RULES: You must be honest. You must answer all the questions. You must tag at least 4 people.
1. What book has been on your shelf the longest? If I'm not counting children's picture books, junior fiction, or middle grade fiction, then it would be my copy of Robin Hood by Henry Gilbert. I bought it at a rummage sale when I was 7 or 8, too young to quite read it, but so fascinated with Robin Hood that I tried anyway.
The binding was already messed up when I got it, and my fervent loving didn't help it any. There's actually no copyright or printing date inside! Just says "Books, INC. Publishers, New York."
2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next? I'm currently reading Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash (a collection of short stories) and The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend by Glenn Frankel. The last book I finished reading was The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson. And if I ever finish the books I'm reading right now, I'll start Hood by Stephen Lawhead.
3. What book did everyone like, but you hated? Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I don't so much hate it as have a great distaste for all but one of the main characters. And I know a lot of people who love it. I refused to see the movie for years, but finally got persuaded to watch it, and whaddaya know? I loved the movie!
4. What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't? Oh, probably something by Charles Dickens. I tell myself I will read all his books, but there will probably be one or two that I just die without ever getting around to.
5. What book are you saving for retirement? Possibly Don Quixote or Moby-Dick. Or War and Peace. I've been meaning to read those for years and years, but haven't gotten to them yet. I certainly hope I'll read them before I'm retirement age, but at this rate....
6. Last page: read it first, or wait 'til the end? Wait for the end! On the very rarest of rare occasions, I will skip to the end -- I can remember doing this once in the last forever. I did flip to the back of And Now Tomorrow by Rachel Field to be sure that it would end basically the way the movie did, because if it didn't, I would be angry.
7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside? Um, yeah, I tend to skim or skip.
8. Which book character would you switch places with? Dr. Watson! I would LOVE to be Sherlock Holmes' trusty sidekick, chronicler, and friend.
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?) So many! I attach memories to objects, so most of the books I own hold some kind of memory for me. To pick one, The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King reminds me of several specific VeggieTales songs (and the songs remind me of it) because, when my son was very young, I would let him watch five Silly Songs a day on YouTube, and he picked the same ones over and over. I would sit by the computer with him on my lap and read while he watched. "Monkey" and "The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo" are particularly linked to that book in my head.
10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way. Hmm. Um. Hmm. I think I've acquired all my books in pretty normal ways -- by buying them or getting them as gifts. I've never stolen a book, or had one sent to me by a secret admirer, or found one on a train. Oh! I know! When we were little kids, we used to get books from our church's library, and when my little brother was like two, he scribbled all over inside one of the books. And got in biiiiiiiiiiiiig trouble, believe you me. So my parents bought a replacement copy for the church library, and then we got to keep the ruined one, only they didn't want to give it to my brother because that would be like a reward for being naughty, so they gave it to me. Which means I have a copy of this book because my brother vandalized it:
11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person? Yes.
12. Which book has been with you most places? Every book I got before the age of 4 and still own has gone from Iowa to Michigan, to North Carolina, to Minnesota, to Wisconsin, to Connecticut, to Virginia.
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad later? Not exactly. I didn't have a lot of "required reading" in high school -- I was homeschooled, and my mom basically gave me this list of great books and said, "Read at least half of these over the next four years." So I did. But I got to pick and choose. There were books I read that I disliked -- especially Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte -- but I disliked them so much, I've never felt the urge to re-read them.
However! There are two books that are often "required reading" for people who are in high school that I first read after I was already done with high school and really disliked. They're The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. First time I read them, blech. Second time, wow. In fact, I like them so much now that I lead a read-along for Old Man a couple of years ago, and I'm leading a read-along of Gatsby in June.
14. Used or brand new? Both!
15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book? No. What a weirdly specific question.
16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book? Inkheart, but I said that already. Oh, I know! North and South. I like the book, but I love the movie way more. This is almost entirely Brendan Coyle's fault.
17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included? So many. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Lizzy & Jane and A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. And don't get me started on cookbooks :-9
18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take? My mom. If she says I'll like a book, I pretty much always do.
19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving? Okay, so... I read almost every genre. I've even dipped a very hesitant toe into horror. I've never read a bodice-ripper, though I did read a couple of Victoria Holt books in college that got way more swoony than I needed. So what is my comfort zone? I mean, mysteries are my favorites, and I love historical fiction and classics. But I'll also read fantasy and sci-fi and chick lit. Hmm. And it has to be one I ended up loving. Hmmmmm. I guess I'll go with the Harry Potter books, because I didn't like the first one when I read it in college, but then I tried them again a few years later and, once I got past the first book, started really getting into them, and now I love the series. Does that work?
I hereby tag:
Abby P. at Lavender Spring
Kathryn at The Language of Writing
Oliva at Meanwhile, in Rivendell...
Meredith at On Stories and Words
Miss March at Sunshiny Corner
Play if you want to!