Monday, December 13, 2010

Life According to Literature: 2010

photograph by Herbert List, 1952

This year was the first year I wrote down which books I read and my how they added up!  (Note to self: Must get out more).  I will be posting the list as our year ends, but for the time being Simon, from Stuck In A Book, posted THIS on his blog full of wonderful and interesting treats.  Now I want a whack at it!  

Answer the following questions using titles of books you have read during 2010:

Describe yourself: Twenty-five (Beverley Nichols)

How do you feel: All Passion Spent (Vita Sackville-West)

Describe where you currently live: Dream of Perpetual Motion (Dexter Palmer)

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Down the Garden Path (Beverley Nichols)

Your favorite form of transportation: Free for All (Don Borchert)

Your best friend is: Nancy Mitford (Harold Acton)

You and your friends are: Bright Young People (DJ Taylor)

What's the weather like: West with the Night (Beryl Markham)

You fear: The Little Stranger (Sarah Waters)

What is the best advice you have to give: Ask Alice (DJ Taylor)

Thought for the day: Strait is the Gate (Andre Gide)

How I would like to die: From a Paris Garret (Richard Le Gallienne)

My soul's present condition: Our Lady of the Flowers (Jean Genet)


Anonymous said...

One of my favorite pictures of all time. I had it on my blog as well a while ago.

by land by air by sea said...

it is good to write down one's books

i've done it for years

a different sort of portrait...of oneself

StuckInABook said...

Great answers! I should have read 25 this year, that won't work for me again...

I've been writing down what I read since 2002 - I find it so interesting to look back and see what I was reading when, and what followed it, etc.

... you know, if you *do* ever manage to get out more, maybe I should come with you...

Laurent said...

From Acton to Gide & Genet is one's very own idea of a Saturday commute!

DM said...

Anonymous-I recently rediscovered a collection of Herbert List photographs...this is my favorite!

By Land By Air By Sea-It has been so interested seeing the list progress, also a great reminder for forgetful folk like me.

Simon- haha! An idea of a night out is a trip to the library, I'm sure you'll agree!

Laurent- It was a cold winter... :)

Anonymous said...

Almost all of this year's reads were non-fiction. I imagined filling out the survey, and got quite a chuckle! Maybe I'll try it now. Check my blog soon!

Nick Campbell said...

That looks fun!

Is that picture from Zardoz? A film I've never seen - photos from it terrified when I was a kid.

DM said...

I've actually never heard of Zardoz, but I'm so glad I googled it! Looks spectacular!

Here's the link to Herbert List's site, I suggest you take a look at all of the, they're so special:

P.Gaye Tapp at Little Augury said...

that's good! clever & smart.

Nick Campbell said...

Sorry, and thank you, and blimey!