Monday, February 9, 2009

Q & A

So, these little interviews have been going on all over the blogosphere. Thanks to Pop Culture Junkie, my fellow book lover, for sending me some questions to answer.


1. What is one book you hate?

This is a hard question! In my post about Chick Lit, I mention some books I never finished. And there are some other books (On Beauty, The Secret of Lost Things) that I didn't finish last year. However, I'm not sure I can say that because I didn't finish them, I "hate" them. More that they were boring. I pretty much know what I like. I think high school turned me off to Ayn Rand, but if I were to pick up her books again, who knows...

2. What is your favorite classic?

I didn't read too many classics in high school, but in college my roommate introduced me to both Pride & Prejudice and The Great Gatsby. Loved them! But, I think my most favorite classic is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. I read this book in English 1001 freshman year and was completely surprised by how much I loved it. I should really read it again.

3. What was your favorite book from your childhood?

I read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett several times, as well as Just As Long As We're Together by Judy Blume (seriously, I probably read that 20 times). I read those books in late elementary school. Earlier than that I loved anything by Tomie dePaola (Strega Nona rocks!), and Molly was my favorite American Girl. (However, when I was reading those 20 years ago, there was only Molly, Samantha and Kirsten. Did you know they're actually retiring Samantha?!)

4. What is your favorite series?

Well, we all know I fell in love with vampires last summer with the Twilight series; I so enjoyed the Traveling Pants; but really, when I have to choose, Harry Potter wins over all series I've ever read (child, teen or adult). They're magical, complex and hopeful, and to put all those themes into a book that's meant for pre-teens/teens, well, that takes some talent. I loved every single one of those books. I look forward to reading them again someday.
5. Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket on or off?

I used to read with the jacket on, but when I started dating my husband, he would always take the jackets off his books. I realized this kept the cover looking nicer, plus it kept snoopy people on the bus from knowing what I was reading!

Thanks Alea, of Pop Culture Junkie!

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Alea said...

Yay! And Samantha is the best American Girl, what a stupid decision on their part!

CMS said...


1. What is one book you hate? Hate is such a strong word, isn't it?
I really didn't like The Friday Night Knitting Club. I wasn't impressed with the writing, the characters were too perfect and cardboard (with the exception of Georgia's best friend Cat),and it seemed like I was almost done with the book before I realized what it was supposed to be about.

2. What are your favorite classics?
1984 by George Orwell, Jack London's Call of the Wild, Color Purple by Alice Walker, Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea

3. What was your favorite book from your childhood?

Either Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing or Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

4. What is your favorite series?
Hmmm ... tie between Little House on the Prairie or Little Women

5. Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket on or off? On

This was a fun one, A!

maega said...

1. What is one book you hate?
That would have to be the statistics book from freshman year... No j/k it would have been this one book (can't remember the title... sorry- shows how much I liked it) about sisters and one of the sister was portrayed with bad bad grammar and a simple mind, when I thought the author could have built a better character. I really thought the use of profanity was also really bad. Not that I don't like profanity...

2. What are your favorite classics?
Catcher in the Rye- is that a classic?

3. What was your favorite book from your childhood?
Zucchini by Barbara Dana. I think I read it 10 times and loved it. Otherwise it would be Where the Red Fern Grows- LOVED that one too-cried every time.

4. What is your favorite series?
Twilight. But I have been a sucker for the simple books about the priest in the Mitford (Jan Karon)series.

5. Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket on or off?
Well- the only hardcovers I have read have been from a certain someone, and I always wondered what I should do, so now my answer is off :)

4you said...

I always read A's hardcovers with the jacket off! I don't want to ruin them. I read mine with the jacket off too. I'm clumsy so they always slip off and I drop the book and lose my page! Ugh.

willikat said...

I like leaving the jacket on, and using the inside flap as a bookmark.

I hated the Scarlet Letter and Pride and Prejudice. And I'm hating the one I'm currently reading, but because I'm compulsive I have to finish it.

My fave classics: 1984, The Color Purple, Crime and Punishment. I probably love more but that's all I can come up with for that.

I had Samantha (still do at my parents' house) and I'm very sad she's being retired.

And, you reminded me I'm a bad blogger and never wrote questions for people.


Em said...

1. What is one book you hate?

I hated the Memory Keepers Daughter. I know a lot of people love it, but I thought the characters were hateful.

2. What is your favorite classic?

Pride and Prejudice, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

3. What was your favorite book from your childhood?

I loved a Wrinkle in Time and Island of the Blue Dolphins. Also, all of Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary's books.

I had Samantha - and I can't believe she is being retired, either!

4. What is your favorite series?

Definitely Harry Potter. Laura Ingalls Wilder would be second.

5. Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket on or off?

Off, because I am hard on books.