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.
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):