Host Bev Sykes of sundaystealing.blogspot.com and the blog “Funny the World”.
Welcome to Sunday Stealing.
This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first – Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!
Questions from a set of book questions on A Striped Armchair.
1. Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews?
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
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?
Heath, Caleb, and Lestat de Lioncourt. We’ll be spending the weekend in the woods.
Did I just name two of my own characters? Yes. I know exactly what I’m doing.
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 realise it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?
I can’t do this. I searched for a list to give me an idea. Goodreads most boring book ever list. Not only have I read several of the top 97 (mostly before the website existed, so I don’t have ratings or reviews up), but a few of these are among my FAVORITE books.
Sorry. Gonna be stuck with immortality.
4. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it?
Uhh, is this a thing people do? Wow. Okay. Sorry, I don’t think I have an answer.
5. 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?
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?
I guess my own. I don’t know who the person is or what they’d like or hate. May as well take the gamble on myself. I mean, if they don’t like my first pick, I’m probably fired, right? So, if they hate it, I’m out. And if they love my book, then I’ve got a fan in my new boss, and a good idea of what they like so I can do the job well.
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?
Russian. They have some great novels. Wait wait… maybe Latin. That has a lot of books I could learn from. Ooh, or a dead language so I could make money translating books that no one else can read. Oh yeah, that’s the sweet spot right there.
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?
The Thing Beneath the Bed by Patrick Rothfuss — It’s a fun read, yet it’s short, so I’ll always have time to read it. And no, that’s not actually a children’s book. It’s an adult children’s book. Ha.
9. What’s one bookish thing you ‘discovered’ from book blogging (maybe a new genre, or author, or new appreciation for cover art-anything)?
I discovered things that make me a better writer. I discovered that I like characters who remind me of my own, or books that make me laugh from dark humor.
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.
You’ve seen Beauty and the Beast, right? That. But someone is in charge of always stocking it with new books they think I’d enjoy, so it keeps growing and growing… Wonderful books from writers all over. And it’s a travel destination, one where people come to spend the day or whole vacation in the book place. There’s a whole, what’s it called, conservatory room thing, with lots of sun and moonlight because it’s all windows, and people sit there reading. Inhaling that vanilla scent of the older books, sipping tea or coffee. Not the kind of library where you take the books home and they might get hurt. No, this is a place where people come to visit the books. Some that are very old and special, so you have to wear gloves and read them through the glass box. Deep history, books saved from cultures that were destroyed. The library of Alexandria is saved! And right there, in this same magic space, are books by debut indie authors from this year. Pinterest and Instagram have thousands of pictures of the place. The fairy is pleased by what I’ve done with my wish.