Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The One in Which I Answer Susan's 11 Questions

I was lucky enough to be tagged with the 11 Questions Meme by my friend Susan from You Can Never Have Enough Books, I love answering questions like these.

As before, instead of following the rules and tagging eleven of you, I am asking questions of my own. I hope you will answer one or all of them. If you do, you can create your own post or leave your answers to one, two or however many in the comments. And because I was tagged three times for this meme (I will be answering the questions of the final blogger's questions later this month), I am going to divide the eleven questions between each post. That way, I only have to come up with eleven questions and not thirty-three. The first set of questions can be found here.

1. What is your favourite place in the world?
Being at home with my family.

2. Have you ever visited an author's home, and did the experience live up to your expectation?
I haven't. Someday I would like to visit a few authors' homes, but I have yet to do so.

3. Do you read biographies of authors you like, or do you prefer to let their words speak for them?
I confess biographies are among my least favorite types of books to read. As a result, I tend to prefer to let an author's words speak for them. Still, I find some authors' lives fascinating and enjoy hearing about them. The internet is a great resource for that sort of thing, I've found.

4. Do you have a comfort food?
Yes! Sweets like cookies and brownies. And ice cream. Definitely ice cream. Sometimes though there's nothing more comforting than a big plate of homemade macaroni and cheese.

5. Do you have a favourite classical author?
I adore Jane Austen. It always takes me a moment to step inside her world when I begin her books, but once I do, there is no going back.

6. Do you prefer to watch the movie first, or read the book first?
I almost always want to read the book first. I hate having books spoiled for me, and I love having the back story that only a book can offer before seeing a movie. There are times, however, when I think seeing the movie first has its place. Especially when it comes to Shakespeare.

I nearly always want to see the movie if I've read the book. Only sometimes do movies inspire me to go back and read the books they were based on.

7. Do you have enough bookshelves? (I know this question is a cheat, because really do any of us have enough bookshelves?)
I do! For the moment. It helps that I haven't been collecting books at break neck speed like I used to. And that I gave away about 500 books over the course of last year. My husband was gracious enough to allow me to turn our living room of the new house into a library. I still have bookcases in just about every room in the house.

8. Is there an author that you are planning to read this year for the first time?
Oh my gosh, there is! I can't tell you who though. I don't know what I will be reading in the upcoming days, weeks and months just yet.

9. Do you have a favourite historical period, and why is it your favourite?
Hmm. I am especially drawn to the World War II era for some reason. I think my dad had a lot to do with that as he enjoyed reading about that time period too. I also really enjoy reading about Victorian England. There is just something about the costumes, society and general atmosphere that I find interesting.

10. Name a book that you are anticipating reading that is being published this year.
I am so out of the loop when it comes to new releases these days. I haven't really paid close attention to what is coming out. I only know what you all tell me and even then I only remember if I write it down.

11. Name two of your favourite novels that you have reread more than once.
This is actually a very easy question for me to answer as I so rarely reread books. The Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

My Questions to All of You:
5. What historical figure would you most want to meet in a dark alley on a Wednesday night in March? Any particular reason why?

6. It's a lovely spring day. You have no obligations--just a free day to do whatever you want. How would you spend the day?

7. What is your favorite mode of transportation?

8. If you were to write a novel, what would the title be?

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  1. OOOH Girl of the Limberlost!! I read that because my mother kept her copy and gave it to me when I got old enough. I really liked it. How often have you read it? And how lovely it's this book! and Jane Eyre...another one I have read at least twice, if not more. Thanks for playing, Wendy :-) I had a lot of fun reading your answers!

    I would put cookies and brownies as my weakness too, definitely. Anything with chocolate. I have to write down book titles too. I have a journal now just for that, which is helping find books when I go to bookstores, remember what I wanted to try. I've discovered so many books thanks to bloggers!

    So, my answers to your questions (and they are fun!)
    5: Jane Austen. We'd walk together for support (it is a dark alley at night) out of the alley together, and become instant best friends.
    6: Free (kids at school say): I'd read!! for some of it, at least. Go out to a bookstore, see a movie, go out for dinner, come home and read some more. I'd go for a long leisurely walk too, before heading out. With kids: play some games, watch a movie with popcorn with them, do some reading with them, go to the park for some play time, have their favourite food for dinner :-)
    7: flying. I love travelling by airplane!
    8: The Book of Memories (my novel-in-progress right now, in fact!) - tentative title...

    1. Susan - It's been years since I last read The Girl of the Limberlost. I read it so many times in my younger years though. I've lost count. I wonder what I'd think of it now . . .

      Book bloggers are the reason my TBR stacks are out of control, I'm afraid.

      Thank you for answering my questions! Jane Austen would be a great person to walk with in a dark alley. She does seem like the kind of person we'd have gotten along with, doesn't she?

      A day of reading sounds so nice! I could use one of those. Or two. Or three. :-) This coming Friday I am going to take in a movie, eat lunch out maybe and enjoy a day to myself. I confess I'm feeling a little guilty doing all this without the little one, but I really want to see Hunger Games and it's probably the only chance I'll get while it's in the theaters.

      I love to fly too. :-)

      The Book of Memories is a great title. And an actual novel in progress! You've got me curious now!

  2. I chose this question to answer:

    It's a lovely spring day. You have no obligations--just a free day to do whatever you want. How would you spend the day?

    I would spend it reading, on my patio while a big pot of something good simmered away on the stove.

    1. Ti - I bet that something good on the stove smells good too! That sounds like a great way to spend a spring day.

  3. A lot of your answers are exactly what mine would be, so perhaps we are twins? I loved seeing the answers to your questions, and chose to answer this one:

    What is your favorite mode of transportation?

    I love to drive or be a passenger in the car because I can listen to my audiobook, and take in the scenery!

    1. Heather - I always knew I liked you for a reason. :-) I like to drive/ride in the car too. I've never listened to an audio book in the car though--I love music and always tend to have the radio on (or a children's CD in). I'm afraid my attenion tends to wander a little too frequently when I'm driving. That's where I get my best ideas for blog posts or my reviews.

  4. I've never been to an author's home either, but it sounds like fun.

    My favorite mode of transportation is probably a jet or a train.

    1. Kathy - It does sound like fun, doesn't it?

      I love to fly--and travel by train. Someday I'd like to take a long train trip--maybe across the country or up the coast . . .

  5. I love these questions. I can never resist ice cream either!

  6. Man, your questions rock! I will have to think about them. :)

    1. Kelly - Thanks. :-) I look forward to reading your answers!

  7. Yay, another Austen fan! I've been to Robert Frost's house in Franconia, NH, and my class took a field trip in high school to Mark Twain's house.

    1. Anna - Austen is such a wonderful writer. I have yet to read all her books, but I do hope to make that claim one day.

      I would love to visit Robert Frost's house! I bet New Hampshire is beautiful. I imagine he was very inspired there.

  8. I love me some mac 'n cheese, total comfort food. My favorite mode of transportation is my feet, but I also like subways :)

    1. Stacy - There is nothing like a good plate of mac 'n cheese! I like to walk too. I am hoping we have nice spring weather long into the summer so Maggie and I can enjoy many walks together before the heat sets in.


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