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Questions and Answers about Books A to Z!!!

This list of questions about books was shared by  Deb’s Despatches A Bookish A to Z.  Below are the questions she shared with my answers:

Author You’ve Read the Most Books From: Carolyn Keene!!! Remember her? I’ve also read all the books of Jane Austen, the Brontes, Barbara Kingsolver, Anne Tyler and a number of other authors I can’t remember at the moment.  Jodi Picoult. I love it that her books are so well researched in different areas and I find myself delving into areas I would otherwise not examine––like a mixture of fiction and nonfiction. If I find a book I like I read every book I can find by the same author.

Best Sequel: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Currently ReadingThe Missing Sister, Book 7 of The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley,

Drink Choice While Reading: Ice water in my special stainless steel thermal cup that keeps it cold all night.

E reader or physical book: Audible books

Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school: Mr. Darcy

Glad You Gave this Book a Chance: The Story of O. I usually don’t like blatantly sexual books, but this one had a sensual beauty about it. Read it a long time ago. Perhaps I’d feel differently about it now.

Hidden Gem: The Delight of Being Ordinary by Roland Murrulo

Important Moment in Your Reading Life: My sisters were both English majors, so by the time I finished high school I had read most of the required reading books for a bachelor’s degree. It changed my life, I think. 

Just Finished: The number 6 book in The Seven Sisters series. 3/4 of the way through the seventh.

Kind of Books I Won’t Read: Anything with violence, Harlequin Romances, books that present problem after unresolved problem. I’m tired of mysteries. Used to read a lot of them.

Longest Book You’ve Read: I have no idea.

Major Book Hangover Because Of: Not sure what this question means.

Number of Cases You Own:  5 

One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times: Pride and Prejudice

Preferred Place to Read: In bed, listening to Audible, or while cooking or driving or working in the art studio.

Quote That Inspires You, or Gives You All the Feels, From a Book You’ve Read: “That big hour of decision, the turning point in your life, the someday you’ve counted on when you’d suddenly wipe out your past mistakes, do the work you’d never done, think the way you’d never thought, have what you’d never had – it doesn’t come suddenly. You’ve trained yourself for it while you waited – or you’ve let it all run past you and frittered yourself away. I’ve frittered myself away, Crossman.”
– from “The Autumn Garden” by Lillian Hellman (but actually, I have read that it was written by Dashiell Hammett to help her over a blank spot.) I typed this out 41 years ago and have had it taped to every desk I’ve written at since then. Same copy. It can barely be read. I’m reading it now.

Reading Regret: That my eyes have gotten too bad to read anymore. I am on the computer a minimum of 10 hours a day and by the time I’m ready to read, the print is blurry. Also, I tend to listen to books while I do other things so Audible books are best.

Series You Started and Need to Finish: The Seven Sisters

Three of Your All Time Favorite Books:

  • Pigs in Heaven  or Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Pride and Prejudice  by Jane Austen
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • A Tale for the Time Being. by Ruth Ozeki. Loved that book. Read most of it twice.

Unapologetic Fanperson For: The Teenie Weenies by David Lubar and anything by Dr. Seuss

Very Excited For This Release (More than all the others): Book 8 of the Seven Sisters series. It’s being written by the son of the author who passed away after writing the last two books in one year.

Worst Bookish Habit: Wanting to keep books I’ve already read. Running out of space.

X Marks the Spot—start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Chicano Voices by Carlota Cárdenas de Dwyer

Your Latest Book Purchase: The Blue Butterfly by Leslie Johansen Nack

Zzz-Snatcher Book (the last book that kept you up late): Major Pettrigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

As ever, do recommend something for me to add to my ever swaying To Be Read pile. The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge M.D.

Beneath the Covers

Beneath the Covers

Books are cemeteries where old thoughts go to die—
landscapes of words spread out under a variegated sky.
Bright children might discover them ‘neath covers in the night,
searching for new universes where the erudite
join them undercover to whisper down through time:
literature, history, philosopy  and rhyme

Prompt words for the day are variegated skies, bite, erudite, bright and cemetery. Image by Klim Sergeev on Unsplash.

Books and Paper, Paper and Books (for CFFC)

Click on photos to enlarge and read captions.


And, if that isn’t enough paper for you, here are photos  and the story of the making of amate paper in San Pablito, Mexico:

In Search of the Maestros of Mexico: A Visit to a Hidden Village of Paper Artists

For Cee’s CFFC Challenge: Books and Paper

Getting Atten”tion”

Write a “tion” poem? Okay, hold onto your hat!


Discussing a good book can improve any conversation,
while other books just serve us as a means of rumination.
Books come in many forms from poetry to exhortation.
Some use them to improve their minds, others as decoration.

Books furnish everyone a chance to get an education
as writers entertain us and provide elucidation.
Ghost stories and horror books give rise to palpitation.
Action and adventure lead to heights of exultation.

