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Book Question Game (PLEASE READ MY QUESTIONS AT THE END!)


Rules
Thank the person who nominated you.  Thanks, Julian. I don't think I've ever taken over a year to respond to a tag before. But ... here I am ;) 
Tag your post with #awesomebloggeraward. 
 Answer the questions you were asked. 
 Nominate at least 5 bloggers and inform them of their nominations. 
 Give them 10 new questions to answer. 


Questions 
A book you've had for a long time but still haven't read. 
I own a lot of books, so when I answer this, I'm just speaking some random title out of hundreds. Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens. For some reason, I wanted and wanted and wanted to read it forever. I finally found a gorgeous copy, bought it, and have yet to read it. 

 A book you read right after buying it. 
Most non-fictions of mine I read right after purchasing. Usually, something to do with history or politics. 

 A book you regret buying. 
I never regret, though sometimes I repent. Probably all my Janette Oke books that I threw away. Oh, and the Princess Diary books, which I burned. 

 A series that you wish you'd bought the entirety of while you were at the store but instead you just got the first one and now you have to wait to get the others. 
I wish all the time to buy books that I can't afford. But two series that I really wish to purchase are The Maise Dobb series and the How To Train You Dragon series. 

 A book you wish they'd make into a movie. 
Why would I wish that on any of the books I love!? 

 A book you'd love to step into and never return. 
I like my life, thank you very much. 

 A book you convinced your siblings to read and they thought they wouldn't like it but they actually did. 
Many books ;) But for my sister Jerushah, it was Coral Island by R. M. Ballantine. 

Computer or notebook for writing down story ideas/notes? 
Definitely notebook. 

If you could have extra time to write some fan fiction for fun, what story would you delve into?
Well, many of you already know of my fantastic Susan of Narnia serial. But for one of my next serials, I plan to write a greater masterpiece visiting the lives of the Boxcar Children. 
 
Would you add new characters or just use the original ones?
Both ;D And I want to say more, but shan't. 

 A book you can't wait to read.
A biography of Tolstoy's wife and Stephanie Morrill's original series. Oh, and Old Curiosity Shop and Nicholas Nickleby and a new book I found by Elizabeth Goudge and ... should I stop, I suppose? 



If there's one thing that COVID taught me, it's that rules ought to be broken often. JK, I knew that way before. But yes, I won't be tagging people. Commenters get to answer questions instead! 

My questions: 
Should the government be allowed to outlaw certain books? 
Have you ever burned a book? 
Is there any book worth dying over, besides the Bible? 
What is the first classic you ever read? 
What is your favorite historical event that involves books (burnings or creations)? 
Are my questions too political? 
Do politics belong in books? 
What's the difference between a Dystopian and a newspaper? 
What's one book that you'd never have, even if it was mandated in every home? 
What book are you currently reading and what stereotype does it rebel against? 

ACTUALLY, I'm begging all my readers to answer these questions ;D 

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  1. HEY YOU READ ELIZABETH GOUDGE??? I love that author!! I'm kind of reading her Eliots of Damerosehay trilogy? As in, I read Book 2 before I knew there were other books, and then I sought out Book 1, and I still haven't worked up the gumption to buy Book 3. But I love them.

    1. NO, unless we're talking pornography, which could never be considered a real book,
    2. only accidentally. and it was technically my little brother who did it, not accidentally. and it happened to be a book i was borrowing,
    3. yes? if we're talking the TRUTHS contained in that book. i'm thinking the Catechism but i'd probably put my life on the line for some Chesterton X). actually you know what, truth is worth dying for, and there are a lot of books that uphold the truth, so that actually widens the field a whole lot and there are a ton of books worth dying for,
    4. oh i have no idea. The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Beatrix Potter counts, right?,
    5. let's go with the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD,
    6. no!,
    7. yes!,
    8. HA! "truth is stranger than fiction, because we have made fiction to suit ourselves" ~ G.K.C.,
    9. um, how about Harry Potter,
    10. DARNIT KETURAH I'M BETWEEN BOOKS RIGHT NOW. Unless you count The Bad Beginning, which I casually picked up yesterday and casually mean to continue. I don't know if it rebels against any stereotypes, cuz I'm not even done with Chapter 1. :)

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    1. 3. Okay, you're right about the truths! I must have written my comment right while you were writing yours, or else I would include this, too. :)
      9. MEGAN WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST HARRY POTTER?! (You should read "Looking for God in Harry Potter". :D)

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    2. 9. ooh I should. I just distrust Harry Potter, that's all. I've heard enough creepy things about it from people I trust to just...be good with keeping my distance. also I kinda like being stubborn ;) but i'm open to having my mind changed.

