Ten On Tuesday: Books & Reading

April 19, 2011

Hosted by Chelsea as always, and this week’s questions were provided by Erin.

1. When someone asks you for a book recommendation, what is your go-to book?
It depends on the person, so first I’ll find out what they like. A fiction book I wish everyone would read is A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving. For girls I recommend Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.  A historical Christian memoir that blew me away was The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. I could keep going.

2. Do you buy your books, or are you a library patron?
I always check the library first, unless it is a book by one of my favorite authors or one I’ve read before that I know I want to own. Usually I can get a book from the library if I’m willing to wait a bit, and sometimes I procure books from swapping sites like Paperbackswap or BookMooch. I will also borrow from a friend if I have that option. If I need a book quickly (like for book club) and all of those outlets fail me, I’ll try to buy it used at my local bookstore or get it for my Sony Reader.

3. E-readers, yay or nay?
Yay. I have a Sony Reader Daily Edition and I love it. Although I will never quit reading paper books, I find that my Reader is a perfect companion. It’s convenient when I need a book fast, I can get many classics for free on it from Gutenberg.org (great for those long ones that you don’t want to lug around), and it’s extremely easy to get used to and read. I can even check books out from the library on it, although I do have to wait for them to become available.

4. What was your favorite book as a child?
Matilda by Roald Dahl. I read it over and over, and my copy is all beat up. I think it has a lot to do with the reason I love reading today.

5. If you could be any character in a book, who would you be?
Hard question! This may sound strange, but I just might pick Watson from the Sherlock Holmes stories. Holmes is one of my favorite characters, and I’d love to be privy to the inner workings of his mind and go on his adventures with him. Also, Watson is a doctor which is right up my alley. If I had to choose a girl I’d pick the narrator from Rebecca (she is never named) because her story is so romantic.

6. What book would you love to see turned into a movie?
I would definitely enjoy seeing Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card as a movie. I am pretty sure that he’s serious about getting it made, and according to IMDb it’s in development for 2013, but we’ll see if it happens. For the record, I love movies that are based on books I’ve read. Yes, sometimes they are terrible, but I still look forward to seeing on screen the things I’ve imagined.

7. What is your all-time favorite book?
For me, nothing can top The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

8. How many books do you read at once?
Not too long ago I found myself strung out between five different books, and I decided I needed to make a change. These days I stick with one main book, one audiobook for my car, some supplemental reading every now and then about childbirth and parenting, and I’m going through The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin month by month. So although I’m “currently reading” four books, there is really only one main one.

9. What is your favorite book genre?
Literary fiction, but memoirs and narrative nonfiction are a close second.

10. Which Harry Potter book is the best? Or haven’t you read them at all?
I love Harry Potter, but it’s been awhile since I’ve read the books. I remember loving The Prisoner of Azkaban, and it’s also a good one because it’s number three which is before a lot of the heavy stuff starts to happen.

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Comments on Ten On Tuesday: Books & Reading

  1. 1

    From rachieannie:

    The Lord of the Rings is such a great series. However, I must admit my favorite is the prequel, The Hobbit. But it still counts right?

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    From laura:

    Ender’s Game might be made into a movie?? That is news to me! Exciting!

    And, The Prisoner of Azkaban is tied for my favorite!

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    From Marlena:

    I forgot all about The Happiness Project. I’m reading it too but I guess I don’t count it because it’s a monthly goal type thing. I’ll have to check out Ender’s Game. Although I’m always disappointed by the movie when it comes out, I DO get excited when it happens. It’s nice to see how they select the actors for the characters you’ve grown to know so well.

  4. 4

    From Emily Jane:

    Lol whoops, I’m on my phone – that was supposed to be “hurrah”

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    From Nora:

    AH! Matilda. I loved Dahl books as a kid. I think I read far too much when I was younger. Maybe.

    Rebecca really is a good book; I should read it again now that I’m older. It was so long ago that I enjoyed it!

    I have a Prayer for Owen Meany on my shelf, unread still. Maybe I’ll bump it up to the top of my list thanks to you :)

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    From Suburban Sweetheart:

    The book for my book club last moth was “A Prayer For Owen Meany ” but it sounded so unappealing to me that I skipped it. Perhaps I should give it a second chance & not judge a book by its cover?! Hmmm…

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    From kapachino:

    Oh that kind of makes me sad! What did the other members think of it? I recommend you give it a shot, it’s one of my all-time favorites. :)

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    From Erin:

    Your go-to recommendations are some of my favorite books!

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    From Uncle David:

    This is guy like stuff but try James Lee Burke series, Cormac McCarthy triology, Larry McCurty, Lee Child, Elmore Leanord, Ed McBain snd for beach reading you can’t beat Dean Koontz or Stephen King, real page turners with no though reuired.

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