I WANT TO HAVE GARNIER FRUCTIS' BABIES.
New ad runs thusly: "Get your manga head on". Squeeeeeee.
Although, is it me, or are they underestimating the ubiquitious manga readership in Ireland? I mean, the biggest nationwide bookshop carries ten titles ... which are mainly for those people for whom the seemingly endless supply of Love Hina is worthy of adulation ...
Memes. Lotsa lots of memes, have been tagged. *puffs up chest in manner reminiscent of gibbon. or some animal* Well, two, anyway.
1) Shopping = loverly or shopping = torture (the bad kind, guys)? Shopping = books pour Rachel. All is good.
2) What stores would you consider having children with? D'oh, Waterstones.
3) Which stores would you gleefully hunt down and kill/destroy/maim? Jesus. Um. I'm not really what you'd called homicidal. Or shopicidal ... Perhaps boring shops -- ie, the ones that don't stock books, for whatever cruel and unusual reason.
4) Shopping in groups or alone? I no mind, once as I've paid a visit to Waterstones. *beams*
5) Favorite place to shop? *flails at the repetitiveness* Um, Waterstones?!
1. How many books do I own: Odds on only a thousand. *glares* I've only started actually earning money this month, okay?
2. Last book I bought: "A Hat Full of Sky," Terry Pratchett
3. Last book I read: Cannae remember -- I'm reading three at the mo', "Jonathan Norrell and Mr Strange" (still), "Tongue in Cheek" and "French Relations". Oh, and "Dancing in my Nuddy-Pants" for light relief, and my Bio and Chem textbooks, 'cause I sorta hafta. :)
4. 5 Books that mean a lot to me:
This is where the cut-tag became a thing of necessity and pearl. Well, not pearl -- where the hell did that come from? *sporks self. is over excited because of manga hair gel*
I’m not going to say Harry Potter. Screw being hoity-toity and intellectual and head-in-sphincter about this; I like the fandom more than the books. It’s conveyed a sense of belonging that I’ve never felt before. "For once, I’m not alone" -- that changed my life, not five books about wizards. Of course I love JK’s books. D’oh. But other books are more -- unimaginably complete in and of themselves, the kind of books you want to marry -- and these are mine.
1. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy.
I rec this to everyone. People may have noticed this. J Now, I know there’s a trend in either Booker Prize winners, or Anglo-Indian writers, or both, to use ‘family’ as the main theme and this holds true here. However, when well done, there’s nothing so absorbing as reading about really messed-up families and this book talks about one, amazing, one. Issues touched on: the Untouchables, incest, discrimination, abuse, political corruption, police corruption and abuse, broken families, money, death, murder, grief, problematic inter-racial marriage. Wow, that sounds really grim, doesn’t it? Still, this is a cracked diamond of a book, but you end up loving the cracks more than the diamond. I should just go with the actual summary of the book here. It’s about the Love Laws which, hundreds of years ago, lay down "Who should be loved, and how. And how much".
And about a family who broke them.
2. Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
Deceptively simple: about an eccentric girl in an ordinary American school. She’s not bound by social convention; everyone else is, of course. It sounds trite the way I’m explaining it, but Spinelli’s straightforward tale-spinning makes you believe in love and want to be as free and wild as Stargirl. The ending, like that of The God of Small Things, is unforgettable.
*ponders* Although jeez, David Mitchell’s Number Nine Dream beat all out in terms of crazily stick-with-you endings.
3. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
*blushes* Not just for the slash, people. In fact, that’s a thing that I prefer to remain fandom. No, what’s great about this is Armageddon, or, specifically, the "phenomena" that come before it. Jaime and the tree? I mean, who could read about that and not long for it to happen -- to wish, in some secret part of their heart, that someone had the power to make that happen? And the nuclear reactors?
Everyone should read this book. EVERYONE. Not only to convert you to the cult of Pterry, but to change the way you see the world -- for the better.
4. The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
Another book that was just crying out to be written -- a Bible story, told through the eyes of the one who was there. The blurb -- ‘The Greatest Story Never Told’ -- says it all. It’s about Dinah, who was Jacob’s daughter, and her life up to her supposed "rape" in the Bible. It could have done without the second half, I reckon, but it’s another book worth reading for the mind-blowing power of the ending. Oh, and yay for feminist principles! *gyrates*
5. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelo
DUDE. *rolls eyes* If you haven’t heard of/read this book yet, run, don’t walk. Go to a bookshop, buy and read. It will take you -- well, it took me an hour. I never looked at the world the same way again. A book to give you faith -- not in anything, but in everything.
Aaaaand, for five bonus points, when I was a kid -- ie, five or six years ago, or still now, depending -- the five books were: 1) "The Webbed Hand", Jenny Jones 2) "The Secret of Nimh", Robert C. O'Brien 3) "A Fortunate Life", A.B. Facey 4) "Tailchaser's Song", Tad Williams and 5) "Through a Glass, Darkly", Jostein Gaarder. All the "great" kidslit came out when I was no longer one, typically. Anyone heard of these?
Tagging mostly the people from whom I'd like to hear about books. 8D