Thursday, February 4, 2016

BTT ~ multiple copies

Today's prompt from BTT:
"Do you own multiple copies of any books?  Why?  Is it the format?  Size?  Just because you love it?"
I have multiple reasons for getting multiple books.

First, to replace one that's practically unreadable because it's falling apart.  On my last day at seminary (April 24, 1987), I went to the bookstore and bought Theology of Hope by Jürgen Moltmann, happy I'd finally have time to read it instead of assigned homework.  I underlined and wrote in the margins as I read the book, but the pages began to fall out of the browning cover as the glue dried out.  The first 78 pages are in one clump, and pages 79-156 are another clump.  The cover is still holding onto pages 157-342, with a huge gap in the front.  I could have thrown it away, but my notes are all through that copy.  After 25 years, I bought a new copy in 2012.  This shiny version, I'm happy to report, has a notice on the copyright page promising it won't turn all brown like the first one:
"The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of American National Standard for Information Sciences-Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials."
Second, I have multiple copies of books I use in classes I teach.  For example, I still have four brand-new copies of The Complete Gospels edited by Robert J. Miller, as well as my own well-marked and tabbed copy.  If and when I teach my class on "Seven Gospels," I'll sell those copies — probably for less than I originally paid for the books, but at least it will free up some shelf space for other books.

Third, I have been known to buy a copy of a book and get home to discover I have one already on my shelves.  Sometimes, they are different editions and, thus, don't look the same.  Usually, I simply gave one of them to my friend Donna so we can both read and discuss it.

Fourth, which is related to the third reason, I unknowingly bought a second copy of Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why by Bart D. Ehrman, but have NOT given away either version.  Both were published by HarperSanFrancisco, but one has "Plus" in the back:
Questions and answers with the author
Readers' responses to the book
Famous manuscripts
Top ten verses that were not originally in the New Testamant
Unfortunately, though this one appears to be the newer one, it has browner pages and a cut-out oval on the front cover that will probably tear at some point (cover on the right).  The other (on the left) has whiter pages and slightly larger print, making it easier to read.

Fifth, I have a extra copy of We Make the Road by Walking by Brian D. McLaren because a friend decided not to join me and others in our year-long quest for spiritual formation as we studied the book.  I'll probably give it away.

You may have noticed all these examples are nonfiction.  I'm not likely to buy two novels, since I rarely buy fiction at all.  I'll let the library provide those for me.

TBT ~ 2/4/77

Today is 2-4-16, making this 39 years to the day since I knew I would not stay any longer in a particular job than it took for me to find another one.  I spent much of that work day writing "bj received 2/4/77" in the top right corner of papers plonked in stacks on my desk by my then-boss.  Papers dating back months.  One I remember had on it a note from my boss telling me to have [another employee] attend a meeting in December.  December!  That long-past month.  It wasn't that I objected to doing the work, although I was not a secretary.  It was simply that I didn't intend to be blamed for meetings missed and jobs undone because the appropriate people were not notified.  Was he trying to deflect the blame to me?  So I dated each page, showing when I received it.  My boss sometimes reeked of alcohol when he arrived at work at 8:00 in the morning and obviously had not been doing his job.  Papers — obviously (again) — had been piling up on HIS desk for weeks.  Nay, for months.  Nothing ever came of those meetings missed and jobs not accomplished, at least nothing I ever knew about.  But the date was indelibly imprinted on my mind by repeatedly writing "bj received 2/4/77."

Oh, right.  You want to know how long I stayed after that.  I finished the project I was working on at that place and started a new job in May as an editor of an in-house publication, making half-again more than the job I left.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

TWO on TWOsday 2/2

Hippos Go Berserk! ~ by Sandra Boynton, 1996, children's, 8/10
"One hippo, all alone, calls two hippos on the phone."  So begins Sandra Boynton's classic counting story.  Exuberant hippopotamus guests show up in ever-increasing numbers, until an all-night party is inevitable.
Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind ~ by Judy Finchler and Kevin O'Malley, 2006, children's, 9/10
Principal Wiggins has promised to dye his hair purple and sleep on the school roof if the students read 1,000 books this year, and Miss Malarkey is determined to find the right book for every student, including this story's reluctant-reader narrator.  Winning her students over book by book, Miss Malarkey will have students loving to read in no time.
I found these two books at the library this week, read one while standing at the shelf, brought the other home to read.  Which would you want to read twice (as on 2/2, which is February 2nd)?  I'll tell you.  I wanted to read the list of books Miss Malarkey handed out to her students, which takes up a whole page in the book.  When I perused those fictitious titles, I laughed out loud.  My favorite?
"Chad Shrub: From Prince to President"
It seems this main character overcame wealth and privilege to become leader of the free world.  Only adults reading this to children are likely to laugh.  Maybe only adults of voting age in the year 2000, who remember "hanging chads."

