Friday, April 25, 2014

A Bookish Chat With Molly

-Welcome to the podium at Yet Another Period Drama Blog, Molly!  Have some tea and a muffin to calm your nerves and tell us a little bit about yourself.  Name, general age-ish (feel free to be as vague as you like), favorite place to go in summer, least favorite household chore, favorite kind of jewelry, and what got you started blogging.  Ready, steady, go!

Thank you very much for the tea! It’s a good thing I’m not agitated, because if I had butter on the muffins it would get on my cuffs. Hmm, I’m not wearing cuffs.

Moving on. Anyway, I go by Molly in the blogging world. I'd prefer not to give my real name, if you don't mind. I am fourteen years of age, (and in seven months I’ll be old enough to see Les Mis! Whoop!) I love going many places in the summer, it would be hard to pick one. I do like the beach, though steep beaches and big waves make me nervous. My favorite type of jewelry is probably a necklace, though one day I hope to wear a ring. (Whoo! Miss Hale!) Sweeping is probably my least favorite, but I don’t care much for cleaning bathrooms or sorting laundry to be washed. I started blogging with my sister Anne-girl two years ago, I believe. Before that, I had fun reading blogs, and I wanted to start one of my own, and when Anne-girl suggested it, I was all for it! And here I am now! :D

-Okay!  So now that we know a little bit more about you, let’s ask some bookish questions.  Tell us about three books that you loved when you were little-- that is, under ten or so.

Wow, was I really under ten only around five years ago? Yeesh. Let’s see, three books I loved….. “Addy Saves the Day," "Molly Saves the Day," and "Kaya's Escape." All three wee exciting and I loved American Girl!

-Ooooh, I loved all of those too-- Samantha Saves the Day was another favorite of mine.  Those Saves the Day books were the BEST.  Which of your favorite books would you like to see made into a movie? (preferably list one that hasn’t already been made into a movie :D)

Just one?! Probably The Mysterious Benedict Society. As long as someone with good authority on the books was there to oversee it and make sure hate movie people didn’t get anything wrong. :D I don’t know if that is my favorite book that I’d like to see as a movie, but I do love that book and would want to see the movie if they made one.

-I know you love to read history books, sometimes for writing research and sometimes just for fun.  What’s your favorite era to read about?

Mmm, that’s hard! Perhaps the Civil War era, though I also love WWII and the Revolutionary War time period!

-What are some of your favorite quotes about books?

I don’t know if actually know of any off the top of my head…. well, here are a few I liked!
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” (Heehee, Henry Tilney!)

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.”

(This one is technically more about bookstores, but I liked it.) “The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television.”

“TV.  If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they'll have with twenty-six.  Open your child's imagination.  Open a book.”

-Loved all of those-- especially that last one, as I hadn't heard it before! What did you most recently finish reading?  Would you recommend it?

"The Adventure of the Norwood Builder." Yes, I would! I felt so bad for Sherlock when it looked like he wasn’t going to be able to solve the case!

-Did you discover any good new authors in the last year?  Which of their books did you like best?

Does Jane Austen count? Miss Dashwood read me most of P&P, though we started waaay back in 2013, I believe, and right now I'm reading Northanger Abbey for school. Of the two, probably NA is my favorite.

-Um.  My child.  Jane Austen ALWAYS counts.  Good answers there, by the way.  :D Now, quick!  First inspirational/funny quote from a book, off the top of your head! 

Well, I had to think a few moments, but here is one. “Life is pain, anyone who says differently is selling something.” :P Actually, before I thought of that one, I thought of the quote where Mr. Bennet says to Mrs. Bennet that she might die before he does, but I wasn’t sure if that was in the book.

-It is.  :D What is the best book you bought over the last year?

Hmm, I’m not sure if I’ve actually bought any books over that last year. I should buy one, though. Well, last summer, I bought a book called Chasing Jupiter for Anne-girl's birthday, and that was a very good book, though I didn't buy it for me.

-What would be your response to someone who told you she never read books?

I hope I would try to be polite, but probably I would be thinking something like; “WHAT??!!”

-If you were going to be stuck in an airport for three days and could only bring three books with you (and no other source of entertainment), what three books would you choose?

The Complete Series of Sherlock Holmes, The Princess Bride, and my Bible.

-Who are your top three favorite authors?

Actually, I don’t know if I have a favorite author or authors, but here are three whose books I really enjoy!

  • Anne-girl
  • Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

-If you could have a fictional side character over for tea in the nearish future, who would you choose and why?

Dr. John Watson. I’d love to talk to him about Sherlock Holmes. :D

-Quick, name a book you love that begins with S.

Well, I actually had to think for a while over the days I worked on this, but probably The Scarlet Pimpernel. That counts, right?

-Absolutely. :D And now... recommend six titles for the lovely readers of this blog.  Any titles.  Six of ‘em.  Do it.  Now.  (No, I’m not bossy.)

  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Northanger Abbey (I’m not done this yet, but it’s very good!)
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Pridoner's Dilemma
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
  • The Singing Tree


Thanks so much for joining us today, Molly!  Molly is my sister, by the way, peeps, and she's a fabulous one.  She's a bookworm, obviously (I like to think she takes after her older sister), a writer, an Emma Approved fangirl, a drama queen (like all her sisters... ahem) and an all-around fun person.  And she does a killer imitation of Dolly from Saving Mr. Banks.  :D You can check out her blog at To Write Something Worth Reading.


Naomi Bennet said...

Thank you Molly and Amy! I really enjoyed reading this! Is les Miz a 15 plus movie? I didn't know that (and I haven't watched it)- Is it really gruesome?
Molly, I'm going to check out your blog right now!

Marie said...

I want to see that killer imitation. Like, right now. Dolly is hilarious! "She acted like an...angry person, a lot of the time."

Woohoo! Can't wait 'till you see Les Mis dear!

If you like reading about the World Wars you really need to read Richard Maybury's World War I: The Rest of the Story and How it Affects You Today (I totally winged it with the capitalization there) and World War II: The Rest of the Story and How it Affects You Today if you haven't already. They're very interesting and revealing.

I liked your book quotes, especially the last one. "The most important think we've learned, so far as children are concerned, is never never never let them near your television set." :)

You don't want to bring The Princess Bride to an airport--you'd be laughing so hard everyone would think you were a weirdo. Although, of course, bringing three books to an airport might be enough for one to be considered a weirdo by itself, in this day and age. :D

Hayden said...

I didn't know I needed A Mysterious Benedict Society movie until this moment. IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN.

*cough, cough*

But that is a wonderful book. Nice interview, Molly! :D

Jessie said...

Charlotte Doyle!! Yes, yes, I love that book!

Probably: Bible, Monte Cristo, and Eragon (or Eldest, I forget).

And I can't for the life of me think of any book I've read that starts with an S.

I didn't know you had a blog, Molly! I am very much excited to be following it now.


Molly said...

Jessie: It *was* hard for me to think of a title that began with S! And then I thought of TSP. :D