Tuesday Thingers (hosted by The Boston Bibliophile)
First off, did you know that LibraryThing HAS a “series” feature? One reason I enjoy doing Tuesday Thingers is that I learn about so many new-to-me features of LibraryThing. If you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s how to find it:
- Click the “statistics” link on your LT personal home page or profile page
- Click the “series coverage” link in Statistics
I guess the fact that I didn’t discover it until this topic came up answers the question of whether or not I’ve used it before – but I might use it in the future. However, I’m not sure I agree with everything that LT classifies as “series coverage” in my own collection; for example, while Barbara Kingsolver did write two novels featuring Taylor Greer and Turtle, I personally wouldn’t define The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven as a series.
But in connection with that, I wouldn’t say I seek out series per se; however, I do tend to be a completist when it comes to authors I especially like, and that sometimes leads to series reading. The first series I became addicted to as an adult (meaning post-Nancy Drew and other youthful attractions) was Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, but my all-time favorite series is probably Harry Potter, which makes me not the slightest bit unique, I’m sure. (Yes, I realize HP is officially children’s/YA literature, but most of the major fans that I know are well over the age of 12.) I’m also glad that Jasper Fforde has extended the Thursday Next series to a fifth volume, which I’m hoping to read very soon – my husband really enjoyed it.
Are you a serial reader? Which series are your favorites?
Teaser Tuesday (hosted at Should Be Reading)
Since I’m supposed to be packing up books for our upcoming move (November 3!), I’m trying not to add very many new ones right now. However, a couple did turn up this week, and I’ll have to find space in the boxes for them. One was sent to me for an upcoming TLC Book Tour, and the other came back with me from – just imagine! – a weekend visit to Borders. (It’s not like I ever go there…)
“Name a favorite literary couple and tell me why they are a favorite. If you cannot choose just one, that is okay too. Name as many as you like–sometimes narrowing down a list can be extremely difficult and painful. Or maybe that’s just me.”
I didn’t participate in my friend Wendy‘s anniversary book giveaway (the contest that inspired this week’s BTT question) because – well, I don’t really have a favorite literary couple. I think that may be partly because so many of the best-known literary romances are so troubled and tragic, and I tend to prefer relationships that, while they may not always run smoothly, have snappy dialogue as opposed to swooning. It’s entirely possible I just haven’t read enough books that feature couples like that. But if pressed, I would most likely choose Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.
Feeling a bit stuck, I decided to see if I could find some inspiration among the blog posts in my Google Reader that answered this query:
Tuesday in Silhouette had two other couples from the Potterverse on her list, Molly and Arthur Weasley (sure, OK), and Petunia and Vernon Dursley (huh?).
Gautami of Reading Room did mention one of my favorite couples – my favorite DYSFUNCTIONAL couple, Heathcliff and Catherine of Wuthering Heights. Hers was also the first of many posts I read to mention several standbys: Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester (granted, I only read Jane Eyre once and it was years ago, but I’ve never quite gotten this one); Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler (they did have some snappy dialogue, at least); and Romeo and Juliet (together forever – in death. What’s the point of that?). Susan from West of Mars: The Meet and Greet also cites Scarlett and Rhett, saying they just don’t make couples like them any more (although she’s working on one or two in her own fiction…)
Hermione and Ron made Traci‘s list at Traci’s Book Bag too, along with, among others, a couple my 8-year-old stepson would approve of, Despereaux and Princess Pea from one of his favorite books, The Tale of Despereaux.
The one couple chosen by Jessica of The Bluestocking Society was the ever-popular Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice. Again, it’s been a long time since I read it (and I haven’t seen any of the movie versions), but my recollection is that Darcy was kind of a jerk for much of the novel, although I think this couple did score pretty well on the snappy-dialogue scale.
Joanne from Book Zombie named couples from books coming soon to a movie theater near you, Blindness and The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Karen Harrington‘s post on Scobberlotch lists some of the same couples Gautami mentioned, as well as her particular favorite, Katherine and Almasy from The English Patient, noting that apparently she has “a thing for the literary tortured love affair.”
And while Shana at Literarily also mentioned Elizabeth and Darcy, her favorite couple is their modern counterparts, Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy. (That Darcy is kind of a jerk for much of the novel too – am I mixing him up with the original? I do like Bridget, though, in all her exasperating glory.)
Which literary love affairs are your favorites?
1. Right now, I’m feeling ready for the weekend – it’s the last one with the kids in our current residence!
2. Moved into our new home is where I want to be.
3. How does one make the time for everything one wants to do?
4. Being accountable to someone else keeps me on track.
5. Please don’t make me have to tell you that AGAIN.
6. A cool, clear early morning fills me with joy.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to catching up on watching The Amazing Race, tomorrow my plans include some writing, some reading, and probably some more packing, and Sunday, I want to celebrate my husband’s birthday! (I also want to make some new iTunes playlists this weekend, and sit down with my vote-by-mail ballot and VOTE!)
So, what have you got going on this weekend?