Monday, July 07, 2008

I respond to a book meme

Barbara of Stray Thoughts tagged me with this meme several days ago, and I'm just now getting around to answering it! Reading is one of my very favorite things to do, so it should be no problem. Here we go:

1. Do you remember how you developed a love for reading? --As soon as I was able to string letters together into words, I loved to read!

2. What are some books you read as a child?--The first book I remember absolutely falling in love with, at around age 8, was "Little Women." Not long afterwards I discovered C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, and they knocked my knee socks off!

3. What is your favorite genre?
--Definitely fiction, and to a lesser degree, biographies and autobiographies.

4. Do you have a favorite novel?
Absolutely. "Jane Eyre," by Charlotte Bronte.

5. Where do you usually read?
EVERYWHERE. In bed, on the sofa, in the bathroom, in the tub, on my deck, in the car or plane when traveling, at the table when I'm eating alone, even in front of the television if other people are watching it and I'm not that interested in what's name it!

6. When do you usually read? Absolutely ANY chance I can get. I have found that's one of the bonuses of my kids being grown up...I seem to have more time to read; but let's face it, I always made time for it.

7. Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time?

8. Do you read nonfiction in a different way or place than you read fiction?

9. Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library?
Actually, I buy very few books. Because I interview authors as part of my radio job, I'm blessed to be able to get complimentary copies of many books. The others I check out from the library, or have my daughter (who works at Border's) buy them...but again, that's rare.

10. Do you keep most of the books you buy?
Unless the book has sentimental value to me, I almost always pass them along to my mom, who also loves to read. Those that I don't think she would be interested in go to people I think might like them, or I donate them to a church library.

11. If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them?
I shared the Chronicles of Narnia with all of them, and they've ended up (especially my older son and my daughter) becoming fans of Lewis' other works as well.

12. What are you reading now?
I've just started "Fatal Deduction," by Gayle Roper, which was sent to me. I just finished a book titled "Woman of the House," by an Irish writer named Alice Taylor. She was one of the authors that came up when I googled "writes like Rosamunde Pilcher" (Pilcher is one of my favorite writers, and I've read everything she ever wrote.) Before that, I read several books by Marcia Willett, who I also found with the Google search. I checked all those books out of the library. In the middle of those, I read Angela Hunt's "The Face," which I believe is due out in November. It was OUTSTANDING.

13. Do you keep a TBR (to be read) list?
Only in my head.

14. What's next?
Probably while I'm reading this Gayle Roper book, I'll read Robin Lee Hatcher's "Wagered Heart," which I've been intending to read but it just got lost in the shuffle. I know it will be good. Also Nancy Moser's new novel about Martha Washington. I also want to check out more Marcia Willett books.

15. What books would you like to reread?
Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, the Chronicles of Narnia, Pride and Prejudice...

I do want to tag some people with this meme, but I haven't had a chance to decide who I'll tag. If you do it on your own blog, leave a comment and let me know so I can link to it!


Juliet said...

That was very interesting. I just love to read while I'm soaking in a hot tub with lots of bubbles.

You might find that keeping a list would be great. I now wished I had started one. This summer I have read so many different ones that I forgot who the authors were on some of them. Shame on me.

Keep reading. I know you will.

Ashley said...

Fun meme! I've answered them on my blog:

I'm also reading something you recommended a while back: Grace Is Enough by Willie Aames and Maylo Upton-Aames. I also want to read Kirk Cameron's Still Growing, but it's not at my local library. I may have to get it through interlibrary loan soon.


Kay Day said...

I did this on my blog today, too! I got it somewhere else, though.

Ann-Marie said...

Have you watched the Narnia movies? Several friends of mine refuse to watch them, since they love the books so much.

Cindy Swanson said...

Ann-Marie, I saw the first one...haven't seen "Prince Caspian" yet. I thought the first one was good, but it didn't knock my socks off the way I thought it would.

When my kids were younger, we watched a British TV series of the books. The special effects were TERRIBLE...really, really bad...but the acting was very good. I remember being especially impressed by the scene in "The Silver Chair" where Prince Rilian comes out of the spell he's been under. Basically, the series didn't mess with the story at all...which I'm afraid the movies do, to a certain extent.

I will watch "Prince Caspian" eventually, though.

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