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November 11, 2009


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1. Practice good care of books (not folding corners down etc), make yourself a bookmark & use it!

What? you mean last week’s play slip isn’t a suitable bookmark (ducks and runs…)  Oh, okay then, I’ll come clean, I print them out from here for me and from here for my little girl although she would love these Harry Potter ones too…. I tried laminating them but found I scratched myself if I didn’t trim them quite right and at the rate we lose them, we rarely have them long enough for them to get tatty.

I’m quite obsessive about keeping books clean and cared for, and audio books need looking after properly too, they are an expensive commodity to buy and the ones I borrow from Calibre (talking book charity) are a precious gift to all of us who use them and thus demand looking after!

2. Whilst working for this badge, read at least twelve books for pleasure. Keep a list of what you read, and make notes on them. The books you choose should not include more than three by any one author, and you should include books from at least 6 of the following categories:  My note….. I’ve set myself the challenge to read or listen to books from as many of these categories as possible!

* Non-fiction
* Two or more books from a trilogy or series

The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (Calibre audio library discs)

These are the first 2 “DiscWorld” books, introducing Rincewind the rubbish magician, Twoflower the disc’s first ever tourist and the Unseen University where magicians try to look busy.  The two books run on one from the other and detail the disasters that the main 2 characters lurch between whilst “The 8th Spell” which is lodging in Rincewind’s head keeps him alive until it’s time for it to be said.

These are humorous books (well, okay they are very funny, humorous doesn’t cover it!) but not as good as some of the other Pratchett books in my probably not very humble opinion but are 2 that I’d not previously read making them “qualify” for inclusion in the Bookworm list!

* Written before 1900

* A “classic” (e.g. “Cider with Rosie”, “To kill a Mockingbird”, anything by Dickens, Shakespeare or Austen etc)

* Romance

Oceans Apart by Vivien Russell.  Well, I’m not a “romance” sort of girl really but this was written by the sister of a very good friend of mine so I bought it to support her more than any great desire to read a soppy book.  Well, I have to be honest, I really did enjoy it!  It’s a very short book, more of a novella really, with very short chapters making it prefect for dipping in and out of.  The basis of the story is of 2 musicians on opposite sides of the Atlantic who fall in love before meeting each other.  The Bad Guys get their come-uppance, the Good Guys get everything they deserve and everyone lives happily ever after and so what?  Every now and then it’s nice to read something with a happy ending for goodness sake!

* Biography/Autobiography

Dear Fatty” by Dawn French.  Dawn claims this not to be an autobiog, as that would, apparently be too boring!  They are “memmoirs” written in the form of a series of letters to friends and family.  It is a lovely book, full of humour but also honesty about the less funny parts of life.  I bought this as a “real” book (ie, it’s paper, not electronic or audio) and it’s taken quite a while to read.  I’ve since discovered I could have bought it for quite a bit more money as an audio download from Audible but not read by her, which, in my head, as I read it, it was.  It has to be a good book for me to make it to the end without the help of a reader, and this is, in deed, a very good book.

* Modern Fiction (written in the last 2 years)

* A Children’s book

* Science Fiction

* Mystery, crime or horror

The Number One Ladies Detective Agency – the Kalihari Typing School for Men (Calibre audio library)  Well, really, I’m not sure if this is in teh right catagory here!  It is a story of a detective agency, and she does indeed “solve a mystery” or two during the book but really, it’s not a mystery book!  It’s a book that examines the ins and outs of life in a sleepy backwater of a Botswanan town.  I have no idea if it’s a true representation of Botswana nor of it’s people but it was an interesting reflection of human nature and an exercise in people watching by proxy.  I enjoyed it, it was a gentle sort of book, read by a wonderful reader with a suitably gentle voice.  The “foreign” names would certainly have given me enough challenge that if I’d attempted it as a paper book I would probably have failed or at the very least struggled to hold onto the story properly, but once more the gift of audio made it accessible to me.

* Historic fiction, or a true story of a historic character

Shaddows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth.  I dithered which catagory to put this one into as I’m still not clear if it’s truly autobiographical or a gilded and embelished version of life.  So I’ve put it here.  This is not a Happy Ever After story.  What it is, is an account of the lives of some of the folk of post-war London.  There are the friends who grew up in the Workhouse and who eventually “escaped” but not unscathed and how their lives went on such different paths.  There was the lonely old Soldier who lost his independence when the tenaments were torn down and placed into institutionalised “care” in an ex Workhouse building (it put me in mind of my Grandma who fought desperately to not be put into a specialised geriatric unit which happened to be the old Workhouse).  There were the nurses and the nuns working together providing midwifery and nursing care to those who desperately needed it.  I loved it but needed a huge fist-ful of hankies to get to the end of it!

* Poetry

3. Read a book that has been made into a TV series or film, and watch the film (in either order). Evaluate the accuracy of the film/TV series against the book, and discuss why producers often feel the need to change what the author originally wrote.

4. Organise (or at least start to!) your own collection of books at home. Evaluate the books you have, donate any that you no longer want to charity and try to make the remainder easy to find. You may like to arrange them by author, alphabetically by title, or by subject.

5. Research the possible sources of obtaining books in your locality, including standard bookshops (e.g. Waterstones), cheap bookshops (e.g. The Works), libraries (public & university if applicable) and charity shops or second hand book shops.

6. Join your local library if you are not already a member, and learn your way round. Know the opening times, what types of books are available to borrow, how long you can have them for and know now how to use the library catalogues. Use your library at least twice whilst working for the badge.

7. Visit the reference section of your local library to research a particular topic. You may need to use almanacs, gazettes, encyclopedias, etc. Compare and evaluate the information you find with the information you can obtain from CD-ROM encyclopaedias, and the Internet.

8. Know what services and resources are available at your library, such as Internet access, local history information, microfiches, time tables, classes or courses etc.


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