I don’t remember when I got this tag or who tagged me, but I’ve had it sitting around just waiting for me to do it for several months. So, since January has 5 Tuesdays, I thought I’d post it today. I hope you enjoy it as there are some random questions on here. 🙂
1. Name a book you’re embarrassed to say you haven’t read yet.
Hmm, I suppose I could say the first Douglas Bond series. We’ve had them for years and I keep being told they’re good, and I keep thinking that I’ll read them . . . but I still haven’t.
2. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark?
The strangest thing? I’m not sure. I can’t remember anything really strange unless it was maybe a piece of yarn that happened to be nearby when I needed a bookmark.
3. Look at your bookshelf. What’s the first book you see with a yellow spine?
I have lots of bookshelves. So . . .
- The Small Woman by Alan Burgess
- Exodus to a Hidden Valley by Eugene Morse
- The Orlis Twins & Ron’s Big Problem by Bernard Palmer
- Silent Wings by Robert Sidney Bowen
- These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Nurses Three – First Assignment by Jean Kirby
- Lad of Sunnybank by Albert Payson Terhune
- Ester Ried’s Awakening by Isabella Alden
- Out in the World by Isabella Alden
- Then Am I Strong by Francena H. Arnold
- Gritli’s Children by Johanna Spyri
- That Printer of Udell’s by Harold Bell Wright
- Idiot’s Guide to World War I
- The Farm Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins
- Spring with the Moodys by Sarah Maxwell
- School Days by Reminisce Books
- Little Britches by Ralph Moody
- Scramble! by Don Patterson
I wasn’t told what shelf to look at, and it wouldn’t have been fair to all the other books with yellow spines if I had only shared one of them when the rest were the first ones on their shelf, now would it?
4. If you could have one new book from a deceased author, who would it be?
I’d want another “Pansy” book! Isabella Alden is my all time favorite author and I love it when I come across one of her books that I haven’t read. (That’s getting harder as I’ve read, and own, over 70 of her books. Wait, it might be closer to 80 now.)
5. Name an author who deserves more readership.
I just named her. Isabella Alden “Pansy.” But I could list a few others like Sarah Holman, Kate Willis, Perry Kirkpatrick, Jesseca Wheaton, Ivy Rose . . . Need I continue?
6. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Either works. I have a drawer with a stack of bookmarks, little cards and such that I use most of the time. But really, anything that’ll hold my place works for me.
7. Can you stop anywhere in a book or do you have to finish the chapter?
I can stop anywhere. Especially since some books like to leave you on cliff hangers at the end of chapters. 😉 That said, my favorite place to stop is the end of the book. But I refuse to stay up late reading. Sorry. I have to be able to function in the morning.
8. One book at a time or several?
That will depend. I can do a non-fiction book and a fiction book at the same time, but not more than one fiction unless I’ve already read one of the books. And even then it’s iffy.
9. Do you read ahead or skip pages?
I’m about to reveal one of my well kept secrets. *clears throat and lowers voice* I love to read ahead. My sister thinks I’m nuts, but I love to read the exciting parts first, and then go back and re-read them when I reach them. I also like to find out what happens before I get there. As for skipping pages . . . I don’t. If I am uncomfortable reading a book, I might flip a few pages just to see if it looks like it is the only thing objectionable, but usually when I’ve reached that point, I close the book and don’t read it. It usually doesn’t get a high review either if I’m reviewing it.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
Don’t you know it’s bad for the book to have it’s spine broken? If I get a new hardcover book, I’ll open it the way we were taught to break in new hymnals at church. I love books new, used or kindle. But looking like new is pretty good, though they never look well read and loved. 🙂
11. What books do you regret reading?
None? I’m pretty picky about what books I get to read and I like reading the negative reviews before I get a book by an author I don’t know. They often tell you a lot.
12. On average, how many books do you read per year?
Oh, around 60-70. Once I reached 100, and I think I only read about 50 another year. But these are also books I’ve never read before that are counted. I never count the ones I’m re-reading. I’m sure my numbers would go up if I did.
13. What book can you read hundreds of times and never get tired of?
How do you expect me to name just one book?!?!
14. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a book?
Hmm. I’m not sure what to pick. Oh, I know. I’ve learned that if a book becomes more important than doing other things I’m supposed to be doing, it’s not worth reading. I learned that when I was young. That also taught me that I CAN put a book down and go to bed, or do other things.
15. What is the most recent book you’ve read?
The Secret of the Hidden Room by Alta Halverson Seymour.
My review of the book should be up on Goodreads if you are inclined to go read more about it.
16. What quote from any book will you never forget? Why is it significant?
“It matters little what the work is in which we are engaged; so long as God has put it into our hands, the faithful doing of it is of no greater importance in one case than in another.” ~ J. O. Fraser
Just the reminder that no task is too small. It might be writing a best seller and reaching millions of people across the world, or it might just be in writing a story that a few will read and be blessed and encouraged by. It may be going as a missionary to some far off tribe, or it may be staying home and washing dishes and babysitting. If God has given us that work, let us do it faithfully.
17. How many books do you own?
Let me go count them. Be back when I’m done.
Okay, I’m finally back. And the Grand Total is: 841 real books.
I have over 140 books on my kindle. I keep adding kindle books so I haven’t counted them today.
18. In the past year, what is the greatest book you’ve read?
I’m supposed to pick one book from the 73 that I read? I don’t think so. Sorry. You can go take a look at the books I read, read my reviews, and see my ratings here. Just don’t get lost in the books. 😉
There you are. I hope you all enjoyed my answers. If you would like to consider yourself tagged, I tag you. 🙂 I’d love to read your answers. And how many books do you have? Have any empty shelves? I’m about out.