I like both, but which I’m inclined to read depends on my mood. I generally gravitate towards novels – because they take less time, if you can believe it. By that, I mean that they’re usually divided into chapters, and in my experience, a short story is longer than a chapter of a novel. So if I’m riding the bus and want to read, I’m more likely to finish a chapter than a whole short story. But each has its place, and I think some of the best writing has been done in short stories. Eudora Welty and Flannery O’Connor spring to mind, but there are many others as well.
What about you?
What is the best book you’ve never read?
This is hard for me to decide. The Time Traveler’s Wife immediately came to mind. I can’t think of any others right now, but that might be the sleep deprivation talking. I’m sure there are tons, but that’s the only one I keep thinking, "Oh, so-and-so recommends that highly. I should read it." ("So-and-so" is more than one person.)
What about you?
Yes, Piers Anthony.
2. Have you read everything he or she has written?
Goodness no! He is immensely prolific.
3. Did you LIKE everything?
I think so. I did stop reading one of his series (Apprentice Adept) because it got too many generations in. I made it through 3, and that was about enough. Piers also writes a lot of stuff that makes me distinctly uncomfortable, but I think it’s good for me to read.
4. How about a least favorite author?
Maybe J. D. Salinger? I really don’t like Catcher in the Rye. Or William Faulkner.
5. An author you wanted to like, but didn’t?
The Terrys: Terry Brooks and Terry Pratchett. Terry Brooks bored me, and Terry Pratchett’s humor is too self-aware for my tastes.
So–just for today–how about sharing 7 things that you’re thankful for?
I have so many things to be thankful for! Here goes:
1) My family, and
2) How they always believe in me
3) My fiance, and
4) How he always knows just what I need to make me feel better when I’m down
7) The Internet, where you can make friends, find a job, and be a published author just by hitting a button in some blogging software
This is a tough question, as I love both. Paperbacks are eminently portable, but hardcovers are so much sturdier. Paperbacks sometimes have a greater sense of history, but hardcovers smell better. In a perfect world, I’d have each for its appropriate purpose. Fancy editions (Complete Classic-Author, for example) would be hardcover. Longer books would be hardcover. But quick reads would be paperback. Guilty pleasures, also paperback. Plays, paperback. But I certainly wouldn’t want ALL my books to be paperback.
What about you?
What book would you choose to give to a friend and why?
I would buy His Majesty, Queen Hatshepsut for just about any friend of mine. I’d choose this one because it is the origin of my Hatshepsut-obsession; a female king makes me happy because I’ve always thought I should be one. Everyone should read it, because it’s fun!
October Project #2 is here: community.livejournal.com/scriptitans/1010.html
So here’s the lectitans weekly schedule:
Sunday – Seven on Sunday
Monday – Monday Misdirection
Tuesday – Booking Through
Wednesday – Open
Thursday – Theatre Thursday
Friday – Poetry Friday
Saturday – Weekend Wonderings
So today, Booking Through Tuesday:
Imagine that everything is going just swimmingly. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and all’s right with the world. You’re practically bouncing from health and have money in your pocket. The kids are playing and laughing, the puppy is chewing in the cutest possible manner on an officially-sanctioned chew toy, and in between moments of laughter for pure joy, you pick up a book to read . . .
What is it?
A Piers Anthony book, no question. (I should note that last week the question was which book is your “comfort food,” to which my answer would also have been a Piers Anthony book.) For the happier times, I want something Xanth, I think. Xanth books are phenomenal to read when the weather is good. If it’s a bad day, then I’m more in a Bio of a Space Tyrant mood.
I’ll explain on Thursday what I’ll be doing for Theatre Thursday. Still looking for a topic for Wednesday. Little Willow suggested good ones but I feel they’d be duplicating my Monday Misdirection and Weekend Wonderings posts.
Are you a Goldilocks kind of reader?
Do you need the light just right, the background noise just so loud but not too loud, the chair just right, the distractions at a minimum?
Or can you open a book at any time and dip right in, whether it’s for twenty seconds, while waiting for the kettle to boil, or indefinitely, like while waiting interminably at the hospital–as long as the book is open in front of your nose, you’re happy to read?
I am the latter kind, the anti-Goldilocks. I will read anywhere and everywhere, for any amount of time. I have been known to tear through books in the car and on airplanes; I read while I wait for webpages to load. I read while I cook. Audiobooks enable me to read when I drive, but more than once I’ve had a book in the passenger seat and been at a stoplight and had to work very hard not to pick it up and thus risk a wreck. (Have you seen the episode of Family Guy where Peter keeps reading the Archie comic while he’s driving? I’d be like that, but with more words and fewer pictures.) I read when people are talking to me. I read when the TV is on. I’d read in the movie theater if I could, sometimes. I can read sitting, standing, or lying down. I read while I’m on lunch duty. The only thing I need to read is text; everything else is incidental.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LITTLE WILLOW!