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Mary and Joe's Big Adventure: Apartment Edition

Sunday Stealing: Books Meme

1:Favorite children's book
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown. I didn't read it when I was a child, but I read it every night to SonnyeBoy and it holds, in every page, a memory of sleepy babies and peaceful nights.

2:The last book you've read
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. The beginning was a little slow, but then I got hooked on the beautiful writing and the poignant story.

3:Books on your "to read" list
Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King and Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers, by Anne Lamott.

4:Top 5 authors
PG Wodehouse
Stephen King
Elmore Leonard
Ann Patchett
Edgar Allen Poe

5:Favorite genres
Humor, horror, historical fiction, magical realism, crime, nonfiction

6:A book that has made you extremely mad
There are two: Shock Doctrine, by Naomi Kline, and Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security, by Robert Block and Christopher Cooper. I think I threw both against the wall in disgust -- not because the books were bad, but because they were so good at exposing horribleness.

7:A book that you've cried over
Talk Before Sleep, by Elizabeth Berg

8:A book that made you laugh out loud
A tie: Harpo Speaks, by Harpo Marx and Life at Blandings, by PG Wodehouse

9:Fiction or nonfiction?

10:First book you've read by your favorite author
Night Shift, by Stephen King

11:Best book-to-movie adaption
Hmm. Gone with the WInd was good; so was The Vampire Lestat. (I really was skeptical about Tom Cruise as Lestat, but he nailed it!)

12:Do you read comics/manga?
Comics, yes; but really when I was a kid. Superman, Archie, and LIttle Lulu were my favorites!

13:Hardcovers or Paperbacks?
Either -- plus Kindle.

14:Do you buy books as soon as they come out or wait a while?
It depends on the book. For example, I bought all of the Dark Tower series as soon as they were released. Harry Potter, on the other hand, I waited for paperback.

15:Do you buy books spontaneously without any prior knowledge of what happens in it?
If it's by Elmore Leonard, yes! Otherwise, I need to at least read the synopsis. For example, there are some Stephen King books that I have purposely never read.

16:Have you ever bought a book based on the cover alone?
I don't think so.

17:Where do you usually buy your books?
Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

18:Book that had a strong impact on you
For nonfiction, see the two I mentioned previously in number 6; for fiction, The Stand, by Stephen King. I read it straight through when I was in labor with SonnyeBoy.

19:Historical or science fiction?

20:Dystopian or Utopian?
I prefer Utopian, such as Island, by Aldous Huxley.

21:Worst book-to-move adaption?
The Shining, by Stephen King. Not that the movie was bad, but it was just too... Kubrick and Nicholson.

22:Book that should have a movie adaption?
Girl Clown. (Heh.)

23:The first book you've fallen in love with
Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, when I was a little girl.

24:Humor or angst?
Humor, hands down.

25:How many books do you own?
Too many to count! We just did a huge purge, throwing out all of the old paperbacks that were crumbling or moldy. We simply can't take all of them with us, alas.

26:Do you go the library?
Rarely. Joe goes quite a bit, though!

27:How many books do you read a year?
Not as many as I used to.

28:Favorite "required reading" book?
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I actually had never read it until SonnyeBoy had to read it in high school. He raved about it, so I read it then. And loved it too! Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, comes in a close second.

29:Favorite quote?
"If you have a book, you'll never be lonely." = Anna S. Wise, my mom.

30:A book you absolutely hate
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, by James Patterson. Predictable, stupid, sappy, mush.