Random Book Meme (and the answer to “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”)

Found this over at Booking Through Thursday, and since I like lists and quizzes and answering bookish questions, I thought I’d share it here.  It was originally published on October 9, 2008, so it has been around awhile, but it seems worth repeating at this point in my reading journey.  I have answered the questions myself, but I am really more interested in other people’s answers.  Feel free to link me to them on your blog, or answer them in the comments.

What was the last book you bought?
Blockade Billy by Stephen King (audio); Rescue by Anita Shreve; The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, and Other Liberations by Elizabeth Berg

Name a book you have read MORE than once
The Stand by Stephen King, It by Stephen King, The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizath George Speare, North & South by John Jakes, Love & War by John Jakes, Heaven & Hell by John Jakes, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, Hamlet by William Shakespeare…  All I can think of off the top of my head.

Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
The Holy Bible

How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews
In this order: recommendation, title / cover design, summary, reviews

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Fiction

What’s more important in a novel – beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
Beautiful writing can make a plot better, but a gripping plot can not cover up bad writing = Beautiful writing is always more important to me.

Most loved/memorable character (character/book)
Skeeter, Aibileen & Minnie from The Help; Mikael Blomkvist & Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; Conroy (Conrack) in The Water is Wide

Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; Testimony by Anita Shreve, Tinkers by Paul Harding, Howards End is On the Landing by Susan Hill, Through His Eyes: God’s Perspective on Women in the Bible by Jerram Barrs

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?
Just finished The Dirty Parts of the Bible by Sam Torode

Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
Very few, but yes.

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

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