The Book Worm [Tag]

by - March 09, 2015


 It's five forty-six in the evening, but it should be seven forty-six. I'm lying on a bed in a hotel room in Canterbury. To my left is mi amore, rummaging through his phone, to my right is a pile of freshly-bought and ready-to-be-read books, topped off by a travel-sized versions of Wreck This Journal and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. Conveniently, Ivy has filled out a tag for book worms and left it open for anybody who wants to join in. I guess I still have a bit of time before we head off for dinner...

1.  If you could pull one character or object out of a book, who or what would you take?
 A dragon egg from the Vault of Souls in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance. I am very predictable.

2. Which would be the best fictional world for you to live in, and why?
 I am flexible - I'll be happy in any fictional world, so long as I can be a dragon rider in it. "If the world didn't contain those beautiful creatures [dragons], he'd decided, it wasn't half the world it ought to be." (Terry Pratchett, The Colour of Magic).

3. If you could rewrite the ending of a book, which finale would you change?
 I would alter the ending of one of the stories in James Frey's Bright Shiny Morning (not giving away which one, though), as well as the outcome of Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. I love both of them, but realism and dystopia... well, they can be exhausting, if you read too many of them in a row. After all, part of the reason I read is to get away from them, even if only for a while.

4. Which book series were you in love with at first, but ended up hating towards the end?
 I can't say I was ever "in love" with The Hunger Games, but I definitely used to like the first two books... to an extent. However, Mockingjay proved too much for me to handle.

5. Which is your favourite soundtrack to a film adaptation of a book?
 I couldn't help myself, and ended up compiling an entire playlist. I might or might not have cheated, and included soundtracks to TV series, films based on stories or poems, and musicals.


6. Which book did you think you would hate, but ended up loving?
 Paolini's entire Inheritance Cycle. Eragon, the first book in the series, left me unimpressed. However, as the story progressed, I found myself slowly, but surely, falling in love with it. To this day, Brisingr is one of my favourite books.

7. If you could burn one book which one would you pick?
  I once had a Wreck This Journal which, upon its completion, I "wrecked" completely by tossing it into a fireplace - it seemed like a suitable end. Aside from that, I really want no part in libricide of any form.

8. If you could kill two characters, who would they be, and from which book?
 Pass, I wouldn't kill anybody. Though I would let quite a few live, instead.

9. If you were in the Lotus casino from "Percy Jackson", which character would you want to be trapped with?
 Confession time: I have never read anything from Percy Jackson and the Olympians, nor do I have a strong desire to do so any time soon.

10. Imagine you're on a long journey in a subway. Reading is your main priority for this trip, so you need to pack a few books to keep you busy. Which ones are they?
 Loads of fantasy books, especially mythic and epic fantasy, books on herbalism and crystals, a suspicious amount of Haruki Murakami and War and Peace.

11. Which books have been in your wishlist for some time now?
 Black Coffee Blues, as well as a few other books by Henry Rollins.
 We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
 Milk, Sulphate and Alby Starvation by Martin Millar
 The Dwarves by Markus Heitz (I keep stalking mi amore's books from this series)

I can only think of tagging Mi, but anybody can feel free to fill this out.

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