The Compulsive Reader: Survey!

Sunday, February 3, 2008


I try not to do these survey things too often, but every once and a while they can be fun. Em sent this one to me just today. Comment or email me with your own answers!

Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews?

Honestly? Julius Caesar. I don't know why. So many people tell me it is amazing.

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?

Hm...Georgia Nicolson, Clio Ford (Girl at Sea) and Elizabeth Bennett a a dance. Much fun.

(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 realize it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?

Great Expectations.

Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it?

The Odyssey

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?

I can't say as that's ever happened to me. I usually remember pretty well which books I have and haven't read.

You’re interviewing for the post of Official Book Advisor to some VIP (who’s not a big reader). Which book would you reccomend to them first?

It would depend on the person and their personality, but you can't ever go wrong with Harry Potter.

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?

Latin. Just think of all the things you could read...

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 it be?

Pride and Prejudice. I love it, but I rarely can get the motivation to reread it.

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've learned about so many great books I never knew existed. I tend to get stuck in a rut...continuously reading the same authors over and over.

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.

Ah, a nice large circular room that is two stories high with lots and lots of windows and a huge fireplace and comfy chairs and couched. There would be shelves that lined all of the walls, and they would have ladders that ran on rollers all over the place. There would also be a circular staircase between the two floors. The books would all be sorted according to my system (don't ask, it's much to complicated for anyone by myself to understand), and would be a nice mix of leather bound classics to hardcover signed first editions of all the more contemporary works.

1 comment:

Em said...

Great answers! I had fun reading them all. :)