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Book Questions...

I found this great Q & A on Lisa's blog, Books on the Brain.
http://lisamm.wordpress.com/
Give it a try...post your own answers!

What was the last book you bought?
Two books by Jodi Picoult...
~ Keeping Faith
~ Second Glance

Name a book, or books, you have read MORE than once:
~ Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
~ The Fionavar Tapestry - Guy Gavriel Kay
The Summer Tree
The Wandering Fire
The Darkest Road
~ Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery

Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life?
If yes, what was it and why did it change your perspective on your life?
~ HOMECOMING: Reclaiming and Healing Your Inner Child - John Bradshaw
This book taught me about myself, about the childhood issues that were running my life in adulthood.
After doing the work with John in 4 separate 3-day symposiums, I finally discovered the tools I needed to take care of myself to the highest level of self-care possible.

How do you choose a book? By cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews:
~ By review, nearly always
~ By a recommendation from friends, on occasion
~ By title and/or cover design, sometimes!

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Both!
I read about 65% fiction and 35% non-fiction.

What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
~ A gripping plot will hook me every single time.
Beautiful writing without a plot just doesn't cut it for me.

Most loved/memorable character/book:
~ Mathew Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables

Which book or books can be found on your night stand at the moment?
~ World Without End - Ken Follett - struggle, struggle
~ Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky
~ The Bourne Sanction - Eric VanLustbader
I love reading Robert Ludlum's books, and since he's passed, Eric has begun writing the continuing saga of Jason Bourne. I'm interested to see how he compares with the original author's style.
~ Mercy - Jodi Picoult...just finished it. Excellent.

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?
~ Foul Matter - Martha Grimes
I read this book this past week, I started it on Thursday, finished it on Saturday.
A great romp of a book...she does a spectacular send-up of mystery novels! I loved it a lot!

Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
Many times!
Books that come to mind are:
~The Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Aiiiiyaiiiii! A painful few nights struggling with this book, before I tossed in the towel and set it back on the bookshelf.
~ Several of Oprah's book picks...I find them very depressing, after slogging through a few in a row.
~ Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky
Dangerously close to closing the cover on this one. I'm finding it a most uninteresting read. I cannot tell you about any one memorable character in either novella in this book, and it's been on my night table for over 6 months. I keep dusting it and putting it back. I wanted to like this book, but it's just not that interesting for me.
~ She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb
Another slow and difficult book for me. Many people loved it, I found it depressing and dark, boring and s-l-o-w.

"Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it." ~ P.J. O'Rourke

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Comments (1)

Kim:

I can't get through the Mists of Avalon; it really just breaks my heart. One of these days, I'll go back to it.


Is that because you already know what happens in the end?
That's what gets me every time...
But, really, take a deep breath, read it and see how beautiful the story is, told from those women's perspective.
Luscious...
Ciao,
Brenda


Hi, Kim,
Really, it is a very tragic story, and no one wins, in the end, do they?
Wonder if it is true? Was there a King Arthur, a Sir Lancelot...a real Morgaine, Morgause...
Thanks for posting!
Ciao,
Brenda

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