So here’s a fun list of bookish questions, from A to Z. I wrote this when I was almost done with my last final, deeming that time appropriate to take a break and fill it out. I'm posting it now to welcome in the new year with jolly post on books. These questions also helped me compile a list of books to read with all the free time I was supposed to have from Christmas to the New Year. Although in reality, I didn't have much free time outside of work, volunteering, planning for school, get-togethers and parties, and so forth. But I do now have a splendid list of books and essays to read this year.
Well here’s my shot at it:
Author you've read the most books from: I think I can safely say Dorothy L. Sayers or C.S. Lewis. It’s currently a toss-up between them both.
Best sequel ever: Hmm, off the top of my head I'll go with Ishmael and Self Raised by E.D.E.N. Southworth.
Currently reading: Just picked up a new book from the Library called Gentleman Captain by J.D. Davies. It’s a historical fiction tale taking place in 1622, in Great Britain. Matthew Quinton, the son of a royalist family, is the protagonist. I hardly read fiction pieces, but I make an exception when it is a historical fiction piece having to do with wars or the sea (splendidly, this tale has to do with both).
Drink of choice while reading: Hot or cold tea, depending on the day.
E-reader or physical book: Don’t need to think twice about this, absolutely physical book! I use my iPad once in a while to read e-books, but prefer a hard copy any day over a digital.
Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school: If I was the kind of person that dated in highschool, it’d probably be with a modern Johnny Tremain from Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. Johnny makes do with all that occurs around him. He is strong in his principles and morals, noble and caring, and has this contagious sense of adventure.
Glad you gave this book a chance: For some reason, I always had this idea that I wouldn’t like Agatha Christie’s books (Crazy, right?). But after my sister gave me her copy of The Pale Horse to read, I completely fell in love with Agatha Christie’s work (and The Pale Horse is now one of my very favorite books)!
Hidden gem book: Half Moon: Investigations by Eoin Colfer, what a book! Now one of my favorites, I randomly came upon this book when I was younger in my family’s library. Out of my 4 older siblings, only one of them had read it. It was like I was literally discovering a hidden gem among the many, many books in our library. Fletcher Moon is a rather extraordinary kid, genius some say. But don’t be deceived by his small stature, for Half Moon (as he’s called) is officially certified as the youngest detective in the world. A brilliantly mystery piece taking place in Ireland, with a very likeable, equally brilliant young detective saving the day.
Interesting bookish question you wish this list included: What’s the closest book to you right now? For me, it’s Robert’s Rules Simplified (Arthur T. Lewis and Henry M. Robert). Such a concise, but easily understandable account of parliamentary procedure; it not merely recites the rules, but also explains them. Highly recommend!
Just finished: Cyrus The Unsinkable Serpent by Bill Peet. I totally missed out on reading this as a child! Just brilliant all ‘round. Plus, it was a gift from a good friend of mine. We both share a mutual love of the sea, and this particular book happened to be what first made him fall in love with the sea. It's a new favorite.
Kind of books you won't read: Latest teen fiction, romance novels (don’t mind other genre books with romance in it), and did I mention teen fiction? Blah.
Longest book you've read: Father Brown: The Complete Short Stories (G.K. Chesterton), as I read them all in one book (although technically it’s really 5 books). This is another one of my favorite books!
Major book hangover because of: Every bloomin’ LORD PETER WIMSEY BOOK I READ. Each time I’m finished with one of Dorothy L. Sayers Wimsey novels, specifically Murder Must Advertise or Clouds of Witness, I immediately need to read it again! I like her work way too much, I think.
Number of bookcases you own: Currently 2 full bookcases, and one half bookcase. Plus numerous stacks of books, 3 boxes of books, and a window ledge of books. Yes, I may or may not have a thing for books. Bibliophile is my middle name. And once I get my own place, you can guarantee I'll have a library full to the brim with books and floor to ceiling bookshelves lining the walls (plus a fireplace, highback chairs, at least one sliding ladder, and a few strategically placed windows).
