Eva’s Reading Meme

My friend Jill from The Magic Lasso tagged me for this fun meme…I had to put on my thinking cap for this one!

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

This was easy – The Harry Potter books. Everyone seems to love them, yet I haven’t had any desire to read even one in the series. Maybe some day…

If you could bring 3 characters to life for a social event, who would they be and what would you do?

Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, Selena Peake from So Big, and Liesel from The Book Thief. All of these characters are strong, vibrant females with the gift of communication – and all have a fascinating story to tell. They share a positive and loving philosophy of life. I would have a hearty meal served in front of the wood stove…and I would sit back and soak up the conversation!

(This is borrowed from the Thursday Next series.) You are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for a while, eventually you realize that it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?

Hands down … Catch-22. I rarely quit on a book, but I think I made it less than 30 pages into this one before I heaved it aside. Classic or no…this one bored me to tears.

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?

Silas Marner. This was assigned in my senior year of high school and I hated it. I struggled through a few pages, then scanned it, and finally resorted to listening to the class discussion to ascertain the answers to the test. I’ve never actually read the book cover to cover, but when people ask, I usually say I read it!

Has there been a book that you really thought you had read, only to realize when you read a review or go to “reread” it that you haven’t?

I can’t think of any books like this. Usually it is the other way around – I’m sure I haven’t read it, but once I start, I realize it sounds familiar!

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? (Go ahead and personalize the VIP if it helps.)

The Book Thief – probably the best book I’ve ever read. I blew through the over 500 pages and wept through the last third of it. A tremendously moving book which has some of the most beautiful writing I’ve ever had the joy of reading.

A good fairy comes along and grants you one wish: You will have perfect reading comprehension in the foreign language of your choice. Which language do you go with?

Russian – I love the sound of this beautiful language, and the Russian novels are some of the best.

A mischievous fairy comes and says you must choose one book you will reread once a year for the rest of your life (you can reread other books as well). Which book would you pick?

Do I have to pick one? If so, it would be The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak. If I can pick several they would be: Charlotte’s Web, by EB White; The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck; and A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving.

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?

I never used to write book reviews. Book blogging has taught me how to write a review and the importance of doing it so that I can remember the details of what I read. Also, I have expanded my horizons – reading from genres I used to avoid (like science fiction or translated works).

That good fairy is back for one final visit. Now she’s granting you your dream library. Describe it. Is everything leather-bound? Is it full of first edition hardcovers? Pristine trade paperbacks? Perhaps a few authors have inscribed some of the books? Go ahead — let your imagination run free!

Oh, it would have floor to ceiling bookshelves with full collections by some of my favorite authors. There would be a comfy couch and big armchair with wide arms to snuggle into next to the stone fireplace. I’d have perfect lighting and a huge picture window that looked out onto a forested view. And of course there would be a butler who would bring me steaming hot cups of herbal tea whenever I requested them!

Anyone who has not yet participated in the meme, please do give it a try!

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    • Anonymous on January 26, 2008 at 19:40

    Aw, I loved Silas Marner. I have a fireplace in my dream library too.

    • Anonymous on January 26, 2008 at 19:48

    I knew you were going to say Harry Potter for the first question. 🙂
    I love the description of your dream library. A butler to serve you would definitely be a great added touch.

    • Anonymous on January 26, 2008 at 19:57

    Great answers! I totally forgot about HP books for the first question: I haven’t read any either and really don’t have a desire to.
    =) Jill

    • Anonymous on January 26, 2008 at 20:43

    Thanks for your comments, Chris, WendyCat and Jill 🙂
    Chris: In fairness to ‘ole Silas, I was only 17 when I tried to read this. Someday I should pick it up again and see if I see it in a different light.
    WendyCat: I figured if it was a dream, why not go all the way?!?? *laughing*
    Jill: I thought I remembered you feeling the same way I did about HP!

    • Anonymous on January 26, 2008 at 21:02

    You really should try Harry Potter. I know my two cents won’t change your mind, but they are so easy and wonderful.
    And I forgot a butler!

    • Anonymous on January 26, 2008 at 22:54

    I thought I was the only one who hadn’t read any Harry Potter books!

    • Anonymous on January 26, 2008 at 23:04

    I’ve read the first two HP’s. They were good but I’m in no hurry to read the rest.
    I love your library!
    The Book Thief is that good? So I keep hearing.

    • Anonymous on January 27, 2008 at 13:03

    Pam, You’re not the only one! *laughing*

    • Anonymous on January 27, 2008 at 13:04

    Carrie – if you haven’t read The Book Thief you should – it really is that good!

    • Anonymous on January 27, 2008 at 13:05

    Raidergirl: Oh, you are not the only one to encourage me 🙂 Maybe someday I will do it! One MUST have the butler 🙂

    • Anonymous on January 28, 2008 at 23:42

    Wendy, I came by to ask if you were feeling meme-ish. If so, I have tapped you for one. “Loves meme, loves meme not” can be found here:

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