Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Book Meme

Ricky sent this to me and I thought I'd post it, just for something a little different.

1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?

Well, this depends on if we're talking children's books, because I have some of those that have been around a while, or if we're talking adult books. Children's books, I'll go with either my Raggedy Ann and Andy books or A Peaceable Kingdom: The Shaker Abecedarius. I've had both since before I could even read. Adult books: I'll go with my L.M. Montgomery books; I've had them since about age 9 or 10.

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?

Current read: Doctor Zhivago (which is taking me forever to get through, although I got a lot read yesterday, while sick)
Last read: The Eight by Katherine Neville...really good
Next read: The Best American Short Stories of 2008

3. What book did everyone like and you hated?

Okay, I didn't HATE it, but I really just didn't get into Pride and Prejudice.

4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Anything else by Hemingway. HATE Hemingway.

5. Which book are you saving for “retirement?”

At the rate I'm reading, all of them. But, really, nothing in particular.

6. Last page: read it first or wait til the end?

Oh my gosh, wait till the end! I'm so obsessive-compulsive that reading it first would kill me.

7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?

I like the acknowledgements and I'll at least peek at them. If they are too boring, I won't slog through.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

Hmm, I'd like to be Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?

Any of the L.M. Montgomery books remind me of my aunt, who introduced them to me, and make me think of the last time I read them straight through, which was in April and May of 2002, right before I made the decision to go to law school.

10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.

My friend Greer and I traded: my copy of Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things for her copy of The Talented Mr. Ripley.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?

Well, I loaned Sophie's World to my friend Susanna after a nasty break-up, when she needed something to keep her mind occupied.

12. Which book has been with you to the most places?

Probably The Stand, which was with me in Ohio, Georgia, Oregon, and Florida. It finally got Mooched away to another home, too.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad ten years later?

I haven't re-read much from high school. Maybe if I DO give Hemingway another go, I'll appreciate him much more now. Most of my re-reads have been things I loved, like Jane Eyre and To Kill a Mockingbird. Although it wasn't required reading, I couldn't make it through The Lord of the Rings back then, but loved it when I read it last year.

14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?

Nothing too weird. Bookmarks, notes, etc.

15. Used or brand new?

Used, if I can get it. It's cheaper and more eco-friendly. But, if not, I'll buy it new. That way, I support the authors and publishers and insure they stay around!

16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses?

I've not read much Stephen King, but I couldn't put The Stand down.

17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?

Can't think of one. I like to read the book first, and the movie almost never stands up to the book.

18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid?

Most of them.

19. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Any of my bloggy friends!

Not going to tag anyone, but if anyone is interested, please feel free to steal this meme! I got it from Ricky, who got it from
Book Group Buzz and/or Booklist Online.


Iliana said...

I love reading book memes. I hope you'll enjoy Best American Short Stories 08. I really liked some of the stories in that collection. Unfortunately I had to return it to the library without finishing it but I may have to check it out again.

Lexi said...


That meme was fun and the first one for me! I'm sure I'll love Best American Short Stories. I can't wait to dive into it.