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Monday, July 02, 2007

Time to Buy a Friend a Book

This week marks my second experience with Buy a Friend a Book Week. This is one of those things that just gives me so much pleasure that I can't wait to participate. I love to read. I think everyone that knows me knows that. I'm such a ridiculous bookworm that I have a book by the computer, and any time I'm waiting for something to happen, I read a page or two. Why waste time when you can read? That's my motto!

So, good friends, it's time for me to reward one of my readers by buying you a book. Yes, a brand new book. All you have to do is tell me a few things about your own love of reading. Just like last time, I'll collect all the names of the participants and put them into my giant Altoids tin, and will pick a winner. Said winner will give me your mailing address, and then voila, a book will eventually arrive at your mailbox. How simple is that?

In the comments, answer the following 5 questions:

  1. What is the best book you've ever read, and why?
  2. What is the genre you refuse to read?
  3. What is the one book you've saved from childhood and still read as an adult?
  4. What kind of book do you secretly wish you could write?
  5. What author do you love more than any other?

See, easy peasy. Leave your answers in the comments, and maybe a book will eventually be winging it's way to you right from my desk.

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18 Comments:

Blogger Dayngr said...

1. Picking one is tough but the one that inspired me the most as a young adult was Fahrenheit 451. It really made me an advocate against censorship.

2. I refuse to read romance novels.

3. The Velveteen Rabbit

4. If I were a writer I’d love to write Mystery novels

5. I truly love everything Stephen King and John Grisham

2/7/07 11:26 AM  
Blogger Blog Antagonist said...

Ohh, I'd love to play, but you don't need to send me a book. I've got a kajillion. I'm shameless when it comes to books. I buy far too many.

1. The Stand. A truly stunning metaphor for the age old struggle between good and evil. The characters are incredibly well developed, the symbolism is clever, but subtle, the story is gripping and the details exhaustively researched. I think Steven King is highly underrated as an author.

2. Romance here too. Blech.

3. The Little House on the Prairie Books. I still have the set I got when I was 9.

4. Outlander. God, she must have spent years researching those books. I wouldn't even know where to start, much less how to finish.

5. Just one?? GAH!! Jodi Picoult, currently. Tomorrow it will be different.

2/7/07 1:06 PM  
Blogger Thumper said...

1. Green Eggs & Ham. Seriously. It's whimsical and clever and sticks with you for the rest of your life.

2. Formula romance. I appreciate its place in the literary world simply because so many people find it entertaining, but it's just not for me.

3. I haven't saved any from childhood, but there was one book--Henry 3--I'd like to find again.

4. I'd like to write mainstream fiction better than I do.

5. There's no single author I love more than others. I love Anne Tyler, Joshilyn Jackson, Stephen King, Orson Scott Card...and many others. I can't single out one, because they're all covet-worthy.

2/7/07 2:15 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Love the questions!

1. What is the best book you've ever read, and why? I go back to Pride & Prejudice constantly. It's beautifully written and such a classic.

2. What is the genre you refuse to read? Ditto to above- formula romances. Also, horror. Not my thing.

3. What is the one book you've saved from childhood and still read as an adult? Little Women.

4. What kind of book do you secretly wish you could write? A smart, funny nonfiction piece - ala Ayun Halliday or Anne Lamott.

5. What author do you love more than any other? Yikes. Probably Lamott (contemporary) and Jane Austen (classic.)

3/7/07 9:50 AM  
Blogger Malady said...

1. The best book I have ever read is POSSESSION by A.S.Byatt. It is beautifully written and the ending took my breath away.

2. I am not a fan of romance or science fiction. (although I would be willing to make exceptions)

3. I actually have a children's book collection so it's hard to pick just one. I love the Narnia books still. Charlotte's Web. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Cheaper by the Dozen. There are so many!

4. I wish I could write like Pynchon. He's really good with a turn of phrase and I love his character names.

5. I have to say I really love Tom Robbins when he's on.

3/7/07 1:25 PM  
Blogger aBookworm said...

