Berry’s Book Meme

Book meme

Strawberry Singh does it again.  Her Monday Meme this week is based around books.  And so:

  1. Are you a bookworm?  Yes!
  2. Which do you prefer: hardcover, paperback or electronic?  No particular preference, although I’m carrying my Nook more than a bound book these days.  I can carry hundreds of books in a tablet, including the stories that I write, all collected together.  I’ve just recently received four books from online booksellers, though, including replacements for ragged copies of Dorothy Sayers’ translations of Dante’s Commedia.
  3. Which book is your favorite?  That’s always a tricky thing, as it changes from time to time; the most consistent one, though, is probably Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
  4. Which children’s book is your favorite?  Also difficult, due to the time passed.  But I’ve been thinking lately of a book that was read to us back in 2nd grade lo these many moons ago:  Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling, which gave me a true appreciation for the world of the Great Lakes — not just my home state of Michigan, but the entire watershed from Lake Nipigon, far above Thunder Bay, down to the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
  5. What’s the last book you’ve read?  Concealed in Death by J. D. Robb
  6. Name your top five favorite writers:  More than five, but I can’t really cut it down (grin):J. R. R. Tolkien, Mercedes Lackey, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Anne McCaffrey, Dante, Agatha Christie, David Weber
  7. Name a book that had a strong impact on you:  R. F. Delderfield’s To Serve Them All My Days.  I was turned on to it by the Masterpiece Theatre production long ago, and enjoyed it immensely while in college.  If there were any book that might have turned me into a teacher instead of a librarian and bookseller, this would have been it.
  8. Favorite & least favorite book genres?  Mystery / romance
  9. Favorite & least favorite book-to-movie adaptions?  The Lord of the Rings / The Count of Monte Cristo (Richard Chamberlain version; too many liberties with it)
  10. Have you ever bought a book based on the cover alone?  Not that I can recall, but it’s come close at times.
  11. Where do you usually buy your books?  When I don’t buy them on my Nook, I usually get them at Barnes & Noble.  (I get an employee discount, after all!  Although I also have a Membership; my discount comes off the list price, while the Membership works on sales as well.)
  12. Do you go to the library?  Yes
  13. How many books do you own?  Not as many as in the past, as I’ve had to clean off my shelves periodically at a used book store.  In the neighborhood of 300-500 books now, though, including E-books on the family Nooks.
  14. If you were to write a book about Second Life, which topic would you focus on?  What I specialize in here on the blog:  photography and fashion.

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