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Thursday, February 28, 2008

"Randomness" meme: "Bookworms"

I found this one via Alisonwonderland. She actually does this meme pretty often, but this week's topic caught my attention (for obvious reasons), so I decided to play too.

randomness...feed your mind and your blog

week of February 24: Bookworms
If you're like me, your a bookworm. I love to read. Whether it be a book, magazine, back of the cereal box...anything. However I do prefer a good long novel. So for this week, lets talk about our fav books.

1. Do you like to read? What is your fav book? author?
Did you notice the title of this blog? :-) Honestly, reading is one of the things that makes my day, every day. I love reading books, discovering new books, writing about books, talking about books, shopping for books - but I do seem to spend less time with all of that since discovering the joys of Blogland.

I have read so many books that it's impossible for me to pick a favorite, so I'm going to pretend that wasn't the question, and tell you a few of my all-time favorites: The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe; the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin; The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver; Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant and The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler; Wonder Boys and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon; Brightness Falls by Jay McInerney; Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides; and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (I love the whole series, but that one's special for me).

Some of my favorite authors are (again) Michael Chabon, Jodi Picoult, Anne Tyler, Jasper Fforde, Nick Hornby, Sue Miller, Christopher Moore, and Ann Patchett - I can't single out just one of those, either.

2. Do you hate it when they turn a book into a film?
I try to keep an open mind, so I won't say I hate the idea on principle. Sometimes I'm rather puzzled as to how the adaptation could possibly work when I first hear about it, but it does work. Heaven knows there are plenty of times when it doesn't work, though... However, I couldn't possibly answer this question with a blanket "no," considering how much I love The Lord of the Rings trilogy - as films. I'm actually somewhat ambivalent about the books, to be honest (don't hate me, please).

3. Has a book ever changed your life? How?
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott comes pretty close. I read it at the right time, I guess, during a pretty rough patch in my thirties. I love Lamott's direct, conversational tone and her honesty, and this book is genuinely inspirational in so many ways - for writing, for faith, for life, just as the subtitle says.

4. Do you tend to borrow books from the library or do you prefer to buy them?
I am definitely a book buyer. I have a hard time reading on anyone's timetable but my own, so I like to have my books right at hand when the mood strikes. (But I do usually buy paperback to keep the expense down.)

5. Which book are you planning on reading next?
I should read Atonement by Ian McEwan for my upcoming Book Club meeting, but I have read it before and I just saw the movie, which refreshed my memory enough that I may just bluff my way through the discussion. Since I have decided to be irresponsible and not re-read it, I just started Intuition by Allegra Goodman, and Ask Again Later by Jill A. Davis is on deck after that. (If you've read one or both and have a recommendation or opinion to share, please do!)
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This week's Booking Through Thursday query concerns favorite literary heroines, and it's going to take some time and thought. I'll be back with my answers later, but in the meantime, you can check out who other players have selected!

2 comments:

  1. I seem to spend less time reading and more time in Blogland these days too. Like tonight. I'm going to be catching up with my blog reading instead of getting back to my those two books I really want to finish.

    The Lord of the Rings movies stand all on their own, don't they? Marvelous! I did enjoy the books quite a bit as well, I admit. It was the first movie that made me want to read the books.

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  2. Literary Feline - Well, Wendy, I'm glad you're playing catch-up on your blog-reading - I've missed your comments this week!

    I hadn't read all of the LOTR books before the movies came out - I'd stalled about 1/3 into The Return of the King back in college, and didn't go back until just before the movie opened.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets torn between books and blogs!

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