Five Book Questions

Courtesy of Jessica over at The Bookworm Chronicles I decided to do this fun little meme.  I know I’ve done others in the past but, seriously, this seemed like so much fun I decided to do it.  Besides, it’s nice to take a break from the heavy lifting of my blog writing and spice it up every now and again.  I hope others decide to do this and, if you do, please leave me a link in the comments section so I can go check it out!

What’s a book you most want to read again for the first time?

I’ve talked about this book before and I keep coming back to it.  The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  There are many pieces of brilliance I’ve been fortuitous enough to read in the last few years but this one, by far, was one of the most breathtaking and dramatic ones.  Like any other “first” the experience can not be duplicated but, oh, how I would love it if it could.

What was one of your favorite childhood books?

Well, this was kind of tough as two readily jumped to mind.  The first is Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell while an almost tie goes to Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume.  Of course Mitchell’s classic was tremendous on every possible level and truly served as my gateway to the world of romance and rogues (surely I’m not the only girl of tender years to have been smitten with Rhett Butler?!); but Blume’s work also gave me a taste of more adult reading from an author who I rather grew up with.  As a result they’re both very fond to me.

What’s a book you were assigned to read in school you thought you would hate but wound up really enjoying?

Oh, dear.  It has been forever and a day since I took an English class and so I find myself vexed.  I recall being assigned a book I thought I would like but wound up hating (actually there are several of those) but none in the reverse.  However, The Things they Carried by Tim O’Brien was one I was pretty ambivalent about but wound up very much admiring when all was said and done.  I definitely recommend it.

What’s your “guilty pleasure” read?

That would have to be the first in the “In Death” series by J. D. Robb called Naked in Death.  There are a few others but that one is an easy read and one I’ll flip open every now and again to peruse my favorite scenes.  Honorable mentions here would be Untamed by Elizabeth Lowell, Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.  All of the above I find great comfort in, either in part or entirety.

What book do you feel you should read but haven’t yet?

The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.  EVERYONE I know who has read this book tells me how awesome it is and still it sits upon my TBR shelf neglected.  By way of comfort I keep telling it I’ll crack open its covers soon but, alas, I have yet to do so.  There are, of course, many others but that one taunts me regularly and I, in turn, do the same to it.  Poor, book.

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6 responses to “Five Book Questions

  • jessicabookworm

    I’m so glad you had a go at this, I think there a great mixture of questions which mean we get a really interesting peek into your book world. Gone With the Wind is one of my favourite films, my Nan and me would enjoy sunday afternoons watching this with a nice cup of tea. The book is on my TBR list! And as you know we have very similar opinions on The Road, if I done these questions after reading it I probably would have picked it too.

    • kimberlyloomis

      Oh my goodness – you haven’t read Gone with the Wind? It’s very different than the movie (although I love, love, LOVE the movie as well). Hope you wind up loving it as well! I actually ordered another of McCarthy’s works to read in the not so distant future (when ever the thing comes in) because I so admired “The Road”. Just a stellar piece of writing, imo.

  • Mae

    I’ll probably have a go at this meme in the future! Sounds like fun!

    I can’t bring myself to read The Road. It just looks too depressing. It’s pretty admirable that you read GWTW as a child! And I haven’t read Oscar Wao either !

    • kimberlyloomis

      I can totally understand your thoughts about “The Road” but, strangely, I found it to be an amazing testament to the human spirit. Gut wrenching, depressing and yet optimistic.:) Lol – Glad to hear I’m not the only person who hasn’t read “Oscar Wao”! I’m tired of people dying and with the title I just kinda figure that’s what’s going to happen and so keep putting it off. I’ll bit the bullet. Eventually. 😉

      Can’t wait to see what your meme will look like. I’m sure it will have me opening up my TBR list and jotting some more titles down. 😉

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