Book meme - play at your own risk

Saw this over at the Little Professor and decided to play along.

What was the last book you bought?

The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman)

Name a book you have read more than once.

Just off the top of my head:
Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?

I'd have to say (and for very different reasons) The Outsider, The Golden Notebook and the works of Robertson Davies. And, in the almost ashamed to mention it category, Audrey Rose.

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

Author first, then cover design/summary (particularly true with ARCs, which have no "buzz" yet).

Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?

I'm shallow. Fiction.

What's more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?

For Literature, beautiful writing. Genre fiction requires great plot.

Most loved/memorable character?

Wow. Very difficult to answer. They're such totally different things, aren't they? Heathcliff falls into the "memorable" category, while Joey Bettany falls into the "loved" side. There are others I could name, but those were the first two that popped into my head.

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

One book on my nightstand: The Fire by Katherine Neville. It's her follow-up to The Eight

What was the last book you read?

Robertson Davies: A Portrait in Mosaic

Have you ever given up on a book halfway in?

Several times, although usually I'm very bad about giving up on horrible books and struggle through to the end.. The most recent was The Orc King. No link because I'm not going to publicize it more.

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