Well, it’s that time of year again: the stores are full of chocolates, red and pink decorations abound, and if you’re not careful, Cupid might get you with his trusty bow and arrow. That’s right, Valentine’s Day approacheth! Joleene Naylor, one of the wonderful members of the Ink Slingers League, is hosting a little blog hop celebrating the loveliest of holidays and the loveliest of pastimes, reading! Here, then, be my entry for the I ♥ Books Blog Hop! 🙂
Valentine’s Day is not the only special February day in the Kauffman house. February 10 is a pretty special day, too. February 10 is the anniversary of my first date with Seymour an unbelievable five years ago. And February 16 is his birthday, so that’s another special day. I can hear you all now: What the heck does your first date have to do with Star Trek and Valentine’s Day, let alone books? Well, if you know us, or if you’ve been reading my rambling scribblings here for long enough, you’ll know that it was Star Trek that brought Seymour and me together (among other things, like small-town curiosity (okay, fine, small-town nosiness)).
On our first date at the local pizza place, we ran into my kindergarten teacher, who stopped to chat for a moment and asked if we were out for Valentine’s. We said no, and I’m pretty sure my face turned an impressive shade of red as I stammered the word, because I was far too embarrassed to admit that we had never met prior to our date (blind dates – ya gotta love ’em). I was also embarrassed because in our town at that time, admitting that you had met someone online was akin to having met them at a bar – it just wasn’t done. Thank goodness that stigma is fading. 🙂
Anyway, Star Trek. Love it. Can’t get enough of it. And Seymour didn’t believe me! So I did what anyone would do: I quoted it to him. Then I told him who said the line, who the character was talking to, what episode the line came from, what happened immediately before and after the line, and threw in some other random trivia to boot.
Seymour promptly asked for a second date. We were married about eighteen months later.
But it’s not just the shows and the movies we love (well, except for that last one…don’t get me started on the reboot…), it’s the books, too. My favorite of all the series is Voyager, so naturally, those were the books that I gravitated toward. They have pride of place on my bookshelf – they actually rated a higher shelf than my Jane Austen novels. Every time I went into Waldenbooks as a teenager, I made a beeline for the sci-fi section to see if they had any new Voyager books in. Sometimes they did, and sometimes they didn’t. They were always hidden amongst the plethora of other Star Trek books available, and those were always drowning in Star Wars books, it seemed, especially after the second movie trilogy came out.
So, which are my favorites? There are three that come immediately to mind (and I’m going to list them in no particular order). One of them is a Captain Proton book whose exact title I forget, but I loved the Captain Proton episodes, so that one is an automatic favorite. The second one is called The Hologram’s Handbook. Written by the Doctor, who was one of my favorite characters, it is a hilarious look at life as a hologram in a world full of “organics.”
The third, and I think the one I’ve read most often, is called Pathways. Written by Jeri Taylor, one of the co-creators of Star Trek: Voyager, the book tells the backstories of the members of Captain Janeway’s crew and is one of my favorite books ever. As a matter of fact, I think of it often, especially lately with all the talk of the e-book revolution and whether or not the printed book will go the way of the dinosaurs. If you’ve not read any of these books, I strongly recommend that you do. They are wonderful stories all. In fact, there are many wonderful Star Trek novels available to take you where no man has gone before. If you need a vacation, why not try outer space?
And now for the hop! To visit all the other wonderful blogs taking part in this fun little blog hop, just click on that happy little guy below. He’ll take you to the list of participating blogs. Have a hoppy day! 🙂
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