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The 20 Questions….

I know these posts are taking longer than expected and at this point I am averaging one post a month, which like really really sucks! But things are rather more complicated than resolved and though I am coping better, and it is more minor random things than real big time life changers that seem to be consuming my time, they do consume a LOT of my time and a moment of breathing space is hard won! Be that as it may, I did again want to drop in and drop a note and perhaps do a fun post! Fortunately, I found this very interesting 20 questions post over at wherethereisinkthereispaper and I decided, to follow suit, just for some laughs and bookish memories!

1. How many books are too many books in a book series?

Honestly it depends on the book and the writing. Harry Potter sustained me through all 7 books maybe not with equal intensity but enough interest through each book; Conn Iggulden’s 4 part The Conquer Series based on Genghiz Khan’s life and times is another of my favorites and one of my go to every time I need a book on audacity and courage. Percy Jackson lost me after book 2 as did Deborah Harkness’s All Soul’s Trilogy (Vampire – Witch) Trilogy and I did not even get past page 40 of Twilight! Its story and the writing and no book in a series is one too many for me if it is good!

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

Again I think it depends on the writing. I could not really believe that Sirius Black was really dead after Book 5 in the Harry Potter series and kept imagining it as a “cliffhanger” for some reason or the other. Similarly I was left angsty after almost every turn of fortune in Conn Iggulden’s War of Roses series and just when I decided for York, something of the Lancaster House got me and I spent the entire seies being anxious which was not particularly fun! To end, I do understand the need to keep the reader “hooked on” but as a reader I am not very sure I like it! It depends on the book and the type of cliffhanger that it ends on.

3. Hardback or Paperback?

I love the quiet elegance and majesty of a hardback; but economics makes paperback so much for viable , so paperbacks it is!

4. Favourite Book?

I cannot even begin to attempt to answer this one…..the list is too long and I am fortunate to have read books which have enriched my mind and my life. If you are still curious, please visit my GoodReads shelf.

5. Least Favourite Book?

Again I cannot even attempt to list this one. With the good comes the bad and you have to wade through many horrific works to find a book that sears your soul or even remotely makes sense. Again please visit my GoodReads shelf if you are curious!

6. Love Triangle, Yes or No?

No! Nix! Never! Don’t like them in life and don’t like reading them in books. Have not read the Outlander Series because, it smells of Love Triangle!

7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

Ms. Treadway and The Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson….it started as something and ended up as something and I gave up almost at the end….just did not have the enthusiasm to carry on! I

8. A book you’re currently reading?

Lack of time is limiting my reading abilities, but still current under Reading, the following –

· Belonging – The Story of Jews (1492-1900) by Simon Schama

· New Forest by Edward Rutherford

· The First Firangis: Remarkable Stories of Heroes, Healers, Charlatans, Courtesans & other Foreigners who Became Indian by Jonathan Harris Gill

· The Kings Justice by E.M. Powell

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

I have read some great stuff this year, especially in the first half which was way more prolific than my second half where I practically gave up on all literary activities. However, there are three books which come to my mind, which I feel very strongly about and have practically developed an Evangelical zeal of getting new converts –

· Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

· February: Selected Poetry by Boris Pasternak; Translated by Andrew Kneller

· The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield

10. Oldest book you’ve read? *publication date*

I think it’s from the top of my head and skimming superficially through the top layer shelves, it’s a toss up between Mahabharata (circa. 9th Century BCE) and The Metamorphosis by Ovid (circa.8 AD)

11. Newest book you’ve read? *publication date*

Dear Mrs Bird by A.J.Pearce

12. Favourite Author?

Oh! Man! Another question I cannot answer; but in interest of sustaining the reader’s interest, here are a couple

· Jane Austen

· Rabindranath Tagore

· Boris Pasternak – Poetry Only

· John Steinbeck

· JK Rowling

· Conn Iggulden

· Harper lee

· Charles Dickens

· LM Montgomery

· Fyodor Dostoyevsky

· Author Conan Doyle

· Bakim Chandra

Well….you did ASK!!

13. Buying books or Borrowing books?

Buying! I like to own the books I read….it’s a relationship!

