a) What issues/topic interests you most--non-fiction, i.e, cooking, knitting, stitching, there are infinite topics that has nothing to do with novels?
I really enjoy reading about myths, folklore and fairy tales. I realize that anthologies of these count as fiction, but there are a number of books about these topics that I have really enjoyed. Marina Warner’s From the Beast to the Blonde, for example, Jack Zipes’ Don’t Bet on the Prince (this one is a mix of stories and essays), and all of Jack Zipes’ work that I’ve had a chance to read, really. I also enjoy books about literature, especially fantasy and children’s literature, like Jane Yolen’s Touch Magic or the anthology of essays Only Connect: Readings on Children’s Literature. Another topic that interests me is history, particularly social history. I am fond of books like Religion and the Decline of Magic by Keith Thomas or Liza Picard’s histories of London.
b) Would you like to review books concerning those?
I would and I do. In the past year or so I haven’t been reading much non-fiction, but when I do, I review it. I enjoy it as much as writing about fiction books.
c) Would you like to be paid or do it as interest or hobby? Tell reasons for what ever you choose.
Wouldn’t we all love to be paid for doing something we enjoy? My dream job involves being paid to read and write. I know I am not likely to get a job like that, though, so I will carry on happily doing these things in my free time.
d) Would you recommend those to your friends and how?
If I enjoy them, I would, yes, just like I recommend fiction books I enjoy.
e) If you have already done something like this, link it to your post.
I know I haven’t been putting it to good use (something that will change in the near future), but I do have a Non-Fiction tag.
f) Please don't forget to link back here or whoever tags you
It was the lovely Melody.
10 Signs a Book Was Written by Me Meme
1. It would be (surprise, surprise) fantasy, or at least contain some fantasy elements.
2. It would be a first person narrative, because I have trouble making any other voice work for me.
3. It would be what some might call a coming-of-age story: a story in which a more or less young protagonist goes through things that make him/her discover who they really are and what it is they really care about in life.
4. It would be character-oriented, which isn’t to say there would be no plot.
5. It might contain some fairy tale elements reworked in a (hopefully) original manner.
6. There would be references to music, as music is my other great passion.
7. There would also be references to books, like the library in Robin Mckinley’s Beauty, for example.
8. It would, in some way or another, also be a story about stories, a book about the importance of books.
9. It would (again, hopefully) be both subtle and emotional.
10. The story would probably deal with loss with some way, as I believe that loss is possibly the greatest catalyst for change.
There. I was tagged for this one by gautami tripathy ages ago. I think I will skip tagging anyone for either of these memes because I think mostly everyone has done them already. If any of you haven’t, I would love to see your replies.
And finally: what do you all think of the blog's new look? I've been toying with several layout for the past few days. I was considering a whole new colour scheme, perhaps something with greens or beiges, but I am not feeling quite so daring at the moment. There’s only so much change I can take at a time. Besides, I do love purple, so a new header it is for now. The image is a detail of this gorgeous Arthur Rackman illustration: