Thursday, September 13, 2007

Booking It Through Plague, Pestilence and the Poorhouse


Okay . . . picture this (really) worst-case scenario: It’s cold and raining, your boyfriend/girlfriend has just dumped you, you’ve just been fired, the pile of unpaid bills is sky-high, your beloved pet has recently died, and you think you’re coming down with a cold. All you want to do (other than hiding under the covers) is to curl up with a good book, something warm and comforting that will make you feel better.

What do you read?

Is it bad to say, "That depends"? See... sometimes when things are bleak, I need to have a really good cry before I can get my head back on straight and figure out a way to dig up from the bottom. In those cases, I'd actually sit down in front of a movie -- not a book. I know, gasps abound. But nothing makes you cry like a good tearjerker. I'd probably go for "Beaches" or the final episode of M*A*S*H. Yes, really.

BUT... when it's time to kick myself in the butt and get up, dust off and move forward only comedy will do. So... yup, you guessed it: I'm all about Jennifer Crusie. And, of her books, I'd probably choose "Getting Rid of Bradley". Oh man, "Dead dog" makes me laugh every freakin' time. In fact, as soon as I'm done rereading "The Dragonriders of Pern", I may have to pick Bradley up again.

Hey... all you readers out there -- do you love romance? Don't mind reading an eBook now and then? Always want to share your opinion? The Long and the Short of It is looking for YOU. We are in DESPERATE need of more reviewers -- so get free books, just for giving us a review. C'mon... it doesn't get better than that.

Speaking of free books, did you know that LASR has not one, not six, but SEVEN ways to enter this week to win an autographed book? We are terribly sneaky... this week, we offered a new and easy-peasy way to add your name to the pot one more time: go to the review of this book and comment. Yes, really... it's that easy.

OH! And... every week, we offer a free short story to read. This weeks went up today. Go check it out... it's adorable.


In Pillar Place: Monarch P2 -- things they are a-changing... about half of the occupants were up on their roofs last night! Fingers crossed, this should mean they'll be making their chrysalis' today. The weather is getting COLD here, and if they don't make the move from butterbabies to butterflies by the end of the month, they're not going to make it unless I drive them south for the winter. I have seriously given it some thought... lol...


Your Inner Child Is Happy

You see life as simple, and simple is a very good thing.
You're cheerful and upbeat, taking everything as it comes.
And you decide not to worry, even when things look bad.
You figure there's just so many great things to look forward to.

Um... No. Not even close... I'm pretty sure not even ONE THING in that quiz is right. Maybe the last part... maybe.


gautami tripathy said...

A good cry. Now that is so relatable. When my dad passed away books were hardly in my mind.

I will try to review that book you mentioned.

And comment to..:D

teabird said...

Oh, yes, a good cry - and sometimes you do need a prod, even in the midst of misery, because you're conditioned to hold it in and be brave --

Stephanie said...

A good cry will indeed help! Beaches! Yikes, I need a box of tissue just THINKING about that movie!! That one, and Steel Magnolias do me in every time!

heather (errantdreams) said...

Hrm... I tried the inner child test. It asked a bunch of questions about childhood and then made blanket assumptions about me as an adult. Not terribly accurate, eh? :) Ah well. Some internet quizzes are great, but a few, uh, lack something. My favorite one was the one that measured geekiness and labeled me a "mega-dorky nerd queen." *grin*

My BTT answer this week seems so fatuous next to everyone else's. Everyone seems to have a favorite author or set of books they turn to, while I'm just going, "err, brain candy." lol

Alice Teh said...

I cry easily...

My choice is Kermit :) He wrote a book, that hunky frog!

Tori Lennox said...

No twin-ness today. I got:

Your Inner Child Is Sad
You're a very sensitive soul.
You haven't grown that thick skin that most adults have.
Easily hurt, you tend to retreat to your comfort zone.
You don't let many people in - unless you've trusted them for a long time.

I really don't think that's me. :)

Melissa said...

A good cry is always good. In a situation like that I always turn to a book I know well and love so there are no surprises.

Cee Cee said...

You've hit it spot on: a good tear jerker! I didn't think to cry but I probably would.

Julia said...

I too cry easily :) I am slowly working my way to read all Jennifer Crusie's books. I have read some and they're pretty good. I yet not read "Getting Rid of Bradley" yet, but I'm planning to when the mood call for it :)

Great choice, Happy BTT!

Callista said...

I've never heard of that one. My BTT is here.

Dru said...

A good cry and for me I would watch a funny movie to take my mind off the good cry that I just had.

My inner child is sad.

Brandy said...

Getting Rid of Bradley is a himarious book, love it!
I cry too easily. And then shoulder on. To cheer me up, I pick up Smart Women by Jennifer Crusie.

Have a nice day!

Melody said...

Yeah, I agree that having a good cry is good sometimes.

I have Getting Rid of Bradley in my pile...a reminder that I should read it soon. Thanks!

--Deb said...

I'm the unusual one in my family--of the women, at least, I'm the only one who pretty much never feels the need for a "good cry." It's rare for me to cry when things are actually bad or painful, forget about "just because" kinds of crying. Although I will sniffle over a book or movie now and again, it's almost never the REASON, you know? In fact, did you ever see that "Everybody Loves Raymond" episode about Debra just needing to cry once in a while, and Ray just didn't get it? My mother was sitting there, loving every minute of that, and I was like, "Well, yeah...." (grin)

Melissa said...

Oh, Pern. I haven't re-visited Pern in FOREVER.

Dewey said...

I'm almost scared to take that inner child quiz, but I can't help it, I'm addicted to these things!

I hope you find the reviewers you need.