I've been tagged by BooksPlease, Cass, and Nyssaneala for the '10 Signs a Book Has Been Written by Me' meme but I have to say it's a tough one for me. As much as I love books and reading and admire the authors, I've never thought I have a book in me or imagined I could become a writer someday.
So instead here are 10 signs of a book that would be perfect for me, but most likely not written by me! ;)
1. A stunning dust cover to attract attention right off the bat.
2. Beautiful prose.
3. Engaging characters that leap off the page.
4. A moving story that lingers long after turning the last page.
5. Including humour and sadness but never manipulative of the reader's emotions.
6. That captures the imagination, and/or makes one view the world in a different way.
7. An international setting, possibly a familiar one.
8. No typos, spelling or grammatical mistakes, or factual errors.
9. One that begs to be reread regularly, finding something new in it each time.
10. Illustrations scattered throughout.
I would've tagged Nancy for this one but she's already done it. It would be fun to see what Andi and Heather would say (hint hint!) since I know they definitely have a book, or books, in them. And frankly any one else who does have a book in them and dreams of writing one day, please consider yourself tagged.
On to Gautami's Non-Fiction Meme which I was tagged for by Nancy and Iliana.
a). What issues/topic interests you most--non-fiction, i.e, cooking, knitting, stitching, there are infinite topics that has nothing to do with novels?
I don't read a lot of non-fiction but what I seem to keep collecting (although not necessarily reading) is usually related to places I've lived or visited. Such as travel memoirs, history, biographies. Visiting historical places always peaks my curiosity and learning more about places I've actually been seems to be the most appealing. So most of what I have is to do with Japan, England and France with a few other European ones thrown in.
b). Would you like to review books concerning those?
Sure. If I read a book, I write about in on my blog so this wouldn't be any different.
c). Would you like to be paid or do it as interest or hobby? Tell reasons for what ever you choose.
Reading is my hobby and my blog reviews, such as they are, are intended only to give my personal reaction to the books I read. Trying to write reviews for money would likely stress me out and take the enjoyment out of it. That's not to say I wouldn't mind free books to review I just wouldn't want the added pressure of trying to write to a certain expectation.
d). Would you recommend those to your friends and how?
If they were books I enjoyed or I thought they would be interested in, of course. I recently talked to my Japanese tutor about a book I read last year, Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne, when she mentioned being curious about it. She's now even more interested to read it and see what she thinks of it for herself, coming at it from a Japanese perspective compared to my foreign one.
e). If you have already done something like this, link it to your post.
Joy's Non-Fiction Five Challenge last year was good for getting me to finally read some non-fiction since I almost always tend to pick up fiction instead if given the choice. You can see my wrap-up post here with links to the books I read for it.
f). Please don't forget to link back here or whoever tags you.
And I know I'm supposed to tag 10 people but I'm tired and some of you have already done it and I'm behind on blog reading so I don't know who hasn't and well... If you haven't done this one yet, please consider yourself tagged.
And last, the '123 Meme' which Cass also tagged me for (at least I think so since they were all together) but this is an easy one so why not.
The rules for this one are:
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences
The nearest book is The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason since I finished it a few days ago but still need to post a review.
Did he think that since she'd seen and experienced so much more than other women that her sensibilities weren't as delicate?On that pleasant note... I think I need some sleep. I hope to join the Sunday Salon tomorrow but I also need to spend the day moving furniture around. Sigh.
"At least Vioget can recognize your faults," Max continued in that steady voice, as though he hadn't just insulted her. "And, aside from that, I wouldn't bloody care if you were to tear out Vioget's innards and screw your heels into them. ..."