Booking Through Thursday

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What was the last book you bought?

Andrea Barrett's Journey of the Narwhal and John Barth's Tidewater Tales

Name a book you have read MORE than once

The Great Gatsby, Fahrenheit 451, 1984

Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?

Yes, Atlas Shrugged. I read Ayn Rand's (other) massive tome when I was 15. It made such sense and was so absorbing, I believe it permanently altered the way I see everything. Though things have tempered a little since I was a self-absorbed teenager, I believe the main gist of the novel is true.

How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews

Summary, but I can't lie because a good historical image on the cover usually gets me every time.

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Mainly fiction, but I love biography - though I haven't read much recently - and British history.

What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?

Both are equally important, but beautiful writing always sways me more than gripping plot. I think gripping plot is easier to create than beautiful writing.

Most loved/memorable character (character/book)

Anne of Green Gables (both)

Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?

Julia Leigh's Disquiet (out in November) John Connelly's The Book of Lost Things, Laura Claridge's Emily Post

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?

Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle. I finished it last Saturday.

Have you ever given up on a book half way in?

Yes, but I HATE doing it. I'm fighting the inclination to stop Goldengrove right now.


  1. I reread 451 a few weeks ago. May be the best book ever about books.

    I have heard many good things about Atlas Shrugged and that I personally would like it due to my viewpoint. Just got to carve out "big book" time.

  2. I've taught both Fahrenheit 451 and 1984, so you just made me smile.
    Come see my answers.


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