This week’s Booking Through Thursday is a book meme…
What was the last book you bought?
- The Song of Hannah and The Garden of Ruth by Eva Etzioni-Halevy
Name a book you have read MORE than once
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck and the Harry Potter series
Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
- Diary of Anne Frank, Schindler’s List
How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews
- All three actually. I will pick a book off the shelf because of cover design though.
Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
- Fiction most definitely!
What’s more important in a novel – beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
- I like to have both but I do love a gripping plot that grabs me and doesn’t let go to the end.
Most loved/memorable character (character/book)
- Scarlett O’Hara-I just loved her!
Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
- Oh my goodness, quite a few. The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Professors’ Wives’ Club by Joanne Rendell, The Safety of Secrets by DeLaune Michel, Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay-there’s a couple of others but my memory isn’t what it used to be and I can’t remember what they are.
What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?
- Nefertiti by Michelle Moran and that was yesterday that I reviewed it. My review is here.
Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
- Yes-Atlas Shrugged and I wasn’t even halfway through.
The Heretic’s Daughter is on my nightstand as well.
i totally agree.. scarlett o’hara is such a memorable character. somehow she sticke to my memory like no other character! i am totally missing blogging.. satisfying my cravings by running around and leaving comments everywhere:)
I’ve always heard the Atlas Shrugged is one of the most over- rated books ever. I guess you would agree!
I read several of these BTT posts today and a few mentioned The Diary of Anne Frank as life changing. I read it as a young girl and when I think back about it I can remember how I felt while reading it! Funny how that can stick with a person. I haven’t thought about the book in a long time.
Yasmin, I have The Heretic’s Daughter too, this one is The Heretic Queen-it gets confusing doesn’t it. lol.
Ramya, thank God you can comment. At least we can talk to you this way.
Mary, I had read the reviews on it and they were all glowing. Well, not for me. I won’t be cracking that open again-it took a trip to the library the other day. I thought maybe I’d try to read it again but, hmmmmmmmmmmm-no.
I re-read Diary of Anne Frank again this year so it’s so fresh in my mind. I had read it the first time years ago and it didn’t leave me from then.
Tina Kubala says
I haven’t read Little Women in so long. Maybe 15 years. May need to check it out of the library.
It’s not in the same spot but Little Women is also on my list lol.
I keep mixing up Heretic Queen and Heretic’s Daughter, too…it doesn’t help that both authors have repeating initials…Michelle Moran and Kathleen Kent.
Anne Frank is worth rereading. Come see my answers.
Beth F says
I have Nefertiti, I might have to move it closer to the top of my TBR pile. Nice answers.
Book Zombie (Joanne) says
Oh Schindler’s List is a fantastic answer. When I was very young (maybe 5/6), I was looking through my granddads books and started reading it. This was the first I ever heard of WW2 and I was astounded that this was a true event.
Tina, that’s about how long ago I first read Little Women although I’ve seen the movie several times.
Ladytink, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no way I’m going to get through all the books I had planned for October. lol. And I don’t know why but I thought Little Women was much shorter than it is.
smilingsal, I’ll be heading over to your blog soon.
Beth, Nefertiti was great and thanks for visiting. Come again.
Joanne, Schindler’s List never fails to have an impact on me-both the book and the movie. To read what all those people went through is not something you can forget and for that matter, shouldn’t.
Atlas Shrugged does sound like a difficult one to get through. And that’s a lot of books on your nightstand! I hope you enjoyed them all 🙂
Shana @ Literarily says
Dar, you bought the Hannah and Ruth books! I didn’t know that. I can’t wait to see if they’re as good as The Triumph of Deborah!
I read *The Fountainhead*, but I couldn’t get through *Atlas Shrugged* either.
I’m with you — I’ll pick up a book for its cover, but the book blurb can clinch it (forget that “don’t judge a book by its cover” stuff!)
I am in the middle of Atlas Shrugged too but I plan on finishing it. I swear I am just reading it V E R Y SLOWLY! (Like 10 pages every 2 months)
lol Nymeth, I am struggling to get through this whole pile of books-life kind of gets in the way sometimes of the reading.
Shana, I’m just waiting for them to come in the mail. I’m anxious to read them. I will probably fit them in somewhere right away.
Dawn, it may be true that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but geez the cover is the first thing we see right. I always love to be able to look at a pretty cover.
Megan, you rock! I couldn’t even handle it a little at a time. lol. Thanks for popping in-hope you do again.
I just finished reading The Song of Hannah! I’ll be interested to see what you think of it when you get around to reading it. The writing was good, but I wasn’t thrilled with how the characters were portrayed. Interesting look at historical times though.
I just finished the 5th Harry Potter book and I know that when I complete this series I will read them again. And again :O)
Twiga, I’m waiting for it to get to my house. I’m anxious to read it. I’ll have to read your review when I’m done. I agree on books like these being an interesting way of seeing into history.
Samantha, I have been itching to read Harry Potter again and it’s only my huge pile of review books that holds me back. lol.
I’ve started East of Eden so many times…I’ve just never managed to finish.