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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
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.


  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 21, 2007    

    I don’t know if you’ve heard this, but John Irving has read all of Charles Dickens work except for one (I forget which) and he’s saving it to be the last thing he ever reads. I don’t know how he’ll time that, but anyway….(yeah, they used that story in a plot for “Lost”, too).
    “The Hotel New Hampshire” is that book for me. I love Irving so much, I would be very sad to think I have nothing left of his to read. Isn’t that weird?

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 21, 2007    

    “Hotel New Hampshire” is possibly the book I have read the most times. It’s been awhile. I should dig it out again.

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 22, 2007    

    Kookie, I hadn’t heard that about Irving – interesting! I can see where Dickens might be a favorite author of his. I know what you mean about having nothing left to read by an author you love. I felt that way about Leon Uris. I still have a couple of Irving books unread.

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 22, 2007    

    Oh you should! I’ve read it 3 or 4 times and loved it each time 🙂

  5. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 22, 2007    

    Over at, John is having a author-off, with John Irving. I thought of you! Go vote

  6. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 22, 2007    

    LOL – I was over there voting at just about the same time you were writing this! Naturally, John got my vote 😉

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