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A Book Meme

I’ve seen this meme moving around the blogosphere and thought I’d give it a shot…

What are you reading now?

I am about 2/3rds of the way through Gifted, by Nikita Lalwani. I received the book through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer Program. So far, I’m enjoying it. It made the Booker Prize long list recently, so I am eager to finish it and form an opinion as to whether it deserves its spot there!

Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?

I have so many books stacked up to be read in the next few months it could be anything! Although I’m leaning heavily towards one of the following:
Lost Geography, by Charlotte Bacon
A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
The Lizard Cage, by Karen Connelly
OR
The Country of Pointed Firs, by Sarah Orne Jewett

What magazines do you have in your bathroom right now?

None. I don’t read magazines in the bathroom…BUT, in my living room you can take your pick between Country Home, Country Living, Sunset Magazine, World Literature Today, Today in PT, NARHA’s Strides Magazine, or Reader’s Digest.

What’s the worst thing you were ever forced to read?

Luckily it has been a long time since I was forced to read anything. I’m an adult now. I get to pick. I’m sure there were lots of things I didn’t want to read in high school – but it’s been so long now that I forget what they were.

What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?

That’s easy – The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Admit it, the librarians at your library know you on a first name basis, don’t they?

My library is teeny weeny and does not have much selection – so no, they don’t know me. Now, had this question been “The folks at Amazon” OR “The sales people at Barnes and Noble” I’d have had to say yes!

Is there a book you absolutely love, but for some reason, people never think it sounds interesting, or maybe they read it and don’t like it at all?

The Hotel New Hampshire, by John Irving is one of my all time favorite novels…but, I never can seem to convince other people to read it; and if they do read it, they often classify it as odd.

Do you read books while you eat? While you bathe? While you watch movies or TV? While you listen to music? While you’re on the computer? While you’re having sex? While you’re driving?

Yes for eating, watching TV and listening to music. I’ll open a book and read if I’m in stopped traffic for any length of time, but certainly not while the car is moving (I do have boundaries after all). Never on the computer. I don’t take baths because my tub is not comfortable and reading while in the shower is really not all that easy. While having sex? You’re kidding, right? That may be the only time I’m not thinking about books!

When you were little, did other children tease you about your reading habits?

No. And I don’t even really understand this question.

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?

The last thing? The Road, by Cormac McCarthy.

RIP (Readers Imbibing Peril) Challenge

September 1, 2007 – October 31, 2007

**CHALLENGE COMPLETED on October 29, 2007. Great challenge – I finally managed to put this book into my “completed” stack after owning it for almost three years! Thanks for hosting this one, Carl!

Read my reviews for this challenge here.

Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting his annual RIP Challenge. He is offering a lot of different options for participants, and even though I am completely “over challenged” I just couldn’t resist this one!

Readers may choose from the following:

1. Peril The First – Read any four books from any subgenre of scary stories.
2. Peril The Second (aka The Obese Book Peril) – Read two fat tomes fitting the definition of scary stories.
3. Peril The Third (Scary Sandwich Peril) – Squeeze in a shorter book between those you’ve chosen in #2.
4. Peril The Fourth (Just a Bit of Peril) – Read just one book that fits the criteria.

And then there are additional perils, including the Short Story Sunday Peril in which you read one short story a week for the duration of the challenge (I count nine Sundays!).

Carl has many wonderful examples of books that meet the criteria.

Links to ALL READER REVIEWS for this challenge can be found here.

Due to my other challenges and reading commitments, I have decided to combine Peril the Fourth with the additional Short Story Sunday Peril. Several years ago I purchased a hardback of Stephen King’s Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales. It has been sitting on my TBR stack for far too long…and King’s stories certainly meet the criteria.  I plan on reading the entire collection of 14 stories.

Everything’s Eventual, by Stephen King
1.  Autopsy Room Four (completed 10/13/2007)
2.  The Man in the Black Suit (completed 10/13/2007)
3.  All That You Love Will Be Carried Away (completed 10/13/2007)
4.  The Death of Jack Hamilton (completed 10/13/2007)
5.  In The Deathroom (completed 10/14/2007)
6.  The Little Sisters of Eluria (completed 10/24/2007)
7.  Everything’s Eventual (completed 10/27/2007)
8.  L.T.’s Theory of Pets (completed 10/27/2007)
9.  The Road Virus Heads North (completed 10/28/2007)
10.Lunch at the Gotham Cafe (completed 10/28/2007)
11.That Feeling, you Can Only Say What It Is In French (completed 10/28/2007)
12. 1408 (completed 10/29/2007)
13. Riding The Bullet (completed 10/29/2007)
14. Luckey Quarter (completed 10/29/2007)