ask me anything {again}! – answers {part 2}


Sorry (again) that it’s taken me so long to get these answers to ya’ll.  Life, you know.  Anyway…straight to the questions!

Ashley asked…

~What’s one book or movie that you’ve been holding off on reading/watching for some reason (and what’s the reason)?  Um…besides the obvious “I really want to see this one book/movie but my library does NOT have it”, there are several books that I would love to read but I’m waiting to buy my very own copy so that I can cross out Bad Words.  Two that spring to mind are Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein.  As for movies, I’m extremely leery about seeing the remake of The Magnificent Seven.  Extremely.  The original was perfection itself, so the jury’s still out on whether or not I’ll take the leap and watch the new one.

They do look pretty epic together, though.

~Three things you’re looking for in a husband? (And three things you need to work on for yourself?)  A strong faith in God, bravery, and loyalty.  As for myself, I’d say that temper, laziness, and lack of homemaking skills (such as sewing) are three big things I need to work on.

~Favorite nonfic book on relationships?  I’ve never read one.  Sad, but true.  Suggestions?

~One book everybody’s raving about but you despise?  Well, I haven’t read any booksSalt to the Sea - This book is set in the same time period as Between Shades of Gray and included in the four pov's is Joana, the cousin of Lina in Between Shades of Gray. Her life takes a different route and she ends up on the Wilhelm Gustaloff which was a greater sinking than the Titanic...but who has ever heard of this? This book has fictional characters but the main story is true.: lately that inspired my unadulterated loathing, but one book I was kinda disappointed in was Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.  It’s a book that tons of people have been raving about lately, including more than one of my Goodreads friends, but it just didn’t deliver.  There were some great moments and lovely characters, but the book never quite came together in a brilliant, cohesive whole for me.

~Book you’d love to see as a movie? (DREAMCAST AWAY)  Does a whole series count?  Because if so, The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins are my number one choice.  Definitely.  There are five books, but my idea for a film series combines them into just three (if you’ve read the series, EMAIL ME, and we’ll talk).  Since all my siblings love the series like all do (welllll, almost as much) we’ve had tons of dream casting sessions.  The cast already includes Cate Blanchett (nonegotiable, people – pretty much every casting choice is, but especially this one), Harrison Ford, Emily Blunt, Asa Butterfield, Ralph Macchio, Sean Connery, and Raffey Cassidy.  John Powell will compose the score.  And that’s all I’ve got, but it will be EPIC if movie producers take notice (and my advice).

~Favorite chore around the house?  Washing dishes.  Very soothing.  Alternately, my least favorite household chore is sweeping floors.

Hamlette asked…

~Favorite hymn?  ‘Leaning on the Everlasting Arms’ or ‘How Great Thou Art’.  But there are so many good ones.  So. Many.

~A person in the Bible you really relate to.  Peter.  His impulsiveness and his weaknesses especially, I’m ashamed to say, but I do feel that I have at least a little bit of the loyalty that he had for Jesus.  And if I could have just a tenth of his faith (especially as shown after the Resurrection and, of course, in Acts) that would be incredible.

~A person in the Bible you admire (besides Jesus).  How do I narrow it down???  I can’t.  So… Women: Rebecca, Ruth, Esther, Jael, Mary, Elisabeth, and Lydia.  Men: Joseph (both OT and NT), Joshua, Caleb, Peter, John (the Baptist and the Apostle), Paul, Elijah, Elisha, and Hosea.

And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: ~Hebrews 11:32

~Which Barkley on The Big Valley is your favorite?  Nick.  I like them all, though.

~Favorite Dana Andrews role?  At first I thought this would be hard, but it was actually pretty easy.  Because, while I love Dana Andrews in almost every movie I’ve seen him in, one role will always be first place in my heart: Detective Mark McPherson from the film Laura.  It was the role that catapulted Dana to semi-stardom.  Definitely my favorite.  Though, now that I think about it, he is super in The Best Years of Our Lives…

Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney in Laura (1944):

~Jack Cavanaugh book you want to be made into a movie, and your casting choices?  I love this question.  Nobody ever asks me anything about Jack Cavanaugh.  But while I’ve thought up dream casts for several of his books, it’s usually just a couple of roles that I manage to cast before I get stumped.  For instance, I’ve got Corbin Allred playing opposite Jennifer Lawrence with Eddie Redmayne in the Songs in the Night series, but there’s tons of other characters I haven’t thought of actors/actresses for.  Plus, I find that doing dream casts for anything (especially JC’s books) is frustrating ’cause I know it’ll never happen. *sigh*  But I still do it all the time because it’s fun as well.

