December 11, 2005
15 Things About Me and Books
One of the few blog memes I'm actually interested in participating in. I'm snagging this from Mrissa.
1. I don't remember not being able to read. Or more accurately, one of the very first memories I am sure about was reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. I was about two at the time.
2. Possibly the most influential book in my life was The People's Almanac, which I encountered when I was six at my grandmother's house. It seemed that everything in the world it was possible to know was contained in that book. So naturally I was astounded a few years later when The People's Almanac #2 showed up.
3. When I was in kindergarten my teachers had me tutor third graders on reading. As you may expect the third graders weren't pleased about that.
4. My love affair with astonomy started in kindergarten as well; I can still see the book on astronomy with pictures of stars of all different hues, and their temperatures listed beneath.
5. My mother used to scrounge old Time-Life science books and science textbooks for me from thrift stores. That was the coolest thing ever.
6. The first science fiction novel I'm entirely sure of reading was Farmer in the Sky by Robert Heinlein. The first fantasy novel I'm entirely sure of reading is The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. I'm pretty sure I also read A Wrinkle in Time around the same time, but I'm not sure whether it came before or after those other two books.
7. Because I both grew up poor and was in awe of books, to this day I read my paperbacks in such a way that I don't crack the spine. If you were to come over to my house, it would appear that all the paperbacks have never been open. They have, trust me.
8. In high school, I burned one of my math textbooks at the end of the year and immediately regretted having done so, to the point of actual shame. I still have the remains of the book to remind me that was essentially a betrayal of my beliefs.
9. It's only in the last few years that I've regularly bought hardcover books.
10. You would think that one of the cool things about being a writer is I can go into a bookstore and see my own books there, and you'd be right. But what's even cooler is going into a bookstore and seeing my friends' books there. It's like being able to visit them wherever they are.
11. There are some books in which I enjoy the writing so much, I can't bring myself to finish the book, because that would mean there is no more of the writing to read.
12. I am delighted that Athena both thinks that going to the bookstore is a treat, and that not being able to buy the entire bookstore is a tragedy.
13. As much as I love books, I am not a serious collector. I don't particularly care about first editions and the like. The value of books is what's inside them.
14. With the exception of Twain, I don't like reading novels written before the 1920s. The writing style is so different that it's distracting.
15. I'm not an audio book person. I understand why there is a market for them, and I don't think ill of people who listen to them -- that's just silly. And I wouldn't mind if one of my novels were made into an audio book. But, really, they're not for me. I read with my eyes, not my ears. That said, the people at Escape Pod are going to be doing an audio version of one of my short stories at some point in the near future, and I'm very interested to hear what that will sound like.
I'm going to do a riff off this meme soon.
Posted by john at December 11, 2005 02:19 PM
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