Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bookshelf Challenge

So, late is better than never, right? I was nominated for the Bookshelf Challenge by Meagan Briggs of The Empty Inkwell.

The Rules for the Bookshelf Tag: 

Answer the following questions about books, and then tag five other bloggers. You can answer the questions any way you want, whether it’s on your blog, in a video, or a combination of the two. Then remember to let whoever tagged you know when your post is up so they can read it.

1) Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?

I expect to cry over John J Dwyer's Robert E Lee, and after tearfully chewing through his War Between the States and Stonewall, I was definitely ready to take a break, but the main reason books get put off for me is because I am crazy busy.

2) Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre. 

John C Wright's The Golden Age introduced me to super-super-space-opera. It twisted my mind into pretzels and was highly enjoyable. Advisory: John C Wright is only recommended to mature readers.

3) Find a book that you want to reread. 

Just one? Persuasion by Jane Austen. From memory, one of my favourite Austens.

4) Is there a book series you read but wish that you hadn’t?

There are a number, actually, but today I'll just admit to Francine Rivers's Mark of the Lion trilogy. To be fair, Mrs Rivers writes a gripping story with oodles of melodrama, fun historical detail, and an evident desire to please the Lord. All that aside, the books are about the most pressure-cooker-y romance novels I've ever read. While recently I've been coming to firmer convictions on what kind of romance is appropriate (hint: you can have my copy of Much Ado About Nothing when you pry it from my cold dead hands), there's still a line between appropriate and inappropriate. The Mark of the Lion is a sanctified bodice ripper. There, I said it.

5) If your house were burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save? 

Pendragon's Heir, because losing ten years' work would be horrible. If I had any more time, I'd add my Kobo and my treasured copy of Charles Williams's Taliessin Through Logres/The Region of the Summer Stars, because replacing it would be so difficult.

6) Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?

Perelandra. I have a lot of memories, good and bad, of reading that book.

7) Find a book that has inspired you the most. 

Angels in the Architecture, Douglas Wilson and Douglas Jones. It more or less explains me.

8) Do you have any autographed books?

Rural Australia doesn't grant the opportunity to meet famous authors all that much. Given that, I'm kind of surprised how many I have. Signed first editions of the 100 Cupboards series by ND Wilson, if you're counting authors I haven't met. Otherwise, George Grant kindly autographed a copy of The Micah Mandate for a very star-struck Australian traveller last year, and Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin signed a copy of It's (Not That) Complicated for me around the same time. More recently, I became the proud owner of an autographed copy of Tasmanian author-illustrators Steve and Marion Isham's latest picture book Where The Platypus Sleeps.

9) Find the book that you have owned the longest.

Oh. Wow. I wouldn't have a clue. There are books on my shelf that my parents have given me from the library we had growing up, and books that came from my grandparents' shelves, so maybe the absolutely-fallen-apart Pilgrim's Progress?

10) Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?

Bleak House, by Charles Dickens. After being traumatised at an early age by Oliver Twist, I was surprised to enjoy that one.

The bloggers I now nominate are:

Schuyler M of My Lady Bibliophile
Elisabeth Grace Foley of The Second Sentence
Joy C of Fulness of Joy

and anyone else who wants to join in. Let me know if you do! Cheers!


Elisabeth Grace Foley said...

Here's mine!

I re-read Persuasion last summer, and discovered all over again how good it is. It's in my top three of Austen's books, along with Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.

Aha, so you do like books set in space. I was going to ask you about that—apropos of your comment that you're always looking for good new authors, I thought I'd send you a couple of recommendations on Goodreads!

Lady Bibliophile said...

Ooh, a tag! Thank-you very much! I look forward to posting my answers on Tuesday, and may even do a vlog. :D

Meagan said...

Really enjoyed reading your responses over a cup of tea, Suzannah!

Suzannah said...

Looking forward to seeing everyone's responses!

Elisabeth, I used to call PERSUASION my favourite Jane Austen as well--and then I re-read MANSFIELD PARK and was thoroughly impressed. When I re-read PERSUASION it'll be interesting to see if MP gets superseded again ;).

Also love the Amanda Root/Ciaran Hinds move of PERSUASION, it's very sweet!

Thanks so much for the recommendations! I need to scythe through a bit of my standing to-read list first, but will look forward to those when I get the chance. I'll read books in just about any genre if I think they'll be good. I've read some other sci-fi, from Azimov to Doc Smith, but JCW does very epic space opera and introduced me to the concept of the genre.

Lady B, looking forward to it. I've toyed with the idea of doing a vlog now and then, but I turn into a stuttering zombie if you point a camera at me, so...

Meagan, thanks for tagging me!

Joy said...

Oh, Thank you for the book tag, Suzzanah! That is a wonderful sort of tag, and I enjoyed reading this post. I love books such as Perelandra and Persuasion. . . and in danger, the first book to make me rush to rescue it would be my own writings!!

Also, can I say how much I love your bookshelves/couch - a sort of dream shelf for me ;). I look forward to doing this tag soon!

Suzannah said...

Joy, I have to admit to getting the photo of the bookshelves off Pinterest. So...apologies. But maybe I should snap a photo of my own book-lined attic for y'all sometime!

Rachel Heffington said...

I must admit that I didn't make it through even 1/2 of the Francine Rivers book. It WAS just what you called it. HA! XD

Suzannah said...

You're a better woman than I am, RHeff!

hopeinbrazil said...

Love this post!

Anonymous said...

When you write, "my treasured copy of Charles Williams's Taliessin Through Logres/The Region of the Summer Stars, because replacing it would be so difficult", you make me curious: which edition is it, Oxford, Eerdmans, Boydell & Brewer?

Have you annotated it, making it extra difficult - if not imposssible - to replace?

With all good wishes from

David Llewellyn Dodds

Suzannah said...

Hopeinbrazil--it's a fun post; please consider yourself tagged if you'd like to participate :).

David, I have the Eerdmans edition. It is not annotated (I have never, ever been able to bring myself to annotate or disfigure books in any way, except that I once borrowed a copy of LE MORTE D'ARTHUR from the library which had absolutely fatuous comments scrawled in the margins, which I answered--in pencil!) It's one of my most treasured possessions, being both a gift from a friend and upwards of $70 to replace last time I checked.


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