Eva’s Meme

Well I am reasonably certain everyone in the book blogging community has already done this, but I figured I’d make sure to at least TRY to win the book since today is the last day.  So, enjoy. 🙂 

Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews? That would have to be The Secret.  Everyone says its so amazing, and usually I enjoy Oprah’s picks but this one just does not interest me in ANY way.

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? I would definitely take Hermoine Granger from the Harry Potter series because she is incredibly intelligent and creative and witty and one of the few feminist characters in literature, and another wonderful feminist like character that I invite would be Anne from The Sparrow.  Hmm I can’t think of a third.  But anyways, I would probably just spend an afternoon or dinner out with these two women and I’m sure we would have a grand old 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? Moby Dick.  I really just cannot read this book, it’s so incredibly awful.

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? I really can’t think of anything… if I haven’t read something, I’m happy to admit it so that I can hear about reviews to decide whether or not I want to read it.  Sometimes, though, when I hear SO much about a book and read SO many reviews, I feel like I’ve read it even though I know I haven’t…. does that count?

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? Again, I really don’t think so.  I’m pretty good about remembering what I have and haven’t read so I can’t think of this ever happening to me in the past.

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) The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.  It’s one of my top 5 books of all time and I’m pretty sure anyone and everyone would enjoy it.

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? I studied French in high school for 4 years and I really enjoyed it, so I’d love to have some of those skills back.  It’s just a really gorgeous language.

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 Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb.  One of my favorites as well.

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)? Mainly I’ve just learned about many books I’d have otherwise not heard of.  I tend to venture toward the familiar when I am book browsing so it has been nice to add some books and authors to my wishlist that are completely new to me.  Unfortunately I’m drawing a blank right now and can’t think of anything in particular.

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 my library would have HUGE windows because I live for sunlight.  It would also have a large porch and outdoor area with comfortable lawn chairs for reading outside in the spring and summer.  It would have tons of lights inside for the winter and after dark, and it would be full of comfy chairs and couches and some tables for spreading out.  The books would be all different sizes and shapes, some leatherbound, some not, but all well-read.  I love the feeling of a book that has been read before, and the knowledge that someone will enjoy it when I am finished as well.  It would have really tall shelves with those huge ladders too.  Oh man, I really want this in my house. 🙂

3 thoughts on “Eva’s Meme”

  1. You changed your design! Very nice. I’ve changed my design a couple of times, but I think I finally like this one I settled on. 🙂

    I cringe away from The Secret as well. I think it’s partly the cynicism in me…

    I’ve put The Sparrow on my List.

    Mwah! I love I Know This Much Is True, too! I put the same answer for this question… 🙂

  2. haha yeah I get impatient and bored so I tend to change designs on my blogs pretty frequently. I enjoy this one so I’m going to try to keep it for awhile though. 🙂
    and yes, DEFINITELY read The Sparrow! SO great 🙂

  3. I haven’t done this meme because I don’t have great answers for most of the questions! I have shied away from The Secret too. I’ve heard that ‘the secret’ is basically this: if you think you can have something, you can. You can attract anything you want with your positive mental attitude, apparently. See? Now you don’t have to read the book because I’ve divulged the big secret. Sounds like a bad sales training video I saw a long time ago!

    I’m off to check out The Sparrow on amazon.com. Thanks!

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