Musings From A Bookmammal

Sunday Stealing–Book Survey!


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1: Favorite children’s book: If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that it’s Charlotte’s Web!

2: The last book you’ve read: I finished Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld earlier this week and really liked it.

3: Books on your “to read” list: Oh my gosh—seriously? There’s just no way.  Check my Goodreads account via the Reading Challenge icon on the right sidebar if you’re interested . . .

4: Top 5 authors: It’s so tough to limit it to five, but my favorite authors of fiction include Jodi Picoult, Ann Packer, Beth Gutcheon, Anna Quindlen, Stewart O’Nan. Bonus answer–my favorite authors of nonfiction include Studs Terkel, John Feinstein, and Robert Caro.

5: Favorite genres: Contemporary, realistic fiction—followed closely by narrative nonfiction.

6: A book that has made you extremely mad: A book I’m reading right now is making me very angry—it’s called Play Their Hearts Out and it’s a nonfiction, investigative book about youth basketball. I have some pretty strong opinions about what youth sports programs should and shouldn’t focus on—and the priorities and behavior of most of the adults in this book are so misplaced that I’ve actually had to set this book aside for awhile.

7: A book that you’ve cried over: Eleanor and Park was the last book that I cried so much over that I had to stop and catch my breath. We’re talking “ugly crying face” here. What powerful writing!

8: A book that made you laugh out loud: I don’t laugh out loud when I read very often, but there were some lines of dialogue in Where’d You Go Bernadette that made me laugh out loud.

9: Fiction or nonfiction? Both—right now I’m in the middle of a nonfiction phase, but I love fiction as well.

10: First book you’ve read by your favorite author: The first Jodi Picoult book I read was The Pact, and it made me a Picoult fan for life. That being said, I haven’t loved everything she’s written—but I automatically read every book she publishes.

11: Best book-to-movie adaption: I loved the nonfiction book about high school football in Texas called Friday Night Lights–but I ADORE the movie. It’s one of the very few films that I enjoyed more than the book—and that’s saying a lot because the book was great. There’s a line that Billy Bob Thornton says to his star quarterback that gets me every time.

12: Do you read comics/manga? No—that’s one genre I’ve never dipped into.

13: Hardcovers or Paperbacks? Both.

14: Do you buy books as soon as they come out or wait a while? Depends—I usually wait and then either buy the paperback, or find a nice used hardcover copy once the paperback is released. On the other hand, there are a few books that I’ve gone out and purchased in hardcover on their release day–because sometimes I JUST CAN’T WAIT!

15: Do you buy books spontaneously without any prior knowledge of what happens in it? I usually have some idea about the plot or topic before I buy a book. I’m much more likely to borrow a book from the library on a whim, rather than to purchase a book without knowing anything about it.

16: Have you ever bought a book based on the cover alone? I’ve been drawn to find out more about a book because of it’s cover, but I can’t recall ever buying a book just because of how it looked.

17: Where do you usually buy your books?  I am a HUGE fan of abe.books. If you’re not familiar, abebooks is a central, web-based hub for thousands of used book stores all over the US and even in a few other countries. You can search for just about any book you want and then compare prices and condition with used bookstores all over the country. It’s also a great source for finding out-of-print books.  I’ve bought well over 100 books via this site over the years.

18: Book that had a strong impact on you: This is a hard question—there have been many. I’ve read a lot of books about education that have made me really examine my own beliefs about teaching and our country’s educational systems. That’s my favorite kind of book—one that makes me think.

19: Historical or science fiction? I don’t care for science fiction. Nothing against it-I just have never been able to get into it. I do like some historical fiction—but my favorite books tend to be set in contemporary times.

20: Dystopian or Utopian? Neither—again, not my taste.

21: Worst book-to-move adaption? This isn’t the worst—but I did not like the movie version of The Help. Maybe it was just the reactions of the other people in the theater that affected my opinion—people were laughing throughout the film as though it were a comedy. I left the theater shaking my head.

22: Book that should have a movie adaption? I would love to see what a good director and screenwriter could do with Stewart O’Nan’s Songs For The Missing.

23: The first book you’ve fallen in love with: Charlotte’s Web made me fall in love with books when I was in second grade.

24: Humor or angst? Humor, I guess. I’ve never really had a good grasp of what angst is . . .

25: How many books do you own?  Over 1,000.

26: Do you go the library? I usually stop by every Friday after work—I have holds that have come in almost every week, and checking books out on the same day of the week helps me remember when they’re due back.

27: How many books do you read a year? Great question—and one that I’ve never been able to accurately answer! I have never kept a formal tally of what I read. Since I started my blog this past summer, I’ve realized that I won’t be able to do any of those awesome “What I Read This Year” posts unless I start keeping track. So I started using Goodreads at the beginning of 2014—my goal  is to read 75 books this year. I think that’s realistic, but we’ll see! So far I’ve read 13 books.

