Thursday, September 9, 2010

Reading Tag :-)

Here's a fun tag I came across and thought I'd share. :-)

(1) Top 3 Authors:
  • 2. Jane Austen
  • 3.Charles Dickens
(2) Top 3 male characters:
  • Malcolm (The Fisherman's Lady and The Marquis' Secret by George MacDonald)
  • Henry Tilney (Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen)
  • Arthur Clennam (Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens)
(3) Top 3 female characters:
  • Fanny Price (Mansfield Park by Jane Austen)
  • Millie Keith (A Life of Faith series)
  • Danielle DeBarbarac (Ever After; I know that's a book, not a movie, but still, she's a favorite female character...)

(4) Top 20 fictional books:
  • Malcolm (George MacDonald)
  • Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen)
  • Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)
  • What's Mine's Mine (George MacDonald)
  • For One Moment (Christmas Carol Kauffman)
  • Christy (Catherine Marshall)
  • North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell)
  • The Curate's Awakening (George MacDonald)
  • Bleak House (Charles Dickens)
  • Our Mutual Friend (Charles Dickens)
  • Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson)
  • Little Women (Louisa Mae Alcott)
  • Little House series (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
  • Calico Captive (Elizabeth George Speare)
  • A Life of Faith: Millie Keith series
  • Prisoners of the Sea (Florence M. Kingsley)
  • Four Girls at Chautauqua (Isabella Alden)
  • Emma (Jane Austen)
  • Facets of Fantasy (a collection of short novels by Sarah Scheele)
(5) Top 3 books most recently read:
  • What's Mine's Mine/The Highlander's Last Song (George MacDonald)
  • Eric Liddell: Pure Gold (David McCasland)
  • Halogen Crossing (Sarah Scheele)
(6) Worst 3 books ever read:
  • THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK!!! (I couldn't even make it through it!!)
  • The Scottish Chiefs (Jane Porter) (the overly flowery language and massacres every other chapter were a little too much for me :-) )
  • The Rivers of Judah series (probably the worst-written series of books I have ever read!!)

(7) Top 5 scenes from any books:
Oh my-- that's not fair! Top FIVE scenes? How am I supposed to decide??
  • The riot scene in North and South :-D :-D :-D
  • The final confrontation between Malcolm, Florimel, and Lord Liftore in Malcolm/The Marquis' Secret
  • When Henri Baillot escapes from the castle in Prisoners of the Sea-- hilarious and exciting at the same time! :-)
  • Dark Island... This scene has "come back to me" many a time when I've found myself on my own "Dark Island, and it is so beautiful and comforting and encouraging. :) "Courage, dear heart!" <3>
  • FAVORITEST: In Our Mutual Friend, the scene in which Mr. Boffin fires Rokesmith, and Bella comes to the point of realizing that she loves Rokesmith; that she was a foolish, worldly girl; and that money means nothing in light of the truly important things in life. Reading/watching her come to the decision to leave the Boffins and the wealth she could have there to live a life of poverty with her family, and then with her love, brings tears to my eyes! I love that scene. Oh, and of course, when Rokesmith appears: "My dear girl! My gallant, courageous and noble Bella. You are my love?" "Well I suppose I am if you think me worth taking." The sweetest thing ever!!! Love that scene. Love that story. :-D
(8) The book(s) that made me cry the most:
  • Definitely Kathleen's Enduring Faith.... WAAAAHHH!!!! I was nearly sobbing towards the end of that. Though I was sobbing near the end of Bleak House too.
(9) The books that made me laugh the most:
  • goodness, I don't know. Possibly the Methuselah Chronicles. I don't read comedy too often.
(10) The books that made me feel good the most at the end:
Well, "feel good" isn't exactly a term I think in when I finished a book. How about the books that leave me feeling inspired? :-)
  • The Curate's Awakening (George MacDonald)
  • Mountain Rain (biography of J. O. Fraser)
  • Green Leaf in Drought (Isobel Kuhn)
  • Christy (Catherine Marshall)
  • Eric Liddell: Pure Gold (David McCasland)

(11) Contemporary or Historical?
  • HISTORICAL, DUH! (Hasn't this quiz been reading the titles I've been putting down? The only contemporary book I listed was in my "dislikes" section!!)
(12) Science fiction, Fantasy or Horror?
  • fantasy (though I don't read much of it). Definitely not horror (I don't think I've ever read or watched anything of that genre, for which I am grateful), and I don't care much for Sci Fi except the mild kind that doesn't involve robots or aliens taking over the world :-P
(13) Hardback, Trade Paperback, or Mass Market Paperback?
  • Nice paperback or hardback is fine.
(14) Barnes and Noble or amazon?
  • I've never ordered from Amazon... and I have a Barnes and Noble gift certificate to use... so I'd have to say Barnes and Noble for right now
(15) Bookmark or Dog ear?
  • Bookmark, definitely! I like to keep my books looking like new, if possible. :-)

(16) Alphabetize by Author, Alphabetize by title or no organization whatsoever?
  • By author. Always. And size, if "author" doesn't apply. :-)
(17) Keep, Throw Away, or Sell?
  • Keep!! Why would I buy a book to throw away or sell? Except I did throw away The Diary of Anne Frank...good riddance...
(18) Little Women or Anne of Green Gables?
  • Little Women
(19) Short Story or Novel?
  • Novel
(20) Stop Reading when tired or chapter breaks?
  • Depends on the book. I like to finish at a chapter break, but if my attention span is particularly limited that particularly day, I might stop in the middle of a chapter.
(21) "It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
  • "It was a dark, and stormy night"... makes me think of Snoopy, actually ;-) Anyway, it's more adventurous feeling. Though "once upon a time" is nice too.
(22) buy or borrow?
  • Buy, if possible
(23) Standalone or series?
  • I think I prefer stand-alones best, though I do like some series. Trilogies are pretty cool. :-)
(24) Tidy Ending or Cliff Hanger?
  • Tidy ending, of course. Unless there's a sequel.

I tag......
all my literary friends! :-)


Bethany A. said...

Oh man, I LOVE this tag!!! I'm gonna have to do it! :D

Sarah Scheele said...

Hi Melanie...hard to believe, but I JUST FOUND this post! Yes, I haven't been keeping up with online things as much these days...:P

1: THANK YOU so much for putting my book on a list of ones you liked! That means a lot to me. :)

2: YES--another person who hates The Diary of Anne Frank. I read the censored version long ago as a teen and found her a boring person and unsympathetic most of the time. There is a new version with some additional stuff that was taken out years ago. My sisters just read it and didn't like it at all.

Melanie said...

You're welcome. :-) I love "Facets of Fantasy"!!

And yes--The Diary of Anne Frank made me sick. Her attitude towards any authority--actually, anyBODY-- was revolting and some of the stuff she talked about I just wasn't interested in hearing. :-P I can understand that it would be easy to get irritable being shut up in one place with the same people all the time, and that one would need something, even just a journal, to vent to, but that doesn't mean I want to read that person's vents. :-)