#TopTenTuesday: Top Ten Books Set Outside the United States


Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish.  This weeks topic is top 10 books set outside of the United States. Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll (England) Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery (Canada) The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle…

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Facts About Me (mostly bookish)


Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Ten Facts About Me (bookish or just general about you facts or ten facts about you as a blogger…whatever you want).” I learned about this meme from my Comment Challenge partner at A Kernel of Nonsense….

3 Days 3 Quotes Day 3


The rules: 1. Thank the person who nominated you. 2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day). 3. Nominate three new bloggers each day. Thank you Ashley from Inside My Minds! “Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.”  — Samuel Beckett I feel totally awkward about tagging other people,…

3 Days 3 Quotes Day 2


I got tagged to participate in a 3 Days 3 Quotes challenge. The rules: 1. Thank the person who nominated you. 2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day). 3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.   Thank you Ashley from Inside My Minds! “My two favourite things in life…

3 Days 3 Quotes Day 1


I got tagged to participate in a 3 Days 3 Quotes challenge. The rules: 1. Thank the person who nominated you 2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day). 3. Nominate three new bloggers each day. Thank you Ashley from Inside My Minds! “Whenever people say, ‘We mustn’t be sentimental,’…

The Book Blogger Test


Here’s a book blogging meme via Ashley at Inside My Mind.  I took the advice to tag myself. What are your top three book pet hates? Books where the narrators are completely oblivious to their privilege and how they unwittingly disparage others. This happens in fiction (The Nanny Diaries) and non-fiction (Under the Tuscan Sun). Writers…

Elmo’s Song


I got tagged for a meme on Facebook and as my preference I’d rather post it here where I can find it again in a few months.  I think I’ve done this one before to be honest.  Most of the responses are nonsensical, but hey, there are some good songs here. These are the “rules”:…

30 Day Football (Soccer) Challenge


I participated in a meme on Tumblr called the 30 Day Football (Soccer) Challenge.  I took more than thirty days, but I completed the project.  Here are the links to my responses. Day 1 – Which team/s do you support? Explain why. Day 2 – Who is your current favourite player (you can only choose…

30 Days of Music Roundup


Here are all my answers to the 30 Days of Music meme published over the past month on my Tumblr blog Portals of Discovery.  Enjoy! Intro Day 01 – Your favorite song at the moment Day 02 – Your least favorite song Day 03 – A song that makes you happy Day 04 – A…

30 Days of Music


If you follow me on my Tumblog “Portals of Discovery” you’ll  know that I’m participating in a meme about music by answering a question about a song every day in October.  If you don’t this post will help you keep up with this fun project.  My first song went up today.  I’m going to consolidate…

12 Books in 12 Months Challenge


I discovered a book reading challenge via Gypsy Librarian about reading 12 books from one’s own collection within the next twelve months.  Since I almost always read books from the library and procrastinate reading the books I own (no deadline, I suppose), I figured this would be worth trying. Here are the rules: Pick 12…

Meme: 15 Albums


Tagged for another music related-meme on Facebook by a different friend. The rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Should be easy, no?  I promise not to look at my…

Meme: If your life was a movie…


A friend of mine tagged me for this meme on Facebook but I thought it would be more fun to make a blog post out of it.  I don’t what it really “says” about me but some of the answers are funny and at the very least you get to see a slice of my…

Fifteen things about me and books


“15 Things About Me and Books”  is a meme moving slowly across the biblioblogosphere started by John Scalzi in 2005.  I’ve seen it done by Steve Lawson, Michael Sauers, Jenica Rogers, Iris Jastram, and Angel Rivera.  Now it’s my turn. 1.  The first book I read on my own as a child was about cats. …

Return of A Day In a Life of a Librarian


Back in July, I participated in a web-wide librarian event entitled Library Day in the Life.  This event was created by the terrific librarian-blogger Bobbi Newman to allow people who work in libraries to share the great variety of work we do with students, patrons, and fellow librarians.  For more on what I do, check…

A Day in the Life of a Librarian


Librarians everywhere are signing up for the Library Day in the Life project as a way of showing what we do to fellow librarians, library school students, and anyone curious.  I missed out on this the last time it occurred so I definitely wanted to participate this year, especially since I’ve been looking for ways…

Meme: iTunes/mp3 library


Via Wordishness Number of Songs: 12,267 Number of Albums: 1223 Most Recently Played Song: “Run Run Away” – Slade Most Played Song: “Wind and Rain” – Crooked Still Most Recently Added Album: Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music – Ray Charles First Song Alphabetically: “A-Punk” – Vampire Weekend Last Song Alphabetically: “Zooropa” – U2…

Meme: 2008 End-of-Year


Via Caveat Lector, some questions to reflect on the year recently passed 1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? I rode the Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Trolley.  Woke up to the sound of a yodeling pickle. 2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next…

2008 Year in Review: First Sentences


The first sentence from the first post of the first day of each month of this year.  Exciting, eh? January:  “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) tells a familiar story.” February:  “It’s early morning on Sunday 1 February 1998 and mist shrouds Galway as I board a bus to Rossaveal.” March:  “On the first of March…

The Ultimate (Film) Personality Test


I came across this blog called the Triumph of Bullshit where the author has come up with “the ultimate personality test” based on a list of contemporary movie directors: What I find most interesting is which movie people consider the best movie from a particular director, as it is usually very telling and polarizing in…