Thursday, October 9, 2008

Sorry, Another Meme!

What was the last book you bought?
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe anthology

Name a book you have read MORE than once
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, a few Stephen King books, Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry and Anita Blake series, and a few others.

Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
Hmm, not that I can remember.

How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews
I choose by either author, book group read, browsing by subject, and of course recommendations from other bloggers.

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Fiction but I have developed a fondness for biographies and books on animation.

What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
Ooh, can I pick both? Well if I'm picking one it would have to be a gripping plot because a book can have the most beautiful writing in the world and if I don't like it, I'm not going to read it.

Most loved/memorable character (character/book)
Pooh Bear! There are others but that's the only one popping into my head.

Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
Child Star by Shirley Temple, Glass Houses by Rachel Caine, The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimberly, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Faery Reel anthology edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling and those are just the ones on top that I mean to read sometime this month (my nightstand tables are mini bookcases)

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?
I read The Witches by Roald Dahl yesterday

Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
Yes. It's been awhile since I did. It was with Elizabeth Kostov's The Historian. Poor hubby actually bought it for me when it first came out.


  1. I've The Historian in my pile! I've heard mixed reviews on this book so it looks like I've to find it out myself, hehe...

  2. poohbear is a good choice! ;o)

    I wasn't smitten by it but I enjoyed the Historian. The one I thought I'd like but have never finished (but will try again someday) is one many like is Jonathan Strange and Mr Norvell.

  3. Naida: I actually prefer Tigger in some of the stories.

    Melody: I truly might try to re-read it one day but that day is very far in the future. A couple of my online reading groups read it and there were several people who adored it.

    Deslily: I actually have read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and really liked it. I remember it took me a little while to get into though.

  4. I love these!

    Great answers, Jen. I was also interested in The Historian but the reviews are so polarized I'm unsure if I'll like it.

  5. I haven't yet read Hamilton's Merry Gentry series. I'm worried that it will too erotic for me, but I do want to try it and see for myself.

  6. Hi Jen, how do you like the book Witches?

    I have The Historian in my TBR. It was recommended by one of my former colleagues.

  7. Paxton: Meme's are fun! There is this autumnn one I was going to do when I get a chance. Thanks!

    Wendy: They may be but I really love how Hamilton's knowledge and love of faerie comes through in the book. She's made even the minor characters interesting and brought myths alive. Yeah, like her Anita books she sometimes goes a bit overboard with the erotica but it just makes more sense in the Merry books (most of the time anyways).

    Alice: Oh I really liked it! I can see why it was banned (even though I still don't agree with it) but I did enjoy it. The Historian had sounded like something I really would have liked but it was just too unnecessarily wordy for me.


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