With Summer officially starting tomorrow, I thought I'd do something a little different for my Monday Book Nook post, something in celebration of books and Library Summer reading programs! So, here's a little list of 20 questions, book-related, that I thought might be fun to share. And if you're inclined, please check out the list in the comments section and put in your own responses for all to see!
Oh, one more thing: if you can't limit your answers to just one, no problem! On some of the questions, it's too hard to pick just one!
What is your favorite book?
Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. Favorite book in the series? Probably #1 or #7.
What is your favorite series?
See above - Harry Potter!
What is a story you've read that is just pure magic (as in, intriguing, beguiling...not a magic book, per se!)?
I can think of a few: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) - I don't see how anyone could put it down after the first chapter. Also, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl - the first part of the story is so magical! And (I'm cheating here with a third, I know!): The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - I remember reading this in middle school and was completely entranced by it.
What is a favorite book from your childhood?
I just loved Owl At Home by Arnold Lobel. Also, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.
What book are you reading right now?
Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie and the 3rd Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich.
What book have you always wanted to read, but never done so?
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy - just to have it under my literary belt, if I'm being honest. I've also always wanted to read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - I'm not sure why I've never read it.
What is your favorite bookstore?
The library, of course! You can get just about everything at the library that you can at a bookstore, with the possible exception of a Grande Caffe Latte, decaf, with caramel syrup (oh, yum)! A close second is The Book Loft, a charming maze-of-a-bookstore in Columbus Ohio's German Village.
Name a book that kept you up at night.
This seemed like a great question, but I honestly can't think of one........
Name a book-to-movie that you enjoyed (both or either version):
Well, one that comes to mind is a play, actually: Hamlet by Shakespeare. I think the play is amazing and loved the version starring Mel Gibson and Glenn Close. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl is another one, I really enjoyed both the book and the movie.
Name a character from a book that you'd love to meet:
Pi from Life of Pi, an excellent novel I just read this Spring. He seems so real, I feel like I've already met him, in a way!
Tell about a unique use for a book that you've employed:
Using a little board book to hold up a fan in the windowsill!
Have you ever had an experience where a book found its way to you?
I think you could interpret this question in a couple of different ways. Once DH and I were at an out-of-town used bookstore and I was perusing the photography books (of course!) and I saw a book with my co-worker's name written on the inside. I got it just for that reason, and still have it today, years later.
If you start reading a book, but don't like it, do you read all of it anyway, or stop?
Depends on how long the book is and my level of dislike.
What is one of your favorite non-fiction books?
I love, love, love Ursula Goodenough's The Sacred Depths of Nature. Spirituality and science all discussed in a poetic yet straightforward way.
When you're at a bookstore, what section do you head to first?
Knitting. If the Bachsters are with me, then the kids section (or the restrooms!).
If you give a book as a gift, do you inscribe your name & a message in it?
What's your favorite way to read a book - paper, Books-on-CD, Kindle, etc.?
I love to knit while I listen to a good book on CD. That being said, some books I prefer to read the paper version so that I can give my own "voice" to. Also, I like paper versions for keeping me company when I'm eating and everyone else has run off from the table!
Name an author whose work you love:
Have I gushed enough about JK Rowling? No? Then, JK Rowling it is! I just love her writing style!
What's next on your reading list?
I'm in line at the library for Bossypants by Tina Fey and A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, both on CD. I've also just reserved Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard. At a different library, I'm in the queue for the Art of Photography by Bruce Barnbaum.
Name a book that you find yourself reaching for time & time again, for whatever reason:
Now it's your turn! Go to the comments section and you'll see the list of questions. Cut and paste the list into your own comment & put your answers to them - I'd love to see them!
Happy Summer Reading!