Well, sort of. Y Prior over at In the Zone nominated me for the Liebster. I’m not accepting, but I did say I might answer some or all of the questions. Since I just returned and have absolutely zero to write about, I think today is the day. Most of the questions are about books, so close enough to one of the main themes of my blog. So here goes.
Who is your favorite character from a book? This is almost impossible, but I think I’ll have to say Hamlet. I know, it is really a play, not a book. Anyway, with a quick treading he seems so easy. But every time I reread Hamlet I see new dimensions into his character. He is so multifaceted. I can’t think of any character that comes even close. I do like Frodo Baggins and perhaps Scout Finch. A few others. But I’ll stick with Hamlet.
Who is your favorite writer? That is also difficult. I have read more books by Stephen King than any other author. Of course he wrote more ;) I love the writing style of John Steinbeck, from almost biblical to light and humorous. But, you know what? I think I’ll have to say The Bard. I have read Hamlet more times than almost any other book. OK, I already admitted it is a play, not a book. So Shakespeare has to be my favorite writer.
What book do you want to read? I have a long list, as most readers do. I have quite a few sitting on my Kindle begging for a read, including Go Set a Watchman. I also very recently told someone that I was going to reread Macbeth as soon as I finished reading The Yearbook. Well, I guess it’s time to start, isn’t it? Funny – I have read and reread most of The Bard’s classics, but I haven’t read Macbeth since high school.
Do you prefer to read in silence or with music? It depends on my mood. Usually I have music playing. I will usually choose classical or jazz, something without lyrics. I may get distracted, but once I fall into the world of the book, an earthquake wouldn’t distract me.
What is your favorite thing to do on a lazy Saturday afternoon? Walk in the woods, the mountains or an empty beach. By myself.
Michael Jackson or Prince? Jimi Hendrix. He wasn’t a choice? OK, Miles Davis. He wasn’t either? Prince. I respect that Michael had a lot of talent, a huge amount, but he wasn’t my favorite. I think Prince has at least as much talent and was/is able to use it more artistically if not as pop-successfully.
What is your favorite book made into a movie? A tie for The Lord of the Rings (book ten trillions times better than the movie!!!!) and To Kill a Mockingbird (great movie, fantastic book). TLotR was my favorite book from the time I first read it at 13 up until about 7 years ago when I read To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time (yeah, I know I came to it late). I love Harper Lee’s writing. It reads almost like poetry. There are some very big ideas that she jams down our throat with a hammer, but the language is so beautiful that we totally enjoy it.
So that’s it. Sort of. I skipped two questions, but they really didn’t have anything to do with reading. Since I did not accept the award I will not be nominating anyone else. But if you want to do the questions on your own, knock yourself out.
I hope you all have a good day!