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    3. 9. NO WAIT I THOUGHT OF ANOTHER REASON. hehe. it's Keturah's fault, because of course the correct answer to this is "if a book was mandated, I'd throw it out just because it was mandated!!" ;) and resisting Harry Potter all my life is the closest I've ever come to that brand of heroism, lol.

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    4. Ohhh Pilgrim's Inn (book #2) is how I was introduced to her, too. I really need to read the rest of the series. The Dean's Watch is another title you'd love!!!


      I LOVE your answers.

      But here's a bit of fun philosphizing for you ... if the government shouldn't outlaw any book, and you believed that so strongly, then number three would lead you to believe that you'd die over ANY book even Harry Potter, because.


      I had the sams thoughts as you on Harry Potter. And then I started listening to it in German. Not so bad 😂

      Lovely quotation!

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    5. Pilgrim's Inn is so lovely.

      Haha. I do believe the government shouldn't outlaw any book, but I don't believe that so strongly that I'd die for a book I disliked. ;) There are degrees of egregiousness in government oversteps; not all good causes warrant martyrdom. Which, I guess, narrows the field of which books I'd be willing to die for. ;)

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    6. And since all of this I've started Fahrenheit 451. Have you read that??? So timely ;)

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  2. Ack, weren't the Princess Diaries books the worst? But I thought the movie was good...perhaps the only movie adaptation I like better than the book.

    Answers to the questions:
    1. No
    2. Also no.
    3. I can't think of any
    4. Um...I've been reading classics for so long I'm not sure I can remember! Maybe Misty of Chincoteague? Or Anne of Green Gables?
    5. I don't know that I have one.
    6. I don't think so!
    7. It depends on the book. Some books, yes. Some books, it doesn't make sense to put it in.
    8. A dystopian takes current world events and...makes everything worse. Also, they're fiction. A newspaper, unfortunately, is not. Usually.
    9. Anything that promoted anti-life stances, or anti-Catholic theology.
    10. Hmm...I just finished reading Thick As Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (one of my faves!) which rebels against the stereotypes of a) having a reliable narrator, b) explaining what's going on, and c) turning male friendships into anything more. Needless to say--I love this book. :)

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    1. I literally say the Princess Diaries is the onky example of a movie made better than the book. Though I also enjoy the Ella Enchanted movie almost as much as the book.

      Love those books in 4 :)

      9. Hahaha I have so much anti what I believe literature. I find it fascinating ;)

      10. I need that book so much. Those stereotypes have entrapped me!

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  3. Should the government be allowed to outlaw certain books? No
    Have you ever burned a book? No
    Is there any book worth dying over, besides the Bible? No
    What is the first classic you ever read? I Googled "Classic Books," and the first one on Google's list I ever read was Little Women when I was 8.
    What is your favorite historical event that involves books (burnings or creations)? The invention of the printing press.
    Are my questions to political? No
    Does politics belong in books? If the author wants them too
    What's the difference between a Dystopian and a newspaper? In the newspaper there's no teenage heroine saving us from this misery
    What's one book that you'd never have, even if it was mandated in every home? I guess anything I believed to be evil.
    What book are you currently reading and what stereotype does it rebel against? I'm reading "The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction" for fun and "The Popularity Pact: School Squad" for Kid Lit and one is a surprising bore while the other is surprisingly fun. I don't think they break stereotypes.

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    1. Great answers ;D
      But now I want go go find a story in a newspaper of a teen saving us from misery ;)

      Ah but what you find evil, and what I find evil, that could be such an interesting variety.

      I beleive every book rebels against some stereotype... or most ought to. Some just more discreetly than others. But then maybe I just made this up. Haven't thought about it much.

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    2. I think anything that blasphemes God would be evil. Though definitions of blasphemy probably vary.

