Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Bookish Q&A

Two weeks into August means two weeks into VEDA! Seriously, how the hell are we half way through the month already?!

This morning, I saw this questionnaire/meme/thing on Charleen's blog and figured that I'd jump on the bandwagon, because BOOKS YAY BOOKS.

  1. Post these rules
  2. Post a photo of your favorite book cover
  3. Answer the questions below
  4. Tag a few people to answer them too
  5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you’ve tagged them
  6. Make sure you tell the person who tagged you that you’ve taken part!

Favourite book cover
I don't really have a favourite. I love all the cover art that Josh Kirby did for Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, but at the moment? I can't get over how gorgeous the new US covers of Harry Potter are. Kasu Kibuishi really captured the essence of the books.

What are you reading right now?
I've just started The Cuckoo's Calling, which is J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith. I've heard excellent things, so I can't wait to get stuck into it!

Do you have any idea what you'll read when you're done with that?
I've got a few things sitting in my to read pile at the moment, so it'll either be Bill Bryson's At Home or Alysia Gray Painter's Redwoodian.

What five books have you always wanted to read but haven't gotten round to?
Nelson Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom
J.D. Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye
John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace
Grace Karskens - The Colony: a history of early Sydney

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
None. I don't read magazines unless I'm going on a short haul flight. There are too many ads and not enough actual content.

What's the worst book you've ever read?
Hands down, The Mayan Priest. You may remember it from such blog posts as this.

What book seemed really popular but you didn't like it?
The two that are coming to mind right now are A Game of Thrones and Twilight. Ugh.

What's the one book you always recommend to just about anyone?
Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity. Holy crap, that book is incredible. And I've yet to meet anyone who hasn't completely adored it.

What are your three favourite poems?
I'm not much of a poetry person. I prefer my literature less hidden-meaning-y. That said, I really like Percy Bysshe Shelley's Ozymandius. And I do (somewhat morbidly) like quite a lot of poetry from World War I - Wilfred Owen's Dulce et decorum est, John McCrae's In Flanders Fields, and Rupert Brooks' The Soldier.

Where do you usually get your books?
Mostly from the library. Books are crazy expensive in Australia - the standard price of a trade paperback is $20 - and given how much I read, I'd be completely and utterly broke if I bought every single book I bought!! Obviously, anything for my Kindle comes from Amazon. If I'm browsing, it'll probably be at Dymocks because they have a great rewards program, and if I'm buying online, it's more than likely through Book Depository.

When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits?
Read All The Things All The Time? There's not a lot to it than that. Unless you count reading a 1,200 page Dickens omnibus at the age of ten to be a particular reading habit...

What's the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was too good to put down?
I think it was probably Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park.

Have you ever "faked" reading a book?
Uh, no. Why on earth would you pretend to have read something?!

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
I haven't bought anything because I liked the cover, but I've definitely borrowed stuff from the library based on the cover. More often than not, though, I've chosen NOT to borrow/buy a book based on the cover. It can be completely and utterly awesome, but if the cover is total shirtless-six-pack-having-dude chick lit, it's going right back on the shelf.

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
Oh, man. There were so many. I loved The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch. Then I went through a phase of loving the absolute crap out of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. When I was about ten, my favourite book was The Boggart by Susan Cooper. And then I rapidly moved onto a complete obsession with Brian Jacques' Redwall series.

What book changed your life?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I've talked before about how I read this and Chamber of Secrets on a flight from London to Melbourne and how I didn't sleep the entire way because I had to keep reading. Life would never be the same.

What is your favourite passage from a book?
Appropriately enough, this was a VEDA topic last week, so I'm just gonna go ahead and post in the video I made for that.

Who are your top five favourite authors?
Gail Carriger, Bill Bryson, Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, and Terry Pratchett.

What book has no one heard about but should read?
It's a toss up between pretty much anything by Simon R. Green or Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews.

What book are you an "evangelist" for?
Okay, the word "evangelist" is totally weird to use in regards to books. I'm choosing to interpret this as "a book that no one wants to hear about but you tell them anyway", because that's pretty much how evangelical religion works, right?! Probably Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Because they're made of pure, unadulterated win.

What are your favourite books by a first time author?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta, and Kelley Armstrong's Bitten.

What is your favourite classic book?
It's a tie between Jane Austen's Persuasion and Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.

Five other notable mentions?
Notable classics, you mean? Sure!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

I'm not going to tag anyone because that seems too much like hard work, but feel free to jump on the bandwagon and tell me all about your favourites!

K xx


  1. Can we just talk about The Paperbag Princess for a minute? Because my very first dressup at school was as TPBP, and I was uber pissed because everyone else had an awesome proper costume, but mine was a goddamn paper bag. But then I realised at the end of the day that srs. BEST. COSTUME. EVER.

    Other thank that, The Cuckoos calling is next on my list, I'm currently reading The Luminaries, which is by a 27 year old Kiwi woman, which normally wouldn't be a big deal, except it's made the shortlist for the Booker this year. And Looking for Albrandi is one of my all time favourites.

  2. I just read The Cuckoo's Calling. Did you read/like The Casual Vacancy? I thought it was better than that one... or at least, more to my personal taste.

    Catcher in the Rye is such a divisive novel, and I'm one of those who finds the main character insufferably annoying. Hope you enjoy it more than I did.

    Code Name Verity is SO on my list.

    And yay libraries! Books are expensive (though not quite as bad for me as for you) and why would I spend money for one unless I already knew I loved it?

    1. I liked The Cuckoo's Calling better than The Casual Vacancy. Re-reading that sentence I realized it was a little ambiguous. Damn pronouns.

  3. a few things. 1. Looking for Alibrandi is how I ended up in Australia 2. I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder - so so so much (except for Farmer Boy which I found boring) and I also loved the Redwall Series AND the Bogart.


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