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October 17, 2014

autumn, more or less



- excessive amounts of folk music
- the welcome freshness of the cool air in my lungs
- the smell of dead leaves
- blueberry tea in the mornings (I'm far too pathetic to attempt to consume hot liquids during the summer)
- rain
- hopefully not freezing rain
- freezing rain is dumb
- a shocking amount of ladybugs everywhere
- finally not having to go through the dreadful inconvenience of wearing summer clothing
- new seasons of tv shows
- you saw that one coming, didn't you?
- I don't think I've ever had a pumpkin pie blizzard from dairy queen
- hoodies & sweatpants & that whole super classy I-don't-give-a-pumpkin-spice-muffin look
- pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are truly amazing
- the desperate, fiery confidence of the colours around the edges of the newly baled fields
- the utter perfection of it all
- probably also vast quantities of hot chocolate snuggled cozily somewhere between large library books and hay seed-covered plaid jackets

“I am made for autumn. Summer and I have a fickle relationship, but everything about autumn is perfect to me. Wooly jumpers, Wellington boot, scarves, thin first, then thick, socks. The low slanting light, the crisp mornings, the chill in my fingers, those last warm sunny days before the rain and the wind. Her moody hues and subdued palate punctuated every now and again by a brilliant orange, scarlet or copper goodbye. She is my true love.”
A recipe for Rowan Jelly by Alys Fowler

September 22, 2014

oh, look! krill!




(Random pictures from this summer and a bit of nothingness are what my blogging skills currently amount to.)


The trick to life, as far as I make out through the murky haze of apathetic immaturity and absent ambition, is to not run away from every problem/challenge/morning, like so many krill fleeing in the face of an oncoming barnacled whale.  Or a horse from a rogue plastic bag (and let's not even mention how fast a horse runs from a moose, because to a horse, moose are the long-legged and tick infested personification of every conceivable evil thing in infinity and beyond).  But how exactly one accomplishes that is completely beyond me.



Don't be krill, kids.  And that's basically the extent of my 17 years, 8 months, and 17 days worth of wisdom.  I thought you might need it.

June 13, 2014

and I shall call her baby horsey


There's a barn across the way.  

There were (as in, a month and a half ago) some new foals (not mine, by the way).  

Some of these pictures are shockingly horrid.

But what one is supposed to do with a point-and-shoot in barn lighting (old barn lighting) when the horses won't stop moving is quite beyond me.

The painfully adorable and uber friendly filly who's birth I missed by about a minute and a half.  I call her Baby Horsey, because, cun-traree to popular belief, I'm actually a 5-year-old.


This (incredibly shy) darling was born a couple days after and no one even bothered calling me when it happened, so I missed it altogether.  I call him Oh My Heart You're So Cute I'm Gonna Cry Please Please Please Look At The Camera Just Once (and he only did once, which is why there's so few pictures of him).

May 24, 2014

the art of multitasking

i. I've had the Sunflower Award graciously bestowed upon me by both Ruby and Katrina.  Thanks, dears!   Of course, that was ages ago, but who's counting?  Apparently not me, or I'd blogged at least once in the past two months.  I didn't even give it up for Lent or anything.  Perfectly shameful, but by now, surprising to no one.

ii.  I'm supposed to post the rules and what not.

      Share 11 facts about yourself (but since I've got this twice, does this mean I have to post 22?  Pfft.  I'll do what I want.)
      •Answer the questions set by your Nomination Blogger 
      •Nominate 11 bloggers. 
      •Set questions for the nominated bloggers.

iii.  I also got the Sunshine Award (more sun...is this a pattern?) from Hannah.  Thanks, Hannah!  This entails: 
      •Thank the person who nominated you
      •Answer the questions they asked you on your respective blog
      •Nominate another batch of bloggers (eleven being the standard)
      •Question them
      •Notify them that they have been nominated
      •And post the award image on your blog


iv.   I'm notoriously horrid when it comes to following tag rules.  Which makes one wonder why I'm doing this at all, but I'm completely without blogging inspiration, and I like the questions.

