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One book you're currently reading

Military Scifi/space opera/Australian mythology mix. Loving it.

One book that changed your life

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Turns out books and wardrobes take you to other worlds. I was 10. And nothing was the same again. 

One book you'd want on a deserted island

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Because when I sink into her lovely, knotty narrative, I never want to be anywhere else.

One book you've read more than once

The Road Home by Ellen Emerson White

White's prose gets me in my gut every time. And Rebecca is so very strong. 

One book you've never been able to finish

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

It appears I do not have the James gene. I just...don't. 

One book that made you laugh

Straight Man by Richard Russo

Finny the duck, not the man. Hehehe....

One book that made you cry

How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn

I can only read it about once every ten years and I can never read it without weeping, but I'm pretty sure it's the most beautiful book I've ever read. 

One book you keep rereading

Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

Perfect. From beginning to end. I have several scenes memorized by now and reading it feels like home. 

One book you've been meaning to read

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

I loved Anna Karenina. I will read this one. Someday. 

One book you believe everyone should read

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Because it's as honest and true and good as it gets. 

Finally, grab the nearest book. Open it to page 56. Find the fifth sentence.

"Which was not surprising, given the nature of their errand and the complex, many-generational hatred that twisted between those two men." 

Mm, I like that one. Any guesses as to what it's from? :-)

(As seen on Kiss a Cloud). 

Comments

  1. military sci-fi/space opera/Australian culture? If it is even the least bit good, I'm marching straight to the bookstore!

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  2. Lana, I think I can safely recommend a march to the bookstore. It's very good!

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