Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Books Read By A Scribbling Butterfly

Catchy isn't it? I'm getting caught up on some blog love I've received recently from a few of my favorite bloggers. First, a tag-and yes, you're right I did ditch my running shoes, however this is a book meme. I always make time for reading and writing. So, Charmaine here is the meme, and the dish on some of my favorite reads.
List the following:

(a) Fiction book
(b) Autobiography
(c) Non-fiction book
(d) A fourth book of your choice from any genre
Explain why the books are essential reads in no more than 30 words per book.

Fiction: The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd-This book broadens parameters and redefines the meaning of family in ways that are both enlightening and entertaining. Plus, it's set in South Carolina.

Autobiography: Lost in Place: Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia (Erm, memoir, autobiography...semantics!) Like this adolescent aspiring Zen Monk, I had aspirations far beyond those of the typical adolescent and, parents far beyond typical Earth dwellers.

Non-Fiction: The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion- Joan explores love, friendship, symbiosis and grief in this novel in a way that is so raw and naked. This is pure emotive porn for the psychological voyeur.

My Choice: The Intellectual Devotional: As a child, the dictionary was my bible. As an aspiring adult, this book, an empty journal and a black pen with a comfort grip is all I (currently) need.

I chose these books namely because they flew under the radar. I hold a special place in my heart for the classics, but my right hemisphere can't help but carve a niche for the trendsetters. I'm also going to tag a few folks, cause I'm nosey:

Tiesha of Flytie, Denene of MBB, Mequet of Mequet is Crafty, Renee of Cutie Booty Cakes and Ms. BarB of A Place of Comfort

Master scribbler, Denene Millner, of My Brown Baby has bestowed this honor 'pon me. I am thrilled. I'd seen it on a few blogs and thought, "Well, where's mine...er, I mean, I sure would like one of those." (Brooke, I just know you're making some spot-on astrological correlation between my Cancerian needs and this award.)

Le rules are:
1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Link me for giving it to you.
3. Link the originating post here.
4. Pass the award on to five more deserving people.
5. Post these rules for your recipients.

And here is where I (per usual) bend 'le rules'. I'm nominating one blogger; Ms. Bar B. of A Place of Comfort. Ms Bar B. regularly spins tell-all tales of life's perfect imperfections.

And lastly, butterflies are one of few- very few, flying insects that I am fond of. This makes the award received from bold, beautiful, sassy, astrological acumen-filled Brooke, of Jewelry Rockstar, extra special. The rules for this one are my favorite kind, non existent. Is your blog cool? Of course it is! Have at it!



A Cuban In London said...

I knew you would have very interesting choices! Hmmm... and intriguing, too. That so-called children's Bible. I will have to give a quick browse on amazon.

Greetings from London.

Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

Knowing someone's favorite books is an intimate prize....

Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? (It is ultimately a propaganda piece in our national "religion".....but I like it anyway. : )

If so, happy Thanksgiving!

High Desert Diva said...

I loved the Secret Life of Bees.

"...parents far beyond typical Earth dwellers." Ha!

The Year of Magical Thinking... hmmm...I think I've read that...must check it out again to see.

Thanks for playing along and congrats on your awards!

*waits eagerly for Flytie's picks*

shiborigirl said...

Welcome bag to Blogland! We sure did miss you. And, congrats on all the (much-deserved) awards.

I have yet to READ the Secret Life of Bees, but I did SEE the movie, which was a 10-hanky, awesome film.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


BTW, I dd my show last weekend, and it was interesting. When's yours?

Gina said...

I haven't read the Secret Life of Bees, but I have read the Mermaid Chair. I love that its situated in SC because that's where I live. In fact, I maybe down in the low country tomorrow. We are debating. Are you a Carolina girl, too?

Anonymous said...

The Secret Lives of Bees in one of my all time favorite. I'm also a huge fan of Barbara Kingsolver and Isabel Allende. I love reading but since I've had kids I have a hard time reading a book in its entirety. I've not read 'just for me' in a long arse time.

Congrats on the award because honestly, you are a fab writer.

Ms. Bar B: said...

Aww, thanks for the award T and thanks for loving my drama, lol. Also, congrats to you for being honored.

I am gonna have to check out that Devotional. I just envy the way that you use language... the language that you possess in order to be able to use it... its just a beautiful thing and the way you write always inspires me.

If I had those tools this thesis wouldn't have me on the verge of having a mental breakdown on a daily basis, lol. I will be sure to post my book choices as soon as possible.

fly tie said...

who me??? :-D

thank ya very much. it may take me a while, but i'll certainly get to it.

now this _The Year of Magical Thinking_ is somthing i'm gonna have to check out. "raw and naked" anything always appeal to me.

that doesn't sound right, does it?...

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

I like this meme. Now I have new books to read and I will be adding some of my own. This is my second book meme this week and I am going to have fun with them.

Angela said...

Oooh, I definitely want to check out the autobiography you posted.

Angela said...

By the way, I loved "The Year of Magical Thinking." I listened to it on the audio book during my long Boston commute and was transfixed.

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