This week’s BTT offers a meme itself:
What was the last book you bought?
The Pets by Bragi Olafsson, part of my Open Letter subscription. As for store-bought books, it would be Marilynne Robinson’s Home. (One of the budgetary advantages of an excellent local library and publisher review copies.)
Name a book you have read MORE than once
Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
Not really. The closest would be Notes to Myself by Hugh Prather (also a Desert Island Book).
How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews
Generally the following: subject/story, author, summary and reviews/recommendations. Cover design plays little, if any, role.
Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
As I noted earlier this week, that has changed over the years to the point that I don’t know that I have a strong preference. The subject, story or author are primary, not necessarily fiction or non-fiction.
What’s more important in a novel – beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
Good, crisp writing. It need no be beautiful but what good is a gripping plot if the author’s style (or lack thereof) makes you quit reading?
Most loved/memorable character (character/book)
Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
Considering my “nightstand” is a three-shelf “to be read” bookshelf, there are way, way too many (more than 30, I hate to admit). But thanks to my local library, the small shelves in the headboard of the bed currently hold largely Bibliolust books:
- The Angel of Grozny, Asne Seierstad
- White Guard, Mikhail Bulgakov
- Scattershot: My Bipolar Family, David Lovelace
- The Wasted Vigil, Nadeem Aslam
- Per Petterson’s To Siberia (happy, happy, joy, joy)
What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?
I finished The Forever War by Dexter Filkins last Sunday morning.
Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
Yes, although I don’t usually wait that long. The most recent book I gave up on (last month) I did so about a third of the way in.
Sanity is not statistical.
George Orwell, 1984