One book you read multiple times: Nearly impossible to pick just one! The Bible, without a doubt, I read daily, and eveningly (ha, that’s not a word), and afternoonly (well, that’s not either). Can’t go a day without it. Other than that, which is so much more than a book to me, would be The Man Who Was Thursday (G.K. Chesterton) I could read over and over and over. My word, this book. Brilliant, and so mind-boggling, and incredibly witty, and genius! Oh Chesterton, how your work amazes me. I can’t praise this particular work enough.
Preferred place(s) to read: Outside under a tree, in a big high back chair by the fire, or snuggled in my bed.
Quote you like from a book you read: What!?!? There are so many. I’ve got to share at least 10 ;)
Since Christmas was just here: "And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that Christmas has done me good; and will do me good; and I say ‘God bless it!’” -Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
“Once in a hotel dining-room I said, rather too loudly, ‘I loathe prunes.’ ‘So do I,’ came an unexpected six-year-old voice from another table. Sympathy was instantaneous. Neither of us thought it funny. We both knew that prunes are far too nasty to be funny. This is the proper meeting between man and child as independent personalities.” -C.S Lewis (On Stories, 42)
“It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own’, or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life – the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one’s ‘real life’ is a phantom of one’s own imagination.” -C.S. Lewis, a letter from a 1943, included in Yours, Jack: Spiritual Direction from C.S. Lewis
“It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance that is in this Earth; and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen.” ―J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion
“He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“…Strength to thy limbs, and courage high
To thy fainting heart, return amain…”
-George Macdonald, Phantastes, Ch. 22
"I was approaching a forest. Everywhere in Fairy Land forests are the places where one may most certainly expect adventures."-George Macdonald, Phantastes, Ch. 22, 1-2 lines
"My spirits rose as I went deeper; into the forest; but I could not regain my former elasticity of mind. I found cheerfulness to be like life itself—not to be created by any argument. Afterwards I learned, that the best way to manage some kinds of painful thoughts, is to dare them to do their worst; to let them lie and gnaw at your heart till they are tired; and you find you still have a residue of life they cannot kill."
-George Macdonald, Phantastes, Ch. 8, 1-3 lines
"I want to be the girl that always has a book under her arm." -C.S. Lyon, She Saw the World
“But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, "Courage, dear heart," and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan's, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face.”
―C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of 'em, it doesn't matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you'd much better not."
-Spoken by Ratty to Mole in Wind in the Willows a children's book by Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)
And I could go on and on.
Reading regret: Not having started to really read sooner. As for the time regret, one must simply make time!
Series you started and need to finish: Harry Potter. I know, bad me. But I just got stuck on The Order of the Phoenix.
Three of your all time favorite books: Off the top of my head: The Man Who Was Thursday (G.K. Chesterton), Murder Must Advertise - Lord Peter Wimsey (Dorothy L. Sayers), and Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis). But believe you me, I have so many more favorites.
Unapologetic fangirl for: C.S. Lewis, need I say more?
Very excited for this release more than all the others: Gosh, no idea. I'll have to just say whatever dear Rachel has planned next to publish!
Worst bookish habit: Starting dozens of books at one time. And then making towering stacks of them all over my room. Should you ever need to walk through my room, it'd be like navigating your way through a bombed city. Books and falling towers of books everywhere.
X marks the spot (that is, bookmarks): My favorite bookmarks are the ones that aren't really bookmarks. Snapshots of dear friends, scribbled notes, magazine clippings, ribbons, old clothing tags, movie tickets, etc.
Your latest book purchase: Just bought G.K. Chesterton: A Half Century of Reviews (D.J. Conlon) from ABEbooks.com. Haven't quite finished this read.
Zzzz snatcher book: Anything to do with Lord Peter Wimsey. Contemplating Dorothy L. Sayers brilliant creation of such a genius character, plus all the adventures Wimsey embarks on and the thought of me possibly one day writing half as good as Sayers, keeps me up late into the night.
So that was really a blast to participate in. I'm tagging a few specific friends I have in mind, but would love of any and all of you participated!
TAGGING /// The Inkpen Authoress, herself /// the girl of the Green-Eyed Contemplations /// the beauty From the Ashes /// and all of you!