Ok. It seems really pretentious to create our own tag and literally call it the Thrice Read tag but we’re incredibly unimagitive and that’s all we could come up with. Currently, Caitlynn, Jenn and I (yes, it is I, Eden, writing this post) are sitting in a coffee shop in Nashville eating breakfast and giving you […]
So I like book analysis and this tag really made me have a hard look at my books. I haven’t always been a heavy reader so I know I do have some catching up to do, but this is what I have thus far. Many thanks to Trice Read for this tag!
What book defines you as a reader?
I think Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything hits the spot here. I tend to read for information, entertainment and experience and Bryson’s books give me all three. A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bryson’s attempt at making scientific history more accessible and entertaining to a wider audience. As a former biology student and all-round science-freak, I find that this book is a pleasant read rather than a boring dictation of historical facts.
Most unique book?
The most unique book I’ve read so far is A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. I found his book difficult to read at first doesn’t follow the usual dialogue rules (he doesn’t use quotation marks) and his characters speak in patoi (even though I’m a Caribbean girl, I found it a bit tricky to read). james also put a unique twist on the narrators. Not only does he use many different characters to tell the story, but several of them are either already dead or narrating their stories to their deaths.
Which characters would play angel and devil on your shoulders?
This may sound a little corny, but I think the angel would be The Alchemist from Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist and the devil may be Josey Wales from A Brief History of Seven Killings.
Book that represents each stage of your life (childhood, adolescence, adulthood)
I really had to wrack my brains for the childhood one, but I really loved Huckleberry Finn at one point. In adolescence, it was anything from the Heartland series by Lauren Brooke because I had developed a deep fascination with horses and for my transition to adulthood, so far it’s The Help by Kathyrn Stockett.
Book that is your go-to reread
My current go-to reread is The Help by Kathyrn Stockett. The novel itself is an amazing piece of literature, but as I educate myself more about poverty, discrimination, prejudice and the civil rights movement, I see deeper into the book and understand it more with each reread.
Book that surprised you the most.
Thus far, the book that has surprised me the most was Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I dived into the book last December but it’s message and prose kept me on edge throughout…I need to read a better variety of books, don’t I?
Most read author
Definitely Bill Bryson.
Which character is most like you?
Great. Now I’m torn between Skeeter Phelan from The Help and Ifemelu from Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie…
What is your favourite nonromantic ship?
So far it’s my ship between Josey Wales and Weeper from A Brief History of Seven Killings. They have an odd relationship as one is a homosexual and one is homophobic, but somehow – and surprisingly since novel is set in Jamaica – they make it work.
Do you prefer the hero or the villain?
I prefer antiheroes, to be honest. I prefer those who are so terribly conflicted about right and wrong that they may end up alternating.