Last week, a friend of mine posted a questionnaire about reading and books on her blog, Patti's Pen and Picks, and the questionnaire was too good to pass up. She borrowed the idea from a book and publishing site we both enjoy, Shelf Awareness. A couple times a month on that site, they ask authors a list of questions. Why should authors be the only ones questioned? Here's the list of questions, and my answers. I'd love to read some of your answers, or your comments on my answers. Have fun with it! It's a perfect questionnaire for Sunday Salon.
On your nightstand now: My Lady of Cleves by Margaret Campbell Barnes, The Richest Season by Maryann McFadden, Forced Out by Stephen Frey, and Farworld: Water Keep by J. Scott Savage.
Book you've "faked" reading: Remembrance of Things Past: Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
Book you've bought for the cover: Can’t thing of any I bought, but I certainly picked up Forcing Amaryllis by Louise Ure and Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells because of the covers.
Favorite book when you were a child: Oh, there were so many good ones! But, these were all ones I remember for special reasons. Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan , They Loved to Laugh by Kathryn Worth, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Gypsy Secret by Florence Crane, and To Dance, To Dream by Maxine Drury. I still own my copy of Little Women that my father bought me. I wish I owned copies of the others. Someday.
Book that changed your life: Love by Leo Buscaglia
Favorite line from a book: "He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." – Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini
Top five favorite authors: On Aug. 17, 2008 (because they change constantly) – Louise Penny, Chris Grabenstein, Patricia Leimbach, Sandra Dallas, and…
Books you recommend as regeneration when people say, "I'm bored by almost all contemporary American writers.": The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas or Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.
Book you can't believe that everyone has not read and loved: The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
Book you are an "evangelist" for: King Con by Stephen Cannell, The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
Book you most want to read again for the first time: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, The Persian Pickle Club, and Gone with the Wind.
So, your answers or comments? Or, if you'd like to answer on your own blog, send us the link in the comments box so we can all read them! Have fun!