ah the lovely flowers ask :)
haha I am not terribly familiar with the flowers either, but I liked the questions. Thanks for the ask :) I always seem to have long winded responses, so they never fit in the reply. I’ll just tag you again, as usual.
Locust: Favourite Book as a Child
Ooh this one is really tough. I was an avid reader as a kid, and went through many popular series. I loved Harry Potter of course - those were classics. But I also really loved Maximum Ride (pre Fang and Angel - Patterson truly ran out of ideas), Artemis Fowl and the Inhertiance Series (Eragon, Eldest, etc.). Later on I got into Percy Jackson and basically everything Kenneth Oppel and Garth Nix wrote (the silverwing series blew my mind as a kid, as did the Sabriel trilogy).
But I think the books that I connected with the most emotionally were definitely Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli and Trumpet of the Swan by E.B White.
Maniac Magee, even though I didn’t totally grasp the importance of its themes the first time I read it (I think I was 7 years old), always resonated heavily with me. This was my first real exposure to racial tension, and being a mixed kid with an African father and Canadian mother, I guess they had really kept me sheltered from this kind of thing up until this point. The book approached the topic gently, but I still really connected with the protagonist - being apart of both worlds. I read that book cover to cover in a night, under the covers.
As for Trumpet of the Swan, I just fell in love with the story. It was masterfully written, and the juxtaposition between the communication issues between the swan family and the human family were really poignant. This novel is rarely mentioned, Charlotte’s Web was really this author’s hit, but I feel like this was by far the superior novel.
Marigold: Do you listen to what is on the radio?
I listen to 102.1 the edge a lot. I used to listen much more religiously, but after some of my favourite DJ’s left (Bookie for another station and Josie on maternity leave) or mysteriously disappeared (WTF happened to Todd Shapiro lets be honest) I kind of feel like the station has started to go downhill.
I’ve always used radio kind of as a place to inspire me or let me know what kind of new music is out there. But the bands I listen to I usually find through subsequent research, and sites like grooveshark, songza, and soundcloud. I tend to get obsessed with a certain genre at once, and like to seek out many groups that have similar styles. However, I do genre hop sometimes, so my musical selections on my phone and computer are quite eclectic, and range from things like Adele, Amy Winehouse and Emile Sande to Daft Punk, Muse and Mumford and Sons.
Carnation:If I handed you a concert ticket right now, who would you want to be the performer?
Oooh this is so tough. I have done a lot of shows in the past year, most of which were on my bucket list (Mumford and Sons was lifechanging, as was Muse). If I had to pick anyone, I’d want to see someone I haven’t yet, and so I’d probably go with either the Foo Fighters (who unfortunately are on a break from touring), Young the Giant or the Black Keys.
But let’s be honest - All of these tickets are much cheaper and more easily procurable than Leaf’s platinum seats. These are the tickets I covet the most :)
Daisy:How old were you when you had your first kiss?
Ah the age old question :P. I don’t count the time I was 6 years old on the playground, because it was one of those things where a boy just ran up and I was taken by surprise.
I was….a late bloomer lol. The one I count, the one where I kissed back and it meant something, I was 17. I tend to go through some massive droughts when it comes to boyfriends lol.