Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
1. What was the first [Alcott, Lewis, L'Engle] book you read?
The obvious ones: Little Woman; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; A Wrinkle in Time. And I think all in 5th and 6th grade.
2. If you could be a [Alcott, Lewis, L'Engle] character for a day, who would you be?
Beth in Little Women, dying a young, tragic death. OK, not so much the young, tragic death, but her contentedness to be at home while the others traipsed the world.
Lucy in Prince Caspian, just to feel Aslan's breath and hear him say, "Courage, dear heart."
I don't have a ready answer for L'Engle.
3. Do you prefer [Alcott?, Lewis, L'Engle]'s fiction or nonfiction?
OK, so the only Alcott I've ever read is Little Women, and I think I only read it the one time in 5th grade, so I confess my knowledge of it is quite film-based.
Lewis -- Narnia. Not that I don't like everything else I've read by him, too, but nothing matches Narnia.
L'Engle -- Anything where her theology didn't veer off into La-La Land. The Time Trilogy and the Crosswick Journals are probably the ones I liked best when reading them, though I'm sure they were wonky at times.
4. Which [Alcott, Lewis, L'Engle] book would you recommend to any reader?
Have I mentioned Narnia lately?
5. Which [Alcott, Lewis, L'Engle] book did you dislike?
L'Engle -- A House Like a Lotus. See my previous comment about her theology. In this case it was "whatever two people do in the privacy of their own home is just hunky-dory" nonsense.
6. What is your favorite [Alcott, Lewis, L'Engle] quote?
Many from Lewis, but the one that pops into my head (because I recently had occasion to reference it in conversation) is from Out of the Silent Planet: "She was of that school of British innkeepers that regards guests as a nuisance." Still tickles me 20+ years after the first time I read it.
7. Which [Alcott, Lewis, L'Engle] book would you like to read next?
I can't say I have designs on any of them in the near future.
8. What biography of [Alcott, Lewis, L'Engle] would you recommend?
Would it be cheating to say Surprised by Joy?
9. Rate the ALL authors by order of preference.
Lewis, L'Engle, Alcott
Let's see your responses in the comments or on your blog!
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 10:33 PM
On November 30, 2007 7:45 PMMargaret in VAwrote... Not going to take the time to answer all of those, my hands down favorite is Lewis' Narnia series, too! We just reread Little Men, like it much more than Little Women. Shayna and Isaac enjoyed it, though not as much as the older two did, perhaps because Gael & Steven were younger when we read it-they took much more delight in the childish antics of the characters.
On December 10, 2007 11:12 AMAbrawrote... 1. What was the first [Alcott, Lewis, L'Engle] book you read? My sister read Little Women to me when I was 5 or 6. The Lion, Witch & Wardrobe shortly thereafter. I read A Wrinkle in Time when I was 10 or so.
2. If you could be a [Alcott, Lewis, L'Engle] character for a day, who would you be? Meg Murray (A wrinkle in time) It's been awhile since I've read it, but I always remembered relating to her. I don't remember why.
3. Do you prefer [Alcott?, Lewis, L'Engle]'s fiction or nonfiction? To be perfectly honest, the only fiction of Lewis' I liked was Till We Have Faces. His essays are always very convicting. Alcott, did she write any non-fiction? L'Engle is a bit of a one trick pony, it seemed everything she wrote mimicked Winkle in Time.
4. Which [Alcott, Lewis, L'Engle] book would you recommend to any reader? Lewis, Till We Have Faces, no question.
5. Which [Alcott, Lewis, L'Engle] book did you dislike? Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia (don't kill me) Alcott: Jo's Boys L'Engle: A Wind in the Door
6. What is your favorite [Alcott, Lewis, L'Engle] quote? "If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning." -Lewis, Mere Christianty
7. Which [Alcott, Lewis, L'Engle] book would you like to read next? I'm actually thinking I should re-read Mere Christianity.
8. What biography of [Alcott, Lewis, L'Engle] would you recommend? I've never read any of their biographies.
9. Rate the ALL authors by order of preference. Lewis L'Engle Alcott