Day 1 – Your favorite book and why
If I can only choose one, it’s The Faerie Queene, hands down. It’s full of violence and adventure and sex; it has literally everything you could want in a book.
Day 2- A quote from said book
A gentle Knight was pricking on the plaine,
Ycladd in mightie armes and silver shielde,
Wherein old dints of deepe wounds did remaine,
The cruel markes of many’a bloudy fielde;
Yet armes till that time did he never wield:
His angry steede did chide his foming bitt,
As much disdayning to the curbe to yield:
Full jolly knight he seemd, and faire did sitt,
As one for knightly giusts and fierce encounters fitt.
My favorite author might be William Faulkner, and my favorite book of his right now is As I Lay Dying. It’s one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.
Day 4- Your favorite book from your childhood
Day 5- Guilty pleasure book
The House of Night series. The writing is horrific; the characters relay stories to each other multiple times, word-for-word; one day of limited action takes 100 pages. But I keep wanting to know what happens next. It’s like I’m afraid something good is going to happen 10 pages after I finally give up.
Day 6- If you were stranded on a desert island, what book would you want?
Maybe The Faerie Queene, because I couldn’t imagine ever getting bored with that. I would also accept The Perks of Being a Wallflower because it’s amazing. I could probably read it 100 times.
Day 7- Favorite movie adaptation of a book
Carrie. It’s the only case I can come up with off the top of my head where the movie is actually far better than the book is, and the book is also wonderful.
Day 8- Favorite quote from any book
There are way too many, so I’m going with this one right now because a friend just quoted it a few minutes ago in a text message:
“… and in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Day 9- What are you currently reading?
Day 10- Write a review of the last book you read
I’ll quickly tell you what I thought. A Visit from the Goon Squad was definitely a fun read. It read more like a book of short stories than any of the reviews I read had indicated. Jennifer Egan is a badass, but I don’t recommend it to anyone who is not really into short stories.
Day 11- Favorite book you had to read for school
For high school, Catch-22.
For college, impossible to say, but perhaps the most surprisingly delightful was The Puttermesser Papers.
Day 12- Favorite classic
Maybe Frankenstein? Or Wuthering Heights? Or are we talking, like, The Odyssey? Because I’m not really down with The Odyssey.
Day 13- Favorite poet
I know I’m a horrible person, but I’m not really into poetry. I guess I have to go with Baudelaire if not Spenser.
Day 14- Post your favorite poem
Since I already used The Faerie Queene, now I’ll say “La Belle Dame Sans Merci.” Off the top of my head.
Day 15- Recommend 5 books to your lovely followers
No problem! The following books are not necessarily among the books read by generally well-read people, but they should be!