Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Eva's Reading Meme

I was tagged by Melody to do this (tough) meme:

Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews?
Tash Aw's The Silk Harmony Factory. THSF is a 2005 winner of the Whitebread First Novel Award and has received rave reviews. I bought it in January 2007 and only started reading it many months later. Sadly it just didn't engage me enough to finish it. The book has since landed in my KIV pile together with other unfinished ones such as Janet Fitch's Paint It Black (too depressing), Joyce Carol Oates' The Female of the Species, Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss, and Andrew O'Hagan's Be Near Me.

If you could bring three characters to life for a social event (afternoon tea, a night of clubbing, perhaps a world cruise), who would they be and what would the event be?
Lemme think about this one and get back to you shortly. *Grin*

(Borrowing shamelessly from the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde): you are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for awhile, eventually you realise it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. I seriously lost the plot. 'Nuff said. But can't I choose a nicer book to end my life? I'd love to leave planet earth on a nicer note.

Come on, we’ve all been there. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it?
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. But I promise I will read it one day. It's in my TBR pile...

You’re interviewing for the post of Official Book Advisor to some VIP (who’s not a big reader). What’s the first book you’d recommend and why? (If you feel like you’d have to know the person, go ahead and personalise the VIP).
I would like to recommend Life of Pi by Yann Martel. He's so imaginative in coming up with such a blockbuster of a novel, depicting Pi's resourcefulness and determination in his adventure out in the ocean with some zoo animals. It is inspirational, humourous, original, full of the element of surprise, and definitely exciting to read. The author surprised me and I think the VIP will like it too. It takes the mind off normality and to freely venture into something 'different'. Seriously, VIPs need a break.

A good fairy comes and grants you one wish: you will have perfect reading comprehension in the foreign language of your choice. Which language do you go with?
Japanese, please. Arigato gozaimasu, dear fairy. It's a beautiful language and I've worked with the Japanese before. They're really nice people.

A mischievous fairy comes and says that you must choose one book that you will reread once a year for the rest of your life (you can read other books as well). Which book would you pick?
It has got to be Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. I don't think I'll ever be tired of reading it. I highly recommend this one to all. It's a beautiful and touching story of a little girl named Fern, a little pig named Wilbur, and a spider named Charlotte. The book is also a winner of the Newberry Honor Medal.

I know that the book blogging community, and its various challenges, have pushed my reading borders. What’s one bookish thing you ‘discovered’ from book blogging (maybe a new genre, or author, or new appreciation for cover art-anything)?
The book blogging community has definitely sparked my interest in reading fiction. Most of my blog buddies were already aware that my passion for reading is in non-fiction covering business books, self-development, bios, etc. When I started blogging in 2006, I made friends with a few book lovers and they have greatly influenced me to venture into fiction. From then on, I'm unstoppable. I love the trilogies by Nora Roberts. I was also introduced to a couple of other authors such as Anne Stuart, Matthew Reilly, and Karen E. Olson whom I have grown to love.

That good fairy is back for one final visit. Now, she’s granting you your dream library! Describe it. Is everything leatherbound? Is it full of first edition hardcovers? Pristine trade paperbacks? Perhaps a few favourite authors have inscribed their works? Go ahead-let your imagination run free.
I want a library designed by a famous interior decorator and complete with the latest state-of-the-art audio-visual system, air-conditioned, wireless broadband Internet connection, piped-in soft classical music, beautiful art pieces, comfy sofas strategically placed around the area, and a complete study table tucked inconspicuously in a corner for serious readings... As for the books, it will have paperbacks of all my favourite fiction authors, hardbacks of all my favourite business and non-fiction authors, audio books, and journals/magazines of all types of topics (business, lifestyle, design, writing, etc). It will also be built with a special area for book discussions with buddies.