Today I would like to present to you Susan of the awesome kidlit blog, The Book Chook! Not only is Susan a passionate book blogger, but she also puts out the Literacy Newsletter, Literacy Lava, which has great tips for parents and very interesting articles. Be sure to check it out!
1. Last book you bought: Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul
2. Last book you got in the mail: Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright (Recommended by Jen Robinson)
3. The first book you read over and over: The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann R. Wyss.
4. Children’s book every child should read: I don't believe in "should" with reading. Choosing their own material will motivate kids far more than telling them what they should read.
5. Favorite place to read: a shady place by the water where I can stretch out.
6. A book you bought just for the cover: People really do that? Seriously? The closest I would get is picking up a book because of an intriguing title. But it is most likely I will buy only after reading the blurb, and dipping into the book. Most of the books I read, and all of the books I review, I research thoroughly first. I LOVE writers with an online presence who let me read a first chapter or peek inside.
7. Scariest book ever read: Insomnia by Stephen King. I loved it, but most of his horror is just too scary for me.
8. Most romantic book ever read: I love all of Georgette Heyer's historical romances. If I had to choose one right now, I guess it would be The Grand Sophy.
9. Book that changed your life in some way: The first book I read that changed my life was Riders in the Chariot by Patrick White. I was in a train, and I remember looking out the window and really "seeing" grass as if for the first time. It was like I'd taken some hallucinatory drug, and I still have no idea why.
10. Book you’ve re-read the most times: Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome.
11. Book you needed the Cliff’s Notes for: Not sure who Cliff was.
12. Book you needed the dictionary for: I tend not to read any book I will need a dictionary for. The fictive dream is very important to me, and a dictionary would throw me out of it.
13. Book you like that no one else seems to: I haven't met anyone else who adores Three Men in a Boat, mentioned above in 10.
14. Book you don’t like that everyone else seems to love: I have skimmed a lot of reviews about vampire books, but nothing has made me want to read any.
15. Number of books you own (you can guess): Probably only about 1500. I try to give them away. Some won't let me.
16. Number of books on your TBR list (that you have not acquired yet): hundreds! Mostly these are books for adults that I read about in the bookblogosphere. Because I review children's books, I so rarely get the time to read adult books.
17. Must-have reading accessories: my glasses/spectacles.
18. Literary Destination You Want to Go to: I have fantasized about tracing all the places Peter Mayle talks about in A Year in Provence.
19. Top Three Favorite Authors: I think you don't mean children's authors, which is just as well, as I'd never be able to narrow it to three. Here are three adult authors I turn to if I am ill, and need a read to comfort and distract me: Bill Bryson, Dick Francis, Barbara Kingsolver.
20. Three Bloggers You Want to See Featured in the Future: any three children's book bloggers. They are such a fascinating bunch!
I love your answers, Susan! And, you could have answered that with children's or adult's authors. It is up to you always! I also think the sights from A Year in Provence would be lovely. I haven't read the book yet, but I am in love with Italy. You have made me want to pick up Riders in the Chariot so I can look at grass in a whole new way. :)
Check below to see who is appearing on 20 Questions next! There's a great lineup!:
~Kristen of We Be Reading
~Jill of Fizzy Thoughts
~Michelle of Galleysmith
~Trisha of eclectic/eccentric
~Natasha (aka Vasilly) of 1330v
~Staci of Life in the Thumb
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