I was tagged by Kelly (Writers Words) and Mary Louisa (Yes, I do Mind) for a Book Meme. You list 15 facts, personal preferences, and quirks about books. Not easy! Here goes:
1. I think a book should be made to last--acid-free paper, sewn (not glued), hard cover, etc. Only a book made with care has the right feel to me.
2. Once I start a book, I feel compelled to finish, no matter how awful it might be. I've put down only a few books in my life.
3. Case in point re #2, Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I was prepared to be blown away by his creation of a back story for the Wizard of Oz. Instead, I was disturbed by how badly his story meshed with Dorothy's journey to see the Wizard. The part which should've been the focus seemed an afterthought.
4. I'll use just about anything as a bookmark rather than dog-ear the pages. However, I routinely dog-eared pages when I was younger.
5. When I was nine, I starting reading (er, trying to read) "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe. I think I was inspired by a film strip (for anyone under the age of 20, a film strip was a celluloid series of pictures fed through a projector, one picture at a time. Sound, if available, was provided by a separate cassette tape). ;)
6. My cousin tried to scare me one night when I was 10 by telling me about Jodi the red-eyed pig in The Amityville Horror. Intrigued, I read the book when I was 11 (how did I get my mother to buy that???).
7. I was mesmerized by the Flowers in the Attic series by V.C. Andrews (when she was still a person instead of a corpse animated by a ghost writer) when I was 12. (Note to self: don't die without next of kin. Your extended family will have no shame exploiting you).
8. Dust jackets come off my books before I read them. It might take years before I put them back on.
9. I read A Christmas Carol to my young children, unabridged.
10. My friends and I wrote a sequel to "The Jabberwocky" called "Revenge of the Bandersnatch."
11. I have 5 to go? I think in the future this should be the 10 book things meme.
12. I have a few handmade books made by The Roycrofters. I used to live in East Aurora, where the Roycroft campus was located.
13. Many books are my favorites. I don't think I could choose one above the others.
14. In college, I took a bunch of 18th century literature courses. Consequently, I read nearly nothing of the modern "greats," e.g., James Joyce.
15. When those scholastic order forms for books would come in elementary school, I would always snatch up any ghost/paranormal/mystery stories. Hmmm. I guess it started young.