Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!
Here’s my musing for this week–
I’ve seen different versions of these questions floating around on various blogs over the past few months–and I picked 20 of them to answer today! Ready? Let’s go!
1. What are you reading right now? Some Luck by Jane Smiley—I haven’t read anything by Smiley in ages, but I did enjoy A Thousand Acres. I’ve got an ARC of her latest and am really enjoying it! It’s the first of a trilogy covering 100 years in the life of an Iowa farm family—each chapter deals with one year. This first book begins in 1922 and ends in the mid-1950s.
2. What books do you have on request at the library? Right now I’m on the list for 25 library titles. The first thing I do when I hear about a new book is check to see if my library has it. If they do–I put myself on the list.
3. Do you have an e-reader? Yes—I got a Kindle about four years ago and I just pre-ordered the new Kindle Voyager. My first choice is always “real” books, but I do love my kindle for traveling and for borrowing ebooks from the library.
4. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? I’m usually reading more than one book at a time—right now I have one nonfiction and one novel going. I’m often also listening to an audiobook as well, but I don’t have one of those going right now.
5. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? YES! I am reading so many more new titles because I keep hearing about them from all my blogging buddies! I have tons of backlisted titles on my TBR list, but this year I’ve mainly been focusing on newly published books. I’m still trying to find a balance between reading new and backlist books.
6. Least favorite book you read this year (so far)? OK—I know I’m in the minority here, but I really couldn’t stand We Were Liars. I listened to the audio book on my drive to and from work and when it was over I felt like throwing something through the windshield.
7. Favorite book you’ve read this year? Tough question—I think I’m going to save this answer for my Top 10 Books Of The Year list in December. It may take me that long to narrow it down—I’ve read a lot of wonderful books this year, and there’s still almost three months to go!
8. The most money you’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time? I don’t know the answer to this—but I do remember that I received a $100 gift certificate to Borders from my parents when I finished my Masters degree—I hadn’t read anything for fun in so long and being able to go in there and get anything I wanted without even looking at prices was wonderful! That was about 20 years ago ( so $100 REALLY went a long way!) and I still remember how great it felt!
9. What is your policy on book lending? I only lend out books if asked—I don’t offer to lend because I think it puts the lendee in an awkward position if they really don’t want to read the book. I haven’t had any bad experiences (books being damaged, etc) with lending books in a really long time.
10. Favorite genre? I prefer contemporary, realistic fiction to any other genre, but I do read outside this favorite area—more often now that I’ve been book-blogging.
11. Favorite biography? I LOVE Robert Caro’s multi-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson—the fifth and final volume should be out in the next 2-3 years. The first four volumes are in a place of honor in a special spot on one of my bookcases. When the latest volume came out about a year ago I left work on my lunch break to go buy the hardcover the day it was released, because yes, I am that geeky!
12. Favorite reading snack Anything chocolate that can be eaten with one hand (leaving the other hand free for page-turning!).
13. Favorite Poet? Unfortunately I don’t read enough poetry to have a favorite poet.
14. How often have you returned books to the library unread? Often. I don’t view checking out books as any kind of contract. If I get to them, great—if I don’t, I can always check them out again at another time.
15. Favorite film adaptation of a novel? I LOVED the movie adaptation of Ordinary People by Judith Guest—it’s one of my favorite films. I’ve probably watched it at least ten times and there are certain scenes that make me cry every single time.
16. Most disappointing film adaptation? I remember going to see the cartoon version of Charlotte’s Web when I was a kid and being really angry about it—there were scenes added that weren’t in the book and none of the characters voices matched with what was in my head. Plus—Charlotte sang in the movie and the “real Charlotte” would NEVER sing!
17. Name a book that made you angry. I remember being very angry when I read Randy Shilts’ And The Band Played On about the early years of the AIDS crisis. So much got in the way of containing, preventing, and educating in those days. It’s one of my favorite narrative nonfiction books, but I still remember how sad and furious I felt when I read it for the first time.
18. A book that you expected to like but didn’t? I REALLY wanted to like Landline by Rainbow Rowell (I adored Eleanor & Park, really, really liked Fangirl, and enjoyed Attachments) but I just couldn’t get past the gimmick that she used in the plot. As I was reading it I kept thinking, “Rainbow, you are too freaking talented to have to resort to stuff like this!” I finished it, but I just didn’t care for it.
19. Do you like to keep your books organized? YES! I don’t alphabetize, but I do shelve my books by theme/subject matter. Plus I have one bookcase devoted to books I haven’t read yet. I would NEVER come home from the bookstore and just put all the books in one spot—they need to be shelved with the rest of their “family”.
20. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? I’m a keeper! I love being able to see the books that I’ve read and remember where I was when I read them, or recall what I enjoyed. I guess that’s why I have to keep buying bookcases . . .
How about you? Do we have any answers in common? Feel free to answer any of these questions in the comments below–or borrow the whole thing and write your own post! If you do, leave a link in the comments so I can visit and read your answers!