v.  I've realized I can basically write a post in the sporadic and repetitive style I usually use and pass it off as 22 facts about me, thus completing a tag at the same time.  Which, like trying to find a date for your ancient but still pretty spry coworker while also taking out a shipful of bad dudes with extreme skill and really cool moves, is called multitasking.  

vi.  I saw The Winter SoldierI found it to be terrifyingly magnificent.

vii.  I don't necessarily like it more The Dark World, but I think it may or not be better done than that one.

viii.  I love all how great the characters were in it.  Steve, Natasha, Sam, even Nick.  Especially Natasha.  She keeps getting better.  If she doesn't get a movie soon, I'll do something crazy, like start whining.

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ix.  Steve and Natasha make a brilliant team for multiple reasons I would love to analyze for you, but I shall refrain for time reasons.

x.  I love Sam.  "I made breakfast, if you guys eat that sort of thing."  Precious man.

xi.  Actually I kind of loved everything about that movie.  I very strongly recommend you watch, in case you haven't yet.  Which I hope you.

xii.  See how I've carefully been avoiding mentioning Bucky at all up to this point.  Because once I do that, I'm not gonna be able to hold it together any longer.  I hope you appreciate the effort I've made on your behalf.

xiii.   But I'm pretty sure I've held out long enough.

xiv.   I love how this whole time, people who actually read comic books have known that Bucky Barnes, Steve's very-cool-but-very-dead ("very dead" is such an abstract term in the MCU....) friend, was actually this outstandingly brilliant character who comes back as a messed up and brainwashed Soviet assassin and I've been completely unaware of this.  Anyway, Bucky, aka the Winter Soldier, may or not be my favourite Marvel character.  Gosh, what a heart-shattering character.  The lab scene (being the "but I knew him" scene) where he was remembering, but then let them wipe it from his memory because he's a soldier and he follows orders, but still looked scared as heck?  I died a little bit lot. 

And the scene at the end when Steve won't fight him, and then Bucky stops, even though he's "his mission" and he's basically a machine—a machine that follows orders—and he still doesn't really remember Steve, and then he saves him, too?  Nope.  Can't.  Nope nope nope.  I was not properly prepared for any of this.

xv.  I didn't use capslock or keysmashes once during that whole thing.  This is a big achievement for me.  

xvi.  I've read a grand total of 1 Marvel comic book in my life.  So roughly 98.6% of my comic book knowledge is courtesy of the internet.  But I'm rather proud of my tiny store of knowledge, which is basically comprised of:  Agent 13, that random Neighbour woman who basically did nothing and who's name I either missed or it was never mentioned, is Sharon Carter—Peggy's niece.  The twins in credits scene #1 are Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, Magneto's children.  Which is actually probably common knowledge, but whatever.  Gamora (the green one) from Guardians of the Galaxy is Thanos' (see: The Avengers, credits scene #1) daughter.  Oh, and apparently Bucky eventually becomes Captain America himself because Steve dies, or at least people think he dies.  (But who are we kidding?  "Dead" and "Marvel" are hardly on level with each other.)  And since Sebastian has a 9-picture deal with Marvel, while Chris has only 6 (not counting Fantastic 4) and is apparently planning on taking a break from acting after it's up, this looks quite likely to happen.  Also, I think Bucky using Steve's shield in Cap 1 and then him catching it in this one is very possibly foreshadowing to the thing.  So that's all very illuminating.  


xviii.  If I was brave enough (or if I thought it might actually look good on me), I'd cut my hair short (like, pixie cut short).  And if I was really brave, I'd admit out loud that I quite like the idea of dyeing my imaginary short hair silver, or pastel purple or blue.

xix.  Sleeping At Last (aka Ryan O'Neal—he's solo, like Owl City) is probably my favourite musician right now.  His lyrics are... whoa.

xx.  Bucky Barnes.  

xxi.  White chocolate is splendid.  In moderation.

xxii.  I can hold a plank for a minute and 10 seconds.  Or, I could.  And that's about it for impressive athletic things I can do.



