I’ve seen this series of questions floating around the ‘net the last few days, and thought it looked like a good one for us!
What was the last book you bought?
The last book I bought? Well, actually my husband picked it up for me in Alberta. I couldn't find it in bookstores here and I need it for my online bookclub: The Painted Veil.
Name a book you have read MORE than once
Just one? Well, I've read all the Austens (except for Mansfield Park) more than once, Jane Eyre many times. I also made a habit of reading Wuthering Heights at Christmastime for many years.
Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
Hmm... Fundamentally, no. I did see economics different after reading Atlas Shrugged. I also had less tolerance for whining.
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?
Fiction. Non-fiction doesn't grab me the way a good story does.
What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
Both, but beautiful writing has staying power. I will forget the plot of a novel but remember the writing long afterward.
Most loved/memorable character (character/book)
Jane Eyre. She's feisty.
Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
Pemberley Shades by D.A. Bonavia-Hunt. It's a 'lightly Gothic tale of Mr & Mrs Darcy.' It's early fanfiction of Pride and Prejudice, written in 1949.
What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?
I finished My Cousin Rachel on Sunday. I reviewed it here.
Have you ever given up on a book half way in?Unfortunately yes. I remember giving up on Memoirs of Cleopatra just after Caesar dies. I just couldn't get into it. That was years ago and I still mean to go back to it. At the moment, I'm about ready to give up on The Grapes of Wrath. I just can't connect with it. It's great writing and all but I'm not attached to any of the characters. I need a pep talk.