Sunday, 8 May 2016

059. By the book.

In a previous post, I've mentioned that while shopping, you'll most likely find me in the bookshop more than in the beauty counter. In short, it's the next best thing to heaven. I found this post in Mimmi of Muted Mornings' blog, and thought I'd give it a try. 

Is there a book on your nightstand right now?

Rilla of Ingleside, by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I grew up reading the Anne of Green Gables series, and reading those books reminded me of how simple life was back then, and goodness and kindness are always important. In this book, Rilla starts off by being really selfish and vain. The outbreak of the First World War changes her life. This actually is a re-read--just like all of LMM's work! :)

What was the last truly great book you read?

Treasures from the Attic: An Extraordinary Story of Anne Frank's Family by Mirjam Pressler. If you're one of those people who grew up reading Anne Frank's The Diary of A Young Girl, you will find this an extraordinary read, as the title says. It was a great journey finding out about Anne's ancestors, other family members, and what happened to them after the Second World War.

If you could meet a writer, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you want to know?

Frances Hodgson Burnett. I loved reading the three of her most well-known work--A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy, and The Secret Garden. I want to know what Sara Crewe would be like when she grows up,  how the garden would affect Mary Lennox' life after the story has ended, or how Cedric Errol would be like in his adolescence and adulthood, and what kind of Earl he would be. I feel that these stories shouldn't have ended where they did.  

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

What Not To Wear by Trinny Wooddall and Susannah Constantine. I admit, I'm clueless about clothes--well, I was, until only recently. There's nothing more awkward than going somewhere wearing something that's not appropriate.

How do you organise your personal library?

Currently by category. Books I use(d) for uni belong to the top and second shelves.  Books for leisure go to the third shelf. Magazines, and other stuff go to the bottom.

Is there a book you have always meant to read but haven't got around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed not to have read?

I have a list as long as my arm! Included would be Vera Brittain's The Testament of Youth,  All Quiet on The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, Jojo Moyes' After You, and Emily Gregory's Little Book of  Lettering. And as a die-hard Downton Abbey fan, I would love to get my hands on a copy of  Downton Abbey: A Celebration.

Disappointing, overrated, just not good; name a book you feel you were supposed to have liked but just didn't? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?

Fifty Shades of Grey, just because I was curious, so I borrowed it from a friend. Returned it to her the next day. I couldn't get past the first page.

What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you steer clear of?

I steer clear of the vampire/mean girls/cliquey sort of books. Or anything with a depressing plotline. I've been going through something lately, and books with that kind of plotline would seem too close to home. Otherwise, I read just about anything.

If you could choose a book the President (/Prime Minister) had to read, which would it be?
I honesttly don't know. Like Mimmi,  I don't think anything could make him a better person. To be honest, I just want his term to end. I probably wouldn't recommend anything because he's not that kind of person.

What do you plan to read next?

I bought Margaret Macmillan's The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914, Hew Strachan's The First World War. Not exactly a cheerful reading matter, but when I was still in law school,  my Public International Law professor revived my interest in that subject matter, which started when I was reading Rilla of Ingleside. Before I've read that book, I have only heard of the Second World War--and back then, I didn't know that it was the second.  I really wanted to know what had transpired back then.

Please do let me know if you're going to do this tag, and I'd love to know about your answers!

Until then! :)

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