Twenty Questions About Me and My Books
August 24, 2011 38 Comments
1. Which book has been on your shelf the longest? The Lady and the Poet by Maeve Haran. I bought this about a year ago. I read some other books by Maeve Haran, which were contemporary fiction about family and relationships. This book is historical fiction and somehow it didn’t appeal to me much recently.
2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next? I’m reading The Obscure Logic of the Heart by Priya Basil (a bit slow-going, but so far, OK). It’s about a illicit romance between a man and woman of differing Indian backgrounds.
I’ve just finished Hamlet’s Blackberry by William Powers, about escaping continual on-line connectedness. Next, I think I’ll read The Surrogates, a SF graphic novel (with a lot of text, too), about a future in which humans stay at home and use surrogates to which they are connected, who do the actual work.
3. What book did everyone like and you hated? Peony in Love by Lisa See. I didn’t like how the main character was a ghost looking back on previous events. I didn’t quite hate it but I couldn’t see anything good about the book.
4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t? To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Because I interact so much with American bloggers, I feel I’ve missed out not reading this, but hey, I’m Dutch, who cares, really?
5. Which book are you saving for “retirement?” Well, if I ever get bored, I will get (back) to the old Russians: War and Peace, The Brothers Karamazov, that sort of thing. But I won’t get bored if my TBR pile keeps its current shape!
6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end? Oh horror: reading the last page first! No way. No way. I don’t even read the back cover once I get round to reading a book. I want to know nothing in advance.
7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside? I tend to skim it, so they could leave it out as far as I’m concerned. Give these people a nice, signed copy and be done with it!
8. Which book character would you switch places with? Such a difficult question. Maybe Smilla in Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Peter Høeg. She keeps going in the face of trouble and even stows away on a ship heading to Greenland. A strong woman!
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)? Not really. With some books I remember where I was or which period in my life it was that I read it, but nothing more than that.
10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way. One Dutch book I received as a thank-you for volunteering in the school library when I was at high school. Never had another job as a librarian, sadly.
11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person? Not that I can remember, but I do love giving books away! Here, I have too many, please share!
12. Which book has been with you to the most places? I read rather quickly so books don’t stay with me for very long. I do make sure I always have a book with me, though.
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad ten years later? What do you mean, hated? I love reading. I read the back of jam jars. I never minded the books we had to read for school.
14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book? A picture of an ultra sound scan (the thing they do to check on the baby when you’re pregnant). Actually, someone else found it in a book I gave them. It was a picture of my unborn son!
15. Used or brand new? A book’s a book, right? Well, really I like them new or gently read. Not too much wear and tear.
17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book? Yes, Eat, Pray, Love (Elizabeth Gilbert). I liked the book but I loved the movie.
18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid? I think the Millennium Series (Stieg Larsson) worked better in print than on the big screen. The movies aren’t awful by any means, but I wasn’t impressed as I was with the books.
19. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question? Although I’m a vegetarian, My Year of Meat by Ruth Ozeki really made me want to try out some recipes (but not the exact meals in the book).
20. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take? There are two book bloggers whose taste in books I quite closely share. They are Jackie of Farmlane Books (if she likes a book, I probably will, too) and JoV of Bibliojunkie (we often agree on books, too).
Also, a real-life friend of mine is good at handing me books that she thinks I’ll like. She’s usually right.
I’m curious: please answer one of the questions above
to tell me a bit about yourself.