Summertime Madness Book Tag

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I’ve been tagged by the lovely Suganiya to write a post about summertime reading. Suganiya is a blossoming writer, who has an interesting and varied blog, with posts on book reviews, discussions on fictional characters, and customs and traditions. She also participates in flash fiction writing challenges.  You can read all these on her blog, Infinite Passion.

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So here are the tag post requirements:

1. SHOW A BOOK WITH A SUMMERY COVER – e.g. the sea, beach and sun!

Not a great deal of choice for me with this one because my usual holiday reading tends to be in the same genres I read for the rest of the time, namely historical fiction and crime novels. But I can remember reading a few books with summery covers over the years and this is one of them:

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This cover is of the Kindle version (the top third of which is unfortunately white, so doesn’t show up well) but I read a paperback edition that was in a bookcase in a holiday house we rented in Dorset a few years ago. The original cover had the same beach scene on it, as it’s a picture of a painting (called ‘The Shell Seekers’) which is the central theme of the story. The book was written by Rosamunde Pilcher in 1988. It’s an old-fashioned kind of book, almost cosy, family-saga styled compared with some gimmicky or fast-moving modern books with 21st style language and so on. I enjoyed it as a change from my usual reads.

2. PICK ONE FICTIONAL PLACE THAT WOULD BE THE PERFECT DESTINATION FOR YOUR SUMMER VACATION.

I’m going to cheat with this one because the place isn’t strictly fictional. This place was once a thriving city and now is just ruins, having been buried beaneath volcanic material for two thousand years. Of course I’m talking about Pompeii. The novel is set during the time of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79, so descriptions of the city are based on the author’s imagination, undoubtedly aided by the plan of the ruins and the artefacts found there. This is the book:

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I’m also cheating because I’ve already been to Pompeii (as it is today, of course) and I took this book to read on the flight and any spare moments during our stay. When I say that I’d like to have a vacation there, I mean a quick trip in my Tardis back to Pompeii in the days before the eruption.

3. YOU’RE ABOUT TO GO ON A FLIGHT TO YOUR SUMMER VACATION AND WANT TO READ A BOOK THAT LASTS FOR THE WHOLE FLIGHT. WHAT NOVELLA DO YOU CHOOSE?

I’m not a fan of novellas as a rule, but I did have a think about a possibility for this question. So I picked this book because it looks very light and quick to read. It’s now on my Kindle, so I’ll have a read next week when I’m travelling up to Hadrian’s Wall. (I won’t be driving, on this occasion!)

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4. YOU HAVE A CASE OF SUMMERTIME SADNESS. WHAT HAPPY BOOK DO YOU PICK UP TO PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

Right now I’d probably choose one of the books from the Falco series by Lindsey Davis. I’ve read most of them, but I think there are still a couple I didn’t manage to get around to. I’m really ‘into’ Romans at the moment and Falco always makes me smile. This is one I have already read, but it’s appropriately about Falco on a summer holiday:

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5. YOU’RE SITTING ON A BEACH ALL ALONE… WHICH FICTIONAL CHARACTER WOULD BE  YOUR BEACH BABE?

Definitely Thor from the film/movie of that name (i.e. played by Chris Hemsworth). He and his hammer can share my beach space any time. If he can’t make it across the Bifrost, I’ll have Falco.

6. TO MATCH YOUR ICE CREAM YOU WANT AN ICY COOL SIDEKICK! WHICH FICTIONAL SIDEKICK WOULD YOU PICK?

My first choice of sidekick would be Tonto from the movie The Lone Ranger (played by none other than the gorgeous Johnny Depp). I can justify this story as being based on books  because I found quite a few of them on Amazon when I looked. Most are ‘kiddie books’, but that’s about my level. 😀

Here’s the cover of one such book – but no Tonto in sight! It called The Lone Ranger Book Classic and was written by Steff Fletcher and  E. Joseph Dreany in 1956:

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I also found one book with the characters from the film on the front. This was written by Elizabeth Rudnick:

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7. SHARE THE SUMMERTIME HAPPINESS!  WHO DO YOU TAG? (One person)

I thought I’d elicit a little male imput for this. So… I nominate Udit at The Almanac of Life.

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Three Quotes Challenge – Day 3

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I’ve been nominated again for the Three Quotes Challenge, this time by the lovely Galit Balli, an excellent blogger whose posts are really interesting and varied. Not only does Galit write great book reviews for ‘The Reading Bud’, she also shares her experiences of writing her own book as well as doing lots of other fun and interesting posts.

These are the  challenge rules:

  1. Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
  2. Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

The last time I did this challenge I decided to do quotes about writing, so this time I thought I’d do three quotes about the weather.  So far, I’ve posted quotes about rain and sunshine. For my last post in the challenge I’ve chosen a weather-type that I don’t like… the wind. I don’t like fog either, especially the thick, persistent type that can cause so many accicents. But I can only do three quotes, so windy weather it is…

This is my Quote for Day Three:

I really couldn’t decide which of these two images to use for this quote. They’re quite different and give a different ‘feel’ to Picasso’s quote. I think Picasso intended his words to be taken as a bit of fun – but perhaps that’s just my interpretation. Anyway, I’m posting both pictures, so see what you think:

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A Windy Day (1790s). Oil on canvas, Fitzwilliam Museum. Scanned by George Morland from ‘The Dress of Peole: Everyday Fashion in 18c England’ by John Styles. Public Domain.

