Friday Five - Books! Books! Books!

1. Fiction what kind, detective novels, historical stuff, thrillers, romance????

(Semi-)literary fiction and well-written chick lit. Ix-nay on the "genre" stuff; I'm all but allergic to mystery and straight romance (I think I was slightly scarred by reading a Danielle Steele at too tender an age. No thank you.) I don't read historical novels per se, but I love it when real historical events are woven into novels in ways that feel organic and realistic. This is one reason why I loved Middlesex so much; you wouldn't call it a historical novel, but the war between Greece and Turkey and the Detroit riots are

2. When you get a really good book do you read it all in one chunk or savour it slowly?

I devour books. I have to be really careful if I start reading something really good, because the world fades away and I just read and read and read.

3. Is there a book you keep returning to and why?

The Complete Poems, Anne Sexton.

4. Apart from the Bible which non-fiction book has influenced you the most?

Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott. I've wondered if it would have affected me so profoundly if I'd read it in a different time and place, but that's the book that invited me back to church, and consequently reminded me of my call to ministry.

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

In my parent's backyard under the trees that are always so much bigger than I expect. The beach, if I have a comfy chair. Catalina Coffeehouse. Bed. I haven't yet created the perfect reading nook in our house yet, but some day there are going to be two perfect reading chairs, a lamp, and a little bookshelf for the essential collection.

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