The Book Blogger Test

Here’s a book blogging meme via Ashley at Inside My Mind.  I took the advice to tag myself.

What are your top three book pet hates?

  • Books where the narrators are completely oblivious to their privilege and how they unwittingly disparage others. This happens in fiction (The Nanny Diaries) and non-fiction (Under the Tuscan Sun).
  • Writers who use big words and overly complicated sentence structure.  In other words, academic speak.
  • Anyone who trashes the writers of popular history and science because they actually use engaging writing in place of academic speak (David McCullough, I’ve got your back!).

Describe your perfect reading spot

  • I do most of my reading on the T these days.  As long as it’s not overly crowded and I can get a seat, I’m happy to cozy up on a subway train or bus and miss my stop if the reading is too engaging. :)

Tell us three book confessions

  • I’m completely unable to read Charles Dickens.  Something short circuits in my brain and I’m unable to comprehend anything my eyes scan over.  This makes me feel bad because I have a lot of friends who love Dickens.
  • There are a great number of class children’s books that I never read or even heard of until I was an adult.  These include Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, The Phantom Tollbooth, Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Snowy Day,  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Bridge to Terabithia, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Winnie the Pooh, A Wrinkle in Time, The Westing Game, and anything by Beverly Cleary.
  • I had no interest in science fiction or fantasy until I was in my 30s.  I’m saving Romance for my 50s.

When was the last time you cried during a book?

I felt a lot of emotion reading Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  If I didn’t cry, I was close to it.

How many books are on your bedside table?

No books.  No bedside table.

What is your favorite snack to eat while you’re reading?

Whatever I can hold while holding a book or e-reader and will not get the book sticky.

Name three books you would recommend to everyone

  • The Eyre Affair by Jaspe Fforde
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston

Show us a picture of your favorite bookshelf on your bookcase

I endeavor to get all my books from the public library and I neglected to take a photograph of my favorite shelf last time I was there.

Write how much books mean to you in just three words

Need more words.

What is your biggest reading secret?

I don’t think I read enough.


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