September 2, 2014

A New Look and A Bookish Questionnaire

I'm back! I've had some fun redesigning my blog this summer and I'm ready to start blogging again. I thought I'd begin with this fun A-Z bookish questionnaire.  : )


Author you've read the most books from: Fiction would probably be Janette Oke when I was a teenager. Non-fiction would be C.S. Lewis.

Best sequel ever: I'd have to say 'An Echo in the Darkness'  the second book in Francine Rivers, Mark of the Lion Series.

Currently reading: 'Finally Alive'  by John Piper. I'm a couple chapters in and it's good so far and 'How should we then live?'  by Francis Schaeffer which I'm almost finished and it's excellent! Great book on how mankind has thought through history and it's impact on us today.

Drink of choice while reading: Ice water

E-reader or physical book: Physical book

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school? LOL...I barely talked to boys in high school!

Glad you gave this book a chance: 'Mere Christianity'  by C.S. Lewis. It opened a whole new world to me of theological type books and a different way of thinking in my christian walk. From Lewis to Tozer to Spurgeon... I now love them all. : )

Hidden gem book: 'Humility'  by Andrew Murray. Most beautiful book.

Just finished: 'Holy Ghost Girl'  by Donna Johnson...an unbelievably sad page-turner of spiritual abuse.

Kind of books you won't read: Anything with the overall theme of horror, the occult, or sexually explicit. I also don't usually choose books that are known for bad theology. I believe what we read can contribute to our overall way of thinking and living. So I stay away from all these kinds of books.

Longest book you've read: 'London'  by Edward Rutherfurd. It was over 1100 pages!

Major book hangover because of: Not sure

Number of bookcases you own: Two

One book you read multiple times:  I don't usually re-read books, but I did re-read one of my favorites, 'Pride and Prejudice'  by Jane Austen.

Preferred place to read: It would be by the ocean, but since I don't have an ocean in my backyard, I usually read on the couch. : )

Quote you like from a book you read: I'm a quote collector, so it's hard to just pick one!

Here's one from Oswald Chambers. A quote that encouraged me to not just believe what I believe, but know what I believe.

"If you cannot express yourself well on each of your beliefs, work and study until you can. If you don't, other people may miss out on the blessings that come from knowing the truth... Always make it a practice to stir your own mind thoroughly to think through what you have easily believed."

Reading regret:  Finishing a book I didn't like. I always feel like if I paid for it I should finish it!

Series you started and need to finish: Colleen Coble's 'Mercy Falls'  series. I just need to read the last book!

Three of your all time favorite books: Hard to pick only three! You can read my favorite reads HERE

Unapologetic fan-girl for: I don't really think of myself as a fan. When I read I feel like I'm reading something a friend wrote.

Very excited for this release more than all the others: 'Sheba'  by Tosca Lee

Worst bookish habit: Leaving books all around the house.

Xmarks the spot: Not sure what this means?

Your latest book purchase: Just bought: 'Jesus > Religion: Why He is so much better than trying harder, doing more, and being good enough'  by Jefferson Bethke.

Zzzz snatcher book: Oh boy, I've read a lot of books that kept me up late. Can't think of just one.


This was a lot of fun to put together. If you decide to do a post like this, let me know. I'd love to come by and read your answers! : )

20 comments:

  1. I might have squealed by the time I reached the end of this post. O my goodness, I could have written your answers. Seriously :-)

    A thousand yes to anything that has to do with theology. I love that you seem to like those kind of books. C.S Lewis is a hero in my eyes and even though it's been a while since I've read Mere Christianity, I do plan on giving it another read. Oswarld Chambers, John Piper, Tozer, Spurgeon-- all authors I plan on giving a try! Schaeffer sounds very good as well.

    - Francine Rivers' An Echo in the Darkness was very good. I agree.

    - Water for me, too! And physical copies over digital ones! Absolutely.

    - I've got a copy of Andrew Murray's book ''Humility''. So it's good, eh? Great to know!

    - I won't read books known to have bad theology, explicit sexual content either! I have a sensitive spirit.

    - Reading regret : I feel bad for not finishing the book even if I haven't paid for it.

    - Tosca Lee! I've been thinking about her and her writing! Yes, yes, yes to Sheba. I must read it. Have you read Iscariot? Mind-bending book.

    - Completely understand you leaving books around the house!

    Very fun, Cathy. Sorry for the long comment!

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    1. Hi Ganise, thanks for stopping by and sharing! I love your long comment. : )

      I have read Iscariot, amazing novel!

      You really should read 'Humility' sooner than later, so much great wisdom within it's pages. One I'd like to read again.

      And definitely check out all the other author's I've mentioned, if you haven't already, they are all such encouraging writers.

      Thanks again for stopping by!

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  2. Welcome back, Cathy!

    My longest book was `War & Peace`.
    I can say I read it, but don't know what I read :)

    Janette Oke is a good author and I love the movies of her books.

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    1. Thanks Michelle!

      I've been debating on whether to read 'War and Peace' because it's so long. I read Tolstoy's book, 'Anna Karenina' and found some of the chapters long-winded, but a very deep story of how our life choices can affect us and those around us. I enjoyed it over-all.

      I love the 'Love Comes Softly' movies too! I think we have most of them. : )

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I had a bet with our local newspaper editor when I was in high school whether I'd finish War and Peace or not (I was such a bookworm!). Kept getting tangled up in all the Russian names and never finished it - but always wanted to. Maybe someday when the kids are grown and I have time... Loved Anna Karenina, so probably would love War and Peace too. (linked up next to you at Wednesday Prayer Girls)

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    1. Hi Kathryn, one of these days I think I'll try to read 'War and Peace' too!

      Glad you stopped by. : )

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  4. This was so much fun! And I'm printing off your list for the next time I'm book shopping. Redeeming Love by Rivers was one of my favorites, so I'm going to have to try her Mark of the Lion series... I loved this post and I love book talk. Thanks so much for sharing! And your blog re-design looks great! :)

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    1. Thank-you Karen! You will love the 'Mark of the Lion' series, it's a very powerful story.

      Thanks for stopping by. : )

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  5. Love your new look, Cathy! Great to have you back. And I very much enjoyed your list. I probably wouldn't be able to answer must of the questions even though I do love to read. I would so pick reading by the ocean too!! Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

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    1. Hi Beth and thanks! There's just something about the sights and sounds of the ocean isn't there? So relaxing.

      Glad you stopped by. : )

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  6. This was fun. I thought maybe I should do it on my blog too.

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    1. Let me know if you do. I'd love to read your answers!

      Thanks for stopping by Lizzy. : )

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  7. Love this idea! Brilliant post - will have to give it a go sometime (soon).

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    1. Thanks! Let me know and I'll come by and check it out. : )

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  8. This is my kind of post and will lead me to ponder these questions for I am a book person and don't mind telling anyone!! Glad I saw your post on Missional Women.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Linda. Glad you enjoy reading too. : )

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  9. I love this ABC book questionnaire format, I may have to do something similar for a future edition of Book Notes ;) I, too, loved the Mark of the Lion series and while I don't typically re-read a lot books either, I have been making a list of books I want to re-read again the coming months to refresh my heart and soul. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Victoria, looking forward to reading your questionnaire if you decide to post one. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. This looks fun! I think I might do one of these! I'm glad you shared this at Booknificent Thursday at Mommynificent.com! Hope to see you again soon!
    Tina

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    1. Thanks Tina, I'd love to check out your answers if you do!

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Feel free to leave your own thoughts in the comments. I try to respond to all of them by the end of the week. : )

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