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Kimbooktu’s Bookish Meme

September 27, 2007

I was actually going to post a meme I found over at Bookeywookey’s (the reading one, not the blogging one), but then I checked my e-mail and the lovely Bybee has tagged me for a different meme all the way over in South Korea. :) So, I’ll publish the other one next week!

Hardcover or paperback? Why? Trade paperback, for several reasons. I love the texture of the covers, they stay open the best, and they don’t aggravate my fibro (muscle condition). Best of all, they don’t have dust jackets! (my book nemesis…I seem to lose them or rip them just by looking at them)

If I were to own a book shop I would call it… I’d probably name it after a tarot card. I’d love to have a coffee shop/book store combo called The Hanged Man with a picture of that tarot card. The Hanged Man represents taking a voluntary break from the craziness of life, so I think it’d be appropriate. In the tarot card, he’s hanging upside (from his ankle) looking quite happy. :)

My favourite quote from a book (name it) is… This is a tough one. I like a lot of quotes. I’ll just pick one at random. “How much do you love me?” she asked. “Enough to melt all the tigers in the world to butter.” From Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. Isn’t that just adorable?

The author (alive or deceased) I would love to have lunch with would be…I think Neil Gaiman. I love mythology as well, so it’d be a great conversation. But I’d love to have lunch with a bunch of authors!

If I was going to a deserted island and could only bring one book, except from the SAS survival guide, it would be…what an awful idea. One book forever? Probably War and Peace, since I haven’t read it yet, so there’d be a fresh reading, and it has enough characters to keep me occupied. Plus, it takes place in cold Russia, which might serve as a nice contrast to a deserted island. And I’m positive I’m going to love it, since I just adored Anna Karenina. (the only reason I haven’t read it is that I’m saving it for the Peace Corps)

I would love someone to invent a bookish gadget that hmmm…oh! I know! that froze time so that I could read in peace for as long as I wanted before work. And chores.

The smell of an old book reminds me of…reading? peace? I mean, it just smells like heaven to me!

If I could be the lead character in a book (mention the title), it would be…Elizabeth Darcy, nee Bennet. She’s smart and pretty, but a bit of a spitfire, and she ends up with a rich, handsome, loving husband living in a great part of England. Pretty happy life, I’d say. :)

The most overestimated book of all time is…I can’t think of one.

I hate it when a book… is written by an author that doesn’t trust the reader. You know, the kind of author that whallops you over the head with the information, because s/he isn’t sure that you’ll pick up on it on your own. These authors tend to use too many adverbs.

And now for tagging five people….let’s see….
Eloise of Eloise by the Book Piles
Sarah of Loose Baggy Monster
Poodlerat of But what these unobservant birds
Petunia of Educating Petunia and
J.S. Peyton of BiblioAddict

Have fun! (of course, if anyone I didn’t tag wants to do this one, leave me a comment and I’ll add you to the list!)

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. Petunia permalink
    September 28, 2007 1:01 am

    Thanks for the tag. This looks like a good one.

    And I’ll be first in line for one of those time stopping devices.

  2. danielle permalink
    September 28, 2007 2:10 am

    I like your bookstore name!

  3. verbivore permalink
    September 28, 2007 4:53 am

    I love the bookstore idea, how wonderful ! I can’t get the picture of the smiling upside down hangman out of my mind :-)

  4. Eva permalink
    September 28, 2007 5:54 am

    Petunia, I have a feeling there’d be a mob at the check-out, lol!

    Danielle, glad you like it! Now if only I was independently wealthy…

    Verbivore, I love the Hanged Man! He is very jolly.

  5. Dorothy W. permalink
    September 28, 2007 12:30 pm

    I like your bookstore name too! And I agree about Elizabeth Bennett. I got tagged for this meme, so I’ll have to think about my own answers …

  6. J.S. Peyton permalink
    September 29, 2007 1:42 pm

    Thanks for tagging me with this meme! My answers should be up soon!

  7. Eva permalink
    September 29, 2007 5:13 pm

    Dorothy, at first I was going to go for something less cliche than Elizabeth Bennet, but I realised I’d be lying. :D

    J.S. Peyton, no problem! Looking forward to seeing your response. :)

  8. Dewey permalink
    September 30, 2007 2:17 am

    Oh, I love that quote! You made me want to read Norwegian Wood with one sentence!

  9. Dewey permalink
    September 30, 2007 2:18 am

    P.S. Interesting that we both said paperback for the same reason! I didn’t specify, but I do prefer the TPBs.

  10. Eva permalink
    September 30, 2007 3:20 am

    Dewey, isn’t that a great quote? It was a good book, and I’m looking forward to reading more of Murakami. It is interesting that we have the same reasons for p/b. I was shocked when I saw this meme on some people’s blogs and read that they preferred hardcover! I thought everyone liked tpbs more. ;)

  11. Lazy cow permalink
    September 30, 2007 11:22 pm

    I’ll take one of those time freezing gadgets too!
    War and Peace is a good choice. I wish I had time to read it again (it took me 2 months about 15 years ago).

  12. Eva permalink
    October 1, 2007 4:26 am

    Lazy Cow, I wish I had time to reread a lot of books. I used to, but now my TBR list is so long. I need to start making time for rereads again!

  13. June 12, 2010 1:55 pm

    My cousin read War and Peace while she was in Mali with the Peace Corps. Must be a common plan. :)

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