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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

ABC WEDNESDAY brought to you by the letter "N"

ABC Wednesdays is brought to you today by the letter N and Mrs. Nesbitt.

When I woke up this morning and started checking my favourite blogs, I suddenly realized that it's Wednesday and I'd completely forgotten to do my "N" post. That is NOT like me because normally I have my idea a week ahead. Anyway, this is what I quickly put together to share.

N is for Newspaper. I cannot live without my daily dose of the news and first thing I do every morning is grab the paper and have it ready to read as soon as the coffee is made. My favourite parts are the front page with all the world's highlights along with the "letters to the editor" section. I enjoy reading what other people have to say about world, community, or social issues of the day. Then I read the Arts and Entertainment section, mostly to get to the crossword, that MUST be done before much else can happen during the day. However, if I have an early appointment (like today), it has to wait until I get home. But it's the first thing I do.
My other N is for Novels. I'm an avid reader and save the novels that I truly enjoy and will some day read again. In this photo you'll see Anita Diamant's "The Red Tent," "Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood" by Rebecca Wells, Barbara Kingsolver's "The Poisonwood Bible," Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy, "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren, Alice Sebold's "The Lovely Bones," "Charlotte Gray" by Sebastian Faulkes, "The Stone Diaries" by Carol Shields, Michael Ondaatje's "The English Patient," "Chocolate For a Woman's Soul" by Kay Allenbaugh, Pearl Buck's "The Good People," John Irving's "Until I Find You," Ann-Marie MacDonald's "The Way the Crow Flies," and Marion Zimmer Bradley's "The Mists of Avalon." Oh, and in the front is "Atonement" by Ian McEwan, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith, and "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer.

Does anyone see something green in the middle of all the books? I didn't even realize it was there until I looked at the photo. Can you guess what it might be? Here's a hint: It's something I had when I was a teacher and now keep it for my grandson to use when he's over.

37 comments:

Blue said...

As an avid reader this one N that's a sure winner with me!

Powell River Books said...

Good morning from Powell River. Both of your N's are great choices. My favourite newspaper it the local Powell River Peak. You can read it online, but I love it the old fashioned way. Online you miss all the great ads. I read it from cover to cover. Sometimes I find the most news in the classifieds.

I chose N is for nummies. What's that you say? Click here to find out. – Margy

mylittlephotonook said...

You don´t necessarily need too reflect so long for your post every time! Some times it´s what speedy comes up thats the best!!! I think your posts today is a proof of that!!!

Tai said...

I've read so many of those same novels! What excellent taste you have!

mrsnesbitt said...

Is it a poetry book?
You must read Ian McKewans "The Daydreamer" it is without doubt the best novel I ever read to a group of children. Suitable for age 8+ but perfect for adults. You will love the chapter"Tha Bad Doll!!

Daryl E said...

I did newspapers too .. and I thought I was so original .. LOL .. looks as if we were both original! And that is an interesting group of novels.. Daryl

RuneE said...

A very good choice. It would be a very poor life without anything to read. I have just come home from London with 13 new books...

Neva said...

Love your newspapers! And I have not idea what the green book is...what a neat book shelf, though.

granmal said...

Nice post especially for those who love to read.

BumbleVee said...

I'm guessing it's a dictionary ..... that's what we always had sitting in the midst of the Encyclopedias at home in the "old" days. We would read about something...and then need a dictionary to find out what the heck all the words used to describe it meant.

ellen b said...

Oh fun, I forgot about news and novels!! Darn I can't guess what's in that green box unless it's alphabet or reading cards...

Ida said...

Very good choise for N Leslie. :)
Suitable for a former teatcher. :)

Ida

leslie said...

Okay, I'll tell everyone what it is: it's a box of Crayola Sketching Markers.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

A very good choice for the letter N! Well done:)

Jan said...

Great N post. We get two newspapers everyday, could not be without them. And you Novels are great. Leslie, how many books do you read a year? I would have never guessed the markers. We keep an old sand pail full of markers for our grandson.

Dragonstar said...

Some favourite books there, and some I don't know. Hmmm. Markers? In with books? Hmmm again! Sounds dangerous to me.

ExpatKat said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog! Love your 'N'. As an avid reader with an interest for current affairs, the news is a lifeline for me.

Paulie said...

Two great choices for N!

Liz said...

Good Ns, Leslie! A super choice of novels there.

Liz said...

Leslie, I've just realised something: all this time I've been reading your url as 'leslie in a van'!

Okay, I'm going to bed now ...

leslie said...

Liz

If you see it rockin'
Don't come knockin'"


I'm laughing so hard right now at the thought!

david mcmahon said...

Well, Leslie, you got my attention straight away - as you always do.

I've worked in newspapers all my life and I write novels, so both your N-words held special significance for me!

Dirty Knees said...

I hope the green book is full of poetry, which you will read to him and learns to love. ;-)

I'm going to a used book sale this Saturday. I love books, too.

John said...

A very good N choice Leslie!

kml said...

Nothing like a good read - whether it be a book or a newspaper!

nancygrayce said...

I'm the world's worst guesser! So I'll wait until you do your big reveal!!

AlasMyDear said...

I liked The English Patient and Pearl Buck too! Only I thought it was The Good Earth, not The Good People. I didn't get Atonement, though...

leslie said...

ACK! You're right, alasmydear. It IS "The Good Earth." Don't know HOW I could have made that mistake. My sincere apologies to everyone. :(

Miss_Yves said...

I do agree with your choices for "N"!
I read "the Mists of Avalon"(An excellent rewriting of a famous legend !)and many novels of P. Buck- a long time ago , when I was a teen ager!
Miss Yves

Hanne Cecilie said...

Yes my whole national costume is hand embroidered. You're picture was great !

Country Girl said...

I would have never guessed markers as the green item! I thought it was something literary!

kissa said...

Novels a great one for N. We could definitely share a bookshelf. I have read so many not all of the books on your shelf.

Petunia said...

Great choices for N. I can not live without my newspaaper or novels! Love this post!

Petunia's ABC

Petunia said...

Great choices for N. I can not live without my newspaaper or novels! Love this post!

Petunia's ABC

AVCR8TEUR said...

I love reading the Sunday paper when I get the chance. Other than that, the Local section is my favorite. With so much information these days, I unfortunately, don't pick up the newspaper too often.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I read the newspaper in the same order as you, Leslie! And how lovely to see your bookshelves. Is the green thing a grammar?

Janet said...

Sorry I'm so late getting around! I love to read so I don't know why I didn't think of these two N words. Great choices.