- You must be honest
- You can’t not answer a question
- You have to tag at least four people
1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
Francesco Carotta’s “Jesus Was Ceasar”. I might give this one another try this year, but if it’s still as dull as I remember it’ll be marked “couldn’t bother finished” in goodreads. I think it’s been there.. 6 years?
2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?
This is phrased as if I only read one book at the time. Does that happen to people?
Last read: Pride & Prejudice!
Current read(s): Noughts and Crosses (+ Den Blå Rullgardinen, Sense & Sensibility & Fri os fra kærligheden)
Next read: On the Shortness of Life
3. What book(s) did everything like and you hated?
I assume everyone rather than thing…? Hmm, this’ll be Scandi-centric – Knausgård. FFS. Read the first two books in the series, hated everything from the name of the books to the storyline and characters.
Kind of funny story related to this: I was out for dinner with a visiting american colleague. He asked if I knew of Knausgård (since I’m from “around there”) and then continued telling how he enjoyed the books since he “like reading long boring books”. xD
4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
Probably Salman Rushdie.
5. Which book are you saving for “retirement”?
What? No. Come on. As my colleagues like to say “what if I get hit by a bus tomorrow?”. Read them now!!
6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?
Ah, see. *cough*. It depends. I usually wait patiently till the end. HOWEVER. I’ve read books by George RR Martin, so I know some authors are completely unreliable in keeping my favorite characters alive. So I occasionally have a peep when it starts getting exciting, if the characters are close to my heart and I don’t trust the writer. Not to see how it ends, just to make sure they’re still alive by the end…
7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?
Waste of space. I won’t even pick up the book unless it’s been recommended to me or the front is appealing.
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Hmm. I don’t know, books seem to be other pretty miserable or YA, and I don’t want to live in dystopia, nor do I want to be a teenager again. So… I don’t know?
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?
There are some that remind me of specific periods. Like I remember reading this book when I was stuck in Sweden due to Eyjafjallajökull’s eruption.
10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.
Don’t have any!
11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
Special reason? More than “this is a good book, I think you’ll like it”? No.
12. Which book has been with you to the most places?
Hmm, nothing really, I’m usually pretty good at finishing what I start reading. Maybe Fallvatten though? I finished it fast but during the first leg of our USA trip, so it went to different 4 cities there.
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
Wait.. what? There are people who hate the required reading? I only remember the two books I absolutely detested; in high school – Lord of the Flies, at University – Heart of Darkness.
14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?
Just old stuff I used as bookmarks last time I started reading certain books. Old tickets and that kind of things.
15. Used or brand new?
In theory: used, in practice: new.
16. Have you ever read a Dan Brown?
Obviously; the DaVinci Code! Am I supposed to feel embarrassed about that? Put down that Jonathan Franzen book and quit your book snobbery.
17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
Warm Bodies! Not sure if it’s cause it’s better or if it’s cause I saw the movie first… there’s just this whole level of sarcasm in the movie that wasn’t there in the book.
18. A book that NEVER should have been published.
But… can I be a heretic and just say “most religious books”? Or like this one (easily found by googling “that horrendous book about dating”).
19. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?
20. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
Always? No one. Someone whose advise I’ll listen to with an open mind: Lisa!
As per my usual approach I won’t tag anyone directly, but anyone who wants should feel free to do their own list.