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Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekend Wonder: Ley

General Questions…

Name: Ley

Blog Penname: loveleyrambles

A sentence or two about yourself: I shamelessly watch trashy E! reality shows while reading Nietzsche and making homemade Bolognese sauce. 

Link to blog: http://www.loveleyrambles.com

A sentence or two on what your blog is about: It’s my attempt to narrate my life while omitting the boring parts (almost everything) and sometimes exaggerating (we all do it!).

Book Lover Questions…

What is your favorite book and why? The Princess Bride, but only the ‘good parts version’ abridged by William Goldman. The movie is also my favourite, but the book expands so much on my favourite characters and provides so much more backstory.

Other favorites? Pride & Prejudice, Harry Potter, the Tudor novels by Phillippa Gregory, A Year in the Merde.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Usually historical fiction, but I’m agitated when an author takes too many liberties with known historical facts.

Where do you like to read? Curled up on the couch with a soft blanket, roaring fireplace is optional but preferable.

Do you prefer paper books or ebooks? I much prefer paper books. I’m a tactile person, so having the book in my hand is a given. I also love the way books smell—especially old books.

Do you prefer to buy or borrow books? Buy. I don’t write in my books, nor do I dog-ear pages, but I like building my library, and having the ability to re-read books that I enjoy.

Do you stop reading when you are tired or when you hit chapter breaks? I try my very best to stop reading at either chapter breaks, but that frequently causes me to fall asleep while reading.

When you finish a book do you usually keep it, throw it away, sell it, or give it away? When I was 19 and backpacking Europe, I gave my copy of  “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” to a nice Korean girl that I met at my hostel in London. I had signed my name, country, and the date the I finished it in the front cover before handing it over. To my dismay, three months later I stumbled across that very book in a hostel in an entirely different country—in the hands of a guy from Mexico City. The inside covers (front and back!) were completely covered in names, nationalities, and dates. I couldn’t believe how quickly and frequently that book had been passed on, and I was floored that I had the chance to see it again. Ever since then, I try to share my books when travelling…but at home I usually end up keeping my favourites for myself.

What helps you decide on a book? (Book reviews, suggested by friend, by browsing the shelves, etc.) Everything from a recommendation, to the fact that it is on sale, written by an author that I enjoy, or one that I stumble across randomly while combing the bookstore for interesting reads.

Do you prefer to read a book that stands on its own or is a part of a series? Is it cheating to say both? I enjoy well-written one-off books, but I also enjoy the suspense and prolonged reading experience that you get from series. Although, the suspense of waiting for the next installment makes me a little loony sometimes.

So You Want to be a Writer questions…

A few sentences about your writing: What do you write (blog entries, novels, poetry, etc)? Why do you write? I’m a blogger, so it’s no surprise that I am very open about my thoughts, emotions, and life in general. I try to keep it honest, and I try to be me at all times. It’s just a space for me to unleash my pent up thoughts upon the world, and I’m lucky enough to have a few people that read it—and enjoy it!

Did you always know that you wanted to write? I’ve always been a very creative person, but my short attention span has usually interfered with my ability to write anything longer than a blurb. The more I write, the more comfortable I become with myself and my style, and the easier it is to write.

Favorite Questions…

What’s your favorite food? Ohno. My first thought was “cheese”, but I reserve the right to answer “everything (subject to exclusions)”.

Favorite color? Purple

Favorite song? Everybody (Stabilo). Runner(s) up: Sweet Child ‘O Mine (GNR); Khe Sanh (Cold Chisel)

Favorite movie? The Princess Bride

Favorite TV show? House Hunters International

Random Questions…

If you developed a superpower what would it be and why? Teleportation, because my boyfriend currently lives 1400KM away from me, and I would give almost anything to be able to see him at my whim.

What did you want to be when you were little? A unicorn.

What is the answer to life?


  1. I love that story about Five People You Meet in Heaven getting passed on to some many people--how fun!

  2. KT...I agree! What are the chances of finding it again and seeing how many people have enjoyed what you started. I LOVE it!

  3. Thanks so much for the feature Aubrie Anne!

    Re-discovering that book was such a joy, I just wish I had been able to keep it after.

  4. Ley...Oh, I didn't know you weren't able to keep it. That is such a bummer. Still, very cool that you found it again in the first place.

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