Saturday, September 14, 2019

Sunday Stealing


Who is your favorite author? It changes. Over the decades, though, I think it would be William Goldman. He wrote The Princess Bride, Magic and Marathon Man. His books were witty and hip, but they still had a lot of heart.
What was the last book you read?
The last book I finished was Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. It was amusing chic lit, but it was like a drug store candy bar: satisfying in the moment, but not at all memorable.

What book reminds you of your school days? Amelia Bedelia. I read this when I was a little girl and it completely cracked me up. Amelia was a very literal housekeeper. Her new employers left a list of things to do and she did them. "Dust the furniture." She took face powder and gave the furniture a light dusting. "In the afternoon, draw the curtains." She took out her sketch pad. "Change the bath towels." She used scissors to cut designs into them, thereby changing their appearance. You get the idea. This book appealed to both my sense of humor and burgeoning love of language. Amelia Bedelia is still in print. If there's a young reader in your life, I recommend it.

What book releases are you looking forward to?
Touched by the Sun by Carly Simon. It's a memoir of her friendship with my all-time idol, JBKO. These two very different women were friends for more than a decade, until Jackie's death. Carly referred to her as a "confidant, mother figure and pal." I cannot wait!

Just a couple of gals, enjoying the water
What movie releases are you looking forward to? Downton Abbey! Also, the Judy Garland biopic starring Renee Zellwegger.

What 3 books are you planning to read?
Touched by the Sun (above), Becoming by Michelle Obama, and Twist and Shout Murder, which promises to be a nice, silly little mystery.

Have you ever damaged a book? Yes. One wet autumn afternoon, as I was boarding the bus, I dropped a hardcover book in the mud. Fortunately, amazingly, it landed upright, so only one side was damaged.
How long does it take you to read a book?
Depends on the book.

Books you haven’t finished?
I've tried twice to read Lincoln by Gore Vidal and I just can't. I'm sure it's a reflection on me, not Gore or Abe.

Popular books you didn’t like?
The DaVinci Code.

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell people you were reading?

How many books do you own?
Lots and lots and lots.

Are you a fast or slow reader?
Slower than Kwizgiver. She's a reading dynamo!

Do you read better in your head our out loud?
In my head.


  1. Of all the books I read as a kid, I never read Amelia Bedelia. I remember a cousin loving her and naming her dog after her. I will have to get her for my granddaughters.

    Kwizgiver does tear through the books, doesn't she?!

  2. Mrs PM is looking forward to Downton Abbey. She watched the series religiously.

    I have no intention of seeing it personally. I have never watched it. Not my cup of tea.




  3. As an elementary teacher I bought tons of books for my class library.. Amelia Bedelia was a class favorite every year!!!

  4. I never read Amelia Bedelia as a kid, but Josh did. Those books really helped him become a better reader because he had a hard time reading. I wish I could read like Kwiz! I am not even close. Loved your answers! Have a nice Sunday!

  5. I just pre-ordered Touched By The Sun as an audio book. I bet Carly reads it herself. Fascinating!

    Thanks for the shout out!

  6. Never read Amelia Bedelia, sounds like a cute book. I didn't know there was a movie about Judy Garland coming up. I enjoyed her singing so much, but what a tragic ending she had. She left a great legacy as her daughters also have beautiful voices. I am enjoying reading everyone's answers.

  7. I didn't think the Da Vinci Code was all that great, either. It has some good writing and it was an intriguing mystery, but the characters were not well developed and at times it was slow.

  8. Oh, I love Amelia Bedelia! I especially love the picture books about small Amelia.