Robin M Posted January 22, 2017 Share Posted January 22, 2017 (edited) Happy Sunday my lovelies! This is the beginning of week 4 in our quest to read 52 books. Welcome back to all our readers, to those just joining in and all who are following our progress. Mr. Linky is all set up on the [/size]52 Books blog to link to your reviews. The link is also below in my signature.[/size] 52 Books Blog - The Shape of Culture: Does where or when you were born really matter or is it who you are born to that shapes you? How much does the culture of family, your community, your town play into your thoughts, ideas and speech? The south is ingrained in my soul. Iâ€™ve lived in California now for more than half my life but Iâ€™ll always be a southerner at heart. Iâ€™m a bundle of contradictions, my speech riddled with hey and howdy and yâ€™all along with like and awesome and dude. When I was in the fifth grade, we moved to California. Culture shock. Iâ€™d left behind friendly voices, the refrain of â€œYâ€™all come back now, ya hearâ€ and chit chat at the check-out counter, exchanging it for bored clerks who ignored me while they chatted among themselves. The kids all looked at me funny and asked why I talked so weird, their speech peppered with you guys and you knowâ€™s and here you go. â€œWhat guys and no, I donâ€™t know and where am I going?â€ I didnâ€™t know I had an accent and that I talked with a twang, dropping my gâ€™s both cominâ€™ and goinâ€™. About a year after we moved, one of my sisterâ€™s friends called. On my gosh, is that what I sounded like? Just imagine Hee Haw and youâ€™ll get it because it just doesnâ€™t translate to paper. I was so happy when we moved south to Georgia, back to the land of yâ€™all and hey and friendly smiles. No one was a stranger, the ever present gnats at dusk making everyone think you were waving at them. Football and bowling, stealing the other schoolâ€™s mascot, cruising through Sonic and playing video games at the arcade. Pigging out on Krystalâ€™s mini burgers and Churchâ€™s fried chicken. All sounds a little like American Graffiti. Carefree high school days. Iâ€™ve been in California over 30 years now and the minute I hear anyone talking with a southern drawl, I slip right back into it seamlessly. There are times I have to concentrate, speaking precisely, reminding myself not to forget those gâ€™s at the end of ing and that not everyone likes to be called hon or sugar. And Lord a mercy, when Iâ€™m plumb tuckered out and I still have to fix supper; when Iâ€™d ruther rest my feet and sit a spell, and have my son fetch me a drink, I sit back and wonder why the gal at the cafÃ© annoyed me so much when she called me hon. Soâ€¦What does this have to do with books, you ask? This week your mission is to learn more about local and/or popular culture. You can even let a friend choose a book for you. Either of which would satisfy a couple spots on the bingo card. There are a wide variety of books to choose from. Check out Goodreads list of Popular Culture Books or Ideas.Ted.com Guide to Reading the World or watch Ann Morgan's My Year Reading Books from Every Country. Happy exploring! What are you reading this Week Link to week 3 Edited January 29, 2017 by Robin M 28 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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