Thoughts and other Miscellany

BTT – catch up post 1

It has been ages since I last took part in BTT. Hence so many questions in the post below!

If you could sit down and interview anyone, who would it be? And, what would you ask them?

What a question! I could choose to interview authors, in which case I would have some questions about ambiguous endings, particularly to ask Rosamund Lupton about what happened to Beatrice at the end of Sisterand lots of questions for my favourite authors about how autobiographical my favourite works are: Anne of Green Gables, Pride & Prejudice or Sense & Sensibility, The Weird Sisters.

Or… I could interview characters! I’d love to get to know Anne (from Green Gables, or Elliot, from Persuasion), Lizzy and Jane, Elinor, Rose (from The Weird Sisters), Gen the translator from Bel Canto, Luzia from The Seamstress.

What were your favorite books of 2011?

I wrote about them all in my 2011 summary.

Any books you’re hoping to get for the holidays this year? How about giving? Are you giving any good ones?

I maintain a wishlist on Bookmooch and on Amazon, but generally people steer clear of actually giving me books and give me vouchers instead – my brother in law wisely gave me enough vouchers to pick up 4 books in the Christmas sales for myself.

My cousins received lots of books from my family, including One Day, Bel Canto, The Particularly Sadness of Lemon Cake, the Flavia de Luce series, Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (The Physicist’s recommendation) and The Knife of Never Letting Go (also the Physicist’s suggestion).

What’s more important to you? Real, three-dimensional, fleshed-out fascinating characters? Or an amazing, page-turning plot? (Yes, I know, they are both important. But if you had to pick one as being more important than the other?

I’ve written about this before – and came to the conclusion that both are essential!

All things being equal, which would you prefer–a mystery? Or a love story?

Mystery. Every time. Have you seen just how many crime novels and thrillers I read? Although I have started making a few forays into historical fiction and rather enjoying the courtly romance.

That’s enough for now – more next week.


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