Saturday, August 9, 2008

Cool Questions from Shelf Awareness

Hi All!

Shelf Awareness is one of my favorite online newsletter subscriptions--it gives a lot of different information about the book trade, bookstores, and authors. At least twice a month, they ask different authors the following questions (with occasional variations), which I think are terrific questions to think about and discuss. Please feel free to answer in the comments area, or to email the answers to me. Both personally and professionally, I love to know what people are reading, have read, and what books and authors they're passionate about. Thanks for playing :), and thanks to Shelf Awareness.

On your nightstand now:

Book you've "faked" reading:

Book you've bought for the cover:

Favorite book when you were a child:

Book that changed your life:

Favorite line from a book:

Top five favorite authors:

Books you recommend as regeneration when people say, "I'm bored by almost all contemporary American writers.":

Book you can't believe that everyone has not read and loved:

Book you are an "evangelist" for:

Book you most want to read again for the first time:

Happy Reading!

1 comment:

Ken said...

On my nightstand (next to a very cold, very good glass of Fat Tire beer): Hold the Enlightenment by Tim Cahill (adventure travel re-read); Structure and Flow (about writing), David Fryxell; Words of Wisdom, Dalai Lama; House of Rain (Anasazi/Travel re-read), Chraig Childs; Soul of Nowhere (travel), Craig Childs; The Day of Battle (WWII), Rick Atkinson.

Book I've "faked" reading: "When Harry Met Sally" aside, I've never faked it!

Book I bought for the cover: Well duh, Playboy!

Favorite book when I was a child:
Island of the Blue Dolphin and The Call of the Wild. Can't count how many times I've read those two.

Book that changed my life: The Mismeasure of Man, by Stephen J. Gould.

Favorite line from a book: "Nothing I see or hear is perfect, but right there in the imperfection is perfect reality." Not Allways So", by Shunryu Suzuki.

Top five favorite authors:
1. The Dalai Lama
2. Tim Cahill
3. David Quammen
4. Stephen J. Gould
5. Tolstoy

For people bord with most American writers: Turn off the t.v. you slug and read!

Book I can not belive everybody has not read and loved: Ishi.

Books I'm an evangelist for: Ishi. Wonderful Life.

Book I want to read again for the first time; "The Sparrow" by Mary Doria Russell.