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84, Charing Cross Road (1970) is the documented real life twenty year correspondence between New York write Helene Hanff and London bookseller Frank Doel. It's been some time since I've read the book, but I watched the film today so it brings me memories about the lovely epistolary memoirs. I think anyone who truly loves books should read it because Ms Hanff expresses so many views of why we love prose, poetry (like her, I'm…

Oh, hello there. My name is Athena, and I'm addicted to reading challenges. Yes, here is yet another reading challenge. The Second Chances Challenge takes place October, November and December of 2007. The goal: "Read 3 books by authors that you have only read one other." Mah choices, let me show you them: 1. Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham Read The Hours which I love. 2. Pale Fire by Vladmir Nabokov - Completed Read Lolita…

Who’s the worst fictional villain you can think of? As in, the one you hate the most, find the most evil, are happiest to see defeated? Not the cardboard, two-dimensional variety, but the most deliciously-written, most entertaining, best villain? Not necessarily the most “evil,” so much as the best-conceived on the part of the author…oh, you know what I mean! - BTT Hard to say because I generally enjoy well written villains, and I don't…

Knitting: I got my Ravelry invite finally this past weekend which means I've been spending my merry time over there. If you're on it, add me as I am "athenablue". For knitting, I am still dismayed by the Swallowtail Shawl, but I cast on Shedir this week using Rowan Felted Tweed. I love the yarn. The yarn is quite dark, so I hope the cables show up well. I'm debating about cabling without a cable…

Okay, love him or loathe him, you’d have to live under a rock not to know that J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, comes out on Saturday… Are you going to read it? If so, right away? Or just, you know, eventually, when you get around to it? Are you attending any of the midnight parties? If you’re not going to read it, why not? And, for the record……

This novel by Jean Craighead George reminded me a lot of another Newbery Medal winner: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. Both young adult books feature young female protagonists forced to survive in the wild. Both books explore survival and the relationship between man and nature. I read this for the Book Awards Challenge; I chose it because I've seen the book cover for many years. The cover has left an impression, and…

This is my tentative reading list for the Something About Me Reading Challenge. I'm unsure if I can read all these, but a lot of the books I've wanted to read for awhile. I've also read a lot of the books mentioned so far, so I'll definitely be interested in discussions about them. Ellen's List The Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald Chris's List The Seven Daughters of Eve by Bryan Sykes Rebecca by…

1. In your opinion, what is the best translation of a book to a movie? 2. The worst? 3. Had you read the book before seeing the movie, and did that make a difference? (Personally, all other things being equal, I usually prefer whichever I was introduced to first.) - BTT Well, a couple of my favourite movies are the 2003 Peter Pan and The Princess Bride. Both with books I adore and films that…