Saturday, July 12, 2008

Book Meme


This meme comes from Linda.  Feel free to use it on your blog if you like! 



1.
 Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?  The earliest book I remember reading on my own was called "A Child's Bible Reader."  Each week an aunt (I think her name was Charlotte) read stories to her niece and nephew. I read that book over and over . . . and I still have it!  I think it instilled in me not only a love for reading, but a love for God's Word. 

2. What are some books you read as a child? I read all sorts of things.  I remember finding a box of books in this house we lived in--I think it came with the house. In it were copies of JANE EYRE, GONE WITH THE WIND, HIS BEST GIRL, and a biography of Albert Schweitzer.  I read every one of those books over and over--and I think I was about seven or eight. If I didn't understand something, I just kept going.  :-) 


3. What is your favorite genre? I don't really have a favorite.  The only thing I don't particularly care for is fantasy--sorry to say so, but the Lord of the Rings just leaves me yawning. I have no idea why. 

4. Do you have a favorite novel? Without a doubt--THE NUN'S STORY, by Katherine Hulme. I think this book was also in that box of books, and I've read it dozens of times.  Wonderful, and based on a true story! 

5. Where do you usually read? In my library chair, or on a plane.  These days I really have to work to find time to sit and read for pleasure. 

6. When do you usually read? My favorite time is on an airplane.  No distractions, and nothing to make me feel guilty! 

7. Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time? Oh, yes.  I have piles of partly-read books all over the house, but most of those are nonfiction.  With novels, I tend to read until finished, unless I get bored with it. 

8. Do you read non-fiction in a different way or place than you read fiction? See above. 

9. Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library? I buy them.  Because if nobody buys books, authors starve.  Sad but true. 

10. Do you keep most of the books you buy? If not, what do you do with them? I keep them for a while, then I either give them away, exchange them, or shelve them.  But I ran out of shelves a long time ago.  Around here, we shelve and then we stack! 

11. If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them? Were they some of the same ones you read as a child?  My son has never been a reader, and my daughter loved to read until the school's accelerated reading program killed the joy of reading for her.  I'm still upset about that. 

12. What are you reading now? I just finished BECKY for my neighborhood book club.  And I have a half dozen nonfiction legal books on my desk, fodder for the WIP. 

13. Do you keep a TBR (To Be Read) list? List?  No. Stacks.  Everywhere. 

14. What's next? Whatever my book club chooses for next month . . . and whatever I grab as I head out for my next plane trip.  One of my pet peeves is running out of books before I get where I'm going. I hope the Kindle will solve that little problem! 

15. What books would you like to reread? The Nun's Story . . . MODOC, and THE CALL OF THE WILD.  

16. Who are your favorite authors? Now I'm going to get in trouble--I have too many author friends and too many favorites!  So I'll name authors I don't know personally--Jodi Picoult, Anita Shreve, Allison Weir, and Phillipa Gregory come to mind. 

That's it!  Feel free to be tagged! 

~~Angie

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid I found myself in a lot of your answers today ... particularly when it came to buying the books I read and the stacks all over the place. Now that I am preparing to move, I have once again disposed of books by donating them to our public library. They are pleased to have them (magazines and paper backs, too) and if they can't use them, they have a book sale. Two ways that are of equal benefit to the library. BTW, there have never been any Angela E Hunt books leaving my house! =) Clyde

Megan DiMaria said...

Oh, one of my favorite places it read is on airplanes too. No guilt. No dishes or laundry to do, no kids or husbands or dogs to distract me. LOL. Actually I only have one husband and one dog. Sorry, I just got carried away for a moment . . .

A prisoner of hope,
Megan

Cindy Swanson said...

I can so relate to the one about reading "Jane Eyre," etc, at a very young age. I was also about 8 when I first read "Jane Eyre" and "Pride and Prejudice"--I'm sure there was a lot I didn't understand until I re-read (and re-read, and re-read) the books later. I went to a British school during when I was 8 and 9, though, and they actually expected children to read at a higher level.

Holly said...

I have never read "The Nun's Story," so I'll have to check it out. I'm reading "Persuasion" right now--have never read it before and am having a hard time with it.

Hey Angie, I'm working on compiling a cookbook for Beth Moore's Siesta Fiesta in San Antonio the end of August, and I wondered if you (or any of your blog readers) would like to submit a couple of recipes for it to my email. I think it would be so fun!

Barbara H. said...

I had fun creating this meme a few weeks ago, and I have been amazed at how fast it has flown around the Internet! I am glad it found its way here!

That's sad about the accelerated reading program destroying your daughter's love of reading. Hopefully one day it will come back to her. I have all boys and none of them are readers, and that makes me so sad! Well, my oldest doesn't read books but he is constantly reading techie or newsy things online, so I guess he justs likes different genres.

I don't know what people do on planes or in waiting rooms without reading -- I'd go crazy!!

Mocha with Linda said...

I totally heart you on the school thing. My son has been an avid reader since he was 4 (and an avid listener virtually all his life) and the constant bombardment of reading and analyzing has taken its toll. And don't EVEN get me started about summer reading projects for school that the accelerated & AP classes require. Do they not get the concept of a BREAK?!

Mocha with Linda said...

Although I definitely HEART you, I meant to say HEAR you in that first sentence! LOL