August 20, 2009

20 Questions- Featuring Kailana of The Written World

Welcome back to my new feature, 20 Questions, where we get to know our fellow book bloggers a little better. Today I would like to present to you Kailana of The Written World and Historical Tapestry who will be answering the 20 Questions today. Thanks, Kailana!


1. Last book you bought:

With money? The Devil's Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis. With book credit... uh... 13 books?

2. Last book you got in the mail:

I want to say Fire by Kristin Cashore, but I think I might have got a package afterwards.

3. The first book you read over and over:

Grimms' Collected Fairy Tales. It belonged to my father, but I since have received a more updated edition.

4. Children’s book every child should read:

Beatrix Potter. This is probably the answer to above, too. And, yes, she is an author not a book, but all her books are great.

5. Favorite place to read:

Somewhere comfy.

6. A book you bought just for the cover:

Not bought, but I got Graceling from the library because of the cover. By the time I got it there were lots and lots of great reviews, and I have since bought it.

7. Scariest book ever read:

hm... I don't read a lot of horror, so I really have no idea.

8. Most romantic book ever read:

Another thing I don't read a lot of, generally. In recent history, probably the In Death series by J.D. Robb...

9. Book that changed your life in some way:

The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. Weird answer, I know, but this was my very first fantasy series and fantasy is now my true reading love. If it wasn't for it, I would be a very different person today.

10. Book you’ve re-read the most times:

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle and the sequels.

11. Book you needed the Cliff’s Notes for:

The horror! I am an English graduate, I would never ever buy Cliff's Notes... (Actually, I know I probably did, but try as I might I can't think of what for. I was more likely to look at Cliff Notes for suggestions when I was writing papers. And, I was in a drama class because I didn't want to take Shakespeare. I needed the Cliff Notes for most of the class, but unfortunately there is no market and they did not exist... That was a bad class...)

12. Book you needed the dictionary for:

I don't find myself needing a dictionary so much as I figure I am missing references in books. Take the Fable series by Bill Willingham, etc. I pick up a lot of stuff, but I am sure there are lots of things happening that I am totally missing. I am sure there are lots of other books that the same happens with.

13. Book you like that no one else seems to:

hm. Good question. I'm sure there is something, but unless the book is really popularly reviewed I don't actually go searching for people's thoughts. And, if the book is very popularly reviewed, than normally it is liked by someone.

14. Book you don’t like that everyone else seems to love:

I have a list: Harry Potter, The Twilight series, The House of Night series, etc.

15. Number of books you own (you can guess):

I'd say I easily own 1000 books...

16. Number of books on your TBR list (that you have not acquired yet):

Tonnes. I don't really keep track, though.

17. Must-have reading accessories:

You know, I read everywhere and anywhere, so I am not really that picky.

18. Literary Destination You Want to Go to:

Did you know that in Germany you can travel the road that the Grimms' Brothers supposedly did when they were collecting their stories? I want to at least see part of it so I can say I was there. Otherwise, there are just so many places I want to visit in books. Especially the stuff I read about in fantasy and science-fiction...

19. Top Three Favorite Authors:

Three? Patricia Briggs, Isabel Allende, and Robin Hobb. (First three that came to mind...)

20. Three Bloggers You Want to See Featured on 20 Questions in the Future:

um, Stephanie from Confessions of a Book-a-holic, Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings, and Chris from Stuff as Dreams are Made on... (Answer brought to you by the letter 'S')

Come back next week to meet two more book bloggers and find out their answers to the 20 Questions!

Tuesday, August 25th- Amanda of The Zen Leaf
Thursday, August 27th- Kristen of Bookworming in the 21st Century

Do you want to be featured on 20 Questions? Send me an e-mail (which you can find on my Blogger profile.)


  1. Great answers.

    I am feeling better now at least well enough to start catching up on blogs, not well enough to return to work. I will email you with all the details later.

  2. This was fun! I listened to Isabel Allende on Blog Talk Radio and seeing her listed as one of Kailana's favorite authors makes me want to rush out and buy one of her books.

  3. 1000 books? Wow. That's really cool.

  4. She's very cool!! I love this post that you do!! I would love to check out her 1000 books!!!

  5. Someday I'd like to travel the Grimm brothers' road in Germany too. Great interview!

  6. Another great 20 questions! I loved the answer to 14! :--)

  7. Thanks for hosting me for the interview! It was fun. :)

  8. Great answer for the literary destination question!

  9. I had no idea that you could travel the same roads as the Brothers Grimm. That would be fascinating

  10. You don't... like... Harry Potter??? *falls over*

    Following in the footsteps of the Bros Grimm sounds like a fabulous trip. That would be seriously awesome. You should pitch that as a travel book or memoir to a publisher, and then you could go to Germany and write it all off as business expense!

  11. I didn't know about the Grimm Brothers route either! I would seriously pay for a book about Kailana's travels along that road. :)

  12. I love Isabel Allende...A Wrinkle in Time, The Lord of the Rings...I'm with you on the Cliff Notes, too.

  13. That is a really good idea for a book. I wonder if it has been done before... hm...

  14. I really love this feature, Rebecca. Kailana, love your answers! Wrinkle in Time was one of my favorite books, too - I read and reread it so many times!

  15. Such a cool interview. This is a great feature! Kailana is pretty awesome though. Of course, reading this makes me want to hop a plane to Germany! I had not heard that before!

  16. I'd love to travel that road in Germany too! I wish we could go on a Fairy Tale Loving Bloggers Pilgrimage :P

  17. This is quickly turning into one of my favorite series to read. Such diversity of answers!!! And I love love love "Wrinkle in Time."

  18. Kailana, love your answers!

    I own more than 1,000 books too!


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