Thursday, September 11, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #75: Reading Habits

I found this on someone's blog last week and decided that, with a few questions shaved off, it would make an excellent Thursday Thirteen. Feel free to borrow!

What are you reading right now?
Dead Over Heels by MaryJanice Davidson

Longest book you’ve ever read:
Les Miserables (unabridged--1488 pages, thank you very much!), summer of 1987. Okay, I may have actually read something longer, or almost as long since then, but I felt such a huge accomplishment when I finished this during a HS summer vacation.

Strangest title of a book that you’ve read:
The Book of the Dun Cow – it was one we read in Sophomore English, and there may have been books along the way with equally weird or weirder titles, but this is the first title that came to mind. It was a really bizarre book! Marooned... Marooooooooooned!

Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction?
I’ll read the occasional non-fic, but much prefer fiction--particularly mysteries, thrillers and romantic suspense.

Did you have a series of children’s/young adult books that you once enjoyed?
Trixie Belden – I had almost the complete series and still have them. I can’t wait until my niece is old enough to read them in a few years!

Can you enjoy reading the source book after seeing the screen adaptation?
I prefer to read the book before seeing the movie, whenever possible (Harry potter being a huge exception--sorry!). I had an excellent, fun class in college called “Film & Literature,” in which we read a variety of books, then viewed the film based on it. Books read included: The Accidental Tourist, Hamlet (watched 2 of 3 movie versions), The Grapes of Wrath, In Cold Blood, The French Lieutenant's Woman (quite a unique adaptation), The Maltese Falcon (film noir at its best!), Washington Square (Movie: The Heiress), and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Liked this class MUCH better than film criticism, which I'd had the year before.

Have you ever read a novelization of a movie or TV show?
Nope, not that I can think of.

Book that everyone’s read but you:
"Pride and Prejudice." Don't any of you start with me! I have seen two versions of the movie though, does that count? Actually, the book is sitting on the nightstand TBR pile, I just haven’t been in the mood for it. I’ve also not read any of the Harry Potter books.

Favorite "classic" writer/novelist:
Victor Hugo, Jane Austen (I have read works other than the above mentioned P&P), Charlotte Brontë, Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe...

Favorite contemporary novelist (let's say 1950s on):
Oh, boy -- so many to list! Some steady favorites over the years (some of whom started out writing romance and have since shifted to suspense/thrillers) include Lisa Scottoline, Iris Johansen, Catherine Coulter, Elizabeth Lowell, Johanna Lindsey, Mitch Albom, Elizabeth Berg. Current favorites still in the romance/rom suspense genre include: Rebecca York, Jill Shalvis, Toni Blake, Cathie Linz, Kay Hooper, and more recent discoveries such as Gemma Halliday, Stephanie Meyer and MaryJanice Davidson.

Favorite short story writer:
Poe. Faulkner.

Favorite columnist/journalistic writer:
Leonard Pitts and Garrison Keillor. There have also been a few local favorites -- Pearl Swiggum and Bill Wineke are now both retired and another, George Hesselberg, no longer writes his own column but occasionally writes articles for the local paper. (I really miss his regular column!)

Favorite poet:
Frost, Whitman, Tennyson, Verlaine ~ I'd say my absolute favorite poem is Verlaine's
Il Pleur dans mon Couer. I also have to give a shout out to Stephen Vincent Benet, who penned my senior year, gold-medal winning forensics piece, Litany For Dictatorships -- penned in 1935, the poem rings as true today as it did then. And, for the record, my least favorite poet is Yeats.


Alice Audrey * Kaige * Adelle Laudan
Nina Pierce * Stephanie Adkins
Darla * Jennifer McKenzie * Savannah Chase
RJ Lebeau * Paige Tyler * Mel
Jana * Ava Rose Johnson

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Adelle said...

Don't feel bad, I haven't read Pride and Predjudice either lol As for the Harry Potter series, my daughter has the whole set and read it I don't know how many times. One day I'll read it... I think *wink
Happy T13!

Nina Pierce said...

I've never read Pride and Prejudice either. But I sorta watched the movie ... does that count?

Anonymous said...

The Book of the Dun Cow?? ACK!!! LOL! Great list! Happy Thursday!

Darla said...

I hope you're able to share your Trixie Belden books with your niece. I was so looking forward to sharing Nancy Drew with my daughter... she hated them. *sigh*

Jennifer McKenzie said...

