Saturday, May 07, 2011

One book, two book, three book, four...

I saw this meme over at Dolce Bellezza and thought I'd join in the fun! (I believe it originated at Stuck in a Book.)

The book(s) I'm currently reading: I rarely (if ever) just have one book going. These are the books I'm currently reading: The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, The Silent Speaker by Rex Stout, Sons by Pearl S. Buck, and Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.

The last book I finished: The Story of Britain from the Norman Conquest to the European Union by Patrick Dillon.
The next book I want to read: The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
The last book I bought: I bought Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot so I could do a buddy read with Annette.
The last book that was given to me: My Easter Bible this year was a single-column KJV Bible. When I saw that there was a KJV Bible out there that was a black letter, single column, and in a friendly font size, well, I *had* to have it!

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Bellezza 3:32 PM  

The kids in my class are loving The Lightning Thief which I'm just finishing as a read aloud. Apparently this Throne book is taking away all kinds of praise from young readers; it's taking me awhile to get into it, but I do appreciate his knowledge of mythology and how it intrigues the kids.

I'm currently halfway through Northanger Abbey which I thought I'd love. Not so much. More on that later when I post about it.

I enjoyed reading your response to this, Becky.

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I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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