I’ve Been Awarded The Booker Award By S.M. Boyce

I was recently nominated for The Booker Award by the super awesome S.M. Boyce.  Read the post that I was nominated on, from her blog.

“The premise here is pretty simple. This is an award for literary and book-centered blogs.” – Boyce

My mission is to:

  • List my top five all time books.
  • Add the award icon to my blog
  • Nominate 5 bloggers for this award and force them to make a post (maybe not force).

I’ve never been good at picking my favorite anything, let alone books. But I have it some thought and I found five that are very high on my list, if not ON top of the non-existent favorites list.

*Note in no particular order

1) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

A Moveable Feast is one of the books I read back in high school that stuck with me enough to read again later on. I used to read a lot of Hemingway’s book (most of his published works). This one stands out a bit more than others because it’s a memoir. I got a glimpse of his life and envied certain aspects. As a young impressionable high schooler, at the time, I wanted a life like what’s found in the book. I still have that younger part of me that wishes I could go to Paris and write all day (there’s much more to the book than that though).

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft. It is a literary feast, brilliantly evoking the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the youthful spirit, unbridled creativity, and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.

2) Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

I first came upon this one from the movie by the same name. After falling in love with it, I needed to buy the book. After reading about McCandless’s journey I’ve also fallen in love with the book. I envy what McCandless did by going away from societal norms and living off only the bare essentials.

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.  How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. (read more on Good Reads)

3) Riders on the Storm by John Densmore

This autobiographical account of the Doors drummer, John Densmore, and his life with Jim Morrison was my first dive into anything to do with The Doors. From there I started listening to the music and love it now. But what’s better is that the book itself turned me on to reading more musician’s autobiographies. It’d great to see the first-hand accounts of the musicians themselves. Much better to read (in my opinion) than biographies, even about the same people.

Here is the book that Rolling Stone called “the first Doors biography that feels like it was written for the right reasons, and it is easily the most informed account of the Doors’ brief but brilliant life as a group”.

4) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

My top five all-time book list HAS to include a book full of top five lists. It has to. It might be my favorite novel ever (sorry everyone else). The story is great, the writing is genius, and I’m not ashamed to say I LOVE the movie based off the book. Never have I been able to say that a movie is almost word for word what the book is (this has nothing to do with the book love I guess). Just read it, especially if you’re already a Hornby fan. I love the guy’s writing.

It has been said often enough that baby boomers are a television generation, but the very funny novel High Fidelity reminds that in a way they are the record-album generation as well. This funny novel is obsessed with music; Hornby’s narrator is an early-thirtysomething English guy who runs a London record store. He sells albums recorded the old-fashioned way—on vinyl—and is having a tough time making other transitions as well, specifically adulthood. The book is in one sense a love story, both sweet and interesting; most entertaining, though, are the hilarious arguments over arcane matters of pop music. (read more on Good Reads)

5) The Grimoire: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce

*I didn’t choose this book because the author nominated me. I chose it because of the reasons I stated above 😀 It’s just that good

This is one of the first Indie published books that got me on the reading path I’ve been on for most of the year. In a way, you can say that without this book (and a few other great books I’ve reviewed many months ago) this blog might be MUCH different or not exist at all. Reading Lichgates was a jumping-off point for my dive into the “Indie Revolution.” I didn’t look back. It’s such a well written book. It touches just enough into the high fantasy genre, the New Adult AND Young Adult age levels, and poetic journeys to make it accessible to many readers, even though who might not think they are into some of those aspects. I know I wasn’t much of a reader of this type of fantasy. Now I want to continue in the genre. I also want to continue my journey through Ourea alongside Kara, the Vagabond. I can’t wait until (around) my birthday when book book, Treason, is released. That’ll be a happy day for the book world.

The Grimoire turns its own pages and can answer any question asked of it…and Kara Magari is its next target. 

Kara has no idea what she’s getting herself into when she stumbles across the old book while hiking along a hidden trail. Once she opens it, she’s thrown into Ourea: a beautiful world full of terrifying beings that all want the Grimoire’s secrets. Everyone in this new world is trying to find her, and most of them want to control the new-found power the Grimoire bestows upon her.  (read more on Good Reads)

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To finish this post off, I’d like to nominate 5 other bloggers, and fellow book-lovers. The nominees are:

C.J. Listro

Jess Fortunato

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa

Miranda Stork

Amber Jerome-Norrgard

Guest Post on Cinta’s Corner!

Cinta Garcia over at Cinta’s Corner has been a guest on my blog a few times now, and you’ll be seeing her more over time. She’s always welcome here on A Life Among The Pages. What I have for you today is a little treat. Instead of having her on my blog, I was asked to be on her blog to do a guest post on her new series Books I Don’t Mind Reading A Million Times. The series is similar to my Authors We Love series and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as you’ve enjoyed AWL.

Guest post on A Moveable Feast

Authors We Love, Part VII: Ernest Hemingway

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve shared an author with my readers that I personally love. I’ve been a little bit busy lately, but I’m starting to get organized and find time to wow you with my brilliance…ok, maybe just entertain you for a few minutes everyday.

I recently started up the Authors We Love series, but so far the revamped series has been guest posts. Well I’M BACK!!! That’s right, I’m back now to give you a look into authors I love to read. And don’t worry I’ll be back again next week with another author, as will the guest post installation.

