Sunday, July 6, 2008

B is for Bookworm

Katrina over at Callapidder Days tagged me for this fun book meme.

1. Do you remember how you developed a love for reading? I have no clue. I can't remember a time when I didn't love to read. Unfortunately, I do remember that even in 1st & 2nd grade I would get highly annoyed at the other kids who wouldn't show any expression or inflection when reading aloud. (Fortunately I think I kept it to myself, although I"m horrified at my snobbery!)

2. What are some books you read as a child? I practically memorized the Little House series. Nancy Drew, Happy Hollisters, Bobbsey Twins. Five Little Peppers and How They Grew. Little Women. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. And in middle school I L-O-V-E-D Cherry Ames & Sue Barton, mystery-solving nurses! But I pretty much read whatever I could get my hands on.

3. What is your favorite genre? Knee-jerk answer is historical fiction and books with medical flavor, but I've read lots of present-day fiction I love. I don't care for fantasies, thrillers, and end-times/prophetic fiction.

4. Do you have a favorite novel? How to choose? That's like asking if I have a favorite child!

5. Where do you usually read? In bed at night. At Starbucks while the kids are at Youth Group. And at piano lessons, school pick-up line, anywhere I'm waiting.

6. When do you usually read? Besides #5, any time I get the chance!

7. Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time? No. Occasionally I might have a non-fiction going while I'm reading a fiction.

8. Do you read non-fiction in a different way or place than you read fiction? Yes. Usually more purposeful, highlighter or pen handy. Also slower! And I am pretty choosy about what I read in the non-fiction category.

9. Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library? Gulp. Buy them. Although the last several summers I've checked a ton out of the library, which was great. But we've been so busy we haven't even made it over there yet this summer. We're not too close to a library, so it's not just a quick stop on the way home from somewhere.

10. Do you keep most of the books you buy? If not, what do you do with them? I keep them for awhile, and then every once in a while I go through and purge the shelves and take a pile to Half-Price Books. But there are some I will always keep.

11. If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them? Were they some of the same ones you read as a child? I cannot even count the number of hours we have sat on the couch as I have read out loud. Both my kids have piles of books. Owl Babies was a favorite. (Mommy always comes back!) Of course, Good Night Moon, Guess How Much I Love You. We loved the Tacky the Penguin series by Helen Lester. Magic Tree House series. I read to them all the way through their elementary school years. Sweet memories!

12. What are you reading now? I'm almost through with Carol Kent's A New Kind of Normal. For fiction, I picked up A Test of Faith by Karen Ball the other night. It's seeming familiar though, so I must have gotten it a few summers back from the library.

13. Do you keep a TBR (To Be Read) list? Nope. Just a stack of books. Except the ones on the schedule for CFBA are a TBR list, I guess!

14. What's next? I am trying to get up the nerve to read a Brandilynn Collins book! I enjoyed Kathy Herman's 3rd Phantom Hollow series book so much (due for review soon!) that I got the first 2 in the series. And Jenny B. Jones' first 2 books. (I read the 3rd one for review and loved it and will pass them eventually on to my girl.) NEWS FLASH: I also have an interesting book to read this week for a blog tour with 2 giveaways for the week of the 14th! And now that I've finally read Pride & Prejudice, I have a couple more Jane Austen books I want to read.

15. What books would you like to reread? Any of my Angela Hunt books, Healing Stones by Nancy Rue, When I Lay My Isaac Down by Carol Kent (I flew through it last week and want to read it more carefully with a highlighter!), the Crossroads of Grace series by Allison Pittman (I want to reread the 1st 2 books now that the 3rd one's out; I loved how the characters' stories paralleled, although the books do stand alone.)

16. Who are your favorite authors? Angela Hunt, Nancy Rue, Harry Kraus MD, Tamera Alexander, Allison Pittman, Hannah Alexander, Charles Martin. I'm probably leaving some out, and I'm sure there are some I haven't even discovered yet!

I'm only going to specifically tag Lisa Writes. I want to know about her bookshelves! But anyone else who wants to, just consider yourself tagged, and let me know if you do it so I can read your answers!

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sara said...

Okay, #12 cracked me up!!! I am notorious for picking up a book and realizing 1/2 way through that I have already read it!! I am glad that I am not the only one!!! :)

Kay Day said...

I came over from Angie's blog. I am going to do this tomorrow on mine! It looks fun.

Angela said...

Thanks for the kind mention, Linda! I'll play with your meme, but it might be later in the week. I'm getting ready to go out of town and feverishly tackling my "to-do" list . . .

Thanks again!


Katrina said...

Great answers! You brought back instant memories when you mentioned "From the Mixed-Up Files..." I loved that book! Oh, and I was a bit of an "inflection snob" in elementary school as well. :) Thanks for doing the meme!

A Stone Gatherer said...

Very Facinating! I just may have to try this one! I loved Little house on the prairie and Nancy Drew too!

Christina said...

This was cool. I am an avid reader so I totally got it and I really enjoyed reading this meme. Did you buy any chance read Trixie Beldon when you were a kid? Kind of like Nancy Drew. I too read anywhere. I have been known to hold up the school pick up line on occasion when I was so engrossed in a book. My 4 year old will yell from the back "mom go the lines moving." I just went over to Amazon and put A Test of Faith on my wish list. Like I need another book on my 10 page wish list.

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Thanks for letting me off the hook this time! I enjoyed reading your answers...most of them could have been mine too.


Lisa writes... said...

Oh, a tag! I will get to it next week!

And, I too L-O-V-E-D Cherry Ames and Sue Barton both!