Q: If you could write a book, what would it be about?
A: I'd love to do a beautifully macarbe, twisted and unusual mystery. Or an obtuse and unreadable OuLiPo text with a constraint too clever for itself—making me a literary and academic sensation, but poor and unread. Or a book about how relationships would be better managed if they were treated like a job.
Q: If you had to read one book or trilogy for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: One book for the rest of my life, im, poss, i, ble! So I would have to go the Harry Potter series (trilogy squared, plus one, cheating?). If four times through still brings joy, I think I could keep plundering the books for more. Even so, eventually, I may die unless I got something else.
Q: Who is your current favorite book character and why?
A: Just thinking about all the characters in my pile at the moment, and the one I think I like the best is Offred from The Handmaid's Tale. She is feisty and reserved at the same time, and she tells a controlled story which is revealing and tense. I like her. I am not sure things will go well for her, but I like her.
Q: Is there a book you read every year during the holiday season? If so, what is it and why?
A: No. [Shock statement warning] I am not really into the Holiday Season. In fact I think working Christmas is under-rated. Why do we save all our family joy up for once a year and then give it so much expectation that it invites disaster? That said, I had a great time this year, but maybe because it was so un-Christmas-y. I would never read something holiday season based for that reason. I do look forward to the start of new book count-downs at this time though. That is always exciting.
Q: Do you have any books on your Christmas list? Name a few.
A: I have about a hundred thousand. The budget V—— and I decided on for Xmas presents co-incides perfectly with a Scribd subsciption for a year and so I put the suggestion out there and it paid off. It's not Oyster, but I think I will get my (gifted) money's worth. I'll tell you more about it soon. A few of the books on just the front page that appeal to me are: If You Lived Here I'd Know your Name by Heather Lende, 23 Shades of Black by Ken Wishnia & Barbar D'Amato, Black by Ted Dekker and North Pole, South Pole: The Epic Quest to Solve the Great Mystery of the Earth's Magnetism by Gillian Turner.
Q: What is a book you read and loved that you didn’t expect to?
A: I very rarely meet a book I don't like. And I rarely pick up and read a book I don't think I will like. Doing challenges may, as I delve more into them this coming year than I did in 2013, force me to get out of the comfort zone, and by this time next year I may have someting that surprised me. Here's hoping. I would love for that to happen.
My erratic posting may mean anything between now and New Year's so I will take this chance to say happy reading in the next year. I hope books fill your life with joy and emotion and the wish to share it all with us on this odd place called the blogosphere. Well, I call it that.
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