Katrina's questions:

i.  Do you prefer Arabic or Roman numerals?  Apparently I'm pretty fond of lowercase roman.

ii.  Do you watch My Little Ponies?  No.  But it's just the sort of thing you shouldn't put past me to do in the wee hours of the night when everyone else is in bed.  Picture it.  1:30 am.  Me.  In the closet.  Watching My Little Ponies.

iii.  What's the absolute stupidest thing you've ever done?   


iv.  What's your idea of the best car?  I used to fancy a turquoise Mustang GT.  But now I'd honestly rather have a red Dodge Ram or Chevy Silverado.

v.  What's the worst thing you can imagine?  The Battle of Five Armies There and Back Again is as bad as The Desolation of Smaug is the first thing that comes to mind.  Then being besieged in my house by an army of moose.  Which is pretty far-fetched, but I had a dream about it, and now it's a legitimate fear.  And then math.  

vi.  Do you know what gif stands for?  Sure.  Of course I do.  


vii.  Be honest... did you have to Google "gif" in order to answer question 6 intelligently?  What are you even implying.  You've cut me to the quick, son.


Ruby's questions:

i. Is there a fictional book you think everyone should read at least once?  Narnia, probably.   And maybe Little Women.  

ii.  Mr. Darcy or Mr. Knightley?  Haha.  I used to be way into the darker, brooding types like Darcy and John Thornton.  Now I'm much more of Tilney/Knightly girl.  

iii.  What would your dream car be?  I was going to say "see above", but on second thought...

iv.  Would you rather wear your hair in a bun or a braid?  I like to alternate between the two, but buns are cool because you can put sharp things and pens in them and then stab people/write things down as needed.

v. What is your least favorite movie (or miniseries) of all time?  Oh.  Maybe The Color Purple.   I don't know.  

vi.  What movie do you think is the most underrated?  Most overrated?  Maybe The Voyage of the Dawn Treader comes to mind for most underrated.  I love that one.  And apparently most people don't.  Oh, and All Dogs Go To Heaven.  No one talks about that one.  Why does no one talk about that one.  That movie is magnificent.  I'm not going to put The Desolation of the Smaug as the most overrated.  Just watch me not do it.   




Hannah's questions:

i. Which number (1, 2, 3, etc.) is the best, based on it's personality and morals? (Example: 7 is best because of his wise and patient personality.)  No clue what this means so I'll go with 5 because it's easy to multiply and I can eat that many pieces of pizza before I start hating myself.

ii.  Fruit-flavored candy or chocolate?  Chocolate, probably.  

iii.  Under what circumstances would you jump on a shark's back?  Dire ones.  

iv.  Would you rather grab a handful of cow poop or drink milk straight from the cow?  The poo, definitely.  Because 1) animal poo doesn't really bother too much by now and 2) milk still does.

v.  Batman or Iron Man?  I'm not a massive massive Batman fan, but Iron Man/Tony Stark is one of my very favourite superheroes/characters.  And he's probably my favourite Avenger, alongside Black Widow.

vi.  Fantasy or sci-fi?  If we're talking movies, probably sci-fi.  Books, more so fantasy.   

vii.  Three years of famine, three months to be destroyed by your foes, or three days of the angel of the Lord destroying throughout all the coasts of the land?  
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ix.  Favorite season?  In winter, it's spring.  But in summer, it's autumn.

x.  Is the Loch Ness Monster real?  you're looking at her.  No, just kidding.  Yes, she is real.  C.S. Lewis put her there (Loch Ness) himself in the 16th century

xi.  Death by fire or death by ice?  Ice is probably pleasanter.  I mean, hypothermia is quite comfy, right?   And maybe I wouldn't even die.  Maybe I'd wake up a legendary hero or a Russian assassin or something.  But then, phoenixes go by fire, and I'd like to be a phoenix, so now I'm not sure.

xii.  Out of any animal, what would be your dream pet?  A camel-dragon would suit very well.