Which do you prefer of each pairing, and why:

~Austen or Shakespeare?  AustenAustenAusten.  I’m currently re-reading Mansfield Park and she. is. a. genius.  I mean, so was Shakespeare, but Jane Austen’s writings speak to me on so many levels.  I could read each of her novels a hundred times and still love them as much as I did the first time. (Though Macbeth is rapidly growing on me.  And I fangirl over Mercutio every time I read Romeo & Juliet.  Shakespeare is cool beans.)

~Captain America or Jason Bourne?  Okay, at first I thought this would be sooooo easy to answer (in favor of Cap) but then I really started thinking about the question and…I CAN’T DECIDE.  Cap is sweet and handsome and brave and practically perfect in every way.  But Jason is like a sad little puppy wrapped in layers of super cool deadly fighting skills and mental/physical/emotional wounds and tons of questions about his past.  I CAN’T.  But if I absolutely had to chose, if I searched deep, deep, deep inside my heart, I’d have to go with Cap.

~Charlotte or Emily Brönte?  I couldn’t stand the little bit of Wuthering Heights I managed to read.  Jane Eyre is one of my top five favorite classics.  So…yeah.

~Louisa May Alcott or Lucy Maud Montgomery?  This is a little difficult, because Louisa May Alcott is responsible for creating one of my top five (maybe even top three) favorite fictional characters of all time (Dan) but Lucy Maud Montgomery comes out ahead because all her books (except a couple) are exquisitely sweet, nostalgic, and inviting (as in, “Yes, let’s dive into this book and not come out for a couple of YEARS”).  Plus, LMM was a Canadian.  All her books are set in Canada.  How can I resist?

~Indiana Jones or Flynn Ryder?  How.  How.  I do not understand the question.  My…brain…cannot…compute.  (Fine.  Flyndiana Rydes.  If I must choose.)  (Oh.  You mean that isn’t a choice?  Okay.  Great.)  (I SERIOUSLY CAN’T CHOSE BETWEEN THEM.  Pleeeease don’t make me.)  (If you really want to know…)  (Nope.  Can’t do it.  And I’m not just saying that for show or anything.  I literally can’t.  There’s not even a little part of my heart that has a preference for either one.  There just isn’t.  They’re both so UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING.)

~The Magnificent Seven or The Great Escape?  Seeing how Mag7 is my favorite movie of all time, the decision was pretty easy.  Still, The Great Escape has several things going for it: the cast, the music, the story…oh, it’s wonderful.  I really need to watch it again. (Unlike Mag7, though, I really have to be in the right mood for it, especially considering the time commitment involved.)

~Pie or cake?  Cake, every time.  I don’t get why pie is such a big deal (except pumpkin pie – #LOVE).

And finally, I have two questions that were sent to me in an email, rather than a comment, and they weren’t related to the ‘Ask Me Anything’ challenge, but I thought I’d include them here anyway, because some of you might find the questions/answers interesting.  I don’t know if the person who sent me these questions would prefer their name to be mentioned or not, so…

J. asked…

~If you had to pick just one scene or moment as your favorite [from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade], which would you choose?  There are so many scenes that stand out in my mind whenever I think of The Last Crusade (the book burning scene, the scene where Henry Jones gets shot, the Three Trials scene, the opening sequence with the boat and the storm and the cross) but I believe my favorite one is the motorcycle chase.  Why?  Because that is what made me fall in love with Indiana Jones, the character, and Indiana Jones, the franchise.  The thrilling theme music as Indy and his dad smash out of that box, the chase itself, and I’m even going to include the quiet little discussion between the two of them at the crossroads.  Love it!

~I noticed you mentioned [in my review] that you liked Elsa’s character. What did you like most about her?  There’s so much intrigue surrounding her.  Who is she?  How did she become enthralled with the Grail legend in the first place?  Were her motives more pure in the beginning, or were they always selfish?  Did she turn Henry in to the Nazis or did he confront her and force her hand?  There are so many questions one could ask about Elsa – she’s mysterious and fascinating. (And I think she and Indy have great chemistry together.  Just saying.  Though I don’t really ship them, per se.)

