What is your favorite Christmas song?
"See Amid the Winter's Snow," I think. "Of the Father's Love Begotten" is exceedingly beautiful, too. I never heard of either of these until I got to be in a liturgical choir a few years ago. I think they're fairly obscure. You must needs listen to them if you haven't already! They're so, so lovely and reverent, and really made me think about how wonderful it is that God became man for us. (You can't really go wrong with O Holy Night, either. But don't get me started on Christmas songs. There's too many good ones...all the festive memories...it's too hard to pick one!)
What is one book that you have read more than twice?
Treasure Island. It's kinda funny, the first time I read it I didn't like it. (For shame, right?) But when I read it last year, I positively loved it, and read it out loud to my siblings this past October when we went to the Outer Banks. I'll probably end up reading it again sometime this school year, which makes me happy. :)
Oh, Sam! Definitely Sam. He's so loyal, so selfless, so simple and good. I've always loved his devotion to Frodo, his appreciation for poetry, his fascination with the elves. He's just...there's something about Sam. He embodies all the down-to-earth simplicity and plain good values of the hobbits, and he has a great love for simple things, like rope and gardening. Yet at the same time he's always yearning for poetry and chivalry and greatness. And he's pretty emotional for a LOTR character -- how many times does he burst into tears in the book?
(Now, I should mention, I'm very fond of Faramir too. In the book, mind you. They absolutely ruined him in the movie...in my humble and very strong opinion, at least.)
What was your favorite childhood book?
The Narnia books. It took a couple of years for Dad to read those to my brothers and sisters and I, so it was one big long adventure. (Narnia was followed by The Lord of the Rings, which we possibly obsessed over even more...but Narnia was earlier, so it's even more of a childhood thing.)
A pegasus! I've always longed for a horse and I've always wished I could fly, so having a pegasus would solve all my problems in one fell swoop. :)
What is your favorite part about Christmas? Why?
One favorite part about Christmas? Um...all of it? :) Oh, I don't know!! Waking up early in the morning and running down with my siblings to stare greedily at the presents under the tree is so fun. But...but...that sounds utterly materialistic. I also like coming home from Christmas Eve Mass and sitting around the tree with my family. And...and...and...the carols, and the nativity set, and, and, and! It's too hard! I can't pick one favorite part about Christmas!!
What is your favorite book genre?
Oh dear dear me. Well I really like classics. And historical fiction. And fantasy...although I've been noticing that a lot of modern fantasy is too "out there" for my taste. Give me a good cliche fairy tale and I'm happy. :)
What is your weapon of choice? Why?
Well, to tell the truth I can't use any weapon. If I were attacked I'd rely on my piercing scream to summon aid, and try to defend myself with teeth and nails.
If I were to learn to use a weapon just for coolness' sake, it'd probably be a bow and arrow. I've messed around with a bow and makeshift targets in the backyard before, and that was delightful. Every time I got close to hitting my mark I felt like Artemis.
(Which was ridiculous of me. I'm nothing like Artemis, in character or appearance.)
Once a group of friends and I went to a town Christmas celebration thingy, and oh, it was so much fun! We got to ride in a carriage drawn by these huge beautiful draft horses, and we sang Christmas carols in harmony, which resulted in our getting compliments from strangers and the friendship of this really cute group of little girls. Ah! It was so delightful.
How do you react to awkward silence?
Depends. If I'm in the presence of an adult I don't know very well (okay, I'm 18, but there's a big difference in age between me and a real grown-up), I'll be quite likely to just sit there in absolute silence and wonder where to look. If I'm around someone younger than me, I might just start talking stupidly and stubbornly about the first suitable subject that comes to mind. ("So how's school?")
What is one character trait that you value above almost all others?
....That's too broad, isn't it? Well, I suppose a trait doesn't have to be a virtue; I could've said "good looks" if I'd wanted to sound really shallow, couldn't I? So does "goodness" pass?
(Y'know, I'm really liking the way Belle @ Worlds of Ink and Paper answered this one with "chivalry." That about sums everything up.)
Now! I'm supposed to nominate 11 other bloggers, but...I am a recluse when it comes to blogging and all the other bloggers I know have been tagged already, I do believe. Which is simply tragical. (Hopefully I didn't slight anyone by forgetting them. If I did, yell at me in the comments! By the by, is "tragical" a word? Auto-correct says it isn't, but Louisa May Alcott uses it, so who am I to believe?)
But anyway. If I had 11 bloggers to tag, it would now be time to think up 11 questions. But without bloggers....hmmm.
Tell you what! I'll put up eleven questions and anyone who likes may steal this tag, or just answer the questions in the comments if they so desire. Sound good?
1. What's the most boring book you've ever read?
2. What's your favorite fruit?
3. How many states/provinces have you been in?
4. What's your dream job?
5. Would you rather travel back in time or forward in time?
6. Would you rather have the power to jump into the television or jump into a book?
7. Name one thing that scares you.
8. Name one thing that you're crazy about that no one else seems to have heard of/be interested in.
9. In which order should the Narnia books be read?
10. Say you're writing a Divine Comedy of your own -- name a couple of fictional characters you would assign to Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven.