Thursday, January 03, 2013

Dishing on Books

Michelle tagged me in a meme about reading and I just couldn't resist. I decided, though, that since my girls love to read as much or more than I do, I would see if they were interested in playing along, too.  They were.  Here are our answers to the questions Michelle crafted:

1) What is the quality in a book that makes you want to dive in and keep turning the page? Name a book that demonstrates this quality.
Eve – strong characters. “Wither” by Lauren DeStefano
Lola – lots of action. “The Wishlist” by Eion Colfer
Kari - Strong, sincere emotion and/or a storyline that explores the human condition. "Me Who Dove Into the Heart of the World" by Sabina Berman or anything by Mary Karr.

2) What’s the first book you read that made you cry? Why did it make you cry?
Eve – “Speak” (by Laurie Halse Anderson) made me cry because it seemed like something that would actually happen and it was so sad. 
Lola – “Where the Red Fern Grows.” Because my mom was reading it to me and she was crying.
Kari – “Charlotte’s Web” for certain. Absolutely, because it was so easy to identify with the animals when I read books as a child. As I got older it was more of a challenge, although I didn’t empathize with them any less. I tend to cry very easily when I read to this day because I get wrapped up in the story. I have cried at so many books since then – “Where the Red Fern Grows,” “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dog’s Tonight,” (or most any sad memoir, for that matter)…

3) How has social media impacted your reading/writing time?
Eve – I get distracted by social media and don’t read as much as I used to.
Lola – it doesn’t impact my reading time. (note: Lola is 10, so she doesn’t have a Facebook page and only checks her email once every few weeks. I hope this stays true for a while).
Kari – Social media doesn’t impact my reading time much except that I read blogs a lot, so maybe it has increased it overall.  I am in the lucky position of being a book reviewer for, so I feel obligated to read a lot ;-).  I do, however, get derailed by social media when it comes to writing time and I often find myself wrestling with whether or not to stop reading blogs so I can write.  It is difficult because I feel like reading more makes me a better writer, and when I don’t follow the usual blogs, I worry that I’m missing important information or the writer is wondering where I’ve gotten to. 

4) Have you ever loved a book so much you kissed it? (Not made out with it, but offered it a sweet kiss on it’s cover, like giving a friend a kiss on the cheek)? Yeah…me neither.
Eve – No. But if I did, it would be “The Hunger Games.”
Lola – Yes. “Stargirl” by Jerry Spinelli
Kari – I don’t think so, but if I had, it would have been in my emotional-high teenage years and it probably would have been “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” or “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.”

5) Describe the ultimate reading conditions for you. Where? What? When? How? Go big.
Eve – Reading a book of fiction with a cup of hot chocolate in a local café by myself.
Lola – Reading  a paperback in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate and a fuzzy blanket.
Kari – Lying on a chaise lounge in the sunshine near a pool with a huge cup of fizzy water by my side and a paperback in my hand.  I should also have a notebook and pen handy so that if inspiration strikes I can jot something down quickly.  It would also be nice to have someone bring me fruit to nibble on every once in a while and adjust my umbrella so the shade covers my book.  I should be reading something painfully true and funny like nonfiction by Anne Lamott and nobody ought to look at me sideways when I laugh out loud.  Also, I should have a companion who is mostly quiet but indulges me when I need to read passages I find particularly brilliant out loud to them. 

6) True or false: (Tongue firmly in cheek)
If you can’t be bothered to read to them, you should not have children.
Eve – True.
Lola – True.
Kari – Mostly true, although, in my day I have heard some parents read out loud to their children who really ought not to. They don’t do different voices or they read in a monotone or so quickly that the child can’t follow the story and I just don’t know how that can be inspiring. I think it is important to introduce your children to books and sometimes let them take the lead on how to read them (ie. Should we look at the illustrations on this one page for twenty minutes before we are satisfied? Should we read the story backwards and see what happens?).

7) Have you or have you not read Daughter of the Drunk at the bar?
Kari – I didn’t put this question to either of my girls because I know they haven’t, but I have and I loved it and I wrote a review of it and I passed the book along to a friend. 

And now I get to make up my own questions and tag people. I'm tagging ElizabethDebAlicia, and Lyz

Here is your mission, ladies, should you choose to accept it.

1.  Are there any books you wish you had been able to read, either because they are "classics" or because someone recommended them, but you just couldn't slog through them?
2. What kinds of books (or specific books) make you want to write more? Which ones make you feel so inadequate that you feel like you can't ever write again?
3.  Do you and your partner read the same kinds of books? What is different about the way you read? Genre? Enjoyment? Ebook versus 'real' book? Purpose?
4.   What is your favorite guilty pleasure, book-wise? Did you used to devour Harlequin Romance books? Do you enjoy graphic novels that your kids leave lying around?
5.  What is your favorite picture book of all time? What is the one that you hope to never have to read again? EVER!
6.  If you could inhabit the body, mind and soul of any writer for one week, whom would you choose? No limits.
7.  If "O Magazine" were to headline your memoir in one of its issues, what would the headline read?  

Readers, if you weren't tagged, it's not because I don't care about your answers to the questions, it's just that you don't have a blog to publish them in.  Please, use the comments field to dish on your favorite books.


Carrie Link said...

Fascinating answers, and I love hearing what your girls thought of the questions, too! The picture book I hope never to read again is FERDINAND. Either that, or that Dr. Seuss One, TEN APPLES UP ON TOP, or whatever the name is!

Alicia D said...

oh man, these are good questions! reading your answers i have to say that i too love everything mary karr has written! said...

YAY! I love that you did this and you included your girls.

I love that Lola has kissed a book. LOL.

And I love that Eve would like to be in a cafe reading by herself.

Both girls after my own heart!

And Kari, I love your perfect reading scenarioby the pool!

Thanks for playing!!! xo

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