Saturday, January 26, 2008

When's spring coming?

Usually I am a huge fan of all things cold since it is the opposite of oppressive, sweat inducing heat, however I must say that this year I am already suffering form spring fever. I am ready for some warmer weather - or at least ready for the snow and ice to melt a bit so I don't look like an idiot shuffling everywhere I go to keep from falling over! Not to mention Bryn's new playhouse will be here soon and I want it to be warm enough that our putter-togetherer doesn't turn into an ice cube while he is assembling! All in good time, I suppose.

I went scrapbooking last night and didn't get much done, but still had fun. Aaron and I are headed to dinner with our Sunday school group tonight...I'll just have to figure out how to stay out of all the yummy desserts that are sure to be there!

And now for the reading meme that Debi tagged me for:

Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews? It's only the first question and I am already stumped. I'll read just about anything so this is a tough one to answer. I guess I would have to say I generally shy away from classics (Grapes of Wrath is one in particular) - I think it is all of the forced reading of classics in high school and college and a rebellious streak that has convinced me I just won't like it! I do have many classics on my to be read list this year, though, so hopefully I'll get over it!

If you could bring three characters to life for a social event (afternoon tea, a night of clubbing, perhaps a world cruise), who would they be and what would the event be? Guess I am feeling a bit twisted today as I would pick three amazingly despicable villains just to see if they would be able to survive each other for an evening. I'd put them at a dinner party just so they would all be on their best behavior, but I suspect they would be plotting against each other within seconds. I'd invite Annie Wilkes from Misery, Rasputin (is it cheating to use a real-life character?) and Zenia (The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood). Probably best not to invite anyone else as there would be a real chance of serious bodily damage...

You are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for awhile, eventually you realize it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave? I actually don't think I can answer this one. I will trudge my way through just about any book I pick up and can't honestly remember the last time I put a book down for good because it was too boring.

You’re interviewing for the post of Official Book Advisor to some VIP (who’s not a big reader). What’s the first book you’d recommend and why? Hmmmm...As odd as it seems, I think I'd have to recommend Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. it is a book that captures the imagination and transcends age and gender boundaries.

A good fairy comes and grants you one wish: you will have perfect reading comprehension in the foreign language of your choice. Which language do you go with? I guess this question reveals my ignorance of world literature because I am perfectly happy reading in English.

A mischievous fairy comes and says that you must choose one book that you will reread once a year for the rest of your life (you can read other books as well). Which book would you pick? I would have to say A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This was my favorite book when I was young and I still read it every few years. I think I could live with reading it once a year...

I know that the book blogging community, and its various challenges, have pushed my reading borders. What’s one bookish thing you ‘discovered’ from book blogging (maybe a new genre, or author, or new appreciation for cover art-anything)? As a total newbie to the book blogging world, I really can't answer this one.

That good fairy is back for one final visit. Now, she’s granting you your dream library! Describe it. Is everything leather-bound? Is it full of first edition hardcovers? Pristine trade paperbacks? Perhaps a few favorite authors have inscribed their works? Go ahead-let your imagination run free. I was going to say that it doesn't really matter just as long as there are a zillion books, but I realized I do prefer new books. I don't get many of those as I check most things out of the library, but there is nothing quite like the smell and feel of a book that hasn't ever been opened by anyone else. So I would have a zillion new books, a refrigerator filled with drinks and snacks and a nice comfy "napping" couch so I could take a few hours every day to snooze after getting my fill of some good reading.

Tag 4 people for this meme... I'm not going to tag, but if you feel compelled to play along, please do!


Debi said...

I think I could have gone with The Grapes of Wrath as well. Just can't seem to make myself read that one. I don't know what it is about Steinbeck's books...I either really love them or really hate them (not that I've read all that many).

That's quite the little soiree you've got planned there!

Jean said...

Don't sell Grapes of Wrath short. I read it in high school--don't recall that I had to, but I read it nonetheless--and it was so powerful I remember certain scenes to this day. In fact, I'm not sure I could read it again. Sophie's Choice is another one like that. I read it in college, at a point in my life when I actually did not want, ever, to have children. Now, having had two, I don't think I could bring myself to read it again.

Susan said...

Interesting questions on that list! Sounds like you've been busy. I crave the cold when it's hot and I crave the warm when it's cold. And when I think about how many "in between" days we get, I think there are not enough of them.



gail@more than a song said...

I think what Susan said is right, crave the cold when it's hot and vice versa! In between sounds nice.

A home library with tons of new books and a comfy couch would be the best! I might never leave.
Hope everything's going along should post pictures of the work on the basement!