It’s been my experience that many homeschoolers (myself included) absolutely love books. If you are a bibliophile, you may enjoy this meme Booking Through Thursday. Here are this week's questions.
What was the last book you bought?
I just went to a bookstore called Half-Priced Books for the first time, and came out of there with a whole box full of stuff. So I’ll just list a few. For Lucy: several Roald Dahl books; a gorgeous edition of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales; a book about Penguins. For myself: The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom; Homeschooling the Teen Years, Cafi Cohen; and Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age, Dan Kindlon.
Name a book you have read MORE than once
I’ve read all of my favorites more than once. Here are a few I’ve read over and over multiple times: Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card (and actually, most of the books he’s written); The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot; Walking on Water, Madeleine L’Engle (and most of the books she’s written); Middlesex, Jeffery Eugenides; The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger; A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving; My Name Is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok; The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley; The Sparrow and Children of God, Mary Doria Russell.
Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
Walking on Water, by Madeleine L’Engle. This book has helped me keep writing poetry even when I didn’t feel what I was writing was very good. It also has helped me define my own philosophy of art and writing, and has showed me how to integrate faith with art.
How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews
First of all, I’ll always pick a new book by one of my favorite authors over anything else. I read Amazon.com reviews to help me decide on many books, and I love recommendations from people who like books similar to what I like. And if I’m browsing in the library or bookstore, uncertain of what to pick up, then cover design definitely influences my decision. As does genre, since I have my few genres that are of particular interest to me, namely literary science fiction, poetry, homeschooling, education, parenting, cultural criticism, and theoretical physics.
Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Both. I usually have several books in different genres going at the same time. One each in fiction, poetry, education/homeschooling/parenting, and then often a book of theology, science, or prosody, or perhaps a biography.
What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
Plot. I get bored if the plot moves to slowly, no matter how beautiful the writing is.
Most loved/memorable character (character/book)
Hard to decide. I’d say either Owen Mean, from A Prayer for Owen Meany, or Ender, from Ender’s Game.
Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
Help for the Harried Homeschooler, Christine Field (apparently I’m distantly related to her, as she married my mother’s cousin); St. Athanasius On the Incarnation; The Gutenberg Elegies, Sven Birkets; At Home in Mitford, Jan Karon.
What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?
On Tuesday I finished reading 2 books -- Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, Kindlon & Thompson and The Half-Finished Heaven, Tomas Transtromer
Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
Yes, but only very rarely.