My Life In Books

I was rooting around through one of my favorite blogs, The Caffeinated Fangirl (which is one of the blogs that got me inspired to blog myself, but while that’s neither here nor there it is an awful lot of the word “blog” in one sentence), when I discovered this fun tag in the archives. Naturally, I had to do it. And here we go.

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Find a book for each of your initials.

N – The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide, by Robert Jay Lifton

There aren’t many books on my shelves that begin with the letter N. This much should be obvious by now.

A – Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Whenever I read the books they remind me of the movies, and whenever I watch the movies they remind me of the books. I see no way I can lose here.

S – Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce, by Stanley Weintraub

I’m always a sucker for truce stories, especially ones that involve Christmas and Germans. It’s rather a niche subject, but this book has all three.

Count your age along your bookshelf. What book is it?

The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde. I suspect I am the only one amused by the fact that the one answer regarding age ended up having an ageless character as the subject.

Pick a book set in your country.

Ah, America. The land of opportunity and perfect book settings. There are a lot of good books out there, but I’m going full-auto dystopian with The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Yes, I wanted to throttle Katniss for taking so long to decide between Gale and Peeta for three whole freaking books when the answer is obvious, and yes, Mockingjay feels like you watched the last third of a really great movie at Ben Shapiro levels of speed with no subtitles, but the first book was objectively excellent. At least, my subjective kind of objective.

Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. I hope fantasy lands like Narnia count, because if I was given the chance to pay an arm and a kidney to go there for ten minutes, I would. That’s why God gave you two of each, for emergencies such as this.

Pick a book that is your favorite color.

Die Buchspringer, by Mechtthild Gläser, and someday I will be able to read it without keeping a German dictionary within arm’s reach. Honest. Somewhere around here is the English version and it’s blue too.

What book do you have fondest memories of?

Honestly? The entire Beyonders trilogy by Brandon Mull, with emphasis on the second one, Seeds of Rebellion. I don’t even like it that much, but I love the nostalgia it brings me, because the first time I read it I was 11, curled up all cozy in the corduroy recliner with two cats in my lap and a fire going at the other end of the living room. In the fireplace, of course.

(Honorable mention is Adam Makos’ A Higher Call because I was absolutely obsessed with that dang thing when I was 15. Besides the draw of the epic storyline, it reminds me of all the fun I had with my equally-geeky friends discussing WWII and bewildering people with our subsequent historical in-jokes.)

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë. Everyone is a psychopath, except Hareton, who was just raised by them.

Which book on your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics, by John Archibald Wheeler. Don’t ask me what any of that means, because I don’t know. I first heard of Wheeler when reading about Niels Bohr, and this book looked, well, frustratingly complex and completely over my head. You know, everyone’s idea of a good time.

Well, that’s it! If this was fun to read, it might be fun to do. Give it a try!


9 thoughts on “My Life In Books

  1. “At least, my subjective kind of objective.” I love this and am stealing this to sound witty at every party/ball I attend now (which astonishingly is very few??).
    In all seriousness, you have a wonderful collection of books here. Also, I might add, I’d pay an arm and a kidney to go to Narnia as well. It slayed me as a child that I could never travel to the land of talking animals and magic lions.

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    1. Steal away. I’ll rest easy knowing I’ve helped make you the Elizabeth Bennet of our time. That is, if I can rest between all those balls I attend myself.
      I know, right? I grew up reading the books and listening for hours on end to the Focus on the Family radio dramas. Not to mention watching the movies! If I’d had a wardrobe, I guarantee I would have lived in that thing, waiting for the back of it to open up into a snowy woodland where James McAvoy was waiting to have a tea party with me. It might happen yet.


      1. You just gave me flash backs with that focus on the family drama reference. That and “unshackled” was something me and my family would listen to on the drive home from church when I was young. The little music they would play before each story is engrained in my head.
        But I’m rabbit trailing now 😂
        But yes, I want to have a tea party with a satyr. No question there. Especially if he plays the flute in a haunting and slightly ominous way…

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      2. Yes! And the dramas from Lamplighter Theatre and Heirloom Audio, like The Hedge of Thorns or that one about William Wallace that had Skandar Keynes in it. Gosh, it takes me back!
        The flute is the best part. I love the outtakes of that scene in the movie where he’s just making tortured whistling noises through it with this dead serious look on his face.

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      3. Ooooh, the Narnia bloopers were a absolute blessing. Not only they were legitimately funny but you could tell everyone loved filming the movie and genuinely had a good time.
        Good times, good times.

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  2. Fun answers! Such a wide range of titles! From the worst Nazis to the sweetest children’s books, it shows what a well-rounded reader you are! I’m trying to wrap my head around a ‘geon.’ It’s bigger than a peon, isn’t it? When I was 11, I was immersed in The Land of the Giants and Swiss Family Robinson, two books I’d recommend for everyone 12 and under! The Beyonders. What a great title! I’ve tried to read Wuthering Heights, too … bombed out each and every time. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I do have a fun collection, though Guderian’s Achtung, Panzer! looks rather odd next to my Roald Dahl books. The word “geon” was coined as a contraction of “gravitational electromagnetic entity”, if that does anything for you. I haven’t quite gotten to that chapter yet! I remember my dad reading Swiss Family Robinson aloud, to everyone’s immense entertainment. Brandon Mull’s got another series, Fablehaven, that I like better, but it doesn’t quite have the same memories attached to it. A good way to read Wuthering Heights is to have a pillow on hand. When you get overwhelmed, you just scream into it until your frustration has receded to a bearable level.


      1. I looked up Fablehaven and I’m amazed how many fantasy elements he blended in each book of the series. I already like Kendra and her grandfather. I’d love to have been there when your dad read SFR aloud. It’s really an old favorite! I’m already too overwhelmed by geons of my own to dip into Wuthering Heights!

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      2. You can tell it took up a lot of room; those books are thick! Whenever we went on long car trips, I’d bring a couple of them. I was guaranteed entertainment for hours. My dad did all different voices, for comedic effect. It was a blast. If only Wuthering Heights had geons, it might be an easier read!

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