We’re getting close to the end of the FAQs. I probably have about two more weeks worth of questions to answer. FAQs for Jenners: the gift that keeps on giving!
Anyone who loves to read knows this is an impossible question. However, I shall try my best to give you a sense of what books I’ve truly enjoyed. Of course, you could just go over to my book blog and click on “My Favorite Reads” or “Book Recommendations” or anything rated 4.5 stars or higher. I could seriously sit here all day and list books I’ve loved.
- Favorite book read in 2009: Lamb:The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
- Favorite book read so far in 2010: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
- Book I recommend all the time: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- Favorite memoir: A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
- Book I’ve reread multiple times: Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs
- Favorite book about gambling: 24/7: Living It Up and Doubling Down by Andres Martinez
- Favorite humorous travel book: The Ridiculous Race by Steve Hely and Vali Chandrasekaran
- Favorite books with twist endings: Life of Pi by Yann Martel and We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
- Favorite writer who started as a blogger: Jen Lancaster
- Favorite short story writer: Jhumpa Lahiri
- Favorite non-fiction authors and my favorite book by them: Bill Bryson (Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way), Jon Krakauer (Into Thin Air) and A.J. Jacobs (The Year of Living Biblically)
- Favorite fiction authors: Christopher Moore and Tom Perrotta
- Author/books I always recommend to guys: Nelson DeMille’s John Corey books
Until 2008, I never tracked how many books I read in year. Then, on a lark, I tracked my reading in 2008; I read 46 books. In 2009, I read 77 books. My goal for 2010 is to read 100 books, and I reached that goal in late November.
This year, I’m averaging about 2 to 3 books a week.
One of the neatest things I discovered when I started book blogging was reading challenges. This year, I’m participating in 10 different challenges. I’m also hosting my own reading challenge for the second year in a row called Take Another Chance Challenge. So far, 97 people have signed up to participate!
I tend to like all kinds of books so I don’t limit myself to any one genre. If something strikes my fancy, I’ll give it a try. Some books I read purely for reading challenges. Last year, I did the A to Z Title Challenge (read a book that starts with every letter of the alphabet) and I picked up Q&A by Vikas Swarap for my Q book. Turns out, it was the basis for the movie Slumdog Millionaire and was a really good read.
Some books I read out of personal need. After my dad died this past August, I decided to read books that were important to him or that he always wanted me to read.
Since I started book blogging, I’ve been exposed to all types of books I might not have come across on my own. If a blogger I trust recommends a book highly, chances are I’ll give it a try.
I also tend to read books that everyone raves about just to see how I feel about them. I did this with Twilight and The Hunger Games series.
Sometimes I’ll read a book simply because I like the cover.
It has always been my dream. However, I think I need more discipline. If I write it, will you buy it?
I always forget movies I like but here are the ones that come immediately to mind:
- Pulp Fiction
- The Matrix
- This Is Spinal Tap
- Oceans 11 (the George Clooney/Brad Pitt one)
You should know that when I was about 12, my favorite movie was Harold and Maude. I watched it at least 15 times. If you’ve ever seen the movie, you’re probably saying “Yes…that makes sense that she would like that movie.”
Movie: The Hangover
Book: Lamb:The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
Jordan: The Comeback by Prefab Sprout
Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972-80 by Steely Dan
William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet: Music From the Motion Picture (the one with Leonard DiCaprio and Claire Danes)
The Last Waltz by The Band & Others
from 3 Men and a Lady
And I always make time for 30 Rock and The Office.
I think Dexter is the greatest show on TV today.
I never miss The Amazing Race.
I’m still pissed that Arrested Development is off the air. And Knights of Prosperity was great but only lasted like five shows. (Did anyone but me and Mr. Jenners see this show?)