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

I am going to get brickbats for this one, but I have two infact whose fasciantion does not makes sense –

· Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (Mad, Obsessive Man and Class Conscious Chick….why is this thing so popular???!!!!)

· Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurer ( Scardy mouse heroine who is forever wandering around in what can only be called ridiculous circumstance moaning about a husband who is older and quieter than her! Go Figure!)

15. Bookmarks or Dog-ears?

Bookmarks only! Thou shall not speak of something as ghastly as Dog-Ears!

16. A book you can always re-read?

Again, sigh! Too many too list!

17. Can you read while hearing music?

Totally – Mostly Western Classical or Jazz instrumental!.

18. One POV or Multiple POV?

Again depends on the writing, but I do feel more than 3 becomes a bit too taxing to follow!

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

I know this is repetitive but depends on the book. Some I finish over one sitting, some take days and diligence to finish, some start off as a one sitting and then linger of multiple days and then some I linger on, because I do not want to finish!

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?

Many but most recently Jerusalem Simon Sebag Montfort; I am still making up my mind about that book!

There you have it, my twenty questions! This was super fun! Let me know what your bookish quirks are and maybe we can compare more notes!

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. mudpuddle #

    interesting and revelatory post! some of those questions are a bit… scary? well, no, but i’d have to think and remember more than i’m able to, in order to provide comprehensible responses. still, it’s interesting to categorize one’s reading life… i’ve avoided it in the past because i react badly to chains of any sort, but that might be a form of selfishness… and i go through periods, like most readers, i think… i had a sci fi period, mountain climbing one, a sea-faring one; currently i’m on a golden age mystery one; a geology one, of course, since that’s what i trained in; not so much spy, thriller or adventures now, although i’ve more than dabbled in the past…. actually, now that i’m thinking about it, i’ll read anything that seems interesting and is well written (that leaves out most modern lit… sorry…)
    i hope your life becomes simpler after a while… over-complexity can wither the soul, as it were… tx for the provocative post!

    December 16, 2018
    • Some of these questions are scary and some that force you to think …..I think chains are fun if you feel like it, otherwise they do induce stress….I think we all go through a particular genre period but for me personally there are some books regardless of my current genre that comfort me and give me courage! Thank You so much for your kindness…..I really want things to ease out, but it is what it is and the best thing to do is go through the motions!

      December 16, 2018
  2. I am with you on both Rebecca and Wuthering Heights (which I described as “horrible people being horrible to each other). I’m not seeing the romance in either.

    December 16, 2018
    • Oh! Thank God….one more in the tribe! What’s with these two books that drives people into such eulogy??!!

      December 16, 2018
  3. So glad to know that you’re still alive! 😉 I love survey’s like this although I haven’t done one in awhile. You know, I must confess, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book because of its cover. Is that strange? I laughed over your “books you dislike but other people love” because I would have chosen the same two. However I do at least see potential in WH whereas Rebecca, in my estimation, is just terrible. I’m reading Edward Rutherford’s New York now and it’s interesting although I suspect not his best.

    Well, don’t be a stranger. I’ve been thinking about you and hoping you get to retire soon! 😉

    December 17, 2018
    • Hahaha…..like I told someone lately, I don’t die easy! 😉 I usually to do not go by the cover of the book but Jerusalem was pretty and I am always interested in Middle East, so I bought it! Yeah….those two books, they just don’t sync with me! New York is good but his best is London, Sarum and The Forest. You have been in my thoughts constantly and I really do need to retire soon!!!

      December 17, 2018
  4. If I *ever* get to the end of my reading list, I must read some books from yours… 🙂 Really looking forward to your thoughts on Belonging, and also Jerusalem (if you plan to review it)!

    I felt the same way about Wuthering Heights when I read it as a tween. My sister liked it though, so I want to read it again now I’m older and see if I can understand why. Rebecca, I enjoyed as horror/mystery (not as romance, hehe).

    December 17, 2018
    • Hahaha….I know that feeling about Book list. Belonging so far looks very promising, I am still deciding about Jerusalem. I hope you do like WH. I have not either as a teen or as an adult, neither could I like Rebecca but lot of people I admire like these two books so I am sure they are brilliant, just not for me ! 🙂

      December 17, 2018

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