A THURSDAY FROM THE INTERIOR: IMAGERY — SEPT. 12

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Welcome to another bookish event:  Booking Through Thursday.  We explore bookish topics and share our thoughts.

 

Today’s prompt:

How much do you visualize when you read? Do you imagine faces for the characters? Can you see the locations in your mind’s eye? Or do you just plunge ahead with the story, letting the imagery fall to the wayside?

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I consider myself a “visual” person, so imagery is what I love best about a book.  Sure, intense plots in the thrillers I read carry me along, but when the author—whether the book is a mystery or not—shows me the settings through visual images, I am a fan.  And what the author doesn’t show me through her word pictures, I can imagine and love to do so.

In a recent read, Accused, by Lisa Scottoline (click title for my review), I enjoyed the mystery…but also visualizing the world that surrounded the characters.  As in this excerpt:

 

“Mary, Judy, Anthony, The Tonys, and her father crowded around the tiny kitchen table, eating, drinking, chattering away, and sitting hip-to-replacement-hip in the cramped DiNunzio kitchen.  Fresh basil and garlic scented the air, and steam rose from hot plates of homemade ravioli and peppery sausage.  Everyone sweated into his food, but it would never occur to Mary’s parents to eat anything cooler, even in a Philadelphia summer, and Mary wouldn’t have it any other way.  Whoever said you can’t go home again wasn’t Italian.

She tuned out the merry chatter and let her loving eyes travel around the kitchen.  The cabinets and counter were clean, white, and simple, and on the walls hung an ancient church calendar with Jesus Christ, next to faded newspaper photos of John F. Kennedy and Pope John, the three Lifetime MVPs in the DiNunzio Hall-of-Fame.  Nothing ever changed at her parents’, who were like the Amish, but with better food….”

 

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See what I mean?  Visual…and the story, while full of suspense and mystery, continues to surround the reader with visual settings like this one.   Images that draw me in and make me part of the story.  That’s why I love imagery!

What about you?  What floats your boat?

MY INTERIOR WORLD OF ORGANIZATION — BOOKING THROUGH THURSDAY — SEPT. 12

Welcome to Booking Through Thursday, another bookish journey that allows us to explore various topics and ponder questions.

Today’s Thoughts to Ponder:

How do you organize/store your books? Do you go through them often? Or
do you pretty much just shelve them and then leave them alone until
you need them?

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A topic I think about, worry over, and spend endless hours considering.

I have always kept the “read” books separate from the “unread,” which presented something of a dilemma for me at one point, when my TBRs reached around 166.  That’s when I started my Curl up and Read blog, dedicated to the journey through those stacks.

When I moved into this condo, which is much smaller than my previous home, I knew I had to do something!  As I unpacked the “unread” boxes (yes, they were packed and labeled in this manner), this is what the result looked like.

Over the past three years, the stacks have gradually dwindled and I bought a bookshelf for the remaining unreads.

Yes, I made a button out of it…..

But now I have depleted those stacks until they are just a few that I can stack on my desk, like this:

Small “Old TBR” stack on the right

Note that I said Old TBR stack…well, here are the newer ones.  Not as bad as the old ones were, but something to keep track of….

I once had spreadsheets to help me manage these stacks, but I do best when they’re “in my face,” so to speak.

Oh, and by the way, the “read” books are stored on several shelves throughout the house, like these:

Floor to ceiling shelf behind the kids

 

What about you?  What works in your bookish world?

BOOKING THROUGH THURSDAY: DISCUSS! –AUGUST 23

Welcome to Booking Through Thursday, where we have a conversation about all things bookish.

Today’s Prompt:

Do you like to talk about what you read? Do you have somebody to talk WITH?

(Because not everybody does. I haven’t had someone to really chat about a book with since college.)

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I cannot remember the last time I had a real conversation in real life about the books I am reading or have read.  All of those conversations are online for me these days.

Yes, back in college was probably the last time I had such a conversation, except for a short time afterwards when I belonged to a book club.  But that book club was more of an opportunity for some of the members to show off their literary muscle, so to speak.

I remember that I did not enjoy this book club.

Later I attended a book club (about four years ago) in which the participants had invited me, as they had read one of the books I wrote and were talking about it.  I loved their insights into the characters and they even brought out some things I hadn’t thought of about them….

I would love to belong to a book club nowadays, but in the meantime, I’m enjoying sharing bookish thoughts with bloggers.

What are your experiences like?

BOOKING THROUGH THURSDAY — AGE-APPROPRIATE — MAY 12

Good morning!  Welcome to another Booking Through Thursday event, in which we ponder bookish questions…and then link up.

Today’s Question:

Do you read books “meant” for other age groups? Adult books when you were a child; Young-Adult books now that you’re grown; Picture books just for kicks … You know … books not “meant” for you. Or do you pretty much stick to what’s written for people your age?

When I was a kid, I did read many adult books.  I loved dreaming about being grown-up.  I liked books about careers, romance, and historical events.

Nowadays, I still prefer adult books, although I have occasionally dabbled in books for the younger set.  When my children were young, I enjoyed reading picture books to them.  In fact, in college, I took a course in children’s literature and read Caldecott and Newberry award-winning books.  They were fun!

I know that YA books are popular with many bloggers, and I am curious as to the appeal.  I have The Carrie Diaries on my stack, and plan to read it soon.  I also read a middle-age book by Joyce Maynard, called The Cloud Chamber; it was great!  But I enjoy that author.  So that was my primary reason.

So…my rather convoluted answer leads to “yes and no.”  It completely depends on the situation, the author, and the book’s storyline as to whether or not I’ll “cross over” into younger age groups (at my age, that’s the only direction I can go!).

But then again, since I enjoy and frequently read books about people in their thirties and forties, and they are not technically in my age group, maybe I am already “going younger.”  LOL

My main draw to a book is whether or not I can relate to the characters, and sometimes that takes me way out of my age group.

What an intriguing question!  I think that it has touched on some issues that I have been pondering.  What about the rest of you?

BOOKING THROUGH THURSDAY — COMING TO A THEATER NEAR YOU! — APRIL 28

Welcome to another edition of Booking Through Thursday.  Today’s prompt has us turning books into movies.

If you could see one book turned into the perfect movie–one that would capture everything you love, the characters, the look, the feel, the story–what book would you choose?

When I thought about it, I was torn between a couple of different books.  I think something with suspense and intrigue would be perfect, so, of course, I chose Still Missing, by Chevy Stevens.  A young realtor who is kidnapped for unknown reasons and held captive by someone frightening and mysterious…I can see all kinds of heart-pounding moments.  The cabin, the forest, the mysterious elements:  all could elicit the attention of the movie-goer.

Then I also thought about a drama I read recently:  Jodi Picoult’s Sing You Home.  There is plenty of interaction, and the characters can show us the emotions that range from fear to anger, etc.; the scenes in a lovely New England setting would be mournfully poignant.

So what delightful movie productions have you envisioned?  I hope you’ll stop by and share!