Today, I bring you the 10 Literary Questions Tag, curtesy of the Green Onion, who tagged me. He was tagged by Marta, the Book Mermaid, who I have to mention because the original tag is in Portuguese and she translated it to English so peeps who don’t know Portuguese can do it too (like me!). You’re awesome, Marta!
And shout out to Green for tagging me! 😀 (Totally love his blog!)
Apparently for this tag, one must answer the following 10 questions and then tag 10 peeps to do it. Here I go! 😛
What is the most beautiful cover on your shelf?
Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
Autumn Princess, Dragon Child by Lian Hearn
That was a difficult choice, but I really love the U.S. covers of Lian Hearn’s Tale of Shikanoko fantasy series set in medieval Japan. I love the colors and the illustrations, which were done by Yuko Shimizu, and that the words and illustrations are debossed, which gives the cover some texture.
If you could bring any fictional character to life, who would it be?
No one. I can’t think of any character I’d like to bring to life. However, a character I’d like to resurrect in a story would be Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series because I wish Harry had an active parental figure he could rely on for advice and guidance.
If you could interview an author, who would you choose?
It would have to be Brent Weeks because I have questions about Durzo Blint. He probably wouldn’t answer them, though.
Other authors I wouldn’t mind interviewing include: J.K. Rowling, to talk Harry Potter and classics (she would be bored by that, I think, since she’s probably discussed such a topic many, many times); Elizabeth Gilbert, to talk about writing and inspiration and perseverance; and James Nicol, to learn of the books that inspired his debut novel, The Apprentice Witch, which I recently read and enjoyed.
Which book would you not read again?
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I did not enjoy reading this and I don’t think I’ll pick it up again because I really could not stand the protagonist and I didn’t like the writing.
Can you name a confusing story?
The Life of Elves by Muriel Barbery
I guess some would say this is a literary story, but I’d say it’s fantasy too so… a literary fantasy story? It’s about two girls with magical abilities who must save the world and protect those they love. I liked the story and LOVED the writing, but the entire time I read, I was confused. It was sometimes hard to understand what exactly was going on, mostly in the battle scene at the end.
Your favorite fictional couple:
Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
This book 🙂 . I loved the couples in it. The ones involving Althea and Malta, two of the many protagonists in this trilogy, are my favorite. I won’t say anything else because I’ll spoil it all if I do.
Two favorite villains:
Cersei from the Song of Ice & Fire series by George R.R. Martin
Joe from the You duology by Caroline Kepnes
These two quickly came to mind. Cersei is one of my favorite characters in the Song of Ice & Fire book series and the Game of Thrones TV show. I like that she sees herself as much capable, or even more capable, a ruler as the men who try to manage Westeros.
Joe is creepy. I don’t like him, but I like his voice, or rather how his character is written in Kepnes’s novel You. He’s manipulative and is so good at it that though the novel is told from his perspective and the reader knows he’s horrible, the reader still roots for him sometimes and even sympathizes with him.
A character you would kill or remove from a book entirely:
The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey
Lilly, the random girl in the second installment in the Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey. I didn’t like Lilly and don’t think she affected much for her to be included in the story. Much of her function — goading Will, the protagonist, to do what he shouldn’t and think of things he doesn’t often consider — could have happened without her interference.
If you could live in a fictional world, where would you choose?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
That’s easy. I’d live in the Harry Potter world! 😀 If not, I’d like the Night Circus to exist in my world so I can visit it. Either way, I’ll get a bit of whimsy in my life.
What are the biggest and smallest books on your shelf?
From Under Mountains, #1 by Claire Gibson and Marian Churchland, illus. by Sloane Leong
The Norton Anthology of African American Literature
I switched the order here. From Under Mountains is one of my smallest books because it’s the first issue of a fantasy comic book series. It has about 35 pages. And The Norton Anthology of African American Literature is one of the largest books I own at about 2,776 pages; that’s Bible-thin pages with tiny-sized type.
Who do I tag?
Everyone interested in doing this tag! 😀