I read this on a book blog I follow – The Broke & the Bookish – and decided it was worthy of stealing. Surveys are so much fun, especially when they’re quick & easy and have a great topic (in this case, books). So, here are my answers. I’d love for you to share yours!
1. The book(s) I’m currently reading: The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan (audio) – just started this one, so I don’t have a solid impression of it yet. However, I’ve been very much enjoying Asian and Indian authors these past few weeks, and it fits with the trend.
2. The last book(s) I finished: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – true account of the senseless & grisly murder of the Clutter family in the late 1950s. It was exceptionally well written, and gripping from start to finish. Capote had a gift for storytelling, and this one is stellar. I am always somewhat skeptical of nonfiction, as there is so much that is poorly written, but Capote’s skill as a writer makes this story absolutely captivating. Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni – I absolutely love Asian & Indian lit, and this book is a beautifully written story of (primarily) friendship & loyalty, of Indian tradition, of regrets, of love, and ultimately of resilience.
4. The last book I bought: The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller. I have two of his other books, which were outstanding, and have continued to follow him as a writer. He is a first-rate theologian, and he writes in an interesting, provocative & accessible way. I would highly recommend him.
5. The last book I was given: I can’t remember, because people generally do not give me books. Why, when I’m such a bookish sort? Very likely because I probably already own it, or because they don’t know what I have or haven’t read, or because they do not know (or understand) my taste in literature. At any rate, I’d much rather receive a gift card to Amazon.com (or better yet, a local used book store), as I really prefer choosing my own reading material. Selfish, I know…
I’m looking forward to seeing your answers now!