Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Life According to Literature Meme

Dorr tagged me for this on Facebook and then brought it to the blogosphere. I thought I'd do it here first and then post it on my FB page.

Using only books you have read this year (2009), cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title. It’s a lot harder than you think!

Describe Yourself: Food Matters (Mark Bittman) -- so do books, but food is very important. Food and books together? Well, nothing matters much more than that, does it?

How do you feel: Stiff (Mary Roach) -- did a new workout routine the other day

Describe where you currently live: Main Street (Sinclair Lewis) -- truly, although it's not called that, but it's the main street right in the center of town

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Revolutionary Road (Richard Yates) -- what it sounds like, not the dreary place it is in the book

Your favorite form of transportation: (anyway you can get me) Cross Channel (Julian Barnes)

Your best friend is: Sure of You (Armistead Maupin) -- more sure of me than I am

You and your friends are: A Long Way Gone (Ishmael Beah) -- and we like it that way

What’s the weather like: In the Fall (Jeffrey Lent) -- which means it's gorgeous

Favorite time of day: The Twilight of the Gods (Richard Garnett) -- which gives way to Gaudy Night (Dorothy Sayers)

If your life was a(n): A Polysyllabic Spree (Nick Hornby) -- I don't really understand this one but like the idea of my life being a polysyllabic spree

What is life to you: The Discomfort Zone (Jonathan Franzen) -- just when I think I'm getting comfortable...

Your fear: The Killing Kind (John Connolly) -- don't we all fear them?

What is the best advice you have to give: Equal Rights (Terry Pratchett) -- for all, everywhere

Thought for the Day: The Black Spider (Jeremias Gotthelf) -- I love spiders, and I saw a beautiful black one spinning a web just outside our kitchen window today

How I would like to die: A High Wind in Jamaica (Richard Hughs) -- well, the Jamaica Part at least, and I wouldn't mind its being windy and maybe being out on the water, but nothing violent or painful, please

My soul’s present condition: Lud-in-the-Mist (Hope Mirrlees) -- right on the edge of Fairy Land


Courtney said...

I like this one a lot but I don't think the books I've read this year can help me with it much, though I may give it a go...

Emily Barton said...

Court, that's what I thought, too, until I did it. As Ms. Musings noted to me, half the fun is making them fit.

litlove said...

I really must make a list of what I've read this year and then I'll do this meme - it's the list-making that's holding me back! Great answers, Emily.

nigel patela said...

That's a tough one. I'm not even sure how many books I read over the summer.

(I did just put the R.E.M. video on Facebook. Lot more people see that than my blog I fear.)

Emily Barton said...

Litlove, would SO like to see your answers.

Nigel, we anal retentives keep lists. Thanks for spreading the health care word however you think is best.

Stefanie said...

Heh, I like that you and your friends are a long way gone and the thought of life being a Polysyllabic Spree is a pleasant one. Though I think I like best that you felt the need to explain each one :)

Rebecca H. said...

Thank God for list-making, right? Without my list, this would have much harder. As it was, I had tons of possibilities, and it was fun. I like the idea of going to Revolutionary Road (like you say, what it sounds like, not like the book).