(a day late, because Blogger was down for maintenance yesterday)
- What are some of your favorite books, and why? Jane Austen books, because the world is so different from today’s society, and yet so many things still apply. It takes a while to get into the language, but her characters are interesting and creative. The books are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes happy… and usually you know how they’re supposed to end, but it’s still cry-worthy when it happens that way. The Chronicles of Narnia were really good, both times I’ve read them – you really should read all seven if you haven’t (feel free to borrow them from me next time you’re at my house, unless I don’t know you and you’re breaking in, which would be mean). I loved “Good In Bed” and “In Her Shoes” by Jennifer Weiner, and the Kristen Billerbeck books. If you’re looking for nonfiction, “When I Relax I Feel Guilty” changed my life, “There Are No Children Here” is a great telling of life in inner-city Chicago, and … The Bible. Really, there are so many good (especially fiction) books that I could reread again and again. For more recommendations, see #4, or check out my All Consuming list (see left sidebar for link).
- How many books do you read during a typical month? Not many these days – it takes me a month or two to finish a book, unless it’s really short or really good, or for some strange reason I have a lot of free time. But about the only time I read (other than for school) is on the bus to ‘s, so that’s about an hour a week. Sad, I know.
- Where do you buy most of your books? I’ve been “forbidden” by myself to not purchase any new books until I read the bookshelf full that I already have. But, I occasionally make exceptions to this rule (which is probably why that stack of unread books isn’t getting much shorter). I like the larger bookstores, like Barnes & Noble or Borders (they’re my preferred), and occasionally, especially if I’m researching a particular subject, I use Amazon. I try not to, though, because I can spend a ton of money there before I even realize it.
- Recommend a good book to me (and your readers). There have been several books that have totally changed my life, or part of my life, or the way I think about something. Obviously, The Bible is a good place to start – if you haven’t read the whole thing through, I recommend you do so, as a storybook if nothing else. It took me over a year to do that, and you can find one-year plans or 3-year plans or make your own – just prepare yourself to work at it for a long time. Otherwise, I’ve really liked… Hinds Feet on High Places, Passion & Purity, anything Jane Austen comes highly recommended. I’m sure I could think of more if I were at home with my books in front of me.
Your turn! Answer #4 in the Comments!