Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Five: Books!

This week's Friday Five about books and reading got me motivated to fire up the ol' blog! (Thanks, Jan!)

1. What books have you recently read? Tell us your opinion of them.
For Christmas, Doug (Christina's boyfriend) gave me Steve Martin's An Object of Beauty, a novel about the business side of art. The book features reproductions of artworks which are cleverly worked into the story. It is ultimately a morality tale, and I predict that the novel will be made into a movie in the future. I loooove Steve Martin.

I am in the middle of reading (and enjoying!) The Book of General Ignorance, which was a Christmas gift from Christina. The subtitle is "Everything You Think You Know is Wrong" -- and that pretty much sums up what the book is about! It seems we have all acquired a lot of misinformation during our lives.

2. What books are awaiting your available time to be read?
My next novel will be The Mysterious Benedict Society, which looks like an easy, fun read. David recently purchased it as a book that he and I could share. I'll read it first, since he is up to his eyeballs in college reading.

3. Have any books been recently recommended?
Amazon recommends allllll sorts of books to me. :)

4. What genre of books are your favorite, along with some titles and/or authors you like best?
Hmmm.... my interests are pretty wide, so it's hard to pick a 'favorite'.

5. What have you read lately that you have a strong urge to recommend? (or to condemn?)
My 'stock' recommendation is Willa Cather's My Antonio, consistently in my top 5 books of all time.


Diane said...

oh, I've been looking at the Mysterious Benedict Society for some time! I'll be interested in your recommendation.

Rev. Pink Dragon said...

Oooh, The Book of General Ignorance is VERY intriguing to me... can you give any tidbits about things we may have learned (which are wrong)?

Barbara B. said...

OK, one example! What were George Washington's teeth made from? Most people think "wood"... but they were really made from hippopotamus and elephant ivory!

Songbird said...

I forgot to mention Willa Cather on my list, but a book I return to is "Song of the Lark."

Wendy said...

One thing I want to do now that my required reading and writing is at a lull is to pick up some classics I've never read. I'm afraid I've given the Americans short shrift, so I will have to go to Cather. I think her writing is lyrical anyway. The bits and pieces I've read tend to blow me away.

Also--I noticed the Myesterious Benedict Society the last time I was at a bookstore. I'll have to give it a closer look. Thanks!

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

ooh i'll have to check out that steve martin book, sounds intriguing for sure!

David B. said...

I'm looking forward to having the time to read that book, let me know how it is when you get around to reading it!

Steve Martin is awesome.