27 January 2008
Michele's site each day. It used to be more fun because she posed
interesting, fun, provocative questions each day and then on Friday took the
weekend off and set the site up for her readers to visit other people's
blogs (you're supposed to leave a note on her guestbook and then leave a
note on the guestbook of the person who signed right ahead of you).
Now Michele makes one post on Monday with a couple of
questions (I suppose the fun of making up questions every day wore thin
after several years, but I miss the old format), and on Thursday the
It seems that more often than not, I happen to be signing
her guestbook right under a blogger named
Gautami, who writes
a book review blog.
Today Gautami had done a book-related meme, originated with
Eva (A Striped Armchair).
It was more interesting than most that I've done, so I thought I'd not only
sign the guestbook, but do the meme as well....
Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading,
despite seeing only positive reviews?
So many people have told me that I would love "...And Ladies of the
Club." I used to read sweeping sagas like that all the time and I
don't know why I haven't gotten into this book, except, perhaps, that it's
about a gazillion pages long and at the rate I read now, it would probably
take me 2 years to finish. Also, I'm more into the suspense genre
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?
Kay Scarpetta, Alex Cross, and Kinsey Milhone. We'd have dinner at
Kay's, because she's such a gourmet cook and maybe I'd pick up some cooking
tips at the same time.
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?
Probably "Finnegan's Wake." I tried looking through it in a bookstore
once and couldn't make heads nor tails of it. I've also been told that
"Moby Dick" is deadly dull, though I've never attempted it.
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?
Everyone assumes that when you get to "a certain age," everyone has
read "Catcher in the Rye," but I never have. I'd like to,
though. I do know that it's a coming of age book and the main
character is Holden Caulfield. That's about it.
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?
Well, I read a lot of James Patterson, but didn't read them in sequence, so
when I pick up a "new" one to read, I'm never sure if I've read it or not.
Same definitely goes for Dick Francis.
You've been appointed Book Advisor to a VIP (who's not a big reader).
What's the first book you'd recommend and why?
"My Pet Goat" LOL. That seems to be such an engrossing book that
the leader of the free world prefers to read it than deal with national
emergencies. I have not yet had the pleasure of reading the book,
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
French. It was my major in college and I actually have stumbled
through a few articles and magazines in French. I'd love to have the
fluency to actually read with comprehension in the language.
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?
Oh so difficult. It is a tossup between Bill Bryson's "The Mother
Tongue" and Steinbeck's "East of Eden." I've read both more than once
and love them both. I wouldn't mind "having" to read either (or both)
once a year.
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
I can't think offhand of a book that I have read because of a blog, but I
frequently check Alan's blog and often
make mental notes to check out some of the books he reviews. I've also
gotten some good referrals from Shelfari.
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.
Oh my. To have my own library. It's a pristine room. A
turret room. It is dark wood paneled with plush pile carpeting that
never needs vacuuming. It has floor to ceiling bookcases filled with
mostly hardback books which are all arranged in logical order, and
meaningful artwork in the blank spots. There are plush chairs that
envelop you, excellent lighting for reading, as well as a huge window with a
fabulous view. There is a desk in case I need to work on something
from a book, and a computer to look up things that come to mind while I'm
reading. There's a small refrigerator perpetually stocked (by my
special refrigerator-stocker) with water and snacks. It might also
have a dog, but only if the dog does nothing but sleep at my side while I
As with most memes, you're supposed to "tag" people to do it
as well. I don't tag people, but in this instance, it seems only
logical that I at least tag Alan.