What was the last book you bought?
Home Learning Year by Year by Rebecca Rupp. I have yet to do more than flip through.
Name a book you have read MORE than once.
Like Smock, a bunch. I will re-read anything I enjoyed. The last was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (thank you MamaT), I've read it probably 4 times.
Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
Maybe not fundamentally, although all the books I've read have collectively shaped a lot of my mind. The one with the most memorable impact is the The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. I feel lightheaded every time I read it.
How do you choose a book, eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews?
I love to read stuff from good recommendations. Usually I grab something (fast!) off the New Books shelf at the library based totally off cover design and title. I just discovered I can pursue the library online and have my books waiting for me. I need to utilize this more.
Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Much prefer non-fiction. I find fiction way easier to read these days of super multi-tasking though, which is fine because I heart it too.
What's more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
Gah! Both! If I HAD to choose I'd say beautiful writing. I can get lost in expression even if it goes nowhere.
Most loved/memorable character (character/book).
I just finished Atonement by Ian McEwan and was very swept up in Cecilia, so she comes right to mind.
Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution by T.J English (highly recommend), The Magician's Nephew by C.S Lewis, Jake and I are reading it for the first time together and Kids are Worth It by Barbara Coloroso which has a permanent home on the night stand.
What was the last book you've read, and when was it?
Atonement. I guess I finished it last week?
Have you ever given up on a book half way in?