I just got tagged by Waiting on the Lord. So guess what? I’m passing it along—and you’re it! Without prologue, let’s delve into the question/answer session . . .

1. Name a book you’re embarrassed to say you haven’t read yet.

I’ve never read The Scarlet Pimpernel, although I’ve considered it many times. I suppose I never will.

2. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark?

Not really anything strange, honestly. If I don’t have a bookmark handy, I most generally fold down the corner.

3. Look at your bookshelf. What’s the first book you see with a yellow spine?

Ah, I can’t answer this! We just moved within the year, and the bookshelves are still at our other house. Your guess is as good as mine.

4. If you could have one new book from a deceased author, who would it be?

Maybe Charles Dickens? Louisa May Alcott? Henry Wadsworth Longfellow? I don’t know. I mostly read more modern books (with the exception of school), so my favor lies more in them, than in the dead.

5. Name an author who deserves more readership.

Terri Blackstock is my favorite author. Okay . . . I know she’s really famous. But she still deserves more readership. She’s just that wonderful.

6.  Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I always fold down the corner.

7. Can you stop anywhere in a book or do you have to finish the chapter?

I have to at least read to the of the scene or chapter, usually. There are exceptions to that, though.

8. One book at a time or several?

Pretty much I do one book at a time, as far as fiction. I often have a side non-fiction book going on, too—but I rarely ever read it.

9. Do you read ahead or skip pages?

I NEVER SKIP AHEAD, unless it’s Bible verses from the wrong version. The way I see it is . . . how can you say you read a book if you didn’t read all of it?

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I’m horrible with books. I always drop them. Sometimes I read them in the bath. Sometimes they get wet. Sometimes I drag them everywhere. I nearly always fold the cover back. And sometimes, my mom even has to threaten me. So to answer your question, no. My books never look new by the time I’m finished enjoying them.

11. What books do you regret reading?

This book was recommended to me, and I know it’s not nice to bash someone else’s work, but this book was horrible. Everyone died. How depressing is that? Carry on Mr. Bowditch was the title.

12. On average, how many books do you read per year?

I don’t know. Sometimes I read a lot. Sometimes I read very little. As far as numbers? I just don’t know. Maybe 10+?

13. What book can you read hundreds of times and never get tired of?

The Holy Bible is the only Book I can (or would ever want to) read a hundred times. You never tire of words that are living.

14. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a book?

To wait for someone worth waiting for. To hold out for a precious Boaz, and never settle for a Bozo.

15. What is the most recent book you’ve read?

Love on the Line by Deanne Gist is the latest book I’ve read.

16. What quote from any book will you never forget? Why is it significant?

This is more than a quote, and it doesn’t exactly come from a book, and I can’t promise I’ll never forget it. But I have read, and re-read, and wrote down, and thought in my mind the words of this poem so many times . . .

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!”
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,”
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Finds us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,–act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing
Learn to labor and to wait.

17. How many books do you own?

We own approximately 400 or more, but I haven’t counted individually.

18. Of the past year, what is the greatest book you’ve read?

A Rush of Wings by Kristen Heitzmann has definitely been the best book I’ve read in the last year! It was incredible. I have to say it is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

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