A Q&A About Reading

I was recently asked to answer a bunch of questions about my reading habits and recent books I’ve read. Since I am so behind on posts on the blog (that’s what happens when I pick up a 480 page book), I thought I’d post my answers here.

What book/books are on your nightstand right now? I have about 100 books on my nightstand. They are stacked in convoluted ways and jammed in. That is only one of many locations where I have TBR books – there are hundreds on shelves in my attic, three large stacks in my den, and a box of BEA 2014 books in my living room. The nightstand is supposedly where the TOP of the TBR list resides. Right now, in pole position, I have The Art of Fielding (reading now), Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe, and It’s A Mad World, which is a band-by-band, song-by-song exploration of 80s new wave music.

What is the last truly great book you read? Truly great? Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill and The Blessings by Elise Juska.

What kind of reader were you as a child? Loved to read. I had a wider range then than I do now – more fantasy, historical fiction. Now I am a stubborn realist.

If you had to name one book who made you what you are today, what book would it be? I don’t think any one book has made me who I am today. I am the cumulative result of lots of reading.

What is the last book you put down without finishing? Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whitmore. I’ve picked up a lot of books and put them back down lately, but this was the last one I actually read any real part of and then put down.

What book did you feel you were supposed to like but you didn’t? Little Bee. Awful.

Who would you choose to write your life story? Carol Shields (sadly no longer alive) or Curtis Sittenfeld.

You are hosting a literary dinner party – what three writers would you invite? Lionel Shriver, Ian McEwan and Jennifer Haigh.

What do you plan to read next? The Witch of Blackbird Pond, for my Mother-Daughter Book Club.

What are you listening to these days – in the car/ at work/ at home? Audiobooks!! Right now Some Luck by Jane Smiley.

What are you watching these days on TV/DVD/streaming? Just started a new miniseries last night called The Missing. It was so painful that I found it physically hard to watch. But really well-acted. And The Comeback is back – YAY!

Who do you love to follow on Twitter/FB? Social media people and book bloggers.

More reviews soon, I promise!

2 Comments

  • November 18, 2014 - 10:22 pm | Permalink

    I am about to put a book down now, The Slap. It is actually good but I am never in the mood to read it.

  • November 19, 2014 - 10:27 am | Permalink

    I couldn’t finish Little Bee.

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