Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Book Tag

Well, I may not have any pictures for you yet (because I'm still short on the picture upload program) but I can fill in with this kind of stuff. At least that's my excuse. I just really like to do this kind of thing so here goes.

LAST BOOK READ: A Rhinestone Button by Gail Anderson-Dargantz.

A nice story about a young farmer in southern Alberta who doesn't really fit into his community. (Raise your hand if you can relate!)

WHERE IT CAME FROM: Coles Books in one of the malls in Swift Current. (It was a steal at $5 for a hard cover.)

BOOKS READ PER YEAR: Well, probably about 50. But that all depends on whether I include academic stuff that I've been reading for my continuing education stuff. And now that I'm teaching English to high school students, it's going to jump quite a bit so instead of one a week, it's probably closer to 2 a week. This makes me very happy! :-)

FAVOURITE GENRE: I don't have a favourite genre but there are some genres that I never seem to read: romance, mystery, popular fiction like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, that kind of stuff. But never say never as sometimes I surprise myself with my reading moods.

FAVOURITE FIVE BOOKS OF ALL TIME:
1. Luna by Sharon Butala.

A lovely read about life in south-western Saskatchewan that brings tears to the eyes of anyone who has ever been homesick for our prairies. I know this because I've asked and it happens to other people, too!

2. The Fionavar Tapestry (A series of three novels) by Guy Gavriel Kay.
The books included in this series are The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire and The Darkest Road.

These are extremely hard to put down and kind of fun for Canadians because Kay is from here and the stories are fantasies that start in one of the cities in Ontario (but I suddenly can't remember if it's Ottawa or Toronto).

3. How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill.

An interesting spin on history and the monks of Ireland who hand copied bibles for distribution throughout the world after the fall of the Roman empire that almost wiped out Christianity.

4. The Farfarers by Farley Mowat.

I'm still looking for other people who have read this book as I've never met one. I enjoyed it immensely as it is another historical ride that postulates about a potential route existing between the Outer Hebrides and Newfoundland, pre-Vikings.

5. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie.

Aaahhh, now this one was like reading a painting. The imagery in it was so amazing that it is easy to imagine yourself adrift upon the tales being spun. It's actually considered juvenile fiction and a much easier read than some of Rushdie's other works. I highly recommend it.

Choosing only five was very difficult. A couple of these just happen to be on my mind of late so I could easily remember them as some of my fav reads.

I think I'm going to pass this on to Jesse at Nmblefngrs because he and I share book recommendations back and forth sometimes. I'd also like to see what's on the reading list of a few other people like Cara at Earthmother, Lisa at Btchwstix, and Thora over at River Knits Mountain Purls.

If you're interested in swiping this, please feel free. I got it from Share at Knit Addictions.

Happy reading, M

3 comments:

Thora said...

Wasn't How the Irish Saved Civilization wonderful? If you liked that, I'm wondering if you enjoyed Nuala O'Faolain's books.

I've read Farley Mowat's The Dog Who Wouldn't Be and The Boat Who Wouldn't Float, and I *think* I have the Farfarers but I have to check.

I liked reading your list! I'm looking forward to going to the library. Much more preferable than being tagged for a movie list. It's going to take me a bit to think about mine. Right now I'm reading Mark Helprin (did you read Winter's Tale). :)

nmblefngrs said...

I've been thinking about reading How the Irish Saved Civilization, but wasn't sure how good it would be. (I only get two audio book credits per month, and I don't like to waste them--if only they had a triple platinum reader plan.)
Thora's right, this tag really did make you think, but I did finish it and enjoyed every minute! Thanks again

Pioggia said...

Hey, I *almost* dent you that tag a while ago. I didn't because of your momentary blogging silence. I suspected you were an avid reader. 50 books per year? That's some serious reading, thanks for sharing.