1 - It was an Enid Blyton book, forgot the title. As to why, it got me hooked on to reading - in fact it's become an obsession!

2- Non Fiction. Had enough of it in school. Plus life itself is non-fiction.

3 - Heidi. There's something magical and timeless about it.

4 - Pride and Prejudice. There's no thing in particular, but the package as a whole makes for irresistible reading. It's my fave book as an adult.

5 - Jane Austen. See the above.

5/7/07 10:48 AM  
Blogger Jendeis said...

1.) The best book I ever read is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It combines history, romance, science fiction all together in this wonderful can't-put-it-down-edness.

2.) I don't refuse to read any genre, but I mainly stay away from fantasy.

3.) I've saved a bunch of books from childhood, but the ones that I re-read most often are Laura Ingalls Wilder's books about life in pioneer days. I especially liked The Long Winter when I was little, for its descriptions of cooking.

4.) I've always wanted to write historical fiction/romance, but don't think that I could make the romance sections believable. :)

5.) The author that I love more than any other is Diana Gabaldon for her wonderful Outlander series. Ms. Gabaldon truly has a gift for storytelling, as I will stay up all night to read and re-read her very long but compelling books.

5/7/07 1:49 PM  
Blogger Tere said...

1. What a hard question!! I'll go with "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. It isn't just that it's beautifully written and wise, it's that I read it at a very crucial, pivotal point in my life. And it changed everything!

2. Sci-Fi. I just can't sit through it. And romance.

3. The Anne of Green Gables series. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

4. Some days, I just want to be Danielle Steel and write cheesy, dramatic books that bring in a fortune.

5. Another tough one! Dave Sedaris, Anita Shreve, Anne Rice, Paulo Coelho, Isabel Allende... plus my childhood faves: LM Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume and Astrid Lindgren for creating Pippi Longstocking...

5/7/07 2:24 PM  
Blogger Amy U. said...

1. Charlotte's Web, waaaay before the current film hype. I read it over and over as a girl and cried every time. It was so wonderful and taught me about friendship and empathy.

2. I will not read trashy romance novels. (No judgment.)

3. I recently started re-reading the Little House on the Prairie books. They're so wonderful, and now they come in a Costco-sized collector's volume! 5 novels in a big, hard-bound book.

4. I'd love to write about the complex relationship between mothers and daughters. Delving into the psychology and all of that.

5. I really love Nick Hornby's books (High Fidelity, About a Boy, How to be Good). I like the way he tells a grown-up story.

5/7/07 2:33 PM  
Blogger The Hotfessional said...

1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - I read it at about the same age as Frannie was in the book. I thought I'd been transported to the time she was alive and was an Irish girl in NY instead of a Lebanese girl in Detroit.

2. Bodice Ripper romances - No Harlequins for me.

3. All of the Little House on the Prairie books

4. Mystery - in the Patricia Cornwall style or Fantasy.

5. Patricia Cornwall or P.D. James - I can't help it, it's a tie.

5/7/07 3:24 PM  
Blogger sarah cool said...

Oooh, fun.

1. I love Jane Eyre. Suspense, mystery, it's got it all. The part at the end where Jane hears Mr. Rochester call for her across the miles... gets me every time!

2. I'm so not into super-sciency science fiction. When it's all about space ships and robots... I lose interest.

3. Well, I still read the Betsy-Tacy books. Love them. :)

4. A beautiful story - one where every page a breath of what life should be.

5. Overall.... Elizabeth Peters. I've been reading her Amelia Peabody series for since I was 10 years old, and I'm in for life.

5/7/07 5:32 PM  
Blogger sarah cool said...

And! EVERYONE mentioned Outlander, it seems! I got it from the library a couple of months ago, but maybe I didn't read it very carefully or was distracted, because it didn't really hit me. Apparently I should read it again!!

5/7/07 5:34 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

Rhiannon said...

What is the best book you've ever read, and why?

