My Very Own Reading Meme…
…creatively entitled “Eva’s Reading Meme!” I realised I hadn’t done a meme in waaaay too long, and rather than search around for one, I decided to make my own. :) Spread it around like wildfire (bonus points for anyone who gets that reference)!
Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews? For me, that would be Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I’m planning on reading some other Card soon, and I see a ton of bloggers raving about Ender’s Game, but it still sounds sooo unappealing to me. Sometimes we’re just silly like that, huh?
If you could bring three characters to life for a social event (afternoon tea, a night of clubbing, perhaps a world cruise), who would they be and what would the event be? Personally, I’d love to travel from England to India (in one of those old-fashioned sea voyages) with Henry Tilney (of Northanger Abbey, before he meets Catherine), because he’s excellent at moving in society and some nice eye candy, and if you’re going around the world, you need someone to flirt with, Mary Russell (of Laurie King’s mystery series), because she’s super-clever and knows so many languages, which would be a great help, and she’s also witty and sarcastic, so we’d have fun at dinners on the ship and she’s married and thus not competition, and Lord Peter Whimsey, because he’d also be very witty and amusing, and I think he and Mary would along well (but not too well-he’s married also), and that way just in case anyone gets killed aboard the cruise ship, it’s under control. I think we’d go in Henry Tilney’s time, since I happened to pick three very upper-crust Brits, so servants and colonies and long skirts seem most appropriate. And a voyage that lasts months will give me plenty of time to befriend everyone!
(Borrowing shamelessly from the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde): you are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for awhile, eventually you realise it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave? Robinson Crusoe: this is the first book I ever gave up on (in third or fourth grade), and even now memories of it make me shudder.
Come on, we’ve all been there. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it? Before my sophomore year of college, that would be Crime and Punishment: I was a Russian major, and only very close friends knew I’d never been near Dostoevsky!
As an addition to the last question, has there been a book that you really thought you had read, only to realise when you read a review about it/go to ‘reread’ it that you haven’t? Which book? When I picked up The Pickwick Papers this month, I realised I hadn’t gone past the first hundred pages. And I always think I’ve read Fury by Salman Rushdie, when really I’ve read Shame. Serves Rushdie right for using all those emotions for titles!
You’re interviewing for the post of Official Book Advisor to some VIP (who’s not a big reader). What’s the first book you’d recommend and why? (if you feel like you’d have to know the person, go ahead of personalise the VIP) I think anyone but a real stick in the mud would love The Scarlet Pimpernel. :) The VIP would feel extra good for reading a classic, and the combo of adventure and romance is great!
A good fairy comes and grants you one wish: you will have perfect reading comprehension in the foreign language of your choice. Which language do you go with? That’s a really tough one for me, since I’ve studied Russian and French and enjoyed them both. I think, though, I’d go for Japanese: I seem to really like Japanese lit, and it’d be a very, very difficult language to master the old-fashioned way.
A mischievious fairy comes and says that you must choose one book that you will reread once a year for the rest of your life (you can read other books as well). Which book would you pick? Pride and Prejudice, hands down. I ‘discovered’ it in seventh grade, and it’s only improved with age. :)
I know that the book blogging community, and its various challenges, have pushed my reading borders. What’s one bookish thing you ‘discovered’ from book blogging (maybe a new genre, or author, or new appreciation for cover art-anything)? There’s one big genre I’ve gotten into from the book blogging community-YA lit (for some reason, it never occured to me that there was anything other than the Babysitter Club in this section of the library). And, I’m very grateful for my recent discovery of the Horatio Hornblower series, which I would have never, ever picked up if it weren’t for the Seafaring Challenge.
That good fairy is back for one final visit. Now, she’s granting you your dream library! Describe it. Is everything leatherbound? Is it full of first edition hardcovers? Pristine trade paperbacks? Perhaps a few favourite authors have inscribed their works? Go ahead-let your imagination run free. Personally, I’m a a huge fan of trade paperbacks, so in my ideal library there’d be a lot of those: the complete collections of all my favourite modern authors (see my about page), as well as (since I’m dreaming) a copy of all of the books on my 700+ wishlist. There’d also be a special section for the classics, which would be old copies that many other people had read and loved as well. :) However, I wouldn’t want any super-valuable books in my library, in case I spilled tea on them! (Speaking of which, I’d need an outlet for my kettle, and a little table/cupboard combo for my tea stuff) I’d absolutely love to have an inscribed edition of Northanger Abbey and Jane Austen’s personal editions of Radcliffe’s works. I’d have one of those neat ladder things that go around the room on tracks, since I’m quite short (5’3″), so I’d need help to reach the top of my beautiful built-in bookcases. There’d have be a fireplace, and a window seat in a big dormer window. One comfy armchair (no surprise!) and one really comfy couch for occasional naps. :) Oh, there’d also be a case full of audiobooks, since I really enjoy those, but only unabridged versions with narrators with nice voices! Well, I should probably cut myself off, before I spend the next two hours designing it!
And now, let’s say everyone has to tag four people (more than that becomes a hassle, imho) I tag…
Of course, just because I didn’t tag you doesn’t mean I’m not really excited to read your answers. :D And just to prove it, I’m going to bribe you…if you leave a comment letting me know you’ve done the meme with a link to the post, I’ll give you some link love via a big list on this post of who’s participated. If in that post, you link back to this one, I’ll also enter you in a drawing to win my ARC of The House at Riverton (see my review below). If you’re an American, this is especially exciting since it isn’t going to published until April. ;) To be in the drawing, you must have posted the meme (and commented here) by February 5th, which is when I’m holding the drawing (it’s also my niece’s second birthday!).
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