April 18th, 2009

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Book Reports (78-82)...

(It's still snowing, btw.)

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact the I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- definitely will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite!

Must Love Black, by Kelly McClymer ***+ This was a cute story, and I found the characters likable. One thing which seems to be a trend is the lack of satisfying resolution in the romantic arc. I mean, there is a resolution, but there's no climax to the romantic tension/angst throughout the story -- not enough for me, at least.

The Gabriel Hounds, by Mary Stewart (R) **** I don't reread this one every year, but the mood and background of Dar Ibraham always sucks me in.

Vampire Academy, by Richelle Mead *** I'm going to try the next one in the series -- this one was okay, but I'm not in love with some of the characters...however, it's intriguing enough for me to go on.

Walk of the Spirits, by Richie Cusick ****+ I really liked the characters here -- and I hope she writes a sequel! I actually looked up her website to see if one was in the works (it is). Very intriguing!

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, by Lauren Willig ****+ What a fun romp! Check out kellyrfineman for some great reviews, not only of this book (the first in the series), but of the others (we're all waiting for the last one to come out). If you like Jane Austen, The Scarlet Pimpernel (which is one of my favorite books), romance and clever dialogue, you're going to love this! (some sex -- it's for adults)
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Meme fun...

I saw this on literaticat's journal. Anything bookish is for mememememe!

1) What author do you own the most books by?
Agatha Christie (close to 20)
George MacDonald (18)
Tamora Pierce (15)
Norma Johnston (14)
Phyllis Whitney (14 with kids and adults)
Madeleine L'Engle (12)
plus all these (8-10): Orson Scott Card, Linda Howard, Iris Johansen, C.S. Lewis (fiction and nonfiction combined), Mary Stewart, and Faye Kellerman.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
the Bible -- with Pride & Prejudice coming in second

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Nope.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Harry Potter

5) What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children)?
Wow, that's a tough one...I've read many books more than ten times (the Bible, HP, various Mary Stewarts, Ender's Game, etc). Anything I love, I read at least once a year.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, THE WESTING GAME, THE MYSTERY OF THE GOLDEN HORN

7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
Well, I never finish books I hate, and I forget about them the second I set them down...

8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
I can list my 3 favs: THE SEASON, by Sarah MacLean; COVER OF NIGHT, by Linda Howard; DON'T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER, by Ally Carter.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
THE SEASON.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
I actually don't keep up with this at all -- literary books aren't my thing.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
ENDER'S GAME.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
I prefer most of my favorite books NOT to be made into movies -- they always butcher them so badly, it seems.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
Other than dreams which become my books, I can't think of any.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
I'm not sure what a lowbrow book is -- I mean, I guess I'd call literary books highbrow; which means everything I read is lowbrow.

15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
LUNA, by Julia Ann Peters -- the sheer amount of pain oozing from every page made it very difficult for me to read.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
I saw a modern version of JULIUS CAESAR, which I didn't even recognize until the line, "Et tu, Brute?"...it should be obscure, if it isn't already.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
Both have fascinating histories.

18) Roth or Updike?
Who's Roth?

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Well, I know Sedaris is sardonic...and I don't know who Eggers is.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare.

21) Austen or Eliot?
Austen.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Many of the classics.

23) What is your favorite novel?
Ever?? Um...I can't possibly narrow it down, but I know that I'd be very unhappy without access to my Tamora Pierce books.

24) Play?
I'm woefully ignorant of plays.

25) Poem?
Most things Wordsworth.

26) Essay?
I haven't read essays since high school.

27) Short Story?
ROMAN FEVER, by Edith Wharton. Or any of Budge Wilson's.

28) Work of nonfiction?
UNDERSTANDING THE CHARACTER OF GOD, by George MacDonald.

29) Who is your favorite writer?
Well, if you look at those I collect (from above), you'll get a good idea of my favorite types!

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
???

31) What is your desert island book?
Probably the MacDonald listed above.

32) And... what are you reading right now?
I just finished THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE PINK CARNATION, by Lauren Willig. I haven't started my next book yet (just finished last night).

I tag all of my friends who LOVE to read, especially dinapalomy.