Reading meme

I saw this months ago at Stuff As Dreams Are Made On, who got it from Kailana; I’m finally getting around to posting my answers.

1. What author do you own the most books by?
C.S. Lewis: Narnia, Space Trilogy, Screwtape Letters and surely some nonfiction; I just packed up all the books I’ve read, so I can’t go check the shelves, oops.

2. What book do you own the most copies of?
I don’t intentionally or knowingly own duplicates of any books.

3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
No, that was never really a rule.

4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Ooh, that’s tough.

5. What book have you read the most times in your life?
Green Rose of Furley, probably.

6. What was your favorite book when you were 10 years old?
Hard to say for sure, but I did really love A Wrinkle in Time (and still do)

7. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
I’m going to go with Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo; I abandoned it in January. And I didn’t look back a full 12 months, I just picked from 2009 reads.

8. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
Tough. But I was thinking about this just last night (or was it this morning?). Again, I’m not looking back to 2008. I can’t choose! The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and Saints in Limbo by River Jordan are the top contenders at this moment.

9. If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Dakota by Kathleen Norris

10. Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?
What kind of question is this? I’ll go with Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

11. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Well, they’re already working on The Hobbit, so, maybe Maisie Dobbs? Lewis’s Space Trilogy would be amazing on screen.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
I think I’ll be nice and not answer this one.

13. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I don’t remember very many of my dreams.

14. What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
I’ve read plenty of pulp, mass-market fiction. All my reads for the past year and a half are listed in my Books Read tab; why don’t you tell me which one’s the most lowbrow?

15. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Books can be difficult in so many ways. True Grit by Deborah Meroff was pretty difficult to read because the content is heart-breaking.

16. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
Russians, although I guess I haven’t read many French authors.

17. Roth or Updike?
Updike (but I haven’t read Roth).

18. David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Haven’t read either yet.

19. Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
I really like Shakespeare and Chaucer. Not a huge fan of Milton.

20. Austen or Eliot?
Haven’t read Eliot yet (alas!), so I can’t answer this one.

21. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
I’m lacking lots of the classics.

22. What is your favorite novel?
This is too hard of a question.

23. Play?
Waiting for Godot is pretty fun … I love some T.S. Eliot plays, too.

24. Short story?
I don’t read many short stories. My first thought is one of the stories in The Dubliners by James Joyce. I have a soft spot in my heart for O. Henry’s stories, though.

25. Epic Poem?
Beowulf, probably

26. Short(er) poem?
I can’t choose!

27. Work of nonfiction?
Dakota by Kathleen Norris

28. Who is your favorite writer?
I hate picking favorites.

29. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Wow, too many negative questions on this list.

30. What is your desert island book?
Tough. I’ll go with War and Peace. It’s long …

31. And, what are you reading right now?
Holy Roller by Julie Lyons and
A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman


5 responses to “Reading meme

  1. Fun answers. I just read DAKOTA a few months ago and am soon to post my review of it — it was wonderful — so you won’t have to force me to read it! I also have her THE CLOISTER WALK on my TBR stack and am hoping to borrow a copy of her new ACEDIA AND ME from a friend.

  2. I haven’t heard of Dakota. I’m off to read your review. 🙂

  3. How funny, I just went and read your review of Dakota, and I actually remember reading it when it was first posted but I didn’t leave a comment then. (Shame on me!)

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