20 Questions is a way to get to know our fellow book bloggers a little better. Today I am very excited to have Ana (aka Nymeth) from the awesome blog things mean a lot, where her writing and articulating skills continue to keep me striving to be better. I enjoy reading her blog and I enjoy having Ana as a blogging friend! Thank you for being here, Ana!
1. MY EARLIEST MEMORY OF READING:
This isn’t a reading memory per se, but one of my earliest bookish
memories is of getting lost at the Lisbon Book Fair, thinking I see my
father and running towards him, holding his hand, and then looking up
and realising I was in fact holding hands with a complete stranger. I
was about four, and I was completely mortified. Sadly I can’t remember
what happened next, or how I found my parents in the end.
2. THE FIRST BOOK I READ OVER AND OVER:
Probably Gods, Men and Monsters from the Myths by . It’s one of those books that helped shape my imagination, if
that makes sense. In addition to the stories, I really loved the
3. A CHILDREN’S BOOK EVERY CHILD SHOULD READ:
My Sweet-Orange Tree by José Mauro de Vasconcellos. This is a gorgeous
Brazilian children’s novel from 1968 whose English translation is
sadly out of print. I keep hoping it will be reissued.
4. THE BOOK I HAVE RE-READ THE MOST TIMES:
Either the I mentioned above or ’s
Diary. I was a serial re-reader as a child and young teen, probably
because I didn’t own many books and had no access to a public library.
Strangely enough, this is something I sometimes miss.
5. MY FAVORITE PLACE TO READ:
Either my comfy pouf or my bed.
6. MY MUST-HAVE READING ACCESSORIES:
Do my cats count? :P Seriously now, I always keep a pencil nearby when
I’m reading, to mark favourite passages or to write down thoughts I’ll
want to include in my posts.
7. THE NUMBER OF BOOKS I OWN (YOU CAN GUESS):
According to , 875. Oh dear.
8. MY BOOKSHELVES ARE:
…running out of space! I bet you’re not surprised to hear this :P
9. THE NUMBER OF BOOKS ON MY TBR LIST (THAT I HAVE NOT AQUIRED YET):
I actually have no idea, which might be for the best. I keep an Amazon
wishlist, another one at BookMooch, handwritten lists, .txt files with
titles of books I want to look up later, starred reviews on Google
Reader… I’d say well over 500, though. But I don’t mind, as it’s only
my actual physical TBR that’s a source of anxiety.
10. THE WAY I KEEP TRACK OF BOOKS I WANT TO READ:
Um, I think I accidentally answered this in the question above :P
11. THE LAST BOOK I RECEIVED/BOUGHT:
Atonement by Ian McEwan, received via the wonderful Bookmooch.
12. A BOOK THAT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE IN SOME WAY:
made me feel more at ease with certain
aspects of myself than ever before, in a sort of roundabout way. The
protagonist’s circumstances (s/he is a hermaphrodite) are very
different from mine, but the story still made me reassess my own life.
That’s part of the beauty of literature.
13. A BOOK I LIKE THAT NO ONE ELSE SEEMS TO:
by . Actually, saying no one else
seems to like it is a stretch, but many John Green fans seem to find
it disappointing, whereas I absolutely loved it.
14. A BOOK I DON’T LIKE THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO LOVE:
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. I hated that book with a passion,
even though at first glance it seems right up my alley.
15. A BOOK THAT INTIMIDATES ME:
Ulysses? Typical answer, but it’s true.
16. IF I COULD GO TO ANY LITERARY DESTINATION I WOULD CHOOSE:
The Shakespeare & Co. bookshop in Paris. It’s in my plans for later
this year, finances allowing. Hooray for budget travelling!
17. THREE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS:
, and .
18. I HAVE BEEN BLOGGING ABOUT BOOKS SINCE:
March 2007. Has it really been that long?
19. MY BOOK BLOG STANDS OUT FROM THE CROWD BECAUSE:
…it has a header full of fairies that immediately lets people know how
very silly, juvenile and frivolous I am ;) In all seriousness now, I
have no idea. I think that those who read my blog do so for the same
reason why I read other people’s blogs: because they like my voice.
And I’m immensely grateful for that.
20. THREE BOOK BLOGGERS I WOULD LIKE TO SEE FEATURED IN THE FUTURE:
Jenny at Jenny’s Books, Amy at Amy Reads, and Iris at Iris on Books.
I loved reading your answers. First, your first memory of reading made me smile because at my sister's wedding this weekend several similar stories came up with her friends. You're not alone! lol Second, I need to put Possibly Gods, Men, and Monsters on my TBR list. If it helped shape your imagination, it seems like a definite read to me. Also, Ulysses is a typical answer because it is in fact a very challenging book even when you do get to reading it, as is my understanding. When I learned Marilyn Monroe read it, I had a new respect for her. Ulysses is an intimidating book to me as well.
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