Ichabod is itchy

September 5, 2006

Buy a friend a book…

Filed under: literature — by ichabodisitchy @ 9:34 pm

The Deblog has a competition running for the next Buy a Friend a Book week (starting October 1st), which involves filling out the following meme… so here goes:

1. What are you reading now?

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (slow burner but 2nd half is proving to more than make up for the first!)
2. What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini

3. What’s your favorite work of historical fiction?

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. I simply adore all the gallantry and damsels in distress.

4. Pick a random book from your shelves and write down its first sentence. Does it make you want to read more?

It was seven o’clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day’s rest, scratched himself, yawned, and spread out his paws one after the other to get rid of the sleepy feeling in their tips.

Bit difficult to say whether it makes you want to read more because it comes from The Jungle Book, so you sort of know the story before you start. It’s a bit long, but different enough that you might read on…

5. Have you ever read a book and wished that you’d written it? What was it?

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. The characters, the plot, the language–incredible.

6. What book on your shelves do you wish you’d never bought?

Great Apes by Will Self. Appalling– completely unfunny and completely dreadful in my opinion. The funny thing is that we have 2 copies on our bookshelf because my husband independently bought the same book (we were both drawn by the cover pic  & blurb on the back). I don’t think he was impressed by it either!

7. Have you ever bought someone a book for BAFAB?

Yes – but does it count if it was my husband?

8. What book do you really wish someone would buy you for BAFAB?

Blue shoes and happiness by Alexander Macall Smith. I love his books, but somehow never get round to buying the new ones…

9. Go to book-blog.com and leave a comment mentioning your post. Remember to include your permalink in the comment.

OK – will do.

10. Tag three people.

hmmm, hope you don’t mind guys – James, Doug and Ian



  1. hi there ichabod, i here your a little itchy, any chance i could be your friend and scratch it for you, i have my own savlon

    i’m lonely and think we would be good together

    Comment by Andy Jobson — September 20, 2006 @ 12:57 pm |Reply

  2. I’ve been reading “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” and to be honest, I don’t think it is all that special!

    Comment by BookWise — November 13, 2007 @ 4:10 pm |Reply

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