The book is an autographed copy of John Shors's historical novel Beneath a Marble Sky. Click on the book to read Debra's review.
1. What are you reading now?
The Good Soldier Švejk and His Fortunes in the World War by Jaroslav Hašek. Hašek is one of the most famous Czech writers other than Kafka, of course. A friend in the Czech Republic had mentioned the book to me. Hašek was sort of an odd bird and it would be worth reading a biography about him if someone would write one! ;)
2. What's the best book you've read this year?
This hasn't been a great year for reading but I would probably say 1776 by David mcCullough even though parts of it felt like it was written by a committee and could have used some editing for grammar!
3. What's your favorite work of historical fiction?
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. This really was a book that I could not put down. It is not anything like Follet's regular genre which is spy novels. This story takes place in the 12th century and involves the building of a cathedral. Sounds dull? It isn't! Almost 1,000 pages and when I was done I wished it hadn't ended.
4. Pick a random book from your shelves and write down its first sentence. Does it make you want to read more?
"On the first day of Februray 1328 King Charles IV of France, third son of King Philip the Handsome and last of the Capetian dynasty, lay dying."
Pretty good first sentence for a book about the Hundred Years War (by Desmond Seward) and it does make me want to read more.
5. Have you ever read a book and wished that you'd written it? What was it?
Yes! Lots of books. I wish I was an historian so I could write like Shelby Foote. Or that I could write novels like Umberto Eco.
6. What book on your shelves do you wish you'd never bought?
Genius by James Gleick. But only because I feel guilty about never reading it.
7. Have you ever bought someone a book for BAFAB?
Yes. I bought a book for Beth but I can't recall what it was! Maybe it was To Kill a Mockingbird. I bought it for her but I can't remember when.
8. What book do you really wish someone would buy you for BAFAB?
non-fiction: Redemption by Nicholas Lemann
fiction: The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards.
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10. Tag three people.
I tag Stephanie, Amy, and Ali. Maybe this will get Ali to blog!