Darci Cole did this over on her blog, and I thought it was so fun, so I thought I'd take a stab at it!
Favorite book cover
The cover of The Great Gatsby. That face seemingly floating in the sky is eerie.
What are you reading right now?
I'm trying a new author out and really enjoying her so far.
Daughter of Mythos by Melissa Drake
Do you have any idea what you'll read when you're done with that?
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
What five books have you always wanted to read but haven't gotten round to?
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, finally!
What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
What's the worst book you've ever read?
I truly try to forget them. I see no reason to change that now.
What book seemed really popular but you didn't like it?
50 Shades...I mean, seriously. Thankfully, I simply tried the free excerpt and didn't waste my money.
What's the one book you always recommend to just about anyone?
The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
What are your three favorite poems?
I'm not huge into poetry, but read one by friend and author, William Bernhardt, a while back and it still stays with me. It's called AIB, 13 and is about his daughter, but I think of my son and how too soon this will happen to me. I really loved it. I also loved Scratches in the same book. You can find his book of poetry which has these poem among many, here.
Where do you usually get your books?
Full Circle Books, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.
When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits?
Nope, I read anywhere and everywhere.
What's the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was too good to put down?
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, 3 weeks ago.
Have you ever "faked" reading a book?
Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
I pick up a book b/c I like the cover. I buy it if the blurb on back keeps my attention.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
What book changed your life?
Mistborn: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Why? Because I had been struggling with my faith and I identified with Sazed in this book. That was when I the first kernels of a dream began. A dream to write something that would make others think, that would resonate with others the way this book did with me.
What is your favorite passage from a book?
This passage resonated with me. It's the thoughts of the character, Sazed, as he struggles with faith.
"Why did they believe? Because they saw miracles. Things one man took as chance, a man of faith took as a sign. A loved one recovering from disease, a fortunate business deal, a chance meeting with a long lost friend. It wasn't the grand doctrines or the sweeping ideals that seemed to make believers out of men. It was the simple magic in the world around them.
What was it Spook said? Sazed thought, sitting in the shadowy kandra cavern.That faith was about trust. Trusting that somebody was watching. That somebody would make it all right in the end, even though things looked terrible at the moment.
To believe, it seemed, one had to want to believe. It was a conundrum, one Sazed had wrestled with. He wanted someone, something, to force him to have faith. He wanted to have to believe because of the proof shown to him.
Yet, the believers whose words now filled his mind would have said he already had proof. Had he not, in his moment of despair, received an answer? As he had been about to give up, TenSoon had spoken. Sazed had begged for a sign, and received it.
Was it chance? Was it providence?
In the end, apparently, it was up to him to decide. He slowly returned the letters and journals to his metalminds, leaving his specific memory of them empty—yet retaining the feelings they had prompted in him. Which would he be? Believer or skeptic? At that moment, neither seemed a patently foolish path.
I do want to believe, he thought. That's why I've spent so much time searching. I can't have it both ways. I simply have to decide.
Which would it be? He sat for a few moments, thinking, feeling, and—most important—remembering.
I sought help, Sazed thought. And something answered.
Sazed smiled, and everything seemed a little bit brighter. Breeze was right, he thought, standing and organizing his things as he prepared to go. I was not meant to be an atheist.”
Who are your top five favorite authors?
What book has no one heard about but should read?
If you haven't read, UNWIND by Neal Shusterman, just do. The scene where you experience the unwind will blow your mind.
What book are you an "evangelist" for?
The Mistborn Trilogy
What are your favorite books by a first time author?
SHIRI by D.S. Taylor
SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo
ONE by LeighAnn Kopans
DAUGHTER OF MYTHOS by Melissa Drake
What is your favorite classic book?
The Chronicles of Narnia, or Pride and Prejudice
5 other notable mentions?
My guilty pleasure is paranormal romance. Authors within that genre that I love:
Laurell K. Hamilton
Any of these books familiar? Any first time authors you'd recommend?