A Book Meme

I can’t pass up a good book meme and I saw this one on Matt’s blog so I had to snag it.

On your nightstand now: My Lady of Cleves by Margaret Campbell Barnes, Capote in Kansas by Kim Powers, Fanny Fern by Ruth Hall and Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie.

Book you’ve “faked” reading: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I never read this one in high school or college but I feel as if I know the whole story.

Book you’ve bought for the cover: Ooh so many books capture my attention just from the cover or title alone. I can’t think of a recent book but I am sure I picked up The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald because of the cover (a bookshop!) and the title. I was sure I wouldn’t be let down by this book and I wasn’t. It was wonderful and I highly recommend it.

Favorite book when you were a child: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst.

Book that changed your life: What a tough question. I can’t say that a book necessarily changed my life but many of them have given me insight, comfort and joy. I think what’s life changing is learning to read and growing to love books.

Favorite line from a book: “To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband’s dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor.” from Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn. I thought that was a great opening.

Top five favorite authors: Sandra Cisneros, David Sedaris, Margaret Atwood, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carol Shields. (Ask me tomorrow and my list might be different).

Books you recommend as regeneration when people say, “I’m bored by almost all contemporary American writers”: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

Book you can’t believe that everyone has not read and loved: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson.

Book you are an “evangelist” for: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Book you most want to read for the first time: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I loved this book and I still get a bit emotional when I think of it.

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