Reading Meme

August 23, 2007 Categories: Books , Memes & Quizzes | 16 Comments  

What do you do when you’re so busy getting read to start school that you can’t think straight? Or when you’re PMS-ing and also have an extra kid in the house? Or when you spent the morning taking said extra kid – plus your own four – to Wal-mart at the busiest time of day for senior citizens who like to glare at rambunctious children? Or when you’re dreading looking forward to taking your children to the fair tonight?

Well, if you’re me, you post a book meme. ;)

What are you reading right now?

I’m still working on The Traveler by John Twelve Hawkes. It’s a good sci-fi novel, I’m just so distracted right now that it’s been hard. Plus I haven’t had a lot of time to read, so when I pick it up, I forget what I’ve already read. I’m also (slowly) reading Pen on Fire, The Man Who Was Thursday, An Incomplete Education, and What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew.

Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?

The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton – because the library just told me it had turned up on the hold shelf for me. I can’t remember why I put a hold on it. Maybe Sherry at Semicolon reviewed it?

Also, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde because Michelle is going to loan me her copy that she just read and enjoyed.

What magazines do you have in your bathroom right now?

Family Fun and Reader’s Digest.

What’s the worst thing you were ever forced to read?

The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway. Yuk. I also hated A Farewell to Arms. Not a big Hemingway fan.

What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?

Hmmm. I recommend books to several people – all of whom have very individual tastes. Maybe The Thirteenth Tale or Peace Like a River.

Admit it, the librarians at your library know you on a first name basis, don’t they?

Not only do they know me by name, they know all my children by name, and when they see us coming, they clear out their hold shelf. :)

Is there a book you absolutely love, but for some reason, people never think it sounds interesting, or maybe they read it and don’t like it at all?

The last book that happened with was I Capture the Castle. I read two negative reviews by bloggers recently – but I absolutely loved it.

Do you read books while you eat? While you bathe? While you watch movies or TV? While you listen to music? While you’re on the computer? While you’re having sex? While you’re driving?

While I eat, while I sit in the hot tub, while my husband is watching TV, while I listen to music. I used to read at stop signs when I drove home from work, but that was a long time ago. And if I was ever tempted to read during sex, that wouldn’t say much about my husband, would it? So no to that one. And I read books online, but not a real book while I’m on the computer. Although I may prop one in front of me to copy a passage onto my blog.

When you were little, did other children tease you about your reading habits?

My sisters used to say “You’re always reading, you never want to play!”

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?

Definitely Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Want to play along?


  1. Ruthie

    Hooray! I just rediscovered the joy of reading- it’s been a busy summer, to say the least!

    I’m in for the meme over at my blog- thanks for the idea!

  2. Meg

    LOL – Talk about a funny, I’m reading Traveler as well. I’ve been going back on forth on whether I really, really like it – or it’s okay, but nothing special. I’ll be interested in comparing notes when we both finish.

  3. Carol in Oregon

    Well, I for one am, ahem, glad, er, that you don’t read during some activities.

    I’d love to do this, but I’m up to my patootie in projects and plans. This is the first summer in which I did not read fluff; you know, the easy, fast reads. I’m kind of craving it at the moment, but I SO want to finish Dante’s Divine Comedy. And if not this week, I don’t know when.

    This morning I looked at my bookshelf of books I planned to read this year and did a little whimper. Hunting season is fast approaching and for me that means a lot of time on my own while the guys are gone.

    I’m really ready for some cool weather. I’m ready to brew a pot of tea, get in a comfy chair with a blanket and read away.

  4. Lisa

    Hmm… Reader’s Digest seems to be in a lot of bathrooms. That and the local newpaper. And the latest Home School Report. LOL

  5. dumboxacademy

    How dare people disparage I Capture the Castle. That book is wonderful!

    I’m going to play along.



  6. Lawanda

    I hope you enjoyed the fair! :)

    I currently have 6 extra kids in my house, making ten total. Four of which I am getting paid for. haha

    I think I am going to do your book meme! :)

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  8. carrie

    Ruth – glad you’re reading again!

    Meg – I feel the same way – I’m not sure if it’s not “grabbing” me because I’m so distracted, or maybe it’s just okay. I am about 3/4 done, though, and it is picking up some.

    Carol – I am ready for cool weather, too! We’ve had such an unusually hot summer. Your comment reminded me of an episode of Northern Exposure where Ruth Ann is determined to learn Italian so she can read the Divine Comedy in the original language.

    Lisa – we don’t subscribe, but my parents are nice enough to pass on their RD’s so we have some bathroom reading. :)

    Faith- I loved it, too! Different strokes, right?

    Lawanda – and you’re still sane! You ambitious woman.

  9. Lawanda

    Well, I never said I was sane….. LOL

    Fortunately they’ll all be going home in a very few minutes, and I am going to go scrapbook. *small cheer* yay

  10. Lydia

    Right now I’m reading Billy Bathgate and Angela’s Ashes. What a weird juxtaposition that is! Just keeping the accents straight in my head, so the people in Limerick don’t sound like the people in Brooklyn… or… wait… should the people in Brooklyn sound like the people in Belfast? Or… ;)

  11. carrie

    Lawanda – have fun!

    Lydia – that is a strange combination!

  12. Meg

    Well, I finished it last night in a 2 hour wrap-up. It definitely picked up and I’m going to be watching for the next one. I’ve now handed if off to Boy to get his impression. (Though he’s backed up and I don’t know when he’ll read it.) You?

  13. carrie

    Meg – yes, it definitely picked up at the end. I thought it was good. Not great, not brilliant, but I will probably read the sequel.

  14. Meg

    I’ve got bad news. I spoke to another woman in my reading group (we’re reading it for October) and she said that book two came out in July, she’s finished it, and she didn’t think it was as good. And the story doesn’t end there.

  15. carrie

    Meg – oh,that’s too bad! But I may have to read it anyway, just to find out what happens.

  16. CarrieF.

    Ok I’ll definately play along…*giggle*