Me in librarian mode. Photo by Sue Hoffman.

The lovely Florence at Miss Darcy’s Library has nominated me for the Liebster Award.

What is the Liebster Award?  This is from Florence:  “From what I can find out, the Liebster Award (from the German, meaning “dearest” or “beloved”) is granted by fellow bloggers to new blogs with fewer than 200 followers and deserving of recognition and encouragement. The rule is you answer the questions put to you by the person who nominated you, then make up your own set of questions which you send on to those you, in turn, have chosen to nominate.”

I love answering questions about my reading life. And isn’t it a great way to connect with other bloggers and get to know more about them? Thank you, Florence, for nominating me!

1. What is Your Favorite Reading Spot?

Well, I’d love to say on a deck chair on the beach at San Diego, a cabin porch overlooking the lake or in my cozy garden reading nook, but these days I seem to do my best reading on the floor of my bedroom! There’s a little spot in the corner where I like to sit or lie and read my heart out. It is right below a window and gets incredible light and is mercifully quiet in the evenings. I should really get a plush reading chair to put in the spot, but for now the floor is where I do most of my power reading.

2.What do you think of movie adaptations of famous books? Do they enhance or hinder your appreciation of the book?

It really depends on the movie, but I would say the majority of book adaptations don’t live up to my expectations. It really isn’t the fault of the movie makers (well, I guess sometimes it is), it is just that every reader has their own vision of what the book looks like – character, setting, everything – that there is no way that anyone can ever film the conclusive version. Some of my favorite book adaptations are the 1994 Little Women, the 2011 Jane Eyre, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and the 1995 Persuasion.

3. Has a book ever made you want to travel to a particular place?

Yes! I’ve been wanting to travel to England for twenty years now because of all the British books I’ve read. Lately, however, the book that gave me the strongest wanderlust was Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather. Cather’s descriptions of Santa Fe and the wild New Mexico desert filled me longing to see them for myself. I only live about an eight hour drive away from Santa Fe so as soon as the snows are over next spring I am going to plan a trip to this gorgeous city.

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4.What is your reaction when someone you know dislikes a book you are especially fond of? Have you ever quarrelled over a book?

I usually feel disappointed, but understanding because this happens to me a lot! There aren’t very many people in my everyday life who like to read the books I (we) do so I have learned the art of suggesting books with no expectations. And I usually can’t suggest the classics to my friends and family. They either don’t read at all or only read young adult books (Nothing wrong with it, just not my style these days). That is why I am so grateful to have you!

5.Do you like knowing all about an author before you start reading their work or do you think biographical details aren’t necessary to understand and appreciate a book?

It doesn’t affect my reading to not know anything about the author and I usually prefer not to when I first start reading their books. It’s usually after I fall in love with an author that I want to know all about them. For instance, I didn’t know anything about Barbara Pym when I first started reading her books this year, but now that I know about her life I can see the threads of her personal experiences woven through her lovely novels. It does make me appreciate them more.

6. In your opinion, what makes an excellent book review?

I relate to things on an emotional level so a good book review for me is when the reviewer tells me how it made them feel instead of a highly technical dissection of the themes, arguments, concepts, etc. Though I do enjoy reading critical reviews, my favorite reviews tell me what the book is about, what its special qualities are and if the reader loved it.

7. And just for fun: Mr Darcy or Mr Rochester?

Tough question! In my younger days I would’ve chosen Mr Rochester because of the mystery and drama that surround him, but now I would choose Mr Darcy. Kindness and generosity are more important to me now.

I am going to break the rules here a bit and decline to nominate a few of you – I am going to nominate all of you! You all deserve the Liebster award so if you feel inclined I’d love to see your answers to Florence’s questions on your own blogs.

Thank you so much for reading! I love writing Gudrun’s Tights and cherish my friendship with all of you.

11 Comments

  1. How nice to learn a little bit more about the person behind the blog! Do the cats join you in your favorite reading spot?

    • Flora does -she’s my little companion- but Mabel is too busy running up and down the stairs and watching birds outside the front window to join me!

  2. JoAnn (Lakeside Musing)

    This was a fun post to read! I’ll definitely be reading Death Comes for the Archbishop before our next trip to Santa Fe.

  3. Congratulations on being nominated for the award! I enjoyed reading your answers to the questions posed by Florence from Miss Darcy’s Library. I agree with you on many of them. I especially liked your answer that included your feelings about Barbara Pym. I think I discovered her when I was about your age, and I fell in love with her books. Later when I learned about her life I realized how much of it was interwoven into her fiction. That was very interesting to me. To this day I reread Excellent Women every year.

    • Discovering Barbara Pym was one of my greatest joys this year. Her novels are so heavenly – everything I’ve ever wanted in a novel. I think rereading Excellent Women every year is a fabulous idea!

  4. Miss Bibliophile

    I enjoyed reading your answers to these! I’m on the same page as you for a lot of them, especially #3. England has become my standard, no brainer answer for a place that books have made me want to travel to. I’ve also had the experience where books have made me want to visit a place I never would have picked otherwise. I’ve never had much interest in Japan, although I know it ranks high on many people’s fantasy travel lists, but reading some of Murakami’s novels have made me think that it would be a fascinating place to get to see.

    • Japan is not a place I’ve ever been interested in visiting either – now I’m curious if Murakami’s novels would inspire me like they’ve inspired you.

  5. Andi (Estella's Revenge)

    I traveled to Albuquerque several times in graduate school for conferences, and it was after I read Cather’s THE PROFESSOR’S HOUSE. It really affected my love of the place and brought a deep sense of appreciation for the landscape.

    Great answers here! I enjoyed learning more about you!

    • I’ve driven through New Mexico many times on my way to Texas and Colorado, but have never stopped to enjoy the beauty. Cather really has a way of making me want to explore.

  6. Hi Anbolyn! I’ve only just got around to reading your answers (and everyone’s comments). What fun!
    I’ve never been particularly drawn to places like New Mexico (England is more my thing – I need trees and green grass!) but that picture you posted is gorgeous! I love the fact that your destination of choice was so original!
    Oh, and I agree with you 100% about “Little Women” – it’s one of my all-time favourites!

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