Friday, April 07, 2017

Tag - I'm it!

Eva at Coffee, Classics & Craziness tagged me for this.  I haven't done anything on this blog regarding writing or reading lately, and my author wordpress site is still horribly crashed, so... here we go.  The Tag - I'm it! tag:

You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?
I have all my books from childhood, no idea which one I got first.  However, some of my fondest early reading memories are of the My Book House series.  Loved loved loved these.  Book 10 was my favorite.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
Not reading any books right now, just reading the current issue of F&FS magazine. The last read was Rogue One by Alexander Freed, and the book I'll read next... I am not a planner, so no idea. Whatever appeals to me when I'm ready to start a book

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?
Atonement by Ian McEwan

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't?
Jane Eyre.  I've tried.  Believe me, I have tried.

5. What book are you saving for retirement?
Santorini, by Alistair MacLean.  It was his last book, and I bought it when it came out in 1986, but I've never read it so I would always still have one novel left to look forward to.  Not that I'll ever be able to afford to retire, but that will be as good a time as any to read it.

6. Last page: read it first, or wait 'til the end?
Wait until the end. I'd be way more tempted to read the plot on wikipedia than read the last page of the actual book.  Last pages would rarely tell me what I want to know anyway.

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
I love acknowledgments. I read every single one of them, as these are the people/things that made this book possible for that author.  That's very important to me.  Acknowledgments are lovely things.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Han Solo in any of the Han Solo Adventure trilogy books by Brian Daley.  Particularly Han Solo and the Lost Legacy.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)
No.  My brain doesn't roll that way.  Things rarely link to a place, time, or person.

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
Alas, no interesting stories.

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
Just as presents for birthdays and Christmas.

12. Which book has been with you most places?
All my books have come with me from house to house.  But my paperback thesaurus that my dad used in college and one of my many copies of Alistair MacLean's The Secret Ways are always at my desk, and both went to the college dorm with me, while my main collection stayed at home.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad later?
I can't say I've ever re-read anything that was required.  Either I liked it when I read it, or I didn't.  If I didn't, well, life's too short to revisit things I dislike unless someone gives me a very good reason to.

14. Used or brand new?

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Yeah, read The Da Vinci Code on an airplane once.  Can't say I remember much about it.

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
Many times.  I have a shelf of books that were all turned into movies, and for many of them, I prefer the movie.  The Dirty Dozen, Laura, Swamp Water, and The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, among them.

17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
In a novel?  Dear me, no.  I have yet to read a description of food that made me want it.  Now, watching people eat delicious looking food in a movie?  Sure, but not written-word food.  Cookbooks?  I'm not sure they made me hungry, but there are recipes I read that I want to try.

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
I'm afraid none.  I don't think anyone is currently familiar enough with what I like to be able to successfully recommend books to me.  Movies yes, books, no.

19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Not tagging anyone, but if you read this and would like to share your own bookish answers, I'd love to read them.


  1. Hahaha, you cracked me up with the Slow West line :-)

    I've never heard of My Book House. What exactly is it?

    1. Hee. You're probably the only person who knows it. That line gets used an awful lot by me.

      My Book House is a delightful book series with the coolest drawings. The first book is for young children, and then each book gets progressively harder. My sister and I poured over the first book over and over when we were young because the drawings were so awesome. Book 10, which ended up being my favorite, has all the adventure stories in it. My favorite of those was the El Cid story. I used to read it over and over. I just googled the series, and someone actually as a guide to it for homeschooling. Interesting! I'm very happy I still have the set, even if I haven't actively read anything in it for years.

    2. I just checked, and my set has a 1937 copyright date, and comes with the 13th volume, which is a parent's guide to the series. And the pictures are as gorgeous as I remember. I may have to just re-read it all. :-D

    3. Well, it's entirely appropriate, then, that you paired it with talking about my favorite novel.

      My Book House sounds amazing! I looked it up, and alas, a full used set runs $80-$200! Phooey, because it's the sort of thing I would love to use for the kids... and read myself :-D

    4. Looks like ebay has some sets for $55.00, but still...

    5. $59 for a full set, actually. Can't read.

    6. Oh, but then they get you with shipping, and you're right back up at $80.

    7. Yeah, I found that one too and was sorely tempted. But I just spent that much on Amazon and Etsy this week, so I'd better not. I'll try to look for it again in a month or two.

  2. Wow, I just read this post today; these are really good questions, especially the question about which book to read in retirement. I've not heard of Santorini before, nor the My Book House series. That's a really neat Thesaurus; does the price tag say 35 cents or 85 cents?

    1. Hiya, Tom! Hope you've been doing well this summer. I checked, and it is a mere 35 cents. Crazy, no? So inexpensive!! Looks like this copy is from 1959.


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