I discovered this bookish questionnaire on a random blog that I clicked on while meandering around the WWW.
– Author you’ve read the most books from: I’m guessing this honor goes to Janette Oke, an author whose books I read faithfully as a teen. I think I read about thirty of hers until I finally grew tired of the formula. If there’s another author whose books I’ve read more of, I can’t think of who it would be.
– Best sequel ever: Although Rilla of Ingleside isn’t really a sequel in the truest sense of the word (when I think of sequel, I think of pairs of books), Rilla is definitely the most memorable last book of a series I’ve ever read.
– Currently reading: Boundaries with Kids by Cloud and Townsend; The Question by Leigh Bortins
– Drink of choice while reading: I’m not picky (and I actually need to hydrate myself more than I do), but I do have a weakness for Dr. Pepper. 🙂
– E-reader or physical book?: A physical book is my preference, but I do appreciate my Kindle.
– Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school: I was very shy, introverted, and a late-bloomer, but had I dated at that age, I’m sure Gilbert Blythe would’ve been my number one pick. I also thought Wynn Delaney (from Janette Oke’s Canadian West series) was dreamy, but he would’ve been a bit too old for me. 😉
– Hidden gem book: I don’t know that it’s a hidden gem, but I’m not sure City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell ever really got the exposure it should’ve, at least among my friends. (Hint, hint)
– Important moment in your reading life: I don’t remember learning to read, so I’m going to go with my discovery of Anne of Green Gables and L.M. Montgomery. I wrote about that experience here.
– Just finished: A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
– Kinds of books you won’t read: Oh, lots: anything explicit in terms of s** or violence or language. Horror stories or even mysteries that are more than just a little bit creepy. Most modern novels (usually for the first reason). Anything that focuses on the mistreatment of children. Complicated or long nonfiction because I haven’t the time or brainpower to devote to it now. Shall I go on? 🙂
– Longest book you’ve read: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (well, that and the Bible)
– Major book hangover because of: Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian stayed with me for a long time–so long, in fact, that I read it again a few years after the first time I read it. (I don’t do that often any more.) So did Rose Under Fire and Code Name Verity. There’s something about war and holocaust novels that makes it hard for me to return to normal life easily after finishing them.
– Number of bookcases you own: A wall of bookcases plus four more medium and large cases scattered throughout the house. (You can see the wall of books in this post, though now the cases are full and some shelves are double stacked!)
– One book you have read multiple times: I taught Ethan Frome several semesters, so I know I read it at least twice, if not three or four times. There are plenty of others, but that one comes to mind quickly. (And no, I have no desire to ever read it again!)
– Preferred place to read: I like to take a book with me and go to a restaurant and have a leisurely meal alone, just me and my book.
– Quote that you like, from a book you’ve read: Oh, so many to choose from! How about this from our current read-aloud, The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright:
The great day approached. The sliding doors between the dining and living rooms had been opened wide, and the stage set constructed in the dining room. The Melendys had to eat the last few meals before the play in the kitchen. Standing up, too, or perched on tables, because all the chairs in the house were now arranged in rows in the living room. Would there be enough of them? That was the question. The armchairs were grouped together at the back like a family of bears. The dining-room chairs stood in a righteous and unyielding row in the middle, and beside them the three Melendy rockers tipped jovially at different angles, like rowdy people laughing, splitting their sides, at some secret joke. In front of these there was a strange assortment: kitchen chairs and odd upstairs ones, and the big couch and the little yellow brocade love seat; old and young, spare and fat, in a sort of Memorial Day parade. At the very front were Oliver’s two small chairs, all the footstools in the house, and some packing boxes somberly draped in steamer rugs. These were for the littlest children in the audience. (107-108)
– Reading regret: I can’t think of or any books that I truly regret reading. Reading is usually a pleasure, which is what I intend for it to be. If I’m not enjoying something or if it makes me feel uncomfortable, I generally quit reading it. There are times in the past when I read things because they were required reading and they caused me some discomfort, but I chalk most of that up to my own immaturity. After all, I did go on to study English as an area of concentration for my undergraduate degree, and later I earned half of a master’s degree in English. One has to develop a bit of a tough skin to do that. I try to make good choices now so I won’t have regrets later.
– Series you started and need to finish: So many–where to start? I never read the fourth book (which is actually a prequel) in the Mysterious Benedict Society series–The Education of Nicholas Benedict. That’s as good a place to start as any, I think.
– Three of your all-time favorite books: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand; The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Of course, asking a booklover this question is akin to asking a mother to pick her favorite child. For more books I’ve loved, check out my Best Books category, this birthday list, and my annual top picks posts which are under the “Booklists by Year” tab under “Booklists” in the header.
– Unapologetic fangirl for: The only big-time author I’ve ever met is Carmen Deedy, and I was pretty excited about it.
– Very excited for this release more than all the others: Because Lulu is very excited about the last of The Wingfeather Saga, The Warden and the Wolf King, which comes out in about a month, so am I. I’m also apprehensively excited about the upcoming movie version of Unbroken.
– Worst bookish habit: I dog ear pages. And yes, I was trained as a librarian. What’s up with that?
– X marks the spot: I’ll grab anything handy to mark my place. Sometimes I even just try to remember (a vain effort, I fear) what page I’m on. What I usually don’t do, especially to hardback books, is lay them open face down. It’s a pet peeve of mine and one I
work hard nag to discourage my children from doing.
– Your latest book purchase: I think it was Am I Messing Up My Kids? by Lysa TerKeurst based on Beth’s recommendation. It’s on the pile on my table for me to get to. . . sometime.
– Zzz snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY too late): I read in snatches of time here and there, and it’s unusual for me to read for more than fifteen minutes at night because I already go to bed too late. I can’t remember the last book I stayed up past midnight reading, though it was a somewhat normal occurrence in my Before Marriage days.
That was fun! If you play along, leave me a comment with a link to your blog. I’d love to read your A to Z!