little_tristan: (Kindle)
The End: do you prefer everything tied up or to be able to 'make up your own mind'? What is the worst ending to a book you have read? And the best? (careful, spoiler tags!)

I love neatly tied up endings. The first ending that really killed me was a YA book called Buck by Tamara Something (Laramore, maybe?) MAJOR SPOILERS HERE!! I can't find it on Amazon and it's gone from the library, but it was about a high school student named Buck who showed up at a new school and became Mr. Everything overnight. He was an athlete, an excellent student, and all the girls loved him. The guy who had been Mr. Everything before Buck came to town was insanely jealous and had a gay father (or maybe one of his friends did), and he stumbled across a nude magazine layout that Buck had done under another name when he was homeless and hungry. The guy made copies and put them up all over school. Buck saw them and ran away, never to be heard from again. The narrator wrapped up with some lame-ass "I hope he finds a place to belong" shit and that was it. That was the first book I ever threw across a room in frustration, and if it hadn't been from the library, I'd have killed it. Then I sat down and cried for about an hour.

The best ending is, without a doubt, Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. It's not the story so much as the writing itself (not terribly spoilery): And I say, if she'd ha' died, Ethan might ha' lived; and the way they are now, I don't see's there's much difference between the Fromes up at the farm and the Fromes down in the graveyard; 'cept that down there they're all quiet, and the women have got to hold their tongues.
little_tristan: (Kindle)
Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!)

Saddest would be everyone who didn't make it to the end of The Dark Tower by Stephen King.

Most satisfying death is probably Nadine Cross from The Stand. The best, in terms of nobility and whatall, probably come from that book, too, but getting into it would be highly spoilerific.
little_tristan: (Kindle)
Some firsts: First book you remember loving/being obsessed with. First book that made you cry. First book you gave to someone else as a gift.

I can't remember the exact first (seriously, did a dedicated, life-long reader really come up with this question?), but the ones that stand out are:

First book I was obsessed with: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
First book that made me cry: By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
First book I gave as a gift: I'm not sure of the title (Garfield at Large,maybe?), but it would have been a collection of Garfield comics that I gave my dad for his birthday.
little_tristan: (Kindle)
Bonus entry because I was gone yesterday and keep falling behind:

Any five books from your "to be read" stack. What makes you select a book for your to be read stack?

The ones most likely to be read soon are:

I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye by Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair (a gift from a friend about the grieving process after the loss of a loved one)
The Dead Zone by Stephen King (old favorite, and now on Kindle as a birthday gift from my sister)
100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know: Math Explains Your World by John D. Barrow (birthday gift from [livejournal.com profile] sara_merry99)
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (it's been a couple years)
Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips (recommended by [livejournal.com profile] oddmonster)

Seriously, do readers make these memes? It's impossible to say how books in general make the list. They just show up and I try to get to them.
little_tristan: (Kindle)
Most quotable novel or 5 of your favourite quotes from any books.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Most quotable book EVER, and I included way more than five in my review.
little_tristan: (BtVS Spike Sod Off)
Most annoying character ever

Everyone in Wuthering Heights, but especially Catherine.
little_tristan: (Dancing)
Favorite fictional relationship (romantic, friendship, familial)

Romantic: Josh and Douglas from Missouri
Friends: Basil Hallward and Dorian Gray The Picture of Dorian Gray
Familial: Atticus, Scout, and Jem Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird
little_tristan: (Books)
Favorite book cover including a picture

I couldn't really come up with anything, so here's a little treat for my friends.:D
little_tristan: (Books)
Your "comfort" book

Is it possible to have just one? :)

Short list:
The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie
Little Alters Everywhere by Rebecca Wells
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Dave Barry's Greatest Hits (A book which, to quote one of the columns therein, still does a better job of cheering me up than any major religion.:)
little_tristan: (Books)
A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Pickets and Dead Men by Bree Loewen. Not generally a big fan of outdoor adventures, but this ended up making my Top Ten Books of 2010. Really a great account of one woman's struggle to succeed in a fascinating job she loved.
little_tristan: (Books)
Least favourite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise



