I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Katherine from the Library Life. Thanks for nominating me! And now I will answer some questions about reading, writing and not arithmetic.
1. What’s your favourite topic to blog about? Why?
I love blogging about anything and everything. But my favorite…is probably anything humorous. I love sarcasm, swearing and being over the top and…yes exaggerating. My social style is Expressive. Can you tell? (Hence my excessive use of exclamation points)
2. If you could sit down and have a conversation with any author, who would it be?
I think I’d want to talk to Diana Gabaldon. I want to know how in hell she comes up with all her stories! She’s literally (literarily – made that up) epic. And her stories seem so realistic to me too. I just love everything she does.
3. What’s your favourite book cover?
Whoa…I have no idea! Let me check Goodreads and get back with you….hold on….
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I’m kind of obsessed with that book and movie. OMG…I just answered one of the questions below without even realizing it. They did a good job with that movie adaptation. It’s batshit insane, which of course I adore.
4. If you could visit any fictional land/place, where would it be and why?
I like lots of historical places from books, like Robert McCammon’s New York City, or the south from Gone with the Wind or 17th century Scotland or America from Diana G. Or ancient Egypt from Pauline Gedge’s novels. However, I would only want to visit these places, not live there (Civil War and starving, not so much). The past is scary! I like my modern conveniences, like indoor plumbing and medicine and the absence of bugs.
Oh yeah…and I want to visit the world of Fear and Loathing where you can be insanely wild, drug addled and irresponsible. Particularly those Las Vegas hotels from the 70’s are pretty sweet.
5. If you could change the ending to any book or series, which one would you change?
One ending that always seemed a bit strange/unrealistic to me was Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. However, I really did like that book because the character voice is unusual. Also, anything by Margaret Atwood, such as the Handmaid’s Tale or Alias Grace are a bit frustrating to me because the endings aren’t really spelled out. They are left for you to decide what it means. In some ways that’s good because you can spend a bit of time thinking about it, but it’s also irritating cause you will never know exactly what the author was thinking.
6. What’s your favourite book to film adaptation?
I think the Notebook was well done. Seriously that’s the only book to film adaptation that is coming to mind at the moment. How bad is that? I feel like most of the books I love have not been made into movies and I find that very sad because there are sooo many good stories out there and yet Hollywood just keeps remaking all the same boring trite shite. Like Robert McCammon’s books or Sara Donati’s series. Such good stuff. Finally they are making a TV show out of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series, so I’m pretty stoked about that.
7. Hardcover, paperback, or Ebook?
Hmmm…tough choice. Typically I don’t like reading hardcover books, cause they’re hard to hold. I do like paperbacks, however the spines sometimes break. Ebooks are cool too because you can read incognito and no one knows you are reading a dirty romance novel!! Shhhhh!
8. What book have you re-read the most times?
Hmm…When I was a kid my grandmother gave me a book called Alec Forbes and His Friend Annie. It was written in 1865 and is a story about growing up. I used to read that book over and over again every few years and every single time I would cry!
9. What’s your favourite place to go to read or write?
Reading, I love to do outside if possible on my porch if the weather is nice. Writing, I typically don’t have much of a choice, so write in my room in the house.
10. What are the 5 items you never leave home without?
I always have: my phone, wallet, typically a book to read, water bottle (water rocks my world. That’s ridic), xanax (yes, the drug. Just in case of mind-controlling anxiety!)
11. Does a certain song ever make you think of a particular book? (List the song and book! :D)
Since I’m obsessing over Fear and Loathing in this post, I’m going to say there are several songs from that movie that I always associate with the craziness that is F&L in LV. For example:
One Toke Over the Line
Mama Told Me Not to Come
All I can imagine is Dr. Gonzo and his rotten attorney. Particularly when his attorney is in the bathtub and he wants a “rising sound” and wants Dr. Gonzo to throw the tape player into the tub with him when White Rabbit peaks and bites its own head off. Totally awesome. “I am Ahab!”
I want to give this award to my friend Belinda Williams! BEL!!! You have been nominated. Now go forth and answer the same exact questions, preferable in a saner way.