Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Deeply Bookish Qs


Meme from Heidenkind's blog via Wordsmithonia.

Teh Rulez: No two answers can be the same book.

Book next to your bed right now: Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James and Time To Write by Kelly L. Stone

Book in your purse: The Accidental Princess by Michelle Willingham

Favorite series: The Mallorens by Jo Beverley

Favorite book: Ransom by Julie Garwood

The one book you would have with you if stranded on a desert island: A huge thick blank book so I can write.

Book/series you would take with you on a long flight: Every year, I find myself on a 36- to 44-hour journey one-way to the other side of the world. I take 3 or 4 single titles with me for each journey and many more for the stay.

Worst book you were made to read in school: War and Peace by Tolstoy

Worst book you trudged through on your own: Atlast Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Book that everyone should be made to read in school: At least one each by Jane Austen and Alexandre Dumas

Book that everyone should read, period: 1984 by George Orwell

Favorite character now: Mr. Darcy

Favorite character as a kid: D'Artagnan from Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Best villain: Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens for being a complex character with strengths and weaknesses, a growth arc, and a heroic end.

Favorite concept series: Julie Garwood's medieval Scotland (Maili's gonna kill me for this.)

Favorite invented world: Georgette Heyer's Regency England

Most beautifully written book: For My Lady's Heart by Laura Kinsale

Funniest book: Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James


4 comments:

Anna Campbell said...

Keira, I always have fun with these memes. Thanks for putting it up!

Teh Rulez: No two answers can be the same book.

Book next to your bed right now: Kismet by Monica Burns, The Stones of Aran: Labyrinth by Tim Robinson

Book in your purse: No purse but I'm actually reading Forbidden by Christina Phillips (an ARC - it's terrific!)

Favorite series: The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

Favorite book: A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson

The one book you would have with you if stranded on a desert island: War and Peace by Tolstoy (sorry Keira!)

Book/series you would take with you on a long flight: Moby Dick by Herman Melville (actually not true but I wish it was!)

Worst book you were made to read in school: Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Book that everyone should be made to read in school: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Book that everyone should read, period: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

Favorite character now: Francis Crawford of Lymond

Favorite character as a kid: Heathcliff

Best villain: Macbeth

Favorite concept series: The Sebastian St. Cyr books by C.S. Harris

Favorite invented world: Georgette Heyer's Regency England (tried to think of another to rival it jut to be different, but couldn't!)

Most beautifully written book: The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe

Funniest book: The Rules of Gentility by Janet Mullany

Keira Soleore said...

Bar Har Har. Fo, I'd forgive you anything, even Tolstoy. Now perhaps, if you'd professed a love for Crime & Punishment by Dostoevsky, then we might've come to a sticky end. As it is, carry on, confessing all your sins...

I've been eyeing The Stones of Aran. How goes it? Time well spent?

*amazed* How does one go about without a purse? Granted, you don't need a wheeled piece of luggage like the one I have, but nevertheless...no purse at all? It's almost like a gentleman with no committments.

Eva Ibbotson is a goddess, isn't she? I have Anne Gracie to thank for introducing me to her.

Heh! I have a long list (and some on my TBR) of those classics (aka elevating snobby fiction) one should always read before one has the temerity to cock up one's toes. So, Herman Melville is on yours, eh? Good luck even going so far as to dust it off, much less crack open the cover.

You and I are of one heart in our love for Sebastian St. Cyr and admiration of Richard Armitage. What?! RA is not relevant to our discussion here? Mais oui, mon amie, RA's always relevant.

Anna Campbell said...

Keira, I DO have a purse. I have several! But as I'm housebound and writing at the moment, there's nothing actually IN my purse. I read the first Stones of Aran book last year. It's kind of hypnotic. You start it and think, hmm, this isn't really grabbing me and by the time you finish it, it's like you've had a wonderful holiday in Ireland with a really perceptive guide to keep you company. Had to read a book for a quote then so only about 50 pages in so I'm still making my way. RA is indeed always relevant! Actually a friend of mine read MOST of Moby Dick and said she enjoyed it. Mind you, I don't think she ever finished it which is also telling. Another friend is making his way through Proust. Now that's a serious reader!

Keira Soleore said...

"it's like you've had a wonderful holiday in Ireland with a really perceptive guide to keep you company"

How lovely, Fo. This makes me really want to read it. I've added it to my next month's buy list.

Perhaps this "improving" fiction is meant to be read slowly over time, so that it can continue to improve your life, a gift that keeps on giving.

That's true. Your deadline this year is rather early so you can turn it in before all your travel time hits. Hope you have help with your day-to-day inconveniences, such as food shopping, house cleaning, etc.