Tuesday, June 7, 2011

All About Books

1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
Aside from my name-stamped, white leather bound KJV? Probably my Anne of Green Gables set.

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you'll read next?
I just finished The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I'm still in the middle of Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston but I only pick it up from time to time. After I get through my last assignment I will greedily dive into Room by Emma Donoghue.

3. What book did everyone like and you hated?
I remember in middle school everyone but me liked Goosebumps.

4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't?
War and Peace - I mean, really...

5. Name three authors who feature strongly in your reading history:
Robin McKinley, Robin Jones Gunn, Jane Austen.

6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?
I never read the last page first. Ever.

7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?
I don't always pay a lot of attention...one I read recently, though, dedicated the book to women who were abused, and urged them to get out of their situation. The book was about a woman who had created a new life for herself after running from an abusive husband.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?
(I answered this last - it's so hard!) It would be fun to be Thursday Next! My second, more serious choice is Christy Huddleston from Catherine Marshall's Christy.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?
Oh gosh, this is hard with 90% of my collection in boxes in Canada. I collected two series by Robin Jones Gunn, "Christy Miller" and "Sierra Jensen" - those are very evocative of my teens.

10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.
When I was 18 I was published in a poetry anthology, and received two copies for me and one copy for my high school library. It's called Bytes of Poetry: a Lovestories.com Anthology.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
I *got* a book from my sister as a gift when I graduated with my undergrad - The Law of Dreams by Peter Behrens. I'm sure I've done the opposite but can't think of an example just now.

12. Which book has been with you to the most places?
Julie by Catherine Marshall. Three provinces, three countries, 17 years. And the first time I finished it I was on a plane, and I bawled. Thankfully I was the only one still awake on the flight.

13. Any "required reading" you hated in high school that wasn't so bad ten years later?
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

14. What is the strangest item you've ever found in a book?
Nothing comes to mind, which is odd considering how many years I worked in a thrift shop. Too bad, this is a good question.

15. Used or brand new?
Depends how badly I want it! I love browsing in used bookstores and used to work in one. But I will buy new if it's just come out and I can't get it for Kindle.

16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses?
I ...um... haven't read any Stephen King. Except a few chapters of "On Writing."

17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
I'm leaning toward Time Traveler's Wife, but if I could count a musical instead of a movie, I LOVED the musical version of WICKED and barely slogged through the book.

18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid?
Alex Rider: Stormbreaker. I caught the last half on TV and it was terrible. Bill Nighy was its only redeeming quality. I haven't read the books.

19. Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?
Oh yes. In fact I remember two:
Sunshine by Robin McKinley - had me craving cinnamon rolls
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie - there is no way you can read this and NOT make chicken marsala

20. Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take?
Probably my best friend's, but she doesn't read fantasy or regency romance, so she won't always take my advice!

21. What's the first book you remember really loving?
Oh What a Busy Day! My sister and I wore it out.


  1. #1--Remember when we went to Cavendish??
    #3--I didn't like them either :(
    #7--wow...oh...wow wow.
    #8--oh Christy...
    #9--oh yep yep...lots of books here.
    #11--Is it aqful that I have absolutely no recollection of this?!!?
    #21--Gyo Fujikawa!! OMG! How we loved that book!! It had like electricians tape on the spine...

  2. PS--the word it asked me to verify to post the above comment was "pukeyedd".

  3. Lol at your word verification. Pammy, the book you gave me for grad was recommended to you by someone, I think at Munros? Don't feel bad.