25 September 2013
In honor of Banned Book week, I decided it was time to do this
reading meme, which I've had on file for a long time.
Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?
I know my mother always read to us. We had a set of books called "The Red
Books" which I intended to pass along to my children, but which have been stored
somewhere in this house and can't be found. But the first book that I remember
starting me on a love of reading was "The Black Stallion," which my friend Steve
loaned me. I ate through all those Walter Farley stories ("The Island
Stallion" was always my favorite) and discovered dog books at the library. I
never looked back
What are some books you read as a child?
The ones that stand out the most strongly are "The Black Stallion" and all
those books, "Midnight Moon" and the Dorothy Lyons books, "Lad a Dog"
and everything by Albert Peyson Terhune, "Little Women" and the Nancy Drew
books. I haunted Macy*s book section for new Nancy Drew books whenever I was in the
What is your favorite genre?
Now crime drama, but I also enjoy biographies and really anything that is well
Do you have a favorite novel?
"East of Eden" and "Prince of Tides." Also Bill Bryson's
"The Mother Tongue," which I really should read again. I loved that book about
the development of the English Language
Where do you usually read?
I read in my recliner while watching TV, I read in the car while Walt is driving.
I always have something to read in my purse whenever I'm in line somewhere or at
intermission of a show.
When do you usually read?
Whenever I have a free few minutes.
Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time?
Always. With my kindle, I can carry a library of books with me so that I always
have something of the genre I'm interested in reading at the time.
Do you read non-fiction in a different way or place than you read fiction?
Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the
For such a book lover, I"m embarrassed to say I haven't been in a library to
look at books for years. I buy used books from Logos and Kindle books. I
rarely buy new books.
Do you keep most of the books you buy? If not, what do you do with them?
Now, I take them to Logos.
What are you reading now?
"Catherine the Great," "My Love Affair with England,"
"Bombay Anna" (the "real" story of Anna and the King of
Siam),"Babi Yar," and "Many Lives, Many Masters" (a book on
Do you keep a "To Be Read" list?
No. My Kindle is so full I just read whatever is calling to me when I finish
the book I'm reading (or when I want a change of pace)
Whats next to be read?
Right now, just finishing one (or more) of the ones I'm reading is about all I can
handle without thinking of what's next.
What books would you like to reread?
I have too many books I want to read to take the time to re-read, but I am
re-listening to the Diana Gabaldon "Outlander" series in the car while waiting
for the publication of the next book in the series next year. (And if the mood strikes me,
I may pick up "The Mother Tongue" again)
Who are your favorite authors?
* John Steinbeck
* Pat Conroy
* Diana Gabaldon
* Tess Gerritsen
* Michael Connelly
* Albert Peyson Terhune