Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sunday Stealing

#10: I'd like to be greeted by books in every room.

1. Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews? It's a three-way tie: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and The Hunger Games.

2. 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 like the idea of just hanging out over a beer or two with Spenser, Kinsey Milhone and Archie Goodwin. I can see Archie and Kinsey pairing off, leaving Spenser and me to compare/contrast baseball's two great cathedrals: Wrigley Field and Fenway.

3. 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 realize it's past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave? Moby fucking Dick

4. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you've read, when in fact you've been nowhere near it? The Handmaid's Tale

5. As an addition to the last question, has there been a book that you really thought you had read, only to realize when you read a review about it/go to 'reread' it that you haven't? Which book? I can't think of any.

6. 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? The Princess Bride. Because it is funny, unique yet familiar, and really is about something if you choose to give it additional thought.

7. 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? Spanish.

8. 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? Gone with the Wind. I used to read it every summer. The last time I picked it up, I found the insensitive racial attitudes painful and intolerable. I like to believe that I'll be able to get past that next time. I'd hate to think that I will no longer spend time with Scarlett, Melanie, Rhett and Will (who isn't in the movie). Ashley is far more attractive in the book than he is the movie.

9. What's one bookish thing you 'discovered' from book blogging (maybe a new genre, or author, or new appreciation for cover art-anything)? Kwizgiver introduced me to the Spellman mysteries. They're a delight! Thanks, Kwiz! (If I could have a fourth, I'd invite Rae Spellman to join us in #2.)

10. 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'd like built-in bookshelves in every room of my house, so I could have a biography room and a mystery room and fiction room and a coffee table book room. And I'd like to rescue used books. There's such romance to holding a book in your hands and wondering who held it before.



  1. I'm just loving all the answers to this set of questions...I thought I would have more negative comments. We DO have books in every room, and I wouldn't have it any other way (we even have a book or two in the bathroom)

    1. I have books in every room, too. Stacked on the floor or on the chair. THAT'S why I dream of set after set of built in bookshelves. So my books will be organized and treated with more respect than they are now.

  2. I thought I would hate The Hunger Games but I read it last year and it was surprisingly good. And I am so sad that you won't read Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, ::sniff:: but that's ok.

  3. I have books through out the house also but most are kept in my office. I enjoyed this question and answer. I don't do book blogging but it really got me thinking about books I have read and do want to read.

  4. Actually, I agree with you about Evanovich's books as a written book. If you listen to audiobooks (you can do that for free on your smart phone if you have a library card), try listening to the readings by Laura Hill (I think). She makes the books more fun to listen to than to read. As for LoTR, I wish you'd at least watch the first movie. :-)

  5. #3 Moby Dick was a contender for my answer, too.
    #8 I thought of GWTW, as well. I don't like the racial slurs, either, but I remind myself they are a snapshot of the times. They paint a picture of a part of our history. It isn't nice history, but it happened.