Okay, I’m not really making waves, but I liked the title. But I did catch a meme fairy over at A Guy’s Moleskin Notebook, and so I’m shaking it off here. In the shaking-off process, the fairy may have changed the questions–just a bit–but I think I’d like to treat these meme fairies like minor illnesses. Everyone around me may be catching them, too, but when I do, I make it all my own (and drown a few).
1. Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews or having trusted friends rave about it?
Anything by Cormac McCarthy and Ian McEwan (did I get that name right?). I know they’ re GREAT, but there is no way I’m reading The Road or On Chesil Beach.
2. If you could bring three characters to life for a social event (afternoon tea, a night of clubbing, a book signing), who would they be and what would the event be?
Mr. Upjohn from The Truth about Unicorns by Bonnie Jones Reynolds, Miranda Day from Mama Day by Gloria Naylor, and the monk from The Holy Man by Susan Trott. The event would be my first book tour. They’d travel with me and tell me everything I’d need to hear when I’d need to hear it. Who wouldn’t be brave with them at your side?
3. (Borrowed shamelessly from the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde): you are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel ever written. While this immortality is great for a while, eventually you realize that it’s past time to die. Which book would you read to see you to your grave?
Wuthering Heights. God knows I’ve tried, really, several times to like it, but I’ve yet to finish it.
4. Come on, we’ve all be there. Which book have you pretended or hinted at having read, when in all honesty, you’ve never looked beyond the cover if you’ve even seen that much?
1984 by George Orwell. I mean, I should’ve read it by now. Right?
5. As an addition to the last question, has there been a book you’ve really thought you’ve read, only to discover one way or another that you haven’t. Which book?
I keep thinking I’ve read Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (it is Steinbeck, is it?). Oh, wait. I haven’t, but I love Steinbeck. Go figure.
6. You’ve been appointed Grand Book Advisor to a VIP (who’s not a reader). What is the book you’d recommend and why?
Depends on what kind of VIP. The Street by Anne Petry, maybe? Am I trying to make a point or get them to love reading? How about Great Expectations by Charles Dickens? The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster?
7. A good fairy comes and grants you one wish: you will have the ability to read in any one language of your choosing. What language do you choose?
Spanish. I would say Russian, but I think I want to read magical books, not bleak ones. Poor Russians…
8. A mischievous fairy comes and says that you must choose one book to reread once a year for the rest of your life (and you’ll still be able to read other books). Which book would you pick?
Can’t decide, but I’ve answered a similar question before. One of the books in answer one.
9. The good fairy now pays a final visit and offers to build you your dream library. Describe it. Leatherbound books? Lovely trade paperbacks? Autographed editions?
I don’t care if books are hardcover or paperback, I just want all the books I want to read. I want high shelves of wood. A bay window and lots of light. But also room for art on the walls. A HUGE room with a cozy corner. Books that look like they are meant to be read.
10. What novel would you like to be a character in?
The Truth about Unicorns. I want to steal Harley away from Lillith with Mr. Upjohn’s blessing.