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1. MY EARLIEST MEMORY OF READING:
I had to think about this one for a while as I've always been a reader. I was trying to think back and pinpoint when my life long habit started but all I could think of were some of my favorite books when I was a wee little tyke. I loved the Sweet Pickles books, the Amelia Bedelia books, Harry the Dirty Dog, Curious George, I could go on and one but mostly the books we all grew up with and loved. I also remember loving my copy of My Book Of Bible Stories, the yellow cover with red lettering.
2. THE FIRST BOOK I READ OVER AND OVER:
I think it would have to be My Book Of Bible Stories. I was never able to get enough of Samson, David, and Daniel.
3. A CHILDREN’S BOOK EVERY CHILD SHOULD READ:
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, still a beautifully done story with wonderful illustrations. Skip the movie though, not one of my favorites and my son didn't like it all that much either.
4. THE BOOK I HAVE RE-READ THE MOST TIMES:
Gosh, I'm not sure I can really answer this one as I tend to reread a lot. I've read The Last Herald Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey too many times to count though. Atlas, Shrugged by Ayn Rand, quite a few books by Agatha Christie, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, and The Thief of Always by Clive Barker would all be on the list as well. And to be honest if I had to list all the books I've read more than 5 times, I would be answering this question for quite a while.
5. MY FAVORITE PLACE TO READ:
Curled up on the couch with a glass of water in the Summer and a cup of hot tea in the Winter.
6. MY MUST-HAVE READING ACCESSORIES:
Pillows, blanket, drinks (see above), popcorn or hard salami with some type of cheese, and anything else I feel like having around me.
7. THE NUMBER OF BOOKS I OWN (YOU CAN GUESS):
According to Goodreads I have 341 books. That should be a close number as I only put in books I own, don't include ARCs, and remove books if I get rid of them. The actual number may be a few books more, but 341 should almost be accurate.
8. MY BOOKSHELVES ARE:
Are full but could always use new books to grace their shelves. The other books tend to get lonely and bored with eachother unless they have new playmates to get to know, and being me, I'm always ready to accomodate them.
9. THE NUMBER OF BOOKS ON MY TBR LIST (THAT I HAVE NOT AQUIRED YET):
Uhmmmm..........Can I get back to you on that. I don't think I'm able to count that high and my brain just hurts thinking about it.
10. THE WAY I KEEP TRACK OF BOOKS I WANT TO READ:
Pretty haphazardly actually. I'm pretty bad about jotting down book titles then misplacing them. I do tend to have a great memeory for the books that really intrigued me so I normally don't have that big of an issure remembering them if I need to.
11. THE LAST BOOK I RECEIVED/BOUGHT:
I just bought 4 paperbacks and 2 hardcovers form the Friends of the Library Book Store that is located at the Central Branch of our public library system. Of those 6 book the last one I picked up for purchase was a old paperback of Games Killers Play edited by Alfred Hitchcock.
12. A BOOK THAT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE IN SOME WAY:
I could say Atlas, Shrugged by Ayn Rand because in college it made me look at life a bit differently but in the end it really didn't change my politics or overall though processes too much (I still love the book though). The Last Herald Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey (so three books), helped me get through some personal issues in my head, and for that I'll always be grateful.
13. A BOOK I LIKE THAT NO ONE ELSE SEEMS TO:
I don't know that it's really about books I like that others don't, but more about books I like that nobody else seems to have read (at least people I know). The Devil's Auction by Robert Weinberg being a great example. I love pulpy horror novels from the 60s through the 80s and I never get enough of them. I'm getting ready to read The Sentinel by Jeffrey Konvitz and I really want to read The Exorcist by William Peter Blatly and Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco.
14. A BOOK I DON’T LIKE THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO LOVE:
Can I start with the Twilight books? I can't stand them and I know I'm not the only one who feels that way, but at times I feel like I'm standing amongst a sea of crazy people who forgot what good writing was. Then I would have to throw Jane Austen books in for good measure. I know I just annoyed a lot of people so I'm sorry for that.
15. A BOOK THAT INTIMIDATES ME:
Anything that eveyone tells me I have to read because it's a classic. Most of the time I find them boring and can never get through them. I tend to find myself thinking that I must be too dumb to see what all these others are seeing, because I don't get it. I could give you lots of examples but I will just name Moby Dick by Herman Melville and Ulysses by James Joyce.
16. IF I COULD GO TO ANY LITERARY DESTINATION I WOULD CHOOSE:
If I coul name any place, real or fantasy, it would have to be the Kingdom of Valdemar that Mercedes Lackey has brilliantly created throught numerous books. If it had to be a real place I would pick the that is depicted in The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry.
17. THREE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS:
Agatha Christie, Mercedes Lackey, Daryl Gregory
18. I HAVE BEEN BLOGGING ABOUT BOOKS SINCE:
July of 2009
19. MY BOOK BLOG STANDS OUT FROM THE CROWD BECAUSE:
I keep my fingers crossed everytime I post and pray that someone, anyone will read it. Honestly, I'm just thankful that anyone takes their time and reads what I choose to put out there. I'm always surprised by the response I get on posts and I'm grateful for everyone who chooses to read my blog.
20. THREE BOOK BLOGGERS I WOULD LIKE TO SEE FEATURED IN THE FUTURE:
I had to go through the entire list of those who have already done it so I could make all 3 suggestions count. I will go with Melissa of My World... In Words And Pages, Cathy of Kittling: Books, and Stephanie of Misfit Salon. I could have named quite a few more, but the question called for only 3. If you need more suggestions though, I'll be glad to help out (especially with some more male bloggers).
Thanks for sharing today, Ryan! I forgive you for your Jane Austen comment. Maybe. ;)
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