Earlier this week Deb Carey at Debs Despatches shared and answered these questions. She inspired me to do the same today. Do this on your own blog if you like and/or chit-chat about books [or whatever] in the comments below.
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Author You’ve Read the Most Books From: Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series. I’ve read the ones written by Parker but not by the author who took over after Parkers’s death.
Best Sequel: No answer, I’m coming up blank on this question.
Currently Reading: Underground Fugue by Margot Singer
Drink Choice While Reading: Hot tea or cold wine
E reader or physical book: I prefer a physical book at home, but I use an E reader when I’m not at home.
Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school: I didn’t date much in high school so I doubt that I’d have gone on a pretend date with a fictional character. Just saying
Glad You Gave this Book a Chance: Slade House by David Mitchell. I tried to read Cloud Atlas by Mitchell and couldn’t do it, but Slade House I enjoyed. Sly premise, short read
Hidden Gem: Heart in the Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan. This is a memoir with a positive message that confirms you can plan your life all you want, but reality will intervene, especially when family loyalty is involved. It’s sweet and funny.
Important Moment in Your Reading Life: As an adult I read I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. The novel is meant for YA but while reading it I had a light bulb moment wherein I realized I was like the main character in the novel and had been a writer since girlhood.
Just Finished: The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleton. Set in 1935 during a hurricane the novel is well-researched with a twisted plot. I enjoyed the characters, the odd circumstances that brought them together, and how they persevered.
Kind of Books I Won’t Read: Memoirs *written* by politicians or political hacks; historical books about sports; motivational books foisted upon us by grifters; and any novel I sense will be filled with gore
Longest Book You’ve Read: A guess but I’d say Hawaii by James A. Michener. It’s about a million pages long.
Major Book Hangover Because Of: If you mean what book stayed on my mind long after I read it, I’d say The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.
Number of Cases You Own: 4 actual book cases; many drawers filled with books; piles of books under the coffee table in the living room; and many cookbooks stashed away in kitchen cupboards + on the counter
One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times: Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Preferred Place to Read: a comfortable chair with decent light and a table beside it for my beverage
Quote That Inspires You, or Gives You All the Feels, From a Book You’ve Read: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” It’s the last line from The Great Gatsby.
Reading Regret: I was slow to get around to reading the Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. I don’t know why I hesitated because they’re funny and brilliant.
Series You Started and Need to Finish: Elly Griffith’s Ruth Galloway mystery series
Three of Your All Time Favorite Books:
- House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
- Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
- A Judgement In Stone by Ruth Rendell
Unapologetic Fanperson For: No one I can think of
Very Excited For This Release (More than all the others): I’m never current in my reading so it doesn’t matter when an author plans to publish, I’ll get to the book when I get to it.
Worst Bookish Habit: Starting one book in one room, a different book in another room, a third book in a third room… then getting confused about what I’m reading. Go figure
X Marks the Spot—start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Almost French by Sarah Turnbull
Your Latest Book Purchase: Bomb Shelter by Laura Mary Philpott
Zzz-Snatcher Book (the last book that kept you up late): I don’t stay up late reading so the answer is none.
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