Friday, January 21, 2011

Random Friday Fun: Question of the Day, Fill-Ins & Book Beginnings

Hosted by Katy of A Few More Pages
Weekly meme where book bloggers and readers share the
first sentence of the book they are reading say what they think

Yesterday I began reading Tigerheart by Peter David. I have had this book for ages but for some reason (like with so many other books) never got around to reading it. I was in the mood for a little magic, however, and, when searching my shelves, David's book popped right out at me.
Young Paul Dear stared at his reflection one evening for a very long time.
While in and of itself this first sentence isn't overly exciting, it is what follows that makes it all the more interesting.
When his reflection began talking back to him, Paul began to think that perhaps he himself was actually The Boy of Legend.
Does this remind you of another, much older story at all? It did me. Although I haven't read too far into the book as of yet, it's given me that giddy sort of feeling I sometimes get when I know I'm in for a real treat. Let's hope it lasts!

What is the first line of your current read, and what was your first impression of it?

Graphic courtesy of Tonya!
*Click on the image above graphic to get to the Friday Fill-In headquarters, hosted by Janet!*

1. So many of us wouldn't mind a raise and more free time.

2. It is important to keep moving forward even in hardship.

3. Those who are accepting of wearing mismatched socks are creative souls at heart. Or got dressed in the dark and didn't have time to change afterward.

4. The red capped fairy is waiting quietly.

5. Light is in both the entrance and exit hallways but not in the center; at least not while the movie is running.

6. If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence. -- George Eliot

7. For a three day work week it was sure a long one! I am so glad the weekend is finally here. Today I'm looking forward to spending more time sorting through my To Be Read (TBR) stacks and spending some quality time with my book; tomorrow my plans include taking Anya for her veterinary appointment to have her red cell count checked (fingers crossed her count has remained stable) and running errands; and Sunday, I want to spend the day with my husband and animals, maybe catch up with this season's Supernatural and get in some more reading (I'm really on a reading roll lately!).

What are your weekend plans?

On Facebook, my uncle has a feature in which he or a guest host asks a random question every Friday, encouraging his friends to participate. The questions are wide and varied, usually simple and fun. I thought I would throw out a question today just for the fun of it. Please leave your answer in the comment section, and than you for participating!

What was your favorite television show when you were growing up?

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  1. I watched Sesame Street religiously from age 3 into kindergarten...even if the same episode aired more than once in the same day. Yup, that's devotion :D Have a great weekend & I hope Anya gets the all-clear.

  2. I like the westerns, Lancer or Big Valley or High Chaparral.

    We have snow and about 0* but warmer weather in the next few days!

    Best wishes for Anya!

  3. No big plans actually for this weekend. The following two weekends are going to be packed full, so this one will be low key. As far as TV shows, I had a lineup I watched every day. I think my favorite though was Gilligan's Island.

  4. Teacher/Learner - I always preferred the Electric Company to Sesame Street but my brother usually won out and Sesame Street it was. :-) I did love Big Bird!

    Thanks for the good wishes for Anya! I'm a little worried about how much weight she may have gained. She's supposed to be on a diet. :-S

    Carla - My dad watched a lot of westerns (and cop) shows when I was growing up. I think my favorite western was Alias Smith and Jones. I only got to see it in re-runs.

    Brr! I don't envy you that cold. I'm sure you're looking forward to the warmer weather.

    Thanks for the well wishes for Anya!

    Billy - And so true! I think, anyway. :-)

    Sandy - You deserve a weekend without too much activity so I hope it's a good one! Gilligan's Island was a good one.

  5. I was intrigued by your first line and needed to know more. The full synopsis of Tigerheart, although not something I would probably read as my first choice, was captivating and I love the cover art, which by comparison, seems quite dark and foreboding.

    Ironically, as I am from the UK, one of my favourite shows when growing up, was not a children's show, but the serial screening of the US show 'Peyton Place', sad maybe, but true.


  6. Thanks for visiting my Fill-ins! And I can't resist answering your uncle's question: I was a fan of the family shows: The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, Little House on the Prairie and the Waltons.

  7. Yvonne (Fiction-Books) - I wasn't sure what I would think of the book at first but am quite enjoying it. I love the cover too.

    I don't think I ever saw Peyton Place. I have heard of it though.

