January 6th, 2010
|10:14 am - Because anything about books makes me happy|
1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
Well being that I lost a bunch of books in the great Vestal Flood of '06 (yes really) I honestly don't know what I still have, but the first real book I remember reading and owning which I know is still floating around the house somewhere is Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you'll read next?
Current: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, The Doll's House (collected issues 9-16 of Sandman) and On Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski
Last: Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Next: Hopefully the Tragic Menagerie by Lydiya Zinovieva-Annibal because I need to return it to the library before the semester starts and I left it at home in Vestal
3. What book did everyone like and you hated?
The catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Though I have quite liked some of his other things.
4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
I'm not sure, I like to think I'll get to all the things waiting for me to read this summer.
5. Which book are you saving for “retirement?”
Saving? Like keeping around or not reading until retirement? I'll probably read incessantly once I'm retired. Like I did when I was in high school before leisure reading was almost a foreign concept.
6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?
Wait until the end. For sure. I'm not that impatient.
7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?
Interesting aside if it's a book I want to read. Dedications are better though.
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Sybel from Forgotten bests of Eld. Although Josh and I figured out once I finally got him to read this that I should relate more with Coren (because that book is a really weird retelling almost of why our relationship works), Sybel still appeals because she lives on a mountain in a crystal house with animals who talk to her and only her.
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?
10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.
I stole my copy of Trumpet of the Swans from the library at camp when I was 10. There was another copy... and I didn't think anyone would probably miss it.
11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
Lent, not given. But yes. I lent Josh Forgotten Beasts of Eld for a plethora of reasons, but mainly because in reading that book I think you can understand me better.
12. Which book has been with you to the most places?
Eld. It's pretty beaten up at this point.
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad ten years later?
I never reread anything I read in high school that was required reading. But I really disliked The Pearl by John Steinbeck. I'm sure I still wouldn't like it now.
14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?
Somebody's phone number
15. Used or brand new?
Used if it's only by me. Or library books because I love the way old books smell. But I dislike when people write in library books. Seriously that's public property use post its or something. I don't like being told when I'm reading a book what somebody else thought was important. It takes all the fun out of reading it.
16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses?
I've never actually read any Stephen King, so I'll air on the side of ignorance, but I generally am just not into that genre of story.
17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
Not that I can remember.
18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid?
I know there are some in my brain somewhere, but at the moment I'm drawing a total blank.
19. Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?
Yes. When I read the first Dragonlance book ages and ages ago in high school (which I actually didn't like) there's a scene with a muffin, one of the characters dreams about a muffin. And it made me want a muffin.
20. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
Josh. Because he knows my taste in books.
I hope you would also take my book advice. Seeings how in the past whenever I wanted to get you a present, I bought a book I thought I'd like and then gave it to you, then you'd lend it to me. Ah- those were good times! I must say I have oodles of good books right now I wish I could lend you. Have you read any of the Wheel of Time books? I love those.
No I haven't, though I know many people who have. Honestly I don't read as much fantasy these days as I once did and that's probably due mostly to the fact that they don't assign fantasy books for school (at least not in the courses I took). I wish you could lend me a whole mess of books, but honestly I don't know even know when I'm going to find time to read all the ones I have that are piling up. I do miss having someone around that's read a lot of the same books as me though. Talking to Josh about books just isn't the same...
Hey, just saw Anna Karenina at Goodwill and picked it up since you recommended it. Not sure when I'll get to it, but now I have it :). I'll try to remember to let you know my thoughts once I've read it.
Excellent. I hope you like it. I know it's long (though I know that doesn't bother you), but I'm definitely curious to know what your thoughts are once you finish.