Were you surprised with any of my answers?  Let me know in the comments!




19 thoughts on “ask me anything {again}! – answers {part 2}

  1. I relate to Peter too!
    AND AUSTEN ALL THE WAY. (I don’t even like Shakespeare.)
    Loved this post. And you having to choose between Cap and Jason was sad to read. And I haven’t seen either movie. ;-P


    • Shakespeare was difficult for me to like at first, but after seeing Macbeth live, I’m hooked. 🙂

      Awwww…y’know, you probably wouldn’t mind the first Captain America movie (The First Avenger) ’cause it’s actually pretty sweet and set in the 40s.


  2. More answers! Fun! 🙂

    Huh, interesting . . . I LOVE LOVE LOVE “Salt to the Sea” (it’s now one of my all-time favorite books), but I can see how it might not appeal to everyone. I think part of the reason it really “spoke” to me so much was because of all the Eastern European stuff . . . because Emilia is Polish, Joana is Lithuanian, and Ruta Sepetys herself is Lithuanian-American, and I have family from both those places. So it just kind of felt like “home” to me, I guess you could say. Hard to explain, but there it is. (Plus, I almost never get a chance to read books by Eastern-European authors, so that was a treat.)

    Plus, it made me cry . . . and, as a rule, books don’t make me cry. So that was pretty special. (In case you’re wondering, I cried at the part where Florian gets the letter about Emilia–“She is safe. She is loved.” WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO MY HEART, RUTA SEPETYS.)

    Hahahahaha, I can’t sew either. At all. Not planning to learn, either . . . I know my limits 😉 (I can knit, though, so at least that’s something.)

    Shakespeare or Austen? OUCH. I’d be really struggling with that one, if somebody made me pick . . . they’re both absolutely epic.


  3. Hey, have you ever watched the ’90s TV show of Mag7? I never had, but DKoren liked it a ton, and then I found the whole series for only $12, so I got it, and she and I have been watching it together, and it is just FUN. They still have a Chris and a Vin, but the other characters all have different names, and even those two have somewhat different personalities and are their own entities, not just trying to copy the original film, and did I mention it is FUN? I’ve only watched 2 eps so far, but the content has been about the same as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (and it’s from the same era and also aired on CBS, so has a very similar vibe sometimes), and yeah… you’ll be hearing more from me about it.

    I never read any non-fic books about relationships until after I was engaged. Then the pastor who did our premarital counseling gave us a list and recommended we try reading a few titles off it just to see if any of them had ideas we found useful.

    Mark MacPherson is my fave Dana role as well. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Pie is such a big deal because people think it is hard to make, so then when you make it, people are like, "HOLY COW! You MADE a PIE?????" But also, pie is delicious :-9

    Feel free to toss those same incredibly mean questions back at me next time I do an AMA, or ones equally as cruel. I deserve it 😉


    • I’ve heard a bit about the Mag7 TV show – sounds interesting! (Though I’ve never seen Dr. Quinn, so I really have no idea what the content is like.)

      Pie is just sort of ‘meh’ for me. I like pumpkin pie and chocolate pie and pecan pie, but I’d rather have cake any day rather than any of those. And fruit pies? Blah. For some reason, I don’t like them. (Neither do my little brothers.)

      As for the questions…don’t think I won’t send them your way. 😉


  4. That was a really fun post! It’s so interesting to see all your answers, and how some differ and some are so similar to what my answers would be.



    I just got another friend into Fangirl, and she loved it, so my recommendation still stands. Because Levi is the best, amen and amen.

    Love your qualities lists, and as far as books on relationships go, I’d say pass on the usual “So Much More” and “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” and go for the lesser-known “It’s {Not That} Complicated.” By far my favorite out of all of them. (And stay far away from “Before You Meet Prince Charming.” I dislike that one to the moon and back.) Oh and anything by Leslie Ludy is ALWAYS good. ❤

    Sorry you didn't like Salt to the Sea! 😦 And I haven't read The Underland Chronicles but they sound fab and they're on my list. And COMPLETELY agree about dishes. I spent last week at a friend's house and was alone a lot, so I did the dishes more than once. It was therapeutic and blissful. 🙂


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