Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Bookshelf Tag

Hello, fellow bibliophiles! Today I participated in The Bookshelf Tag! Thanks to Suzannah Rowntree for inviting me. My answers are in the vlog below. (And special thanks to my mom for filming it for me!)



The rules for the tag are to answer the ten questions and tag five bloggers.

Here are the questions:

1) Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?

2) Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.

3) Find a book that you want to reread. 

4) Is there a book series you read but wish that you hadn’t?

5) If your house were burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?

6) Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?

7) Find a book that has inspired you the most. 

8) Do you have any autographed books?

9) Find the book that you have owned the longest.

10) Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?

And here are the bloggers I tag!

Facing the Waves--Kaleigh S.
Fantasies and Fountain Pens--Andrea Nan

9 comments:

  1. Yayy, that was a lot of fun to watch your vlog, Schuyler! :D You're standing with a beautiful background behind you - is that Michigan lake?

    I agree with you whole-heartedly about question no. 5! ^_^ - but don't you also have saved a lot of your writings on a USB flash on top of your own laptop? That would be a good idea to do so, as a backup! I have a rather unpleasant memory of once loosing an early draft of "The Crown of Life". . . NOT FUN! I was in tears, sobbing my heart out - but it turned out for the better, as the story would not have been re-written and improved otherwise. Also, a regular habit of mine is to email myself attachments of my word-documents :). Slightly paranoid there!

    *grins* I had to smile at your Lord of the Rings "story"; I remember the time when "The Return of the King" came out too - and while at that time I was rather too little (probably about 6 or 7), I do remember thinking "this must be really evil with lots of wicked witchcraft stuff"!!! because the cover-image was pretty intense - just a little like Harry Potter :p I then discovered that, unlike Harry Potter, Tolkien's Middle-Earth was more of a "celtic mythology" (that's the impression I got back then), rather than magic wizard story and perhaps with some good stuff in it after all - dad's friend was wholeheartedly recommending it; and when I was about fourteen or so, I discovered that actually Tolkien was a Catholic Christian, so that was one of the first steps that led me to reconsider my first assumption that The Lord of the Rings was something really BAD! :) I once had that embarrassing moment, when a writer friend of mine told me her character would be an elf, and I innocently asked her "What's an elf?" She was quite surprised, and gave me a a proper Lord of the Rings overview. I think though, my first "positive" memory of Lord of the Rings was listening to the soundtrack of Fellowship of the Ring movie "May it Be" and "Concerning Hobbits" :), and falling in love with the music, in spite of myself!

    I found it interesting to know about what got you interested in Irish legends/myths :). For me, my interest in mythology and legends arose from J.R.R. Tolkien of course, and secondly from Rosemary Sutcliff and Jennifer Freitag. ^_^ This tag is a lot of fun - I look forward to answering the tag as well sometime soon.

    Blessings!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! This background is actually a big river in our city, with a lot of hotels/office buildings along it. :)

      Yes, a flash drive is a wonderful idea for file back-up. I can't imagine losing a huge chunk of work like you did. :( In those times one just has to trust the Lord that He will take the loss and grow something even better and more beautiful out of it. I have never had a catastrophic loss of my work, for which I am EXTREMELY grateful; I back it up in various storage devices, but sometimes I forget and don't back it up soon enough.

      Yes, friends' recommendations were instrumental to me in picking up Tolkien as well. When I see someone whose opinion I trust enjoying something, I'll often give it a try. :)

      I do believe you are more familiar with Sutcliff than I am! :) By the by, I realized I haven't responded to your email yet. O.o I shall try to do that very soon.

      Love,
      Schuyler

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  2. Thank you so much for the tag! I shall get to it as soon as possible--probably towards the latter half of October. :) Loved your vlog. It's always nice seeing a video of you and watching you talk about your favorite thing(s). <3

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    1. I'm glad you liked it. <3 :) And I look forward to reading your responses when you get the chance! :D Someone said last night that they are interested in knowing your answer to #1...

      Love,
      Schuyler

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  3. This was lots of fun! :D I don't think I've ever heard that story of the Lord of the Rings before... ;) That was so cute.
    It's cool that you were able to step into the fantasy genre a little bit! I've really enjoyed the articles on your blog that came from that. ;) And it's interesting to hear you talk as you explore how fantasy is grounded in a biblical worldview. Perhaps, you should do a revised version of the "Magic, Fantasy, and Allegory" series sometime...

    Love,
    Carrie-Grace

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    1. I don't think I had ever told you that story. :) I always laugh at myself in an "aww" kind of way when I think of it. :)

      I'm so glad you've enjoyed the fantasy articles! It's a weighty thing to wrestle through, but it has been hugely enjoyable. You know, your comment gave me an idea for a question on a blog poll I'm working on. Thank-you very much! ;)

      Much Love,
      Schuyler

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  4. Oh my! Thanks for the PENDRAGON'S HEIR shoutout.

    Fun answers! Loved the LOTR comment. I'm in the relatively unusual position of having been a diehard Tolkien fan before the movies came out. My older brother and I read it fairly young--I was 8 or 9. At that point in both our lives, we were young enough to have our mental images of Frodo somewhat influenced by, uh, this.

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    1. You are most welcome! The first of many. :D

      I can't believe you got past the Ringwraiths at 8 years old. They're enough to give even teenagers the creeps. Though a, um, frog fleeing the Ringwraiths might be more comical than otherwise... :)

      Thanks for commenting!

      Love,
      Schuyler

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  5. Actually, it did take me two tries to get past the Ringwraiths. The problem was that I would lie awake at night wondering whether they actually did make it to the Cracks of Doom or not by the end of the book. Chapter 2 ("The Shadow of the Past") was easily the most terrifying thing I'd ever read at that point in my life and I couldn't get it out of my mind...

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