Maya Angelou is quoted as having said
“…you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”
I think you can tell a lot about a person with books – whether they read, what kind of books they choose and how they use the information they receive. But we’ll save the analysis for another time. For now, I’ve got 21 questions and they’re all about books. Try to answer them yourself, or ask a book lover to get to know them a little better.
1. Favorite childhood book? Escape to Last Man’s Peak by Jean D’Costa
2. What are the 3 most memorable books you have read?
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- A Woman’s Worth by Marianne Williamson
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
3. What are you reading right now? One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
4. What books do you have on request at the library? Wild by Cheryl Strayed and All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
5. Bad book habit? Staying up reading all night instead of going to sleep
6. Do you prefer turning pages or an e-reader? Traditional pages
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? One book at a time, unless it’s a heavy book and I need to take a break and get some light, happy reading in.
8. The book you’re proudest to have read? A tie:
- The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ( it’s a big book, his name carries weight in literary circles and I felt really accomplished when I was done)
- 1984 by George Orwell (the book is so frequently referenced in journalistic writing that I think I would feel inadequate if I hadn’t read it)
9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?) Probably Girl’s Guide to Love and Supper Clubs. I found the character annoying and the editing was inferior – I wanted to just fix it.
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year? Definitely the book I’m reading now (#2)
11. What is your reading comfort zone? Non-fiction psychology books and contemporary fiction.
12. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? Depends. Doing a reading challenge helps me to branch out.
13. Favorite place to read? In bed
14. Favorite poet or poem? Tie: Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou. One of my favorite poem is Lochinvar by Sir Walter Scott
15. What is your policy on book lending? If it’s someone I trust. Otherwise, I rather just give you your own copy of the book to spare myself being disappointed that you don’t treat the book the way I do.
16. Do you ever dog-ear books? Not anymore. I use something, anything, for a marker (even lint from my pocket) or I memorize the page number.
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? Occasionally – religious study books. Otherwise, I use Post-It’s to tag quotes and passages I want to revisit
18. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through? If the plot is too heavy or the language too trite.
19. What will inspire you to recommend a book? A great plot, strong characters and a novel way to tell a story (pun intended)
20. Favorite biography? 41: Portrait of My Father by George H.W. Bush
21. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success by Steve HarveyFeel free to comment and answer a few of these questions yourselves or link if you answer them someplace else.
What question would you add to this list?
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