I’m still alive, I promise! But a slow book coupled with some awesome weather means I am playing tennis more and reading and interneting less. I will eventually finish this book, and then you will hear about it! Until then, a meme:
1. What author do you own the most books by?
J.K. Rowling, with seven Harry Potter books.
2. What book do you own the most copies of?
I don’t personally have any book doubles, but if you count Scott’s collection as well I think we have some extra Hitchhiker’s Guide books lying around.
3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Nope. If it sounds better, do it!
4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
I don’t think I have any pure book-crushes, but I do certainly have a thing for Sean Biggerstaff as Oliver Wood in the Harry Potter movies. (Also, teehee.)
5. What book have you read the most times in your life?
The Phantom Tollbooth. But don’t jump to any conclusions about that.
6. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
The Secret Garden. I had three copies of that book, actually, but they all seem to have disappeared over time.
7. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
Afterlife. It was bad.
8. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
I would say the duo of In the Woods and The Likeness, both by Tana French. The second one is the best, but you really have to read the first one first, as these things go.
9. If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
In the Woods. Go read it now.
10. Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?
I have no idea how such prizes are awarded, so the Nobel committee can go ahead and decide for me. 🙂
11. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Eh. I’m almost always disappointed by movie adaptations (with the exception of the third Harry Potter and Stardust), so I say let the books stay books.
12. What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
13. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I… don’t remember having any such thing. My spoon (er, best friend, not literal spoon) and I did once invent a story about traversing Scotland on cows to track down Oliver Wood, but that was sadly not a dream.
14. What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
I don’t think I’ve read anything truly lowbrow. If you beg to differ, let me know.
15. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Catch 22. I started it about five or six times before finally getting through the whole thing, but it was totally worth it. You just need to be in a really weird state of mind before sitting down with it.
16. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
The French. I still twitch thinking about Crime and Punishment.
17. Roth or Updike?
I’ve not read either.
18. David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Sedaris. He makes me happy in my heart.
19. Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare. Milton can go die in a hole.
20. Austen or Eliot?
Again, not read either.
21. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
See previous comments on not having read authors.
22. What is your favorite novel?
Straight play, You Can’t Take it With You. Musical, Avenue Q. Rock opera, Rent.
24. Short story?
“Interpreter of Maladies,” by Jhumpa Lahiri.
25. Epic Poem?
The Divine Comedy by Dante.
26. Short(er) poem?
I’m not really a poetry person.
27. Work of non-fiction?
I’m also not really a non-fiction person, but I do like grammar books.
28. Who is your favorite writer?
29. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Right now, probably Stephenie Meyer with those silly Twilight books. I did not like them at all.
30. What is your desert island book?
The omnibus version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Hilarious.
31. And … what are you reading right now?
La Bête Humaine, by Émile Zola. It’s really interesting but not terribly engaging, which is why I’m not done with it yet. I’ll get there!