Friday, October 24, 2008

Book Meme

I was tagged awhile ago by Mommanator to do this meme. Here it is! I won't tag anyone else. I think everyone's already done this one.

Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?
Mom often took me to the library when I was very young; we could walk there from our home. When I went to check out, the librarian used to talk to me about the books I'd chosen, and she'd read excerpts with me. She convinced me that she was a witch - it had something to do with a children's book about witches I had chosen, I don't remember the details. Anyway, she kept me coming back!
What are some books you read as a child?
Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys, Eight Cousins, Rose In Bloom, An Old Fashioned Girl - all of the Alcott books; The Mummy Market by Nancy Brelis; The Nancy Drew mysteries; The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg; A Little Princess and The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett; The Secret of Madame Doll by Francis Cavanah; The Hornet's Nest by Sally Watson; many, many more.
What is your favorite genre?
Fiction.
Do you have a favorite novel?
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.
Where do you usually read?
In Bed.
When do you usually read?
Before I go to sleep, most of the time. Whenever I get the chance.
Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time?
Sometimes, though one usually wins out, and I finish it first.
Do you read nonfiction in a different place than you read fiction?
Yes. Most of my nonfiction is read at work (work related literature or news read at lunchtime).
Do you buy most books you read, or borrow them or check them out of the library?
I buy most of them, and borrow some.
Do you keep most of the books you buy? If not, what do you do with them?
I keep far too many of them :-). Any I don't keep, I give away or donate.
If you have children, what are some favorite books you have shared with them?
No kids.
Were they some same ones you read as a child?
No kids.
What are you reading now?
I just finished Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner and Crown of Aloes by Norah Lofts.
Do you keep a TBR (to be read) list?
Not a formal one, though I often have a book or so ahead.
What’s next?
Not quite sure. I'm open to suggestions. I'm going to look up a few favorite authors to see if anything new has become available. A coworker loaned me her copy of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. It looks good, but I can be a little bit over-sensitive when it comes to horse and dog stories, so we'll see...
What books would you like to reread?
All of Jane Austen's works, maybe the Potter series, perhaps some Mary Stewart books, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Evening Class by Maeve Binchy, Firefly Summer, by Maeve Binchy (I've recently reread Echoes and The Glass Lake, both by Maeve Binchy, and Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner), The Virgin Blue and Girl With a Pearl Earring, both by Tracy Chevalier, Katherine by Anya Seton, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve, The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin, Year of Wonders by Geraldine March, A Painted House by John Grisham, Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts; anything by Daphne du Maurier; some of M.M. Kaye's works; There are many more I'd like to reread!
Who are your favorite authors?
Jane Austen, Diana Gabaldon, Jennifer Weiner, Tracy Chevalier, Anya Seton, J.K. Rowling, Christopher Moore, Maeve Binchy, Steve Martin, T.H. White, Madeleine L'Engle, Daphne du Maurier. I'm sure there are others whose names don't come to mind at the moment!

6 comments:

mommanator said...

good job Merci! about time! HA!
I was beginning tom wonder if JK Rowling was gonna get a spot in your blog!
Yes you are a reader! My goodness!

citizen of the world said...

I read all the Alcott books as a kid, too. Good stuff.

Virginia Gal said...

OMG Merci, you and I are more and more alike, we read very much the same things, I LOVED Evening Class by Maeve Binchy and Where the Heart is by Billie Letts. And naturally Jane A. rocks!

Virginia Gal said...

ps - loved the Daisy photos, she is too cute!!

Merci said...

Mommanator-
I enjoyed this meme! I have a lifelong love of books and reading. Thanks for the tag!

Citizen of the World-
The Alcott books were formative for me. I think they have a lot of good, simple values in them. The Alcott was ahead of her time on social issues and feminism, and her Little Women were quite independent for that era.

Virginia Gal-
Yes, we do appreciate a lot of the same literature! And there will never be a better literary leading man than Mr. Darcy! He is unrivaled.

I think Daisy is pretty cute, too, but I am certainly biased!

Virginia Gal said...

Mr. Darcy is unrivaled! You said it sister!