Archive for the ‘Fill-in-the-blanks’ Category

I love these fill-in-the-blanks memes and was thrilled to see that the “My Day in Books” one had started up again at Cornflower Books.  I did it last year and had just as much fun with this year’s answers.  As always, the task is to complete the sentences using the titles of books you have read this year.  Here’s what I came up with:

I began the day by Loitering with Intent

before breakfasting on Pink Sugar

and admiring The Rose Garden.

On my way to work I saw Miss Bunting

and walked by The Dover Road

to avoid Introduction to Sally,

but I made sure to stop at Marling Hall.

In the office, my boss said, It’s Too Late Now,

and sent me to research Private Enterprise.

At lunch with Belinda

I noticed Miss Marlow at Play

in Elza’s Kitchen

greatly enjoying Unusual Uses for Olive Oil.

Then on the journey home, I contemplated The Element of Lavishness

because I have Wild Designs

and am drawn to The Gentle Art of Quilt-Making.

Settling down for the evening In the Mountains,

I studied The Wind in the Willows

by The New Moon with the Old

before saying goodnight to The Home-Maker.

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I do love a good bookish fill-in-the-blanks meme so was delighted to see that Karen of Cornflower Books has started a garden-themed one in honour of the Chelsea Flower Show!  As usual, the challenge is to complete the sentences using the titles of books you’ve read this year.  Here’s what I came up with:

Early this morning as I was Loitering with Intent, I stepped out of Marling Hall into the garden and bent down to touch One Dog and His Boy.

As dawn broke and I took in my surroundings I noticed several things: The Rose Garden was struggling due to The Unbearable Bassington, Half a Crown had been dug up in A Little Folly under the Family Roundabout, but with help from a Dear Friend and Gardener and knowledge gleaned from Miss Bunting, I was able to bury it with Success.

Later, Belinda popped in to take a cutting or two; A Force to be Reckoned With, she told me, but she pointed outmy Crooked House.

Taking a well-earned rest from the weeding and chatting over the wall with The Curious Gardener from next door, I mentioned We Have Always Lived in the Castle and remarked on How It All Began, but then when Mr Pim Passes By, we said It’s Too Late Now and I went back to do a little light pruning.

My garden was once A Gentle Plea for Chaos, but tending it is a joy and part of The Element of Lavishness.

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After long, busy days, when my mind is too frazzled to do any coherent thinking or writing, there is nothing better than a fun meme.  To have a go yourself, just complete the sentences with the titles of books you’ve read this year.

I began the day with The Song of the Lark

On my way to work I saw Uncle Dynamite

and walked by The Dragonfly Pool

to avoid The Lions of Al-Rassan

but I made sure to stop at Merry Hall

In the office, my boss said “Howards End is on the Landing

and sent me to research The Legends of Prague

At lunch with The Pastor’s Wife

I noticed The File

under A Mountain of Crumbs

then went back to my desk Unhooked

Later, on the journey home, I bought Wild Strawberries

because I have Far to Go

then settling down for the evening, I picked up The Unlikely Disciple

and studied Earth and High Heaven

before saying goodnight to The Demon in the House

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The Half-Holiday, Alec home from school – Elizabeth Adela Armstrong Forbes

Gaskella and Kirsty both did this meme last week and I liked it so much that I had to try it for myself.  It’s not terribly easy but it is fun.  I probably should have waited until the end of the year to complete this, giving myself more titles to work with, but I needed a bit of fun in my life now and so here we are!

Using only books you have read this year (2010), cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title. It’s a lot harder than you think!

Describe Yourself: One Pair of Hands (Monica Dickens)

How do you feel: This Is Where I Leave You (Jonathan Tropper)

Describe where you currently live: Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Lunch in Paris (Elizabeth Bard)

Your favorite form of transportation: Mrs Tim Flies Home (D.E. Stevenson)

Your best friend is: A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True (Brigid Pasulka)

You and your friends are: Canadians (Roy MacGregor)

What’s the weather like: If Not, Winter (trans. Anne Carson)

Favorite time of day: Somewhere Towards the End (Diana Athill)

If your life was: A Song for Summer (Eva Ibbotson)

What is life to you: Enchantment (Orson Scott Card)

Your fear: The Moving Finger (Agatha Christie)

What is the best advice you have to give: It’s Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty (Judith Viorst)

Thought for the Day: What is Stephen Harper Reading? (Yann Martel)

How I would like to die: For My Own Amusement (R.F. Delderfield)

My soul’s present condition: The Rehearsal (Eleanor Catton)

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