Sunday, February 16, 2014

It Ended Badly

From Sunday Stealing

Book Survey!

1. Favorite children's book.

A. Miss Osborne the Mop, by Wilson Gauge.

2. The last book you've read.

A. Abhorsen, by Garth Nix

3. Books on your "to read" list.

A. The Hummingbird's Daughter, by Louis Alberto Urrea
   The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
   Drowning Ruth, by Christina Schwartz
   A Virtuous Woman, by Kaye Gibbons
   Someone, by Alice McDermott
   Tinkers, by Paul Harding
   The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
   Mrs. Darcy and the Blue Eyed Strangers, by Lee Smith
4. Top 5 authors.

A. Lee Smith
   Richard Paul Evans
   David Baldacci
   Anita Shreve
   Geraldine Brooks
   (These aren't necessarily my top 5, I don't really have a "top" list, but they are authors I read and enjoy.)

5. Favorite genres.

A. Fantasy, mystery, southern literature, historical fiction

6. A book that has made you extremely mad.

A. Off Season, by Anne Rivers Siddon. I actually threw the book across the room when I finished it. It ended badly. 

7. A book that you've cried over.

A. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, by Heidi W. Durrow

8. A book that made you laugh out loud.

A. Pretty much any Stephanie Plum book by Janet Evanovich.

9. Fiction or nonfiction?

A. I read both.

10. First book you've read by your favorite author.

A. I don't have a favorite author.

11. Best book-to-movie adaption.

A. Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

12. Do you read comics/manga?

A. I read comics up until I was 18 or so. When they moved from the chain stores like 7-11 to comic book stores I had a hard time finding them. In the late 1990s I went through a spate where I read Xena and Buffy the Vampire comics but the trek to the comic book store proved too much for me to keep it up. (I live in the country and the city is a long way off.)

13. Hardcovers or Paperbacks?

A. Paperbacks, generally. Mostly because they're cheaper but they're also easier to hold.

14. Do you buy books as soon as they come out or wait a while?

A. I usually wait. The Harry Potter books were an exception to that.

15. Do you buy books spontaneously without any prior knowledge of what happens in it?

A. Yes. One of my favorite activities is to browse the book store reading book blurbs until something strikes my fancy.

16. Have you ever bought a book based on the cover alone?

A. Probably.

17. Where do you usually buy your books?

A. Rams Head book store was my favorite independent book store, but it closed. I used to by them at Books-A-Million but it also closed. Now I buy them at Barnes & Noble, but I also purchase them from Amazon and have them shipped to me. I also use the library a lot.

18. Book that had a strong impact on you.

A. Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell

19. Historical or science fiction?

A. Both.

20. Dystopian or Utopian?

A. Dystopian.

21. Worst book-to-move adaption?

A. I don't know, I tend not to watch that many movies.

22. Book that should have a movie adaption?

A. Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. Sam Raimi attempted a series with it but didn't do a very good job. I think it would make a good movie, though.

23. The first book you've fallen in love with.

A. I am old, I can't really remember. I think it might have been Bambi, A Life in the Woods, by Felix Saltan. I was seven when I read it and I remember crying when Bambi's mother was shot. I also read Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte, about the same time. Yes, I was a little young for both books.

24. Humor or angst?

A. Depends on my mood.

25. How many books do you own?

A. I have no idea. A thousand, maybe. If you count the ones I have given away to the library over the years, probably 3,000 or more.

26. Do you go the library?

A. Yes.

27. How many books do you read a year?

A. Between 50 and 60, which doesn't seem like a lot but I also read a lot of magazines and short stories.

28. Favorite "required reading" book?

A. Oh I don't know. Let's go with something by Shakespeare.

29. Favorite quote?

A. I don't really have one.

30. A book you absolutely hate.

A. Well, I would never read anything by Ann Coulter, but since I haven't and won't, I don't know that I would hate it. I would not expect to like it, though. I can't say that there is a book that I absolutely hate.


  1. We have such different answers... that is the most exciting thing about books - everyone has their own idea about what is the perfect read.

  2. David Baldacci is high on my list of favorite authors, too. Not top 5, but definitely top 10. I hadn't thought about Island of the Blue Dolphins in years. This is a really good meme...loving the peek into everyone's reading habits.

  3. Oh, Island of the Blue Dolphins--I loved that book so much it was one of the books I gifted to all my nieces and nephews. I had forgotten about it when answering.

  4. HA! I LOVE your Ann Coulter answer! And that's all I'll say . . . :-)

  5. I'm so loving this Sunday Stealing! Getting lots of good ideas. Nice to find another David Baldacci fan (though I didn't mention him in my answers. He would probably come up as #6 on my list of 5 favorite authors!

  6. The Lord of the Rings was my favorite book. I couldn't wait till those film came out. I can't believe that I've not seen The Hobbit movies. Very soon...

  7. Loved your last answer. It was too funny.

  8. OOOH! I hadn't thought of the plays I've read as books, but your Shakespeare answer inspired me. I love reading Tennessee Williams.

  9. I loved, loved Island of the Blue Dolphins. Oh, do not read any Ann Coulter. lol

  10. Barbara Kingsolver is a great author.

  11. I would BURN Ann Coulter's books if I could! And I read books that are on banned lists just because they are on banned lists, that's how much I love books. Which should tell you how much I hate Ann Coulter.

  12. Currently reading Anita Shreve's latest book, Stella Bain. Recently read several books by Richard Paul Evans as he is also a favorite of mine.


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