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April 22, 2008


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Meeting and exceeding my expectations as always, dear Not Snorphty.

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Just keepin ya on yer toes there TeeHaas South 40.

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Classics suck. The end.


WHAT? The Phantom Tollbooth is your favorite book of all time? I think it just might be mine, too! It is brilliant. I've been tagged for this same meme, too. I hope I can do as well as you have!

One book nobody should ever, ever read: Crime and Punishment


Phantom Tollbooth is sheer brilliance, agreed. I used it when I taught middle school and I read it to my kids as soon as they could sit still.

I was a little bummed at how curmudgeonly Norton Juster behaved when we hosted him at Barnes & Noble one time; hoping it was just a bad day...

P.S. I'm an English major & lit teacher and have never actually read Moby Dick...Sometimes the classics are a touch overrated, and life is just too short.

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Well, I've been busy but had to stop in and check if all my little ChickiePoos here are all still nice and moist.


My 3 favorite books you ask? Have to be:
> 1960s publication of 'Candy'. Classic rural girl meets big-city story.
> 'In Cold Blood' something to warm the cockholds (get my drift?)
> Sun Tzus' little known sequel to 'The Art of War' called 'The Art of Flattus'. it provokes such light dining chat.

There you have it dearies TaTa!


Your list as amazing as your wonderful wit in your writing miss "cat in the hat lady"
I so smiled as I wrote down these books to enjoy soon. I am a huge Irving fan myself. A prayer for Owen Meany is my fav.
thanks for this.
Amazing as always


I had a phantom gentleman visit my blog a few weeks and leave a comment telling me that I read "shit" but somehow, in spite of that I had mastered "clear writing".

I guess I am not a candidate for reading the classics either.


I'm such a book nerd - I'm totally doing this one! Oh, and thanks for The Phantom Tollbooth recommendation - I've never heard of it and it sounds like a fantastic book.


I can't believe I've never read The Phantom Tollbooth. (not TOOLbooth, like I just typed and deleted. Twice.) I may just have to get that one to save for MP a few years down the road ...

And don't listen to OK (first she makes a move for Mantle Man, and THEN over at her place, she dates my boyfriend, Web MD) ... I LOVED Walden. Fave quote: "I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion." Now, how can you not like that?


Oh, I loved Siddhartha! I've read it countless times. Not so much The Grapes of Wrath. Yawn.

Einstein's Dreams is one of my favorites - nothing like quirky physics presented in a fictional setting.

Hmm...mind if I borrow this for a future blog post?? C'mon, you knew I would...

Shade and Sweetwater,

Ok, Where Was I?

You can skip right over Walden b/c it sucks. And I read it more than once, so you can count one of those times for you. That's right, you're enough of a bloggy friend that I'll hand over one tremendously boring read of a book I hate.

I remember similar feelings on Grapes of Wrath, but I get the reading and the watching of the movie all mixed up in my head. For one thing, there was about 300 pages in the beginning about a turtle on the road and I wanted to gouge my eyes out. And then there was something about the doughy stuff that was passing as food b/c they were so poor that they were taking with them, and all I could think was, Mmmmm, dough.

I think the classics are over-rated.


Kindred spirit! I LOVED *To Kill a Mockingbird* too, and I HATED with all my heart, soul, body, and fiber of my being *The Grapes of Wrath.* When I was studying for my MA exam, we had this little game where we tried to summarize a book in six words or less, in order to make it stick in our heads. *The Grapes of Wrath*? It was "dust, dust, and more dust" -- which pretty much captures plot, characters, and the level of enjoyment of the reading experience.

And yes. I'll say it. I also don't like *Bleak House* even though I teach Victorian literature and should adore it. So there.

Chesapeake Bay Woman

At the risk of scaring you away from the book, please do read Pride and Prejudice. It is my all-time favorite. Jane Austen was brilliantly funny - hilarious even, in a subtle, smart way. Not unlike you!

Also, after you read the book the ONLY version of the movie you should see, in my opinion, is the one with Colin Firth. It is long, but very true to the original story and the cast is impeccable. The most recent version in theaters and now at your local video store was horrible. (Again, my opinion, with no offense to anyone who liked it.)

After that, read Sense and Sensibility - I really think you'll like Austen's style of writing.

As for me, I haven't read a book other than a cookbook (and then, only a few pages at a time) since Big Hair and plastic bracelets all up and down the arm were the rage.


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