Whew! I just read through this entire post, and I can't believe I missed out on all of this discussion (probably because I was full up on swaps and stressed by Christmas so I was avoiding the swap ideas board).
I LOVE BOOKS! And, I'm so glad I didn't miss this swap!
And, while I don't remember all of the questions posed in the previous 26+ pages of posts, I'll try to do my best in a summary...
I love to read just about anything (fiction usually, but sometimes a good historical novel or a history written like a novel can draw me in). It's very rare that I don't finish a book all the way through, even if I don't like it- every book deserves a chance! If I get sucked into a series, I have to read the entire thing and I hate to read them out of order (and my Narnia series was numbered with Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe as the first book...it was a set I got as a kid in the 70s- so I read them in the order they were numbered, which isn't the order of the actual story line. Was it the order that they were written?). My favorites are probably mystery and crime, and stories with a strong female lead (love the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon!). I love Barbara Kingsolver, Stephen King, John Irving, Bill Bryson, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Robbins, Patricia Cornwell. I love adventure stories where people (especially kids) have to survive some momentous event on their own. And, someone mentioned Sharon Creech- I have loved every single book of hers that I have ever read (my favorite has to be Love That Dog
- I cry every time). I love books that are classics, too. If I was stuck on a desert island, I think I'd bring my Douglas Adams Hitchikers Guide series (I have it in one volume...would that be cheating?). Definitely something I'd need to read again. As for books that I'm embarrassed that I own: I have a couple of Harlequin Romance novels from the "Blaze" series...sex on every other page gets to be a bit much after a while. And, a book that really made me think was Ishmael
by Daniel Quinn (the sequel My Ishmael
irritated me a bit, though. I got into reading through my mum. She used to read to us all the time and we always had books in the house. The first "big girl" book I remember reading was The Secret Garden
. I remember my mom reading the opening chapters so we could get used to the way the housekeeper/maid talked. But, I finished it on my own. I ripped through Nancy Drew and started on the Hardy Boys and the Trixie Belden series. My access to books was limited to an every other week visit by the Bookmobile (my childhood fantasy was to be locked in the bookmobile overnight!)- three books at a time just didn't cut it! Worst book I forced myself to read...hmmmm...I don't remember...I've been reading this one book for almost 2 years now because I can't get into it...but I keep expecting it to get better...I don't even remember the name since it has been a while since I touched it...
That's all that I can remember for questions...
As for the actual swap, book, bookmark, totebag sounds great (even though I own a ton of totebags...I don't have one that is dedicated to books), but I'd be open to options if that's what my partner wanted (I'd really like a paperback book "cozy" for example- one of the pouch like ones to keep my books from getting mangled in my bag). And, while I don't have child, I am in a new position at my school (after 13 years of 7th & 8th grade science), as an elementary (K-5) science specialist so I'd be willing to do a secondary swap for a child if I could score a good kids science-y book. I have a few for my classroom, but I could count them on two hands and still have fingers left over
So, I feel like I've missed out on the huge chat you've all been having, so I hope that you don't mind a late joiner!