I haven’t done a tag for a long time, but this one caught my eye — borrowed from Calmgrove, who borrowed it from Re-enchantment of the World. Countering the seven deadly sins, what are the bookish virtues we can consider?
Which author, book or series do you wish you’d never read
Lord of the Flies by William Golding. In fact, I wish this book did not exist.
Alternate question (suggested by Lizzie in the comments): What special book have you saved for the right time to read?
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. I’m so glad that unlike LOTF, this was not spoiled for me by being forced on me in school — and that I waited till I had a certain amount of maturity to appreciate it.
Which book or series did you find so good that you didn’t want to read it all at once, and you read it in doses just to make the pleasure last longer?
I don’t think I have ever done this! Temperance is obviously not a virtue of mine.
Which book, series or author do you tirelessly push to others, telling them about it or even giving away spare copies bought for that reason?
Nobody who has followed my blog for any length of time will be surprised when I answer Diana Wynne Jones.
Which series or author do you follow no matter what happens and how long you have to wait?
It used to be DWJ but sadly, she is no longer with us. Likewise with Ursula K. LeGuin and Robertson Davies. I would eagerly read another book by Susannah Clarke (Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell) but she seems to be no longer writing books.
**Addendum: Jenny told me in the comments that Clarke does in fact have a new book on the way!**
Hmm, what else…. there’s the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. I think the last one is coming out soon, and I’ve never been disappointed by these.
Is there an author, book or series you’ve read that improved with time the most, starting out unpromising but ultimately proving rewarding?
When I started Mrs. Dalloway I was not sure at first that I could manage with Virginia Woolf’s impressionistic style. But then something clicked for me and I enjoyed the music of her language. I still could never get on with To the Lighthouse, though.
Which fictitious character would you consider your role model in the hassle of everyday life?
Tenar in the Earthsea chronicles by Ursula K. LeGuin. She is wise and modest and kind and brave, and knows the magic that may be found in everyday life.
Which book, series or author do you find most under-rated?
Recently I have read some works by Helen Keller that really impressed me. Most people don’t know anything about her beyond her amazing breakthrough from blindness and deafness to discovering the power of language. But she wrote many books through her eighty-plus years, with much to say of insight and wisdom. The World I Live In and Light in My Darkness are two examples.
What would your answers be?