Booking Through Thursday

I’ve seen this series of questions floating around the ‘net the last few days, and thought it looked like a good one for us!

What was the last book you bought?

Elizabeth Peters’ Hippopotamus Pool.

Name a book you have read MORE than once

Only one of them? Hmmm. Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold.

Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?

No. Except by showing me that other people really think about life and issues in different way than I do. The list for those books would be far too long.

How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews

Most often by recommendation and reviews. Although usually I buy a book because I know the author’s previous work.

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Why should I prefer one over the other? I like both but for different reasons.

What’s more important in a novel – beautiful writing or a gripping plot?

Urgh. Neither. Both. Characters.

Most loved/memorable character (character/book)

Morrolan e’Drien in Steven Brust’s Vlad Taltos -series.

Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?

None. My nightstand is so cluttered with other stuff that I don’t keep books there. However, there are quite a few books (around ten) scattered around my bed where I usually read.
Lets see: Brust’ Orca and Issola, Lynda S. Robinson’s “Eater of Souls” and “Drinker of Blood”, C. J. Cherryh’s "the Chanur Saga”, Peters’ “Borrower of the Night”, Fables book 10, a book about Ancient Greece (translated from German to Finnish), Nicholas Reeves: “Ancient Egypt. The Great Discoveries. A Year-by-Year Chronicle”, “The Coyote Road” edited by Datlow and Windling.

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?

I finished Steven Brust’s Athyra two days ago.

Have you ever given up on a book half way in?

If I realize that I don’t like a book, I usually abandon it quicker than halfway. But yes: Robert Jordan’s Eye of the World and one of the Eddings’ books. The first one in the Tamulin series, maybe?