I’ll admit it. I’m struggling right now to find wonderful and positively uplifting posts to share with y’all right now. Although Polly is visiting once again, she’s taking a while to settle in.
I am a couple of days behind on my blog reading and commenting and just read Joey’s post “Bookshelf Tag“. Although Joey didn’t tag me, she left it open to anyone who wished to tag themselves to do so. So I did. Thank you Joey. 🙂
I loved reading Joey’s answers and learning a little more about her. She’s a pretty cool lady who not only quilts but loves books. Awesome combination if I do say so myself.
So, I believe I have some questions to answer. Let’s the games begin!
1- Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?
None that I can recall. These days I cry at the silliest things so I don’t think just because a book says it will make you cry should put me off. I cried reading biographies for goodness sake. One biography that did make me cry a lot was Sophie’s Journey by Sally Collings. My Tween has read The Fault in Our Stars and The Son listened to it on audio. Both said it made them cry but it doesn’t interest me that much unfortunately so I don’t think I will read it.
2- Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.
That would have to be Terry Brook’s The Sword of Shannara that introduced me to the wider world of fantasy. I had read the work of Ray Bradbury when I was a teenager and I grew up reading the fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson and Enid Blyton however this type of fantasy reminded me of The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper that I read when in high school. Terry Brooks became one of my favourite authors and I have read every. single. book. he has written. Once I became hooked on fantasy of this type, I delved into the works of Fiona McIntosh, Isobelle Carmody, Jennifer Fallon, Stephen Donaldson, Christopher Paolini and Frank Perretti.
Oh dear, just writing this post and looking for links has alerted me to new releases……
3- Find a book that you want to reread.
My mother sells second hand books at markets and one day we visited one of the markets she was doing. I was perusing the books she had and found Susan Cooper’s “The Dark is Rising” trilogy in one volume. I offered to pay my mother for it but she told me to take it. I re-read the whole trilogy in less than a week.
Recently, I have watched Outlander on SoHo once or twice. Having read (and owned) the whole series by Diana Gabaldon I have been overcome with the urge to re-read the books. However, I recently sold bags and bags of books to my mother and guess which ones were in the bags? *sigh* I feel a phone call to my mother is in order. I just may be lucky. lol
4- Is there a book series you’ve read but wish that you hadn’t?
That would have to be the Fifty Shades of Grey series. Oh dear. I mean really? Do people really have that much time in their lives to spend having sex all the time? By the end of the first book, I was skipping pages because there is only so much of reading about the sex lives of others that I can take. I’ve heard women say that it improved their life in the bedroom. Maybe I’m getting old but I found the whole series cringeworthy and only read to the end to find out what happened to the main characters.
5- If your house was burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?
Funnily enough, if my house was burning down (and I sincerely hope that NEVER happens) then I would save my photos, albums, disks and external hard drives before I would go back for a book. Books can be replaced, memories and lives can’t.
6- Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok. This story about a young Hasidic Jewish boy with artistic talent captured my imagination and soul. When I was 18, I lived in Ipswich and worked in Moorooka (southern suburb of Brisbane). I caught the train at 7am each day in Ipswich to the city of Brisbane where I would then walk through Post Office Square to a bus stop on the other side of the square to catch a bus to Moorooka. I would read to pass the time until my arrival just before 8.30am. There was a book store next to the bus stop and I would often go in to purchase books for my journey. This is where I purchased My Name is Asher Lev on a whim as it was not generally the type of book that I read. I think it must have been the cover art that drew my attention. Just looking at this book (and others by Chaim Potok) which still grace my bookshelf brings back memories of my (much) younger days when life was so much more simpler than it is today.
7- Find a book that has inspired you the most.
That is a hard one to answer because every book that I have ever read has touched me in some way. I read a lot of self help books by many wonderful authors. I read books by teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh or the Dalai Lama. How do you choose a book that inspires you? Dr Suess books are wonderful inspiration also as each contains a life lesson encased in ridiculous rhyme.
If I had to choose any book/s that inspired me, I would say the works of Enid Blyton. I grew up reading her words and although they were mostly fairy tales, she allowed my imagination to run free. I grew up looking for fairies in flowers or at the end of my garden. I wondered what it would be like to sit in one of my grandmother’s chairs and wish it to anywhere I wanted to be. I stared up at large trees and hoped to see fairy folk jump from branch to branch and I just knew that my toys came to life each night whilst I slept and then wondered each morning what adventures they had been up to in the dark of night. Enid Blyton allowed me to explore my imagination and to treasure it and although a lot of her books were taken from library shelves in the 1970’s for being politically incorrect (golliwogs were often the bad guys) I believe she gave so much to the world through her books. I believe that she is one of a number of authors who inspired me to be creative with my words and to believe in the fun stuff of life.
8- Do you have any autographed books?
I do. Like Joey, I have many that have been written in by loved ones and given to me as gifts over the years however I also have a book signed by the author. Last year, I won this book and I had to read it and then meet with a group of other women in a book club to discuss what we got from it’s words. The author herself chaired the group and signed our copies.
That book is Walking on Trampolines by Frances Whiting.
I also own the book Humor at the Speed of Life by fellow blogger/author Ned Hickson. Ned not only signed the book for me but suggested we get together for a bbq one day if I bring the beer. lol
9- Find the book that you have owned the longest.
In actual fact, there are two. Both belonged to my mother and were handed down to me as a child. Both are by Enid Blyton. One is a story of the Faraway Tree full of line drawings (some of which were coloured in by me) and the other is a collection of short stories. The second book now has no cover but I recall reading it over and over. My favourite story was The Little Chatterbox. I read it once to my oldest grandchild and she loved it. I have read the whole book to my Tween as well.
10- Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?
That would be Don’t Die With the Music In You by Wayne Bennett. Wayne Bennett was the coach of the Brisbane Broncos NRL team for many years. I picked up the book from a garage sale and really didn’t think I would like it as much as I did. All I can say is that apart from being a great football coach he is an amazing man who grew up on a farm, parents a child with a disability and yet travels all over coaching football as well. This book was one that I gave up when I purged my bookshelves some time ago however funnily enough, it has found its way back into our house when my non-reader man bought it from a garage sale recently and has placed it on a shelf in his bar area.