Collective Nounitude: Owls

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Owls

Rainbow Owls by ~life-take used with permission under  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license

Rainbow Owls by ~life-take (DeviantART) used with permission under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license

Most Common:

A Parliment of Owls

Alternatives:

A Stare of Owls

A Company of Owls

A Wisdom of Owls

A Study of Owls

A Shit of Owls –¬† ūüė¶

An Athena of Owls

My suggestions:

A Hoot of Owls

A Silence of Owls (while flying)

A Spectacle of Owls

Hipster Owls by *thesimplyLexi (DeviantART) used with permission under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license

Hipster Owls by *thesimplyLexi (DeviantART) used with permission under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license

Reason for choice:

Ah….coz I obviously really dig owls?

Sources:

Wikipedia

www.ojohaven.com/collectives/

collectivenoun.co.uk

www.hintsandthings.co.uk/kennel/collectives.htm

all-sorts.org

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Notable Quotable #48

Downside was a small, small world. Chances were the person you robbed on Tuesday would be dating your neighbor on Thursday.

Adventures in Etymology: Griffin

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Griffin

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Reason for Adventure

Two characters in two different books I was reading had the name Griffin – Mrs Griffin in The Thief of Always by Clive Barker, and Elder Griffin in Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane. Also Griffins (Gryphons/Griffons) are ace ūüôā

Dictionary.com Definitions/Origins

1.

Form:
Noun Classical Mythology.
Definition:
A fabled monster, usually having the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.
Also, griffon, gryphon.
Origin:
1300‚Äď50; Middle English griffoun ¬†< Middle French grifon ¬†< Latin gr»≥phus ¬†< Greek gr»≥p- ¬†(stem of gr»≥ŐĀps ) curled, curved, having a hooked nose

2.

Form:
Noun (in India and the East)
Definition:
A newcomer, especially a white person from a Western country.
Origin:
1785‚Äď95; ¬†origin uncertain

3.

Form:
Noun
Definition:
1. a city in W Georgia. *Note: there is also a place called Griffin in Queensland, Australia*
2. a male given name.

Source:
griffin. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved February 20, 2013, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/griffin

Online Etymology Dictionary Information

griffin (n.)

c.1200 (as a surname), from Old French grifon “a bird of prey,” also “fabulous bird of Greek mythology” (with head and wings of an eagle, body and hind quarters of a lion, believed to inhabit Scythia and guard its gold), from Late Latin gryphus, misspelling of grypus, variant of gryps (genitive grypos), from Greek gryps (genitive grypos) “curved, hook-nosed,” in reference to its beak.

Klein suggests a Semitic source, “through the medium of the Hittites,” and cites Hebrew kerubh “a winged angel,” Akkad. karibu, epithet of the bull-colossus (see cherub). The same or an identical word was used, with uncertain connections, in mid-19c. Louisiana to mean “mulatto” (especially one one-quarter or two-fifths white) and in India from late 18c. to mean “newly arrived European.”

Source:
Harper, D. (2012). Online etymology dictionary. Retrieved February 20, 2013, from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=griffin&allowed_in_frame=0

The 2012 Book Polygamist Awards!

Welcome one and all; ladies and gentlemen, and those in between; Bookbaggers of all shapes, sizes and reading patterns, to the 2nd Annual Book Polygamist Awards!

Last year the awards graduated from a simple jotting in my book journal, or list on Facebook, to its inaugural seat on Book Polygamist, and here they will stay for the¬†foreseeable¬†future ūüôā

As with last years Awards there are the Annual Awards, which are the same each year, and the Special Awards, which reflect the uniqueness of the books that year (with a few which may also be repeated annually depending on what I read)

So without further ado I present The 2012 Book Polygamist Awards!!!

