1) Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews?
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton. I tried it once and it gave me a headache, and now I can’t get motivated to get back to it.
2) 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?
I don’t read much fiction, so this is tough:
- Frodo from Lord of the Rings – You gotta love a guy who thinks Second Breakfast is a no-brainer
- Dumbledore from the Harry Potter Series – It’s handy having a guy who’s always right around, (Well, always right except for his brief flirtation with racism and his flirtation with other men. Spoiler, highlight text to read.)
- Roy Hobbs from The Natural – That would be a great hitter to hang around with
3) (Borrowing shamelessly from the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde): you are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for a while, eventually you realise it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?
Moby Dick. I understand it’s one of the most boring books and many people only pretend to have read it.
4) Come on, we’ve all been there. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it?
I can’t claim never to have done this, but I can’t remember doing it.
5) 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? (If you feel like you’d have to know the person, go ahead and personalise the VIP).
Roots of American Order by Russell Kirk. It will help anyone understand the importance of conservatism.
6) 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?
Ancient Greek – it would be nice to be able to read the Bible and the early Christians in the Greek
7) 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’m thinking The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, an enjoyable read and spiritually enlightening
8) 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)?
I’ve learned the value of writing me own reviews of books. It helps me sum up what I read and makes it stick in my mind better.,
9) 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 favourite authors have inscribed their works? Go ahead-let your imagination run free.
It would all be hardback, the books are sturdier that way. It would be an actual library, multiple stories tall, spiral staircase. It would contain all the great classic works of Greek philosophy, early Christian and Jewish writing. Lots of astronomy and cosmology books as well.