This week Booking Through Thursday gives us a book meme (is this a meme within a meme? 🙂 ). It looks like a fun set of questions:
What was the last book you bought?
Last time I bought books (at a rummage sale) I bought two at once: Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi, and Summerhill, by A. S. Neill.
Name a book you have read MORE than once
Oh, there are so many! Mostly children’s books – certain favorites that I still re-read on occasion. One that I have read over and over is Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery.
Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
Hmm, this is an interesting one. I think there are books that have changed the way I see life. One that comes to mind is The Highly Sensitive Person, by Elaine Aron. Finding out that I was not alone in being particularly sensitive was empowering and this book gave me the tools to understand and better manage my reactions to various situations.
How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews
I choose books in a variety of ways. Sometimes I go to the library and pick random books from the shelf that attract me with their title or cover – I will choose to check it out if the summary and first couple pages sound good. I will also look at lists of “best” books in a particular genre for ideas. Since I started reading book blogs, I get recommendations from other people’s reviews, and I also read the book reviews in Ms. Magazine.
Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
It depends on my mood!
What’s more important in a novel – beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
Beautiful writing. While I was entertained by Dan Brown’s books, I cannot say that I enjoyed them nearly as much as books where the author actually knows how to write well. Of course, if the plot is completely boring I may not enjoy a book all that much either, but I can at least still appreciate the writing. I think coming up with a gripping plot is easier than writing well, and thus I admire good writing more.
Most loved/memorable character (character/book)
I already used this book in answer to a previous question, but I just have to say Anne Shirley from the Anne of Green Gables series.
Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
We Speak as One: Twelve Nobel Laureates Share Their Vision for Peace, edited by Arthur Zajonc, and Daughter of Fortune, by Isabel Allende.
What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?
I last read Jane of Lantern Hill, by L. M. Montgomery (yes I love this author! and yes, it was a re-read). I finished it Monday night.
Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
Yes. I don’t like to admit it, but yes, I have. I wrote about this back in February.