Hello all and happy Saturday!
I got tagged by The Arbitrary Fairy some time ago for this fun set of bookish questions (created by Madison), and not even a couple days ago was tagged by Kenechi. Which are both great excuses to be bookish. And talk about books.
What’s not to like?
#1. What books or series that intimidate you (because of length, density, subject) would feel like an accomplishment to finish?
A Brandon Sanderson fantasy series. I’ve heard so much about them but the length of them is quite overwhelming. If not also the enthusiasm and dedication of his fans. I did read Starsight a couple months ago, but from what I’ve heard his other series are a lot more intense and have a much higher learning curve for the worldbuilding.
I could think of a couple classics too, like The Brothers Karamazov. Also remember starting the biography Bonhoeffer early last year, which I want to finish at some point, but the first couple chapters were fairly intimidating.
Oh, and my 900+ page history book this school year was extremely intimidating but I’m over half way through – and that’s a huge accomplishment in my opinion haha.
#2. What author would you like to coauthor a book with?
This one is hard. There are so many aspects to consider, but I guess one of my friends and I have been talking about writing and illustrating a collection of original poetry together.
Another friend and I have talked about creating a book that is filled with beautiful things such as charts of constellations, diagrams of mushrooms, berries, plants and vibrant watercolor paintings of seashells, but also sprawling pages of illustrations of people and pages of poems, quotes, funky clocks, weird hot air balloons, and random facts about animals, both the strange and the awe-inspiring. But it wouldn’t look like a ‘fact book,’ it would be very pretty and colorful. Feathers, patterns on insect wings, flowers, etc.
As for a previously published author, I’m much too intimidated to say any one author haha. I feel like I could learn a lot of specific things from different authors, but coauthoring is a scary thought.
#3. If you could interview any author on your blog, who would it be? What’s one question you would ask?
Charles Dickens; I would ask if he could fully name and identify all his characters from Bleak House off the top of his head.
#4. What genre is out of your comfort zone that you’d like to conquer someday and write within?
Urban fantasy is fascinating but I’ve never worked up the courage to try that one yet. A solid modern day coming of age novel is something I wish I had enough talent for. And my non fiction writing skills is something I wish I could improve.
Let’s just ignore the fact I keep answering these one answer questions with three or more answers. 😆
#5. What specific edition of a book would you like to own someday? (It could be rare, a first edition, an anniversary edition, signed, or one with a cover special to you, etc.)
As of right now all I want is a Barnes and Noble classic copy of Little Dorrit to match my other classics. I like their elegant yet colorful covers, inner layout, helpful notes in the back, and the binding of the book makes it easy to open.
So is this so much to ask for??
I have looked everywhere but it does. not. exist.
Which is a problem I’ve run into before. It is very hard to find a passable printing of lesser know classics. Most of the time all I can find are random companies I’ve never heard of that have on Amazon with the most hideous covers, title art looking like it was made for a early 2000s power point slide, and the inside looks like it was copy and pasted from notepad and printed for the a cost of three pennies.
In the end, I’ve decided to get a Penguin Classics copy, which I am happy about… I do like their line of classics. Literally the only downside is my classic collection not matching. Which is mildly annoying.
Beyond that I much prefer the covers of the original printing of The Hundred Cupboards series by N.D. Wilson and would love to find a proper copy of Dandelion Fire.
Apparently I’m really opinionated about covers??
#6. Are there any books or bookish items that you’d like to collect?
Barnes and Noble classics! I’m going to start a petition for them to branch out!
I am having trouble thinking up a proper answer to this question. Beyond books, I don’t really collect book-related novelty items.
#7. Name one bookish place you’d like to visit. (Not somewhere you’d like to visit because of a book and not a fictional place within a book. A library, bookstore, etc.)
My grandmother got me a huge coffee table book of the most beautiful libraries around the world for Christmas so this is actually something I have been thinking about.
Out of the libraries detailed and photographed for that book I would like to visit The Benedictine Abbey Library of Admont in Austria (fold out pictured on the right) and The National Palace Library in Marfa (in Portugal with bats).
