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Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts

1. For my American readers: Happy Thanksgiving. I cooked for my family this year (one more reason to be grateful for a tiny family, just my Mom, step-dad, and brother came over) and I neither killed anyone, nor made anyone ill. So….win.Aliens3. I took the Scottish Book Trust Personality test. Apparently, I’m Clarice Starling. I don’t know how I feel about that.“You are Clarice Starling from The Silence of the Lambs

Your powers of analysis, logic and reflection mean your personality type is well-suited to detective work. You prefer to work alone and, socially, you prefer one-on-one debates with serial killers to parties.

Like Clarice Starling, you place more emphasis on the big picture and prefer your world to feel controlled and well planned out in advance. Indeed your holidays will often be planned out with military precision months ahead of time. This quality may make you over-cautious, worrisome and picky on a bad day, but you will have made provisions for that too.”

I think I’d rather be at a party than debating a serial killer. And my holidays aren’t planned with military precision.

4. I was recently asked to share seven things about myself (and I decided to share them here too, I was short on links this week):

  • I procrastinate. Frequently. As evidenced by how long it took me to compose this list…
  • I have a very, very sensitive sense of smell.
  • My favorite thing about having tiny feet is that when shoes go on sale they always have my size.
  • I’m trying to grow my hair long, mostly so I can braid it.
  • In honor of Thanksgiving, I’ll share that I don’t like turkey. Or pie. Heresy, I know. In fact, I don’t believe fruit should ever be cooked.
  • I used to love How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. I watched it again recently and cringed, especially when Kate Hudson declares, rather vapidly, that she wants to write about “important stuff” – like politics!!! (When did I become so old and cantankerous?)
  • There amount of money you would have to pay me to step foot in a store tomorrow would be extreme.

5. The last month of my life has been an exercise in the versatility of the word fuck. But on a positive note, I finally got the maintenance department to move the compost bin away from my office door (see #4, pt. 2) and I’m no longer queasy at work. And much to my relief, my series of nine book talks has reached its conclusions (see enlightening gif here).

6. Librarian Problems. Because I got 99 problems, but a book ain’t one. A quick guide to the best of the site: A patron wants a book but doesn’t know the title, the author, or what it’s about, a board member submits a book challenge, listening to a coworker to tech support with an elderly person over the phone (and yeah, I’ve trained someone how to use a mouse before…).

7. Can I claim to be inspirational? Because that’s on my life list of things to accomplish. Laura and Rick both did video blogs/vlogs on novellas. Watch them, because they are awesome.

8. I think I’ve mentioned my love for Metallica (circa 1991) and my love for Lou Reed – separately, of course. After much trepidation and two years of procrastination, I finally listen to Lulu. To everyone who said it was the worst album ever made, you may be right.

9. This video. Accents are a funny thing. I use several words/expressions that are typical of New Englanders (wicked, sneakers, route (pronounced the same as root), jimmies) , but because I lived down south and in the Midwest , it’s all muddled now.

10. I hate what I’m about to do because it annoys the shit out of me when others do it, but I’m going to be intentionally vague. I had something awkward happen – related to this blog – and I can’t even share it on here. This is my outlet to share all the weird things (not that there are many) that happen to me… Sigh.

So, if you had time to take it (it’s quick), which character are you? Any thoughts for the week? I know I can’t be the only one who finds warm fruit unappealing…

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  • lauratfrey

    Aw you can’t leave us hanging like that…

    • Rory

      Haha! If you’re dying to know I can send you a DM.

      • lauratfrey

        I was going to email you to be honest hahaha. Only if you want to share 🙂

        • Rory

          Done. It’s sort of cute and funny…

  • picturemereading

    My husband hates turkey and chicken to eternal sorrow of my family but he is english and he didn’t grow up with thanksgiving!

    • Rory

      He’s a good man. 😉

      I like the sentiment behind Thanksgiving, but I wouldn’t miss it from a culinary standpoint.

      • picturemereading

        Same here honestly..too much food and most of the time very rich..especially down South!

  • Shannon @ River City Reading

    I’m so in love with stuff like that video. I grew up in Michigan but moved to Virginia about five years ago and I’m still amazed by some of the dialect differences I run into.

    • Rory

      Me too. I’ve moved around a lot and feel like I’ve mostly avoided an accent because of it, but it’s funny how it works. The south especially, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia all have a very southern accent, but you head further south into Florida and it disappears.

  • Jennine G.

    As a grammar teacher, I’m convinced if they’d let me use the F word to teach the parts of speech and how they work together in a sentence, we’d see major improvement! Lol, it is the most versatile word!

