The lovely Leanne at NeverEnding Story has tagged me to answer some bookish questions a couple weeks ago. That I am just now finding the time to answer them might tell you a bit about how busy I have been of late. But you have probably already figured that out since I am so behind in visiting blogs and posting here has been irregular. But onward we go!

What got you to started reading books?
I have been a reader since before I even learned how to read and I learned how to read when I was four or thereabouts. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t love reading. Instead of what got me reading, it should be who, and that I owe mainly to my mom. Thanks Mom!

What’s the best book-to-movie adaptation you’ve seen so far?
The version of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. I had it when it was on VHS tape (remember those?) and I watched it so often I wore out the tapes!

What is the best fanart of your favorite book?
This I have no answer to because I don’t follow fan art.

What’s your pet peeve when it comes to books?
Predictability and cliches. If I know how it is going to end after only the first chapter there is no reason to keep reading in my opinion. Also, if it is riddled with cliches and stereotypes and all I am doing is rolling my eyes, scoffing or mumbling mean things about the book, then to the did not finish pile it goes.

Who is your favorite character and why is it him/her?
Oh gosh, this is like me asking my mom when I was a kid who she loved more, me or my younger sister! One of my favorite villains is Count Fosco from Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. I love the minor characters of Mr. Wemmick and his father “The Aged” in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I am rather fond of Thursday in Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, quite possibly because I would love to have a dodo named Pickwick. Orlando from Virginia Woolf’s book of the same name, s/he is funny and so very unflappable. There are many more but I will leave it there for now.

Hardcover or Paperback?
It doesn’t matter much to me anymore. It used to when I was buying books all the time and then it was mostly hardcover. But now that I rarely buy and mostly borrow, I read whatever the library gives me. Though for going mobile like on my commute or traveling, I prefer paperbacks because they tend to be smaller and lighter. And I don’t mind an e-book either.

If you could bring a character back from death, who would it be?
Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web. That book made me sob when I was a kid and it still makes me cry!

Chaucer visits with a Lego dino at Mall of America

Do you own any bookish merchandise? Show us some of your favorites, please.
Yes. I have a Jane Austen action figure and a Shakespeare and Bookman has Charles Dickens. I also have two small stuffed Wild Things and a stuffed Walter the Farting Dog that farts when you squeeze him. Oh and I have a Chaucer bobblehead who, when my sister visited once, went around with us and we took photos of him eating breakfast, visiting pigs at the State Fair, driving a bus.

If you could turn a book into a movie, which one would you film?

I’m not a fan of turning books into movies, but I will go see movies that were books. I guess if there is something I’d like to see as a film, or a series of films, it might be Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam books.

If you could change an ending of a book, which ending would you change and why?
Uh, not sure, really. Maybe I would change it so Maggie Tulliver in Mill in the Floss doesn’t drown?

Do you have any signed books? If so, which ones? If not, which ones would you like to get signed?
I have lots of signed books from the likes of Margaret Atwood, Adrienne Rich, Lemony Snicket and others. I don’t go seeking autographs much but somehow I have managed to collect a few through various means.

So there you go. I hope you enjoyed my answers and if you have some of your own, please feel free to share!