Friday, June 18, 2010
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Friday, March 12, 2010
I saw this little book questionnaire over at Alexia's Books and Such... and thought I would give it a try. Although this one asks some tough questions I am going to be honest (and not try to just sound smart for all of you!). To me these kinds of things let you really know what I like to read - it's just like putting my Ipod on shuffle!
Rules of this survey - no two answers can be the same book and all books must be fiction.
- Book next to your bed right now: 'Love Rules' by Freya North
- Favorite series: 'Outlander' Series by Diana Gabaldon - don't know if I've ever read a series so quickly until I picked that one up one summer in college!
- Favorite book: like ever? I often say 'White Teeth' by Zadie Smith but secretly it's probably 'The Edge of Reason' by Helen Fielding
- The one book you would have with you if stranded on a desert island: 'Poisonwood Bible' by Barbara Kingslover
- Book/series you would take with you on a long flight: something, anything by Marian Keyes because than I am pretty much guaranteed to like it
- Worst book you were made to read in school: Anything by Ernest Hemingway - sorry NOT a fan
- Book that everyone should be made to read in school: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee
- Book that everyone should read, period: 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' by John Fowles
- Favorite character: Scarlett O'Hara from 'Gone with the Wind'
- Best villain: Mrs. Danvers from 'Rebecca'
- Favorite concept series: What the hell is a concept series? Google didn't answer it. So this one's a pass so I'm guessing I haven't read one.
- Favorite invented world: I tend to read books set in the present or the past so they are set in real worlds but as a child my absolute favorite world was that of the Berenstain Bears – seriously nothing got better than that for me!
- Most beautifully written book: 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Funniest book: ‘My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands’ by Chelsea Handler
Monday, October 19, 2009
This article was recently posted on Telegraph.co.uk which had reported the results of a survey which asked, "Who do you think is the most romantic character in literature?" I thought this was such a great question! Here are their top ten results (starting with most romantic):
1. Mr Rochester of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre
2. Richard Sharpe of Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe series
3. Fitzwilliam Darcy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
4. Heathcliff of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights
5. Rhett Butler of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind
6. Mark Darcy, of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones’ Diary
7. Captain Corelli of Louis de Berniere’s Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
8. Henry DeTamble of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveller’s Wife
9. Gabriel Oak of Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd
10. Rupert Campbell Black, of Jilly Cooper’s The Rutshire Chronicles
For me, I first stepped out of the 'young adult' genre in 7th grade and became the voracious reader that I am today. This was the year that I read 'Gone with the Wind' and Rhett Butler therefore would be my original literary love. Who can resist a good cad and we all now our first loves always stay with us. I would also have to say that the Darcy's - both of 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'Bridget Jones's Diary' - are current and probably perennial literary loves. For many of you, although I have never read them, I am guessing you are sad the love interest from 'Twilight' isn't on here! So who are your literary loves? Do you agree with the above list?