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    3. Now, that's an interesting topic, blaspheme. It basically means that which is irreverent toward God. For me this is anything from saying "OMG" to not living a life that properly shines of His light and is full of His spirit. Pretty huge range from every little thing to every grand thing ;)

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  4. I'm not going to do this tag, but you questions were too interesting to skip over. XD

    Should the government be allowed to outlaw certain books?
    Ummm no. Books express stories and thoughts and opinions. I think suppressing anyone's voice and opinion is wrong. People should be allowed to disagree, but only as long as they're respecting the other person's humanity.

    Have you ever burned a book?
    Does a schoolbook count? XD Yes, on the last day of school I've burned used-up textbooks that we couldn't resell. We also have some older books that we've used for craft projects.

    Is there any book worth dying over, besides the Bible?
    No.

    What is the first classic you ever read?
    The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe.

    What is your favorite historical event that involves books (burnings or creations)?
    Oof. I'm not really sure.

    Are my questions to political?
    *too. Not really, but I enjoy politics and discussing them with people.

    Does politics belong in books?
    *Do. And I don't think there's a way to completely answer this question, because an author will *always* have some agenda/worldview that they're writing from and it will show in their book. They can't help having a bias. They're human.

    What's the difference between a Dystopian and a newspaper?
    Well, a dystopian generally is longer and tells a better-developed story. A newspaper (supposedly) tells facts and what's happening right now, whereas a dystopian tells what the future might look like.

    What's one book that you'd never have, even if it was mandated in every home?
    There's not any *one,* and honestly I think reading books that you disagree with can be a good thing. So... I might have a book in my home for literary purposes but not to promote it. Also-- as I said earlier, no book but the Bible is worth dying for. So, like... I'm not going to go to jail for refusing to own a copy of a book.

    What book are you currently reading and what stereotype does it rebel against?
    I just finished Marie Lu's Warcross series. It was good, but had some language and homosexual stuff that I disagree with. It rebelled against the "villain wants to rule the world just because they can" stereotype.

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    1. Thanks for the corrections! And for the well thought out answers ;)

      Ah, but what if it were pornograpgical magerial, or something with a horrible specific agenda?

      I just read the first book in that series! Quite interesting and applicable to current day events, I thought.

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  5. Should the government be allowed to outlaw certain books? No. Unless possibly it fell directly under one of their other areas of jurisdiction, but that could end up highly debatable.

    Have you ever burned a book? No.

    Is there any book worth dying over, besides the Bible? For me personally, no. I can’t think of any.

    What is the first classic you ever read? Probably the Little House series. Maybe Winnie the Pooh. Otherwise, Little Women.

    What is your favorite historical event that involves books (burnings or creations)? The invention of the printing press was pretty awesome.

    Are my questions too political? They are pretty political. ;)

    Do politics belong in books? Not all books.

    What's the difference between a Dystopian and a newspaper? The perspective of the reader.

    What's one book that you'd never have, even if it was mandated in every home? Probably something to do with witchcraft.

    What book are you currently reading and what stereotype does it rebel against? Genesis and Mark. Every stereotype there is.

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    1. Ahhh I still need to read Winnie the Pooh. But already claim them as books I love.

      "Depends on the reader" haha, so true!

      And I love how you say those books of the Bible rebel against every stereotype ;D

      Thanks for the lovely answers!

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  6. Should the government be allowed to outlaw certain books? No. With certain things I can understand a school, church, or family restricting books, though.
    Have you ever burned a book? Not personally, but I was present and approving for the burning of a book that was deceptive.
    Is there any book worth dying over, besides the Bible? Is the book old and rare? I don't want to sound as if I'm promoting running into burning buildings, though.
    What is the first classic you ever read? Probably Black Beauty.
    What is your favorite historical event that involves books (burnings or creations)? The story of the Bible is fascinating... that's several events, though.
    Are my questions too political? Heh, maybe a bit. But I'm okay with it.
    Do politics belong in books? Depends. Politics is needed to explain why people tick. But on-the-nose content in children's books is so often annoying.
    What's the difference between a Dystopian and a newspaper? The advertisements.
    What's one book that you'd never have, even if it was mandated in every home? Unless it's outright demonic or something, I'd probably allow it. It could be useful for research...and what's to stop me from writing snarky commentary in the margins?
    What book are you currently reading and what stereotype does it rebel against? I'm reading a biography on Sir Thomas Malory, which rebels against some stereotypes that medievals didn't read and women always had it rough.

