By the Book
I found this quiz and couldn’t help myself:
What’s the best book you read recently? I’ve read some very good ones lately. Quiet and The Willpower Instinct were amazing, which is odd because I usually love fiction much more than nonfiction. Nella Last’s War was absolutely wonderful. I’ve been back in classics, fictionally – Little Lord Fauntleroy, Robinson Crusoe – and they’re interesting, but not loves. I did really like Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom.
What was the last truly great book you read? Truly great is an awfully high bar but I do think Nella Last qualifies. I’ve ordered the following two memoirs in her series and I can’t wait.
Any literary genre you simply can’t be bothered with? True crime. Sad stories. Most short stories. Most poetry. Most biographies.
What was the last book that made you cry? I very rarely cry when reading. I think the only times were Half-Blood Prince, The Time Traveller’s Wife and The Art of Racing in the Rain. (No, not Little Women. I’m the only girl who didn’t cry.)
The last book that made you laugh? I think I laughed at the end of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I don’t usually laugh out loud with books either.
The last book that made you furious? I’m not sure about “last,” but one that comes to mind is American Wife. She was just so spineless.
If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be? The prime minister? Good lord, don’t they have enough to do?
What were your favorite books as a child? I believe that this predicts you as an adult. I read books about introverts (that link mentions Sara Crewe, Randy Melendy and Harriet the Spy, but I’d add Lucy Pevensie and Harry Potter) and England (Narnia, Hedgehogs in the Closet, Five Children and It).
Did you have a favorite character or hero as a child? Do you have a literary hero as an adult? Anne Shirley and Albus Dumbledore.
What’s the best book your parents ever gave or read to you? The Lord of the Rings and the Narnia series. (Serieses?)
If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you want to know? I want to know what William really thought of Anne Shakespeare.
What’s the one book you wish someone would write? I wish I would write a book, but the problem is, I’m not sure what about.
If you could bring only three books to a desert island, which would you pack? Pride and Prejudice, the complete works of Shakespeare, and the Bible. That sounds insanely pretentious. I’m so sorry.
If you could be any character from literature, who would it be? Jo Rowling said, “Elizabeth Bennet, naturally,” and I agree entirely.
What was the last book you just couldn’t finish? I swear this isn’t just to be funny: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.
What do you plan to read next? Nella Last’s Peace.