August 18, 2009

20 Questions- Featuring Kerri of Book Ends

Welcome back to my new feature, 20 Questions, where we get to know our fellow book bloggers a little better. Today I would like to present to you Kerri of Book Ends and Pop Rocks who will be answering the 20 Questions today. Thanks, Kerri!


1. Last book you bought: I actually bought four books at the same time last weekend. (Hello, my name is Kerri, and I have a problem). The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson, The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (I needed a Z author for the A to Z Challenge), and The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. All were from my TBR pile.

2. Last book you got in the mail: I won a copy of the Imposter's Daughter by Laurie Sandell and was so surprised when it arrived and I discovered it was a graphic novel. I ended up really enjoying it and posted a glowing review on my blog.

3. The first book you read over and over: I used to read Choose Your Own Adventure books over and over because they were so much fun. I recently found an adult (and by that I mean grown-up not X-rated) 'Do-Over' novel called Pretty Little Mistakes that I bought for my TBR pile.

4. Children's book every child should read: Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Suess. (To this day I don't like eating things that are green).

5. Favorite place to read: Out on my patio on a nice sunny day. (Unless someone would like to fly me to a beach in Hawaii, because then that would quickly become my favorite place to read).

6. A book you bought just for the cover: I buy books all the time based on their covers. Sometimes this works out well, but I've also ended up with some really awful books. I picked up lullabies for little criminals by Heather O'Neill based on the cover and it turned out to be my favorite book of 2008. I strongly recommend it to all your followers.

7. Scariest book ever read: I can still remember how scared I was reading Phantoms by Dean R. Koontz when I was probably about 16. It gave me nightmares for about a week.

8. Most romantic book ever read: I had to check on my shelves as I was hoping to come up with something really deep to wow your readers that wasn't from my obvious chick-lit pile. I've decided on House of Daughters by Sarah-Kate Lynch. Not all romance, but the romance was so well written.

9. Book that changed your life in some way: I'm wanting to answer with something non-fiction so I'll say Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink, Ph.D. He did these amazing research experiments to explore why people eat, how much they eat and what influences them to eat. It was so fascinating and his principles have stuck with me.

10. Book you've re-read the most times: I actually don't have an answer for this question - I have way too large of a TBR to be re-reading anything. (Note: had you asked me about movies, I would confess that I have seen Bridget Jones's Diary at least 10 times.)

11. Book you needed the Cliff's Notes for: Anything Shakespeare, which I haven't touched since high school. I just never seemed to pick up on the hidden meanings without Cliff Notes. Do they still publish Cliff Notes?

12. Book you needed the dictionary for: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen had all these great slang circus words that I kept having to look up.

13. Book you like that no one else does: I just loved the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime by Marc Haddon and I was so surprised when I started book blogging to see so many negative reviews of it.

14. Book you don't like that every one else seems to: Oh man, I cannot express enough hatred (yes, hatred) for all 600 plus pages of A Fine Balance by Rohinton Minstry. Everyone else in my book club loved it, and it is even Oprah endorsed.

15. Number of books you own (you can guess): I'll guess about 300. I did a quick multiplier of my shelves, but my math is shaky at the best of times.

16. Number of books on your TBR list (that you have not acquired yet): While I don't keep track, I probably have at least 100 books on my TBR that I don't own.

17. Must-have reading accessories: A footstool. I like to have my feet up reading.

18. Literary Destination You Want to Go To: Great question because I LOVE to travel. I would really like to go to Japan as I was truly fascinated by the history in Memoirs of a Geisha.

19. Top Three Favorite Authors: I like James Patterson when I'm looking for a quick read thriller. I can't recommend Christopher Moore enough if you can handle dark laugh out loud humour mixed with vampires, zombies and death. Finally, there have been a few of her books I didn't like, but My Sister's Keeper, Mercy, and The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult were just unbelievably moving reads for me. (I would like to give honorable mention to J.K Rowling - Harry Potter is simply brilliant).

20. Three Bloggers You Want to See Participate in this Feature: Amanda at The Zen Leaf because she always such great perspectives, Natalie at Book, Line, and Sinker - because she has the only blog I find funnier than my own, and Gayle at Everyday I Write the Book because she was the first book blog I discovered when I started and I still enjoy every post.

Coming up Thursday on 20 Questions: Kailana of Kailana's Book List Obsession and Historical Tapestry!

If you have reviewed a book I have reviewed, please leave me a message or comment and I will add your link to my post.


  1. Great questions! And great idea for a meme. I've added more blogs to my "following" list after reading this. I have a large TBR list, but there's always room for more, right? What I got out of this was the inclination to try a James Patterson novel. I haven't read any of his stuff, yet.

  2. Hi Kerri and Rebecca! This was fun to read. I love Kerri's blog and it was great to get to know her better. :)

  3. Seems that Kerri and I have a mutual love for Christopher Moore.

    Love these 20 questions, Rebecca!

  4. Thanks for the shoutout! I loved your list and will try to answer the questions on my blog soon!

  5. I love your answers! I also won a book once that I didn't know was a graphic novel - it certainly comes as a surprise!

    I have to have my feet up too for reading. I don't know how people can read with their feet down! :--)

  6. I feel like a celebrity today!! Thanks Rebecca. I love this meme and they were such great questions to answer. It was nice to see some new visitors on the blog too.

  7. This is a great post. I have a book problem, too. Knowing I'm not alone in my addiction keeps me strong ;)

    And btw- I absolutely adored The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

  8. What an awesome idea! I also love Kerri's blog, so I am really happy that she was given the 20 question meme to answer. Great questions, great responses. This was fun!

  9. Great interview! My older kids used to enjoy those Choose it Yourself Adventures.

  10. Great interview! And yes, Kerri, they still publish Cliffs Notes.

  11. Chose Your Own Adventure was a lot of fun :D When I was little I was always raiding my older brother's shelves for them, until he eventually gave me his collection :P

  12. Hi, Kerri! I adored Water for Elephants and loved learning all the circus jargon. :) Great book.

  13. This was first I thought "Wait .. did I write this?" I have so many of the same likes and dislikes and tastes! I'm going to have to check out her blog. thanks.

  14. Can I say that I am such a dork? I do read her blog and love it! I just didn't recognize the title .... I'm such a loser with a bad memory!


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