Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Things I Love About You

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Today is not really about you, but I do love you if you are stopping by here to read. OK, I also love some folks who are not reading, but I love you more. The actual theme is “10 things I love about ‘x'”, where x=thing I love. Since I am trying to focus on both running and read you’ll get 5 about each love.

Reading

  1. “The Zone” – I know you know what I mean. That place where you don’t want to put down the book, where the story is everything, where hours fly by and suddenly you realize you have missed meals and phone calls and texts.
  2. “Signings” – I have not been to many but I have discovered I am willing to drive a ridiculous distance to listen to a favorite author speak/read and get a copy of a favorite book signed.
  3. “Sharing recommendations” – “Wait have you read this one?” “You need to borrow this one!” “I love this book and I know you will too.”
  4. “Escape” – Whether it is Narnia, Brakebills, Hogwarts, Pern or 100 other worlds, I get to be there for a little while. Sometimes for much too short a period of time. Sometimes I get to visit over and over. But those worlds are always beckoning me.
  5. “The Library” – I have been going to the same library now for about 15 years. I love the people and the events and the way that is smells and looks and the calm that exists in the place where I find community and books and laughter.

Running

  1. “Sleep” –  When I run I sleep. When I don’t run I don’t sleep much. This has a huge impact on my life. Sleep is good. As Jim Butcher says in Death Masks “Sleep is God. Go worship.”
  2. “Accomplishment” – I ran .25 miles more today. I got a PR. I ran for longer without stopping. There are very tangible achievements in running. If the rest of my day sucked often I can say but at least I ran.
  3. “Other Runners” – From the runners at races to the ones who help me find shoes that helped me run better to the ones online who answer 700 dumb questions a month. From the ones who run a 17 minute pace to the ones that run a 7 minute pace. I have yet to meet an unfriendly, unhelpful runner.
  4.  & 5. “Zombies, Run” – This is the thing I love the most. I love the app. I love the company. I love the developers. I am so in debt to this thing and those people who make it. I am Runner 5 and I have saved Abel Township. I have laughed, cried, yelled and punched the air while running all because the world is so immersive.  Now add to this a group of people online who I love more and more every day as they share my love for the app and I am discovering mutual support and encouragement and tons of love for each other. Yup this deserves two spots on the list.

Ten (Fiction) Books Every Sociologist Should Read

 Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Most of these will lean heavily toward science fiction or fantasy. In other life I was a sociology professor who taught at a mid-sized university. My dream course, the one I never got to teach, was one called Sociology through science fiction. We were going to include books, movies and TV as a way to explore sociological concepts. There have been a few books I would add to list I had back then but here are my top ten and one of the concepts illustrated in the story.

The Hunger Games Trilogy: The Hunger Games / Catching Fire / Mockingjay A Canticle for Leibowitz  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Omnibus
 Inequality and Revolution  Religion  Stratification
 The Man Who Sold The Moon  Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited  The Forest of Hands and Teeth
 Capitalism  Eugenics  Culture
 Soylent Green Childhood’s End  The Left Hand of Darkness
 Overpopulation Race Gender
 Minority Report
 Crime and Punishment

 

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Characters

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Each week The Broke and The Bookish will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week is a two option week: Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Ten Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike. I often try to do a bit of both on these weeks.

5 character everyone loves

  1. Edward Cullen (Twilight) – Not a romantic hero, kind of a creepy stalker. Even if you take away the awful weakening of the vampire mythos by Meyers.
  2. Bella Swan (Twilight) – A wet dustrag has more personality.
  3. Gale (The Hunger Games) – He just never seemed to develop into a fully formed character.
  4. Christian Grey (50 Shades of Grey) – I couldn’t even get through the first book because I disliked him so much.
  5. Scarlett O’Hara (Gone With the Wind) – Some people think she is a survivor but that doesn’t mean she was not a selfish selfish woman.

4 characters everyone dislikes:

  1. Miss Havisham (Great Expectations) – Maybe I just love the crazy old lady vibe so much is cancels out all of the rest of heartlessness.
  2. Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights) – I love me a good jerk.
  3. Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray) – I am not sure if this is too heavily influenced by Penny Dreadful.
  4. Beth March (Little Women) – I will be honest, I have not reread this as an adult but I do remember that Beth was hands down my favorite character.

1 character who I hate but I loved the book(s) anyway:

  1. Quentin Coldwater (The MagiciansThe Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)) – He gets everything he has EVER wanted and possibly I have ever wanted (Magic and the magical land you grew up with are both REAL) and he still is miserable.

Mileage Monday – 11/2/2015

Mileage Monday

New feature here, some basic running stats from the past week:

10/26/15-1/1/15

 Week: 10/26/15-1/1/15  Amount
 Running  13.47
 Walking  7.76
 Month: October 2015  Amount
 Running 46.62
 Walking 45.74
 Year: 2015  Amount
 Running 458
 Walking 206


photo credit: Running Shoes via photopin (license)

It’s Monday. What Are You Reading.

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To many books started. As always Must read more and faster. More more more.


This week I am reading/listening to:

  Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander)
This Week:  Page 79 This Week: 22% This Week: Chapter 37 This Week: 28%
Last Week: Page 28 Last Week: 31% Last Week:
Chapter 25
 Last Week: 15%
This Week:  24%
Last Week: Not Started

In the Queue:

[/amazon_image] Company of Liars by Maitland, Karen (2009) Paperback

It’s Monday and #BookBlogWriMo – Day 3

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11/3 – Where You Read – Pretty self-explanatory. Bonus for a picture!

Right now I am reading anywhere I can. Today I read in the car while I was waiting to pick up the kids from school. I read in the car while I was waiting on my friend to walk. I read a bit on the stationary bike (I think winter might bring more of that). I read while I was standing in the kitchen waiting on the noodles to boil. And my very favorite place to read?


This week I am reading/listening to:

 
This Week: 10:33:44 This Week: Chapter 31 This Week: Page 112 This Week:
Last Week: 8:37:46 Last Week:
Chapter 20
Last Week:
112
 Last Week:
Not Started

In the Queue:

Company of Liars by Maitland, Karen (2009) Paperback