I missed World Book Day on Sunday but thought I’d recognize it belatedly by answering some book questions I’m often asked.
What book are you reading right now?
Right now I’m reading a book recommended by author Dora Dueck. It is called All the Beauty in the World. It was written by Patrick Bringley who worked for ten years as a guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
This is the perfect book for me because I am a writer and I work at an art gallery and on my one trip to New York City I did visit The Met.
Bringley is a wonderful writer whose descriptions of both the art and people he encounters at the Met are delightful and moving.
I can never decide if I love working at the Winnipeg Art Gallery more because of the fabulous art I get to know intimately or because of the fascinating people I meet so All the Beauty in the World resonates deeply with me.
What book will you be reading next?
My friend Roger Groening has asked me to read and review his upcoming book Man in the Meadow. I heard Roger read an excerpt at a literary event in summer and I’m anxious to read more. I chuckled my way through Roger’s first novel Knuckleball but from the cover this one looks like it has perhaps a darker tale to tell.
What book is your all time favourite?
I’ve written about this before but without a doubt it is The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. I love its independent heroine Kit, its historical significance, its touch of romance and I’ve reread it every year for more than fifty years.
Who is your favourite author?
Well that changes. Right now I’m reading everything Elizabeth Strout has ever written. I just love her spare yet richly rewarding style. She is the author of popular books like Olive Kitteridge which was made into a movie and it sequel Olive Again.
I loved the latest in her Lucy Barton series Lucy by the Sea.
I’ve started reading some of her older books like Abide With Me and she has other older books I’d like to read too.
What is a book that was turned into even a better movie?
I don’t think there are many. I always prefer to read a book before I see the movie.
I would have to say however that for me three exceptions to the rule that the book is always better than the movie would have to be Jaws by Peter Benchley, Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy and The Godfather by Mario Puzo.
Do you prefer to read e-books, hard copy books or audio books?
I prefer to read hard copy books as a general rule.
But when we travel somewhere on a plane I load books up on my e-reader because especially if we are going to be away for an extended time like we were in Africa recently I just can’t take that many books along.
I also have started reading at the gym on the bicycle and stepper and my e-reader is much handier to use there as well.
When Dave and I are on a car trip we like to listen to audio books. It makes the time go by faster and gives us something to discuss when we stop for meal breaks.
Our latest car read was The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles the author of A Gentleman in Moscow.
I’d love to hear what your answers would be to any or all of these book questions.
What are you reading?
What are you going to read next?
What is your favourite book and who is your favourite author?
Do your prefer e-books, audio books or the real thing?
Other posts about books……..
Mad Honey- I Can’t Say Too Much
Personal Connections For the Win
A Town Called Solace