Thanks to the always very funny Orangutan Librarian for tagging me in The ‘How I Choose My Books’ Tag! You really need to go check out her site if you haven’t yet since she has a great variety of content, and she will give you a good laugh too!!
- Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book? I love all things Camelot, and this is one of my favorite books about Guinevere! I think that I have read it 5 or 6 times over the years
- Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place? I’m typically not a chick-lit person, and I had never read anything by Jennifer Crusie. So I really didn’t know what to expect when I randomly picked this up one day from a box of free books at a neighborhood yard sale. I figured wth, and I was pleasantly surprised at Crusie’s hysterical, goofy sense of humor. Of course, I ended up reading all her books, lol!
- Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. How did you discover this book? I had read Girl With a Pearl Earring by Chevalier and loved it, so I wanted to read this one too!
- .Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?My sister-in-law recommended that I read the Stephanie Plum series one day when we were at the library together. I was in a reading slump and couldn’t find anything. I loved book 1 so much that I ended up reading the first 8 books in a week! I don’t think I have ever laughed so much in my life!! Hysterical!! I had to stop reading them in public because people thought I was insane.
- Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube / book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?
I read this book because of all the excellent reviews on other book blogs, and I loved it! In my opinion in lived up to the hype and more although I know there are mixed reviews!
- Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?
I love all of Scottoline’s legal suspense, well all her books actually, and this is the latest one in the series, but the next one comes out next month!! I’ve been reading her books since she published her first one in the early 90’s, so she’s a fave!
- What book did you discover through a film / TV adaptation?
There are several, but I’ll go with Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire series since it is one of my favorite series ever! I watched the first season of True Blood on HBO before I realized it was based on a book…duh! Then I went and bought all the books that were published at the time, and I read them and reread them several times….I was a little addicted and still am!
- Think of your all-time favorite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?
Wow, that would be a lot of books to list, so I will just go with my top five:
- Gone With the Wind: It was summer vacation when I was 12 when I read GWTW. I had just watched the movie with my mother, and I immediately wanted to watch the book. I had such a girl crush on Scarlett after watching the movie and a huge crush on Rhett, and oh how I wanted Scarlett’s dresses!! Thank god my mother had her copy of the book from when she was a teenager! I devoured it in three days and then I read it again. I spent that entire summer wanting to be Scarlett. Wow, I remember it now, and I don’t think that I have ever been so obsessed with a book character like I was back then..
- The Complete Sherlock Holmes: I had mono when I was in 6th grade, so I was out of school sick for a month. I read a lot! And I ran out of things to read that were interesting, so my granddaddy gave me his huge copy of this to read because he said I would not be bored anymore! And he was right! I fell in love with Sherlock and all his eccentric ways, his brilliance, logic….oh, just everything! And Watson too! This truly cemented my love of mysteries and suspense.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: My mother gave me this book when I was about 13, and I feel in love with Brontë’s descriptive writing. This book was my foray into truly great British literature and fueled my desire to not only pursue a degree in literature but to concentrate on British and gothic literature. I love the darkness in Brontë’s writing and how emotional, captivating, and innately passionately she writes. It’s damn excellent writing.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: My granddaddy also gave me this one to read probably when I was 11. He was a great lover of literature and also an English teacher for the local high school until he developed Alzheimer’s disease in his late 60’s. I was fascinated by Frankenstein’s monster and this masterpiece of Gothic horror. It made such an indelible impression that Gothic horror still transfixes me today and is one of my favorite genres to analyze, lecture, and still learn about and of course, is one of the main reasons that I specialized in gothic lit when I pursued my doctorate degree.
- Middlemarch by George Elliot: I read this in high school, probably when I was 16 or 17, at the recommendation of the most wonderful English teacher in the world, Ms. Baker. Elliot is pure genius. His insight into his characters and their actions is pure brilliance! It is 800 pages of perfection in every word.
Okay, so all my favorite books that I listed are by British authors except for Gone With the Wind…what a shock! If I had listed more of my faves, there would have been lots of American writers, but I can’t keep going on and on and on….so let’s start tagging people so we can see how they choose books!! And if I don’t tag you and you want to do this, please do!! It was a lot of fun, but please make sure to pingback your answers to me, so I can see them! 🙂 Oh, and if you have fun stories about books you’ve chosen or your favorite books, tell me about it in comments below!!
I’m Tagging the Following:
As always, don’t feel like you have to do the tag!! Just know I was thinking of you 🙂