Thanks, j4mieleigh, for tagging self in the Bookshelf Survey!
Here are some of self’s answers:
Find a book on your shelves for each of your initials:
M would be for Mockingjay (Book 3 in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins)
V would be for Victor Klemperer, whose meticulous diary of his days living out World War II in Dresden, Germany are searing and humane and unforgettable.
Count your age along your bookshelves. What do you land on?
Self ran out of bookshelf space. Honest-to-God.
No, actually, most of her books are in Redwood City, California. She only has a dozen books with her right now.
Find a book that takes place in your city or state.
Self has to be tiresome again. She has no “city or state.” Unless you consider Facebook a place. She’s there every day.
Find a book set somewhere you would love to travel to.
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare is mostly set in Wales. Apart from one brief stop on the ferry from Dublin to London, self has never been to Wales. Perhaps next year?
Find a book cover in your favorite color:
Self’s favorite color is BLUE.
Here’s the cover to a book she’s almost finished reading:
Detail, Book Cover: ERAGON, by Christopher Paolini
Which book do you have the fondest memories of?
Break It Down, by Lydia Davis. That collection rocked her world.
Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
The Horse Whisperer? She just wasn’t in the right frame of mind.
The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion. Because the events in it are pretty terrible. Worse, they are true.
Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment?
Eldest, by Christopher Paolini. It is 700 pages.
And, to be honest, The Strain, by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Because it is Horror. And because self lives alone. And hears things in the night. All the time.
Do you have a special place at home for reading?
The bed. Hands down.
When do you usually read?
Anytime and all the time, if possible.
Can you read while listening to music/ watching TV?
What do you use for bookmarks?
Right now, book postcards that were handed out at the most recent Cork International Short Story Festival. The artwork for them is mostly incredible.
Are your book spines creased or unbroken?
No. (To elaborate: None of her book spines are creased or unbroken. Her favorite books have stuff written on the margins. Even, coffee stains)
What is the last book you bought?
Middlemarch, by George Eliot
Self hereby tags Dee Dee Chainey (curator of the Twitter hashtag Folklore Thursday) and Laura Dodge Meyer whose blog is The Second Fifty.