Friday, June 15, 2007

Friday Five: Books, books, books

1. Fiction what kind, detective novels, historical stuff, thrillers, romance????
Hhmm. Mainstream literary fiction is probably my first choice, but my husband has recently gotten me onto some historical fantasy & a few science fiction....to my great surprise.

2. When you get a really good book do you read it all in one chunk or savour it slowly?
Depends. If it's long I dive right in. If it's short, I read slowly and just once in awhile.

3. Is there a book you keep returning to and why?
The duo by Madeleine L'Engle (written years & years apart) The Small Rain and The Severed Wasp. Because it is such a good story - with real characters and real life awful situations with real redemption and without everything being tied in neat little packages.

4. Apart from the Bible which non-fiction book has influenced you the most?
Ooh. I don't think I can pick just one. But my top few would have to be Orthodoxy (Chesterton), Mere Christianity (Lewis), Pilgrim Souls (an anthology of conversion/spiritual journey narratives) and... I'm sure there have been others, but those are what stands out.

5. Describe a perfect place to read. ( could be anywhere!!!)

Beach - not on a hot day, but warm enough that you're comfortable.

In a muskoka chair on a deck or porch...as long as it's big enough to bring your legs up without knocking your coffee/drink off the arm. :)

Bed. :)

8 comments:

Hedwyg said...

Great play! Keep up with the science fiction books. Have you read the ones by Mary Doria Russell yet - Sparrow and Children of God? They are AMAZING.

rev maria said...

My very first sci-fi book was Madelyn L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time when I was 12. It introduced me to alternate realities, science that isn't boring and social commentary - all at the same time! Been reading sci-fi ever since.

revabi said...

You make me laugh, I chose the beach too. I love Madelyn L'Engle's writings.
Good play.

Kievas said...

I haven't read L'Engle as yet, but I will now!

Ruby said...

I love chairs with wide arms! Drink, snack, books, newspapers--it's like being on a little island.

Songbird said...

I love those L'Engle books, too. Thanks for playing this week!

Sally said...

great play- once again my wish list has been added to!!!

Santosh said...

I prefer comfortable chairs with good lighting, preferably in a gallery or museum setting - hee hee.
The only fantasy I can read are Narnia and Lord of the Rings (and my blog).
I agree - Orthodoxy and Mere Christianity - I probably wouldn't be a Christian without those books. More recently - Renovation of the Heart and Exclusion and Embrace.