Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Book Meme

1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
Three volume The Civil War by Shelby Foote that I got when my grandfather died
2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?
I have fourteen library books waiting for me.
3. What book did everyone like and you hated?
Left Behind
4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
The Book Thief
5. Which book are you saving for “retirement?”
I am not waiting for retirement for any good book!
6. Last page: read it first or wait til the end?
I can read how ever I want...I'm a grownup!
7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?
I just read every word of the acknowledgements in a book by an author from Houston...thought I might know someone or recognize some places and I did.
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
I don't want to trade places with anyone.
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.
ZAMM. I saw a tourist reading this book the summer I worked in Yellowstone Park. When I came home after the summer, I registered for my fall classes at college and went to get the books for the classes. One class had only one book that was required reading; it was ZAMM. I got the book and read it, though, oddly, the class didn't make.
11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
I've tried giving people ZAMM a million times. Few people ever read it to the end and those that do don't like it.
12. Which book has been with you to the most places?
I now have fifty books on my Kindle and they travel with me everywhere.
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad ten years later?
I've always wanted to try Lord Jim again....I remember it being awful then.
14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?
A postcard with a please-forgive-me note written by a daughter to her mother. There was no address on it.
15. Used or brand new? Either or both.
16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses?
Stephen King is the Steven Spielberg of the book world....I come out of a King book or a Spielberg movie feeling like I've been stabbed and slapped. Talent for telling a story, but no depth.
17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid?
I could name fifty. I'll never go see the movie of Wrinkle in Time.
19. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
My own. I listen to the voice in my head.

I think I know how this works....I'm tagging you for this meme if you read it and you feel like doing it.


  1. Would that illustration of Zen be an early Fancy Nancy (i.e., a non-fancy Nancy)?

    Love your comment about Stephen King! And I often find myself intoning the theme from The Shining while I'm dicing vegetables.

  2. A deep thought about ZAMM and Fancy Nancy? Must ponder it....

  3. No. 4: I'm with you on that. It will be on my TBR pile for a long time, I have a feeling, but I doubt I'll ever get to it either.


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