Saturday, August 9, 2008

My Answers to the Cool Questions from Shelf Awareness

Hi again!

You didn't think I'd let myself off the hook for these questions, did you? I love this kind of stuff, which is why I'm asking for your responses too. Here you go*:

On your nightstand now: Nancy Martin's A Crazy Little Thing Called Death and Army Wives on the American Frontier: Living by the Bugles by Anne Bruner Eales (a loan from one of Ken's coworkers). Waiting in the wings is Chasing Darkness by Robert Crais.

Book you've "faked" reading: The Scarlet Letter in high school.

Book you've bought for the cover: I just can't spend my money that way.

Favorite book when you were a child: Meet the Austins by Madeleine L'Engle

Book that changed your life:

Favorite line from a book: From a Robert B. Parker (not sure which title), Hawk says to Spencer as they discuss the bad guys, "So many assholes, so little time." [Sorry for the swearing :)]

Top five favorite authors: Margaret Maron, S. J. Rozan, Laurie Colwin, Louise Penny

Books you recommend as regeneration when people say, "I'm bored by almost all contemporary American writers.": Mystic River by Dennis Lehane, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, Tell No One by Harlan Coben, and Plainsong by Kent Haruf

Book you can't believe that everyone has not read and loved: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and Still Life by Louise Penny

Book you are an "evangelist" for: Plainsong by Kent Haruf, Tonight I Said Goodbye by Michael Koryta; authors S. J. Rozan and Louise Penny

Book you most want to read again for the first time: Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin

*subject to additions upon reminders and remembrances :).

Happy Reading!
Patti

3 comments:

Lesa said...

Too tough to make choices, but as you said, here are my answers, subject to change. I'm stealing this idea, but I'll give you and Shelf Awareness credit!

On your nightstand now: My Lady of Cleves by Margaret Campbell Barnes, The Richest Season by Maryann McFadden, Killer View by Ridley Pearson and Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann

Book you've "faked" reading: Remembrance of Things Past: Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

Book you've bought for the cover: Can’t thing of any I bought, but I certainly picked up Forcing Amaryllis by Louise Ure and Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells because of the cover.

Favorite book when you were a child: Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan

Book that changed your life: A Thread of Blue Denim by Patricia Leimbach

Favorite line from a book: "He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." – Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini

Top five favorite authors: On Aug. 9, 2008 (because they may change) – Louise Penny, Chris Grabenstein, Patricia Leimbach, Sandra Dallas, and…

Books you recommend as regeneration when people say, "I'm bored by almost all contemporary American writers.": The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

Book you can't believe that everyone has not read and loved: The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

Book you are an "evangelist" for: King Con by Stephen Cannell, The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

Book you most want to read again for the first time: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, The Persian Pickle Club, and Gone with the Wind.

Robin Burcell said...

On your nightstand now: The Lace Reader, The Bourne Sanction and about a dozen others.

Book you've "faked" reading: Funny how I can't even recall the titles--probably because they didn't interest me. But I do remember skimming through, just so I could have a gist.

Book you've bought for the cover: Can't recall. I know I've picked up books because of the cover, but doubt I would buy it on that. I have *not* picked up books due to bad covers, then found out later they were good, and wished I hadn't let the cover sway me.

Favorite book when you were a child: A Secret Garden

Book that changed your life: Barbara Taylor Bradford's A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE. If ever I had a chance to thank her personally, I would.

Favorite line from a book: "If I had seen the body fall past the window, I wouldn't have taken the job." Quoted by Em Hansen in Sarah Andrews' A FALL IN DENVER.

Top five favorite authors: right. Only five?

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

Book you can't believe that everyone has not read and loved: Tolkien's trilogy, or GONE WITH THE WIND.

Book you are an "evangelist" for:

Book you most want to read again for the first time: Tolkien's trilogy and GONE WITH THE WIND

Jen said...

Hi Patti, this isn't related to your post here, but I just read your post on DorothyL about The Yiddish Policeman' Union and I was so tickled. I know that sounds terrible, but I was glad to finally encounter someone who was disappointed with it. You did much better than I did. I was listening to it on audio and gave up after disc 5. I thought the same thing...how did it earn so many awards?

Thanks for sharing that!