I found this little survey on Readaraptor and I thought I would give it a go…
Rules of this survey – no two answers can be the same book, all books must be fiction.
Book next to your bed right now: Right now it is ‘Private Life’ by Jane Smiley. When I bought it, I thought it was called ‘The Private Life of Jane Smiley’ which I think is a better title!
Favorite series: It would have to be Harry Potter. I got years of pleasure and imagination and wonder from him.
Favorite book: Oh, I’m still on a search! I adored Mc Carthy’s ‘The Road’ despite everyone around me hating it.
The one book you would have with you if stranded on a desert island: Would this not be your favourite book? I’m tempted to say something huge and brilliant that I wouldn’t have read before…A book is never quite the same once you know the story.
Book/series you would take with you on a long flight: Last time I was on a flight I read ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’ and it was amazing.
Worst book you were made to read in school: Wise Children by Angela Carter. No, I’m sure there were much worse ones, but I did this at AS Level and I just didn’t get it. It was the only exam I ever had to repeat as well.
Book that everyone should be made to read in school: I think they usually are but ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee. So many life lessons in there, and beautifully told.
Book that everyone should read, period: At the minute I will say Katherine Mansfield – Selected Stories.
Favorite character: Strangely, I remember little about ‘The Book Thief’ apart from I loved it so I may say Liesel Meminger here, as this would probably be a character from my favourite book which is still out there, somewhere.
Best villain: Again, I need to reread but Capricorn from Cornelia Funke’s ‘Inkheart’ was more terrifying than Voldemort.
Favorite invented world: I’m not sure if it’s my favourite, as they were usually very scary, but Pullman’s ‘multiverses’ such as the parallel Oxford and Cittagazze that Lyra and Will explore in ‘His Dark Materials’. I found those books enthralling.
Most beautifully written book: I loved ‘The History of Love’ – Nicole Krauss. How a book is written does sway me.
Funniest book: I remember ‘About a Boy’ – Nick Hornby being laugh out loud funny. I really love when a book makes me laugh.
Ooh. That was difficult. I’m not as well read as I would like to think… It was interesting. And my boxed up books are only slightly rifled through. Feel free to take this for your own blog!