Thursday, October 09, 2008

Book Meme

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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?

Character development.

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?


  1. I've never been able to read on a plane--too much going on. I can flip through a magazine, but I need fewer interruptions to enjoy reading.

  2. Anonymous8:54 AM

    Ditto on character development =)
    I really like the quote in your sidebar. *adds to collection*

  3. Anonymous1:00 PM

    I love Kate Atkinson!

    I haven't read Human Croquet but it bodes well that you've read it more than once!

  4. Johnny Got His Gun--a very powerful book!

  5. Anonymous12:15 PM

    You must have a big nightstand, to hold all those books you listed!

    I read/reviewed *Hurry Down Sunshine*. I found it to be a well-written honest memoir.

  6. You're like me. I can't stand to read just book at a time. I did BTT early and had it automatically post so I wasn't able to add my url to the list or visit others until now. So just wanted to let you know I've read your BTT and that mine's here if you want to read it.


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