So I was nominated to do this “Bookshelf Tag” by The Paper Butterfly. She is one of the most energetic bloggers I know, always keen to learn more about writing, and is very generous with her time, and in giving encouragement to fellow writers. Go check out her blog and be inspired by her sheer writing enthusiasm!
Answer the following questions about books, and then tag five other bloggers. You can answer the questions any way you want, whether it’s on your blog, in a video, or a combination of the two. Then remember to let whoever tagged you know when your post is up so they can read it.
1. Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?
No. I do not cry. Do you see my beard? I read The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, twice, and my eyes stayed as dry as the Sahara. Of course this could be because I’m a ginger, and have no soul.
2. Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.
Magician, by Raymond E. Feist. This book almost single-handedly made me into the fantasy lover I am today (and by fantasy lover I mean: lover-of-fantasy, not Fabio).
3. Find a book that you want to reread.
I’d like to re-read Storm Front, by Jim Butcher, as I keep picking it up to read again but get distracted by sparkly things. Damn you, sparkly things.
4. Is there a book series you read but wish that you hadn’t?
Not as such, but I did wonder once whether I might have been better off not finishing the Harry Potter series. I freaking loved the first few books when I was in highschool, but the epilogue was so anticlimactic… NOTE TO WRITERS: NO EPILOGUES. You kill my imagination for what comes after.
5. If your house was burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?
Nation, by Sir Terry Pratchett, because it’s signed and it’s hardcover, and it’s a beautiful standalone book by a man who usually writes long series.
6. Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, because I remember queueing up for it, walking around everywhere for a day or two reading it, bumping into stuff and nearly getting hit by cars, and at the time there was a particular girl who lent me the first books, and those kinds of memories last for a long time.
7. Find a book that has inspired you the most.
The Hobbit. I’ve re-read it a few times, and am now reading it aloud to my wife’s bump (I figure that entering the world having already read Tolkien must be a good thing for a lady).
8. Do you have any autographed books?
As well as the abovementioned Nation by Terry Pratchett, he also kindly signed my map of Ankh-Morpork, and once Gordon Ramsay signed a cookbook for me and told me to “Stop making f#$cking cup noodles, you’re better than that.” (He’s wrong, I’m not).
9. Find the book that you have owned the longest.
Probably Magician again. Speaking of which, funny I never noticed at the time that it’s little-boy wish fulfilment from start to finish: one main-character grows up to become the most powerful magician ever, and has exotic romance, and the other main character (also male) becomes a world-stomping warlord god who gets the elven queen… seriously I’m not making this up. Oh, and the subsequent books branch out a lot from there.
10. Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?
No, but I once had a sneaking suspicion I would enjoy the Host, by Stephanie Meyer. DON’T TELL ANYONE.
The people I nominate for the Bookshelf Tag are (awesome and you should check them out):
- Victoria Davenport at Coffee, Write, Repeat
- Millie Ho of Millieho.net, and webcomic Sorrowbacon
- Gpeynon of How Do You Pronounce Eynon?
- Rena Freefall of Freefall
The Shadow of the Wind has a very awesome cover!
I have a different edition myself, but this one’s perfect for the book too. The tale involves a secret library, and much of the mystery is around the author of one book… and why somebody is going around burning copies of it. Incredibly beautiful, very human, romances and stuff, set in Barcelona post Spanish civil war.
Sounds interesting. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it 🙂
Thanks for the nomination. I’ll get to this next week, looks like fun. Not sure I agree with you about epilogues, though. The epilogue to War and Peace is simply awesome (in word count as well as poignancy). To me it felt that the whole book built towards this epilogue, and it is a piece of writing that will stay with me forever.
I haven’t read War and Peace, so it might be that it was just done really well in that? I’ve heard of a good use for an epilogue: when a story ends on a bit of a down note, an epilogue can be used to let the reader know things work out later on. That way they can close the book without therapy.
Everything has a place I guess, but HP’s epilogue kind of killed the feels for me.
I put “Shadow of the Wind,” and “Magician,” on my reading list! I may be the only person in existence that hasn’t read the Harry Potter series XD I’m not against it, I just didn’t feel a strong urge to read it :$ My husband doesn’t really cry much either. I don’t know that he’s ever cried watching a movie or reading a book. Maybe? He’s cried about really serious stuff like when the tsunami hit his hometown in Japan D: His family turned out to be okay, but there was no communication with them for days so he was scared. I cry pretty easily, but I’m a super emotional person :$
I kind of agree with you on epilogues. I think it’s better to leave the ending unanswered and then read or write fanfiction about it if you want more. I wanted to write fanfic for Final Fantasy 13, but by the third FF 13 release my story idea was impossible XD *Shakes fist at Square Enix* I read a sequel to my favorite book/movie, “The Last Unicorn.” Although it was just a short story so I guess it was more of an epilogue. It made the whole thing even more depressing and squashed any hopes I had of the Prince and Unicorn living happily ever after ;_____; The short story made me cry, and it was really sad so I never read it again.
Anyway, I showed this post to my husband, and he laughed about the part where you called me an enthusiastic blogger XD In general I’m not a really enthusiastic person :$ I’m fairly low key unless I start talking about writing, books, beautiful Asian men (* -*), hip preservation, video games, or cats. Then I get pretty excited XD I guess I am an enthusiastic blogger because that’s what my blog is about, lol.
Awesome! You might love Magician, just go into it knowing that it’s a typical epic fantasy, meaning REEEALLY FREAKING LONG.
Holy crap, that sucks about your husband’s hometown. I threw a heap of money at the red cross appeal when that tsunami hit, because the later part of my childhood was fuelled by a love for Japan, and we were all pretty gobsmacked by it.
Oh and I know exactly what you mean about the enthusiasm thing. I once thought I could never do a blog, truth was: I’d just never thought to write one about the stuff that I actually care about. Now I have an ever deepening obsession with tappy-tapp-tapping away at my blog…
My poor book is probably getting jealous.