Daily Archives:February 9th, 2012

Booking Through Thursday: Only Five

This feels like a Friday Five, except it’s Thursday.

A while ago, I interviewed my readers for a change, and my final question was, “What question have I NOT asked at BTT that you’d love me to ask?” I got some great responses and will be picking out some of the questions from time to time to ask the rest of you. Like now.

shelovestoread asks:

If you had to pick only 5 books to read ever again, what would they be and why?’

(Such a cruel question!)

  1. The Bible: Do I really need to explain?
  2. Catechism of the Catholic Church: See previous comment.
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird: It’s such a great book, and it affected me differently each time I read it. It is the sole novel of a reclusive author. It was set in one time and published in another where not much had changed. It was translated beautifully into film. What’s not to love?
  4. The Giver: My heart will always be with YA.
  5. Pride and Prejudice: After all that seriousness, I’ll need something lovely and lighthearted!

I have loved many other books, but I think I could be happy with those forever. Not as happy as I am with all the books in the world at my disposal, but pretty happy.

Booking Through Thursday: Found Books

I’m going to wake up and regret staying up this late to post, but I felt like I should do last week’s BTT if I intend to keep up with this week’s.

A while ago, I interviewed my readers for a change, and my final question was, “What question have I NOT asked at BTT that you’d love me to ask?” I got some great responses and will be picking out some of the questions from time to time to ask the rest of you. Like now.

heidenkind asks:

Have you ever read a random book left in a waiting room or on a park bench, etc., and did you like it?

I have never picked up a random book. I have heard of BookCrossing, though, which is the intentional leaving of books for others to find and foster before re-releasing them. It seems like an interesting idea, but it doesn’t sound like my thing.

I do own several random books, though. The first school I taught at was culling its library. As a book lover, I dashed in and cherry-picked the best ones. As a responsible English teacher, I took all my classes down to sift through for any they wanted. Several students actually took home some books, and I wound up with Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, Moby Dick, the short stories of O. Henry, and a few others. Not a bad deal. I haven’t actually read any of those, but that’s a story for another day.

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