15 June 2007

Friday Five... Ahhh, Books!!

Today's Friday Five is all about books! What a lovely topic!

Let's see now, hmmm...

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

Historical fiction, fantasy, some science fiction. I write the first two as well as read it; I tried writing SF, but was told I wasn't weird enough to do it properly. *snorts* I guess there's weird, and then there's WEIRD.... *g*

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

Depends on the book. If it's a massive tome and I'm short on time, I almost have to savour it; but I have been known to stay up literally all night because I cannot STAND to not know what happens next.

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

Rumer Godden's China Court, a book that I read almost by accident. I got in trouble with my paternal grandmother, who lived with us (perilously easy to get into trouble with her, really doggone hard to get OUT of it once in... so this was a frequent thing!). She locked me in the study and told me she'd be back for me later; she forgot completely, and in between sleeping, I read the only book I could find. *wry grin* It is nevertheless a stunningly beautiful, sad, hopeful book; glowingly written, memorable characters, and it struck a chord with me that resounds without hesitation even now as I think about it. I read it about once a year.

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

I think I would have to say Julia Cameron's Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. I have always been able to find my way back to my own creativity in the bad spaces when my muses have gone walkabout without me. She's also written a number of other books in the same vein, all of which I can recommend--but this one, the first, was life-changing for me.

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

There's a turnpike stairway at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC that is the absolute perfect place to read, regardless of weather--but I live 67 miles away, and cannot always get there. *g* So... I think the best place to read is either in a hammock in my back yard, or on the chaise in my living room. When in the LR, of course my favourite accessory is my cat Thranduil... :-)


Hedwyg said...

Oh, what a lovely play! Have a great weekend!

Mrs. M said...

3 cats in our humble abode, but I call it two and a spare (because I think there may be such a thing as too many cats...)

I laughed and laughed at the way you were discouraged from scifi authorship.

Sally said...

Julia Camerons book sounds good- my wish list is getting longer and longer!!!

RevDrKate said...

I am "doing" the Artist's Way again after reading her autobiography. She has had a LIFE, good read if you haven't seen it, called Floor Sample.

Kate said...

Funnily enough, I was rereading Deryni Tales just today, and finally made the connection...

Well written!

Michelle said...

I will have to find China Court...I discovered In This House of Brede on my mother's shelves one summer, desperate for something to read (though not locked in!).

Lorna (see through faith) said...

enjoyed these thoughts...though I didn't know any of your books