Thanks, THB

April 19th, 2005 · 6 Comments
by Booksquare

Where we expected white smoke, we got a black spot. Darn that Happy Booker for crushing our aspirations. We know she’s trying to figure out where we park the Booksquaremobile after we’re done fighting crime. It’s so hard being a blogger of mystery.

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451. Which book do you want to be?

This is the spinach versus french fries question. You know what’s good for you, but, man, salty snacks. So very fun. However, in the interest of preserving the printed word for all eternity, we must choose To Kill A Mockingbird. It is our signature book. Plus we get something different out of it every time we read it.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?


What? You want names? So personal. Let us just suggest that our first crush was the very brave Johnny Tremaine. We’ve always had a thing for tricorn hats.

The last book you bought was…?

Empire Falls by Richard Russo. We cannot speak highly enough about the prologue. We bought it halfway through the sentence, “You know this is the first time we’ve ever walked by a bookstore without buying something.”

The last book you read was…?

You know, that’s a really good question in a search of a really answer. We have none. The book was Getting Things Done by David Allen. The husband thought it would inspire a desk-cleaning frenzy. It did not.

What are you currently reading?

  • Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein. Bookclub leftover that we’re embarrassed to admit we didn’t finish.
  • Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov. Our choice for next month’s bookclub meeting — we are hoping to supplement with Reading Lolita in Tehran.
  • Between Two Rivers, Nicholas Rinaldi. Started and set gently aside when we thought Lolita was due in April. Darn time change, always messing with our mind!.

Five books you would take to a desert island…

  • To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee. See previous.
  • Welcome To Temptation, Jennifer Crusie. Still makes us laugh after all these years.
  • Idoru, William Gibson. Can’t say why, but this one really spoke to us.
  • House of Mirth, Edith Wharton. Best book ever (though we admit to changing like the weather).
  • Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak. We suspect we’ll be befriending turtles, and we also suspect they like books with pictures.

If there is room, we might also try to sneak a book on raft-building or cooking with coconuts into our backpack.

Who are you passing this stick on to and why?

File Under: Square Pegs

6 responses so far ↓

  • David Thayer // Apr 19, 2005 at 9:47 pm

    Yikes. I was thrown by the black smoke, white smoke. I liked the Sendak too. I can’t remember the questions.

  • The Happy Booker // Apr 19, 2005 at 9:51 pm

    Johnny Tremaine? BookSquare, we hardly knew you at all! Your comment on my blog about Laurie, Alcott’s girly-man (look at the name!), is enough to incite a blog feud! When the topic is fictional men, let’s just agree to disagree. THB (As for books, I totally agree with your assessment of “House of Mirth.”)

  • David Thayer // Apr 19, 2005 at 10:24 pm

    Okay, I caved and passed the stick.

  • KathyF // Apr 19, 2005 at 10:49 pm

    It was Sting himself who inspired me to read Lolita when I was but a teen. Now that I’m old enough to appreciate the prose, I’d like to approach it again. Judith Ivory, one of my favorite romance authors, inspired me the second time. Did you happen to catch an article she wrote a while back mentioning it? Made it sound delicious.

  • Booksquare // Apr 19, 2005 at 11:20 pm

    Hello??? Johnyy’s kiss with Cilla? The stuff of eleven year old fantasy (weird hand aside). Making fun of a girl’s first literary crush is cruel. Yours??

    I reread (long story) the Amy/Laurie romance last year. Okay, I want to be Jo. I am Jo. But…Amy and Laurie worked for me. I love girly-men as long as they can change the litter box. Very important. Can we kiss and make up or is it heroes at dawn?

    Please not dawn. One needs her beauty sleep. Desperately.

    Lolita is beautiful. Truly so. I appreciate it more as I grow older.

    David, I had faith.

  • Brenda Coulter // Apr 20, 2005 at 6:08 am

    [From No rules. Just write.]
    I thought better of my pal Booksquare. I thought she was too busy thinking Deep Thoughts to stoop to participation in a meme. And I thought this would be a great opportunity to show my superiority (okay, just pretend for a minute) by sniffing importantly and explaining that I don’t do memes….

    Oops! I think I just memed again.