September 29, 2009

Gayle of Everyday I Write the Book Answers 20 Questions

Welcome back to 20 Questions, where we get to know our fellow book bloggers a little better. Today I would like to present to you Gayle of Everyday I Write the Book! Thanks, Gayle!


1. Last book you bought: I don't buy that many books anymore, because I get a lot from publishers, and my TBR pile is totally out of control. I think the last book I actually bought was The Senator's Wife by Sue Miller, purchased at Island Books in Corolla, NC.

2. Last book you got in the mail: A galley of the new Audrey Niffenegger, Her Fearful Symmetry (due out at the end of September). I feel very lucky to have gotten an advance copy! But I haven't started it yet.

3. The first book you read over and over: The Westing Game or Harriet the Spy.

4. Children's book every child should read: Oh god, there are so many good ones. I can't pick just one.

5. Favorite place to read: I read anywhere and everywhere I can - my bed, my couch, in waiting rooms, on airplanes, waiting for my kids to get out of ballet or a birthday party, in my backyard very occasionally. I just wish I had more time to read. Ideally, I love to read under a big umbrella on the beach.

6. A book you bought just for the cover. I've never done that. If the inside jacket doesn't sound interesting, a good cover won't sway me.

7. Scariest book ever read: We Need To Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver (reviewed here).

8. Most romantic book ever read: It's a tie between Pride and Prejudice and The Time Traveler's Wife.

9. Book that changed your life in some way: Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed. Those of us with desk jobs are lucky.

10. Book you've re-read the most times: Lolita, by Vladimir Nabakov.

11. Book you needed the Cliff's Notes for: Ulysses, by James Joyce. YUCK.

12. Book you needed the dictionary for: Anything by Alain de Boton.

13. Book you like that no one else does: This doesn't happen that often. It's usually the reverse.

14. Book you don't like that every one else seems to:There seem to be a lot of these. I keep giving books lukewarm reviews, and finding that everyone else loves them. What's wrong with me?

15. Number of books you own (you can guess):I can't even begin to guess. 1000?

16. Number of books on your TBR list (that you have not acquired yet): All of the books on my TBR list are in my possession at the moment. I think there must be 200.

17. Must-have reading accessories: A book. If my contacts are out, my glasses.

18. Literary Destination You Want to Go To: Guernsey, in the Channel Islands.

19. Top Three Favorite Authors: I always find this question hard to answer. Here are a few: Jennifer Haigh, Lionel Shriver, and the late Caroline Knapp.

20. Three Bloggers You Want To See Participate In This Feature: Swapna of S. Krishna's Books, because I am in awe of her reading prowess; Stephanie of Stephanie's Written Word, because I love how she writes and I always look forward to reading her blog; and Jill at Breaking the Spine, who has very similar taste to mine.

Thank you for participating, Gayle! I enjoyed getting to know you better!

Check the schedule below to see who is appearing next on 20 Questions!

Thursday, Oct. 1: Debbie of Debbie's World of Books
Tuesday, Oct. 6: Shannan of Shannan Loves Books and Movies
Thursday, Oct. 8: Alea of Pop Culture Junkie
Tuesday, Oct. 13: Amy of Passages to the Past
Thursday, Oct. 15: Tracy of Yule Time Reading

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  1. Great answers gayle. It was great meeting her in person!

    I have not read this Joyce novel that both Jill and Gayle have talked about in their answers.

  2. This is what I love about these 20 questions posts.I get to see that there are lots of people who feel exactly the way I do about collecting, reading & writing about books.
    Every 20 questions interview so far has been like meeting a kindred spirit.

  3. Oh, I'd love to go to Guernsey too!

  4. I'm completely with Gayle on We Need To Talk About Kevin. Reading that book is like pulling off a bandaid. Some people have to pull it off quickly (read it quickly) and some people, like me, have to peel it off slowly (I could only read about 20 pages at a sitting). So powerful!

  5. Haha--Colette from A Buckeye Girl Reads and I were just talking about how we'd love to visit the Channel Islands, too. :)


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