1. Big. A book you read when you were young that was intended for a more mature audience?
Brokeback Moutain by Annie Proulx. I was probably 15 when I read that short story, so I wasn’t exactly “too young” to read it, but I sure wasn’t expecting it to be so graphic. It took me by surprise. I don’t think I even thought that “good books” could have erotica (if that’s what you want to call it) in them, I thought it was its own cheesy genre that moms read.
2. Forrest Gump. Books are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. What book did you pick up not knowing anything about?
The Islanders by Christopher Priest. I met the author at a book festival in my home town and didn’t know much about him apart from “he was the guy wrote the book that Christopher Nolan turned into a movie” (The Prestige). So when I saw his latest release in hardback at 50% off, I got it. No idea what it was about and went in completely blind. Still not too sure what is was exactly about, but I enjoyed it very much.
3. Sleepless in Seattle. Last book to keep you up late (sleeeeepless) reading?
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I’m currently listening to this with Audible. It’s not exactly that it keeps me up at night, it’s more that I can’t fall asleep and listen to it while laying in bed until 4am waiting for sleep to finally take over.
4. Toy Story. A timeless book you plan to share with any offspring you create?
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Harry Potter was a no brainer there. I would push those books on any kid. I also put Peter Pan in the mix because it is one of my personal favourites.
5. You’ve Got Mail. A book you heard about on the internet and where you heard about it from?
Tom Hanks’ writing. Little inception here. I learnt on Facebook (I follow the official Tom Hanks Facebook account) that he had signed a book deal, and that we will eventually publish a collection of short stories based on his collection of typewriters. How cool? The short story Alan Bean Plus Four was published by The New Yorker Magazine and so I clicked like a mad woman until I found it on their website.
6. Cast Away. If you can only bring one book to a deserted island… What would it be?
The Harry Potter series. I’m cheating a little bit here, but if there is one thing I can read over and over again, it’s the Harry Potter books. It wouldn’t even be a problem, I got a Kindle, they can all fit in my pocket. I just need a USB solar charger thingy, and I’m good to go.
7. Cloud Atlas. What book did you have high expectations for that didn’t quite meet them?
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. First of all, I resent that question, Cloud Atlas was a great movie and the Wachowskis are greatly under-appreciated since they messed up the end of The Matrix trilogy. But ok, I chose A Darker Shade of Magic because I heard A LOT about this book, months before it was even published, and from the moment people got their hands on it, they cried genius or whatever. Go on Goodreads and find out for yourself how difficult it is to find a review that has less than 4 stars. With such hype surrounding it, and a pretty cool premise, I was expecting a lot more of this book and was eventually disappointed.
Bonus question: Your favourite Tom Hanks movies.
Oh man! The guy has been in so many good movies over the years! Let’s just agree right now to ignore his earliest works… I’m trying to rewatch them — as you may know, I’m attempting a Tom Hanks Challenge this year — but oh boy do some of them suck. I’m sorry, I am a fan of the guy, but just because he’s in it doesn’t make a movie good. But let’s talk good movies:
Philadelphia. I cry so hard every time I watch it. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking.
The Terminal. I can rewatch that movie over and over. It is so sweet and funny. I love it.
Cast Away. Breaks my heart every time when Wilson gets lost at sea.
You’ve Got Mail. Obviously. A classic to rewatch every year during the fall.
The Green Mile. I haven’t watched it in a very long time, but I remember being completely mesmerised by it.
So there you go, that was the Tom Hanks Book Tag. Feel free to do it too and share the Tom Hanks love all around.