Hmmm, maybe, East of Eden? But, it was a tough read. A simple one would be Ella Minnow Pea. That was a fun book.


What is the genre you refuse to read? Sci-Fi. I do not get it, nor, do I want to.


What is the one book you've saved from childhood and still read as an adult?

The Ramona books by Beverly Cleary. I loved them growing up and still do - and, Ramona's a Portland girl, just like me.

What kind of book do you secretly wish you could write?

Something smart, yet fun. I really like Marian Keyes for this reason. Her books are light, but I always feel like I'm getting something.

What author do you love more than any other?

Current stuff - Marian Keyes. Classic Stuff - Jane Austen. I guess that means I love chick lit :)

5/7/07 6:53 PM  
Blogger Eden said...

1. What is the best book you've ever read, and why?

My favorite is The Catcher In The Rye. I like the authenticity of the voice, the characters and the setting.

2. What is the genre you refuse to read?

I think I've tried just about everything. I don't care much for hardcore scifi. I think the writing can be cold.

3. What is the one book you've saved from childhood and still read as an adult?

Alice In Wonderland. Love it. Also Through the Looking Glass.

4. What kind of book do you secretly wish you could write?

Children's books are notoriously hard to write. Books for adults, well, that I can do.

5. What author do you love more than any other?

I bought Tawni O'Dell's last two books upon release. Once I finish one of my current reads, her "Sister Mine" is next.

6/7/07 3:54 PM  
Blogger Marsha said...

1. The best book I ever read was The Poison wood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I read it shortly after I moved to Italy to marry my husband. I was going through a profound experience. My poor brain was expanding. And I discovered that there is a really big world and America is not the only place on earth. The characters in the book make this same discovery, plus we went on Safari in Africa. Also it is well written and made me laugh and cry.

2. The genre I refuse to read is military history. It is my husband's major and our home is literally filled with thousands of books about military history. Plus, I have to proof read all his papers, first for his bachelor's degree and now for his master's degree- do you have any idea how many papers about military history that encompasses?

3. Watership Down by Richard Adams.

4. I wish I had the ability to express my thoughts in a way that people would understand me, maybe in an adventure.

5. Janet Evanovich, I love them Stephanie Plum novels, cannot get enough.

6/7/07 8:59 PM  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

1.The best book I read till date is East Of Eden by John Steinbeck. It is a great story of human endurance and has well etched out characters.

2.Horror stories

3.Three men in a boat by Jerome K. Jerome

4.Historical Romances!

5.Gabriel José García Márquez. I own almost all his books.

7/7/07 3:08 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

1. What is the best book you've ever read, and why?
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams can always cheer me up on a dark day.
2. What is the genre you refuse to read?
Mills & Boon - yuck
3. What is the one book you've saved from childhood and still read as an adult?
Chalet School series by Elinor M Brent-dyer. I foolishly gave my collection away as a teenager and have since spent years collecting them all (about 10 to go)
4. What kind of book do you secretly wish you could write?
Fantasy (as in The Hobbit)
5. What author do you love more than any other?
Douglas Adams or Mercedes Lackey - oh it's soooo hard to choose...

7/7/07 2:04 PM  
Blogger purple_kangaroo said...

1. What is the best book you've ever read, and why?

Hmmm, I would have to say the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkein. There's just so much depth and richness to them.

2. What is the genre you refuse to read?

I'm with the others on romance novels. I don't mind a good love story without the graphic detail, but not the Harlequin type.

3. What is the one book you've saved from childhood and still read as an adult?

Well, I actually don't have a copy (yet), but I still borrow them from the library--does that count? The All-Of-A-Kind Family.

4. What kind of book do you secretly wish you could write?

Hmmm, a good one? I really enjoy writing in just about any genre. Someday I hope to write some sort of autobiographical/inpirational type of book, but I'd also love to write novels and children's books.

2. What author do you love more than any other?

Tough question. It's a toss-up between Dorothy Sayers, Jane Austen, Amy Carmichael and AW Tozer.

7/7/07 3:36 PM  

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