Intermission: The Book Stick
I've been seeing this one around and figured it was only a matter of time before I got tagged. Okay, Mom, here goes:
You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?
It would have to be something I wouldn't mind reading over and over, until I knew it by heart, and then reciting on demand for the rest of my life. Hmm...okay:
Girls, Visions, and Everything, by Sarah Schulman. I have it half memorized already. Either that, or Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh. (Come to think of it, the two have lots in common-- both are about scrappy androgynous females having adventures around New York and writing about them. Oh, heck, I'll be responsible for both books.)
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Um, see above question. That is: Lila Futuransky. And Harriet M. Welsch. And that circus woman in Fifth Business, by Roberston Davies, I forget her name. (I'm so fickle!) I'm sure there are more.
The last book you bought is:
I'm assuming this doesn't include the 55 books I just ordered for work. For myself? I don't buy many books; mostly I get them from one library or another. I think the last one I bought must have been A Hat Full of Sky, by Terry Pratchett; I got it for RW for Chranukah.
No, wait! I bought Belondweg Blossoming after that, by fellow-blogger Rachel Hartman. And I liked it so much I ordered the other comics that go with it. So yes! The last books I bought were the Collected Chronicles of Goredd. (And mighty fine they are, too; I was rereading one just the other day.)
The last book you read:
God Went to Beauty School, by Cynthia Rylant-- read it in one shot last night. It's very short, a YA stories-in-poetry-form sort of thing. It was okay.
What are you currently reading?
Kira-Kira, by Cynthia Kadohata, this year's Newbery winner. So far, so good. A little slow, though; I hope it picks up.
And my current book-on-CD for the car is Chasing Vermeer, by Blue Bailett. Kids' art mystery. Reminds me a little of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. People keep mentioning it to me, so I figured I should read it. It's great!
Five books you would take to a deserted island:
This is tricky, because I'm really a light reader, but I'd want some substantial things to carry me through. On the other hand, I once dragged Paradise Lost all around England for a whole summer without cracking it, preferring to read Girls, Visions and Everything over and over. Can I include that one again? And Harriet the Spy? Or is that too boring? Let's say I already know them by heart, because of the Farenheit 451 thing, so I don't need to bring them because I can write them out on bark with berry juice as soon as I get settled.
The Jerusalem Bible (I could entertain and educate myself by working out the Hebrew from the English as I went along)
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, by Rebecca West [never finished that, always meant to]
Rise Up Singing, edited by Peter Blood-Paterson (I think that's who edited it)
One of the Russian novels I've never read: Anna Karenina, War and Peace... one of those.
The Tummy Trilogy, by Calvin Trillin
Three people I choose to "stick this" to and why:
I hate to impose, especially because I'm hoping a few of you will still be around when it's time for me to give out interview questions. I am curious, though-- so I pass this stick to anyone who wants to pick it up. Leave a comment below and let me know if you do!