I have actually in the past to visited a lot of fantastic book-related places which were all amazing though.
I’ve been to the Boston Library, the Library of Congress, the libraries at Yale university. All of the above which had ancient books, fascinating history, and breathtaking art.
I have hunted down some pictures of two of the Yale libraries when I visited there a couple years ago during a debate tournament weekend
The books are so old that there are no windows in order that no sunlight would harm them. I forgot I did this, but I hunted down the “d” section for Charles Dickens and took a extremely blurry picture of his books.
You can still see how huge they are though. Especially that green copy of Bleak House, if I may be so bold as to point out.
#8. What’s one bookish event you’d like to attend? (A festival, a signing, a book fair, etc.)
Yes? I’ve nevver been to any of the above, but I suppose the idea of “a book festival” sounds splendid, so I would interested in going to one to see what it is like.
#9. Your WIP is getting published and designing the cover is solely up to you. What does it look like?
The first question is “which work in progress?” 😆
As much as I have opinions about covers, I have absolutely no idea what my time bus story cover might look like. I’ve tried to make mock covers but none of them are right. Which is frustrating on multiple levels haha. I feel like once you have a really good picture for the cover it can help as inspiration when getting stuck in tiny details or distracted with losing sight of the core elements you value of the story, such as style, subject, portrayal, etc.
That might just be me though?
Goosey Laura Lukoner Lose Guiseppe Laurentius Lewkenor Lewis III I have always pictured a simple neutral or warm palate with either a (geometric?) silhouette of a man in a top hat in front of a large (brick?) factory with smoke coming out. Or some Charles Dickens-esque pen sketch of Guiseppe. I guess the main idea is a clean and well done minimalist cover with a nod to old fashion elements?
That, or something ornate with gears and a Victorian or (after research I have discovered this very helpful name) fictorian font.
At least, I would like to try the two categories and see which I like the feel of best, though the later is growing on me fast.
And my newest WIP, my new novel I have only just this week thought up and began plotting, I have very specific ideas for but tHaT wOuLd giVe tHinGs away. And I want to give it some more time before announcing its title (which I lowkey adore) and its plot and characters (of which/whom I am currently obsessed with.)
#10. What’s one thing you’d like to accomplish within the bookish world? (As a writer, reader, blogger, whatever you want.)
I would like to write a novel that stays with people long after they put it down. One that is as addictive and approachable as candy fiction but as thought-provoking and unforgettable as a soul-searching classic. And I would like my work to always accurately portray the complexity of human nature. Something I once heard someone call a book which I thought was encompassing of a lovely kind of book… a book that “welcomes” the reader and gives them a home. I’d also like to be able to write a book like that for children.
Here are the questions in copy and paste format:
- What books or series that intimidate you (because of length, density, subject) would feel like an accomplishment to finish?
- What author would you like to coauthor a book with?
- If you could interview any author on your blog, who would it be? What’s one question you would ask?
- What genre is out of your comfort zone that you’d like to conquer someday and write within?
- What specific edition of a book would you like to own someday? (It could be rare, first edition, an anniversary edition, signed, or one with a special cover to you, etc.)
- Are there any books or bookish items that you’d like to collect?
- Name one bookish place you’d like to visit. (Not somewhere you’d like to visit because of a book and not a fiction place within a book, but a library, bookstore, etc.)
- What’s one bookish event you’d like to attend? (A festival, a signing, a book fair, etc.)
- Your WIP is getting published and designing the cover is solely up to you. What does it look like?
- What’s one thing you’d like to accomplish within the bookish world? (As a writer, reader, blogger, whatever you want.)
Now for the questions from The One and Only Kenechi, which are technically part of yet another Liebeter Award (I can never spell that thing right ahaha) (and whatever the award part means?).
#1. What is your favorite non-fiction book?
All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Wooward.
It’s the true political detective story about two fresh reporters who happened to be assigned to cover a small piece of news about a seemingly insignificant break in at the Watergate complex in 1972 that lead to their further investigations that uncovered the full Watergate sandal. It is both gripping and informative, and gives a very intriguing picture of journalism and a compelling illustration about the power of words and story.
