Excuse the blogging hiatus. I got caught by a moohoomoo little sickiness. A wonderfully talented blogger, Emily, tagged me for the bookshelf challenge. I’m glad to oblige:
1) Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?
Honestly, I’m not afraid of sad books. However… I shy away from the depressing. To me there is a big difference. I’ve been avoiding 1984 and The War Of the Worlds for way too long because I’m rarely in the mood for downers.
2) Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle opened me to the world of Sci-Fi. I’ve never been a huge fan of anything unrealistic. I’m still extremely picky about when it comes to Sci-Fi, but A Wrinkle in Time was a good intro.
3) Find a book that you want to reread.
Definitely Crime and Punishment by Fydor Dhostovhesky. There was so much there. I was frustratingly conscious while reading it that I was barely scratching the surface, and yet it was so thought provoking, even at that level, that I couldn’t complain.
4) Is there a book series you read but wish that you hadn’t?
Usually those books get thrown out long before I finish them.
5) If your house was burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?
My Bible. One hundred percent of course.
6) Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?
Little House on the Prarie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was obsessed with her as a child. In fact, from third to sixth grade, I went out to my backyard almost everyday to play pioneer. It took me a long time to get over the fact that my life long goal of becoming a pioneer, settling the West, wasn’t going to happen. Plus, my mommy read them to us. I often have stronger memories of books I listened to rather than read.
7) Find a book that has inspired you the most.
Well, the Bible… that’s rather obvious. As far as literature goes, I really couldn’t choose one. So many have impacted me in so many different ways. A few heavy hitters:
Jacob Have I Loved, Katherine Patterson
War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
8) Do you have any autographed books?
Not personally. My older brothers have a few signed books form the Redwall series.
9) Find the book that you have owned the longest.
A children’s A.A. Milne set including Winnie the Pooh, The House on Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, and Now We are Six. Apart from the fact that A.A. Milne is one of my favorite writers of all time, they are very dear to my heart because my oldest sister gave them to me on my sixth birthday. I haven’t seen her in over ten years, to me that’s tragic. I didn’t grow up with her; my parents met her in junior high and adopted her after she turned 18. However, she is my sister. I miss her. I know she is going to come back to us and be a part of our lives again someday. I just don’t know when. Until then, I think of her whenever I open my favorite children’s books.
10) Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?
I wasn’t expecting to enjoy Margaret Peterson Haddix’s The Missing series. As I mentioned, I’m extremely picky about sci fi. Particularly when it comes to time travel. I can’t stand things that are not well thought out or realistic. She did an interesting job with the time travel thing. Then she weaved in a bunch of history mysteries… of course that got me ; )