Hey bookdragons! It’s me, Eden, back with another bookish post concerning all things bookishly bookish!
That’s right. I’m doing a questionnaire all about books! (who’d have guessed?!)
If you’ve spent any amount of time on this blog, you know that when it comes to books I get rather long winded. So, just settle down and get comfy, cuz we’re in for the long haul.
1. What’s the last book that made you cry?
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech.
I was reading it to my sister and got to that part where the one character dies and the Grandpa’s reaction and then what Sal says and my heart just melted into a little puddle of sobbing mush.
2. What’s the last book that made you laugh out loud in public?
Uhhh…well, it’s been awhile, considering that I’ve been reading quite a few morbid books recently and I’ve been locked up inside my house the past six years. Oh, sorry, what was that? Only three months you say? Weird. I was sure it had been a couple of years at least. *scratches head*
In all seriousness, I literally cannot remember. Maybe The Promise of Jesse Woods? I dunno. Moving on.
3. What’s a book that people make fun of but you secretly love?
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell.
I don’t know if people make fun of it, but my sisters make fun of me for liking it.
I’m not sure why I like it so much. My sisters think it’s terribly boring and tell me so every time I mention it.
Sure, the gossiping old ladies who have nothing better to do with their time then gab about the latest drama in town do get a little annoying, but, in my opinion, the book was very interesting. The story is set in a time and place that I’m unfamiliar with, so I never knew what to expect next. Just watching the characters interact with each other, and their community, and the wider world…it fascinated me. Plus it’s such a sweet, cozy, feel-good book.
I don’t find the book boring and to this day it holds a special place in my heart. (and the BBC adaption is simply wonderful…although I am kind of bitter about how they chose to depict some of the characters. 😠)
4. What’s the longest book you ever read?
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas.
And boy, was it long.
So very very VERY long.
It felt even longer because the majority of the book, I just sat there goin’:
I was not prepared for this book. At all.
*tries to find the words*
It’s just…I can’t…what?…um so…okay…no…how…please help me.
I think I need therapy.
5.What’s a genre that you love so much that you’ll read even sub-par books so long as they’re in that genre?
Is midde grade considered a genre? Or is it a category? Whatever. All I know is that I love it and if I was going to read sub-par books, I’d read them in this genre…category…thing.
6. What’s the last book you purchased?
Quarantine can be hard, y’all.
Sometimes you just need to hide away in a good book. Or several.
A couple weeks ago I decided that I needed some fresh reading material and splurged on, you guessed it, middle grade novels.
Story Thieves by James Riley, Orphan Island by Laural Snyder, The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood , Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt, and Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley.
As Salamanca Tree Hiddle would say, I’m thumpingly excited.
7. What was your favorite book as a pre-teen?
I didn’t really have favorites as a kid, I devoured one book and then moved right onto the next one.
But if I have to choose one, it would probably be a book from The America Adventure Series. I read those books obsessively. They were my childhood.
Cheesy? Sure. Historically inaccurate? Probably. Intensely exciting? YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!!!
8. What was your favorite book in your late teens/early 20s?
Haven’t got there yet, so I don’t know. It will probably still be Lord of the Rings. The book is timeless.
9. What’s your current favorite book?
The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech.
This book has a special place in my heart. IT’S SO RIDICULOUSLY PRECIOUS. *sobs with happiness*
And of course, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. The ending, guys, the ending. I sobbed for half an hour after finishing that book, no joke.
I’m also currently obsessed with the James Herriot books. Because humor and cute little pets and the Yorkshire Dales is exactly what ones need when fighting the quarantine blues.
And…Lord of the Rings. Always Lord of the Rings.
(that was four books but whatever)
10. Have you ever read a book so many times that you ruined your copy of it?
Henry and the Great Flood by Gary Richmond.
I loved this book. It was about a grumpy little bear named Henry who was prone to throwing fits.
“Henry had a lot of bad days. He liked it that way.”
Why do I connect to that sentence so deeply?
It was actually my siblings who destroyed it…by the time it got to me it was almost completely wrecked. For many years it sat on a top dresser in my mom’s room because any farther use would probably have sent it to the grave forever.
Now, many years later, my dear mother has finally patched it back together and returned it to readable form.
And I love looking through it now almost as much as I did when I was eight.
11. Tell a story about something interesting that happened to you in a bookstore.
I don’t go to bookstores every often. Goodwill is my jam.
I can’t really answer this question because nothing particularly interesting has ever happened to me while at a bookstore.*shrugs*
On a second thought, there was this one time when I was at my library’s annual book sale and it happened to be one of those really good book-buying days and I was finding books left and right and it was amazing. I ended up with an armload of a books, which thrilled me, but was rather startling to the cashier, I think. As I walked over to pay for my hefty stack, she gave me this funny look and asked, in a rather disbelieving tone, “Do you want all of these?”
Maybe she thought I was buying to many???
I stared at her for a moment, my happy-sauce-soaked brain having trouble understanding the question. Then, I just smiled and was like:
I hope my evident love of books inspired her to start reading more. (and to keep her nose out of customer’s buying choices. 😂)
12. If you could forget the entire plot of one book, just so you’d have the chance to read it for the first time again, which book would you choose?
