Book Questions

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Several weeks ago, Barbara at Stray Thoughts tagged me to answer these book questions. Here goes:

Do you remember the first book you read or really liked?

Hard to answer, since books have always been part of my life. When I was really young, I enjoyed a dog book called “Jiggers.” When I was in kindergarten, I enjoyed a book called “The Rabbit Ran.” I memorized this book, but my mom didn’t want me to try actually reading it, because she felt I might learn the “wrong” way and ruin myself for the instruction my first-grade teacher would give. Thankfully, I survived ๐Ÿ™‚

How did your love for reading come about (grew up in a reading family, a certain book captivated you, etc.)?

My parents did read to me, although neither of them are huge readers. My dad was a teacher and principal, and education was always important in our house. From the time I learned to read, I always enjoyed it. I loved doing the library’s summer reading program and tracking all the books I read. I remember reading “Little Women” in third grade. During a standardized test, the teacher was walking through the room and saw me reading that book after I finished my test. It was the one time that year that I remember her being angry at me, asking, “Did you hurry through your test just so you could read?” I was offended that she would think I had so little common sense as to do that!

What is your favorite genre to read?

I just alternate between fiction and non-fiction books — I guess “literary fiction” and classics would be my favorite fiction genres.

What genre do you avoid reading?

Romances, westerns, “chick lit,” sci-fi, etc.

What is your favorite movie based on a book?

No one movie comes to mind, but I almost always enjoy seeing a movie version of a book — AFTER reading the book!

Whatโ€™s your least favorite movie based on a book?

Any movie that strays too far from the book.

What is your favorite time and place to read?

Hmmmm … I can interpret that two ways. Personally, I like to read anytime, probably while sitting on the sofa (I used to like to lie on the bed and read, but now it’s way too tempting to fall asleep doing that). But most of my reading is done during my 30-minute morning ride on the stationary bike each morning. OR — maybe you mean — what historical time and place do I enjoy reading about? Well, again, I can enjoy books with a wide variety of settings/historical eras. Although, I have to say I tend to be much more interested in US/European settings than other parts of the world.

Are you in any โ€œreal lifeโ€ book clubs or discussion groups?

No — I went to my library’s book club a few times, but it just didn’t interest me much. It involved going around the table and listening to about 20 women name what they did and didn’t like about the book. Personally, I would prefer reading reviews online. I think a book group could work for me only if I had a group of really like-minded friends. And that’s pretty difficult to find.

How many bookcases do you have?

Hmmmm. Not even sure. Most belong to my husband, but I have taken over a few shelves on one of his ๐Ÿ™‚ Besides, I really don’t own and keep that many books, because I don’t feel the need to keep a large number of them.

What is a favorite quote about books or from a book?

So many! Just a few:

  • We are the trees whom shaking fastens more. โ€“ George Herbert, “The Temple”
  • But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs. — George Eliot, “Middlemarch”
  • Late have I loved you, oh beauty so ancient and so new. You were within me while I was outside of myself, searching for you. You shone yourself upon me and drove away my blindness. You breathed your fragrance upon me…and in astonishment…I drew my first breath. — St. Augustine, “Confessions”
  • Hoe while it is spring, and enjoy the best anticipations.ย  It is not much matter if things do not turn out well. — Charles Dudley Warner, “My Summer in a Garden”

Thanks, Barbara! I am supposed to make up my own questions now, and tag people, but honestly, the thought of doing that makes me tired. So, all you blogging friends, consider yourselves tagged ๐Ÿ™‚ Or, I’d enjoy hearing your responses to any of these questions in the comments.

Happy reading!

8 thoughts on “Book Questions

  1. Ha — I just looked through my archives for book photos ๐Ÿ™‚ I think these are little books the girls made for their Little People.

  2. You are much admired for being such an avid reader! I always enjoy reading your book reviews. One of the first book favorites of mine was Chicken Little and all of those Mother Goose nursery rhymes, but what I loved even more was my father reading “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” to me around the age of 5 or 6. We didn’t have kindergarten out in the farmland area where I grew up, so I did not start school until age 6. Somehow I was able to comprehend the historical meaning of that book at an earlier age than one would think. Perhaps my father explained portions of it to me? Just sitting on my father’s lap in the big rocking chair by the fire was such a warm, loving feeling. His love of reading inspired me to also love books.

  3. I haven’t read either Middle march nor Confessions yet – maybe some day! I think for a book club to work it would have to be on the small side, and, like you said, with relatively like-minded people. Thanks for participating!

  4. I wonder if there’s such a thing as having a Facebook Book Club. Not a big one, just a few friends with a mutually-agreed upon book. Might be fun.

  5. The very first book I really remember wanting to read all on my own was Charlotte’s Web. My 2nd grade teacher read it aloud to the class and I liked it so much, I begged my Mom to get me the book. I think she did, but it was from the library. I still don’t have my own copy of Charlotte’s Web! But I did read it. Then I read it again myself in 3rd grade, and maybe even in 4th grade too. Then I read another book by EB White, The Trumpet of the Swan which I liked even better. And that led me to read King of the Wind by Margurite Henry–and yes, I was a big sucker for any book about Horses. I loved the BIlly and Blaze books by C.W. Anderson–such beautiful illustrations. As far as picture books and early readers, I love The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward and The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flak. Oh, such good memories! When my children were little, I loved reading all my favorites plus loving some new ones with them! One of my all time faves is When Mooses Come Walking by Arlo Guthrie. I read it so often to my kids, I memorized the book as an adult! (The Mooses look into your window at night; they look to the left, they look to the right. The Mooses like looking, they think its a zoo, and that’swhy the Mooses like looking at you–what’s not to love????) Just thinking about all those GREAT books puts a smile on my face even now! I miss the days of reading to my boys! Guess I’ll have to wait now for grandchildren!

  6. Like you, my favorite childhood book was “Jiggers.” I didn’t know you had that book as a child. Another book I enjoyed very much as a child was Egermeire Bible Story Book. Daddy would often read to us from that book on Sunday afternoon. It was not until I was an adult that I realized how true to the Bible that book is, but I guess I should have realized that Daddy would not have read it to us had it not been true to the Bible.

    One of the first books I read which I really enjoyed was “Love is Eternal.” I read it when it was way too advanced for me and the librarian took me to task for reading it. I do admit to enjoying romance books, but I also enjoy reading historical biography.

  7. This was so interesting. I am with you on the book groups. I think just around 5 like minded women at a coffee house or something interesting just chatting about the book and suggesting other good books would feed my literary communication needs.

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