Friday Five: Books Edition

This week, Sally has given us some book questions:

1. Fiction what kind, detective novels, historical stuff, thrillers, romance????Genre is not as important as liking the characters is. For mystery authors, I like G.A. McKevitt, Mary Daheim, and P.D. James, who makes me feel smart. I like Julia Quinn novels for romance, and I LOVE Jennifer Crusie, her heroines are my favorite fictional people in the world.

2. When you get a really good book do you read it all in one chunk or savour it slowly?
All in one chunk. And usually very quickly.

3. Is there a book you keep returning to and why?
John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany. I've been re-reading it since I was in high school, I've literally given away dozens of copies, and it's beautiful every time I read it.

4. Apart from the Bible which non-fiction book has influenced you the most?
Walter Bruggemann's The Prophetic Imagination. When I first read it, I loved it, but only processed it on a social justice level. The more I think about it and return to it, I see that his prophetic cycle of seeing, grieving, and envisioning something better is immensely personally healing as well.

5. Describe a perfect place to read. ( could be anywhere!!!)
Either outside (though when I do that, "reading" becomes a code word for napping), or else in my sacred space corner, in this
unbelievably comfortable chair.


  1. ooh, good play. That looks like a wonderful chair!

    I have to admit that, when reading nonfiction or books that aren't moving along well, reading also becomes sleeping at my house...

  2. Mmm. I liked some of Pd James' newer books, but I was put off by the continuity problems (same character, different historical details). I haven't read any of the others you mentioned, so I'll have to put them on my list!

  3. Good play! I'm drooling over that chair now, too. :-)

  4. Great chair! and it comes with an ottoman, perfect.

    I do have some books I choose to re-read for their ability to induce sleep. :-)

  5. good play, I'llhave to check out some of your reads. Everyone should have a sacred space chair.

  6. Owen Meany... I gave my copy away too! Chair looks cozy for hugging a cup of hot cocoa in your hands... although if it's humid there like it is here today... cold something-er-other is a better choice.

  7. Oh, I love Owen Meany, too.

  8. Anonymous5:38 PM

    Ah, so you've worked in the field? Then you probably know what I mean when I say that I got to work every day excited about who I might be able to help that day, and went home every afternoon feeling unclean and needing to wash the nastiness off of me. Oh, something ugly went on EVERY DAY, and now that I've had a few days to process it all, I know I didn't belong there. It was very cutthroat (odd for a place that is supposed to be about helping people, I think), and I...well, I'm just not. In any case, thanks so much for the support. :)

  9. I am unfamiliar with most of your favorite authors - which means - more books to explore! whoo hoo!!

  10. chair envy!!!!

    Great play- thanks for sharing these wonderful books with us!

  11. I love P.D. James. Jennifer is obviously reading them more attentively than I do, because I was oblivious to continuity problems. Probably part of reading them in a mad rush to get to the end. I'm going to have to reread just to figure it out.


"So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was."
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