Oh dear.  I was all ready to post this, and then Bella had the nerve to go and give me another tag.  How could you.  


i.  If you had a choice would you visit Rivendell or the Shire?  Rivendell, I think  but both would be preferable.

ii.  Have you read The Ascendance Trilogy?  No, but I'm guessing this is a recommendation to do so.


iii.  Do you tend to like the Villain BETTER than the hero? (This means in everything, mind you)  Not usually, no.  Sometimes, though.  I did in Thor, most notably.  But Loki's kind of an exception, isn't he?  But even then, I didn't exactly root for him in The Avengers (and in TTDW, he wasn't the villain).  Maybe I like Jim Moriarty (the Andrew Scott one, mind) better than Sherlock, but I don't really think I do, and even if I do, I don't particularly feel like admitting it. 


iv.  Are you a Tolkien Purist?  Probably.

v.  Are you a Marvel fan or just an Avengers fan?  Everything Marvel, son.  I maybe don't lovelovelove every single one of the movies, and I haven't really read the comics, but in general, Marvel holds a very , umm, loud position in my heart.  


vi.  What book are you reading RIGHT NOW, and is it good?  I'm not reading one right now, actually.  I'm such a sham!  Years of academy training wasted!  But I just finished reading 
As You Like It for school, and I did really like it.

vii.  What is the first thing that comes to mind when think of trains?  Motion sickness and death.  Also Chris Pine.


viii.  Have you ever had Vegan Chocolate? (If not, don't. DO NOT EVER)  No.  And I don't plan to.  But... isn't that dark chocolate?  


ix. Have you ever cried in the Theatre?  The Book Thief.  The end.


x.  Would you go shopping with me dressed as your favorite Avenger?  You knows I would.


xi.  Do you think Frozen is overrated?  Not really.  I mean, people act like it's the best Disney movie ever, which is possibly a bit unfair.  But I love it.  A lot a lot.


I was going to tag people and give questions and everything.  I promise I was.  But I've changed my mind.  I'm done.  Gonzo.  Finnit.  I'll make up for it my posting about baby horses next time. 
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Meanwhile, I'll be waiting for you all in the comments to talk to me about the fact that Peggy Carter's getting a tv show and it's not gonna suck (that last bit's just speculation of course, but the Agent Carter One-Shot thing was entirely awesome), and how Jaimie Bell got cast as The Thing in the new Fantastic 4 movie and it's not gonna suck, and how extraordinarily awesome Anthony Mackie is, and Bucky Barnes existing and stuff.

Goodybye.

Goodybye?

I'm not even going to correct that. 

I made a dumb joke in class yesterday and my teacher asked me to expound on it.  

Don't make jokes in class, kids.  

wow I need slepp

March 11, 2014

how do you title

Toy Bird by koyamori
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Oh, look at all these nifty buttons and stuff!  There's one to publish a post.  It's a nice creamsicle orange.  How pretty.  I'd forgotten what it looked like.  

Two months is a very long time, Pooh.  Except in summer, in which case it's horrifyingly short.  I think.  What is summer, again?  I can't recall the feel of summer, nor the taste of watermelon, nor the touch of grass.  I know only snow and muck and mucky snow and mucky snow frozen into ice with more snow and muck and ice frozen on top.  But it was actually warm the last couple days.  Not just not cold, but actually warm.  Sort of.  Is 6 degrees warm?  Yes.  Yes it is.  (and oh my gosh the way it smells when things thaw if only a couple hours lovely lovely is there anything more beautiful than manure and wet no there is not)  But it'll be -30 again next week, I shouldn't wonder.
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Umm... I got my wisdom teeth out.  That was fun.  Or at least the laughing gas was.  Then it was all stab stab stab ow blood wow wow wow is my jaw sore.  I was sedated, but they couldn't find my pathetic little veins so I was stabbed at and dug around in numerous times before I went under (honestly, my arm looks more damaged than my face does).  I was apparently quite out but somehow also responsive to them???  I don't remember anything in between the third or fourth stabbing and the sudden awareness of a numb face and mouth stuffed full of bloody gauze except for a vague half-memory of a bang and a crunch.  Now there's holes in my mouth and why the heck is food so hard.  Pudding is a gift from God, I tell you.  

