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 Reading: The 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.