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 reviewsSummary, 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.