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!

10 comments:

Smilingsal said...

We have many similar answers. Only some of the titles are different!

S. Krishna said...

I haven't read A Walk in the Woods, but I've heard good things. I'll have to check it out!

Shana said...

Marie, your answer to the plot/prose question summarizes my thoughts perfectly.

I hope Heretic's Daughter got better for you!

Shana
Literarily

Bluestocking said...

Hey Marie! Long time no see! Yes the Bible did change my life too!!

The Bluestocking Guide

Yasmin said...

I hope to get to Heretic's Daughter before the end of the month and Jane Eyre is a book I've read more than once but not in the last 25 years.

mattviews said...

I do pay attention to book covers! My pet peeves are movie poster cover and covers with seal-labels like "an Oprah book club selection."

This question pretty much sums up many of the past ones.

I mostly read fiction, although once in a while a non-fiction, like history or a biography will interest me.

My favorite genres are historical fiction, foreign literature, and classics.

My complete answer.

Book Zombie (Joanne) said...

Oh wow a graphic novel about Jesus, that sounds really cool. I'll be keeping my eye out for that one.

Lo said...

Jane Eyre is my favorite character, also.

When visiting Haworth, England, the birthplace of the Bronte sisters, once can definitely see time and place in their writings.

Marie said...

Lo, I am envying you your travels right now. I would love to visit the Bronte sisters' home! :-)

Callista said...

Hey there. I did BTT early and had it automatically post so I wasn't able to add my url to the list or visit others until now. So just wanted to let you know I've read your BTT and that mine's here if you want to read it.