Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews?
The Book Thief. I know it's good but it scares me.
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?
Becky from Vanity Fair (she'd find us some trouble), Jamie Fraser from Outlander (to get us out of said trouble), and Stephen Maturin from Master & Commander (in case we need a doctor plus I just really like him).
(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?
The Wings of a Dove. If I had to read that again, I will actually die.
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 don't think I have. Maybe Lord of the Rings since I saw the movies.
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 can't think of any. I know my memory isn't great but I don't think it's gotten to that point!
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)
Not a big reader...that's tough. Probably To Kill A Mockingbird because I can't of anyone who didn't like 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?
That would be Russian. I'm sure I've missed the point of a lot of Russian translated books like War & Peace.
A mischievious fairy comes and says that you must choose one book that you will reread one a year for the rest of your life (you can read other books as well). Which book would you pick?
Jane Eyre. It's got everything I like: the underdog ugly girl who finds true love with an intelligent aristocrat plus a hint of mystery.
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)?
I now have a list a mile long of authors I want to try like Neil Gaiman and Colleen Gleason. I'm more willing to try a genre I don't call my own.
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.
Here goes. I walk through the French doors into a large room flooded with light from two floor to ceiling windows. Oriental rugs are strewn over the hardwood floors. Wingbacked chairs are nestled into every corner plus the one in front of the fireplace. Each chair has an afghan and an ottoman. A rolled topped desk hides the computer that tells me where every book is no matter where that might be (my bedroom, under the couch). A couple of Monets brighten up the place.
Hardbacks line the bookcases against the walls. Like the windows they are floor to ceiling and rolling ladders let me get to them all. Paperbacks belong in the free standing, waist high bookcases in the middle of the room.
Behind one of the bookcases, is a secret environmentally controlled room (like the Vatican's in the DaVinci Code) where all the first editions of Jane Austen, the Brontes, George Eliot are kept. Plus, 'lost' manuscripts from those authors. You can visit but you have to wear those little cotton gloves.