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This is nothing to do with the challenge, but here is one of my favourite poems about the wind – which  most people will already know. It’s a simple little poem, but so effective:


Who Has seen the Wind?

Who has seen the wind?

Neither I nor you

But when the leaves hang trembling

The wind is passing through

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Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I

But when the trees bow down their heads

The wind is passing by

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Christina Rossetti

Windy day in Killarney. Painting by John Siburt. Author: Hrhpower Commons
Windy Day in Killarney. Painting by John Siburt. Author: Hrhpower. Commons

Here are my three nominees:

1. Norma 

2. Diana

3. Christina Rose

Three Quotes Challenge – Day 2

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I’ve been nominated again for the Three Quotes Challenge, this time by the lovely Galit Balli, an excellent blogger whose posts are really interesting and varied. Not only does Galit write great book reviews for ‘The Reading Bud’, she also shares her experiences of writing her own book as well as doing lots of other fun and interesting posts.

These are the  challenge rules:

  1. Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
  2. Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

The last time I did this challenge I decided to do quotes about writing, so this time I thought I’d do three quotes about the weather. Living in Britain, the weather becomes almost an obsession, and is definitely our main topic of conversation.

Yesterday I posted a quote about the rain – which I do love (as long as it isn’t coming down in bucketfuls!). Today, I’ve chosen a weather-type that gets most people smiling.

So this is my Quote for Day Two:

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1. Norma 

2. Diana

3. Christina Rose

Three Quotes Challenge – Day 1

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I’ve been nominated again for the Three Quotes Challenge, this time by the lovely Galit Balli, an excellent blogger whose posts are really interesting and varied. Not only does Galit write great book reviews for ‘The Reading Bud’, she also shares her experiences of writing her own book as well as doing lots of other fun and interesting posts.

These are the  challenge rules:

  1. Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
  2. Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

The last time I did this challenge I decided to do quotes about writing, so this time I thought I’d do three quotes about the weather. Living in Britain, the weather becomes almost an obsession, and is definitely our main topic of conversation.

So this is my Quote for Day One:

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And here are my three nominees:

1. Norma 

2. Diana

3. Christina Rose

Three Quotes Challenge – Day 3

shutterstock_153770255I’ve been nominated by my favourite travel blog thesnowmeltssomewhere to take part in the Three Quotes Challenge. circulating at the moment. The Snow Melts Somewhere is a great blog for anyone who likes to see photos and read about beautiful places around the world and her blog is well worth following.

The quotes can be on any subject and could be a different theme on each of the three days if you wish. The ‘golden whisk’ referred to is only figurative, but I’ve added my own little image (even though it isn’t exactly golden) courtesy of Pixabay.

The challenge:

Post a quote for 3 consecutive days.

Rules:

~ Thank the person who nominated you

~ Pass the “golden whisk” on to 3 people

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I decided to do all three quotes of my quotes about writing because there are so many that I like.  This is my third one:

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I suppose I just find this one funny as well as being very true

These are my three lovely nominees:

Norma at Emovere

Suganiya at Infinite Passion

Jack R. Cotner

Allergic to “E” Challenge

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Here I was, enjoying a nice, relaxing holiday in Wales, when I suddenly found a pingback on my About page that gave me a bit of a jolt. I’d left home at the weekend having scheduled my last two posts for the Three Quotes Challenge, and then I  found I had another little task to do – and only 24 hours to do it or I’d wallow in the Page of Lame for ever. Ouch… the shame of such a thing!

I must (seriously) thank the lovely Yinglan for thinking of me for this challenge. And it is quite some challenge to write a paragraph without using the most common vowel in the English language. It means that so many everyday words become taboo. Deep thinking is required…

These are the rules:

1) Write a whole paragraph ( a paragraph sounds easy right?) without any word containing the letter “e” (still easy?)
2) By reading this you are already signed up.
3) Challenge at least five bloggers to do the challenge. They must do it within 24 hours or it is considered as failure.
4) If you fail or pass, suffer in the Page of Lame.
5) If you win, wallow in the Page of Fame.

So I’ve come up with a rushed little effort, which I realise is an odd sort of ‘paragraph”. I’ve also given it a title:

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How Simply Absurd

On a sunny May morning, Matilda Rowbothom had an unusual visitor. A blackbird, all plump and glossy, had flown in through an upstairs window, trilling its happy song.

‘How do you do?’ Matilda said, not knowing any blackbird talk.

Blackbird sang again and said, ‘I am Basil, top bird about town. I think you and I should talk.’

‘It’s good to know you, sir,’ Matilda said, struck by this absurd situation. A talking bird, of all things! ‘What can I bring you this sunny, May day? A crumb or two, mayhap?’