We moved.  Yay for us.  I've got a good 5 or 6 of the light switches figured out.  I feel like a conquering hero every time I get it right.  


And then there's Lent, otherwise known How The Heck Am I Gaining Weight This Is Wrong Wrong Wrong And Why Is Fish So Gross season.  Which also means spring is probably almost maybe sorta coming soonish question mark question mark question mark.

Also, do you have any idea how incredibly graphically gory The Iliad is?  The detailed descriptions of bowels being poured forth upon the beach, spears going through eye sockets, and brains besplattered inside goodly helmets by redoubtable spears are quite, well, vivid.  Also long.  Very long  "Do a course on the Great Books," they said.  "It'll be fun," they said.  Hmm.  The gods are hilarious, though.  They're like the most dysfunctional, horrible family of mighty and all-powerful retards you've ever seen.


Well my face hurts.  This post went nowhere.  I'm gone.

January 17, 2014

an awful lot of bookish questions

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This has been floating about recently (well, last month...ish) on The Penslayer and Tea and Bree and other such lovlies.  It looked like a proper waste of time fun, and you know how I love boring you all with lengthy answers to lengthy questions.  So I'm going to bore you now. 

1.  Your favourite book as a child?  The Chronicles of Narnia are the approximate origin of my love of words.  I was 7 and a half when I reluctantly took my fingers out of my ears and let mom try to hammer literacy into my stubborn head.  Tangible things (like play-doh, for instance) and pictures were the thing for me.  I didn't words.  Words were boring.  But then Narnia showed me that words could be pictures, play-doh, whole worlds, and other things besides.  They were the the door at the back of the wardobe into books for me, really.  I still love them like I love few other things.  Then, besides that, the Lara and the Grey Mare series were a close second, and who didn't love Magic Tree House?

2.  What are you reading right now?  The Harp of the Grey Rose by Charles de Lint.  It's been sitting unopened on my shelf since my birthday last year.  It was high time I read it.  It's reminiscent of The Chronicles of Prydain, but not so humourous.

3.  What books do you have on request at the library?  
None, at the moment.  Don't tempt me.  I've far too many to read at home.

4.  Bad book habit.  
My aversion to required reading.  I'll choose to read Dickens, Shakespeare, Dante, or whatever, and I'll give it my best go.  But if you told me that I had to read it, my brain would automatically place that book on my mental Shelf of Supreme Archenemies.  

5.  What do you currently have checked out from your library?  
Not a one.  

6.  Do you have an e-reader?  No.  But I really wouldn't mind one.  

7.  Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or do you tend to read several at once?  
I am equipped with a mind notoriously one-tracked.  I don't have the ability to give any sort of proper attention to two books at once.  I even have trouble eating and reading at the same time ("You don't know what I suffer!").  So just one, for maximum comfort and efficiency.  

8.  Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?  
Don't think so.  

9.  What was your least favourite book this year?  
Tahn by L.A. Kelly probably.  Which really wasn't bad.  The first half was good.  Then everything got all just sticky-sweet and saintly.  (review)

10.  What was your FAVOURITE book this year?  
(clarification: "this year" means 2013)  The Silmarillion, probably.  That was grand indeed.  The Spear by Louis de Wohl was also nothing short of magnificent.  (review)  De Wohl always is, but this one especially so.  The Silver Branch by Rosemary Sutcliff is wonderful.  Blood Red Horse by K.M. Grant is also noteworthy.  So are The Chronicles of Prydain (I've read the first 3 only). The Screwtape Letters must be mentioned, as a well.  Let's see...anything else?  A Tale of Two Cities and Pride & Prejudice, maybe.  Code Name Verity (review) would be on there if we were counting the books I've read in 2014, as would The Queen of Attolia (review).  They were both brilliant.  Especially Code Name Verity.


11.  How often do you read out of your comfort zone?  If I have one, my reading comfort zone is very large. 

12.  What is your reading comfort zone?  Why didn't you ask this first?  I do tend to stay within the vast and vague confines of historical fiction, fantasy, mystery, the occasional sci-fi (there's barely any in house, so I'm a touch deprived), and classics.  I don't seem to have read much YA, or thriller/adventure/action/suspense/whatever you call that sort, but I'll read anything that looks like it might be worth my time, really.  

