Thanks to Eva at Brilliantly Bookish Site for this – it’s a fun tag to do!
Book for Each Initial
My full name is Thaddaeus, but if we’re doing a book for each letter we’ll be here all day. Luckily, everyone calls me Thad, so we’ll stick with that:
Looking at these, it seems pretty obvious that modern American Literature is my favoured genre – I guess it is why I loved my Top 5 Best American post so much!
Age – Count Along Your Bookshelf
The 35th book along is John Dies at the End by David Wong. This was a really fun sci-fi horror thing (and I think it’s since been made into a cult film!). If you’re into your sci-fi, then this is a decent alternative:
Book that Represents A Destination You Would Love to Travel to
Pretty much anything to do with New York – I’ve been once (proposed to my wife, got behind the Mets, drank Brooklyn lager), and always day dream about going back. There’s a few books that remind me of this place:
If I’m allowed a little leeway on this one, then my number one destination would be the moon. I’m fascinated by the Race for Space, and I’d like nothing more than to climb aboard a Saturn V rocket to see what it is like out there:
Green or blue I guess. That only leaves In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell by the looks of things. I remember thinking this book was a tougher read than it needed to be:
Most Difficulty Reading
There’s only one real contender for this: War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy – the second worst book I’ve ever read. The writing is OK, but it is crammed with too much stuff that tells you too little. You can read more about it here:
There’s an honourable mention to the Alchemist by Paolo Coelho in this category. Not because the writing style is hard or anything, but because it is full of nonsense. This is the worst book I’ve ever read.
Which Book in the TBR Pile Will You Get the Biggest Sense of Accomplishment From?
I’ve had Godel Escher Bach by Douglas Hofstadter on my TBR list for absolutely ages. If I ever get near finishing this one I’ll be super happy!
If you’re wondering why I’m struggling with it, then just check out this description from wikipedia:
“By exploring common themes in the lives and works of logician Kurt Gödel, artist M. C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach, the book expounds concepts fundamental to mathematics, symmetry, and intelligence. Through illustration and analysis, the book discusses how self-reference and formal rules allow systems to acquire meaning despite being made of “meaningless” elements. It also discusses what it means to communicate, how knowledge can be represented and stored, the methods and limitations of symbolic representation, and even the fundamental notion of “meaning” itself.”
See? It’s a toughie.
Thanks again to Eva@brilliantlybookish – I really enjoyed this one!