Twenty Questions About Me & My Books

I saw this questionnaire on Leeswammes’ Blog this morning and it looked fun, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

The Great Leap-Fraud: Social Economics of Religious Terrorism, Volume 1, Judaism and Christianity1. Which book has been on your shelf the longest? The Great Leap-Fraud: Social Economics of Religious Terroism Volume I- Judaism and Christianity by A.J. Deus. This is the first book I won in a Goodreads giveaway back in March and while it does sound interesting, it’s a huge book and I just haven’t made myself push it to the front of the list.

What About the Boy?: A Father's Pledge to His Disabled Son2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next? I’m currently reading Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris. I’ve read all the Sookie books and I’m really hoping this series goes better than that one. The last book I read was Brave the Wild Wind by Joanna Lindsey. My next book is What About the Boy? by Stephen Gallup. Stephen writes about his autistic son and I know this is one of those books I need to surround with fluff reading so I can get through it without breaking down.

3. What book did everyone like and you hated? I can’t say that I *hated* them, but I recently read Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby, both for the first time, and I really can’t see what’s so great about them that they would be considered “classics”.

4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?  Books: the Harry Potter series

5. Which book are you saving for “retirement?”  If I ever get a few weeks when I have nothing else to read (Ha!), I’d like to re-read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Or re-read all the In Death books by J.D. Robb.

6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end? Are you kidding? I can’t even stand to read a series out of order. It would drive me crazy to read the last page before I got there.

7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside? Okay, I’m such a nerd. I read all of  it. The acknowledgements, the author’s notes, everything.

8. Which book character would you switch places with? I didn’t even have to think about this one. Eve Dallas from the In Death series by J.D. Robb.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)? Not really one book, but reading Johanna Lindsey reminds of high school when my two best friends and I would swap Lindsey books so we could all read them.

Mine Is the Night: A Novel10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.  Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs was the first book I got directly from a publisher as a result of my reviews, rather than as part of a review program.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person? Not really for a special reason, but I sent a box of books to an online friend a few months ago, and I love giving away books on my blog.

12. Which book has been with you to the most places? I read too quickly to have taken any books many places, but one of my bibles has moved to several houses with me.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad ten years later? If I didn’t like it the first time I read it, why would I read it again ten years later?

14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book? An old draft card. I kept meaning to go online and see if I could find a way to get it back to the family, but I never did and now I’m not sure where it is.

15. Used or brand new? Who cares? If I can see the words, that’s all the matters.

16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses? I don’t know if he’s a genius, but he was my first author addiction. I’ve read everything he wrote before his accident a few years ago, with the exception of a few articles and stories from magazines. I’ve only read a few things he’s written since the accident. No real reason, except that I’ve kind of moved away from horror.

It17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book? I can’t say that I *liked* Stephen King’s It better as a movie, but it certainly was scarier as a movie, and I really don’t like clowns now.

Cujo18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid? Stephen King’s Cujo. It’s been a while, but I remember I hated watching the movie. I think it was because the book and the movie had completely different endings.

19. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question? Not that I can think of.

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto20. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take? I’ve just started reading book blogs, and I haven’t found one yet that I mesh with completely, but over the years, my friend Deanna has steered me toward several books and I’ve mostly enjoyed all of them. (Because of the “mostly”, I’ll forgive her for Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto, which she didn’t technically recommend anyway.)