Friday 3 August 2012

Don't Fear The Reaper Read Along: Week 1, Chapters 1-5

It's Week 1 of the Don't Fear The Reaper read-along, hosted this week by Christy @ Loves Books. I've been wanting to read First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones for quite a while, so I was psyched to be able to be a part of this read-along!

1. We meet some of Charley’s ghostly “buddies,” do you believe you have ever had a ghostly encounter?

Um, not really. I guess my life has been pretty ghost-free so far. I vaguely remember telling my friend about seeing this guy (while crossing the road at night) fade into nothingness but I cannot remember if that actually happened! Charley's ghostly "buddies" are such fun constants. I mean, MR. WONG!!

2. Charley named her jeep Misery. Have you ever named your vehicles? What did you name them?

I don't own a vehicle at the moment! I did randomly name all the little figures on my Warli-style kurta (the "main characters" were called Brightlin and Suit-Yourself. Don't ask! It's a long story!) Weirdly enough, that's the only thing I've named. I'm yet to name my Kindle!

Warli painting

3. Charley says her name “…brooks no opposition. It takes shit from no one.” What do you think your name says about you to strangers? Is there a different name that you think would suit you better?

While I go by Ajoop on my blog... I'm Pooja IRL. Pooja means "prayer" but I don't really associate my name with anything in particular. It's just... me, I guess. When I was a kid, I never liked my name but I like it now. I cannot imagine being called anything else!

4. Charley says her best friend Cookie is “like Kramer from Seinfeld, only not so nervous, like Kramer might have been on Prozac.” Give us your best description of your best friend. How would they would describe you?

We used to be two goofy pranksters in seventh grade and now we're nothing like that but we're still BFFs. She's sensitive, mature and very straight forward. I wish I could say it like it is the way she does! My friends would probably say I'm sweet and maybe a little too absent minded for my own good.

5. Garrett is reluctant to believe in Charley’s abilities, how would you react if a friend divulged to you that they can see and speak with the dead?

I would freak out! In a good way. I'd want to know everything about this ability of hers (but probably wouldn't fully believe her till I got some kind of proof)!


  1. I've been pretty ghost-free too. Love your name.

  2. I am so glad you are doing this. I love this series and I hope you do too! Mr. Wong is a favorite of mine as well. I didn't know Pooja meant prayer. I love read alongs it is a fun way to get to know everyone. I am not familiar with a Warli painting, you will have to fill me in. You are probably justnabsent minded because your head is in books ;)

  3. I've known a few Poojas in real life and one of them went with the nickname Pooh as in Winnie the Pooh. :)

  4. Ah okay! I'm glad you're still BFFs with your friend, Pooja. :)

  5. Ajoop and Pooja - I LOVE both names! <3 I'm wondering whether to call you Ajoop or Pooja now LOL! x) And you might would be surprised that I name almost every stuff around me. Even my android has a name (it's Crane anyway)! :P And it's great that you have such wonderful BFF, even when you two are a little different! :) Love this post, Pooja! <3

  6. My friends and I are big pranksters too! I'd freak out to but in a good way. It would be cool once I got used to it.

  7. Love your answers! Number 2 cracked me up.

    Thanks for joining!

  8. I haven't actually heard of Don't Fear the Reaper but your answers to the questions for the read along are AMAZING, Ajoop! Can't wait for next week's read along post ;)

    Thank you for sharing this awesome post with us, Ajoop! ♥

  9. You have a very pretty name. I love Mr. Wong and hope one day we'll get his story.

  10. Your name is Pooja?... Never guessed that!... :)

  11. Sounds like a fun read-a-long! I'm a fan of naming inanimate objects, too!


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