I found this meme on Booker Talk blog in December 2018 and because I enjoyed it I offer my version now. I have altered it slightly from the original (my comments were getting too repetitive).
- The last book I gave up on
This was The Divinersby Margaret Laurence. It’s a long book and I read about 100 pages, expecting to be as caught up in it as I was in The Stone Angel. That was a great novel about a feisty older woman and an early inclusion in my #olderwomen in fiction series. But it didn’t happen.
2. The last book I reread
That would be Good Evening, Mrs Craven: the wartime storiesby Mollie Panter-Downes collected and published in one volume by Persephone Books. I was following up on books I had missed out on when I wrote a post called Books with Mrs or Miss in the title.
3. The last book I bought
There was a bundle of 5 books:
Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Ageby Bohumil Hrabal
Guard your Daughtersby Diana Tatton
River by Esther Kinsky
Ballet Shoesby Noel Streatfield
The Story of Tracy Beakerby Jacqueline Wilson
Look out for comments on some of these in the future on the blog.
4. The last book I said I’d read but hadn’t
I don’t do this. What’s the point?
5. The last book I wrote in the margins of
Un Sac de Billesby Joseph Joffo, a text for my French language class
6. The last book I had signed
I don’t do this either. But people often ask me to sign my books, and I do it, although I don’t know why they want me to.
7. The last book I gave away
I gave Unshelteredby Barbara Kingsolver and TheWoodby John Lewis-Stempel at Christmas, as well as about 20 copies of my own short story collection, Better Fetch a Chair. I am hoping to borrow both the Kingsolver and the Lewis-Stempel.
8. The last book I had to replace
The Diary of a Young Girlby Anne Frank, which I wanted for the 2018 Decades Project.
9. The last book I argued over
Girl on a Trainby Paula Hawkins. I said I wouldn’t read novels with girlin the title (except A Girl is a Half-Formed Thingby Eimear McBridewhich is brilliant) and I was told that I should try it, even though the speaker said she hadn’t been able to follow it very well. I think there are enough books I want to read without having to read something that doesn’t appeal.
10. The last book I couldn’t find
The Diary of a Young Girlby Anne Frank, which I wanted for the 2018 Decades Project. But then I did find it. Oxfam has my extra copy.
Over to you
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