28: Favorite “required reading” book? I can’t think of one—different people “need” to read different books at different times. I can’t think of a “one-size-fits-all” book.

29: Favorite quote? I have a lot of favorite quotes about books and reading, but, to me, it all boils down to this one: “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”–Maya Angelou

30: A book you absolutely hate: My mind is a blank on this one! I know I’ve read books that I couldn’t stand—but apparently I’ve blocked them out of my mind!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

25 thoughts on “Sunday Stealing–Book Survey!

  1. I need to read some Stuart O’Nan.

    • My favorite O’Nan novel is “Songs For The Missing” followed very closely by “Wish You Were Here”. I don’t love everything he writes, but many of his books are wonderful studies of family relationships. Give him a try!

  2. Back in 2006 I started keeping a list of books I read or listen to on audio book in an Excel file. I wish I’d started doing it a long time ago, since I’m, well, 50 now! I went back and added a few titles I could recall reading but there are many, many not on that list. That is how I know how many I average a year. I would read more if the computer wasn’t such a time-zapper.

  3. Part of the reason why I started reviewing was to keep count of what and how any books I’ve read. You make me smile each time you mention Charlotte’s Web 🙂

  4. Did you see the “Friday Night Lights” series on TV. I never saw the movie, but I loved the TV show.

    I went to see “The Help” with my husband and daughter, who didn’t like it much. I realized that the problem with the movie was that it left out so much that you lost the story…the whole toilet scene, for example, was funny…but you had no idea why it was there. Loved the book, didn’t think that much of the movie, though it was not the worst book-to-movie that I’ve seen.

    • For some reason I never watched the Friday Night Lights series on TV–but I know it’s considered to be a great show.
      You make a good point about the movie version of The Help–so much of the context was left out of the film, as so often happens.

  5. I knew you’d love this meme!

  6. I can’t even imagine how long it would take to count all of the books in my house. I have to wonder if it’s over 1000.

  7. Robert Caro! I have been meaning to read his stuff on LBJ. He was all over the news shows this past November, discussing the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, and I was so impressed by him, his sensitivity and his insight. Thanks for reminding me.

    • I think it’s so interesting that Robert Caro has basically devoted DECADES of his life to researching and writing about LBJ. The 5th and final volume should be complete in the next few years. He’s fascinating to listen to–and the books are truly riveting, no matter what your opinion of LBJ may be.

  8. My mom was a librarian and always kept track of what she read. I am too scattered and too much of a procrastinator. I start with good intentions and fizzle out. Even when it comes to keeping track of books in my permanent collection…I’m bound to come home from used book sales with a duplicate copy of something. Jodi Picoult is high on my list, too…top ten, anyway. Her subjects are so difficult to handle some times. I never walk away feeling good, but I’m definitely thinking. I love Friday Night Lights! I always thought the book was based on the movie, though, so I’ve avoided it.

    • Jodi Picoult is definitely one who makes you think! If you ever get the chance to hear her speak–GO! Hearing her describe the research she does when writing her books is so interesting.

  9. This is such a great book survey! I’ve only read Between the Lines Jodi Picoult co-wrote with her daughter Samantha and I wasn’t a fan of the book at all so I’ve been reluctant to read her books. But I did give The Pact to a friend of mine and she loved it. I may pick up her books at some point (my mom owns My Sister’s Keeper) but I’m still on the fence about her. I would highly recommend reading Graphic Novels and Mangas! I’ve only started to read mangas in the last few months and I’m really enjoying the experience! I’ve been reading Graphic Novels since 2006 and some of them are among my favourite books of all time :).

    I like how you said “Different people need to read different books at different times” because I agree with that statement completely. I think as our interests change in life we’re bound to read books that reflect that change in interest. My reading interest definitely fluctuate for sure.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog!

    • I’ve never read any of Picoult’s YA titles. For her adult titles, I’d suggest starting with one of her earlier books–my favorites are The Pact and The Plain Truth. My Sister’s Keeper was a good one, too, but I had some issues with the ending.

      I should really give graphic novels a try at some point–I know that there are wonderful ones out there. I’ve just never attempted that genre before.

  10. I need to read more fiction. My daughter called today and told me to stop worrying so much about the world. So, I’m collecting authors from everyone. Happy reading!

  11. I totally adored both the book and television show for Friday Night Lights… but I’ve never seen the movie! I need to change that, clearly.

    • I rarely buy DVDs, but I bought the movie of Friday Night Lights. There is also extra footage included of the actual players as adults that’s interesting. Having never watched the TV show, I don’t know how it would compare, but it’s a movie I never get tired of watching. Plus–TIm McGraw. ‘Nuff said! 🙂

  12. Great answers! I LOVE Charlotte’s Web. If you’ve never listened to the audio read by E. B. White, himself, I hope you will soon!

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