I know, I don’t post nearly enough these days. What can I say? I’ve got a lot going on. However, a friend of mine just posted a cool little thing over at her blog called *surprise* Bookshelf Tag. People are supposed to be tagged to do this, but she tagged nobody, so I figured I’d jump in and do this myself. And like her, I’m not going to tag anybody, so if you are so inspired to do this yourself, have at it!
1- Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?
No, but there have been a few books that made me cry. I probably cried the hardest when I read My Girl. Yes, the book inspired by the movie, and yes, the part where Macaulay’s character dies from the bees. I was a kid and it was sad.
2- Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.
I guess I’d have to turn to the popular answer to this. Needful Things by Stephen King. I was a teen and up to that point I had never read a novel, especially of that length, and I had never read horror, and I had never read Stephen King. I’ve been hooked ever since.
3- Find a book that you want to reread.
Like Jolene said, “A book?” I have such a long list of books that I need to read for the first time that I fear I’ll never get to reread the books that I’d love to reread, but amongst them are The Eyes Of The Dragon and Cell by Stephen King (the latter I will reread before I see the movie when it comes out), and eventually I’ll reread the entire Hitchhiker’s Guide series again. I’ve read it three or four times in total, which is the most I’ve read any book or series.
4- Is there a book series you’ve read but wish that you hadn’t?
No. There are individual books I wish I hadn’t read. Lisey’s Story from Stephen King is one I actually didn’t finish because I couldn’t get into it. There’s another recent one, but I can’t remember the name of the book or the author. I got 2 pages in and had to put it away.
5- If your house was burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?
There are a few books I’d be very upset to lose, but I think the one I’d save if I could only save one would be The Hawkline Monster by Richard Brautigan. My dad gave me that book and it was the first thing I read by Brautigan that got me hooked on his work.
6- Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?
Either of Wilson Rawls’ books, Where The Red Fern Grows or Summer Of The Monkeys. I absolutely love those books. In the beginning of Fern when he talks about remembering his childhood and then goes into the story, I feel like I’m remembering it with him. It’s such a fantastic journey to go on and I love going on it. It’s a shame he only put those two books out.
7- Find a book that has inspired you the most.
This is tough. Probably, once again, Where The Red Fern Grows. It’s such a great book and for me it is the epitome of what storytelling is all about. It makes you feel for the characters, it draws you in to the story, and when it’s over it leaves a lasting impression. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to become a writer.
8- Do you have any autographed books?
Yes. I love autographed books and I’m not entirely sure why other than I think it’s cool to have author’s signatures. My first one was Sharon M. Draper, who signed her book Tears Of A Tiger for me. What an amazing book, and she’s an amazing woman! She stopped by my high school to talk to my class and afterwards had a book signing. After that, I wanted more autographed books, but it took a long time to get any more. I have an autographed copy of Beastial, which was actually signed to somebody else. I also have an awesome autographed copy of one of Alexandra Sokoloff’s books that she sent to me personally for writing a review of another of her books here! That was really cool, she’s a class act. I want to say I have one more, but I can’t recall if I do or not.
9- Find the book that you have owned the longest.
Oh man. I have a few from when I was a kid. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles official movie book might be the oldest one I have.
10- Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?
No. The only author I don’t care to read, no offense to anyone, is Stephanie Meyer. Other than that I’m pretty open to reading whomever.