Name a book (or books) from a country other than your own that you love. Or aren’t there any?
Most of my favorite books take place and are written by foreign authors. My all time favorite novel is The Count of Monte Cristo, set in France, by Alexandre Dumas, a Frenchman. I also love Jane Austen’s works, which are all English/British. I think I tend to read more American-authors/American-based books than I really believe I do. I haven’t often cared for the American lit classics (Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, etc.), but more recent works by American authors have been catching my eye lately. Reading is somewhat of a vacation for me, so I guess subconsciously I attempt to read more foreign-based books because they take me where I couldn’t as easily travel physically/literally.
When you travel, how many books do you bring with you?
Has this changed since the arrival of ebooks?
I guess it depends on where I’m going and what I expect to do. I go to my family’s cottage for a week every year and when I’m there, it’s more or less for relaxation–we don’t really go out and do much but hang out on the lake. So I take many books there, since I know I’ll spend a lot of my time reading. However, if I’m going somewhere else where I have lots of things to do and see, I take fewer books because I know I won’t read as often, if at all.
I at least always bring the book I’m reading currently and another book for if I finish it. So, at least always two books. On a relaxation vacation, for a week, I’d probably take a total of five books; for a busy-doing-things vacation, for a week, I’d probably take no more than three total.
As far as ebooks go, I can’t bring myself to buy an ebook reader. I know they’re pretty reasonably priced now, like the Kindle, but nothing can compare to the feel of a book in my hands. Plus, I often take library books on vacation, so with an ebook reader that wouldn’t really work. And, another thing, I’d always be afraid to take an ebook reader to some of my vacation locations, like to the lake–I just think I’d ruin it with sand or water or something.
Suggested by Jennifer:
If you read series, do you ever find a series “jumping the shark?” How do you feel about that?
And, do you keep reading anyway?
I have to admit first off that I didn’t know what “jumping the shark” was before I Googled it. I have never heard that particular saying. So, if anyone’s like me, I’m told it means “an idiom used to describe the moment of downturn for a previously successful enterprise (in this case series)”.
Alright, now to answer the question. No, I don’t think I’ve ever read a series where the author does something crazy and completely different from the other books. Most of the series I read are by authors who pretty much know what they want out of the whole series, such as JK Rowling with Harry Potter or Gail Carriger with the Parasol Protectorate quintet. Granted Carriger has only written three of the five for this quintet, she has her plans for the quintet as a whole. I think that when authors go into a series this way, they don’t have as much crazy stuff or big disappointments.
On the other hand, my favorite continuing series, the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig, is one I think doesn’t have a definite plan. Willig has never said if she has a plan for the series or where it’s really going. But I love it anyways! She still does a wonderful job and I don’t think I’ve ever not loved on of her books.
EDIT: I can’t believe I forgot to mention this earlier. I did find Rowling’s last Harry Potter installment, HP and the Deathly Hallows, to “jump the shark”. I love all of the first six books and loathe the seventh. It’s possible that the end of the HP series was lurking in the back of by subconscious, but I really just didn’t like it. And I pretty much know why–it was completely different from all of the previous books. Where most of the characters have fought in large groups for good or evil in the past, #7 just seemed to me to be a bunch of individuals running around fighting each other. I guess I got too comfortable with the typical storyline of the first six and the difference just made me dislike it. Of course I will still watch the movies when they come out on DVD from the library. (I refuse to play into the scheme to make Rowling and the movie companies/theaters even more money by seeing each movie separately–what a scam! LOTR didn’t separate it’s books into different movies because they were “too long”, so why should HP be able to?! (A rant for another day…))
What are you reading right now? What made you choose it? Are you enjoying it? Would you recommend it? (And, by all means, discuss everything, if you’re reading more than one thing!)
Right now I’m reading Blameless by Gail Carriger 🙂 It is the third in a continuing quintet called The Parasol Protectorate. I chose this book because I liked the first book and loved the second book, but I originally heard about the series from Dom’s blog. I would recommend it, especially to those who like: alternative history (mid-Victorian Era for this series), vampire/werewolves, and a little bit of romance and mystery. I am definitely enjoying this book 😀
Today’s question is suggested by Mae.
“I couldn’t sleep a wink, so I just read and read, day and night … it was there I began to divide books into day books and night books,” she went on. “Really, there are books meant for daytime reading and books that can be read only at night.”
– ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera, p. 103.
Do you divide your books into day and night reads? How do you decide?
My answer for this is very simple: NO 🙂 I don’t divide my books into day and night reads for the simple fact that I cannot usually handle reading more than one book at a time. This is because I lose details from the stories if I read multiple books at once, and also I tend to favor one book over the other and sometimes don’t even finish the other.
Although, there are some books that I tend to not read at night. I remember Dracula and The Hound of the Baskervilles as two specific examples. They’re slightly creepy/scary, so I didn’t like reading them at night, especially right before bed 😀
You’ve just dropped your favorite, out-of-print book into a bathtub, ruining it completely … What do you do now?
I think I would probably write down as many of the things about the book that I can remember, assuming that, for the purpose of this question, there are no other copies of the book anywhere in the world. (If there were other copies of it in the world, I would probably get on a Amazon.com or another website one can buy second-hand books and buy it or just steal it from the library 🙂 )
In reality, LUCKY FOR ME, my favorite book is an old enough classic that it is in the public domain, so I can get free versions of it online or on my iPod even 😀 I LOVE The Count of Monte Cristo! And, I actually have two copies of it, too 😛
Even though it’s usually a mistake (grin) … do movies made out of books make you want to read the original?
Sometimes movies make me want to read the books. A recent example of this is Rebecca (1940). I saw Michelle’s comparison and reviews of the book and movie, and she immediately made me interested. If I see a really good movie, I will search for the book behind it (because there usually is one) and read it or add it to my TBR list.
And, since it’s sort of the same topic…
I don’t want to sound like a broken record, because some of my bookish friends have probably heard many a time about my book-to-movie problem, but here it is for the newer folks: It is 99% impossible for me to view a movie based on a book I love and be happy with it. When watching movies after having read the books, I cannot get the book out of my mind–I view any deviation from the book a slap in the face and cannot go on. (Yet, Colin Firth swimming in the pond as Mr. Darcy in the BBC P&P doesn’t bother me at all, and that definitely wasn’t in the novel :?) For this reason, when I know there is a new book I want to read and think I’ll really like it, I watch the movie first. Seeing the movie first doesn’t really affect my reading the same book.
In fact, I have watched the beginning few minutes of the most recent Count of Monte Cristo (2002) film and turned it off. I figured if the first few minutes are so different from my ultimate favorite novel in the world, it is just better for the DVD, the TV, and my sanity to stop watching before I get really upset.
Thank you for reading my rant. I am now done. 🙂