Monday, 3 January 2011

A life in books

I saw this at Juxtabook and thought I would play before leaving 2010's books. She says "A nice end of the year meme pinched from Other Stories and Gaskella.

"Using only books you have read this year (2010), cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title. It’s much, much harder than you think!"

* Describe Yourself: Practically Perfect (Katie Fforde - don't I wish!)
* How do you feel: Ankle Deep (Angela Thirkell)
* Describe where you currently live: Log Hut (Thomas Firbank - and I did, at one time...)
* If you could go anywhere, where would you go: A Place of Fallen Leaves (Tim Pears)
* Your favorite form of transportation: Minnow on the Say (Philippa Pearce - Minnow is a boat)
* Your best friend is: The Invisible Girl (Laura Ruby)
* You and your friends are: Children of Chance (Elizabeth Pewsey)
* What’s the weather like: Acqua Alta (Donna Leon - my feet don't seem to have been dry for weeks)
* Favorite time of day: Before Lunch (Thirkell again)
* If your life was a: Tapestry of Love (Rosy Thornton - if only...)
* What is life to you: One Bloody Thing After Another (Joey Comeau - that's much more like it!)
* Your fear: Murder in the Garden (Veronica Heley - well, weeding's murder on the back)
* What is the best advice you have to give: Don't Tell Alfred (Nancy Mitford)
* Thought for the Day: What's Bred in the Bone (Robertson Davies)
* How I would like to die: Giving Up the Ghost (Hilary Mantel - I don't want to spend the afterlife haunting)
* My soul’s present condition: Shades of Grey (Jasper Fforde)

Who'd have thought I could start and finish with a Fforde? What I couldn't do, I'm afraid (and unlike both Juxtabook and Gaskella) is link to my reviews of the titles I chose, but I promise I didn't cheat, they are all from last year's list. And it was fun!


  1. Oh, this is a good meme!
    I am shamelessly going to translate it into German and nick it for the small booklovers' group on XING where I am one of the moderators.

  2. LOL! Very fun! I've been meaning to do this for a while too. Maybe it will take my mind of my sad total (78 books) by showing they were interesting and clever titles! lol I wondered if the snow was melting yet for you. We just had a thaw and all our ice is thankfully gone, for a while at least. it's snowing though as I look out the window....did you like the meme? Did you find it hard to do?

  3. I did this last year and it was great fun... will do it again in a couple of days.

  4. Now is that 'almost' perfect, or perfect in a practical way? Whichever, have a great and hopefully drier, new year.

  5. I like memes like this. I've just done another one for books to read this year! It is quite hard to do but it is fun! I might have a go at this one too.

  6. It's a nice way to get an over view isn't it! Thanks for the link, and Happy New Year!

  7. I also completed this meme, but having read pitifully few books, I did not have a lot of choice, with which to match question with answer.

    It was quite a challenge, but one which I enjoyed. It was certainly amusing to read it all back at the end. Makes me sound like some kind of complete nutcase!!

    Your answers are brilliant, made me laugh.