Unhappily married woman fixes her life and solves all her problem by having sex with a member of a celibate priesthood and then abandons him, leaving him bereft of even his faith.
little_tristan: (Books)
Your favourite picture, junior fiction and Young Adult books

A Chocolate Moose for Dinner by Fred Gwynne (Yes, Hermann Munster wrote children's books.:)
The Pony Problem by Barbara Holland (coming up at [livejournal.com profile] oddlittlecat)
Twink by John Neufield
little_tristan: (Books)
Your favourite book series & your favourite book out of that series

Okay, it's time for another list:

The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder: Little House in the Big Woods and Farmer Boy
Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery: Rilla of Ingleside
Harry Potter by JK Rowling: The Prisoner of Azkaban
The Dark Tower by Stephen King: The Drawing of the Three
The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Last Battle
little_tristan: (Books)
What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?

Maybe Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. That thing was a pain to get through, and not as rewarding as I'd hoped.
little_tristan: (Books)
Adaptation: What book would you most like to see made into a film? Do you like to read the book first or see the film? Any books you have read after seeing the film version?

I don't want to see any of the books I love made into movies because they always ruin them. When I see a movie that I really like and find out that it's based on a book, I'll read it and it's almost always a huge improvement. I loved the movie About A Boy, but the book was so much better, I have to pretend they're not the same story. And I can't watch Jurassic Park at all anymore after reading the book. Really, only the Coen brothers can do a decent book to movie translation. No Country For Old Men and True Grit are the best I've ever seen.

(Mystic River was passable, but right at the end it seemed to duck out on the point, while Gone With the Wind, as a movie, missed the point entirely.)
little_tristan: (Books)
Do you recommend books to other people? If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?

I totally recommend books like crazy. And I get to make other people read my books at [livejournal.com profile] oddlittlecat. The one book I encourage everyone to read is Gone With the Wind, which I haven't pushed on the OLC group yet, but it's probably coming. :)
little_tristan: (A-Team Murdock Range Rider)
What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

I'm not sure if this means so far this year, or in the past 12 months, but either way, it's a tie between True Grit by Charles Portis and Missouri by Christine Wunnicke.
little_tristan: (Book Hangover)
Do you reread a lot? Why (not)? Name a book you have reread many times.

I re-read all the time. Probably the book I've read most often is Gone With the Wind, because every time I read it I find something new. Some tiny insight that I missed during one of the other 20 or 30 readings since I was 13 years old. Most books, I re-read for the added insight, but others I read for the comforting familiarity. When I'm sick or stressed or just falling apart over something, a story that I know about people that I like is as good as a visit from an old friend.
little_tristan: (Book Hangover)
Book borrowing – do you use the library? Do you prefer to try before you buy? What about lending your books to friends? Are you a good borrower, do you remember to return books?

I use the library less now that I have Booker, but I still love it. At least once a year I go there just to look something up in a newspaper. I like to borrow books that I might not like, but if I'm sure to love it, I'm more likely to buy it before I read. There are only two people I lend books to, and they're also the only ones I borrow from. Even though it involves the post office, we always return them, and I think I do so in a timely manner. At least they never complain. ;)
little_tristan: (Book Hangover)
Do you own multiple copies of any book? What are they? Why do you have multiple copies?

Not counting the ones that I have on paper and on Kindle?

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell--3 copies (Paperback to read, Mom's paperback that I read growing up, and first edition wrapped up and hidden away.)

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell--4 copies (Childhood hardcover, paperback to read, 2 to give away.)

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee--4 copies (Hardcover book club 1st edition, paperback for reading, Mom's copy, 1 to give away.)

Flight of the Phoenix by Eliston Trevor--2 copies (One to read, one up for grabs.)

On the Beach by Nevil Shute--2 copies (Dad's hardcover, which is falling apart, and paperback to read.)

The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, The Wastelands, and Wizard and Glass by Stephen King--2 copies of each (Fancy illustrated first editions that weigh a ton and regular paperbacks to read.)

The Bedlam Boys by Me--31 copies (Good deal on shipping and now I can't unload the bloody things.)

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