October 9, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Questions

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Booking Through Thursday

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.

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  1. There are so many interesting reads just waiting for your time, give up on the ones you did not connect with.

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  2. I generally agree with giving up things you can't get into, but I would encourage you to give Grapes of Wrath a little longer. I enjoyed the characters, but I think it is not meant to be a novel about the characters. It is an epic story of the plight of thousands and thousands of people. I think the story in this case is much more important than the characters.

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  3. I understand about not really connecting with the Grapes Of Wrath! All great answers. Thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  4. Interesting survey! I agree, I hate to give up too and always try to postpone it a little more. I also agree with the first commenter here though...there are way to many other books waiting for us ;-)

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  5. Chris, Pemberley Shades sounds interesting!

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  6. I'd love to read Jane Eyre and some of Austen's novels again some time.

    I agree about both good plot and good writing being needed.

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  7. I've read Jane Eyre many times, too. Such a great story! :)

    And guess what? You won my BAFAB giveaway!

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  8. I'm on the read Mansfield Park and Persuasion.

    This question pretty much sums up many of the past ones.

    I mostly read fiction, although once in a while a non-fiction, like history or a biography will interest me.

    My favorite genres are historical fiction, foreign literature, and classics.

    My complete answer.

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  9. I hate to give up in reading books, so sometime I try to read it through to the end. It get better sometime. but when it doesn't, that when I know I need to give up. I haven't read any books you mention here, but thanks for belated Birthday shout out!

    Happy BTTs and have a good Thursday!

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  10. Ooo I like the word feisty - it's the perfect for Jane!

    I hate giving up a book also, but sometimes it's a good thing. And who knows in a couple days or even a couple years you may try again and enjoy your read more.

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  11. Hey there. I did BTT early and had it automatically post so I wasn't able to add my url to the list or visit others until now. So just wanted to let you know I've read your BTT and that mine's here if you want to read it.

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