Friday, August 24, 2007

An Irresistible Reading Meme

I've seen this meme all over the place, most recently done by Kate, as well as its creator Dewey, Imani, Danielle, Eva, and varied others. It immediately made me think about my potential answers, so to get it out of my head, I'm now taking my turn.

What are you reading right now?
I always have a few on the go; currently in my bedside stack are I May be some time by Francis Spufford, Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (ready to start on it again along with Danielle), and a few ARCs: Turtle Valley by Gail Anderson Dargatz, October by Richard Wright, and My Mother's daughter, a memoir by Rona Maynard.

Do you have any idea what you'll read when you’re done with that?
Well, besides the next two on the bottom of the bedside stack, that depends on which challenges I decide to take up...I’m considering quite a few currently and will have to post about them this week.The two (mostly) certain ones are The Republic of Nothing by Lesley Choyce (a reread) and Mr. Skeffington by Elizabeth von Arnim.

What magazines do you have in your bathroom right now?
In the bathroom, none. That is the one room in the house I prefer to keep free of reading material.

What’s the worst thing you were ever forced to read?
I don’t feel forced to read these days; if I don’t like it I don’t finish it. But when required by school or professional duties I have sometimes slogged my way through something dull. The one book I recall detesting was in Grade 11 English, when we had to read and discuss, interminably, The Citadel by A.J. Cronin. It was so predictable and so very dull.

What's the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?
I keep recommending the fantastic Swedish novel Doctor Glas by Hjalmar Soderberg, but I don’t think anyone I’ve mentioned it to has actually read it. Sigh.

Admit it, the librarians at your library know you on a first name basis, don't they?
I hope so. I work with them!

Is there a book you absolutely love, but for some reason, people never think it sounds interesting, or maybe they read it and don't like it at all?
I don’t recommend just one book to a lot of people I know - most of my family/friends aren’t really big readers. I try to match the person to a specific book according to taste (that’s actually one of my favourite parts of my job as well). That said, I'm often telling people they should read Enchanted April just because I love it so much. I have favourites in literary fiction, children's fiction, mysteries etc. and recommend them according to whoever I'm talking to.

Do you read books while you eat? While you bathe? While you watch movies or TV? While you listen to music? While you’re on the computer? While you're having sex? While you’re driving?
I really prefer to do one thing at a time, the only concession I make is that I do read and eat concurrently. I’ve made a valiant effort to read and watch tv but it just means I don’t know what is happening in either.

When you were little, did other children tease you about your reading habits?
No, not tease, but they did hide their books when I was invited over to play.

What's the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn't put it down?
The very first time I ever stayed up all night reading was to finish To Kill a Mockingbird in Grade 11. The latest late night was for Frances Itani's Remembering the Bones, which I posted about in June. Great story.
For sheer entertainment value I think I stayed up until I'd finished the latest Earlene Fowler mystery a couple of weeks ago.


  1. It was fun seeing your answers! Glad to see you're w/ me on the bathroom thing. :)

  2. I love The Enchanted April too! I could use a week in that villa right about now...

  3. I wish I could join you and Danielle in reading Kristin Lavransdattar! But I know if I picked up a huge book like that right now, I'd feel overwhelmed. Maybe at some point in the future.

  4. Eva- completely!

    Kate - I dream about San Salvatore on miserable days :)

    Dorothy - I'm ready to tackle KL, since I haven't just finished Don Quixote AND Proust, like SOME people!!

  5. Oh, dear, more books to look up. :)

  6. I'm the same way, not able to combine reading with anything else (except eating). Can you sit and watch a movie or TV show while you use the computer? I have friends who do that, and I just can't. I lose all track of the movie or show.

  7. I've got a copy of Doctor Glas! Haven't read it yet but plan to one of these days!

  8. Stefanie - hope you'll find Doctor Glas worth the read!

    Dewey - no, can't do that either. I must have a one track mind :)

  9. I really need to read The Enchanted April! How is Kristin Lavransdatter coming? I am into the second part of the first book. I am really enjoying it!

  10. Danielle - Enchanted April is a wonderful read. I'm enjoying rereading KL and am almost at the part where I left off last time. Lots of new drama ahead...


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