Friday, February 8, 2013

Book Questions


Just for Fun -- Answer in the comments

1. What's your favorite book from your childhood ?
2. What book you would choose to read to a child?
3. What book did you really hate having to read for school?
4.  What book did you read last?

5. What book are you reading or plan to read?
6. What do you like to read when you're sad?
7. What kind of books do you avoid?
8. What book would you recommend to Vicki?
 
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18 comments:

katy gilmore said...

1. What's your favorite book from your childhood ? Enid Blyton "Valley of Adventure"
2. What book you would choose to read to a child? "Little House on the Prairie" books or/ the Oz books and/or Narnia books
3. What book did you really hate having to read for school? "Moby Dick"
4. What book did you read last? "Run" by Ann Patchett
(Sorry Vicki, have to do this in two comments)

katy gilmore said...

5. What book are you reading or plan to read? "Mendel's Dwarf" by Simon Mawer, "Table Comes First" by Adam Gopnik, "Rome" by Robert Hughes
6. What do you like to read when you're sad? Something really good, really literate that reminds me how life is precious.
7. What kind of books do you avoid? Total junk and mean and cynical things.
8. What book would you recommend to Vicki? "A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry, "Angels and Ages" by Adam Gopnik (about Lincoln and Darwin - you'd love)"Nature's Cure" by Richard Mabey
Thanks Vicki- that was fun!

Thérèse said...

1 The series of books "Martine"
Emma for English Speaking...
2 Today it would be "Cactus Hotel"
3 I don't really remember... probably Andromaque by Racine...:-)
4 "Le pingouin" by Andrei Kourkov (I just checked the title in English: "Death and the pinguin")
5 A book by Kundera but I am too lazy to go and look at the long title...
6 The book would remain the one I am on...
7 Books about wars
8 Hard to tell, actually I can easily think that you would very much like the one from No 4


Martin said...

1. What's your favorite book from your childhood ? - Swallows And Amazons by Arthur Ransome
2. What book you would choose to read to a child? - Depends on the age of the child, but probably anything by Roald Dahl.
3. What book did you really hate having to read for school? - Can't recall one that I hated.
4. What book did you read last? - Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
5. What book are you reading or plan to read? - Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
6. What do you like to read when you're sad? - Anything by Spike Milligan
7. What kind of books do you avoid? - Romantic fiction
8. What book would you recommend to Vicki? - Black Swan Green by David Mitchell or (just for fun) The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Brian Miller said...

1 starting in middle school i read a series called dragonlance....devoured them for years...

2 see above

3 actually julius ceasar

4 this revolution will be accessorized

5 jodi picoults new one...cant think of the title...

Novice Naturalist said...

1 and 2--Lad, A Dog by Albert Payson Terhune
3. Don't recall being made to read a book I hated
4. Just finished One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash
5. Reading Firecracker Boys by Dan O'Neill and The Art of Power (about Thomas Jefferson)
6. When sad, I read Whitman (also read Whitman when happy)
7.Avoid almost all science fiction--just don't care for it
8. Vicki, given your concerns for environment and for human welfare in general, I think you'd enjoy the Firecracker Boys book--about Edward Teller's intention to use atomic bombs to reshape the coast of Alaska and how that intenetion was narrowly averted.
Thanks for the fun quiz on readings.

KarenB said...

1. Little Women
2. very young - Goodnight Moon, Make Way for Ducklings, older - Narnia
3. The Grapes of Wrath
4. A Taint in the Blood - Dana Stabenow
5. A Deeper Sleep - Dana Stabenow (I'm re-reading the series)
6. Winter Solstice - Rosamund Pilcher
7. horror, formulaic romance
8. Paladin of Souls - Lois McMaster Bujold

Vicki Lane said...

Oh, I love all these answers.

1. Like Katy, I loved the Blyton Adventure books, and the Oz book -- my favorite would be the Narnia books

2.I love reading Dr, Seuss aloud -- and Sendak's WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE.

3.I hated Middlemarch and Silas Marner.

4.The last book I read was PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (for the umpteenth time)

5. I'am currently listening to THE HISTORIAN by Elizabeth Kostova.

6. When I'm sad, I read Angela Thirkell's Barsetshire Chronicles or EF Benson's Lucia books. Or PG Wodehouse.

7.I mostly avoid very cozy mysteries that involve knitting and other crafts, Also chick lit. Also romance novels.

Vicki Lane said...

Martin - I didn't read Swallows and Amazons till I was an adult -- it's a good one!

Brian -- my older son also devoured the Dragonlance books.

Novice N -- I loved Lad too.

Karen B -- My grandmother read LITTLE WOMEN to me -- and I still love it -- I reread it not long ago. And Rosamund Pilcher is a comfort read for me too.

Tammy said...

1. Beyond Rope & Fence by David Grew--a Black Beauty of the west sort of story--I read it over and over and cried every time. I was so thrilled to find a copy of it a year or so ago. Also any dog/cat/horse book, Albert Payson Terhune, Lassie, Jean Slaughter Doty, Margeret Henry, James Herriot (Of course!)
2.I think I would go with the Little House Books as well or if they were animal lovers, some of the milder James Herroit stories.
3. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
4. Honestly I'm still struggling through it--another mystery genre type that is so boring and blah. I couldn't even tell you the name of it...
5. I got three books about the Biosphere Project for Christmas and am looking forward to reading about that fascinating adventure.
6. Hillerman all the way, baby! His books are old friends.
7. I don't like allot of angst--books that have all these horrible tragedies 'but everything turns out okay'--yeah, right-. Blech. Life has its own full set of angst, I don't need to wallow in it when I read.
8. I really enjoyed Sylvia's Farm. It's about an older single lady that has a sheep farm..;-) Also I find Doreen Tovey's little books about their cats and adventures very charming and they make me laugh.
Thanks Vicki, that was fun!
Tammy

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JJM said...

