Saturday, 27 August 2011

Tag; The Ultimate Book Bash -Part 2

I am so sorry for the delay in posting this 2nd part of The Ultimate Book Bash Tag. Unfortunately as I said in my earlier post I broke my laptop and was therefore unable to post/comment/look at anything for the past few days.

But that is all over now and here I have part 2 of this awesome tag. And even though The Book Bash is technically over you can still head over and check out Charity U's wonderful blog Austenitis.

What's your favorite time period to read about? 
I don't really have a favourite period, I love to read books which are all set during different time periods. However I have noticed I read a lot of novels from the Regency period- but when I think about it, it's not my favourite.

G. A. Henty, J. R. R. Tolkien, or Charles Dickens? What's your favorite book or series by the author you chose?
Charles Dickens! absolutely, I have this new found respect for him now that I am re-reading Great Expectations (my favourite Dickens' book). He, in my eyes is the master of words, I don't know how he does it- he is amazing.

Ivanhoe or Ben-Hur?
Well, I haven't actually read either but I plan to read Ivanhoe.

Name three books everyone should read.
1. The Bible, of course
2. City On Our Knees by Toby Mac. This book was so uplifting, I loved it! The book is a collection of short stories from different people whom God has used to change the world.
3.Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I just have to throw it in here. It's one of those novels that tends to fall between the cracks (in this case the cracks are Pride & Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility). Oh, it's my favourite novel.
and just because...
Love Comes Softly Series, because too many people I know have only seen the films and every book in this series is better than any of the films! Its just that simple. I won't go into detail because I will go on forever and just get mad and frustrated. But I do have to say one thing in favour of the films is Logan Bartholomew's portrayal of Willie LaHaye it was just...well he was Willie- enough said.

Name two books we wouldn't have expected you to enjoy.
1. Star Wars. I have shocked quite a few people with that revelation.
2. Darwin Strikes Back by Thomas Woodward. As a Christian who is studying Ecology at University- a course which is filled with loads of Evolution, I feel it is so important to read as many books which support Intelligent Design/Creationism as possible.

Name three books that have good movies to go with them.
1.North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell. Thanks to Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe's performances in the 2004 BBC mini-series the film was a hit! Although I do prefer the book, I don't think a film could be made any better than this one.  
2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Despite Christian Bale's performance of Laurie being so entirely wrong - I loved the 1994 version.
3. Emma by Jane Austen. I really didn't want to mention this one simply because I think it has received rather too much attention, but that's not to say that it doesn't deserve it because it most certainly does. It stays quite true to the novel and the actors are brilliant.

Any books coming out soon that you're looking forward to?
Not that I can think of at the moment, although I am always pleased to see new Janette Oke or Tracie Peterson books.

Name two authors you'd like to talk to.
1. Janette Oke. I love Janette's novels so much that I collect everything I see her name attached to. Her novels gave me such peace and enjoyment during some really tough times. I would love to be able to thank her for that.
2. Jane Austen. Two words "Jane Austen", really what more can I say.

Science fiction or a fairy tale?
Science fiction definitely however I still enjoy reading the odd fairy tale.

A classic book you haven't read is...?
There are actually quite a few, I'm sorry to say, but I am working on it. I just bought George Eliot's Silas Marner which I plan to read for the first time shortly.

Shakespeare or George Bernard Shaw (who wrote Pygmalion)?
Shakespeare...although I tend to read mainly his Sonnets.

Name a movie (or two) where it's actually better than the book.
The Notebook. I love Nicholas Sparks, he is a great author but I must admit I did enjoy the film (fast forwarding a few scenes) much more than the novel.
Lorna Doone. When I first read R.D Blackmore's classic I enjoyed it, but after watching this film I went back and re-read it and I found it... I don't know...lacking, maybe, in some respects. But then again I love this movie so much that it may have clouded my judgement.
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. I read the book after seeing the film so I don't know whether that has anything to do with it. But I was a little disappointed with the book, I thought the film was much better.

Where is your favorite place to read?
Mostly I enjoy reading in the privacy of my own bedroom, but I'm really not fussed most of the time. That's what I love about books, they are like portable time-travelling devices, it doesn't matter where you are.

What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
A Gown of Spanish Lace by Janette Oke. I have heard that it is in-development, but whether its going ahead or not is anyones guess. But I would love to see it!
Jane Austen's Lady Susan would also be great.
And one/all of The Heirs of Acadia Series T.Davis Bunn & Isabella Bunn. I love this series, particularly the historical aspect. I think these novels would make great movie if (and that's a big "if") they were made right.

What book character do you identify the most with?
There are quite a few that I identify with but all for different reasons. Identify with Catherine Morland of Northanger Abbey and I am a lot like Molly Gibson of Wives and Daughters at times. I identify with Meg March from Little Women (although I can be just as headstrong as Jo)

What are your favorite quotes from books?
I am going to limit myself to 3 because otherwise this will be the longest post in the history of posts if I list all my favourites.

"But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way"
- Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey
"Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts."
- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."
- The Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8


Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

I'm glad you were able to post this second part, I've been looking forward to it!
I ditto your sentiments about Northanger Abbey and the Love Comes Softly series!
By Star Wars books to you mean a certain series? I've read and enjoyed a few of the...oh dear I'll have to look it up...the Junior Jedi Knights books, have you read any of those?
It's awesome that you're reading more about Creationism to balance out all the Evoluntionism that you're getting in your courses. God's intelligent designs are all around us so intricate and beautiful!
Love that you mentioned North & South and Emma as being close to the books. I was so glad I read N&S before seeing the miniseries for the first time but it is SO close to the book which made me happy!
So I think we should host a dinner and invite Janette Oke and Jane Austen so we can chat with them! (I wish! lol) I wonder if they would enjoy each other's company?
Love the quotes and all the photos in this post! I really enjoyed reading your answers and echo most of your sentiments! :)

Abby said...

Just to let you know I just awarded you the Liebster award! Congratulations :)


Jemimah C. said...

I greatly enjoyed reading part 2!

I just awarded you with the Liebster Award on my blog. Congratulations! :)

Melody said...

You were awarded on my blog!

In the book I'm writing right now, it really has a lot about P&P in it, but I thought you would like to know Northanger Abbey has its spot in there as well. :) That and Emma will probably end up being the 2nd most mentioned...if I ever finish it...ha ha ha. :P