Eva's Excellent Meme

Stephanie tagged me for this meme, an invention of Eva (A Striped Armchair). She asks some really interesting questions:

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.

This meme is spreading like wildfire so I won't tag anyone specifically. If you haven't done it yet, give it a try.


  1. Ohh..I love your library. I also put Jane Eyre as my yearly re-read. I love that book but it really depends on my mood. There are several that I would love to re-read yearly.

  2. Hidden room behind a bookcase! Argh! That's brilliant.

  3. I want to say... I love your library too! Wow. Great description!

    I just put my answers up for this meme! I love seeing how things like this fly through all the blogs! Fun fun.

  4. I want your library! Especially those lost manuscripts. :) I also giggled at the three characters you picked-I'm trying to imagine Becky and Jamie getting along! hehe

  5. Great answers, Chris. I have yet to read LOTR since I had watched the movies, but a lot of people told me that the books are even better! And I love your library too!

  6. Your library rocks!! I love the idea of a big roll-top desk, too. I would love to have a room in my house dedicated to just reading and books. A total dream!!

  7. It's so fun reading everyone's answers. I want to come visit your library and see those rare editions!

  8. I love your dream library :) Especially the little white cotton glove room ;)

  9. What Kookiejar said. Wish I'd thought of the hidden room!

  10. The Book Thief scares me too. I'm finally trying to get through it now but the wording is a little odd.

  11. I was scared to read The Book Thief also but I loved it. I don't know anyone who didn't.

    Your library sounds fantastic. I love the hidden room idea.

  12. Those of you who are afraid of The Book Thief - don't be! It's an incredible book.

    Your library sounds great. You described it very well.

  13. Hey, I almost picked JANE EYRE as the book I wouldn't mind reading once every year. It does have just about everything a growing reading might need, doesn't it? I think it lost out to GILEAD because, like Amy, reading it really depends on my mood.

    Oh, and I love your library!

  14. French doors, floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden floors, persian rugs, and a bookcase door to a secret room - great minds really do think alike! I didn't dream up anything behind the door, though. The lost manuscripts are a brilliant idea.

  15. Thank you for adding my books to your "future-reads" list, and for coming by my blog!

    Hope you enjoy the Gardella books when you get to them. :-)

  16. I'm glad you all like my library!

    Thanks for stopping by, Colleen.


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