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Life According to Literature 2013

It’s that time of year again, defining your life according to the literature you read. Meme found over at Catherine Pope – Victorian Geek. Get amongst it.


True story.

The rules: Using only books you have read this year (2013), answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title.

Describe yourself: The Hypothetical Girl (Elizabeth Cohen)

How do you feel: Love All (Callie Wright)

Describe where you currently live: The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls (Anton DiSclafani) or In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods (Matt Bell)

Your favourite form of transportation: Love Is a Canoe (Ben Schrank)

Your best friend is: The Half Brother by Lars Saabye Christensen

You and your friends are: American Gods (Neil Gaiman)

What’s the weather like: No One Could Have Guessed the Weather (Ann Marie Casey)

You fear: The Small Assassin (Ray Bradbury)

What is the best advice you have to give: Save Yourself (Kelly Braffet)

Thought for the day: Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (Alice Munro)

How I would like to die: The Teleportation Accident (Ned Bauman), followed by Deliverance (James Dickey)

My soul’s present condition: In Love (Alfred Hayes). Runner up: The Dead Zone by Stephen King (but too dark, no?).

As ever, I’d love to see your answers. Because what one book title sums up your year?


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  • Alison Doherty

    Fun idea! I think I would pick THE WONDER SPOT, by Melissa Bank to describe my year.

    • Rory

      Then it sounds like you had a good year. 🙂

  • Jennine G.

    This is really cool. And fun! I’d have to think about it…so many possibilities! Maybe I’ll do a post on it while I finish The Goldfinch.

    • Rory

      It’s almost unfair for book bloggers – we have so many options. I really wanted to use the title Autobiography of a Corpse somewhere, but I managed to hold myself back!

  • Naomi

    How about The Age of Hope (David Bergen)? Or Too Much Happiness (Alice Munro). This is a fun idea!

    • Rory

      I wouldn’t complain if I could use the title Too Much Happiness somewhere in there… 🙂

  • Carolyn O

    Love this! I have no idea what mine would be, but now I’m deeply regretting giving my copy of American Gods to my brother.

    • Rory

      Oddly enough, that’s where my copy of American Gods went too.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB

    This could be fun….

    • Rory

      It is, I promise.

  • Athira

    Oh I love this meme. It would be fun to fit the books into the questions!

    • Rory

      This is one of the few I look forward to at the end of the year. It’s not as overwhelming as some of the more in depth ones.

  • Juliana @ Epilogues

    Awesome idea! Love your answers.

    • Rory

      Thank you. I particularly liked my dying answer. A teleportation accident could be interesting.

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  • Charleen

    One book to sum up my year… I guess Someday, Someday, Maybe.

    • Rory

      That how I feel about every year…

      • Charleen

        Yeah, it’s really more of a title for life.

  • tanya

    I love this and have not seen it before. So brilliant. I wonder what mine would look like…

    • Rory

      It’s easy to find out…. 😉

  • Heather

    At this time of year when I just want to hibernate, the appropriate book title would be Doctor Sleep. Heh.

    • Rory

      That’s the title I want to apply…

      And I know you’ll appreciate how pissy I am that’s it’s going to snow. Again. If I didn’t hate the state of Florida I would totally move there.

      • Heather

        It snowed here yesterday, and the “feels like” temperature has been in the negative. I’m pretty pissy, too. Same here with the Florida thing. I can’t wait to move to Costa Rica someday.

        • Rory

          Not to make you nervous or anything, but I am coming to visit.

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        • Rory

          In Costa Rica that is, I have no interest in some place that feels below zero. If I wanted that I’d move to central Canada.

          • Heather

            Yes, I knew what you meant. Hahaha!

  • Brooke

    Such a clever little meme!!

    • Rory

      It one of the few end of year ones I’m willing to do (aside from top ten books of the year, because that’s a must).

  • ebookclassics

    Amazing! I might have to do this meme.

    • Rory

      I say do it. It’s easy without strictly being filler.

  • bookaliciousmama

    How cool! I’ll have to really think about this challenge 🙂

    • Rory

      It’s fun. It’s another way to look at all the books you’ve read the past year.

      • bookaliciousmama

        It really is!

  • Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

    American Gods is a funny answer 🙂

    • Rory

      That was my favorite. Because it’s true, naturally.

  • Rebecca Scaglione – Love at First Book

    I looooove this! And seriously, the weather question is fabulously answered!

    • Rory

      Thanks! Quite convenient that I read a book with weather in the title. I was also pleased that I had a title with the word Colorado in it (for where I live).

      • Rebecca Scaglione – Love at First Book

        Oh I know!! You were lucky on that one. Good thing you read eclectic & weird! 😀

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