Want to get in touch with me? I’d love to hear from you! Just email me at ccaitlinbrown at gmail dot com! Have suggestions, comments, accolades or insults? I’d love to hear it – just drop me an email! And now for some more things about me!
I’ve been a powerful reader from a young age. Because I was socially awkward and a nerd from pretty much infancy (my first chew-toy was, in fact, one of those old board books) I spent a large portion of my elementary school days reading, sitting on top of the jungle gyms and trying desperately to ignore the kids staring around me. I lost myself, and thus, many years an a proficency in operating the computer later, this blog was born – we read to know we are not alone. Reading has gotten me through some very long, very hard, and even some very good times! Reading is my first love, and will, with all luck, be my last! And now, to answer some more book-ish questions, I’ve stolen a meme from my good friend Eva at A Striped Armchair.
Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews? I can’t seem to bring myself to read anything by Stephen King. I love movies based on his books, and my mother is a huge fan of his writing, but every time I try and pick of a book of his, I just can’t seem to get in to it!
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? The first person would, without a doubt, be Mr. Darcy of Pemberley, and if I could have it my way, he would be the only character and the night would be full of activities far to obscene to mention here ;D However, that’s not the question. I think the next character would have to be Henry DeTamble from The Time Traveller’s Wife, the young and uber-sexy librarian who’s personal views on art drove the book and inspired a streak of art obsession shortly after I finished reading the book. The third would have to be Mrs. Dalloway, the fabulously written, slightly mad heroine of Mrs. Dalloway by the fabulous and more-than-slightly-mad Virginia Woolf. The activity? What can you count on an 18th century upper-crust, a modern day classics librarian, and a 19th-century recluse to all love? A night out at the lake cabin, of course, complete with lobster, smores, and quite a bit of fireside chat!
(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 awhile, eventually you realise it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave? Catch-22. I just can’t do it. I tried. Many times. I just don’t see what everyone else does.
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? Gone with the Wind. I’ve tried multiple, multiple times to read it, each time getting to about page 100 before giving up or finding something else better to read. However, it’s my favorite movie of all time (talk about the beauty of technicolor and of Clark Gable) and, whenever anyone asks me if I’ve read the book, my immediate reaction is to say yes.
As an addition to the last question, has there been a book that you really thought you had read, only to realise when you read a review about it/go to ‘reread’ it that you haven’t? Which book? Every single time I pick up Oliver Twist it takes me about fifty pages to realize that I’ve read it before. It’s one of those books that I keep telling myself ‘you should read this, its a classic’ and, each time, I have to laugh at myself when I realize that I HAVE read it!
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 of personalise the VIP) The first book of any great reader should be on that teaches you something! Start with The Giving Tree, a book I’m sure they could handle and also learn quite a bit from. From there, if anyone can get through Running with Scissors without at least one smile, they’re probably not someone I want to be advising!
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? I’d probably have to go with Gaelic. I’m already proficient in Spanish (according to my college’s foreign language tests!) and there is just something so powerful about the language of ancient Ireland. Other than that, I’d have to go with Greek – my mother is Greek, and the scope of classical literature available would be stunning with said fluency!
A mischievious 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? Pride and Prejudice. The first book I loved, the last book I loved, and the book that I re-read every year, mischevious fairy or not!
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 think that the main thing I’ve learned from book blogging is to book blog! To keep track of what I’m reading, to try and put in to words what I did (or didn’t) like about what I’m reading, to enjoy the company of a whole community of avid readers, a community that doesn’t necessarily occur amongst 20-somethings at state schools.
That good fairy is back for one final visit. Now, she’s granting you your dream library! Describe it. Is everything leatherbound? 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. You can see my description of my perfect library here!