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Friday Five: Books, Books, Books

As posted by Sally at RevGalBlogPals:

I’ve just returned from a meeting in Cambridge so I’m posting this
late here in the UK (it is 3:45pm).. because I took the opportunity of
a free afternoon in Cambridge’s wonderful book shops… I only bought a
few- and they were on sale- very restrained for me!!!

So with my head full of books I’ve seen and a long wish list in my mind, I bring you a Friday Five on books!!!

1. Fiction what kind, detective novels, historical stuff, thrillers, romance????

Classic fiction (love Jane Austen), modern day mysteries (P.D. James, Elizabeth George) and I do read contemporary novels along a wide spectrum, usually when someone else recommends them. It’s been a long time since I read a romance novel, although I became an expert on which were naughty and which were not while working on the Bookmobile and choosing titles for homebound library patrons.

2. When you get a really good book do you read it all in one chunk or savour it slowly?

I’m getting better at savoring. Maybe it’s just because I can’t stay up late as easily anymore.

3. Is there a book you keep returning to and why?

I re-read Jane Austen with some frequency, particularly Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park. I suppose that not unlike Narnia, they represent a fantasy time and place to me, and I like to go there.

4. Apart from the Bible which non-fiction book has influenced you the most?

Rabbi Kushner’s "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" helped me put my pieces back together after a devastating pregnancy loss. (I won’t get into an argument here about the fictional vs. non-fictional nature of the Bible…)

5. Describe a perfect place to read. ( could be anywhere!!!)

I love to read on my super-comfortable bed, with loads of pillows, an open window and a breeze blowing.

How about you?

7 thoughts on “Friday Five: Books, Books, Books”

  1. understood abt the fictional/ non fictional nature of the Bible- it is such a mixture it is impossible to define- but good point!
    great play btw!

  2. I used to love to stay awake and read into the night, but I just can’t do it anymore. I love Jane Austen, too, though I didn’t when I was a young person. I had to experience more of the adult world before I understood how just how spot-on her worldview is.

  3. I love Jane Austen too… Esp. Pride and Prejudice and Emma (I actually like the old movie of P & P with Greer Garson & Olivier too)… but that’s movies, not books.

  4. I read every night before bed. Sometimes only for five minutes before my eyes close (LOL)
    …and yes. The Bible. Neither fiction nor non-fiction, exactly…much more complex to squeeze into a single genre.

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