This is a fun Q&A that I came across on Sarah Says Read. I love filling these things out so I thought I would participate.
Book Q&A Rules
1. Post these rules
2. Post a photo of your favourite book cover
3. Answer the questions below
4. Tag a few people to answer them too
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you’ve tagged them
6. Make sure you tell the person who tagged you that you’ve taken part!
What are you reading right now?
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (so good!) and Frost by Thomas Bernhard.
Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?
Yes, but it depends on what’s available at the library. My first choice would be Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell. Anything by David Sedaris or Robert Musil would work too.
What five books have you always wanted to read but haven’t got round to?
Middlemarch – George Eliot, A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens, Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy, Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Little Women – Louisa May Alcott. Most of these are so big and I think that’s why I keep postponing them. This is just the tip of the iceberg though – my to-read list is so long!
What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
Bust (a feminist magazine about culture) and Språktidningen (a Swedish magazine about language and words).
What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?
Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. This book gave me absolutely nothing.
What book seemed really popular but you didn’t like?
The Trial by Franz Kafka. I loved The Metamorphosis so I had very high expectations for The Trial but I ended up feeling disappointed.
What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?
The Sorrows of Young Werther by J.W von Goethe. Seriously, read it.
What are your three favourite poems?
I’m not a huge fan of poetry… I actually can’t even think of three poems that I’ve really loved.
Where do you usually get your books?
The library, always the library.
When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits?
Not that I can think of. I just remember reading a lot.
What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was too good to put down?
That doesn’t happen to me a lot, not because I don’t read good books but because I usually just get too sleepy (annoyingly enough!). But the book I’m reading right now (And Then There Was None) is exciting enough for me to stay up later at least.
Have you ever “faked” reading a book?
No, I don’t see the point and I would be afraid of someone finding out that I hadn’t actually read it.
Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
Bought? No. Borrowed from the library? Kind of. Well, not just because of the cover but it could be a factor, yes.
What was your favourite book when you were a child?
Minoes by Annie M.G Schmidt. I read it so many times that I can still remember many details from it. But mostly I just remember the atmosphere of the book. I get nostalgic just thinking about it!
What book changed your life?
I would say The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe because it made me look at the world differently. It’s the book that turned me into a Romantic.
What is your favourite passage from a book?
So many to choose from! But off the top of my head I’m thinking it must be the ending to The Stranger. It’s quite a long passage though so I can’t quote everything, but here’s a part of it (it’s not a spoiler):
“It might look as if my hands were empty. Actually, I was sure of myself, sure about everything, far surer than he; sure of my present life and of the death that was coming. That, no doubt, was all I had; but at least that certainty was something I could get my teeth into—just as it had got its teeth into me. “
Oh, I love The Stanger so much.
Who are your top five favourite authors?
Jane Austen, Mary McCarthy, Anne Brontë, Charlotte Brontë and Edith Wharton.
What book has no one heard about but should read?
Birds of America by Mary McCarthy. More people need to discover the brilliance of Mary McCarthy!
What books are you an ‘evangelist’ for?
Classics in general and Victorian novels in particular.
What are your favourite books by a first time author?
I take this to mean debut books, and The Bell Jar was Sylvia Plath’s debut book so that should count, right? Also, The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
What is your favourite classic book?
If I had to pick one (and that’s very difficult!) I guess it would have to be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Five other notable mentions?
North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell, The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins, The Awakening – Kate Chopin, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë, Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë.
As for tagging others, I’ll do as Sarah and just say that if you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged. :)