I’ve been tagged, and I didn’t know it. A few weeks ago Bellezza of Dolce Bellezza tagged me for a Liebster Award. Didn’t find out until now. As the icon shown above, the Liebster Award is to discover new blogs… well, blogs that one may not have visited before.
So here I go to answer 7 good questions. Thanks, litlove, for first asking them. Here they are:
1. What do you think of literary prizes? Good idea or bad?
I think literary prizes are good pointers, their shortlists are often guide to my longlist of TBR’s. I like to follow the Booker, Giller, and Pulitzer, awards from the UK, Canada, and US. I even watch book awards if they show on TV, like the Giller here in Canada. Yeah, you can tell I love award shows… but for some reasons, I’m not so thrilled about the Nobel literature prize.
2. If you could write any sort of book, what would you write?
They say the first book is usually autobiographical. So let’s see if that’s any easier. Also, something that I can turn into a screenplay after it’s published… like killing two birds with one stone.
3. Describe your ideal home library/study.
A big comfy couch for reclining. Large coffee table beside for laptop, books, notebooks, junks, enough space to put coffee mugs and snacks. Built in book shelves, with books of course, artworks, a music system, and overall artistic chaos. And oh, a large flat screen TV facing the couch. Books and films always go together for me.
4. Name two new authors whose work you think will last the test of time, and explain your choices.
Kazuo Ishiguro. I like his style. His An Artist of the Floating World, Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go cannot be more diverse in their setting and subject matter, which shows how versatile the writer is. I think his works can last the test of time. The other is Yann Martel. If he can write Life of Pi we can cut him some slack for slipping a bit in the next piece. If Pi can reach shore and be rescued after 227 days adrift at sea, I’m sure his story can survive the test of time. Also, really appreciated the writer’s effort to send our PM Stephen Harper a book every two weeks to enrich his reading.
5. Which books do you hope to get for Christmas?
Modern Library’s Top 100, you can pick any titles from it. Here’s the link. Thanks.
6. What’s the last book you did not finish and why?
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson, 2010 Booker Prize winner. I stopped at about page 50. I know, I should have gone a bit more before I quit, but, my patience just couldn’t stand the test of time. However, I think I’ll go back, restart and finish it, some day.
7. Would you accept 20 books that were absolutely perfect for you and dependably brilliant reads, if they were also the last 20 books you could ever acquire?
What? Not being able to acquire anymore? The answer is a no-brainer. And also, I’m afraid the perfect books for me now may not remain perfect through the years, considering how changeable I am. Anyway, acquiring books is one of life’s major pleasures and I just don’t want to give it up.
Ok, now, the next 7 targets to answer these 7 questions, how about Janell of An Everyday Life, Catherine Sherman, Gavin of Page247, Hedda at Hedda’s Place, Alex of The Sleepless Reader, Sigrun at Sub Rosa, Grad The Curious Reader. Just for fun.
According to the idea of the Liebster Award, you’re to tag 7 other bloggers and develop your own 7 questions if you like.