Saturday, August 18, 2007

A Few Fun Questions

OK .... I got these questions from Hidden Side of a Leaf and, since I'm a bit brain dead ... thought they might be fun.

What are you reading right now?I just finished The Devil Wears Prada (review to come) and will probably start Freedom Writers Diary.

Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that? I'm also going to read Beverly Cleary's Socks since my eight year old has to read it.

What magazines do you have in your bathroom right now? None ... just cleaned everything out.

What’s the worst thing you were ever forced to read? I was part of a book club briefly that read The Dante Club. I HATED that book and the months, yes months, it took the club to discuss it. I even tried the audio book and still hated it. Mu husband will point out every book by the same author because I make such a foul face when he does.

What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone? There's not one. It just depends on who I'm talking to and what I've read recently. I do tend to recommend books by Allende and Atwood.

Admit it, the librarians at your library know you on a first name basis, don’t they? Yes, they do, but more because of my daughter. We did library story times together for a few years and now she's a library regular so the librarian's learned my name rather than call me Surfer Girl's mom.

Is there a book you absolutely love, but for some reason, people never think it sounds interesting, or maybe they read it and don’t like it at all? I can't seem to get anyone to read John Irving. He seems to intimidate most people I know.

Do you read books while you eat? While you bathe? While you watch movies or TV? While you listen to music? While you’re on the computer? While you’re having sex? While you’re driving? I don't read and eat unless I'm alone which is very very rare. I do like a good mystery in a hot soaking bath but that's few and far between as well. I can't read and have a lot of background noise so no to TV, computers, and music. I do read each week at our local ice rink where Surfer Girl skates. I seem to be able to block out noise there. Driving ... never. Only the occasional audiobook on long car trips.

When you were little, did other children tease you about your reading habits? No, I got teased for being the tallest until 6th grade. I stopped and everyone else shot up around me.

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down? It was a couple of years ago. I remember having to finish Allende's book about her daughter Paula and crying at 2:00 in the morning as she wrote about her daughter's death.


Cath said...

Fun questions! I might pinch them to do myself over the next couple of days. I can't read with any noise - TV, music etc - either. I find it kind of defeats the object which is to have some quiet time.

I see you have Mr Timothy by Louis Bayard on your nightstand. I liked that one a lot, its seedy Victorian background was excellent.

BookGal said...

Cath - Thanks for the encouragement. Mr. Timothy has sat for a year so now I'm more excited about it!

Presbyterian Gal said...

I love John Irving! "The World According to Garp" is one of my all time favorite books. That and "A Prayers for Owen Meany". He's wonderful. And good lookin' too! (played the wrestling coach in 'Garp' the movie).

We did Socks at the beginning of summer. Hope it stuck.

BookGal said...

Pres - I knew we thought alike!

Dewey said...

How funny that you can't get people to read Irving whereas I think of him as one of the few authors I can count on people, even those reading only a few books a year, having read! I wonder if we're in different age groups. I think he's not so readable as he used to be, and maybe my friends are older than yours and have read his older stuff?

And another opposite between us is that the way you felt about the book your book club read (and discussed endlessly) is how I feel about Allende. I swear two members of my book club worshiped her and would have chosen one of her books every month if we'd let them. I sometimes wonder if I would like her writing better if I hadn't felt so pressured by them to swoon over it.