The Adventures of Robin Hood by Paul Creswick. (plus a thousand other ones.)
Many happy hours were spent in the company of Robin Hood and his band of merry vagabonds and I would be more then happy to return.
I mean, I don’t think I’d want to experience the heartbreak of the ending again-it absolutely destroyed me the first time I read Robin Hood-but other then that, I think it would be delightful to read the book again with fresh eyes.
13. Have you ever read a book all the way through, thinking you loved it, but the ending just destroyed it for you?
Peace Like A River by Leif Enger.
I wanted to like this book, I really did.
The prose was absolutely phenomenal. I would give my right hand and a million bucks I don’t have to be able to write like this guy. SERIOUSLY SOME OF THE BEST WRITING I HAVE EVER READ.
But the story just wasn’t my thing. It felt unrealistic and the characters annoyed me. And the ending…well, I hated the ending.
14. Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction? Why?
I’m not choosing between them. I can’t.
That’s like asking me to choose between hedgehogs or puppies . NOT A THING, OKAY?!
15. What book has given you advice that still sticks with you?
Again Walk Two Moons is the book. The title comes from a saying that is repeated often throughout the book and goes like this:
Don’t judge a man till you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins.
It’s a good advice.
16. Which fictional man would you most like to marry?
How exactly is one supposed to answer this question?
When one has read many books, and encountered many an attractive male within the pages of a fore mentioned books, this question does not come easily. *sighs* But I promise I’ll try and keep it down to three.
1. Frederick Wentworth from Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I don’t think this choice needs to be explained. HE’S PURE GOLD. (And while we are talking about male characters from Jane Austen books, I’d go for Mr. Bingley too, and Mr. Tilney, Mr. Knightly, and Captain Harville. But what about Mr. Darcy, you say?! Well, I adore Mr. Darcy. He’s one of my favorite characters, but honestly, I think he would hate me.)
2. Faramir. You knew I was going to say that.
He’s just so sweet and kind and p r e c i o u s. I’ve loved him ever since I was first introduced to the Lord of the Rings.
(It would give me great joy to launch into a long and detailed narration of all the male characters I love from LoTR and why I love them, but I’ll spare you. This time.)
3. The young Edmond Dantes from Alexander Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo. Please note that I place special emphasis on young. Because in the beginning of the book, Edmond is this young, handsome man full of life and vitality and good wishes for all humanity. He’s absolutely brimming with happiness and joy and he’s just so…so…WONDERFUL. I don’t want to spoil anything, so let’s just say he changes. A LOT.
I also have this obsession with Mr. Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narnia. I’m not sure why…he’s just so stink’in cute!! AND HE LOVES TEAAAAA! The only thing is, I don’t know how comfortable I would be marrying a faun. *ponders this* It would probably keep life interesting.
Okay, I’m done.
I’m not even gonna get started on guys from Charles Dickens novels…
17. Which fictional woman would you most like to be friends with?
OOooh, I love this one!! But like the above question, it’s impossible to only give one answer, so here’s five:
- Anne Shirley from L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. I think she would help remind me how wonderful and precious a thing it is to be alive. Plus, she has a sense of humor. And she knows how to hold her ground.
2. Anne Elliot from Jane Austen’s Persuasion. SWEETEST THING EVER. She’d be the type of friend that every single person needs in their life.
3. Margaret Hale from Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. I like getting into arguments and discussions with my friends and I feel like Margaret is the type that you could have really deep, satisfying conversations with.
4. Fantine from Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. I would not have said this two years ago. I used to hate Fantine. I felt like people victimized her and gave her an easy pass because she could play the “martyr card”. But I hope I’m less of a jerk now and if I could, I honestly would want to be her friend. (Goodness knows she needs them.)
5. Lucy from C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia. Lucy has always been a favorite character of mine. She’s curious, kind, and loyal. Her relationship with Aslan is one of the most beautiful and compelling ones in the entire series.
I’d like to meet Jane Eyre, but I don’t know if we could be friends because she’s so strong, and intelligent, and put together that I would feel like an immature twelve year old just by sitting in the same room as her. (And I’m pretty sure the fact that she married Mr. Rochester would be a strain on our friendship, just sayin’.)
18. Which fictional house would you most like to live in?
Okay, I hate these kind of questions because THEY ARE SO HARD.
Bag End. Of course. There’s tea and snacks aplenty although the silverware can never seem to stick around.
Or maybe Pooh Corner. I’ve always wanted to live in a tree. And having endless supplies of honey wouldn’t be all that bad either.
Green Gables to be near the Lake of Shining Waters and the White Way of Delight.
Minas Tirith. Not a house but I’m still adding it to this list.
IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL.
19. Has anyone ever read a book over your shoulder on public transportation?
I don’t think so.
But I have. Many times. 😛
20. What book(s) are you currently reading?
Cheaper By The Dozen which is funny but the Dad low-key stresses me out. And The Christians Vol. 4: Darkness Descends, involving the fall of the Roman Empire and many other dark and depressing things. Also, Ben Hur.
Welp, friends, that brings us to the end of this quite extensive list.
So much for writing shorter posts.
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