I’d like to begin by saying that nobody — ever — in the history of the entire world — has referred to me as The Lady With Excellent Etiquette. So, when Ella, at Box of Books, wrote a thing about “Cozy Reading” and called out a number of people to do the same, only not using their real names when she did so, I definitely clicked on the link to the L.W.E.E. to find out who THAT was (or lwee, as we like to squeal around here when somebody gets a good tile when they’re playing Bananagrams, a game I will write about pretty soon, or next year, as things go around here.) Imagine my surprise. It was me. Anyway, I believe it is good manners to respond when you’re asked to respond (and I apologize to those bloggers — who know who they are — who’ve asked me to respond to memes in the past year, and although I have a list of them, I haven’t done it because, honestly, the best I can do is write about my work’s milk frother, but I PROMISE, I will do it… Soon.)
Okay. So, here’s the meme, and here are my answers.
What kind of a book are you most comfortable reading?
Well, if a book did something like open up and hand me a cold drink and some potato chips, I’d be very comfortable reading it, no matter what it was about. Otherwise, the books I am most comfortable reading are books I’ve read and loved before. You can’t really go wrong there, can you?
What kind of a book do you love to hate?
I sometimes say mean things about contemporary fiction — The Secret Life of Bees kind of thing. But, honestly, I’m pretty sure that’s because I’m jealous and not because I really hate books like that.
What was the last book you surprised yourself by liking?
Hmm. If I think I’m not going to like a book, I usually don’t read it, which is too bad, because then I don’t get surprised. I guess it would have to be Moby Dick, back in graduate school. I had a lot of time to read it, and I was amazed that it was so rich, and weird and vigorous. Oh, I also liked that Jose Saramango book about when the whole world goes blind, even though it had a lot of excrement in it, and honestly, I didn’t think that would work for me. But it did.
What was the last book you surprised yourself by disliking?
The Secret Life of Bees. No, just kidding. I can’t think of one.
What would be the worst book to be marooned on a desert island with?
None. I mean, if you’re marooned on a desert island with, say, The Secret Life of Bees (just for an example), it would be way better than no book at all. You could even, the way Ralph Feinnes did in The English Patient (a book I read and surprised myself by disliking, come to think of it), annotate the heck out of it and make your own wonderful book that you could read to yourself at night while you’re roasting coconuts.
What book would you take with you if you suspected you might be marooned in the near future?
Collected Shakespeare. Whole worlds in there.
What forces you to read outside your comfort zone?
My job. Man, you would not believe the stuff I read at work. I read a lot of transcripts from trials and the things people do, –stupid, avaricious, mean, and just plain boring — really boggles the mind.
I believe the memetiquette is to tag other people to answer these really interesting questions, so I am tagging anyone who’s not on my blogroll, but would like to be, and that way I will know to PUT you on my blogroll, so I can do a little housekeeping with your help and also find out what sort of cozy reading you do.
Oh, and also? I tag everyone ON my blogroll. So, basically, if you’ve read this post YOU should give this a try. Please. Thank you.