Thursday, October 09, 2008
I’ve seen this series of questions floating around the ‘net the last few days, and thought it looked like a good one for us!
What was the last book you bought?
Took me 29 years, but I finally came across a hardback copy of Margaret Drabble's The Realms of Gold over the weekend. I found it in Crow Books in Burlington, Vermont, and I was so thrilled by the find that I also bought a store T-shirt.
Name a book you have read MORE than once
E. M. Forster's Howards End
Kate Atkinson's Human Croquet
Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun
Joseph Campbell's Myths to Live By
How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews
For all those reasons and several more. I swear sometimes it seems to happen by osmosis.
Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
Most loved/memorable character (character/book)
Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Nadeem Aslam's The Wasted Vigil
Susan Jacoby's The Age of American Unreason
Rebecca West's This Real Night
Sana Krasikov's One More Year
David Foster Wallace's Oblivion
Haven Kimmel's Iodine
Mecklenburg County Board of Elections's Precinct Management Manual
What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?
Michael Greenberg's Hurry Down Sunshine. I read it on the plane going to Vermont.
Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
Most recently: David Rabe's Dinosaurs on the Roof.
I appear to have given up on Les Miserables, but I will eventually get around to finishing it.
Booking Through Thursday
How can it be Thursday already?