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Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2006 - 11:02 p.m.

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Amazon Recommends and Recommends and Reeeeecommends...

OMG have you ever gotten stuck on the's "recommendations for you" pages? Everytime it comes up with a page of recommendations (and darn good ones I tell ya, based on what you already have rated, put in your wish list, bought or checked off that you own), you can check ones you own already and rate them, and refresh the list and it gives you MORE! aack!

I have been here for ages. I am astounded how many books it recommends that I love, and music. Dang. I forgot how much Jonathan Richman and Dr. Seuss I own. And who knew there were so many Edward Gorey books available?? Anyways I am totally hooked.

I am trying to set up a sort of "call for a story" little side business... I am making up posters and cards to give out for parents to call me to read their kids stories in their homes. My books or theirs. I have a helluva lot of kids books, either ones from my childhood, faves from my childhood I have bought as an adult, or books I have bought new lately or at the library book sale. The annual book sale is this coming friday and for once I will go with the idea to buy books to read out loud to different ages of kids instead of books for reference material (which is what I bought in the past). They have the sale every year in this huge arena, tables and tables of books they keep refreshing as they are sold. You shove the books in boxes... they are 50cents per kids book and $1 per adult book. Many beautiful books, most hardcover library bound. Many of the adult ones are coffeetable books. Huge illustrated tomes. It is boggling. And so hard not to fill up the whole car... where does one put them when one gets home?? I admit I would like to add another level of shelves or two just below the ceiling. My Billy shelves I bought last year at Christmas are totally jammed, as is any other bookshelf I own.

Anyways, I want to get a nice big basket, line it with material, put a huge bow, and then when parents call me, I can ask the age and interest of the kid and put in a good ten books or so, and go off to read for an hour. That is the idea anyways.

I can do it in English or French, though I am more aware of English kids books. I don't think there is an equivalent to the easy early readers like the Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat books in French. They have fewer one-syllable, one-vowel words in French. All them dipthongs or whatever they are called (eek, that looks like some sort of skimpy bathingsuit for near-skinny-dipping!).

And I thought I could read to older kids... chapter books, and have kids learning to read read out loud to me to help them practice. And also I could do second language reading... reading simple books in their second language while speaking to them in their first to explain the books. I could even read to adults and the elderly. I really do enjoy reading out loud, and anyone who knows me knows that people would likely drop off to sleep or something before my voice gives out. I am a marathon talker.

OK, that is the entry for today.

It was a miserably wet cold day and I was bumming most of the day. Just feeling draggy and procrastinating. I should have been doing a comics page for someone else's website but I am devoid of ideas and interest. I should have been doing my quarterly tax report (yeah, you can see the interest sparked there eh?) I should have finished my comics page myself but mostly read the newspaper at the coffeeshop. I did do two loads of laundry, and get stuck on the amazon site. hah!

Better luck tomorrow. It is supposed to be sunny. That should help.

Have a good night!

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