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the definitive collection of book memes and quizzes
2009-06-30 07:56 pm (UTC)
What's the oldest book you own?
I have about three dozen ‘antique’ books, and rather than check them all, I just checked the oldest looking one:
Faraday as a Discoverer
by John Tyndal (1884). Most of the others are old children’s books, natural history books, or poetry collections.
What's the newest book you own?
The most recent, new purchase was
by Maria V. Snyder.
Name a book that you like to have easily accessible?
The Chambers Dictionary (thumb indexed)… the most useful book I own, even with the proliferation of internet dictionary sites; sometimes inspiration only comes with rummaging through pages.
Name a book that you like to have easily noticeable (for reasons of pretension, interest or 'cause it's pretty)?
Agatha Christie: The Art of her Crimes (the paintings of Tom Adams)
by Julian Symmons. Interesting, illustrated and an enthusiasm of mine.
What's the nicest book or set of books that you own?
I have a small collection of Folio Society books (they are always so nice!), but the more mass-marketable box-set of hardback editions of The Bartimaeus Trilogy, a fantasy series by Jonathan Stroud, was very nicely done, especially for children’s books.
What's the most battered, most loved book that you own?
My grandfather’s paperback copy of
The Good Companions
by J.B. Priestly. Before my uncle gave it to me, Grampe had tortured the spine so much he’d had to fix it with liberal applications of masking tape, which spread over much of either cover. It amuses me to no end.
Have you encountered a book that felt especially nice to hold?
Just a week or so ago, I got around to reading a paperback copy of Stephen Fry’s
. It has a lovely soft cover, the kind of paperback you can bend without creasing anything, and which feels sublime in one’s hands, unlike the stiff, glossy, daren’t-open-it-fully conventional type.
Do you arrange books by author, title, genre, vibe, colour or not at all?
I used to alphabetise by author, then title, but eventually had so many books in all rooms, that it became necessary for aesthetic reasons to arrange them somehow practically
pleasingly instead… now they’re loosely by genre, but balanced by size and colour and fit on the shelf rather than in logical progression.
Do library / borrowed books feel as nice as books you own?
No… slightly more interesting and illicit, but not as comfortable.
What format of book do you most like holding? (ie, paperback, hardback, trade paperback, graphic novel...)
I rather like heavier hardbacks if I’m reading in bed – there’s something about the comforting weight of one on the shelf of my breast that makes me wonder if I’m not maternal because my boobs would rather be propping up books than feeding babies.
Do you have any hidden books?
Not any more; there was a time when I hid my copy of
120 Days of Sodom
by the Marquis de Sade (which I bought, ironically, because the cover was gorgeous), but I hid it so well it never made my first move with me -_-
What books would you keep in your (real or hypothetical) spare room for guests to read?
books (the two I have),
The Ladies’ No. 1 Detective Agency
by Alexander McCall Smith, and sequels: they’re light and easy to read, and the covers are attractive without being garish. Also, a handful of classic fiction (Austen, Dickens, Hardy) and a couple of war histories / biographies. But then I get irritated by people actually borrowing them… my books are in the spare room to make it feel homey, not to actually take away!! *selfish book-hoarding grump*
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