‘I thank you, no. It’s not a crumb I want, but you…. to marry this day,’

‘What an idiotic plan,’ was all Matilda could say. ‘A girl and a bird … how simply absurd!  And what would folks say?’

‘But what would folks say to a girl marrying a gallant knight?’ Blackbird said, instantly transforming into a tall, muscular man in shining black armour.

Matilda took Sir Basil Draycott’s arm and said, ‘Sir, I’ll marry you right now, on this sunny, May day.

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And here are my five nominees, all chosen because I think they could make a good job of this challenge:

Mara Fields

GiffordmacShane

Nitin Nair

Alex F 

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Three Quotes Challenge – Day 2

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I’ve been nominated by my favourite travel blog thesnowmeltssomewhere to take part in the Three Quotes Challenge. The Snow Melts Somewhere is a great blog for anyone who likes to see photos and read about beautiful places around the world and her blog is well worth following.

The quotes can be on any subject, and could be a different theme on each of the three days if you wish. The ‘golden whisk’ referred to is only figurative, but I’ve added my own little image (even though it isn’t exactly golden) courtesy of Pixabay.

The challenge:

Post a quote for 3 consecutive days.

Rules:

~ Thank the person who nominated you

~ Pass the “golden whisk” on to 3 people

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 I’ve now decided to stick with quotes about writing, and this is my second one:

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Some years ago I read just about all of David Edding’s books. I was really into fantasy then, and I found his characterisation brilliant. Sadly, he died in 2009. This quote makes me laugh every time I read it…and think about how true it is!

These are my three nominees:

Norma at Emovere

Suganiya at Infinite Passion

Jack R. Cotner

I hope you can all accept.

Three Quotes Challenge – Day 1

shutterstock_155992808I’ve been nominated by my favourite travel blog thesnowmeltssomewhere to take part in one of the many Three Quotes challenges circulating at the moment. The Snow Melts Somewhere is a great blog for anyone who likes to see photos and read about beautiful places around the world. Posts are about a variety of countries worldwide and are very informative, often with nice little snippets about personal experiences during the trips. I understand that the quotes can be on any subject, and could be a different theme on each of the three days. The ‘golden whisk’ referred to is only figurative, but I’ve added my own little image (even though it isn’t exactly golden) courtesy of Pixabay.

The challenge:

Post a quote for 3 consecutive days.

Rules:

~ Thank the person who nominated you

~ Pass the “golden whisk” on to 3 people

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I took a while to decide whether to choose quotes about history, writing, or even travel, because all of those are important to my blog. I still haven’t decided whether or not to ‘mix and match’ …

My first one is a quote about writing:

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I find this quote particularly inspirational, and wonderful advice for anyone involved in creative writing. In this image the moon is glinting on the water, not glass, but the same idea applies.

Now here are my three nominees:

Norma at Emovere

Suganiya at Infinite Passion

Jack R. Cotner

Hope you can all accept.

What Is Love In Four Words – Tag Post

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Well, this post is completely different to my usual thing! I was nominated by the delightful Rachael at rachaelsbooks and thought I’d give it a go.

Now, I must warn you that ‘Romance’ writing is not at all my thing. My books do have elements of ‘love’ in them because, after all, love is part of everyday life. But I write of love as a deep and powerful, often passionate, emotion, without what I would call the ‘twee’ aspects of it associated with Valentine’s Day and such like.

Yes, I know the sentiments behind the Day are admirable, and everyone likes tokens from their loved ones, so I’m not pooh-poohing the idea. But writing these short phrases was a bit of a challenge for me. (I’ve already told Rachael that mine will be boring. I can’t really say it’s an ‘age thing’. My husband of 45 years is an incurable romantic! Perhaps I should have asked him to write these! Haha.)

This is what Rachael said the challenge was about:

hashtaglovebooks decided to do something interesting this Valentine’s. A challenge or tag where you write ten “what is love in four words” sentences about what you love and what you believe is love. Then state one of your favorite love quotes from a book, a movie or a famous person and then tag ten other bloggers to do the challenge as well.

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 After all that, here are my ten, four word phrases about LOVE:

Love is . . .

. . . a blossom to nurture

. . . hearts beating in harmony

. . . when spring seems eternal

. . . a smouldering, relentless passion

. . . a sweet, insatiable desire

. . . an ocean of emotion

 . . . a plethora of passions

 . . . balmy nights, bodies intertwined

. . . sweet nothings, softly whispered

. . . summer’s soft, silken breath

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Now for my favourite love quote from a book. There are a few I like – some from Wuthering Heights, which I studied for ‘A’ level many years ago. But for this, I’ve picked a much simpler, less impassioned or brooding quote than any of Heathcliff’s. This is by Robert Browning, also studied for ‘A’ level:

‘So, fall asleep love, loved by me . . . for I know love, I am loved by thee.’

(Yes, it’s a bit dated – but then, so am I! I also love anything historical.)

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Now here are my ten nominations: 

  1. Tribalmystic
  2. Emily Livingstone
  3. meghdeb
  4. Priceless Joy
  5. Scribbley
  6. mira65
  7. Elsa Holland
  8. penshift
  9. draliman 
  10. John Yeo