Monday, September 18, 2006

Flaubert, Rousseau, and Little Ol' Me

"We have fun being social rejects."
"I know," I said as gently as I could. I was using empathy, because I didn't want to hurt his feelings. "I just . . . I'm tired of being a Steph, you know?"

Meg Cabot, How to be Popular, p.123.

It's my first individual meme tag, thanks to Mayberry! The scoop: Tell us the 5th through 8th sentences on page 123 of the book nearest you.

Like Mayberry, I had to default to my nightstand for a book. My home office does have a bunch of books, but the ones nearest me are all research references on historical dance and etiquette, not things I'm actively reading.

Meg Cabot is the author of the fabulously successful Princess Diaries, great adult novels, plus an entertaining blog. The premise of her latest book is that a high schooler finds and reads an old etiquette book entitled, "How to be Popular," and antics ensue when her current friends feel threatened by her growing popularity. So, it did tie back to the books in my office after all!

I'm feeling a little goofy. Mayberry is reading Flaubert, HBM is reading Rousseau, and I'm reading . . . . a teen novel!

I tag SwingDaddy, Lady O, Momma to LG, and Kari, if you feel like playing. YF – if you've managed to work through the craziness to get connected to the internet again, come play too!


Jenny said...

I got tagged on this awhile ago. I was reading Delta of the Venus.

In other

A teen novel would be a step up for me.

bubandpie said...

Oh, my goodness, it's scary how well this meme lends itself to a commentary on the current state of the blogosphere! I thought you were doing some kind of really clever and pointed satire, and then I realized "Oh, it's just the p. 123 meme!" (Or was it?????)

bubandpie said...

I just clicked over and re-read HBM's comment on Mayberry's post - hmmm, another strangely apt allusion to blogging. Is it coincidence? Or a message from God?

Mamacita Tina said...

Mine would be from a gardening book, as I'm trying desperately to find low maintenance plants to replace high maintenace/overgrown ones. I envy you reading a novel, teen ones can be fun.

Mayberry said...

I have to confess that I am supposed to be reading Flaubert, for next week's book club, but I have not gotten past page viii yet. In other words, I have not started.

Binkytown said...

Sweet. A good book tip AND a blog tip. Thanks!

Lady M said...

Jenny - oh, that would be a good story. Did you post the sentences, or did it not suit a family-friendly blog?

Bubandpie - I wasn't nearly clever enough to write that as satire, but you are right, that really suits some of the current chatter! Combined with HBM's reading, it's definitely a sign of something. Might need to post on that further.

Mamacita Tina - I have given up on our plants, so the only one that looks good is the silk fern. Good luck with finding new ones!

Mayberry - Thanks, you make me feel a little better.

Binkytown - you're welcome!

Occidental Girl said...

I love that this has to do with books. Can I do this, even though I wasn't tagged? According to the book you're reading, does this mean I will be popular??? :)