Friday, January 29, 2016

Bernie Buddies

Donna and her sister Jane left the Crown Center in St. Louis at 11:45 this morning, heading to Davenport, Iowa.  Along with Jane's son Marty, whom they picked up minutes later, they plan to campaign for Bernie, maybe working the phone banks or knocking on doors this weekend.  They have good weather for this trip.

Update:  Here are Marty and Jane canvassing in Iowa on Saturday.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

TWOsday ~ a busy day

Maybe I should call this TOOsday, as in TOO much TO do TOOday.  TOO many things going on!  Here are TWO things on my calendar for my official TWOsday post.

(1)  Lunch with friends in the Circle@Crown Café before our....
(2)  book discussion of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Beginning ~ with a million reasons

A Sister's Promise ~ by Karen Lenfestey, 2010, fiction
"Kate could list a million reasons why she didn't have kids.  No, more like reasons why she shouldn't have kids:  genetics, a dysfunctional family, and ultimately, the fear that she wasn't cut out to be June Cleaver or Carol Brady or Claire Huxtable.  TV moms always made it look so easy, but Kate knows better."
It's a free book right now for Kindle, which is why I got it today.  So did my friend Donna.  Maybe it will be a book worth discussing together.  Here's the plot summary:
When Kate’s little sister, Joely, refuses a medical treatment because it will leave her infertile, Kate is willing to say anything to save her sister’s life — even promising to have a baby.  Kate decides to keep her rash words a secret from her husband until she can figure out whether she really wants to be a mother.  Especially since they agreed their marriage would remain childless.  A sister’s promise and a wife’s promise: Kate must break one.  Should she risk everything she has for the unknown?

Gilion at Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays.  Click here for today's Mister Linky.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Full House Reading Challenge

Katheryn @ Book Date is hosting a Full House Reading Challenge.   She designed a bingo card that bloggers use to read books and play bingo at the same time.  Here's the playing card:

* Self Challenge means setting a challenge for yourself for this square.  For example, Kathryn said she might read a book by a male author, because she hardly ever does that.

* Setting beginning with B.  This can be a country, a state, a place, a street.  Or it could be a beach or the bush or a bookshop, as long as a good part of the book is set there.  The whole book might be, but it doesn't have to be.
  • The challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2016.
  • Books may cross over from other challenges that I'm doing.
  • Write and publish a post stating my intention to participate, and link it back to her post.
  • Add my reviews to the quarterly link ups.  At the end of every quarter, there will be a U.S. $12 prize for a book we choose from the Book Depository or a voucher from U.S. Amazon.  Each review can only be linked up once in the year.  However it doesn't matter when in 2016 we read the book.  Link as we remember or have time.  So if I read it in January and don't get around to linking it until May, that's fine.  Reviews are not mandatory, and we're allowed to keep a list of books read to enter in the final linky or in a comment at the completion of the challenge.
  • Link my summary to the final post for having completed a full house.  The challenge will close on January 2, 2017, and a winner will be chosen using for a U.S. $30 prize which can be used to buy books at the Book Depository or be received as an Amazon voucher.
  • We are allowed "one free exchange."  If there is something on the square we really dislike, we may change it to something we choose.  We can use the free choice only once, and that's it.  Mention the exchange in the final summary post.
  • This is a challenge designed for fun rather than stress.  Read as usual, and see how many just naturally check off a square.
Quarterly Link Ups
January-March ~ I read ___ books that fit
1.  Go Set a Watchman ~ by Harper Lee, 2015, fiction (Alabama), 8/10 ~ published in 2015.
2.  The Time Keeper ~ by Mitch Albom, 2012, fiction, 8/10 ~ thought provoking book.
3.  The Fifth Floor ~ by Julie Oleszek, 2015, fiction (illinois), 8/10 ~ debut novel
4. A Sister's Promise (Sisters Series, Book 1) ~ by Karen Lenfestey, 2010, fiction, 8/10 ~ family relationship in title (also first in series)
5. Say That Again (The Faderville Novels, Book 2) ~ by N. Gemini Sasson, 2015, fiction (Kentucky), 10/10 ~ didn't want to put it down
6. Desire Lines ~ by Christina Baker Kline, 1999, fiction (Bangor, Maine), 8/10 ~ setting begins with a B
7. The Obituary Society ~ by Jessica L. Randall, 2014, fiction, 6/10 ~ new author to me
8. The Dead Wife's Handbook ~ by Hannah Beckerman, 2014, fiction (England), 9/10 ~ author outside my own country
9. Until the Next Time ~ by Kevin Fox, 2012, fiction (Ireland), 6/10  
April-June ~ I read ___ more books that fit
July-September ~ I read ___ more books that fit
October-December ~ I read ___ more books that fit