My friend Ally recently shared a fun blog post idea in which she answered questions about her reading and book preferences. This was passed on to her by another blogger, so feel free to carry on with this fun idea on your blog or in your journal if you don’t have a blog.
Author you’ve read the most books from: Janet Evanovich
Best sequel: I don’t read much fiction, and I don’t read many sequels. But, of all the fiction I’ve read, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series were my favorite sequels.
Currently reading: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker, and The New Beacon Book of Quotations by Women.
Those are physical books.
I’m reading two books from Net Galley on my phone: Real Life: The Journey from Isolation to Openness and Freedom by Sharon Salzberg and How We Live is How We Die by Pema Chodron.
Drink choice while reading: Coffee or water.
E-reader or physical book: A physical book 90% of the time. Digital 10% of the time, but only because it is the only option to access my Net Galley books.
Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school: Twilight’s Edward Cullen.
Glad you gave this book a chance: Dear Universe: 200 Mini-Meditations for Instant Manifestations. When my oldest daughter wanted to learn more about manifesting, I found it on Amazon during the lockdown two years ago. We were desperate for anything to lift us out of our funk. That led me to Florence Scovel Shinn’s The Magic Path of Intuition and my soul homework journey, which I’m still working on daily.
Hidden gem: John Koenig’s The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. I’m not sure if it’s a hidden gem, but it certainly is an unexpected gem.
Important moment in your reading life: When I first started my soul homework journey in September of 2020. In my entire life, I’ve never read so many books as I have in the last two years.
Just finished: What Makes Us Human: An Artificial Intelligence Answers Life’s Biggest Questions by Iain S. Thomas and Jasmine Wang
Kind of books I won’t read: Although I never say never, the following categories of books are often not ones that attract my interest: science-fiction, fantasy, romance, and horror.
Longest book you’ve read: Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
Major hangover because of: (What book has stayed with me the longest) Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day by Jay Shetty.
Number of cases you own: I do not own a lot of books. (Most of my books come from the library). I usually only buy a book if I genuinely love it and can’t finish it in two renewals. If I had to guess, I’d say I have less than 15 books.
One book you’ve read multiple times: Bitter Sweet by LaVyrle Spencer It’s my “vacation book.” In a recent blog post, Elizabeth discussed what books we bring on vacation, and my go-to has always been Bitter Sweet. When I read it, I don’t have to concentrate on what I’m reading. It is a book that is the literary equivalent of putting on a well-loved pair of sweatpants that are warm and cozy.
Preferred place to read: On my couch, with a blanket and my dogs.
Quote that inspires you, or gives you all the feels, from a book you’ve read: “That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than what we are, everything around us becomes better too.” Paulo Coehlo from the book The Alchemist
Reading regret: That I didn’t discover my love of reading until I was 50 years old.
Series you started and need to finish: Stephanie Plum. I stopped at 15 and just looked the other day for the first time in years to see that there are now 25. Janet has been really busy.
Three of your all-time favorite books: (this was hard to narrow down)
1- The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
2- Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
3- Your Sacred Self: Making the Decision to Be Free by Wayne Dyer
Unapologetic fan person of- The genre of self-help books. It gets a lot of criticism, yet it has had such a positive influence on me and my family. I believe the people who reject it the most are the ones who could be most impacted by such books.
Very excited for this release (more than all the others): I currently have over a hundred books on my to-be-read list. I need to finish those books first.
Worst bookish habit: I have two. 1-Adding new books that I want to read to the top of my to-read list rather than the bottom. 2-Starting several books simultaneously and feeling overwhelmed. Then I go to the library and reserve more books. I finally understand the expression “too many books, not enough time.”
X marks the spot-start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: I don’t have a 27th book. 😂
Your latest book purchase: 365 Tao: Daily Meditations by Ming Dao Deng
Zzz snatcher book (the last book that kept you up late): I don’t typically read at night.
I would love to hear your answers!