And fun fact! One of my character from the time bus story is heavily based off of these two reporters, and there is even a scene that draws inspiration from a series of scenes in this book.
Hefty content warning for this one, though, so be advised.
#2. What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen?
The ocean and the sky.
#3. What are your movie tastes?
Movies that are good art.
And they are sometimes (but not limited to) historical movies, action films, musicals, bbc period dramas, movies based off of real life court cases, dramas, and pixar.
So yes, the genre is Good Art™
#4. If you could speak any language you wanted in the blink of an eye, which one?
German. I’ve heard if you know German and English, you can go about anywhere in Europe. Next choice would be Italian, Spanish, or Croatian.
Or something like that. The more I think about it, the more I keep thinking of more languages I would like to be fluent in. 😆
#5. How do you like to organize your bookshelf? (Alphabetically, color coded, biggest to smallest, etc.)
I actually have a very specific method. I was originally a die hard color-coded-bookshelf advocate (though really that hasn’t changed the benefits are unparalleled) but I’ve made a few modifications to accommodate series and poetry. My top shelf is series (which are all black/grey or yellow themed anyways??) and then my next two shelves are color. My third is classics. And the fourth is poetry and non fiction.
#6. What do you do to wind down?
Light a candle in my room, crack open my window, listen music, and lay on the floor staring at the ceiling.
Variations include poetry, hot tea, and drawing.
#7. What is your dream pet?
Ever since that amazing dream I had a few weeks ago, a smol puppy named Boba.
^^ something like these cuties
#8. What is THE one book you want turned into a movie? Furthermore, what actors would star in it?
I’ll go with Island of the World by Michael O’Brien, one of my favorite books of all time, and I have no idea who might star in it.
It is the life story of a Croatian man from very early childhood to death, covering the very complicated and dark history of the country including its occupation by Fascist Italian forces and Nazi German ones in World War II, to the experience of being an immigrant in America. It also deals with themes such as love, reconciliation with past, the complexity of human nature, and perseverance through hardship. It is one of the most moving stories I’ve read. I’d be interested to see a quality film based off of it.
Content warning for this book as well. Most memorable was the graphic descriptions of violence experienced by Josip (the main character).
Isn’t the cover gorgeous too though??
#9. How much coffee (or tea) in a day is too much?
For me? Two cups of coffee, or four cups of tea.
#10. Did you know that algae is used in food products? How does that make you feel?
I have a vague memory of reading that in my Physical Science or Biology text book (or somewhere else?), but since you brought it up I am slightly concerned but not too much because I’m not dead yet with whatever I’m eating (and maybe I’m not eating algae)
Who knows though 😆
I’m a bit afraid to research further.
#11. If you had a chance to cosplay, who would you go as? There are no limits.
I am overwhelmed. I need my limits.
Lady Cathrine Deburgh.
Jean Louise Finch.
I am both running out of ideas and having too many ideas at one time so I’m going to stop for all of our sakes.
My questions for you:
- What is something you are happy/proud that you did this week?
- What was the last poem you read?
- What is your favorite non-fiction book? (because I liked that question so I’m going to steal it)
- What is a character trope that shows up often in your stories and/or that you enjoy reading?
- What is a song that always makes you want to dance?
- If you were a pair of shoes, what would you look like and what would the marketing campaign be?
- What has been your latest pastime obsession?
- If you could design a t-shirt what would it look like?
- What is (are) your favorite painting(s) you’ve seen?
- What is a dish you would love to learn how to make?
- If you could rewrite a character in a movie, tv show, or book, who would you rewrite and why?
And that is all for today, folks. Kudos to whoever made it this far, because this feels like an unreasonably long post. So here is a final thought from C.S. Lewis to take with you: “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”
Would you consider coauthoring a book? What do you value in book covers? Do you have a favorite non fiction book to recommend? What book would you like to see turned into a movie?
Also as a side note, I’ve been thinking about doing a post where I talk about my favorite books such as Island of the World, Bleak House, and others I haven’t mentioned in the past before. Would you be interested in that?