Friday Book Whimsy: Book Challenge, Part II

Today’s post will continue the Book Challenge I found recently on Pinterest. Read last Friday’s post for Part I.

A book that made you laugh: I often find author Bill Bryson to be smug and mean-spirited. But he’s often enormously funny. A Walk in the Woods is a book that caused me not only guffaws, but often laughing until I had tears rolling down my cheeks. It’s a book that makes me forgive him for his smugness.

A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving: I purchased the Kindle version of Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple when it was first released without knowing much about the book. When I took a look and saw the format, I was immediately uninterested in reading it. The book is mostly a series of text messages, memos, school documents and so forth. There is very little narrative. So it sat in my library for months before I dove in. I loved the book, as I indicated in my review.

The first novel you remember reading: What else? Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. Oh, I read Nancy Drew and other kids’ mystery books, but Little Women was my first real novel. I loved it the first time I read it, and the many times I’ve read it since. And I always cry when Beth dies. Oh, spoiler alert.

A book that you wish more people would read: I have no way of knowing how many people read any given book, but I have a general sense that author Julia Keller is hugely underappreciated for her dark and richly textured Bell Elkins series. The stories take place in West Virginia and feature a county-prosecutor-turned-private-detective in partnership with the former sheriff and former deputy. The novels are not cheerful, but the characters are interesting and likeable, and Keller’s descriptions and stories ring true.

Favorite title of a book: I’m a sucker for a good title. I’ve also been known to pick a book from its cover. One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow has both. The book, written by Olivia Hawker, will be one of my favorites of 2020. Read my review here.

A book you love but hate at the same time: There has only been one time that I can recall that upon reading the ending, I literally threw the book across the room. Thank heavens I wasn’t yet reading on Kindle, because I’m not sure I would have been able to resist the impulse even then. That book is Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. The story was so compelling that I couldn’t put the book down. But that ending. Oh. My. Goodness. And that’s all I’ll say in case you’re one of the 10 people in the world who hasn’t read the book or seen the movie.

That’s all for this week. To be continued.

By the way, I would love to get your answers to these same questions. Last week’s too.

2 thoughts on “Friday Book Whimsy: Book Challenge, Part II

  1. Laugh: My Name Is Frank
    Ended up loving: Before We Were Yours
    First novel: Nancy Drew. In my young mind that was a novel.
    Wish people would read: Jan Karon’s Mitford books. Everyone needs a happy place to escape at times. Spending time with that cast of characters is a blessing.
    Fav title: The Shell Seekers
    Can’t think of a book that I loved and hated.

  2. Best book last year:  Where the Crawdads Sing
    Book read 3+ times:  (many, many) I will choose A Christmas Carol
    Favorite Series: (hard to choose) The Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
    Book that made me happy: My Italian Bulldozer
    Made me sad: The Island of Sea Women (maybe the saddest book I ever read)
    Made me laugh:  A Walk in the Woods  But also the Spencer series, not belly laughs but guffaws at some of the dialogue 
    Unexpectedly loved: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
    First novel read:  absolutely no clue
    Book more people should read:  Cry, the Beloved Country 
    Title I love:  Heart of Barkness
    Love and Hate:  A River in the Sky  It’s the last of the Amelia Peabody series, set in 19th C Egypt; I re-read the series when I thought I was going to Egypt, and I was sorry to say good-bye to Amelia

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