That's awesome. Yeah, some of us are a bit rabid about Pride and Prejudice, aren't we?
Some of us (not me, of course) are even a bit rabid about WHICH dramatization is the "right" one. But not me. Of course not. But Kiera Knightly's version was awful. LOL. Okay. I'll stop now.
Great TT.

Savannah Chase said...

Never read Pride and Predjudice....

Great T13

Alice Audrey said...

I tried to read The Book of the Dun Cow, but couldn't get into it. I'm glad they didn't make me read it in high school.

Heather said...

Adelle~ Whew! Now I don't feel so bad. I figure I'll get around to them...some day. ;)

Nina~ Hey, I've seen two of the three movie versions (B&W and KK versions), so it definitely counts in my book! LOL

Stephanie~ Uh-huh! It was awful, but the "marooned" thing sort of became a joke among friends and I. Hehe...

Heather said...

Darla~ My sister was more into Nancy Drew than I was--I thought her too goody-goody, while Trixie and friends were more "real." LOL The Bug is only 3-1/2 and already loves books as much as her parents and favorite aunt, so there is hope. Good to see you back!

Heather said...

Jennifer~ Now see, I did like the KK version, but then...I've not read the book or seen the PBS version. I hate that PBS spreads it out over three weeks and well...I hated the way they ruined Mansfield Park and wasn't happy with others they did, either.

Savannah~ Yay! Isn't it nice to know we are not alone in not having read P&P yet? *g*

Alice~ Ugh! I could not imagien trying to read that book on one's own. You didn't miss much (IMO anyway *g*).

Paige Tyler said...

Great TT! I totlly have to nab the idea! LOL!


My TT is at

Heather said...

Paige~ Nab away! I look forward to seeing what others do for this!

Jana said...

I was supposed to read P&P for a book report in high school. I got through maybe three chapters before giving up in a crying hissy fit. LOL It was just too haaarrd. Haven't tried to pick it up since. Watched the B&W version to write the report and have since seen the Colin Firth as well as the KK versions. I loved them all for different reasons. LOL

And...I haven't read Harry Potter, either. Don't really intend to and don't feel bad about that fact, either. hehehe

Heather said...

Jana~ Yeah, the language can be a hindrance, which is why I feel you have to be in the right mood to tackle it, and just doesn't go well with all the vampires and werewolves I've been reading lately. I do plan to read it, though. Someday. LOL

Ava Rose Johnson said...

I prefer to read the book first too. It's such a better experience.

I really need to get The Book of the Dun Cow, just so I can say the name when people ask what I'm reading :)

Kaige said...

Great TT, Heather. I hadn't heard about The Book of the Dun Cow until DH read it aloud during a long road trip a year or so after we were married. He's a great reader so it was a lot of fun that way. Especially the maroooooned part.

We try to make the kids read the source books before seeing the movies to realize just how much is changed and not usually for the better. DD was rather incensed at how they ruined Eragon when we finally got to see it closing night in the theater. Score for mom & dad the bibliophiles.

I finally broke down and read P&P last fall. It was a chore and took active effort to read. I hadn't seen any of the adaptations either. We did enjoy many of the PBS ones but not having read anything else I was unable to be offended by them :)

I'll have to remember to steal this one. Happy TT!

Heather said...

Ava~ The look on peoples' faces...really not worth the cost of the book. Really. LOL

Kaige~ Yay! Someone who gets the "marooned" reference - which really was the best part of the book. LOL As for P&P...I read two other Austen novels earlier this year, and the language structure does take a bit more effort and concentration, at least until you get a couple chapters into it. Can't wait to see what you do with this topic! *G*

Anonymous said...

There's a lot of book everyone else has read that I haven't. LOL

Great idea for a list. :-)

Lynn Daniels said...

I enjoyed reading this about you! I prefer the book after the movie, myself -- that way I'm not so disappointed in the movie. Is that weird?

And I haven't read P&P either. Or seen the movie. But it is on my eBook reader, indicating there is a plan in place to read it someday...

P.S. I tried to stop myself, tried to resist, but I just couldn't. Please consider yourself TAGGED. :)

Heather said...

RL~ There are actually a ot of books "everyone" seems to have read that I haven't, too -- these were just the two that always seemed to get me chastised. LOL

Thanks Lynn--and I WILL get you for that tag. That's twice this month now, darn it!

Eaton Bennett said...

'Litany for Dictatorships', incredible work and an awful truth about humanity. Great TT!

Annalee Blysse said...

I've been meaning to pick up Les Miserables someday. I never have. Great list.

I've read a few novelizations ... when I was a kid I'd read the Star Wars novelizations. I haven't ready anything with regards to the new movies ... just the old.