Thursday, February 9, 2012

tag, I'm it: all about books

     Erin (her blogs are here and here) was sweet enough to tag me to talk about one of my favorite things .... books! :)


Favorite poet(s): Li-Young Lee, Pablo Neruda, Shakespeare, e.e. cummings.
Least favorite/hated poet(s): I don't hate Marianne Moore, but I don't enjoy her work, although I know she's considered one of the "greats."
Favorite fiction authors: Haruki Murakami, Barbara Kingsolver, Pamela Dean, Hans Christian Andersen, Gish Jen, Jeanette Winterson, Michael Ondaatjie, Charles Dickens, Jose Saramago, Lynne Rae Perkins.
Least favorite/hated fiction authors: Hmm, nobody comes to mind at the moment ...
Favorite nonfiction author(s): Jane Yolen (Touch Magic), Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief), David Mas Masumoto (Epitaph for a Peach)
Least favorite/hated nonfiction author(s): I have to agree with Erin about the library sciences readings. The textbooks intended to give you an overview of the discipline are the worst -- they are so general that they are mind-numbing.
Favorite graphic novel author: I don't read many graphic novels (want to start, though) but I did enjoy Shaun Tan's "The Arrival." Would love some recommendations. :)
Worst reading habits: Buying new books when I have a stack to read.
Worst book you ever read: "Tulip Fever" by Deborah Moggach. I got a few chapters in, realized I didn't care at all about the characters, and returned it to the library.
Favorite book (at the moment): It's a tie between "All the Names" by Jose Saramago; "The Lacuna" by Barbara Kingsolver, and "Criss Cross" by Lynne Rae Perkins.
Favorite genre: young adult, picture books, and, judging from the list above, what would be called literary fiction  : p (sounds a bit snobby, doesn't it??)

17 comments:

  1. I wish I read more!

    Aww..that's so cute. Hope you get more yummy cake!

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  2. i am off to check out these books on amazon right now! thanks for all of the suggestions!

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  3. I'm teaching one of my favorites, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, starting next week! I love introducing him to kids who swear they HATE Shakespeare!

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  4. This is going to sound horrible...I've not read any books since I completed my mba back in June... I really do need to find some time to engage in some real literature....

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  5. Oh, how wonderful! I bet it must be so fun to teach Shakespeare!

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  6. hope you find some new favorites!

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  7. I'm going to throw a hint or two this weekend about a repeat chocolate cake. :) I wish I had more time to read for fun right now - I read a lot but it's all school assignments. :\

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  8. I love seeing what others enjoy reading. I have definitely had books that I start reading, hate the characters and just can't finish it. I really like Kingsolver :) Have a great weekend.

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  9. I don't read a lot of poetry, but I do love Pablo Neruda and e.e. cummings. I also love, love, love Barbara Kingsolver. I 've also read Murakami and Saramago, but not your other favorite authors - I'll have to check them out.

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  10. you sound like a ferocious reader...I read too but I am into coffee table books, especially craft ones and also spiritually inspiring books. I am also like you... buying more books when I still got a whole stack to finish. Thanks for dropping by and following, Follow you too!

    mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  11. Thanks for dropping by, Gracey. I hope you find some new favorites from my list! :)

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  12. Thanks, Megan! I think when I was younger I had the idea that I "should" finish a book ... but now I feel free to ditch it when it's unsatisfying from the start. :)

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  13. Thank you for the follow and comment, mongs! My mom keeps trying to buy me a Kindle for Christmas in hopes of curing my book-buying habit, but I still haven't made the jump to e-books. :)

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  14. I have that habit of buying too many books at once too! Somehow these days I am reading more blogs than books... must change that!

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  15. Thank you for dropping by! My goal this year is to tackle my pile of unread books ... :)

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  16. The time I spend reading varies a lot, so I understand! I think once you get back into the habit, it's easier to maintain. :)

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