Wordless Wednesday #28: The Saddest Grave In Penang

The Saddest Tombstone In Penang (Protestant Cemetary, 31 May 2011)

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The 30 Day Book Challenge: Day 4

PBW Bookworm 004.jpgDay 4: Favorite Book of Your Favorite Series

As mentioned earlier this week my favorite series is J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. It’s pretty easy to pick the first novel as my favorite. While it might not be the “best” of the series, it it weren’t for the way Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone immersed me from the get-go I doubt if I would have moved on to the next title. I loved everything about the story, the characters, and the world that Rowling created. Following close behind would be the series finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which had me on pins and needles throughout. I am eagerly awaiting the release in Thailand of the second half of the movie version.

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The 30 Day Book Challenge: Day 3

PBW Bookworm 005.jpg Day 3: Your Favorite Series

Today’s topic is fairly easy although it’s more in the “”Young Adult/Fanstasy” category than the mysteries I usually read. That of course is the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.

Prior to last year I’d never read a single one of these books, nor had I watched any of the movies. I don’t know what prompted me to pick up The Philosopher’s Stone (yes, all of my copies were the British editions without all the changes that were made for those sold in America) back last 16th May. I’m glad I did and I finished the novel the morning of the 22nd, watched the movie, and immediately launched into The Chamber of Secrets (I finished that one in just one day!). This was a trend I maintained for the next couple of months (with a few breaks for variety) and managed to finish the seventh in the series on 26th July. In a way I didn’t want to complete The Deathly Hallows as I would actually have to wait another couple of months before the movie was released (and, then, only Part 1!).

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Morning Meanderings: Still Tweaking and Other Random Musings

PBW Confusion 001.jpgBLOG REDESIGN

I spent some time in the internet cafe last night implementing a few changes to the blog. As always, I had some difficulty as what worked upstairs on my laptop gave me problems on the ancient computers downstairs. Although the Suffusion theme worked fine on the “live” blog when I tested it briefly a few nights ago, I made the “mistake” of uploading the most recent version of the theme before trying it out this time around. The entire WordPress dashboard completely disappeared! I ended up having to delete this version via FTP (I use FileZilla), replacing it with a year-old version. That worked…

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The 30 Day Book Challenge: Day 2

PBW Bookworm 003.jpg Day 2: A book that you’ve read more than 3 times

Ouch! I don’t think there is one! Books I’ve read aloud to kids, such as The Cat in the Hat or the Oxford Reading Tree stories, certainly don’t count).

I’ve never liked repeating myself so it’s rare for me to read anything more than once (nor do I tend to watch very many movies again). There are a handful of books that I’ve read twice (a couple of Tony Hillerman novels and Clive Cussler’s Raise the Titanic! coming to mind) but I believe there have been only three books that I’ve read more than twice — my all-time favorite To Kill A Mockingbird (it’s been about a year since I’ve last read it), John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, and perhaps Great Expectations by Dickens.

While I could feel compelled to revisit some of my favorite reads I’m not too worried about it as there are simply too many other books I’d love to be able to read for the first time! So many books, so little time…

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Sunday Salon for 12th June 2011 (#49)

Sunday Salon at Phuket BookwormAs you’ve probably noticed, I’ve broken free of the writer’s block that plagued me throughout May and even as far back as mid-April. My inspiration comes largely from my adoption of the open-source Zoundy Raven as my blog editor of choice (until Windows Live Writer comes up with a workable portable apps version). Either that, or I just have plenty to say these days. Indeed the part I find the most difficult about blogging right now is finding a suitable image to accompany most of my articles!

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The New Classics

PBW Book Blog 005.jpgLate last year I came across this list on Enterntainment Weekly‘s webiste. Called “The New Classics” it highlights what they consider to be the 100 best books published between 1983 and 2008. I love lists such as this as it gives me not only new ideas for the TBR List but also shows me where my interests stack up against those of critics or other readers. Sometimes that can be quite humbling!

Out of the hundred, I’ve only read eight:

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