Sunday, March 16, 2008

List #16: Book Meme, the Third

My cousin and her husband went away this weekend. Sissy took the kids from 9-5 on Saturday. Since they housed us for 10 months, we never say no to any request, and we had the girls until 2:30 today. I'm pretty sure that they'll never leave the kids with us again. When they arrived to pick the kids up they were playing unsupervised in the yard without coats, and it's only about 48F. So we suck as parents. (The dude is sick and I have no excuse except I had just been worn down by 11:00 this morning when I was chasing a little girl/puppy around trying to get her to brush her teeth and sit on the potty.) Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera to their house--there were so many projects I could have photographed.

Was this on Annette's Acre or Blonde Librarian? Both? Neither?

Hardcover or paperback, and why? For books I want to have forever, hardcover. For books I want to read on the bus, paperback—they’re often lighter.
If I were to own a book shop, I would call it…Read.
My favorite quote from a book:
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife.
The author (alive or deceased) I would love to have lunch with Jane Austen. (Too trite, I know.)
If I was going to a deserted island and could bring only one book, except for the SAS survival guide, it would be…The Riverside Shakespeare. Lots of good stuff: comedy, tragedy, romance, history. Everything you need in one book!
I would love someone to invent a bookish gadget that…stopped time so I could read more.
The smell of an old book reminds me of…rainy days
If I could be the lead character in a book it would be…someone smart and sassy who has a big adventure. Or, I’ll settle for the adventure: Leila Hadley. Technically, not a character.
The most overestimated book of all times is I’m going to go with the Bible. Do you know how many people have gone to war over this?
I hate it when a book…gosh, I hate a lot of things. I stopped reading Bonfire of the Vanities because Tom Wolfe kept using “raconteur” when storyteller would have worked just as well. So I guess I hate unimaginative writing? An author who doesn’t know how to use a thesaurus? Bad editing? All that and more?


Barbara said...

I like this meme! ;)

No coats on kids playing outside in March? You sound like a kick-ass aunt to me! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Good meme! Very thought provoking.

Annemarie said...

Nice one. Like Barbara, I think there are plenty of mothers who should use you as an example.

doahleigh said...

What is that quote from? It sounds familiar... wondering if I've read it.

Cathy said...

I totally suggested the spray paint to Rob yesterday while he was putting it together. He said that he'd rather not use it because it might slow down the slide. Whatever!

Michelle said...

That Hadley book looks good.