Thursday, October 9, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

I’ve seen this series of questions floating around the ‘net the last few days, and thought it looked like a good one for us!

What was the last book you bought?

The New Adventures of Jesus: the Second Coming, by Frank Stack (it's a graphic novel).

Name a book you have read MORE than once

A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson

Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?

How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie, and The Bible.

How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews

Book covers can grab my attention, blurbs get it engaged, and first pages sell me or don't; I also look at reviews and recommendations but mostly if I pick something up and it looks interesting to me, I'll think about reading it.

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Fiction. I don't read a lot of nonfiction but once in a while I like a good biography or memoir.

What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?

I like books with both a page-turning plot and gorgeous, literary writing.

Most loved/memorable character (character/book)

Jane Eyre.

Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?

Marie Antoinette: The Journey, by Antonia Fraser, Pocket Canons, and See Under: Love by David Grossman

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?

City of Thieves by David Benioff. I finished it about a week and a half ago. I'm pages away from finishing The Heretic's Daughter at the moment.

Have you ever given up on a book half way in?

Many times!