Hello, everyone! Yes, I’ve been iffy with posting for a while. But yes, I have legitimate excuses. First of all, my laptop crashed. Secondly, I’ve been making soap. (It’s easier than you think, and really fun! I may have to post a tutorial at some point, once I get a better thingamajig to take photos with.)
- Thank the person who tagged you
- Answer their 11 questions
- Tag 11 people
- Give them 11 questions to answer
Well, shall we begin?
1. If you had to choose one song to be your “anthem” what would it be?
“The World Will Know” from Newsies! (Go listen to it. Then listen to the rest of the musical. I command you!) It’s energizing and fun to sing, and though I’m not exactly on a strike, I think it’s pretty applicable in some ways…
2. What is one book you will never read again and why?
Chasing Vermeer. Apparently, Chasing Vermeer is a highly acclaimed middle-grade book. Some years ago, someone strongly recommended it and gave me a copy. I’d read other books by the same author, and I hadn’t had any problem with them, even though they weren’t amazing.
But with this one, right from the start, I felt that something was off. I strongly disliked the writing style, and I didn’t relate to the characters at all. It’s basically about two kids who solve a mystery about the theft of a painting, and 4/5 of the book has them analyzing things and acting like detectives. However, at the end, another painting magically tells them how to find the missing painting. (I had already given up reading before that happened, but I went back and finished the book later. I don’t remember exactly what it was the painting said.)
So… no. You just don’t do that. I wasn’t really writing yet when I read that book, and even I could tell the author that it violates some sort of unwritten code to write a mystery book that is as detailed and analytical as that one, and then have the mystery be solved by magic. I thought this took place in the present day, with no mention of magic before that painting started talking??
3. What is one book you reread over and over again and why?
Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery. Do you know how much I love Montgomery’s writing? If you didn’t, you do now. I am not going to stop talking about her in the future, either, so I hope you agree with me. 😛 Her descriptions are gorgeous, and I feel like she does a really good job at capturing humanity and turning it into characters on a page.
Anyway. Rilla of Ingleside, while not the only book that I often reread (I reread a LOT), is one of the main ones. It is the final book in the Anne of Green Gables series, and centers around Anne’s youngest daughter during WWI. She’s sort of a spoiled brat in the beginning, but she develops and improves a lot throughout the book.
4. If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
Either England, Finland, or PEI. I’ve been to England before, but it was so amazing that I’d love to go again. I’d want to go to Finland or PEI because they’re beautiful.
5. Do you have a favorite quote and what is it?
EVERYTHING from Winnie-the-Pooh. Those are the cutest and most fantastic books ever and have so many amazing quotes! (I may have to take a page out of Anna’s book and do a quote post, although it would only be Winnie-the-Pooh quotes.)
If I had to choose, though… I think I would pick this one:
“When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.”
6. If you could meet any historical figure – living or dead – who would you choose to meet? And, for the sake of getting more diverse answers, let’s leave Jesus out of this, shall we?
I would say either Malala Yousafzai or Lucy Maud Montgomery. Because they’re both fantastic and amazing. Need I say more?
7. What is the first book you read on your own?
I have no clue… but A Little Princess was one of the first. (I had already read it with my mom, though.) When my mom and I were reading it, I cried over a book for the first time. I still don’t cry very much over books, but the ending of The Scorpio Races definitely made me tear up.
8. What is your fondest memory?
This isn’t my only fond memory, and I don’t know if it will always qualify as my “fondest,” but my grandfather passed away last winter, after a long period of sickness. (That’s not the memory, don’t worry.) He was in the hospital a while before it happened, and my family visited him multiple times during that period. One of those times, on my last visit to him and soon after Christmas, I sat in his hospital room for a few hours and just knitted the whole time, while my mom and her brother sat with him and occasionally chatted. It was lovely and pleasant, and I’m so glad I went that time.
9. Who are your heroes?
This list does not include everyone (and there are a lot of M’s?) but some of them are:
- My mother
- My father
- My grandparents (on both sides)
- Malala Yousafzai (she’s so so so amazing! And she has a cochlear implant!)
- L. M. Montgomery
- Lin-Manuel Miranda
10. What character from literature are you most like?
Miss Havisham from Great Expectations.
I don’t know, actually… *sneaks into the next question*
11. What would you do if the Zombie Apocalypse happened tomorrow?
I’d think it was a nightmare. Then I’d hide in my room forever. That is, after stocking up on food, books, more food, weapons, more weapons, making all of my loved ones join me, reinforcing the barriers and protection, and…
Actually, you know what? Zombies are slow. Like, really slow. So slow that if people kept their heads straight before freaking out, the zombies could probably all be caught and… well, killing them is sort of cruel. And keeping them in a lab is unethical and riskier– but since I’m not the government, I don’t need to puzzle over that. I’d just act normal but much more alert, I think, and educate myself on the signs that someone is a zombie. I’d also always, always lock all of the doors.
That’s it! I’m tagging:
- Morgan @ Studies in Character
- Fin @ Spiel
- Lana @ The Music of Words
- Astro @ The Language of Dreamers
- Katie @ Speckled Constellations
- Solaice @ Oh Solace
- queenmelaniemerker @ Inky Constellations
- Elizabeth and Clare @ Lily
- Hannah @ Utterly Write
- Sarah Briel @ Penumbra Reviews
- Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
And… that’s 11. *collapses*
Questions for Tagged People:
- Do you have a pet? If so, describe them.
- What’s your favorite type of tree?
- What’s your favorite genre to read?
- What’s your favorite genre to write?
- If you write, do you prefer to compose on paper or a computer?
- How long have you been blogging?
- Is it snowing, as you answer this?
- What’s your favorite type of music?
- Do you knit or crochet?
- What is a very popular/highly acclaimed book or movie that you just couldn’t like?
- Have you ever had Turkish Delight? (I haven’t, sadly…)
Again, thanks for tagging me, Kate! Anyone who I didn’t tag and who wants to do this is absolutely and entirely welcome to do it as well, if they want.
Since I’m traveling over my winter break, I’m not going to post on Christmas Eve, and I probably will not post on the 27th. Either way, I hope that all of you have a wonderful Christmas, if you celebrate it, and a wonderful week, if you don’t!