Annual Awards

Shortest Read:curses and blessings

Curses and Blessings for All Occasions by Bradley Trevor Greive Рapproximately 20 minutes

Honorable Mentions:

The Bippolo Seed and other Lost Stories by Dr Seuss РApproximately 1 hour off and on

Blue by Pat Grant РApproximately 2 hours

Longest Read:

Blood, Guts and Whiskey

Blood, Guts & Whiskey (Anthology) by Various Р40 weeks and 3 days!! O.O

Honorable Mentions:

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen Р25 weeks

Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe Р41 weeks, 4 days and counting!!! -.-

Most Books Read by a Single Author:

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Cassandra Clare & Suzanne Collins Р3 books each
(Cassandra Clare: City of Bones; City of Ashes; and City of Glass.
Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games; Catching Fire; and Mockingjay)

Best “New” Author Award:

Each year I try to discover new authors (that is authors that are new to me) and then at the end of the year I compile a list of ones that I want to read more of, and choose one “winner” from that list.¬†This year was a tricky one because I read quite a few debut authors, authors I had never discovered before, and starts to a series, but in the end I went with the author I was the most excited to discover, and one who had a significant backlog of works for me to feast on in the near future ūüôā

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Tom Robbins (Still Life With Woodpecker)

Honorable Mentions:

Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus)

Cassandra Clare (the Mortal Instruments series)

Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games series)

Lauren Groff (the Monsters of Templeton)

Gail Carriger (Soulless)

Special Awards

The Best End to a Series Award:

Unusually this year I only came to the end of one series, but it was such a good one I thought it deserved a reward. Unfortunately it is on its lonesome without any¬†honorable¬†mentions, but hopefully I will finish a series or two this year ūüôā

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The Best Start to a Series Award:Soulless_by_Gail_Carriger

Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate, Book 1) by Gail Carriger

Honorable Mentions:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

The Longest and Strangest Title Award:still life with woodpecker

Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

Honorable Mention:

The Bippolo Seed and other Lost Stories by Dr Seuss

The You’ve Gained Another Fangirl! Award:

As I said in my Top 10 Reads of 2012¬†this past year will go down in my own personal history as the year I was¬†initiated¬†into the Hunger Games Fandom, which¬†definitely¬†warrants¬†a Special Award ūüėÄ

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The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Tick That Off The Bucket List Award:

2012 will also be memorable because I finally read one of the books from my Top 10 Classics I Want to Read list. Since just recently I started reading Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, which was second on the list, reading all 10 may actually happen! Huzzah!

To Kill a Mockingbird

 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Blue Award:

Another highlight of the year was my Blue Period which was both an amusing coincidental reading pattern, and a shock out of my reading rut, leading me to some of my top reads of the year. Because of this I must acknowledge the book/graphic novel that started it all, as well as the other blue covered darlings that made the pattern possible.

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Blue by Pat Grant

Honorable Mentions:

Curses and Blessings for All Occasions by Bradley Trevor Greive

The Bippolo Seed and other Lost Stories by Dr Seuss

The Templeton Twins: Have An Idea by Ellis Weiner

Best Cover Art:The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus front cover. Image used with permission of Aleksandra @ Aleksandra's Corner

The Night Circus front cover. Images used with permission of Aleksandra @ Aleksandra’s Corner

The Night Circus back cover. Seriously go check out Aleksandra's Corner http://my-book-obsession.blogspot.com.au/

The Night Circus back cover. Seriously go check out Aleksandra’s Corner: my-book-obsession.blogspot.com.au

Honorable Mentions:

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

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The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

2012 has had its ups and downs, and while I may not have read the quantity of books I have come to expect, the quality of most of the books has been excellent. This has also been a year which sparked wonderfully fun new features such as the (now sadly deceased)¬†Save The Words Saturdays; Notable Quotables; and Micro Reviews from Planet Procrastination, as well as the subsequent rise in followers, comments and likes these features have caused. For this I am grateful and I say a sincere thank you to all of my delicious, hilarious and loyal Bookbaggers, both new and old who have supported me in 2012 and beyond ūüôā

Now almost 2 months into 2013 I already have high hopes for this year and cannot wait to see how it unfolds.

I hope you all read some wonderful, award-worthy books in 2012 and the remainder of your 2013 is fantabulous (or your own made up adjective for wonderfulness ūüôā )!

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Notable Quotable #45

Time would be precious from now on. It would tick by, of course, as it always had, but Harvey was determined he wouldn’t waste it with sighs and complaints. He’d fill every moment with the seasons he’d found in his heart. Hopes like birds on a spring branch; happiness like a warm summer sun; magic like the rising mists of autumn. And best of all love; love enough for a thousand Christmases.

  • The Thief of Always by Clive Barker, pg. 202 (last few lines of the book)the thief of always