Oct 9, 2008

My First Booking Through Thursday

This is the first time I've participated in Booking Through Thursday, but these questions peaked my interest. So here we go:


What was the last book you bought?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Name a book you have read MORE than once

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen; The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux; Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte; Phantom by Susan Kay

Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux; I never thought that people could be so mean to one person or that being mean to person could turn them evil, along with other things. I was very naive when I first read this book in middle school.

How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews

I choose books in a variety of ways; I either have recommendations from friends or fellow book bloggers, my mom, etc. Or I browse the library or bookstore reading the summaries to find one that snags my attention. On rare occasions I will even pick a book up based upon its cover.

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Fiction, hands down.

What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?

Both are important for me. Without a gripping plot, I lose interest in the writing, and vice versa.

Most loved/memorable character (character/book)

Elizabeth Bennett, Heathcliff, and Edward Cullen

Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?

Madre by Nathan Leslie

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Poetry Home Repair Manual by Ted Kooser

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?

Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland; I finished it last night!

Have you ever given up on a book half way in?

Yes.

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14 comments:

Dar said...

I've got to do my Booking Through Thursday yet. That's next on my list. I have to read Wuthering Heights for my Classics Challenge. I'm with you on reading Fiction-it's the only way to go.

Suey said...

Welcome to BTT and I can't believe you've waited this long to join in! Great answers. I didn't answer the most memorable character one because there's just too many... but I could have easy stolen your answer and been happy.

Serena said...

Suey: I did wait a long time for BTT. But here it is.

Dar: I do read some non-fiction, but it isn't too much.

Book Zombie (Joanne) said...

I haven't read Phantom in such a long time, this Halloween seems like the perfect time to give it a re-read. Thanks for the great answers, I'm glad you mentioned Phantom.

gautami tripathy said...

I forgot to mention Heathliff. Not a character to forget!

My meme answers!

Lenore said...

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo looks really good. I'll probably buy it here soon too.

Serena said...

I am anxious to get to that book, but I have quite a few ahead of it. I may just push it up a few notches!

Dawn said...

We're in the BTT Club now :)

I've heard only positive reviews of *The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo* ... but I resisted it when I was out shopping today ... I don't know how long I'll last!

Serena said...

I've seen a few positive reviews of the book as well. I still may not participate in BTT every week.

Shana @ Literarily said...

Serena - Welcome to BTT.

You're right - Edward Cullen is most memorable!

Serena said...

Edward is the most memorable!

Literary Feline said...

Elizabeth Bennett is definitely a character close to my heart.

Anna said...

I love Edward!! And I remember how obsessed you used to be with all things Phantom. That's certainly quieted down over the years.

If I ever catch up with reviews of books I read awhile back and with my blog reading, maybe I'll give BTT a go!

--Anna
http://diaryofaneccentric.blogspot.com

Serena said...

Edward rocks. And so does Phantom, even if he is a bit twisted.