I saw this meme over at Love, Laughter, Insanity (Trish’s blog) and thought it would be a fun way to start out the week. If you want to play along, just be sure to link back so everyone can see your responses.
A book you’ve read more than once:
Rich in Love by Josephine Humphries. This was my favorite book as a teenager and I really need to do another re-read as an adult.
A book you would take on a desert island:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen–because I can read it over and over again without ever getting tired of it.
A book that made you cry:
Books make me cry all the time, so this is not much of a distinction. The most recent one that I can remember was Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein.
A book that scared you:
I don’t really read scary books, but Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley freaked me out.
A book that made you laugh out loud:
I laughed a lot reading The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick–it’s a good movie but an ever better (and funnier) book.
A book that disgusted you:
Disgusted is a strong word. I “profoundly disapproved” of the way The Quick by Lauren Owen ended up being about something other than what I thought it was about.
A book you loved in preschool:
A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman or The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord (I have strong memories of both of these.)
A book you loved in elementary school:
All of the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary. The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
A book you loved in middle school:
The Babysitters Club series by Ann M. Martin.
A book you loved in high school:
The Secret HIstory by Donna Tartt and The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan.
A book you hated in high school:
Probably something that I had to read for class, although we read some pretty good books, too. Maybe Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry? I just didn’t get it.
A book you loved in college:
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo… Do I really have to pick only one?
A book that challenged your identity:
Most recently, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’m still struggling with that one.
A series that you love:
Julia Spencer-Fleming’s Clare/Russ mystery series.
Your favorite horror book:
I don’t read horror.
Your favorite science fiction book:
See above? Actually, I’m more likely to read science-fiction than horror. I’m in the middle of reading The Martian by Andy Weir. I tend to prefer science-fiction that crosses genre boundaries.
Your favorite fantasy book:
I loved The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
Your favorite mystery:
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson.
Your favorite biography:
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand. Yes, it’s a biography of a horse, and it’s awesome.
Your favorite classic:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I would have probably said Pride and Prejudice once upon a time, by Brontë has gotten under my skin.
Your favorite romance book:
I loved Something Blue by Emily Giffin, although I’m not a big fan of hers in general.
Your favorite book not on this list:
A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel. This book is just wonderful and hilarious.
What book are you currently reading:
The Martian by Andy Weir.
What book have you been meaning to read:
I really want to get to The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt soon.
Are any of your favorites on this list? What would you add?