    Kwizgiver - I used to love Little House on the Prairie. I still stop and watch if ever I catch it on. :-)

  8. My favorite TV show growing up was an old westernish comedy/drama called Here Come the Brides with my teenage idol Bobby Sherman. I loved that show.

  9. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my fill ins! I love your number 6!

    As for your Uncle's question...some of my favorite shows from my childhood include: Solid Gold Dancers, Donny and Marie, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley and The Dukes of Hazard.

    Hope you enjoy a great weekend.


  10. My workweek was only two days long this week; Monday was MLK, Tuesday my classes were canceled because of snow, on Wednesday and Thursday I worked at my internship and Friday work was canceled because of snow. However, Thursday was a long day; I didn’t get home until after 9:00pm. I attended the play “The Wizard of Oz” as a part of my internship (It’s a nice perk of my internship, getting to see plays for free).

  11. I've seen several of my favorite nostalgic shows listed - Alias Smith and Jones, Here Come the Brides, The Partridge Family, The Brady Bunch - but my very favorite was Bewitched. Loved Samantha and her nose twitch - even named my daughter after her. LOL

  12. Yvonne (Socrates) - Was Here Come the Brides loosely based on Seven Brides for Seven Brothers? I'm trying to remember if I've seen that one . . .

    Barbara - Every Sunday I had to watch Solid Gold Dancers--I'd pick out a brunette dancer and imagine it was me in her place. :-) And I really enjoyed The Dukes of Hazard. Boy, these answers sure bring back memories!

    Diana - How fun! I would love to be able to see shows for free through work. Unfortunately, I don't have that type of job. My husband and I do love going to the theater though to watch musicals now and then.

    Kay - Bewitched was one of my favorites too. I wanted to name my daughter Samantha but my husband said no. LOL

  13. I love, love, love Tigerheart! I don't know which edition you have, but if it's the mass market paperback, I'm blurbed in the reviews section. :)

  14. Little kid growing up? Scooby Doo.
    Later on it was Partridge Family, The Newhart Show, Brady Bunch, Wild Kingdom, The Wonderful World of Disney (Sunday Nights), Columbo, and the Monkees.

  15. As a kid Inspector Gadget, as a teen X-Files. is still remember that first episode airing and everyone at school talking about how freaked we were!

    Like your friday fill ins. Hope your reading roll continues! I am in a little reading slump mostly because the book I need to read is a reference book and I have no motivation for it currently.

  16. I know I'm dating myself here but when we first got a TV, I was about 6 or 7 and we'd watch The Lawrence Welk Show on Saturday nights and I'd dance to the slow songs with my dad and I just loved that!

    This weekend? It'll be my first without my granddaughter, Kylie, for quite some time so I plan on just relaxing and correcting the Journal Projects my students passed in yesterday. Each one consists of 12 poems they wrote over the course of the class and each page has to be designed to honor the writing. These are a pleasure to correct.

  17. Carrie - I'm so glad you enjoyed Tigerheart, Carrie! I'm afraid I don't have the mass market edition. I may have to go searching for it though just so I can see your blurb. :-)

    Jaimie - I used to watch Scooby Doo too! Columbo was one of my favorites. My love for crime fiction began at a very young age. :-)

    Caspette - I still sing the Inspector Gadget theme now and then. :-) My husband was big into the X-Files and got me hooked when we were in college.

    Reference books are hard to get into. :-S I hope your slump eases up soon.

    Linda - What a great memory to have--you and your dad dancing together as you watched the show. Definitely moments to treasure.

    I hope you enjoy your weekend. I bet you'll miss Kylie although it will be nice to have the weekend to yourself as well. The project your grading does sound like it will be interesting to review.

  18. Scooby Doo for sure...and it is still a favorite to this day. I can always sit down and watch an episode with my children. The book you are reading sounds very interesting so I'll be looking forward to hearing your thoughts when you finish!

  19. Samantha - Scooby Doo is still on? That's good news. Maybe I can watch it with my daughter. :-)

  20. Wow... Favorite television show... First things that come to mind are Brady Bunch, Gilligans Island, Hogan's Heros.... It depends on which era of my growing up?! How about LOVE BOAT? :)

  21. Care - Of course, The Love Boat! I used to watch that all the time. :-)

    Alice - It's so true, isn't it, Alice?


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