Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Book Tag

Lili has tagged me to answer these book questions. You can also see that Judy has answered them too.


1: Hardcover or paperback, and why?

I prefer to read paperbacks. Mainly because they are easier to take into work. Also when reading at night they are more comfortable to read with. I do like hardbacks. Especially when it is signed or a limited edition. I am so conscious of possibly damaging it (more so than I am normally) that I never feel totally comfortable reading them.


2: If I were to own a book shop, I would call it…

Just Books. I would have a cafe in there but other than that and some seating it would be filled with just books. No games or gadgets or stationery to distract people. Wall to wall books.

3: My favourite quote from a book (mention the title)

"A plague a' both your houses" Romeo and Juliet. I always thought it was a great curse (providing of course you're not taking it seriously). It just always made me laugh. I know it's not supposed to but I guess I just have a sick sense of humour.

4: The author (alive or deceased) I would love to have lunch with would be…

Meeting authors doesn't really work well for me. I get too embarrassed. If I could get over that then Haruki Murakami. Going by his interviews and biography he seems so well mannered and relaxed. I would imagine you could have a normal conversation with him.

5: If I was going to a deserted island and could bring only one book, except for the SAS survival guide, it would be…

To be honest I'm not sure. Maybe the complete works of Shakespeare as there are so many plays in there that I have wanted to read. I am sure that I have answered this question before and each time it has been different.

6: I would love someone to invent a bookish gadget that…

would protect a book no matter what happened to it.

7: The smell of an old book reminds me of…

going to the library with my mum. Most of the kids books didn't have that old book smell. When I moved on to you adult and fiction they did and I loved it.

8: If I could be the lead character in a book (mention the title) it would be…

My answer to this changes a lot too. Maybe Lyra from Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy. She goes through a lot for someone so young but she also has lots of adventures and you get the impression from the end that there are a lot more to come.

9: The most overestimated book of all times is…

So many people are going to hate me for saying it but..."The Lord Of The Rings". I loved it. I loved the movies but there are so many better books out there. Plus all the songs got on my nerves after a while. Do love those Ent's though.

.10: I hate it when a book…

Doesn't go anywhere. It shows so much promise at the start. You really get involved in the story line. The characters are great. Then it doesn't do anything else until right at the end.

I tag everyone who would like to answer them.

2 comments:

Lili said...

I was so eager to read your answers to this tag... And I'm not at all disappointed. There are many things with which I agree: LOTR, paperback I'm afraid to ruin, Lyra's a great character too. I expected Douglas Coupland as the author, but Murakami is not a surprise... And the book that doesn't go anywhere -also happens with some films- is among the most frustrating things...
Lots of love,
Lili

Crazee4books said...

Hi Karen,

Interesting reading the answers that you gave to this questionnaire.

Since you wrote that you wouldn't mind being Lyra, from The Golden Compass, I wonder if you're looking forward to the movie, and plan to go see it??? It looks quite stunning visually, but it remains to be seen if it does justice to the story. I look forward to seeing how the companions look. I just read these three books this year, although I've had them for awhile. DH read them before me. Must check with him and see if he wants to see the movie too.

You know, I almost wrote The Lord of the Rings as the most over hyped book too. And I do love the series, so it's not because it's a boring, or badly written book. And the movies just enhance the whole "Ring" experience. But there are lot's of fantasy books out there that are just as amazing.

Another question I'd add to this would be: Are you thrilled when you hear your favourite book is about to be made into a movie, or does it make your hair stand on end at the thought of what Hollywood might do to your beloved characters and their story??

Cheers.