>Happy 10th Birthday, World Book Day!

>Today is World Book Day’s 10th Birthday and as I absolutely adore reading and books in all shapes and forms I thought it worth celebrating and marking here.

I was going to do it with a list of ten of my favourite books but then I realised that would be difficult because for example I would have to list one of the Harry Potter books but I love all six and which would I include and including them all would take up most of the list and leave me no space for other books.  So I thought a list of my favourite authors would be the way to go.

J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter, magic, fantasy and realism all at once – need I say more?
Peter David – All things Sci Fi including my beloved Star Trek.  Believable plots, enough tech to make it work, a touch of romance and a fair sprinkling of comedy to keep me on the edge of my seat, guessing and laughing all the way to the end of the book whilst wishing it would never end.  I have one of his original novels which I’m going to read soon.  And the guy has a pretty cool blog too.

Torey Hayden – Torey is an amazing woman who has worked with kids and in education most of her life.  Reading her books you can tell that she truly makes a difference and cares more than most professionals.  I always spend the time I’m reading her books thinking and wondering and being thankful that my life was not like those children – and that those children had her in their corner.  You can learn something too.

Mitch Albom – His memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie, really struck a cord with me and is probably one of the most powerful books I have ever read.  Morrie was obviously an amazing man and I wish I could be more like him.  Albom’s fictional book, The Five People You Meet In Heaven is also truly powerful and whilst I haven’t yet read For One More Day I am looking forward to doing so when it is released in paperback.  These books are short and I found I could read them quickly but they are books that I will never forget.

Jodi Picoult – Fiction books that are well written with true to life characters and stories that suck you in.  Her books usually have a sting in the tale but so far I have never guess just what that is in any of them.

Elinor M Brent-Dyer – The Chalet School Series.  I loved them as a child and I still love them now.

>Ordinary Miracle


It’s not that usual when everything is beautiful
It’s just another ordinary miracle today

The sky knows when its time to snow
You don’t need to teach a seed to grow
It’s just another ordinary miracle today

Life is like a gift they say
Wrapped up for you everyday
Open up and find a way
To give some of your own

Isn’t it remarkable?
Like every time a raindrop falls
It’s just another ordinary miracle today

Birds in winter have their fling
And always make it home by spring
It’s just another ordinary miracle today

When you wake up everyday
Please don’t throw your dreams away
Hold them close to your heart
Cause we are all a part
Of the ordinary miracle

Ordinary miracle
Do you want to see a miracle?

Its seems so exceptional
Things just work out after all
It’s just another ordinary miracle today

The sun comes up and shines so bright
It disappears again at night
It’s just another ordinary miracle today

It’s just another ordinary miracle today

Ordinary Miracle – Sarah McLachlan

I love this song loads. I’m told that it’s in the Charlotte’s Web film that’s out at the moment which I’m actually not bothered about seeing (roll on May when the cinema opens here and I dont have to trek off on the train to go to the pictures). I read the book when I was much younger but I can’t remember too much about it’s plot.

There are some books from my childhood I still adore and re-read – I finished reading Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian yesterday and that is a powerful tale that still amazes me. Unfortunately (or not, depending on how you look at it) Charlotte’s Web is not in that category and it’s just too much effort to go to the cinema to see the film. Maybe when it’s on DVD.

Anyway I think Sarah McLachlan is a hugely talented singer and I’ve always liked her songs. She has a way of putting really feeling and emotions into her songs – and that just makes them even more powerful than the lyrics would suggest.

Things just work out after all – that is something I’ve been trying to focus on a lot lately in hopes of leaving behind some of my stress, guilt, anger, and depression. Several people have told me it’s working and I can half see it for myself but not too clearly. So that is one of my favourite lines from the song.

And when you think about it, Nature is a miracle in so many ways. Ways that change with each day and moment that passes.

Its seems so exceptional
Things just work out after all
It’s just another ordinary miracle today

>Squeeing somewhat sadly

>Well, it’s official. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released on 21st July.

I’m pretty excited by that news as I’m sure those of you who know me well will have realised I would be.  My first thought was to Squee lots and lots.  After all  I am absolutely obsessed with all things Harry Potter AND this means that my attempts as a part of the 100 Book  I get to include ALL SEVEN Harry Potter books (I will reread all the previous six before the release) on my Books in 2007 page. (which, by the way, currently stands at 9 books and 2,963 pages)
But… am I the only one who is also kind of sad to have the release date?  There will never again be a new Harry Potter book.  This is the last one and years and years of wondering and speculating and dreaming and hoping will be over.

I really, really want the book and I’m looking forward to reading it and finding out if the last word really is scar and who the two main character deaths are.  But dammit, I don’t want the book.  I don’t want the magic to be over.

>A Thursday Thirteen of Books I’ve Read in 2006


Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Books EMMA has read this year

1…. The Luxury of Time by Jane and Mike Tomlinson
2…. Ghost Girl by Torey Hayden
3…. Behind Closed Doors by Jenny Tomlin
4…. Rosie by Lesley Pearse
5…. Star Trek: Tales from The Captain’s Table – various authors
6…. Where Rainbow’s End by Cecelia Ahern
7… The Chalet School and Barbara by Elinor M. Brent Dyer
8… Dancing Barefoot by Wil Wheaton
9… Hannah’s Gift: Lessons from a Life Fully Lived by Maria Housden
10… The Ivy Chronicles by Karen Quinn
11… Star Trek Voyager: Distant Shores – Various authors
12… Star Trek Titan: The Red King by Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin
13… Star Trrek Titan: Orion’s Hounds by Christopher L. Bennett.
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