Thursday, February 07, 2008

Stolen Meme

I stole this from Marg. I saw it and I wanted it so I took it. I'm trying to feel some remorse.

Still a sickie so maybe I can be forgiven.

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

Let's see, this would be a long list.

Outlander and the rest. Scares the beejeepers out of me.

Dorthy Dunnet series although I own the first book - can't remember why I'm afraid of it.

Ah, Bujold books with Miles but I think that has to do with most of them not being romance.

Any thing by Judith Ivory because her prose is lush. Sounds like a tropical disease to me. Ugh.

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?

Uh, gonna have to go with Jesus cause I got me some questions. Oh, wait. Characters. Never mind!

Geez, I don't do well with these questions. *thinking*

Han Solo cause I've loved him since I was seven. But it would have to be on my terms in that he would find me the most beautiful fascinating woman in the world. Yeah. Lots of flirting. And Bob has allowed a pass for him - cause he's not real but hey, I can dream.

Seriously, bring me Han Solo and I don't need anyone else cause we'll be busy.

I'm sitting here saying to myself 'but what if you had to behave yourself? Who would it be?' And you know what? I don't have a clue!!!

Any of Anne Stuart's men but c'mon, I'm sick and refuse to make my hubby sick also so only pecks on the cheek so I'm not kidding myself with this sex on the brain.

Crap. I'm nothing but a shallow woman. I got nothing. Now I gotta try and redeem myself in a later post.

(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?

Good grief. Literature. All the crap I was forced to read in school where people died after leading some of the most boring lives ever - I know boring people! Anything by Margaret Laurence I'm sure would send me off and even though I loved The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood I'm sure anything else would make me crazy. Maybe it wasn't the books so much as the ramblings of teachers on symbols and stuff I can't remember. Symbols. Dude, when is a knife just a knife?

And in case you are wondering I didn't die as a teen reading these books because death would have been too easy. I'm just saying.

Explains the 'shallow' though don't 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?

Please. Gonna have to go back to school days on this one. My fav. though was Frankenstein in university - didn't read word one of this book but I wrote my mid-term essay on it and got the highest grade in the class. Yeah. And pretty much every other book ever assigned to me throughout high school. Dull, boring, dull.

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'm thinking I haven't read a Linda Howard book which I think is called Heart of the West. For some reason I thought this was a historical where the heroine uses a whip on some bad guys. I didn't like that one but I read it years ago so maybe on re-read I'll like it better. HOTW is a contemporary and I'm now saving it for a rainy day cause Howard isn't bringing it anymore.

And then there are authors I get mixed up - Susan Grant and Patti O'Shea - one author I like and the other I don't. Can't remember which but right now I would say I like O'Shea.

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? (if you feel like you'd have to know the person, go ahead of personalise the VIP)

I would always suggest Dream Man by Linda Howard. I think it has enough crime stuff for a man but I haven't tested that. I can't say I really bother with people who don't read and I don't mean in a bad way cause hubby doesn't read as a hobby. Don't ask me for a recommendation unless you've seen my bookshelves cause it's all romance. After that, ask away.

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?

Marg said Latin and I would have to say the same. Or maybe a language that the historians are still trying to decipher. Ohhh, that might be fun and financially rewarding.

I'd be rich and shallow.

I hear that's the best combination.

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?

Lord of Danger by Anne Stuart. No hardship at all.

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've tried Chick lit when I was sure I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. I have bought YA books although I haven't really been able to pick them up.

Derek Craven and North and South. Wonder who influenced me with those?

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.

My hubby built my dream library so I can't really complain. But if I could have one more thing it would be all of Anne Stuart's backlist in leather bound volumes. And possibly some of my other favourite books. You know. If I could get a few more things.

And the final portion of the assignment is to tag four others.

Kristie(J), Ames, Nath, Rosie and anyone else - c'mon, you know you wanna


Marg said...

So THAT's where it went! I've been looking for it everywhere! *g*

Cool answers! You are one lucky girl to have had your dream library built for you!

Jenster said...

Great post!!!

I hear you on the D. Dunnet series. I LOVE the Outlander series and have been intruiged by other Outlander fans to read the D.D. series but OCH! It's another long series!!

And you're another Han Solo fan!! My friends were all little girls and liked Luke, while I was a mature woman at 11 and liked the older man.