I’m enjoying a quiet weekend, catching up on email and all things ‘book related’ while hiding out inside to escape the heatwave. I have written eight reviews, secured a few books for the MMBC and am feeling a sense of accomplishment.  I’m catching up and it feels great!

Early June I read the questionnaire below on Helen’s Book Blog – I love reading her blog and thought it would be fun to share my answers.

I would love to hear your answers to any/all of the questions below, leave a comment or link (if you decide to share your answers on your blog).

Here we go!
Which book has been on your shelf the longest? Good to a Fault (2008 release).  I bought this novel while traveling to Canada a few years ago, I find the best books when I travel to Canada (well written/crafted).  It’s a cancer story, M was in remission when I bought it but I haven’t been able to read it.  I hope to read it one day since I hear it’s beautifully written.

What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next? I’m reading Rules of Civility (enjoying it), just finished Jerusalem Maiden (loved it), and can’t wait to read A Year and Six Seconds (memoir, sequel to Happens Every Day).

What book did everyone like and you hated? This may surprise you but I didn’t finish Cutting for Stone.  I wish I didn’t waste my time reading One Day but will most likely see the movie, I’m interested to see how they tell a story told just one day a year, over years and years…. I can’t imagine how they will do it and stay true to the book.

Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t? I have been meaning to read all of Jane Austen’s novels but after reading Sense and Sensibility…. I don’t think I will read more. A book needs more than beautiful writing to keep me engaged and since I have seen the movies… I’m just not interested. Gasp!

Last page: read it first or wait till the end? I have never thought to read the last page first.  I knew a gal from book club who always read the last page before starting a book.  I never understood why and she wasn’t able to explain it to me. 🙂

Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside? I read the acknowledgments and often discover something about the author or novel along the way.

Which book character would you switch places with? It’s a nonfiction book so… she’s not a character.  I admire Lisa Shannon from A Thousand Sisters.   I hope when I look back on life that I’m am to say I made a difference in someones life.

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)? I have strong emotions to books with mothers who leave/abandon families, something I don’t need to relive again and again. I also had a strong reaction to the first several chapters of The Pilot’s Wife, which I read just after a traumatic experience in my family.

Which book has been with you to the most places?Words to Live By travels with me everywhere. My copy is five/six years old, stuffed with notes and photos.  A treasure that keeps me grounded.

Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad ten years later? Since I have only reread one book, The Poisonwood Bible, I can’t answer this question but I can tell you that I didn’t enjoy Animal Farm one bit.  I’m sure I would still feel the same way today.

Used or brand new? I prefer new but will read gently used.

Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses? I haven’t read any of his novels, or watched his movies….

Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book? Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  Gasp… dare I say I loved the latest version with Keira Knightly so much more that the version with Colin Firth!

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Meme: books, books and more books!

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