More passing the
buck baton – a meme from SB on books (scroll down to see her choices).
You’re stuck inside Fahr enheit 451, which book do you want to be?
I’ve not yet read Fahrenheit 451 but SB (helpfullly) writes that folks in this story memorized books to save them (to save the books) from the fire; they became the book they memorized.
Hmm. First thought was Pollyanna but to be honest, I think being or having a full time Pollyanna in your life would be bloody infuriating, much as the world might need one right now. So I’ll go for Jane Eyre. Even though the first part of her life is no picnic, once the nasty business is over and done with I imagine that she and Rochester would live a very happy and contented life.
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
A crush? No. But I’d adopt Donald Zinkoff in a heartbeat.
The last book you bought is:
A Sweet Obscurity, Patrick Gale. Our local Ottakers bookstore is selling them at 99p as a “taster” to his other work. The theory is that you buy this one cheaply and come storming back for everything else he’s written. Sounds like a good plan. Will let you know.
The last book you read:
House with a Past, John Courage. Sadly out of print now and I treasure my copy (ex library stock). To be honest, it’s not that well written (too many exclamation marks! and the ending is crammed into two pages where the villians recap their evil deeds to the victims before killing them, as if the reader hasn’t guessed it all by now) so I can’t quite explain my attachment to it. Maybe because it reminds me a little of something Nevil Shute might have written, or perhaps because it was one of the first grown-up, hardback books I ever bought second hand.
What are you currently reading?
Cascading Style Sheets: The Designer’s Edge, Molly E. Holzschlag . Brilliant. Except for the title. I’m sure designers can learn css from it too but it’s extremely well written and suitable for the non designers among us. I wonder if the title puts people off?
Five books you would take to a deserted island:
I read fiction very quickly so the list would have to be books I know I love and can reread at the drop of a hat.
House with a Past, John Courage (out of print)
A Clergyman’s Daughter, George Orwell
[something] by Bill Bryson
Book 4 to be added
Book 5 to be added
Who are you going to pass this stick to and why?
Anyone who hasn’t yet completed it? But especiallly Huwge (when he’s back), Nancy (because we’ve been having an email exchange recently, exclaiming at the similarities in our personalities so I’m keen to hear her selection), Leah [for obvious reasons], Mary, Donna, Neil and lovely Briggy because they’ll all have great answers.
But feel free to join in!