13.  Can you read in the car?  
One line of text used to be enough to make me feel sick for hours, but now I can read quite well in the car (most days, anyway).  That makes life so much more convenient.

14.  Where is your favourite place to read?  
Propped up on a pillow in the corner of my bed is ideal, but busy restaurants, packed malls, and social events are almost as good.

15.  What is your policy on book-lending?  
Don't wreck it any worse than I would and you may just see your next birthday.

16.  Do you ever dog-ear in books?  
Only by accident.  

17.  Do you ever write in the margins of your books?  
I don't have the sort of soul that lets me write in books and then sleep at night.

18.  What about text books?  
If it's a math book, I'm suddenly Michelangelo and Shakespeare all at once, but even textbooks don't get written in much.

19.  What is your favourite language to read in?  I have a special sort of fondness for being able to understand what I'm reading, so English usually works just fine.

20.  What makes you love a book?  
Vivid prose, real characters, and an engaging plot are the main aspects.  It if it makes me see colours, or really think, or bite my lip in concern, or gasp in surprise, or choke with laughter, that's a beautiful thing.  If I need to stay up 'til 2:30 because I just can't let it go, I applaud it.  

21.  What would inspire you to recommend a book?  If I love it, I'll recommend it.  And I guess, even if I didn't really like it, I'll recommend it to someone if I think they might.



22.  What is your favourite genre?  Historical fiction and fantasy both deserve that position.


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23.  What is a genre you rarely read but wish that you did?  Science fiction.  I be sore deprived. 
24.  Favourite biography?  Haven't read many of those that can strictly be called biographies, to be honest.

25.  Have you ever read a self-help book?  
Not really.

26.  Favourite cookbook?  Ah.  Cookbooks.  The books for cooking.  The books chosen especially to cook things.  Cook's books.  Those books.

27.  What is the most inspirational book you have read this year?  The Spear, I guess.
28.  Favourite reading snack?  Chocolate.  But anything works.  
29.  Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.  I do so hate to admit it, but I rather think I would have appreciated The Hunger Games more if it wasn't the world's current obsession-point.
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30.  How often do you agree with critics about a book?  Well, there are good and bad reviews of every book, aren't there?  

31.  How do you feel about giving negative reviews?  Perfectly fine, actually.  I don't like to bash a book.  People put hard work into writing that book.  But if I don't like it, I have nary a qualm about being brutally honest.

32.  If you could read a foreign language, which would you choose?  French would be useful.  Latin would be cool.  Greek would be fantastic.  German would be brilliant.  Anglo Saxon would be magnificent.  

33.  What was the most intimidating book you've ever read?  The Lord of Rings.  To my 12-year-old self it was a veritable walk to Mordor and back again.  I was not at all the sort of reader I am now.  It took me a most of a year.  

34.  What is the most intimidating book you're too nervous to begin?  Les Misérables is daunting, to say the very least.

35.  Who is your favourite poet?  I'm not overly well-versed in poetry, to be honest.  But I do like Robert Frost.  And I love Tolkien's poetry. 

36.  On average, how many books do you have checked out of the library at any given time?  Usually around 3 or 4, when I do have any checked out. 

37.  How often do you return books to the library unread?  Only very seldom.

38.  Who are your favourite fictional characters?  Oh dear.  This question.  Faramir, Aragorn, Samwise Gamgee, and Éowyn (LOTR), Sir Percy (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Sydney Carton (Tale of Two Cities), Justin (The Silver Branch), Eugenides (The Queen's Thief), Edmund, Puddleglum, Lucy, Reepicheep, and Eustace (Narnia), Halt (Ranger's Apprentice), Sherlock Holmes, Beleg (The Children of Húrin/The Silmarillion), Elizabeth Bennett (P&P), Rudy Steiner and Max Vanderburg (The Book Thief), Anne With An E, maybe Julie Beaufort-Stuart (Code Name Verity), and possibly Uli von der Flue (The Golden Thread) are all on the large list of characters that infested themselves in my heart.  And those are just the ones from books.  

