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 🙂
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!
What’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 “real life” 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 🙂 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. – 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. 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 🙂 Or, I’d enjoy hearing your responses to any of these questions in the comments.