1) The one that stayed with me is Selma Lagerlof's Nils Holgersson.

2) Depends on the child's age, nature, and mood, of course. Picking just one, and thinking of a child whose day has gone wrong: Rosemary Wells's Voyage to the Bunny Planet (three books, actually, but all very short). ... Heck, I've got the boxed set here on my desk at work, and the omnibus edition at home. Who needs a child? When it's been one of those days, out comes the Wells.

3) None. Even loved the dreaded Moby Dick, which I still read periodically.

4) (Print) Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon; (Kindle) Heaven's Fire by Sandra Balzo.

5) (Print) Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett; (Kindle) Llama of Death by Betty Webb. Yep, in a genre mood of late.

6) Anything that isn't also sad.

7) Romance (especially when it descends to the Harlequin level); horror of the body parts and dripping ichor sort; books with too much overt violence or sex, especially if I get the feeling the author is just adding those scenes to distract me from noticing how bad the writing is, overall.

8) Only one?? Anything by Robertson Davies, but especially The Deptford Trilogy; Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin; Little, Big by John Crowley; and Daniel J. Boorstin's The Discoverers, The creators, and The Seekers.--Mario R.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Great post...makes me think rather than just appreciate your words!
1. favorite book from childhood ? - Don't remember, I devoured books by 6th grade.
2. to read to a child? - Terry Pratchett's (if over 3rd grade) or the Harry Potter books
3. really hate having to read for school? - Can't recall one that I hated. Never got through Ulysses though.
4. read last? - Your recommendation, Charles Fraizer's Nightwoods. Riveting, haunting!
5. reading or plan to read? Terry Pratchett & Baxter, The Long Earth - next is Toni Morrison's A Mercy
6. What do you like to read when you're sad? Either Starhawk or Tom Robbins - almost anything.
7. What kind of books do you avoid? - Romantic fiction
8. What book would you recommend to Vicki? I don't know if you like Sci-Fiction, but I recently read a new book that shines in "can't put it down" -ness for me. Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds.

Anonymous said...

1.Favorite childhood book? Anne of Green Gables series, loved them at age 10 and still reread one now and then.
2. What book to read to a child? Velveteen Rabbit
3. What book did you hate for school? Hemingway
4. Read last? The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva
5. Reading or plan to read? Dana Stabenow's newest when it comes out soon, and Vicki Lane's next book as soon as available
6. What do you like to read when you're sad? The Callahan series by Spider Robinson, science fiction at it's best, with a heart, outrageous but somehow believable characters and rather fantastic plots that all work. Have read them when waiting for biopsy results, after the death of a close friend, and at other key moments. Never fails to rekindle faith and strength and hope, whatever these may mean to you.
7. What kind of books do you avoid? Romances, bad science fiction, westerns, any recent book with Grey in the title
8. What book would you recommend to Vicki? The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe or Time and Again by Jack Finney

Lynne in GA

NCmountainwoman said...

1. Favorite childhood book? A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
2. Favorite to read to child? Peter Rabbit
3. Hated for school? Old Man and the Sea
4. Read last? Gone Girl
5. Reading now? The President's Club, The Front Porch Prophet, Twelve Tribes of Hattie
6. Sad? Anne Morrow Lindbergh
7. Avoid? racy romance novels
8. Recent favorite: Flight Behavior

Gwen said...

1. The Little House Books and Louis May Alcott books.
2. The Little House Books and "The Railway Children" by Edith Nesbit - I read all of these aloud to my children at bedtime over the course of the years.
3. "Washington Square" by Henry James - 11th grade English. I thought it would never end! Perhaps I should go back and try it as an adult; maybe I would appreciate it more.
4. "A Red Herring Without Mustard" by Alan Bradley
5. Currently-"Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos, waiting in the wings - Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini and "I Am Half Sick of Shadows" by Alan Bradley
6. Anything to make me laugh out loud - "Life Among the Savages" by Shirley Jackson, "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by Jean Shepherd
7. Anything by Nicholas Sparks - too much ethos and sadness.
8. "The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley and then the others in the series. Flavia de Luce is such an original character among the mystery genre and I just love the shenanigans between Flavia and her sisters!

Thérèse said...

I liked reading all the comments! Thks.

anotherliz said...

1. What's your favorite book from your childhood ?
When I was little, The Animals of Farmer Jones by Leah Gale, illustrated by Rudolf Freund. (I still have the “Little Golden Book”.) I found Heinlein’s Rolling Stones when I was 13 and read that genre almost exclusively for the next decade.

2. What book you would choose to read to a child?
I think something they choose.

3. What book did you really hate having to read for school?
Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge.

4. What book did you read last?
The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye, very good historical mystery set in 1840’s New York.

5. What book are you reading or plan to read?
The Grand Tour by Caroline Stevermer and Patricia C. Wrede. Young Adult and okay sequel to the superb Sorcery and Cecelia, which really should be read first.

6. What do you like to read when you're sad?
I like to reread books that I can count on; ones that I know are funny like H.E. Bates Darling Buds of May series or comfort reads like the Thrush Green or Fairacre series by Miss Read.

7. What kind of books do you avoid?
Noir- life is bleak enough.

8. What book would you recommend to Vicki?
For fun reads that are still good mysteries, either Kerry Greenwood or Colin Cotterill. Both should be started with the first in the series I think: Kerry Greenwood’s Cocaine Blues aka Death by Misadventure, and Cotterill’s The Coroner’s Lunch.