Life according to literature

by catherine on December 14, 2012

Yes, it’s meme time again, where those who have read prolifically during the year get a much easier ride. Here’s how it works…

Using only books you have read this year (2012), answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title.

Describe yourself: Queen Victoria’s Stalker (Jan Bondeson)

How do you feel: A Simpleton (Charles Reade)

Describe where you currently live: Below the Fairy City (Carolyn W. de la L. Oulton)

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Victorian City (Judith Flanders)

Your favourite form of transportation: Three Men in a Boat (Jerome K. Jerome)

Your best friend is: The Angel of the Revolution (George Chetwynd Griffith)

You and your friends are: All Sorts and Conditions of Men (Walter Besant)

What’s the weather like: Waiting for Sunrise (William Boyd)

You fear: A Violent Act (Alison Joseph)

What is the best advice you have to give: Talent is Overrated (Geoff Colvin)

Thought for the day: Teach us to Sit Still (Tim Parks)

How I would like to die: Between Women (Sharon Marcus)

My soul’s present condition: Stet (Diana Athill)


Try it yourself, and please post a link below so I can have a nose at your answers.

Out now: The Meanings of Home in Elizabeth Gaskell's Fiction, a beautifully written study of this Victorian author's novels.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Charlotte December 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm
FleurFisher December 16, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Thank you – I never could resist this kind of thing!


Victoria January 1, 2013 at 12:07 am
Annabel Smith January 1, 2013 at 6:55 am

What a fun idea! Here’s mine:

How I would Like to Die: Between Women is very funny, in a literal sense.


Rory January 4, 2013 at 9:03 pm
Jessica January 5, 2013 at 8:43 am
Catherine February 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Thank you to everyone who shared their memes – I had great fun reading them all!


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