirley."
"They are great fools for their pains. For those who are not hungry, it is easy to palaver about the degradation of charity, and so on: but they forget the brevity of life, as well as its bitterness. We have none of us long to live. Let us help each other through seasons of want and woe as well as we can, without heeding in the least the scruples of vain philosophy."
― Charlotte Brontë, Shirley

"Doors are a classic example of that ‘I hate this – it’s fucking great!’ mantra that seems to be part of the permanent internal monologue of all cats. Cats hate doors for the opportunities doors deny them to do exactly what they please, but they love them in equal measure, due to the opportunities they present to make humans their sniveling slaves."
― Tom Cox, The Good, The Bad and The Furry

"I miss you," he whispers. It’s been six months since she died. But Ove still inspects the whole house twice a day to feel the radiators and check that she hasn’t sneakily turned up the heating.
― Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

"As Shakespeare says, if you're going to do a thing you might as well pop right at it and get it over."
― P.G. Wodehouse, Very Good, Jeeves!

"We often believe the truest measure of a relationship is the ability to lay ourselves bare. But there's something to be said for parading your plumage as well, finding truth as much in the silly as the severe."
― David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing

"I think love is caramel. Sweet and fragant; always welcome. It is the gentle golden colour of a setting harvest sun; the warmth of a squeezed embrace; the easy melting of two souls into one and a taste that lingers even when everything else has melted away. Once tasted it is never forgotten."
― Jenny Colgan, Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams

"She said that you always have to choose between the path of needles and the path of pins. When a dress is torn, you know, you can just pin it up, or you can take the time to sew it together. That's what it means. The quick and easy way or the painful way that works."
― Rosamund Hodge, Crimson Bound

"Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say "My tooth is aching" than to say "My heart is broken."
― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

"I believe in some blending of hope and sunshine sweetening the worst lots. I believe that this life is not all; neither the beginning nor the end. I believe while I tremble; I trust while I weep."
― Charlotte Brontë, Villette

"We sleepwalk through our lives, because how could we live if we were always this awake?"
― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men