Booking Through Thursday 050407

This is my first time doing Booking Through Thursday, so I did a few more after this week’s. There will be a food post later today as I just baked a batch of cookies.

1. Just out of curiosity, as we enter into Passover and Easter season . . . have you ever read the Bible? Just the odd chapter or Psalm? The whole thing? (Or, almost the whole thing? It’s some heavy reading, of course, and those “begats” get kind of tedious.) – I’ve read more of the Old Testament than the New Testament. So the odd books: Job, Genesis, Songs of Solomon, etc.
2. If so, was it from religious motivation or from a literary perspective? Stuck with nothing else to read in a hotel room the Gideon’s have visited? Any combination? – Both. Mostly from a literary perspective. I took a religion I actually did a presentation on the Book of Job. I have also been in the situation where I have read a Gideon bible in a hotel room because I was bored. I think this was in Hong Kong.
3. If not, why not? Against your religious principles? Too boring? Just not interested? Something you’re planning on taking care of when you get marooned on a desert island? – I wouldn’t read the whole bible because I’ve read about half of it any way, and not all of it is interesting or too riveting.
4. And while we’re on the subject . . . what about the other great religious works out there? Are they more to your liking? – Well, I like Tao Te Ching. I would like to try and read The Quarran and the Upanishads.

Where do you do most of your reading? Your favorite spot? – I do a lot of reading at home. Sometimes, I try to read on the bus, but I don’t particularly like it.

1. Do you lend your books to other people? If so, any restrictions? – See, I’ve never been much of a lender of anything. But I have lent books out. There aren’t restrictions, but I fear for books as if they were my children. I’m overprotective. At the moment, Sandy has a couple of my books. I lent my friend Emma Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince because she didn’t want to buy it. She read it and her dad read it, and I have no idea what happened, but the next time when I tried to read it… the spine was broken! So I’m just going to very cautious next time.
2. Do you borrow books from other people? (Friends or family—I’m not talking about the public library) – I actually have a lot of my friends books now since she’s in England. I don’t have many friends who are big readers like me, but yes, I do borrow from them.
3. And, most importantly—do the books you lend/borrow get returned to their rightful owners? – With one exception, a girl I know lent me Hamlet in grade eight and told me to return it, but I never got around to it! We are no longer in touch either.

1. How many books would you say you read in an average month? – Depends on the month, but anywhere from 3-8. It fluctuates.
2. In a year? – In the last few years, between 60-80.
3. Over the last five years? Around 300-350, more or less.
4. The last 10? Almost 400 then. Which sounds like a lot.

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