- You must post the rules.
- Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create 10 new questions to ask the people you have tagged.
- Tag 10 people and link to them on your post.
- Let them know you’ve tagged them!
Okay, here are the questions Jess asked followed by my answers:
1. Which classic author do you like?
Without a doubt my favorite classic authors are Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters (Charlotte, Emily, and Anne). I love Austen’s sharp wit and I love the gothic touches of the Brontes (and yes, I’ve read work by Anne Bronte too!). I think I am also obsessed with the personal lives of these three Bronte ladies – the fact that their brother, Patrick, was the one given all of the support in his creative life only to have these three sisters, living in relative obscurity and isolation, become some of the greatest literary figures in the world. Amazing story
2. Do you use reading apps and/or devices? Let us know which do you recommend.
I do read with a Kindle. It was a long road to getting one of these. I was kind of a snob about it before, “I would NEVER use an e-reader! I MUST have a BOOK!” Then my husband, who got tired of piles of books in our small house, bought me one of the first generation Kindles and, later, a Kindle Fire for Christmas last year. I fell in love with it. The convenience of an e-reader is undeniable. Now, there are certain books I don’t normally read on my Kindle – biographies and any book I want to add to my collection from a favorite author. But for the most part, it’s my Kindle all the way.
3. Have you read any short stories recently, which one?
Yikes! I have not read a short story lately! I admit to being not much of a short story reader. I think the last collection I read was “Down These Dark Streets,” and I wasn’t really thrilled with it – only a handful of stories were worth the purchase.
4. What is your favorite book?
Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion by Jane Austen and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I remember the first time I read these books and being on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen between Darcy and Elizabeth, Anne and Captain Wentworth (swoon), and Jane and Mr. Rochester. Nothing beats that first rush of expectation, anxiety, and sadness to see the story come to an end.
5. Who is your favorite literary character and why?
Probably Elizabeth Bennett for her wit and sharp tongue.
6. Do you have a favorite quote? From which book is it?
I have a favorite quote from an Emily Bronte poem,
“Yes, as my swift days near their goal
‘Tis all that I implore
Through life and death, a chainless soul
With courage to endure!”
It’s a famous line but I love the phrase a “chainless soul” – the idea of a pure freedom and limitless courage is one that stays with me.
7. Do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks, why?
Quite honestly, it depends on the book. Paperback or hardcover, I will read a biography or nonfiction book with a hardcopy. Anything else, I generally read on my Kindle. And, of course, if the book has a scandalous cover (ahem) it goes on my Kindle.
8. Which books do you plan to read during this month?
So many…I love Urban Fantasy and most of the books on my TBR list fall into that genre – Hounded by Kevin Hearne, The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice, I want to start the Downside series, The Rook, the new Patricia Briggs book…too many to list. So many books, so little time.
9. Are you having giveaways soon? Tell us about them.
I’m a very new blogger and I’ve debated doing a giveaway so soon. Should I? Let me know what you think.
10. Can you recommend a book that has impressed you recently?
Hmmm…when it comes to literary fiction I would say Room by Emma Donaghue. Though the book was definitely unsettling, creepy, and disturbing, at its center is the story of a mother’s love for her child. I was pregnant when I read it and it had a profound impact on me. It made me want to hug and hold my baby even tighter and never let her go. I will definitely have issues when she grows up and starts a life of her own – “what you don’t want your mom moving into your college dorm room with you?!!?!” Yes, that conversation may happen.
I will randomly tag…
Here are my questions:
1. What two unconnected characters would you like to join together in one book?
2. If you, as yourself, could be a supporting character in any book or series, what would it be and why?
3. What two authors, dead or alive, would you like to have dinner with?
4. What was the most disappointing book you’ve read in the last year?
5. What is the one book you always recommend to people?
6. Why did you decide to start a book blog?
7. What is your one blogging pet peeve? Something others do that bothers you (and I hope it’s not being tagged).
8. The eReader – essential innovation or literary desecration?
9. What is your most anticipated read of 2012?
10. What’s your sign and do you enjoy long walks on the beach? 🙂
Hope you have some fun with this!