Bookworm Wednesday is a weekly book nerdy post featuring the reading habits of wonderful ladies from all over the blogosphere. Interested in participating? Shoot me an email [grimmricksen AT hotmail.com].
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I'm just a simply complex tattooed lady who is finding my way in the world of books and blogging and a life in Athens, GA. I share an old home with my musician husband and our rescue critters – 4 dogs, 3 cats and 2 fish. My life is about promoting animal rights advocacy, equality and positive change. I also love to put rosemary in everything, search for vintage dresses and cardigans, drink pots of Earl Grey tea, camp on a whim, hunt down street/folk/outsider art in weird places, and whip up some delicious recipes in my tiny kitchen…and, of course, read tons of books!
I’m the creative(?) mind behind Grits And Moxie – http://www.gritsandmoxie.blogspot.com
Have you always been a bookworm?
Definitely. My parents were cash strapped when I was growing up so buying books was quite the luxury. But my grandparents made sure that I was constantly at the library for books to keep me busy. Many a summer day was spent up in a tree or on the beach with a book nearby. I was, and still am, addicted. I have a degree in Library Science to show for it!
What are you reading right now?
The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus. It has hints of Kafka, Lynch, Burroughs and Shelly so you know it’s really weird. I like it though! Dystopian literature has always been a favorite. I’m also reading Wanderlust: A History Of Walking by Rebecca Soinit and Outsider Art Of The South by Kathy Moses.
What will you read next?
The Third Wave by Alison Thompson which is a story about volunteering and Radio Shangri-La by Lisa Napoli which is about Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth.
List 3 books that you always wanted to read but haven’t gotten around to:
I’ve been wanting to read Cloud Atlas for a few years now but keep forgetting to grab it from the library. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace…why haven’t I read it yet? What’s wrong with me? I’d also like to read Naked Lunch by William Burroughs because I heard it is very odd and eerily similar to Metamorphisis.
Do you collect any particular author?
Tom Robbins is one of my favorite authors and I have all of his books. He also loves blackberries and aviator sunglasses! Score!
Have you ever disliked a book so much that you couldn't finish it?
I tried to read Twilight for a feminist perspective class and I couldn’t do it. I know it’s really popular but everyone is entitled to a different opinion. I’ll just leave it at that…
Where do you usually get your books?
90% of the time I buy books via thrift stores. Our Habitat For Humanity outlet has the most organized book section in the world!...and the books there are pennies on the dollar. The other 10% of purchases are either Kindle (a gift from the in-laws for my last birthday) or special fundraising sales via organizations in town. I also go to the library at least once a week to stock up for free.
Where do you do most of your reading?
I read at home – in the bed, on the couch or on the porch – with a ginger ale or root beer in hand but I also read in the car during long road trips.
Do you read books more than once? Which ones and why?
If a book has really moved something in me then I’ll usually read it several times over the course of months/years in order to touch base with it…and I’m always amazed at how different things will seem as time passes. And because of that idea, there are other times that I’ll reread a book I didn’t initially fall in ‘like’ with to see if my opinion changes. For example, I thrifted the Poisonwood Bible years ago, read it once and didn’t enjoy it that much. Then reread it a few years later and adored it. It’s one of my favorites now…
Do you have any "guilty pleasure" books -- Something you're almost embarrassed to admit enjoying? Yeeeeeesssss…but I almost don’t want to say! No, no, no. I’ll do it. I absolutely adore modern Regency romance books. Smut and refinement and English royalty! I devour them like popcorn and always have a stack beside the bed for a quick read. For some reason I just get lost in these worlds. I’m such a contradiction!
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
There were so many! I will have to say that I loved Babar when I was much younger and the Homecoming Series during my pre-teen years.
What is your favorite passage from a book?
Will a simple quote be ok?
“It's never too late to have a happy childhood.” – Tom Robbins, Still Life With Woodpecker
What do you do with books when you finish with them?
I keep them if they mean a great deal to me, or I give them away or donate them to the library. Books are something that I adore but I won’t let myself take more than a few boxes every move. And if our plans work out in the next year or so then we might be traveling again and might not have the room to take them all.
Do you loan out your books to friends/family/coworkers?
I used to do it freely with a large number of friends but not anymore. Someone borrowed a huge number of beloved books from me months ago, including a special edition Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy given to me by my father, and then promptly destroyed most of them with neglect. It wasn’t a nice thing to do and now I’ll only lend to people I trust. Some of my books are like family!
Top 5 Favorite Books
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Tie: Skinny Legs And All and Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
Tie: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
What ONE book should we all read?
A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole is beautiful, thoughtful, insightful, confusing, funny and inspirational book. Damn, it is downright amazing!
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