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Book A Rama

March 5, 2008

Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews?

A Thousand Splendid Suns Don’t shoot me or throw things at me. I just cannot see me being interested in a book covering three decades of Afghan history.  Maybe I am wrong.

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?

I would sit around my house for a wine drinking evening with Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights),  Edward Cullen (Twilight series) and Roark (Eve Dallas series).  Very shallow of me.  They are all hot moody guys.

(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?

Sidhhartha (Herman Hesse) I know I should be able to, but i can’t get through that book

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?

I don’t think I have. I won’t pretend to have read a book to impress someone.

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?

I can’t think of any.  There are many books that are so forgettable I re-read them till the first few pages only to say “OY! I read this already.”

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)

Not a big reader…that’s tough. Probably To Kill A Mockingbird because I can’t of anyone who didn’t like it.  If its a chick, the Twilight series because its an easy fun read.

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 would be Russian. I’m sure I’ve missed the point of a lot of Russian translated books like War & Peace.

A mischievious fairy comes and says that you must choose one book that you will reread one a year for the rest of your life (you can read other books as well). Which book would you pick?

Wuthering Heights.  Hands down my all time favorite book. Plus I have a crush on Heathcliff.

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)?

I now have a list a mile long of authors I want to try. I’m more willing to try a genre I don’t call my own.

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.

Here goes. I walk through the French doors into a large room flooded with light from two floor to ceiling windows. Oriental rugs are strewn over the hardwood floors. Wingbacked chairs are nestled into every corner plus the one in front of the fireplace. Each chair has an afghan and an ottoman. A rolled topped desk hides the computer that tells me where every book is no matter where that might be (my bedroom, under the couch). A couple of Monets brighten up the place.

Hardbacks line the bookcases against the walls. Like the windows they are floor to ceiling and rolling ladders let me get to them all. Paperbacks belong in the free standing, waist high bookcases in the middle of the room.

Behind one of the bookcases, is a secret environmentally controlled room (like the Vatican’s in the DaVinci Code) where all the first editions of Jane Austen, the Brontes, George Eliot are kept. Plus, ‘lost’ manuscripts from those authors. You can visit but you have to wear those little cotton gloves. ( I stole part of someone’s answer on this one)

This meme is spreading like wildfire so I won’t tag anyone specifically. If you haven’t done it yet, give it a try.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2008 6:07 pm

    I may have to steal this meme from you!

  2. sarcasticredheadedgeek permalink
    March 18, 2008 11:02 am

    Feel free. I stole it from somewhere.

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