Booking Through Thursday – A Bookish Meme

Booking Through ThursdayWhat was the last book you bought?

The Dead and The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Name a book you have read MORE than once

The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?

I think that every thing you read changes some part of your world view, even if it does not have a major impact upon you. Even if a person does not realize it at the time, every new piece of knowledge will alter their previous thoughts. So perhaps it wouldn’t change the way I see life, but it would surely change my understanding of certain things.

How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews

All of the above.

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?

I like both fiction and non-fiction, but fiction is always my comfort reading.

What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?

Not necessarily beautiful writing but skilled writing. Without a good writer, the very best plots can become tiresome.

Most loved/memorable character (character/book)

There are so many, but to be fair to both sexes the first two that pop into my mind are Alice from Wonderland and Iago from Othello.

Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?

I have way too many books going at the moment, but the ones I am closest to finishing are Will Storr VS The Supernatural and Low Man by TJ Vargo.

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?

I finished Ghost In The Mirror by Leslie Rule last night before bed.

Have you ever given up on a book half way in?

Sure have, the most recent being Tolkein’s The Silmarillion.



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12 comments:

Smilingsal said...

Oh, good answer: all books read "change my understanding of certain things."

Fyrefly said...

I found The Silmarillion was a LOT easier to listen to than to read - more of the poetry comes across when it's read out loud for you, and I had an easier time getting absorbed in the stories.

Sarah said...

"Not necessarily beautiful writing but skilled writing. Without a good writer, the very best plots can become tiresome."

That expresses how I feel really well! I'm glad I'm not the only reader out there who feels this way (most of the BTT responses I've looked at so far said plot).

Shana @ Literarily said...

Joanne, I like the distinction you made re: skilled vs. beautiful writing.

In my mind, beautiful writing is usually skilled writing but skilled writing is not always necessarily beautiful.

Cathy said...

Have you read Pfeffer's Life As We Knew It?

Yasmin said...

Not necessarily beautiful writing but skilled writing. Without a good writer, the very best plots can become tiresome.

I AGREE!

Nymeth said...

I love your answers to #3 and #6!

Dewey said...

I'm glad you give up on books halfway through if necessary. I do too; no guilt reading for me!

And hey, you won a book over at my blog! The post should be up later today.

Bluestocking said...

I actually made it through the Silmarillion more than twice.

Traci said...

I like your choice of Iago - not so much loved for me, but definitely memorable - much more interesting than Othello himself.

Dawn said...

I like your picks for memorable characters - Alice and Iago (now what it a meeting between those two be like?!)

Marie said...

I agree- well-crafted writing is a must:-)