18 January 2008

Friday Five: It's All About Books!

Well, pish posh! I think that some books ARE better than others! How about you?

1. What book have you read in the last six months that has really stayed with you? Why?

Susan Richards' Chosen By a Horse: How a Broken Horse Fixed a Broken Heart. It's about a rescue horse that ended up being the rescuer of the person who rescued the horse. A lot less complicated than it sounds--and yet a whole lot MORE complicated. It is a wonderful book. It caught my eye because of the horse on the cover; I bought the book because of this line in the cover blurb: "Then fate brought her into Susan's paddock, where she taught this brokenhearted woman how to embrace the joys of life despite the dangers of living." I've had my heart repeatedly broken over the last few months, so I truly needed this book. :)

2. What is one of your favorite childhood books?

Lady of Arlington, Harnett Kane's biographical novel of Mary Custis Lee, wife of Robert E. Lee. It is very well written, mostly accurate, and very sweet. An interesting look at history through the eyes of a woman who helped make it. General Lee is one of my heroes; after reading that book as a young'un, his wife became my hero too.

3. Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? Do tell!

Oh, Isaiah by a country mile... I adore the poetry and drama and hope, and OH the language....

4. What is one book you could read again and again?

Anything by Katherine Kurtz, and J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. (OK, I know that's a lot more than one--but I read a LOT.) I got the trilogy and The Hobbit for my tenth birthday (many years ago now... *grins*) and have read them about once a year every year since. Now ask me how I felt about the movies. G'wan, I double-dog-dare you. :)

5. Is there a book you would suggest for Lenten reading? What is it and why?

Phyllis Tickle's Eastertide: Prayers for Lent through Easter from The Divine Hours. It introduced me all over again to the concept of fixed-hour prayer, and it is so beautifully done that I highly recommend it. The introduction alone is worth the price of admission. She has a whole series of similar books for the whole Church Year.

And because we all love bonus questions, if you were going to publish a book what would it be? Who would you want to write the jacket cover blurb expounding on your talent?

Heh... loaded question, that--I've been writing since I was a kid. :) I have a number of historical fiction novels squirreled away, along with a lot of fantasy fiction. I'm currently working on a haunted romance (not my usual fare, admittedly, but this one won't let me go!) and a modern-day mythological thing that somewhat defies description. *grin* I would want my bishop to write the cover blurb--because she knows me better than I know myself. :)


RevHRod said...

I'd love to hear what your bishop said about a mystery book. That would be fun! Thanks for playing.

Nina said...

So, Rev. Sharon, how do you feel about those movies, huh? (Can't resist a double-dog-dare.)

I didn't go. I couldn't. I didn't want my visions of Middle-Earth replaced by someone else's visuals, and I was sure they'd leave out/change the things I really loved.

Rev. Sharon said...

Oh, Nina, I'm SO there with you... there were some things left out, and some things altered, but by and large--if you can let those changes slide--the look, feel, sound and (imagined) smell of Middle-earth is SO right there... I might have made a few casting changes, and would not have made some of the choices they made for actions or lack thereof--and might have shortened some protracted scenes in order to accommodate things they chose to leave out... but at the end of the day they did a pretty cool job. :)

Now Jackson is poised to produce The Hobbit as a film. If he chooses unwisely in casting the magnificent Elven-king Thranduil, and does NOT put Legolas into what he was most assuredly old enough to be part of, but DOES have Arwen anachronistically present in Imladris when the Dwarves and Bilbo pass through... you'll hear me scream from rural Northern Virginia. :) But we live in hope...

Rev. Sharon, Mirkwood Elf at Heart