Friday, April 29, 2011

Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday -My Bomb Shelter Must-Haves

It's Friday! I get to stay up late tonight and sleep in tomorrow, but most importantly, it's time for Friday memes.

First off, we have the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Crazy for Books.
Book Blogger Hop
This week's question is:
"Summer is coming quickly - what 2011 summer release are you are most looking forward to?"

I haven't been on the edge of my seat waiting for any particular book; I'm too busy trying to get through the ones I already have. I went over to the Barnes & Noble website and flipped through the "Coming Soon" selection and picked the one that sounded interesting to me.

I found this! And boy am I excited. 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Okay, so it's not be released until November, but it counts. There's not a lot of information about it on B&N, but it's about time travel. The title and the cover seem to imply that they're travelling to the past, but you never know -they could be travelling from 1963 to 2011. I took a Philosophy of Physics class in college that discussed theoretical time travel, so I'm interested to see how King goes about it.

Does this pique your interest at all? Which release are you excited for?

Next up is Follow Friday hosted by Parajunkee's View.

This week's question is:

Keeping with the dystopian and apocalypse theme that seems to be running rampant on, I have one very hard question for you: If you were stocking your bomb shelter, what books would you HAVE to include if you only had space for ten?

Oh my word. This is going to be hard. At first I thought, "definitely the Hunger Games series!" But could you imagine how depressing that series would be when it's raining bombs outside and all that's surviving is the Twinkie factory? So I scratched that. Here's what I came up with.

1. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman -This Nobel laureate is quite a character. Seriously, who takes up safecracking as a hobby? I haven't read this yet, but I really want to. He was one of the smartest people in the 20th century, but unlike many physicists and mathematicians (other than my husband, of course), he was very charming.

2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez -I haven't read this one either, but it's on my TR list, so why not?

3. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks -This was a beautiful novel, and I haven't read anything like it since. I'd love to re-read it.

4-6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Price, and Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling -I exhibited SOME restraint. I only picked the last three since I've read and re-read the first four so many times. I read the last three only once each, so I don't memorize each line by heart like I do the others. Plus, they're a lot longer, so that should keep me occupied for a while.

7. The Black Swan by Nassin Nicholas Taleb -No, I'm not talking about the movie with Natalie Portman. This is a non-fiction book about the disproportionately large impact of a highly improbable event. I need some science books to keep me sane and make sure I don't go off to Hogwarts in my head -though that actually wouldn't be that bad...

8. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde -I haven't read this, but I've read other works by Wilde and I need his wit and wisdom to get through this.

9. There's a Wocket in my Pocket by Dr. Seuss -this is the book I remember most from my childhood. I need a little something to remind me of those happy days.

10. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy -I'm stuck in a bomb shelter. I've finished all the other books I brought with me. I'm still somehow alive. And sane. Is there any better circumstance that would force me to read a book that I am extremely intimidated by? I think not.

So there you have it!

Love and (a book) light,



  1. Good choices, all.

    Ha, especially #10! Those would be the only circumstances under which I would read such a tome too.

  2. Interesting selection - I still haven't thought of what I would take with me yet, may a big set of encyclopaedia's :)

    I always enjoy Stephen King:)


  3. Love your list! I'm also a new follower stopping by to say hello :)

  4. I think I'd be interested in a Stephen King time travel novel too. Though I would probably wait for paperback.

  5. Just hopping by...I'm drooling over the Stephen King book!


  6. Thanks for stopping by my FF post! Great list for your bombshelter!

    Have a fabulous week!


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