September 19, 2014

It's Time to Put Your Thinking Cap On (Literary Trivia)

Jeanne at Necromancy Never Pays periodically shares trivia questions from a book called Who Killed Iago?: A Book of Fiendishly Challenging Literary Quizzes. I have the same book, so today I'm passing on the fiendish difficulty to you!

No googling allowed. Just answer as many questions as you can in the comments. Then in a couple of days I'll post the answers in the comments, after people have had a chance to guess. (All of the answers consist of two words, which in each case begin with consecutive letters of the alphabet.)

One After the Other: An Alphabetical Round 
(from Who Killed Iago?)
  1. What's the third in Louisa M. Alcott's series of novels about the March sisters?
  2. What's the actual name of the most famous literary creation of Leslie Charteris?
  3. Which literary novelist gave the eulogy at the memorial service for Benny Hill?
  4. Which thousand-page novel of 1996 is set in a North America where Canada, the United States, and Mexico are unified?
  5. Whose last two novels were The Years and Between the Acts?
  6. Whose first book was A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius?
  7. Frederica, Venetia, and The Black Sheep are among whose Regency romances-- a genre she's generally credited with inventing?
  8. Whose plays include The Wild Duck and Hedda Gabler?
Off the top of my head, I know 1, 6, 7, and 8. And I'm going to be really sad if a lot of you don't guess 7!

Bonne chance!

September 17, 2014

Memes, Werewolves, and Wil Wheaton: Bookish Links

Photo found here.

I always used to share weekend links with you, but it's been ages since I've done so. Mostly because I often read things on my phone these days, and I forget to save links. But I finally thought to save you some extra-awesome ones. So hey, it's Wednesday Links, instead of Weekend Links!
  • I've really been enjoying the Quirk Books tumblr (where I found the picture above). Also, I had no idea that Quirk Books existed when I started Quirky Bookworm. Do you know how hard it is to type only "Quirk" after all these years of typing "Quirky"?? (I had to delete the 'y' every time.)
  • This list of "2014 Book Recommendations Based on 2013 Favorites" from River City Reading is awesome.
  • Have you seen the 30 Authors in 30 Days thing? So much book-y goodness! Check out Tanya's post for an example.
  • I liked Katie's review of this audiobook... and I might have to listen to it, just because it's narrated by Wil Wheaton!
  • And, I think that Jill has finally convinced me to give the werewolves a chance. Because really, I don't have a good reason for my anti-werewolf policy. And I do love Maggie Stiefvater.
  • I finally caved to that "10 books that stuck with me" meme on Facebook. And then I saw this list where they compiled 130,000 answers to that. And I felt like a total cliche.

That's what I've been clicking on lately! 
How about you?

September 15, 2014

Giving Books a Second Chance

When I was in 8th grade I first watched the Emma Thompson version of Sense and Sensibility. (Which I watched again on Saturday for like the 40th time. Still so good - as many of you agreed on Facebook.) 

After watching it, I went through a Jane Austen kick, and read most of her books in the next few months. I remember strongly disliking Persuasion, so I never re-read it until this year. But I absolutely loved it this time around. I might even give Anne Elliot a slight edge over Elizabeth Bennet for best Austen heroine! I think the difference was that my 14 year old self was appalled how "old" Anne was before finding love. (She's 28). My current self is like, "28? Oh to be in my 20s again."

That got me wondering - what other books should I try again? Sophomore year I took a strong dislike to Dickens. Maybe he's better with age? Or, I hated The Old Man and The Sea. Should I try a different Hemingway title?

When do YOU give books a second chance?