Book survey

Answer these questions and put your response in a comment! I will put mine up eventually 🙂

1) What was the major theme from the last book you read?

2) Who was the best written character from the last five books you read?

3) Is there a new genre/topic that you’re really looking forward to getting better acquainted with?

4) Three things from recently read books that made you uncomfortable or nervous?

5) Something you read recently that made you gleeful or overcome with admiration?

6) Name a literary character you ‘met’ recently who you really liked?

7) Name a doomed literary character whose death really made you miss them?

8 ) If you could only have access to a dictionary or a thesaurus, which would you choose?

9) What’s the most pointless book on your shelves? The one you blink at every time you notice its existence?

10) What’s the best conversation you ever had about books or a particular book? Who was it with?

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  1. Lauren says:

    1) What was the major theme from the last book you read?
    Animal sentience and pain-sensation.

    2) Who was the best written character from the last five books you read?
    Hmmm…that’s a tough one. I’d have to say Lightcap from Ed Abbey’s “honest novel” ‘Fool’s Progress” – he’s loosely based on Abbey himself, and is consequently a fascinating character that seems at times to be painfully real.

    3) Is there a new genre/topic that you’re really looking forward to getting better acquainted with?
    I’ve been trying to move away from my typical subject of animals and animal rights…perhaps a jaunty, witty novel is in order.

    4) Three things from recently read books that made you uncomfortable or nervous?
    1 – the concept that trying to eliminate evil is itself an evil concept, and therefore it’s more important to recognize evil in others as a part of life than to try to eradicate it (a tough pill to swallow). 2 – the fact that a majority (a vast majority) of people will, when it comes down to it, argue that animals are put here to feed humans. 3 – the argument that depression is an emotional state that is wished-for by the depressed, rather than a chemical state that needs to be remedied – in ALL cases.
    (I don’t agree with the last two – but it’s noteworthy that other people do)

    5) Something you read recently that made you gleeful or overcome with admiration?
    J.M. Coetzee – his writing amazes me.

    6) Name a literary character you ‘met’ recently who you really liked?
    “Liked” is very subjective – I enjoyed Hal Incandenza of “Infinite Jest” immensely.

    7) Name a doomed literary character whose death really made you miss them?
    Oooh, I suppose Banquo.

    8 ) If you could only have access to a dictionary or a thesaurus, which would you choose?
    A thesaurus – it functions as a dictionary if you’re reasonably intelligent.

    9) What’s the most pointless book on your shelves? The one you blink at every time you notice its existence?
    “Acheron” by Sherrilyn Kenyon

    10) What’s the best conversation you ever had about books or a particular book? Who was it with?
    With my professor Kathy Kemp, about “The Case of the Speluncean Explorers: Nine New Opinions” by Peter Suber,

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