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19 Questions…

I ran across this list of book-related questions and thought it might be fun to fill out so you can learn a little more about me!  How would YOU answer some of these?  Let me know in the comments!

1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
The books that I’ve owned the longest are “Jane Eyre”, “Emma”, and the “Bell Jar”, all from high school English classes (complete with highlighted quotes inside).

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?
Current Read: “Family Tree” by Barbara Delinsky
Last Read: “Bake Sale Murder” by Leslie Meier
Next Book: “Mini Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella

3. What book did everyone like and you hated?
Anything by Candace Bushnell – I can’t get through any of her books.  Also, “Love in the Time of Cholera”.  I bought it and tried reading it and just couldn’t get into it.

4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
I keep wanting to read the Stieg Larsson trilogy, but I keep finding other books that I would rather read first.  I’m sure I’ll get around to them eventually… probably once they’ve lost their popularity.

5. Which book are you saving for “retirement?”
I don’t think I could actually save any books – what’s the point of buying it if you’re not going to try to read it right away (or as soon as you get through the rest of the pile you have waiting)?

6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?
I never skip to the end.  It’s much easier to not be tempted when you have a Kindle and can’t flip through pages.

7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?
I typically don’t read them unless there’s an interesting story incorporated with them.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?
I don’t know if I could pick.  There’s always positive and negative features of each character and their situation.  I can’t even think of one off the top of my head right now!

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?
The bulk of my reading has occurred since my fiancé and I have been together so they all kind of tie back to him, somehow.  Nothing specific, though.

10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.
The only one I can think of is “Holly’s Inbox: Scandal in the City”.  I couldn’t find it for sale in the US so I bought a used version online originally from the UK that had a British Red Cross sticker on it.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
Not particularly.  I’ve loaned books out before if I think the person will like it, but that has lead to me not getting many of them back that I wanted to eventually read again one day.

12. Which book has been with you to the most places?
Does my Kindle count?  I always take it with me on trips and sometimes to work if I want to read during lunch!

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad ten years later?
I actually hated all reading in high school.  I went through a phrase where I didn’t read for fun from probably middle school to after college.  I’ve re-read some of my high school books (see question #1) recently and enjoyed them.

14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?
I don’t think I’ve found anything in a book.  Most of the books I buy are new.

15. Used or brand new?
Following up on the question above, I prefer new (or as new as possible) because I like the crisp pages and I hate when the spine is cracked or creased.  I’ve been buying some used books lately for money saving purposes but I won’t buy something that is in bad condition.  A used book with stains grosses me out.

16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses?
I’ve actually never read any Stephen King books.  I think they would give me nightmares.

17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
Wow, that’s a hard one.  I saw the movie version of “The Notebook” first and was disappointed in the book.  Otherwise, I don’t really care for movie versions of books.

18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid?
I had to turn off “Message in a Bottle” because it was so off from the book and made me mad.  The “Shopaholic” movie was also really dumb (although I loved the books).

19. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
My mom.  She’s the one who got me reading for fun again by letting me borrow “The Guardian” by Nicholas Sparks.  I was hooked after that.  We have the same taste in books.

Summer Reading Guide

My local paper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, just published a list of fiction and non-fiction books for summer called “Summer Reading: From beach blankets to cool mountain evenings, vacation days call for a good book“.   You can click on that link and go and read the whole article and descriptions of each book, but here is a quick list of the books and links to the books on Amazon:



Need a last minute Father’s Day gift?  I’m sure a lot of bookworm dads out there may like some of these titles!

Are you going to go out and pick up any of these books for your summer vacation?  Or do you already have a stack of books in your beach bag ready to go?  Please feel free to share your recommendations!

New Chick Lit Releases This Summer

I had a field day recently doing Kindle pre-orders of books by my favorite chick lit authors.  Here’s the list that I pre-ordered:

Those are all of the ones that were high on my radar; I hope I’m not missing any!  Looks like I’ll have a busy summer ahead of me.  Keep an eye out for these at your favorite bookstore and you can be sure I’ll be blogging about them as soon as I finish!

Why I Can’t Read Candace Bushnell

Why?  Why can’t I read Candace Bushnell books?

I own two of her books, “Lipstick Jungle” and “One Fifth Avenue“.  I am a big fan of the Sex and the City TV show and movie but heard that the original “Sex and the City” book was totally different from the show (so I’m sure I wouldn’t like that either).  I first bought “Lipstick Jungle”.  I got maybe 100 pages or less into it and couldn’t read it anymore.  It was just…. I don’t know.  I was bored.  It was dull.  I wasn’t looking forward to the next page, the next chapter.  All I got from it was this: there were three women.  One worked in fashion, one was a writer (maybe?), don’t remember the other.  One had an affair with a younger guy.  I didn’t find anything memorable about the story.  Maybe I didn’t read far enough into the book, but still, my attention should have been grabbed from the get-go.  Then I thought I’d watch the version of the “Lipstick Jungle” TV show that was on NBC….. how long did that one last again before being cancelled?

I thought that maybe that book was just a dud for me and another one of hers would be better, so I went out and bought “One Fifth Avenue” when it came out.  Same thing… I only made it 100 page or so before putting down the book and never picking it back up.  All I got from it: there are a bunch of rich people that live in an NYC apartment building.  Bor-ing.

Is it just me?  Do I have high standards when it comes to storylines and character development?  Do I have ADD and need more excitement in order for a book to keep my attention?  Am I just crazy?  I don’t have this problem with many other books/authors, usually I can pick up and read almost anything.  Does anyone totally disagree with me (or maybe you DO agree with me)?  I think I’ve given up on Ms. Bushnell.

On a related note: anyone want to swap for two Candace Bushnell books?

‘Burgh Books

There was recently an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette titled “25 novels use Western Pennsylvania as a setting in 2009” that caught my eye.  I’ve never read any novels that used Pittsburgh as a setting, although I’ve seen a bunch of movies that have (I’m on a kick – my Netflix queue is filled with Pittsburgh movies right now).  When I put this link out on Twitter, I was informed that one of the ones on the list, “American Rust“, was definitely worth a read.  Some of the others on the list look interesting to me, especially the ones written by local doctors.  If you’re a local music fan, you may be interested in the two novels written by singer-songwriter Bill Deasy.

There have been popular books in the past that were based in Pittsburgh, such as “Mysteries of Pittsburgh“, which became more well known when the actress Sienna Miller came to Pittsburgh to film the movie and said some lovely things about the town.  I haven’t read the book (or seen the movie), but someday would like to.

If you just type the word “Pittsburgh” into the Amazon book search bar, over 144,000 results come up (many are about Pittsburgh history or are photo books, but there is definitely something for everybody).  I’m sure that there are so many good books in that list that have gone under the radar.  What books have you read that are either by a Pittsburgh author or are set in the Western Pennsylvania area?  If it’s something you liked, pass the word along… support your local authors and read local!

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