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Eva’s Reading Meme

Eva, over at A Striped Armchair, came up with this interesting meme, which I’ve been meaning to do, and am just now sitting down to do it. 🙂 

Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews? Please, don’t shoot me. But Eat, Pray, Love. It doesn’t matter how many people say it’s great, I just can’t bring myself to purchase the book. Or borrow it from someone. Or even thumb through it.

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? (Please forgive my answers on this. I’ve read many many many books, and the only characters I can remember off the top of my head are from books I’ve read recently. 🙂 ) As I just finished Moloka’i, I would bring Rachel for a trip to somewhere in the world. She was such a real character to me that I think it would be fascinating to talk and travel with her. Trudi from Stones From the River. I’d love to hear her stories and gossip. And last but certainly not least, Rhett Butler. I love his wit and charm, and obviously his good looks! 🙂 I think it would be fun to travel with Trudi and Rhett as well. Though I think I’d prefer to go back to Rhett’s time and bring Rachel and Trudi to my time.

(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? Crime and Punishment. This is the only book I never read in high school, and I was so against reading it (because I thought it was sooo boring) that I wouldn’t even bother with the Cliff’s Notes. I didn’t care if the teacher knew I didn’t read the book. That book was dumb. Okay, but coming in a close second would be Son of a Witch. What a horrid awful dumb lame sequel. Ugh.

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? Well, I’m sure that would have to be something by Hemingway. I love his short stories but have never gotten around to reading his novels. 🙁

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, no, this hasn’t happened, though I anticipate that the more I read and the older I get the more often this will happen.

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 I would recommend I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. Not only is it my Favorite Book Of All-Time, but the main character(s) are twin males, which would appeal to the male persuasion, but the whole story itself is universal.

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’ve been obsessed with French ever since 3rd grade. It’s hard to get over those first loves. 🙂

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? I think it would be Bel Canto. It’s certainly not light, but it is the most beautiful story I’ve ever read.

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 just discovered Bookmooch, which I think will quickly become my new best friend. Also, I probably wouldn’t pick up a lot of the YA novels if not for reviews I read. Not because I don’t like YA novels, that’s just not a section I visit when I’m at Borders.

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. I love trade paperbacks, but only because I can crack the binding and really abuse it the way you can’t abuse a hardcover. But I think hardcovers look nicer, so my dream library would have hardcovers, though they don’t have to be first edition. Bookshelves would line every wall (except for where the fireplace is) and there would be a ladder that can roll around the bookshelves to make the books accessible. Recessed lighting would be in the ceiling. I would have a large down-filled chair, big enough for me to tuck my legs under. Next to this chair would be a light that I could use when I’m reading. There would be a window with a big, overstuffed comfy couch next to it. On the chair and the couch would be nice big blankets, ’cause who doesn’t like to curl up with a blanket and a good book? Finally, I think there would have to be a little desk with a laptop so that I could quickly review the books I read on my blog. 🙂

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5 Responses to “Eva’s Reading Meme”

  1. bkclubcare

    Ok OK! I’ll put Wally Lamb on my list! and I won’t mind if you dont read Eat,Pray,Love. Just cuz EVERYONE I have ever rec’d it to LOVED it! No, really, I understand you do not like nonfiction, right!?

    I have snubbed my nose at Lamb for too long I guess… I have this wierd image in my head about this author; don’t know where it came from.


  2. Eva

    I feel the same way about Eat Pray Love. 🙂


  3. My Very Own Reading Meme… « A Striped Armchair

    […] (An Adventure in Reading) Bev (Funny the World) Margo (Margo’s Entertainment Shelf) Trish (Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’?) SFP (Pages Turned) Remi (Gunner’s Miscellany) Aarti (BookLust) (The Reading Nook) Johm […]

  4. lisamm

    I am being forced to read Eat Pray Love for my book club. I have no interest in reading it, but that’s what I’ll be doing in April.


  5. trish

    Eva, Lisa, thank goodness! I’m glad I’m not alone. 🙂

    Care, you’re right, I’m not a big fan of nonfiction. But if you read Wally Lamb, you **must** tell me what you think. I would buy you a copy if I thought you’d read it. 🙂


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