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Don’t be alarmed.  I am not talking about burning books.  Tonight, I want to consider that discussing books can light a fire under us to find and read a book.  Talking about books is great fun.  Often I have asked about your favorite books or comfort books and over the years as a result, I have added many books to my wish list and I have read many books that I would have missed completely.  I have also been encouraged to try a hard book or get going on a book that I have put off reading for too long.  I have been introduced to new authors that were wonderful.  The fire started under me has led to me reading a whole series of some author’s works not just the one book mentioned.  My life has been enriched by the sharing of books here.

A few years ago, a friend passed around some questions that were roaming around the net about books to help us get better acquainted.  It was fun.  It did not ask about a favorite book, but it asked about the LAST book you had read of various types.  This opens up a great discussion because you may not have liked the last book you read.  If you loved it and it led to you reading more books on a certain topic that adds to the discussion.  

You may not remember exactly the last book you read in the categories below and that is OK.  Go ahead and guess if you need to do so.  I keep a list of books that I read each month so I am able to hunt for my answers.  Please give it a try for the fun of it.

I always get tickled when someone mentions a book and there is a reaction by others about how they loved it or disliked it.  It keeps my brain alive and firing on all cylinders.
Fire starters, for me, means questions that get a lively discussion started.

I do not know who to give credit to for the questions below so if you do know, I will be glad to edit the diary and include their name.  I am only using some of them that were on the list.  Copy and paste the questions into your comment.

1.   What was the last book you read or are reading now?

 2.   What was the last mystery novel you read?

 3.   What was the last fantasy novel you read?

 4.   What was the last nonfiction book you read?

 5.   What was the last romance novel you read?

 6.   What was the last historical novel you read?

7.   What was the last literary novel you read?


1.   What was the last book you read or are reading now?

      The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

 2.   What was the last mystery novel you read?

       The Fugitive Pigeon by Donald E. Westlake

 3.   What was the last fantasy/scifi novel you read?

       Down Below Station by C. J. Cherryh

 4.   What was the last nonfiction book you read?

       The Unexpected Universe by Loren Eisely

 5.   What was the last romance novel you read?

       Venetia by Georgette Heyer

 6.   What was the last historical fiction novel you read?

        The Unwritten Chronicles of Robert E. Lee: A Novel by Lamar Herrin

7.   What was the last literary novel you read?

       Mrs. Dalloway by Virgina Woolf

These are not my most favorite books by any means.  I will do a Best Books of the Year diary two weeks from tonight.  

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Robert Fuller says:

At long last my memoir has been converted into a (free) ebook at Smashwords. If anyone is interested, here is the url:

Chapter 35 of The Rowan Tree has also been posted:

Belonging: A Memoir
Paperback – October 24, 2013
by Robert W. Fuller


"How did you make the leap from Physics to Dignity?" This question arises at every Robert Fuller talk. Belonging traces Fuller’s personal evolution and suggests that taking one’s questions seriously will lead to a life of meaning and purpose. Accompany Fuller as he meets with “somebodies” like Robert Oppenheimer, Indira Gandhi, Mikhail Gorbachev, David Bowie, John Denver, and President Jimmy Carter, and share in the wisdom he finds in people whom the world writes off as “nobodies.” Belonging shows how transformative quests await anyone willing to learn from somebodies and nobodies alike.

NOTE: plf515 has book talk on Wednesday mornings early

Originally posted to Readers and Book Lovers on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 05:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Progressive Friends of the Library Newsletter.


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