Meme: And the memes continue!

Posted 8 June, 2009 by Li in Meme / 0 Comments

Ten books you became utterly lost in
– Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind
– J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
– Jane Austen’s Persuasion
– Andromeda Romano-Lax’s The Spanish Bow
– E.M. Forster’s A Room With a View
– Ian McEwan’s Atonement
– Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief
– Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind
– Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris
– Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Ultimatum

Nine books that you would give to an alien civilisation who were curious about human storytelling culture[s]
– The Bible
– Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility
– J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
– Collection of William Shakespeare’s works
– Collection of Hans Christian Anderson’s works
– Collection of Brothers Grimm works
– Collection of Russian Fairy Tales
– Federico Garcia Lorca’s collection of poetry
Aesop’s Fables

Eight books that left you wondering if you were missing the point
– Miriam Toews’s A Complicated Kindness
– Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations
– Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd
– Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights
– Cervantes’s Don Quixote
– Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis
– John Locke’s Second Treatise
– Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

Seven non-fiction books that engaged you as much as really good fiction might
– Orlando Figes’s The Whisperers
– David Remnick’s Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire
– Margaret MacMillan’s Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
– Jane Dunn’s Mary and Elizabeth: Cousins, Rivals, Queens
– Vasily Grossman’s A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman With the Red Army
– Andrew Cohen’s While Canada Slept: How Canada Lost Its Place In the World
– Strobe Talbott’s The Russia Hand: A Memoir of Presidential Diplomacy

Six fictional characters you wouldn’t kick out of bed
– Eomer (LOTR)
– Faramir (LOTR)
– Mr. Henry Tilney (Northanger Abbey)
– Mr. John Thornton (North and South)
– Mr. John Rokesmith (Our Mutual Friend)
– Captain Frederick Wentworth (Persuasion)


Five heavy / cerebral works of literature that are worth the effort
– Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment
– Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend
– Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace
– Plato’s Republic
– Pope Benedict XVI’s Deus Caritas Est

Four short stories you think everyone should read
Can’t answer this section, I don’t read short stories *blushes*


Three things from books (images, ideas, characters) that really snagged your imagination.
– Middle Earth (LOTR)
– Cemetery of Forgotten Books (The Shadow of the Wind)
– The magic system in the Abhorsen trilogy


Two genres that are in danger of taking over your shelves
– Fantasy (a la Tolkien, Williams, Ruckley, etc.)
– Classics (a la Austen, Gaskell, Russian authors, etc.)


One literary series that was completely satisfying from page one to page done
– J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings


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