25 October 2010

When I was your age, television was called books

Day 01 — Your favorite song
Day 02 — Your favorite movie

Day 03 — Your favorite television program

Day 04 — Your favorite book

Day 05 — Your favorite quote

Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy

Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy

Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy

A lifelong hobby of mine is reading. I can't remember a time when I wasn't reading. I'm not sure, but I think I learned how to read pretty early on, but then of course I don't remember. I've always been known in my family to never be without a book. I usually don't leave the house without one, unless I have to go to work or something like that.

When I was younger, my biggest obsession was horses, and so I was always reading a book by Marguerite Henry or Black Beauty or something horse related. I also remember being really into The Babysitter's Club and the Goosebumps series, and I was mildly interested in the Animorphs series. 

Now I'll read pretty much anything with the exception of science-fiction and those crappy romance novels. I've done a couple of posts about books before, but those books are so good they bear repeating. If I were to recommend a list of books to people it'd probably look something alone these lines:
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • Me: Stories of my Life by Katharine Hepburn
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  • Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
  • The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
  • Me and my Shadows: A Family Memoir by Lorna Luft  
I'm also really into reading biographies about people that I have an interest in. I think my favorite biography is either Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland by Gerald Clarke or Vivien: The Life of Vivien Leigh by Alexander Walker/Vivien Leigh: A Biography by Hugo Vickers. (I include them both because they're pretty much the only two biographies out there written about her).

Biographies to stay away from would include anything by Anne Edwards. I've read her Katharine Hepburn bio and I have her Judy Garland bio but I have yet to read it. I say to avoid her because she can't get major facts straight. For example, in her Katharine Hepburn biography, she didn't even have Kate's date of birth correct. (May 12, 1907 for anyone interested). And in her Judy Garland biography, a lot of little details are incorrect. Now I'm not saying that I could do better because I'm not sure that I could, but I just think you should have your facts straight, that's all. Actually, Anne Edwards did one thing of note: She was the first author to reveal that Vivien Leigh had bipolar disorder. And it really pissed a lot of people off. Fun fact.

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