Here’s a formal announcement (I’m really just saying this to make it real for me): Authors We Love with have two posts every week. That’s right, TWO POSTS!!! Early in the week, either Monday or Tuesday, there will be a guest post from anyone who wants to submit their favorite authors. Later in the week, either Thursday or Friday, is my time to share an author with you all. This is going to be the plan for as long as I can keep up with it and as long as I keep getting guest posts (which are great so far and I can’t wait to see more involvement!)

So now that that’s out of the way…here’s more about an author I love.

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The author I wish to discuss with you today has been with me for many years. He is one of the authors that really got me back into reading early in High School. This author is none other than Ernest Hemingway.

It all started when I was in my local used bookstore scanning the shelves. At the time I was just there because my mom worked there for a few hours a day and I had nothing else to do. I knew a few authors’ names but they were only names at the time. While scanning the shelves, the title on the spine of a book caught my eyes. The book I pulled off the shelf was Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls. What made this particular book stand out? Was it Hemingway’s name? Was the spine flashy? No, neither of those reasons. It was Metallica.

You heard me right, a band influenced my reading. In a way they are one of the reasons I started reading again. As most of you probably know, Metallica has a song titled For Whom The Bell Tolls. This may sound like a shallow reason to buy a book, but I bought it solely because my thought process was “I wonder why the two have the same names.” It could have either been Metallica taking the name from the book (which was the obvious truth to adult me) or Hemingway taking it from the song (obviously NOT the case, look at the date 14-year-old me) (I think I was around that age.)

The funniest thing about getting this book is how long it took me to read it. I was still a slow reader and only read mainly a lunch or a study hall. But even though I started this book, I finished a few more Hemingway books in the middle. I was intrigued enough by what I read to buy more of his. It almost became an obsession at the time t get whatever came into my bookstore. I think I read A Farewell To Arms (loved it), The Sun Also Rises, and some of a short story collection I have (I’ll discuss that one in a bit.)

Normally I would discuss a little about why I like his writing so much. I wish I could do it justice. I know there are people who find him way too geared toward being a manly man and shit like that. I can see where they are coming from. And I know that in real life he wasn’t the most gentlemanly of people. And he liked to kill animals. AND this did cross over into many of his books and stories. I’m not a person to go off on a safari, go fight in a savage war, or go see a bull fight…but for a few hundred pages I can become engrossed in a time in the not so distant past. In a time when (at least from the way it is in his books) life seemed simpler to my young reading mind.

I can’t talk about my love for Hemingway without mentioning A Moveable Feast. I LOVE this book. It’s a book of memoirs from his years in Paris. I devoured this book, and then two years later I devoured it again. I tried reading it a third time but other things came up and I put it aside. I might even read it again soon. I haven’t read any book twice before this one! What makes me love this book by him so much is that it made me want to be a writer. I wanted to go to Paris and live the life he did. Going to the cafés to write. It seemed like a great way to live, even though he was living on a tight budget I wanted that. I know there are things I’m glossing over with this book (along with others here) but these are the things that stuck.

One more reason I love Mr. Ernest here. His short stories. I have The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, a collection I thought to be complete until the years when I was able to search the internet with any accuracy. It is a fairly complete collection and I’ve read it ALL over the course of my junior year of high school (again mainly during lunch and for this particular year, my math class). Most of the time with a short story collection, even to this day, I’ll read a story here and there. I won’t read the whole book at one time. That’s what I like about short stories though. They are tasty little morsels of yummy writing that you can read some now and read more later. But I think you’ve caught on already that I was obsessed with reading Hemingway. These stories really made me solidify him as one of my favorite authors.

I just did a little research before writing this post. What is said to be the most complete Hemingway short story collection is called The Collected Stories of Ernest Hemingway. It was published in the UK, not sure why it’s not in the US. Because of this it’s not cheap (at least by my standards). I found it on Amazon for like $18+shipping. I guess this is a book I’ll have to get “when I grow up.” (that is unless someone wants to get me a birthday present 😉 here’s the link to make it easy, hehe.) Because of the price I’ll probably settle for The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition. I haven’t taken too close of a look to see what one has over the other, all I know is that my collection is almost complete but still is missing some things.

I’ll end this with one more mention. I own Hemingway’s complete poems. I couldn’t, not buy it when I saw it. I read some of it in the however many years it is that I’ve owned it. I don’t really know if I could say I like his poetry. I don’t hate it. I just wasn’t wowed. But that’s fine because he’s not known for it. Hell, I didn’t know he wrote ANY poetry until I saw the book. What I like about it though is there are some pictures of the manuscripts of some poems. That always makes me happy to see the words of an author/poet in their own handwriting.

Here is all 18 Hemingway books I own so far. A majority have been read. Look how beat up the short story collection is. And the cover of “For Whom The Bell Tolls” is barely hanging on. I guess I really did Love these books 😀

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I hope you enjoyed this installment of Authors We Love. As always I love hearing from my readers. Especially with this author, I would greatly enjoy hearing what others think of him. I’ve met many people who like him and many who can do without him. Which are you?

Also, I’ll always leave this reminder at the end of my posts, there is an open call for Authors We Love submissions! If you want to guest post, just send me what you have and I’ll work out a date. (My email is in the About Me section.) This is the same with the new Aged Pages series, open call for submissions of guest posts for that one too.