A Bookish Survey

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.

3.  The next book I want to read:  I’m trying to decide between Tinkers by Paul Harding and Testimony by Anita Shreve. Any thoughts on which one?

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!



  1. 1. Currently reading: The Color of Water by James McBride – a mixed race (African American/White) man reflects on the amazing life of his Jewish mother who raised 12 children with gritty confidence in God and education.
    I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas – Comedian Lewis Black provides witty and insightful Christmas reflections from his Jewish perspective.
    2. Last book I finished: – On the Road by Jack Kerouac. You can read my review here: http://womanneversleeps.wordpress.com/2011/12/11/road-ramblings/
    3. The next book I want to read: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy. I’ve read reviews, you recommended it, and the library had it!
    4. The last book I bought: (for myself) Ballistics by Billy Collins – Few things are as satisfying as sitting down with a book of Collins’ poems. He has razor sharp perception as illustrated in this short poem (one I can’t personally relate to, but seems to nail the experience we’ve all at least observed from some angle): “Divorce” – Once, two spoons in bed/now tined forks/ across a granite table/and the knives they have hired.
    5. The last book I was given: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. My librarian daughter is always bringing things home for me. This classic was the latest – and it’s one I haven’t read yet.

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