Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Books and Reading

I found this on another blog and I had to play! When you use these things where you answer someone else's questions on blogs it is called a "meme" I don't know why...but Meme is what my kids call my mother, so I will never be calling these things memes...I will however frequently play along. Here's one about something I've been doing a lot of lately...

1. Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?
My 4th grade teacher, Miss Chinigo, read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing to our class and then I read most of the other Judy Blume books after that, she is still one of my favorites!

2. What are some books you read as a child? Are you There God it's Me Margaret is probably still my favorite book of all time (and it is almost time to have Madi read it), all Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary books.

3. What is your favorite genre? I think realistic fiction with some love in it like Nicholas Sparks, but not "romance novels".

4. Do you have a favorite novel? how about a favorite series? Pretty much each Nicholas Sparks book becomes my new favorite.

5. Where do you usually read? All over, on the bed, couch, recliner, outside in the shade, sometimes the car...where ever I can.

6. When do you usually read? Whenever I can.

7. Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time? Usually one for myself and one or more that I am reading aloud to the kids.

8. Do you read non-fiction in a different way or place than you read fiction? Usually with nonfiction (like parenting or homeschooling books or magazines) I skip around and don't read the whole thing.

9. Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library? I get most of them from the library for myself, but spend a lot of time at yard sales and places that sell used books to buy books for the kids (I've recently picked up the same books numerous times (two Betsy-Tacy, two Mouse and the Motorcycle, two Prince Caspian)...I'm always looking for good books, but obviously forget which ones I've already gotten). Of course we still get tons of kids' books at the library also.

10. Do you keep most of the books you buy? Yes, if I've bought it, I want to keep it, unless we already have it (see #9) then I give it away.

11. If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them? Were they some of the same ones you read as a child? Yes, Jonathan and Madi have each read some Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary (Madi is working her way through the Ramona books right addition to other books). Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was the first chapter book I read to them when they were little, and It was also the first one I read to Jake, just recently when he knocked his teeth out. Also Jake loves Stone Soup and I remember reading it and putting on a play of it in third grade. Also Mike Mulligan and other Virginia Lee Burton books are favorites of my kids and I remember them from childhood. Of couse Laura Ingalls Wilder.

12. What are you reading now? I just started Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson last night, I might just finish it today. We also finished reading aloud the last two Kit books yesterday, just before we went to the movie (FYI the movie was very different from the books--both good though). The kids and I will start Where the Red Fern Grows aloud today.

13. Do you keep a TBR (To Be Read) list? Like most of my lists it is in my head.

14. What's next? Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.

15. What books would you like to reread? I am a rereader, but right now I've got too many first time books on my mental list.

16. Who are your favorite authors? Nicholas Sparks, Judy Blume, Jodi Picoult, Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson (the heartwarming ones like Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, not the dark scarey ones), Jan Karon, Mitch Albom, Richard Paul Evans, Beverly Cleary, Laura Ingalls Wilder


DebiH. said...

The Wednesday Letters is a great story but I can not remember who wrote it. I read it in the spring and thought you would like it because you are a N. Sparks fan. Add it to your list!

DebiH. said...

Jason F.

oneblessedmamma said...

Hey, We'll take your other Betsy and Tacy if it's up for grabs. The kids LOVED the one we read.

Tiffany said...


ann marie said...

I agree with Tiffany. Sorry. I have to admit, I hate clicking on people's blog's and seeing the same thing more than two days in a row. I can't help it. My life is pitiful and boring and these are the things that bother me. Many more things bother me, but that is right up there in the top ten, so please, c'mon, a picture at least. And if you respond by saying something horrible has stopped you from blogging I am going to feel really bad, so fogive me ahead of time if that is the case.

Julie said...

Well it is nice to be wanted, but I don't perform (or write) on command, so you'll have to wait another day. Remember, I don't really have a working computer right now, and have limited time to write.