This tag came courtesy of my awesome pal Eva @Coffee, Classics, and Craziness . . . and, it’s all about books. Ergo, I’m doing it. 😀
Eva’s Seven Questions
What’s the first book you can remember reading?
A children’s study Bible that we had in the house. I was five, I think. I remember painstakingly sounding out all the weird, weird names (drafting my mom for assistance every two minutes, of course. Lol.)
First person or third person POV?
Welllllllllllllllllllllllll. I only ever WRITE first person. But I used to think I was totally unbiased when it came to reading–that I’d be equally happy to read third person, or first. The other day, though, I picked up a book I expected to be written in first, found it was in third, and had this immediate, sinking, “AW I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU’VE BETRAYED ME LIKE THIS” reaction. So, clearly, I do have a preference. 😉
It’s not that I don’t enjoy third person stories. (C.S. Lewis, Willa Cather . . .) I just crave that extra dose of immediacy that comes with first-person narration, I guess.
What’s the longest series you’ve ever read? (Page numbers, amount of books, or any other method of calculation)
I would say the Harry Potter books–one of the longest series ever written, by any estimation–except I CAN’T SEEM TO FINISH THEM CUZ THEY’RE SO DANG LONG.
I mean it. I bogged down in Goblet of Fire somewhere around page 400 of 600, and I don’t know if I shall ever recover. It’s really tragic, y’all. *cries*
Part of my issue, I think, is the fact that Goblet of Fire centers so heavily on the Triwizard Tournament competition, and I just . . . don’t like sports? so I find it boring? It bored me in the movie version, too; but the movie is only two hours long, no longer than the other installments, so it wasn’t any particular hurdle.
What book world would you least like to enter?
Frickin’ Oceania, from 1984. (Have I mentioned before how much I hate 1984?)
What is your favorite place to buy books?
The local library’s book sale! The selection is cheap, and varied, so you’ll usually come home with something decent, but you won’t have to worry about ‘wasting money’ if you end up disliking your purchase.
Who is your favorite sibling duo/trio/etc. in literature?
I’m going to go for a maaaaaaaaaaaajor throwback here and say the Boxcar Children. Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny.
Gertrude Chandler Warner doesn’t get enough credit for how complex, layered, and mature those 19 original books were, for all they seemed so simple (and for all they’ve been buried under hundreds of unnecessary ‘sequels.’) I love what she wrote. I love the Alden children. I love how Warner manages to strike the perfect balance between “clearly defined family roles” and “individual personalities whose quirks can constantly surprise you.” Even now, I’ll sometimes pick up a Boxcar Children mystery and lose myself in their little world.
I always feel so safe in the presence of Henry’s cool-headed leadership. I respect Jessie’s firm, caring practicality. Meanwhile, Violet, the dreamer, the artist, the free spirit, is Everything I Aspire To Be (TM). And last but not least, we have Benny, the irrepressible, the inimitable . . . the unforgettable. ❤
Now, I get to make up my own seven questions! Fun! 😀
- What’s one genre you used to avoid, but now love?
- Have you ever liked a movie adaptation better than the book? Which book? Why?
- Name one thing about your favorite genre that you absolutely can’t stand. Something you wish you could change.
- When was the last time you shipped a non-canon book couple?
- How often do you write ‘rant reviews’? Or do you prefer to keep quiet if you didn’t like a book?
- Thoughts on Charles Dickens? Love him, hate him, in-between him?
- Paperback covers: glossy or matte?
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