Booking Through Thursday

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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?

Hmm. That’s a toughy. I don’t really buy books much. I guess it would be a book from the Library Book Sale for 25 cents although I can’t remember which one was last.

Name a book you have read MORE than once

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell is one that I’ve read twice. I don’t often re-read a book and only re-read it for a challenge but I’m glad I did as I really like that book.

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

I don’t know about fundamentally. Generation NeXt Marriage by Tricia Goyer gave me some things to think about with regards to my marriage and Love As a Way of Life by Gary Chapman made me think differently about what’s important.

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

All of the above. With book reviews that include book covers, it is often a good book cover that has me stop to read the summary and review to begin with. The summary tells me if it might be something I’m interested in and the review gives me a better idea of if I’ll enjoy it. When someone directly gives me a recommendation (which doesn’t happen often) I will look it up but usually it doesn’t get added to my TBR list. That doesn’t mean I don’t want recommendations! It just means that the people recommending books to me don’t know what I like.

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?

I prefer Non-fiction. I love learning and I love reading so put those two together and you have NF. I like fiction every now and then when I can’t concentrate as well or I just want something light but it’s NF that i read much more of.

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

Ooh that’s a toughy. Can’t wait to see what others say to this question. I think having understandable writing is more important than a gripping plot because if it’s a great book but I can’t follow the text, it does me no good. However as much as I enjoy beautiful writing, I don’t think I’d read a book that was written beautifully if it didn’t have a good plot. So I guess I’ll go with plot.

Most loved/memorable character (character/book)

These kinds of questions are hard for me since I don’t read much fiction and don’t usually remember much about characters either. Honestly the first name that came to mind was Harry Potter. Sorry.

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

I’m currently reading A Voyage to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne and two parenting books but up soon will be Time is When by Beth Gleick, Leslie’s Journal by Allan Stratton, The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara and A Firm Place to Stand by Marja Bergen.

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

I just finished Sisters of Misery by Megan Helley Hall yesterday I think. It was awesome!

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

Yes, or less. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Cowlfer and Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx come to mind. Also a few ARCs that I’d rather not mention.

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.