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!