    • Rory

      It changes its part of speech very easily. It’s not something I use with overwhelming frequency, but I enjoy the versatility. Happy, sad, frustrated, angry – it’s there for you. 🙂

  • Heather

    I’m Batgirl. I’d rather be Clarice, though, so I could get close to Hannibal. I love him.

    • Rory

      Hmmm…I propose a trade. I’d rather be Batgirl. Although I like the intelligence and deductive reasoning skills of Clarice.

      And Hannibal? I don’t know whether to applaud or cringe…

      • Heather

        It’s really Anthony Hopkins in that role who I love. But Hannibal, although scary and dangerous, is also so intelligent and weirdly caring and attractive for some reason. It’s hard to explain.

  • Monika

    Love that video in #9!!!!

    • Rory

      Me too, language fascinates me.

  • Kathleen

    I also got Clarice Starling and am sort of skeptical of the results. Pretty sure I would rather NOT talk to a serial killer ever, even if it meant I had to go to a party with a bunch of people I didn’t know and/or like instead. And while I enjoy planning, I think they are giving me way more credit than I deserve. Months in advance? Please! If that first line qualifies as permission to go and open a detective agency though, I’m all for it.

    • Rory

      I’ll take the detective agency part, but somehow I don’t think I’ll find myself debating a serial killer anytime soon. I hope.

      And my holidays are hit or miss. If there’s something I really want to see, I’ll plan for it, if not, I just wing it.

  • booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    No. 10 – seriously? You’re KILLING me.

    • Rory

      Well, I am known for being a tease…

      (Okay, not really, withholding gratification is not my strong suit.)

  • Samantha

    I LOVE that video. Language, dialect, accents all within the same language are fascinating to me. Especially since I’m Californian and we apparently have the least inflected accent in the country. But I know we do have dialect oddities even between north and south California.

    • Rory

      I didn’t know that about California. One of the few California things I notice is saying the in front of a road name – like ‘the 101″ or “the ten”, other than that I’ve never noticed anything about it…

  • Allison @ The Book Wheel

    Congratulations on not making anyone sick! I think that is a big win.

    • Rory

      Me too. It may not have tasted perfect, but we are all still standing. My store bought rolls tasted fabulous, I am quite skilled at warming things in the oven.

  • booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    Also, I love that video. In Australia we say ‘route’ the same as ‘root’. But ‘root’ also has another, colloquial meaning in Australia (you better Google it if you don’t know – don’t want to attract the wrong crowd to your blog by sharing here).

    • Rory

      Root is used in a similar (though not the exact same) way here sometimes. And I’m not worried about the crowd I’ll attract, after reviewing Wrecked by Charlotte Roche, I’m immune to my sex related search terms. 😉

  • Ciska (@_Ciska_)

    I got Katniss Everdeen. I am so YA you know o_O
    The dialect thing is so funny. I live in the Netherlands which is a pretty small country and even we have the differences in use of words or pronunciation. But it is always fun to put that together like this.

    • Rory

      Haha. At least both characters are smart and capable (versus receiving Lydia from Pride and Prejudice or something – yuck).

      Language development is fascinating to me, so I love seeing videos like this. I almost wish it incorporated a little more slang because that it usually what I find most fascinating.

    • Lianne @

      I got Katniss too! *high fives*

  • Christine @ BookishlyB

    Now I want to know! I don’t think I’ve really ever experienced blog-related awkwardness, besides my husband’s coworker/friend somehow finding it and commenting.

    I’m Clarice too! Ha!

  • Lianne @

    LMAO at that comic strip.

    Thanks for sharing that video! I’m very much interested in accents and the way we say things depending on where we’re from so that was really interesting 🙂

    From the personality test, I’m Katniss Everdeen *hasn’t read the Hunger Games*

  • Bonnie @ For the Love of Words

    You are Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

  • Wendy @ Wensend

    Great list! I’m laughing so hard haha. Thanks for sharing!
    PS: I’m Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird

    “At your best, like Scout, you are inspiring company for your friends, colleagues and even strangers. Atticus would be proud as your empathic nature helps you to walk around in other people’s shoes. Being around you is fun as you instinctively know how to make people feel good about themselves.

    On a bad day, you might blurt out something your neighbours wish you’d kept to yourself. Remember to take time out occasionally to work through your experiences. These periods of reflection will help you complete tasks and return to your naturally cheery, inspiring self.”

    • Rory

      I wanted to be Scout or Hermione. Clarice was shocking for me. Maybe I should stop being so honest on those quizzes.

      • Wendy @ Wensend

        Haha maybe you should stick with being you? 🙂 But I know how you feel: I’m also too honest on online quizzes.

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