Reading Questions

First of all, I have to quote the lovely and erudite Ms. Mental Multivitamin:

“In a perfect world, it is what I do all day long: Read. Talk about what I’m reading, what others are reading. Read about what I’m reading, what others are reading. Write, often about reading. Read some more. Sleep.”

1. What book (a classic?) do you hate? Oh, sad to say, I have several modern, twentieth century “classics” that I couldn’t stomach: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. I read about a third of each of these novels, enough to be able to say I gave it a real chance.
Then, there are those two famous, acclaimed AMerican authors whose entire body of work I don’t much care for: John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway. I am intelligent enough to understand the attraction and the accolades; I just don’t share the love for either author. “Hate” may be a little too strong, but I wouldn’t give much more than a nickel for a novel by either man unless I was desperate for reading material. (I have been desperate before, and I have read my share of Steinbeck and Hemingway. I don’t have time for any more.)

2. To what extent do you judge people by what they read?
If any of the above are your favorites, I don’t judge you at all. I just figure you are privy to some information or understanding that I am not. If anything, I tend to judge myself lacking for not seeing what others see in various popular and acclaimed books.

3. What television series would you recommend as the literariest?
Literariest as in most thought-provoking: LOST or maybe John Adams (miniseries) or Pride and Prejudice (yes, the one with Colin Firth, of course).

4. Describe your ideal home library.
Bookcases line the walls from floor to ceiling. Couches and comfy chairs are in the middle. There’s at least one window with a window seat. I’ve always wanted a window seat. That’s about it.
I already have the floor to ceiling books. Our furnishings fall into the shabby-but-comfortable category. But I have no window seat.

5. Books or sex?
Really? Render unto Caesar. Each in its own place in its own time.

6. How do you decide what to read next?
I sort of wander around my house and look at the shelves, and then I look in my library basket. Then, I might check my Kindle to see what I have there that’s unread. And I just pick something.

7. How much do you talk about books in real life (outside of the blogging community)?
I talk about books a lot. Sometimes too much. I recommend books to people frequently. I give books to people. I try not to be obnoxious, but I probably am.

6 thoughts on “Reading Questions

  1. Ha! I simply love this post. Love the quote, love the questions, love your answers!

    Ideal home library? Hello, have you SEEN My Fair Lady?! :)

    Books vs. Sex–literally laughed out loud.

    And # 7–yeah, me too. Pretty sure I’m obnoxious about it. I’m always shoving books at people when they come visit. “Oh, you really should read this. Here, take it home and read it–I just know you’ll love it.” chuckle

    Fun post, thanks a lot!

  2. I despised Julie and Julia and took it back to the library after choking through two chapters. (The movie was fine as it didn’t have the filthy potty mouth of Julie allowed.)

    I do judge people by their reading if that is all I know them by or if (like my oldest sister) they mainly read modern trashy novels. ;)

    Hmmm… I love American History so I would say the Adams mini series although if I were watching with my daughter, it would have to be that version of P&P. We watched it many times when she was in high school and college.

    My home library would look a lot like an English Gentleman’s library I believe. It would also have a door that I can shut and a fireplace and a comfy chair and a cat.

    At my age, definitely books! Hehehe…

    I choose books the same way you do and according to my mood.

    I also am always bringing up books when I talk to others. Perhaps I tend to forge friendships with other readers… at least those I did not give birth to and train to have a love of reading.

  3. I’m with you on Steinbeck and Hemingway, though I like Steinbeck and tad more than Hemingway, I think. I feel similarly about Faulkner, which is practically sacrilegious for a Southerner to say!

    Fun meme!

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