Sunday, 22 May 2011

A book meme

I do actually have a book review to do tomorrow but I saw this meme on a blog on Live Journal and couldn't resist bringing it here to do.

1 - The best book you read last year: Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry

2 - A book you've read more than 3 times: There are very few books I've read three times but Sylvester by Georgette Heyer is one.

3 - Your favourite series: Just one, gosh er... I think it would have to be Harry Potter.

4 - A guilty pleasure book: Hard question as I don't really feel guilty about books I like. How about the Miss Read books?

5 - A book that made you laugh: My present read - Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson. His description of buying a loaf of bread in a bakers in Paris had me in tears of laughter.

6 - A book that made you cry: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Zoer

7 - Most underrated book: Nancy Farmer's 'Sea of Trolls' YA trilogy. Hardly anyone seems to have heard of them and yet they're excellent.

8 - Most overrated book: Maisie Dobbs. Sorry and all that, but I just don't get it.

9 - A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

10 - Favorite classic book: Pride and Prejudice

11 - A book you hated: I tend to stop reading when I dislike a book so I can't really think of one.

12 - A book you used to love but don’t anymore: Coming up blank with that too...

13 - Your favorite author: Terry Pratchett or Anne McCaffrey.

14 - Favorite male character: Masterharper Robinton from Anne McCaffrey's Pern books.

15 - Favorite female character: Ruth Galloway from Elly Griffiths' crime series of the same name.

16 - Your biggest fictional crush: Adam Hauptman from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

17 - A Good Quick Read: Any of the Daisy Dalrymple books by Carola Dunn.

18 - A book that disappointed you: Frankenstein's Monster by Mary Shelley.

19 - Favorite book-to-movie conversion: Harry Potter

20 - Favorite romance: Either Sylvester or Frederica by Georgette Heyer.

21 - Favorite book from your childhood: Minnow on the Say by Philippa Pearce

22 - A book you can't wait for: Snuff by Terry Pratchett

23 - A book you've been meaning to read for ages: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

24 - A book that you wish more people would read: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

25 - Character you are most similar to: I think I'm a cross between Granny Weatherwax and Isabel Dalhousie. LOL!

26 - A book that changed your opinion about something: How tragic that I can't think of one!

27 - Most surprising plot twist or ending: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters has more plot twists than you can shake a stick at...

28 - Favorite book title: Thud!

29 - A book everyone hated but you liked: Well I only managed 50 or 60 pages of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness but everyone else seems to love it.

30 - Your favorite book OF ALL TIME: I can't choose just *one* so I'll just pick *one* of my favourite books - Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris.


Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Cath,

Wow! Those are sme questions and a half, aren't they????

It was beginning to make my mind whirl just reading them, it must have taken you a good while to compile those answers!!

Three 'passes' out of Thirty, is pretty good going I would say.

This is one meme that I shall be giving a miss I'm afraid, but I enjoyed reading your answers.


Margaret @ BooksPlease said...

I agree with fiction-books - I won't be doing this meme, it would make my brain ache!

Frankenstein was a great disappointment to me too! I was expecting something very different, but it has some interesting ideas on what it is to be human.

DesLily said...

Sometimes I have no doubt we are sisters! lol I have to say I REALLY did laugh out loud when you said you were like Granny Weaterwax (don't know Isabel Dalhousie)..after watching the tornado news I needed this laugh!

oh and we will fight over Masterharper Robinton!!!

email me when you have a chance and tell me more of why Maob is so good..besides it being my Stephen Fry that is! (Oh! I so forgot Stephen was in the movie IQ!! saw it the other day and was surprised!)

Cath said...

Yvonne: LOL, yes, it was quite the question and answer session. Ordinarily I wouldn't have bothered but I was sitting here late at night with nothing much to do so I spent a quiet hour trying to think of some sensible answers. It turned out to be fun.

Margaret: I hate to say this but I found Frankenstein rather dull. Parts were interesting but most of it was not. I'm glad I'm not alone in not caring for it much.

Pat: sadly I'm not as skinny as Granny Weatherwax but otherwise I bear quite the resemblance. lol.

The tornado stuff is horrendous. The US has certainly suffered that way recently. Terrible.

Ooops I forgot to tell you about Moab... out for the morning but will e.mail you later...

Yvette said...

Great meme! Great answers. I'm thinking I'll steal this meme - it's a fun one! - and deliver it right to my own blog sometime this week.

By the way, Cath, thanks for letting me know you're also having problems with Google Blogger. I thought they'd have it fixed by now, but not yet. I'm just hoping and waiting. Thankfully, it looks like I can post on your blog with no difficulty. Go figure.

Cath said...

Yvette: It was so much fun to do - I hope you have a go and I'll watch for your answers. Go and look at Deslily's answers as she's done a great post.

I seem to be able to comment on some blogs and not others. Some are fine, some I can comment as 'anon', and others not at all. I wonder if the 'not at all' blogs are ones where the blogger doesn't allow anonymous commenting? Whatever, I just wish Blogger would solve this as it's irritating.

Silsbee said...

I think I'm a cross between Granny Weatherwax and Isabel Dalhousie. LOL!

*waves hello* I have no idea how I got to your blog (I like to surf), but I am enjoying it so much! The Cornwall photos were beautiful. And I love Isabel. ;)

Cath said...

Silsbee: *waves back* It's so funny how you get to blogs sometimes and have no idea which route you took to get there. 8-) I took a quick look at your blog and have followed you back, will take a longer look later as there seemed to be some interesting posts. Nice to meet you! And glad you like the pics of Cornwall.