April 2, 2012

Middle Earth, Dr. Seuss, and Shakespeare?

Hello, Monday! It's time for a book-themed interview game, courtesy of Angela Wallace and her tag party...
1. Post the rules.
2. Answer the questions.
3. Pass the questions on to eleven people by tagging and linking to them.
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them.
If you could live in a fictional world, where would that be?
Somebody else's fictional world? Middle Earth. But of course I'd love to visit my own if that were allowed :) 

Fiction or Nonfiction?
Definitely fiction (although nonfiction has its uses).

Do you read in noisy or quiet places?
Quiet places, with peppermint tea and scented candle preferred. But reading in noisy places is also something I've learned to do, thanks largely to my brother's early influence :)

Do reviews influence your choice of reads?
Probably only if they're by someone I know. Or if a large number of reviews are unanimous. The trouble with reviews is that people have all sorts of motives to say things, true or not. 

Audio books or Paperbacks?
Paperbacks. I have a horrible audio retention rate. Plus I like to write in my books :) 

What was the first book you ever read?
By myself? The first one I can remember is One Fish, Two Fish by Dr. Seuss. My preschool teacher informed my parents, "Um...did you know your daughter is reading?" 

Favorite author?
J.R.R. Tolkien...we fell in love when I was 8. Check out my Good Reads page for a list of my top 10. 

Classic or Modern Novels?Oh, definitely classics. Though there are a few moderns I like rather a lot. 

Have you ever met your favorite author?
I wish. The trouble with loving classics is that almost all of my favorite authors are dead (some for 200+ years)...

Book Groups or Solitary Reading?
Hm, both? I relax by reading alone, but after 4 years of college English classes, I find a good book discussion very stimulating. 
If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Ack! What a horrible question! Definitely the Bible. But if we're talking other literature...probably the Collected Works of Shakespeare (that's not cheating, right?) 

Tag, You’re It! Have fun!
11. Carrie Daws 

Feel free to jump in: how would you answer these questions? What's your weirdest book factoid?


  1. Thanks for the tag, Alina! I'll have to give these some thought before I create my own post. The "pick one book to read for the rest of your life" question will take some thoughtful consideration and deliberation. And I don't think you're cheating on your Shakespeare answer. :)

  2. Haha, thanks Tami! I know, isn't that last question ridiculous? When there are so many books out there, and so little time to read them all!

  3. Thanks for the tag Alina - this looks like fun. Can you give me a few days before I get to it? I see nothing wrong with Collected works of Shakespeare - after all you could define a book as a single container I suppose :)

    1. Take your time, Margaret! It took me a few weeks to schedule this post. I agree with you--if it fits between one set of covers, it counts as one book :)

  4. Thanks for the tag, Alina. Will play soon. Looking forward to it! I love learning more about people through their answers to such vox pops :-)

    1. Have fun, Ellen! I know, I like finding out about the inner workings of people's minds too :) Interviews are great!

  5. I haven't forgotten about this! It may take a while to make it through the pipeline and on to my front page, though. :D

    1. No worries! Means you've got lots of other interesting topics to write about!