*Survey courtesy of Shelf Awareness
On your nightstand now:
I’d first like to clarify that the term “nightstand” here refers to a stack of storage bins next to my bed. Atop said storage bins reside: GOOD Magazine’s Slow Issue, a copy of Vegan Freak by Bob and Jenna Torres on loan from a coworker, Around the World on Two Wheels by Peter Zheutlin, A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis, an inky pen, a notebook, a computer sleeping bag, cherry blossom lotion, my most favouritest and lovely alarm clock, which for the past six years has kindly and gently awoken me with soft little beeps, and a hilariously large lamp that came with my flat.
Favourite book when you were a child:
Busy Timmy by Kathryn and Byron Jackson. I never got tired of hearing about Timmy, who I must say is looking quite hipster. He must be busy being really super cool.
Your top five authors:
Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, Walt Whitman, Ali Smith, Henry David Thoreau
Book you’ve faked reading:
Like Margaret, mine is also Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. But I think I win because I faked reading this book TWICE. Ha.
Book you’re an evangelist for:
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis. The writing is stunning and I would argue its place as a philosophical masterpiece. Originally written as journal entries following the death of his wife, this book is a privileged glimpse into a brilliant mind.
Book you’ve bought for the cover:
Book that changed your life:
Well, my literary life, anyway. The Whole Story and Other Stories by Ali Smith introduced me to experimental fiction and all that could be done with writing outside typical narrative constructs. One of my favourite moments was discussing this book with several others and realising that we all had imagined the narrator to be of different genders. Ten points, Ali Smith.
Book you want to read again for the first time:
Ripley Bogle by Robert McLiam Wilson. I first read it on a trip to Ireland, which was oh-so apropos. Since all I remember now is that the writing was brilliant, I think it will be a totally new reading experience. I’m also hoping it will feel a bit like going to Ireland.
Favourite line from a book:
‘By hook or by crook, I hope that you will possess yourselves of money enough to travel and to idle, to contemplate the future or the past of the world, to dream over books and loiter at street corners and let the line of thought dip deep into the stream.’ – Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
Well, I’m off to loiter on a street corner. Thanks, Virginia! Send us your answers, we’d love to read what you all have to say! 🙂