39.  Who is your favourite fictional villain?  If were just talking books (which we are), Smaug and Jadis are both pretty excellent.  I don't know... I have more favourite villains from the screen.

40.  What are the books you are most likely to take on vacation?  Something easy and fun.  A P.G. Wodehouse or Ranger's Apprentice will do.  Or Narnia.

41.  What is the longest you have gone without reading?  I used to go weeks and months in between books.

42.  Name a book that you could not or would not finish.  There are a few mediocre books my sister has taken out of the library and I never got through, but the most notable case I Just Can't Finish is The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.  After a month I had just dragged myself to the halfway point.  Then I had to stop.  I don't ever remember being so bored.  But everyone else seems to have found it thrilling.  I'm so confused.  Maybe I'll give it another go someday.

43.  What distracts you easily when you're reading?  Some days I can really zone out of the world and get well and truly lost in a book and can only be brought ought by death in the family or french fries, but other days I have the attention span of a dog in room full of squirrels.  

44.  What is your favourite film adaptation of a novel?  The Lord of the RingsThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Pride & Prejudice 1995 are my favourites.  Not to mention The Scarlet Pimpernel 1982.  I also really like The Eagle.  The Book Thief was really, really good.  I love Sense & Sensibility 2008.  The Hobbit: AUJ is excellent (and I don't actually hate DOS) but it's not notably brilliant as an adaptation. 

45.  What is the most disappointing film adaptation?  Ugh.  There are so many.  

46.  What is the most money you have spent in a bookstore at one go?  I'm not a huge spender at bookstores, to be unreservedly honest.  My Christmas and birthday lists are usually made up almost entirely of books, and when people don't know what to get me, they generally opt for a Chapters giftcard.  So I can usually walk into bookstore and only spend around $15 (besides giftcards).


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47.  How often do you skim a book before reading it?  Several times, generally.  I put way too much time and thought into choosing a book to read.  I really do.

48.  What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?  If it's incredibly dull.  Like, so dull, I feel like I'm drowning in a sea of bleak, grey dullness.  Or excessively inappropriate.  

49.  Do you like to keep your books organized?  They must be organized.  By genre and by author.  

50.  Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you're done with them?  If I really don't like it, then I might let a used-book store have it.  But if it's really pretty, I might just keep it anyway.  It looks good on my shelf, you know.

51.  Are there any books you've been avoiding?  Thick-as-a-brick classic literature and extremely popular YA novels, collectively.

52.  Name a book that made you angry.  Mockingjay is the only book I remember ever actually throwing violently on the floor.  Boggs got blown up, Prim got blown up, Finnick got his head bloody ripped off... Not that I didn't like it.  I did.  But bloody heck.  

53.  A book you didn't expect to like, but did?  Little Women (aggressively shoved at me by Mater), Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter (again with the aggressive shoving), The Golden Thread by Louis de Wohl (I was sure it was going to be boring...which I guess it was, technically   grandma told me as much when I aggressively shoved it at her (aggressive shoving runs in the family, apparently), but de Wohl does his characters in such a way it's a delight to behold) all rather snuck up on me from behind.  Oh, and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH was brilliant.  I wasn't expecting brilliant.  

54.  How about a book you expected to like, but didn't?  I barely pulled myself through Robin Hood by Henry Gilbert, I was surprised to find.  The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw was drudgery, in stark contrast to Mara: Daughter of the Nile, which is one of my favourite books.  I loved Around the World In 80 Days and couldn't put it down, but 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, though cool as all heck, d r a g g e d o n f o r e v  e   r.  Same story with El Dorado by Emmuska Orczy (one of the sequels of The Scarlet Pimpernel).

55.  Favourite guilt-free pleasure reading?  Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan.  Hilarious and cheering.  The character relationships are the  b  e  s  t.  And Heist Society by Ally Carter, as well as the Kingdom and Knights of Arrathtrae series by Chuck Black.