Book Questionnaire

It’s not always easy to come up with posts for a blog, especially one solely about books. So every once in a while it’s fantastic to find things like the Book Q&A (which I stole from My Life in Books) to fill blog space! If you end up doing your own, leave a link in the comments so I can see!

(Please excuse the formatting on this!)

Book Q&A Rules
1. Post these rules
2. Post a photo of your favorite book cover
3. Answer the questions below
4. Tag a few people to answer them too
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you’ve tagged them
6. Make sure you tell the person who tagged you that you’ve taken part!
Your Favorite Book Cover:
NightCircusTPsmallAs a rule, I don’t love books about the circus, but I couldn’t get away from the brilliant simplicity of the paperback version of The Night Circus. I was completely seduced by the cover and it became one of my favourite books!

What are you reading right now? The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak. 
Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that? Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell or Jacqueline Susann’s The Valley of the Dolls. I’m not sure that 2 more different options exist…
What five books have you always wanted to read but haven’t got round to? 
1. War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy (this book will likely plague me for always)
2. The End by Ian Kershaw
3. Gold by Chris Cleave
4. That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, The Duchess of Windsor by Anne Sebba
5. The Procrastination Equation by Piers Steel (irony no?)
What magazines do you have in your bathroom/ lounge right now? Uh yeah, that’s gross so, none.
What’s the worst book you’ve ever read? The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco. I know. I was really surprised too.
What book seemed really popular but you didn’t like? Water for Elephants. People still try and convince me that I was wrong and it’s really very good. Circuses guys, not my thing.
What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone? Pride & Prejudice but that’s because it is my own favourite and I just can’t understand how people have managed to go their whole lives without reading it! I try not to blanket recommend though – people’s reading tastes are very diverse.
What are your three favorite poems?
1. Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare. Thanks to Sense and Sensibility for that one (Marianne and Willoughby? Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments, for love is not love which alters when it alteration finds – sigh)
2. In Flanders’ Fields by John McRae because I’m Canadian.
3. Because I Could Not Stop For Death by Emily Dickinson – a bit morbid, but the imagery of riding in a carriage with Death has always stuck with me.
Where do you usually get your books? Big chain bookstores like Chapters. I know. For shame. I also use bookdepository.com because shipping is free. And I plan on spending a lot more time at the library so there’s that.
When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits? Not that I can really remember. I just remember the point where I didn’t want to be read to anymore because I felt like I could read faster than if someone was reading to me. Little jerk.
What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was too good to put down? Honestly this doesn’t happen very often because I’ve gotten very good at parcelling out my reading. I can tell how long it will take me to finish something so more often than not I finish reading on the bus home and have another book in my bag to start.
Have you ever “faked” reading a book? No. That seems like a waste of energy.
Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover? All the time! That’s why book covers are important. We all do it – probably because we know we’re not supposed to!
What was your favourite book when you were a child? Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery. Oh Canada.
What book changed your life? Anne of Green Gables and The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Anne of Green Gables because Anne was a kid just like me when I read it (well not exactly like me obviously – I had electricity and indoor plumbing) and she went on to do amazing things. The Happiness Project because it showed me that I can make little changes in my own life to up my day-to-day happiness quota. Seems simple but it really is something that someone else needs to point out to you!
What is your favorite passage from a book? 
The first time Mr. Darcy proposes to Elizabeth and she gets SO angry. It’s long but it starts with You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than it has spared me the concern which I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentleman-like manner. 
And then Mr. Darcy is all startled and she keeps going. It’s awesome.
Who are your top five favorite authors? (Aside from number 1, in no particular  order)
1. Jane Austen. Hands down.
2. Marian Keyes
3. Ken Follett
4. Agatha Christie
5. JK Rowling
What book has no one heard about but should read? The Imperfectionists by Tom
Rachman. Set in Rome at an English language newspaper as we’re all struggling with the potential loss of print media, it is a masterpiece.
What books are you an ‘evangelist’ for? Pride and Prejudice. Seriously, it will blow your mind how many people have not read it. Currently I’m working on getting people to read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.
What are your favorite books by a first time author? The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.
What is your favourite classic book? Really? Pride and Prejudice. Les Miserables is a close second. 
Five other notable mentions?
1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
2. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
3. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
OK! That’s it! Your turn!