All posts tagged: Memes

Top 5 Reasons I Love To Read

Shanah, over at the Bionic Book Worm, has asked us to pick our Top 5 Reasons I Love To Read, for this week’s challenge. And really, when all is said and done, don’t we all just need one reason to read: because we love to. But, she’s asked for 5, so here goes, I’m listing my top five reasons: #1. Stories — Because of the stories, stories that transport us to other places, other times, even other dimensions. We can literally go anywhere in space and time. #2. Characters — All those crazy, quiet, mixed-up, funny, annoying characters, character we fall in love with, characters we hate. Characters we want to be when we grow up. #3. Books — Yes, it’s true, some of us love books because of the way they look, or how they smell, or, just because … we want them, we need them. We have to have them, even if we’re broke. We horde them like a dragon does their treasure. #4. Knowledge — Reading brings us knowledge, and knowledge is …

Hiding Under The Table — Alex Is Out Of Her Comfort Zone

That Trickster Loki, Norrie, has done it again, while squirming under her blankie she’s nominated me to step outside my bookish comfort zone, and reveal another side of me. Another side of my reading rabbits habits. So, how does this work? You have to pick one genre that you frequently read … and then, you can’t use any books from that genre while answering the questions. Which, as Norrie pointed out, is just plain mean but, the whole point of the exercise is finding out more about genres we don’t like and or elements that make us squirm. #1 A book that is an exception when it comes to genres or elements you don’t typically like. I really don’t like to read contemporary or literary-style fiction. But, because people were reading and raving over A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman, I read it. I read it in a couple of days and, do you know what? I loved it. It made me stop and rethink my aversion to reading these genre. #2 A book …

Self-Opinionated Woman Finally Receives the Liebster Award

Having absolutely no idea what the Liebster Award is but, nonetheless, taking a bow and thanking everyone, and Norrie, for nominating me (because she knows I’m a sucker for these memes) I do humbly accept my big, bright, shiny award and promise to lie answer Norrie’s questions truthfully, and honestly, to the best of my ability … maybe! #1 What kid’s movie were you scared of as a child? As kids we got to see lots of Disney movies (my parents were in the military) and the cinema was one place to get rid of the kids to at weekends. And I remember seeing Peter Pan and being absolutely terrified of the crocodile. But I think that had more to do with the older kids scaring us younger ones. #2 How did you pick your blog’s name? Eh, as it’s my name (being kind of dull like that) my catchphrase is “an opinionated woman” which is something my SO is always saying of me. Eh, if that tell’s you anything. I have a lot of …

The 5 W’s Book #Tag

As I am at sorts today, and didn’t have a post ready, I thought I would steal this Tag from Shanah the amazing Bionic Book Worm, and why not! WHO — Name an author you would love to have a ‘One to One’ with. It would have to be Louise Penny. I was lucky enough to see her at a book signing last year, here locally. And got my obligatory 3 seconds with her as she wrote me a personal message in the book I was buying: GLASS HOUSES. But I would love to sit down with her and do a full-on interview at length, over coffee and cakes at the Bistro. WHAT — What genre do you most gravitate to? It use to be always science fiction but then, over the last couple of years, I turned to a life of crime … crime fiction reading, that is. I love me a good mystery, police procedural, or a good spy thriller these days. The Cold War is definitely not over, yet! WHERE — Where do …

Would You Rather…? The Spooky Edition

As I have no post in place for today, and have no idea what to write about, and I haven’t been reading these last few days, I’m stealing this meme from Norrie over at Reading Under The Blankie, because she’s way cooler than I am! Thrillers or Supernatural(s)? Easy answer, thrillers. I just don’t read supernaturals, they tend to make me snort, laugh maniacally, or roll my eyes in despair. Ghosts or Zombies? Oh, come on, no brainer, it has to be ghosts. Ghosts are way cooler than brain-dead zombies. Talking to the dead, discussing Jane Harper’s latest release, asking what it’s like on the other side, does it snow, you know, that sort of thing … Vampires or Werewolves? Duh! Werewolves, they are after all, eh, my distant cousins twice removed on my mother’s side, through my Irish lineage—or am I think about my cousin’s Irish setter? Hmm … Witches or Demons? Probably demons, now I come to think about it. Given I love Dara a demon Djinn from S.A. Chakraborty’s THE CITY OF BRASS, and …