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10 February 2019

Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!

This is a set of book questions I found a long time ago on A Striped Armchair, which had not posted since 2015. 

Sorry about this.  I thought it would be a fun set of questions, but these are hard ... and I'm an avid reader!

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

The "Left Behind" series.  My cousin raved and raved about it.  I've heard of others that like it as well and I started reading it, but the blatant propaganda of it made me so angry I threw it across the room and would not read it or any of the sequels.

2. 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?

Tess Gerritson's Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles and Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta.  We'd be at Scarpetta's house.  She would cook (since she's a gourmet cook) and we'd discuss many of their various cases.

3. 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?

"Moby Dick."  Or maybe "Finnegan's Wake"

4. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you've read, when in fact you've been nowhere near it?

"Pride and Prejudice."  Try as I might I just can't get into Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice is my go-to movie when I am suffering from insomnia.

5. 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?

There was a time when I read all of the Dick Francis books (mysteries that involve horses -- the author was former jockey for Queen Elizabeth) -- and it was not uncommon to get halfway through a book and realize I'd already read it.

6. 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?

It kinda depends on what kind of interests she has.  For crime dramas (my favorite), I'd recommend the books by Harlan Coben (I love his hero Myron Bolitar) or David Baldacci, whose mysteries around politics are engrossing.  If she is into classics, definitey Steinbeck, maybe something shorter like "The Red Pony" or "Cannery Row."  For romance, I'd challenge her to get into Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series, though the size of those books may be off-putting.  If she wants more reality, I'd go with Michele Obama's autobiography or Rob Lowe's, both of which are excellent (Lowe's was a great surprise, actually).  For just novels in general, "Prince of Tides" which I loved so much I forgot to look at the scenery as we were driving around Oahu.  For a "not a big reader," maybe a young adult book like the one my granddaughter just chose for me to read for our book club -- "Pax" by Sara Pennypacker, a fast read, but very good.

7. 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?

French.  I'd go back and re-read 'Les Miserables' which I read in my high school French class.

8. A mischievous 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?

"East of Eden"

9. What's one bookish thing you 'discovered' from book blogging (maybe a new genre, or author, or new appreciation for cover art-anything)?

I am not, technically speaking, a book blogger.  I keep an annual list of books read each year, and my review of them, but I don't think I've discovered anything in the act of writing the reviews.

10. 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.

Well, first of all it's on the second floor and it has a round turret with a window that looks out on an ocean view.  The room itself is floor to ceiling books (with the moveable ladder to reach the higher shelves).  Nice comfy overstuffed chairs.  No real look to the books--hardback, paperback, whatever.  The contents are more important. 


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