Comics lead to laughter and beyond—to jubilation.
Histories tell tales of conquerors and usurpation—
deprivation due to wars, like bombing raids and rations,
slaughter, mayhem, battle strategies and amputations.

Some books furnish thrills while some serve only as sedation.
Some books read as sermons, others bombastic oration.
Preachers read from Bibles to provide their congregation
with words that furnish some with hope, others with trepidation.

Some dread books they feel may raise their “lessers” to their station.
Some fear the joy they rouse in us and label our elation
as the hands of Satan, which they’ll cure with amputation,
labeling their action as an act of “God’s creation.”

Driven to destroy the means of all our excitation,
having few words of their own, a zealot’s main “quotation”
is burning books they fear in a colossal conflagration
that gives another meaning to the word “illumination!”

Whatever you might like to read, a certain exultation
waits for you when reading is your favorite vocation.
A torrid romance may work best while on a beach vacation,
(the heat a good excuse for your excessive perspiration.)

Mysteries serve for planes and trains—all forms of transportation—
either while you’re riding or just waiting in the station.
Books are everywhere. They form a great accumulation.
They bore us, reassure us, or provide great inspiration.

Information in most books serves as a vaccination
against hate and bigotry and all discrimination.
For those trapped by fate, they make a good means of migration,
as reading has no borders as to neighborhood or nation.

For Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Sunday prompt: “tion.”



The lady was omnilegent (which means she was well-read.)
She read while doing dishes, after her kids were fed.
A book propped in the laundry, another on the tub,
balanced there precariously as she had her scrub.
The draconian measures her spouse took to confine her
were fruitless for she did not choose his attempts to define her.

Reading was her gateway to a wider world
and all those intense pleasures waiting to be unfurled.
She held fast to a firm resolve that one day she’d be free.
Her husband could not curtail her mental liberty.
One day when the kids were raised, she’d leave this sunless hollow.
All the words she’d read for years like breadcrumbs she would follow.

Prompt words for today are draconian, uncertain, omnilegent, intense and gateway.



I don’t want to be Gwyneth, Julia or Pink,
Madonna, Shakira or Cher.
Their kind of renown is simply too much.
Much more than this woman could bear.

Though there’s no famous person that I’d rather be,
it’s not that I wouldn’t like fame.
It’s just that I want to be known for myself
and not by another one’s name.

I want to be known for my words and my art,
but not by my form or my face.
So I can dine out and walk down the street
without all the bother and chase.

I want to go out for a coffee or tea
and see someone reading my book.
And without her knowing, to study her face,
interpreting how she may look

as she reads every page, be it smile or tear,
I’d be known by my writing alone.
Like watching your child go out in the world
to establish a life of its own.

I want to stand hiddenunknown by the world,
to observe someone viewing my art.
To see if what registers there on his face
is what I’ve revealed of my heart.

Unnoticed, unphotographed and unpursued,
I could walk at my usual pace.
I’d get to the finish in plenty of time
without ever joining the race.

I wrote this poem four years ago, but it is perfect for today’s prompt word of  famous.

Tanaga for dVerse Poets: New Wisdom from Old

New Wisdom from Old

Words copied from the I Ching
turn new eyes to everything.
Propped up on her vanity,
they preserve her sanity.

for dVerse Poets Tanaga Challenge.

Nose in a Book

I was reading Rugby’s blog who posted the below questions regarding books and reading. She found them via these two blogs: t https://oceanbream.wordpress.com and  https://mythsofthemirror.com.

1.  Do you have a specific place for reading? In bed, in the bathroom or, while driving, Audible books.
2.  Bookmark or random piece of paper? Random piece of paper.
3.  Do you eat or drink whilst reading? If I’m hungry or thirsty, yes.
4.  Music or TV while reading? No.
5.  One book at a time or several? Several.
6.  Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere? At night, at home. During the day, while going from home to elsewhere–an Audible book in my car.
7.  Read out loud or silently? Silently
8.  Do you read ahead or skip pages? Never.
9.  Break the spine or keep it new? Unless borrowed, break it’s back.  Easier to read.
10.  Do you write in books? Sometimes. Rarely.
11.  What books are you reading now? A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman, Don’t Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde, My Life So Far by Jane Fonda and Chicken Soup for the Soul, Dreams and the Unexplainable.
12.  What is your childhood favorite book? Old Mother West Wind Stories. My dad used to love reading them to us and I loved having him do so.  My mother made up her own stories and I loved that, too.
13.  What is your all-time favorite book and why do you love it? Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being because it is enthralling and totally unique. I also love anything by Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice my favorite) or Barbara Kingsolver (Pigs in Heaven my favorite) because they are beautifully descriptive and character-driven. I even did a retablo about Kingsolver’s The Lacuna and gave it to her. Her creations have given me so much pleasure that I wanted to create something to give her pleasure as well. I’d do the same for Austen if she were alive.

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