ten things tuesday

 Ten bookish questions:

1) Name a book that is a childhood favorite: Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling.

2) Name a book that made you cry: The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin made me laugh and cry

3) Name a book that was given to you as a gift: The Book of Joy by Dali Lama XIV and Desmond Tutu

4) Name a book that you didn't like: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

5) Name a book that was recommended by a friend: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing (thanks, Gal!!)

6) Name a book that you bought based on the cover: Tangerine by Christine Mangan

7) Name a book that you will recommend to anybody: it depends on the genre--but usually I recommend the Chief Inspector Gamache mysteries by Louise Penny (each is better than the last!)

8) Name a book that stuck with you that you still think about: Deacon King Kong by James McBride

9) Name a book that you couldn't put down: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

10) Name a book that you couldn't finish: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

1 comment:

The Gal Herself said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed My Lovely Wife. It was such good, twisted fun. SPOILER ALERT for anyone who hasn't read it yet: I just wish the Owen subplot had been handled differently. There is NO WAY Owen could have just disappeared without some sharp reporter tracking him down. The family still had friends in town and somebody would have (intentionally or not) given something away. And Celeste's relationship with him would have been revealed, either to the press or the police. I base this on Richard Speck and John Wayne Gacy, two of Chicagoland's most infamous. I actually know someone who only met Gacy ONCE and was questioned by the police. When a case gets the level of scrutiny Ms. Downing described, nothing stays secret. Ever. Which is not to say I didn't like the book. I did!

I'm sending my most prickly aunt the first Gamache book for her birthday. She loves mysteries, but she's going through a period where everything seems to offend her. I thought even she will love this book. Gamache is thoroughly decent, the crime isn't too violent, the setting is so attractive and peaceful. Hopefully she'll like it. I think she needs a little more happiness in her life.