Thanks for the nomination, Reads & Reels. We had a lot of fun talking this out and coming up with our answers!
- Thank the person who nominated you and answer the 11 questions they’ve written for you.
- Nominate 11 people and give them 11 different questions to answer.
Reads & Reels’ Questions:
- Favourite literary character, living or dead?
Erica: Lizzie Bennett. Although Jo March is a strong runner up. I like a sassy female lead who can’t help herself and sort of doesn’t fit into society of her time. But with a happy ending.
Abby: Okay, starting off with a tough one. There are a ton of great characters I want to list who are well written and strong and witty and that I’d definitely want on my team in the post-apocalypse. But if I’m totally honest I think there’s only one real answer: Neville Longbottom.
- What is your favourite book to film adaptation?
Erica: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Abby: The first Hunger Games movie.
- Which one do you consider the worst?
Erica: Jack Reacher. Listen, it didn’t matter who you cast, that dude needed to be 6’5” and built like a Mack Truck. They are perfectly acceptable action movies that shouldn’t have branded themselves with such a distinctive character name. I’m looking at you Tom Cruise.
Abby: Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. Look, this book was short and mostly fun. The movies were not. Related: I loved his Lord of the Rings adaptation.
- Any celebrity crushes? Can be a celebrity or a role or character.
Erica: Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy (in either role) is my go-to for character. If you make me pick a celebrity it’s honestly a split between Matt Damon and Stephen Colbert.
Abby: John Oliver as himself. Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins and Michael B. Jordan as Vince Howard. Also Connie Britton as Tami Taylor. Actually, the entire Friday Night Lights cast.
- Favourite animated feature?
Erica: Shrek. There are so many good ones. I especially enjoy them now that they’re adding adult humor.
Abby: Up was so good.
- If you could turn any book into a videogame which one would you pick?
Erica: Jack Reacher series or Jason Bourne series
Abby: Maybe the Martian? It would be like those annoying farming games on Facebook a few years ago but in space and with higher stakes.
- Is there a film that wasn’t nominated for an oscar that you feel should have been?
Abby: Nope. But I didn’t actually see any movies in theaters last year, so I’m kind of out of touch.
- Favourite author and/or director?
Erica: For author, I’d have to say my favorite fiction writer is Jane Austen. For nonfiction I’d go with Malcolm Gladwell. For director I’d say Paul Greengrass.
Abby: Margaret Atwood is probably my top pick for a favorite author. But I love Isabel Greenberg for her graphic novels. I’m not sure that I have a favorite director.
- Do you read entirely on an electronic device or are you a purist and love that new or old book smell?
Erica: A little of both. I listen to books and read them on my computer (oh hey, browser streaming), have them on my phone, and also read print versions. Occasionally I’ll put them on my tablet.
Abby: I like to mix it up. I try to keep an ebook and an audiobook on my phone at all times in case I need something to read STAT, but I definitely read more in print. I have to say, the smell of an old library book is not always the most pleasant.
- If you could be any member of the Justice League, who would you pick?
Erica: Wonder Woman
Abby: Element Girl. Full disclosure: I didn’t know who she was until Erica read the Justice League wikipedia page out loud to me. Something about using faces as ashtrays really sealed the deal.
- Is blogging/ writing your full-time gig or do you have a day job?
We are both librarians full-time and blog on the side.
- What is your favorite classic book?
- What is a book you started and never finished?
- Which book do you think should be made into a movie but hasn’t been yet?
- Which book did you read as a child and still list among your favorites today?
- Favorite book with an animal in it?
- What is your favorite genre and which book would you recommend from it?
- Is there a book that you consider required reading but haven’t read yet?
- Be honest, do you ever judge (or choose) a book by its cover?
- What is your favorite book to give as a gift or your favorite book that you’ve received as a gift?
- Why did you decide to become a book blogger?
- When was the last time you went to the library?