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    1. Yes, all about those small scale regulations invoked by those who really have jurisdiction ;) LOVE that you brought that up ;D

      "Is it old and rare?" hahaha, Yes!

      The advertisements! Ha, but I recently read a dystopian series (The Unwind series) that's full of adverts. Fictional ones, of course.

      I love having those sort of books myself, tbh ;D

      Ah wow now that's some great stereotype rebelling there ;D I shall check it out ;D

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    2. If you want to find the Malory book, it's Malory: The Knight Who Became King Arthur's Chronicler by Cristina Hardyment

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  7. I have some books I own that I really need to read. Notebooks are a must for story ideas, computers just don't cut it. :)
    I'll have to do your questions on my blog sometime.

    astorydetective.blogspot.com

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    1. Notebooks are a necessity ;D
      When you do it, make sure to send me a link as I haven't been doing well reading blogs!

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  8. Haha, you've really never liked a movie adaptation of a favorite book?
    Ooh oh I would SO love it if you did a Boxcar Children serial! I used to eat those books up, and I love those children. Your Susan serial was fantastic.

    I also adore the idea of asking your commenters questions. That's kind of what I want to turn every post into, especially tag posts.

    1.Should the government be allowed to outlaw certain books? Huh. I mean. I don't think free speech is absolute - like I think there should be laws against obscenity, libel, and maybe one or two other things but those are the ones I'm thinking of at the moment. But unless a book falls into one of those categories I don't think it should be outlawed by the government. I'd have no problem with organizations refusing to have it or teach it, or parents refusing to let their kids read it, or whatever.

    2. Have you ever burned a book? No, too wasteful. :P I have cut them up to make decorations and things out of, though.

    3. Is there any book worth dying over, besides the Bible? Probably. Are we talking, dying in protest at its being erased from existence or something? In that case, there are a lot of books worth dying for. Although I'm not sure if I'd actually do it.

    4. What is the first classic you ever read? I have no idea. I've been reading classics since I could read. Maybe Heidi? My mom read that to me three times before I learned to read, and then after I learned to read I read it four more times myself. (Do you remember the first classic you ever read?)

    5. What is your favorite historical event that involves books (burnings or creations)? Literally the only thing I can think of right now is Nazi book burnings. Which is not the answer I want to give. Oh well.

    6. Are my questions too political? Nope. But then I think I like political things. :P

    7. Do politics belong in books? Some books, yes. Imagine Animal Farm without politics. Or Johnny Tremain. Or epic fantasies. As far as current political questions, I think in general when people say politics don't belong in books, what really upsets them is that the politics come first and the story second. Story should come first, politics second, or write a political essay instead of a story.

    8. What's the difference between a Dystopian and a newspaper? Sometimes dystopians can at least be mildly interesting.

    9. What's one book that you'd never have, even if it was mandated in every home? Any book that was mandated in every home. You don't tell me what I can and can't and must and shall not buy.

    10. What book are you currently reading and what stereotype does it rebel against? Anne of Green Gables. It rebels against the stereotype that you have to have stereotypical "motherly" characteristics to be a good mother, and that shy people could get over their shyness if they'd just put forth a little effort, and that busybodies are always self-centered people whose articulated concern for others is always and no more than just a front for malice and officiousness.

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    1. A boxcar children serial shall be in the works, soon, soon, soon ;)

      1. I love how you said you don't believe in free speech 100%. Normally I'd say I believe in the right to be a jerk, but not a serial killer ;) These days I'm not really feeling the jerk part though. I still do in theory, but wow, when they open their mouths, I just shrivel up and die. Lol. I'm all for parents and small places regulating anything.

      2. Hah!

      3. Great answer! I feel much the same way.

      4. I do not remember the first classic I read. Though Robinson Crusoe stands out. Or Oliver Twist. Possibly one or the other.

      8. What newspapers aren't interesting! I devour them at times ;p

      10. Wow, I love those books. They sure do put forth those thoughts!

      Lovely, lovely answers ;)

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  9. I tend to buy books that I can't wait to read and then don't or forget about them.
    I need to work on that. XD

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