Second, I've had a very good day. Calm and quiet, but good. Finally figured out my topic for my anthropology project (used book stores, for those who were curious, and why people own them/shop at them), got it approved, and my lit. class was canceled, so Tonya and I sat around outside and had a nice long talk instead. Then I came home, had a yummy lunch, and watched XXX with Jake while editing poetry. Good stuff.
Third, I give up. The urge is too strong. I must join in and do the First Lines From 10 Favorite Books meme. I have to.
In no real order, just pulled off of my shelves:
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort." The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien
Everyone should read this book. Everyone. And the LOTR set, as well. The Hobbit will always be my favorite; his style is so much cleaner in it, in my opinion.
"The granite was cold and rough against the gray-cloaked man's palms. It was good, solid granite, from the bones of the earth itself. He traced barely perceptible seams between the huge blocks of the wall. It was the seams, he believed, that held the key. The key to the wall's destruction." Green Rider Kristen Britain
She is a somewhat unknown author, but the book is fantastic! I couldn't put it down, really, and ignored all sorts of things to finish it, because the main character had me in her grasp. I worried from start to finish, and it's a wonderful, powerful read.
"The typist nodded. It was finished, as neat a design for murder as could be envisioned. Murder with malice. To be enjoyed by a select group. Well, wasn't it deserved?" Design for Murder part of the Death on Demand series by Carolyn G. Hart
All of the Death on Demand books are good. This one has some twists that I just love, but I recommend the entire series, because they have mystery, humor, and a strong female lead.
"Living in Trenton in July is like living inside a big pizza oven. Hot, airless, aromatic." Four To Score fourth book in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
Again, humor, mystery, wit, a woman scared of her gun, hot men -- the entire series is great, though I prefer the first five books to the newer ones. Read it and laugh until you pop.
"A lone red deer was grazing across the glen, swaying through the deep tangle of heather that covered the hillside. The stag's coat glinted russet and gold in the dying sunlight slanting down the valley, and on its head a pair of ragged antlers reared into the sky, like coral or the branches of a winter oak. The stag was a royal with twelve spikes, or tines, on its proud head, and its antlers marked it out instantly as an animal of power and distinction. The antlers' beams were covered in summer velvet, the downy gray coating that lines new antlers as they grow. From their base, the two sharp brow tines flayed out like curved daggers. Above them, the bez tines were slightly smaller, and, farther up the beams, the trez tines rose larger again, before the antlers flowered into their high cups." Fire Bringer by David Clement-Davies
This is definitely a good book for fans of Watership Down to read, but it's also a good book for people who hated Watership Down. He does for deer what was done for rabbits, but in a much cleaner, less confusing style, and the story has so much hero-myth and emotions that everyone should read it and love it.
"She could not remember a time when she had not known the story; she had grown up knowing it. She supposed someone must have told her it, sometime, but she could not remember the telling. She was beyond having to blink back tears when she thought of those things the story explained, but when she was feeling smaller and shabbier than usual in the large vivid City high in the Damarian Hills she still found herself brooding about them; and brooding sometimes brought on a tight headachy feeling around her temples, a feeling like suppressed tears." The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
All of Robin's books are great, but this one will always be my favorite. Aerin is the greatest female hero ever, and she and her horse and her sword can conquer the world, starting with me. It's wonderful and emotional and I still cry and yell with triumph at various points of the story.
"Despite the overflow of humanity present for the congress at the royal palace, the hall where Keladry of Mindelan walked was deserted. There were no servants to be seen. No echo of the footsteps, laughter, or talk that filled the sprawling residence sounded here, only Kel's steps and the click of her dog's claws on the stone floor." Squire third book in the Protector of the Small Quartet by Tamora Pierce
First read the four books in The Song of the Lioness Quartet. Then read The Immortals series. And then read this series. Or read any series, any book. But read them all. The world she's created is wonderful, powerful, and so interesting, and I love the continuity from one series to the next. Read them. You won't be disappointed.
"It rained toads the day the White Council came to town." Summer Knight fourth book in The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Jim is a great man and a great author. He's fun to read, does faeries in this book like no one's business, and far surpasses LKH, who he was first compared to. The stories are wonderful, Harry is a fantastic character with lots of dry wit and an interesting view on life, and his secondary characters are well-created and fun.
"My father had a face that could stop a clock. I don't mean that he was ugly or anything; it was a phrase the ChronoGuard used to describe someone who had the power to reduce time to an ultraslow trickle. Dad had been a colonel in the ChronoGuard and kept his work very quiet. So quiet, in fact, that we didn't know he had gone rogue at all until his timekeeping buddies raided our house one morning, clutching a Seize & Eradication order open-dated at both ends and demanding to know where and when he was. Dad had remained at liberty ever since; we learned from his subsequent visits that he regarded the whole services as 'morally and historically corrupt' and was fighting a one-man war against the bureaucrats within the Office for Special Temporal Stability. I didn't know what he meant by that and still don't; I just hoped he knew what he was doing and didn't come to any harm doing it. His skills at stopping the clock were hard-earned and irreversible: He was now a lonely itinerant in time, belong to not one age but all of them and having no home other than the chronoclastic ether." The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
This is a complicated book with many fun twists and interesting ideas. Anyone who loves books and has, at any time, wished to crawl inside one should read this.
"February the fifteenth is a very special day to me. It is the day I gave birth to my first child. It is also the day my husband left me. As he was present at the birth I can only assume the two events weren't entirely unrelated.
I knew I should have followed my instincts." Watermelon by Marian Keyes
Fun. Sad. Humorous. The main character is splendid and the British tone just adds to the greatness of the story. You'll love this, and want more stories about the dysfunctional family. Two others are out, Rachel's Vacation and Angel. I still want more.