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15 September 2019
Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The
Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the
blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most
interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first - Judd
Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!
Who is your favourite author?
Probably Harlan Coben for fiction and Bill Bryson for non-fiction.
What was the last book you read?
Ironically, "Play Dead" by Harlan Coben.
What book reminds you of your school days?
Any of the
Black Stallion books
What book releases are you looking forward to?
Book 8 of the "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon, promised by the end of
this year. Maybe.
What movie releases are you looking forward to?
Without a doubt -- Downton Abbey!
What 3 books are you planning to read?
* I just started a book called "Keeper: One House, Three Generations and a
Journey into Alzheimers," which is a woman's journal of her mother-in-law's
decline and not only sounds so terribly familiar but also explains some things
about my mother.
* "When Elephants Weep," about the emotional lives of animals
* "It Can't Happen Here," by Sinclair Lewis, described by Salon as "The novel
that foreshadowed Donald Trumpís authoritarian appeal."
Have you ever damaged a book?
Yes. When I was working in the book
store, I picked up a travel guide book about San Francisco, which describes the
big Catholic cathedral as having been built on the site of a supermarket.
Well, since I know full well that it was built on the site of my old high
school, which was torn down in order to build the church, I crossed out the
original text and wrote in the correct description. I didn't even
feel guilty about defacing the book!
How long does it take you to read a book?
Oh, I can finish a book in a day or two, but sometimes it takes me weeks or
months if I'm either busy or not really interested in the book
Books you havenít finished?
I started reading the "Left Behind" series on an enthusiastic review by my
cousin but it was such blatant propaganda that I got about 1/3 into it and threw
it across the room and never read it.
Popular books you didnít like?
The "Twilight" series which I only read to find out what happened, but
I didn't like the book. And because it seemed that everyone else was
reading it, I also read "50 Shades of Grey," which was such a bunch of crap with
the most unlikeable heroine ever, that I wasn't even tempted to read the other
two in the series.
Is there a book you wouldnít tell people you were reading?
Well, I didn't let people know I was reading "50 Shades of Grey" and
I was very glad for the innocuous cover of my Kindle.
How many books do you own?
Many, many many fewer than I did 2 weeks ago, when we finished sorting
through books and setting aside 25 or more boxes to donate. That doesn't
meant we have few books. There are at least 60 books in this tiny office
alone and this probably has the fewest books in the house.
Are you a fast or slow reader?
It depends on the book. A Harlan Coben book will keep me awake all
night, turning pages at a rapid speed to find out how it ends.
"Keeper," which I just started will take quite a bit longer.
Do you read better in your head our out loud?
I've never read out loud to myself.