Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Book Meme - Blogger Challenge

So it's no secret that I am back on the grid again, at least not to those who are still active in SL. I have always loved the things that connect us and make us unique, and when I saw blogger extraordinaire, and all around darling, Strawberry Singh had issued a blogger challenge called The Book Meme, I wanted in. I am a huge book nerd and proud. Here is my Q & A, you can still get in on the challenge by copying these questions and pasting in your own answers.

  • Are you a bookworm? -- Absolutely! I always have at least one book on the go, and often more than that. I have a list of  "1000 Books to Read Before You Die", and I am crossing them off as I go.
  • Which do you prefer: hardcover, paperback or electronic? – I tend to read in bed a lot, so my kindle is my new best friend. But there are some books I love so much I have multiple versions of, those special hardbound editions. I also repurchased a lot of my favorites for my kindle so they would be at my fingertips always.
  • Which book is your favorite? – Such a hard question to answer, since I read so much in so many genres. But my desert island pick would always be Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. Call it cliche, but I have read it so many times and it never gets old, I cry every single time.
  • Which children’s book is your favorite? – My favorite book from childhood is one my mother read to us at bedtime, the Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. It is so very sad, and so very meaningful. It is about the things we treasure that should never be forgotten, no matter how much we grow and change.
  • What’s the last book you’ve read? – I just finished re-reading the entire Outlander series, all 7 fat books, by Diana Gabaldon. I am so in love with these characters, and can't wait for the next book to drop in June. The best news ever is that STARZ is producing a TV Series based on the books, and the leading man, Sam Heughan is dreamy as Jamie Fraser. It is coming this summer as well.
  • Name your top five favorite writers: – Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Diana Gabaldon, gosh... is that 5 already? I could name dozens.
  • Name a book that had a strong impact on you: – A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. This book is remarkable.
  • Favorite & least favorite book genres? – My favorite genre seems to be Science Fiction and Fantasy, but I read everything from Classics, Biographies, Graphic Novels and Manga too. Least favorite is hands down Self-Help books, I just can't stay interested in them.
  • Favorite & least favorite book-to-movie adaptions? – The BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, is pretty much a dream come true, I can have that series on rotation 24/7 and never get tired, I know it word for word.  As for the worst, I think that Tom Cruise killed Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. The movie is worth watching as a stand-alone, but Lestat is an eternal teenager and the couch jumping Cruise is just awful.
  • Have you ever bought a book based on the cover alone? – I usually have to read something off the cover or inside the flap to get a taste of the book, but I am sure I did it a lot when I was a teenager with those awful teen romances from the 80s.
  • Where do you usually buy your books? – When I walk buy a used bookstore in downtown Toronto, I always go in and get something, even if it is just a copy of a classic novel I have read, and want to share with my nieces and nephew. Otherwise, I have to carefully approach and stay as short a time as possible, else I go broke endlessly.
  • Do you go to the library? – I don't unless I am taking courses at the University, the higher my education level goes, the scarier the libraries are. The University of Toronto has a dozen different libraries all over the campus, it's like trying to find needles in haystacks.
  • How many books do you own? On my main kindle it is about 300 titles to date, on my shelves, lets just say there are layers on layers in front of layers and no room left on any of my four large bookcases in my office. It's the first thing people comment on when they come into my condo, they always go wide eyed and say, "I guess you like to read!" There are over 1000 books in my place, and I have boxes of them in storage.
  • If you were to write a book about Second Life, which topic would you focus on? I think it's really interesting how you begin to identify with your avatar, how it becomes a part of you (for so many of us, anyways). I am interested in that, how we become attached to our shape or skin, or not. Whether we carve out an identity or niche, or find one. Our nicknames become somehow part of our psyche, that fascinates me and I think it would make an interesting project to talk to people about those attachments, inventory not excluded.
  • **Meme instructions: Copy and paste the following questions and answers into your post, delete my answers and input your own. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments on Strawberries Blog here so we can all come and see. If you create an image for this meme, feel free to share it in the Blog Memes Flickr Group.

    Top - DCNY, Mesh Striped Crop Top (Bluesy)
    Shorts - The Secret Store, Balloon Shorts (Carbon) @ COLABOR88
    Shoes - Baiastice, Lunar Ankle Boot (celeste) @ COLABOR88
    Hair - Clawtooth, Lady Stardust - Blueberry Pie @ COLABOR88
    Skin - *League*, Jen Pale ChinaDoll 
    Hands - Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands - Elegant1 R, Flat L
    Shape - My Own (with help from the fabulous Anessa Stine)
    Eyes - .ID., Real Eyes - Hazel
    Lashes - MMS - Thora Lashes by Minnu Palen (No Longer Available)
    Props - floorplan. pride and prejudice novel, AF Open Book
    Skybox - llorisen // ciaran skybox (Includes Texture Change Cushions and Poses)

    1 comment:

    Strawberry Singh said...

    So incredibly happy to see you back on the grid and blogging once again. You doing my meme was just icing on the cake. <3 I thought I was the only one that cried at P&P! LOL Welcome back! <33333