books

Hi! This is a little quiz about books. If you’d like to do it as well, just copy and paste it on your blog — only change the answers so they’re yours!

1. Which book are you reading (if you are reading more than one, pick any): Essays and Poems by G K Chesterton

1a. If you’re reading more than one, what are the others? Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila, I Saw Heaven Opened by Michael Wilcock, The Metamorphoses by Ovid.

2. When was this book written? 1905-1933

3. When was your copy published? 1958

4. What language is it in? English

5. Is it a translation? If so, what language was it written in? No.

6. What genre of book is it? Anthology, nonfiction.

7. How many pages does it have? 234

8. Which page are you on? 44

9. A favourite quote thus far: “It is only the very good who can live riotous lives.”

10. What is it about? Oh, I dunno. Everything, I guess. Chesterton wrote about England, literature, English, history, religion, art, life, nothing, and so on.

11. What was the last book you finished reading? The Thieves of Ostia by Caroline Lawrence

12. When was this book written? 2001

13. When was your copy published? 2001

14. What language is it in? English

15. Is it a translation? If so, what language was it written in? No.

16. What genre of book is it? Children’s historical mystery.

17. How many pages does it have? 195

18. A favourite quote: “‘For our next course we’re having dormice stuffed with chopped sows’ udders,’ she announced brightly. Mordecai and his children froze in horror. . . . ‘Flavia . . .’ said her father with a warning look. ‘Just joking,’ giggled Flavia. ‘My favourite food is really roast chicken. You do like roast chicken, don’t you?'”

19. What is it about? Flavia Gemina, Jonathan the Jew next door, Nubia the slave girl, and Lupus the tongueless beggar go about trying to solve the mystery of a slain guard dog in Ostia, the port-city of Rome in AD 79.

20. What is your favourite book? Despite its recent surge in popularity (something that always make me shrink away from things), The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.

21. What is your favourite book that you possess — favourite as an object, or art, or the culmination of content and form, or whatever? My recently besoaked Book of Common Prayer that goes with me most places.

22. What was the last book you bought for yourself? Does The Island of the Day Before count even though I bought it from work with a gift certificate? Other than that, History of the Later Roman Empire by J B Bury.

23. What is your favourite fiction genre? Used to be science fiction but now is more likely fantasy, kids, or classic.

24. Favourite nonfiction genre? Definitely a certain vein of Christian spiritual writing, hard to pinpoint because it covers a wide variety of people but certainly excludes others, including certain authors of whom I approve (such as Lee Strobel). That and dictionaries.

25. What do you intend to read next? Arthur: The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley-Holland so that I can return it to Emily. Then A Wrinkle in Time.

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