9 hours ago
This tag has been circulating among my Facebook friends this week and since I was up at 2:00 a.m. last night unable to stop coughing long enough to fall asleep, I thought I would do something productive with my time. I was actually an English major many moons ago although for the past few years I have rarely put my needles down long enough to read much, unless you count stitch pattern books that is. As a kid growing up on a farm, with few playmates near by and not really liking the outdoors much I found quite a bit of refuge in reading. I devoured everything that I could find over the summers, whether it be Zane Gray paperbacks from my father, Harlequin Romances that I snuck away from my Mom, and I would make regular visits to my Nana's attic to go through her boxes of historical novels and old books with well worn pages.
I saw this tag referred to as a modern day parlor game in a comment which I think is appropriate. It is kind of like sneaking a peak into your friend's book shelves. Sometimes I'm surprised by what I see sitting there, sometimes I feel stupid and unread, and sometimes I come away with something I must read immediately.
1) What author do you own the most books by?
2) What book do you own the most copies of?
The Catcher in the Rye
3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
not ashamed to say Mr. Darcy.
5) What book have you read the most times in your life?
Anne of green Gables
6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
Again with the Anne of Green Gables
7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
My well intentioned mother in law insisted that I read The Shack.
8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Revolutionary Road, no I haven't seen the movie. The other would be my friend Brian Katcher's young adult novel Playing With Matches that I reviewed here.
9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Man's Search for meaning by Frankl
10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?
I really can't say, since I don't keep on those things.
11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Any anthology by Sedaris
12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Can't believe what they did with Running With Scissors.
13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I really can't recall at this moment.
14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Slaughterhouse - Five, I barely made it through.
16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
1920's interpretation of Two Gentlemen of Verona
17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
Always had a thing for Russian poets.
18) Roth or Updike?
Updike I suppose.
19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
21) Austen or Eliot?
22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
My Mark Twain exposure is very slim for growing up in Missouri.
23) What is your favorite novel?
Fear of Flying, Erica Jong, helped me to embrace my feminism impulses as an 18 year old and still resonates today for me. Second would be The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, cliche but true.
No Exit, Sartre Hell is definitely other people...
You Might as Well live by Dorothy Parker has been my mantra at various times
A Room of One's Own
27) Short story?
Rape Fantasies by Margaret Atwood.
28) Work of non-fiction?
NoonDay Demon: An Atlas of Depression
29) Who is your favorite writer?
30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
I have to agree with my husband's answer: Toni Morrison, although I do respect some of her work, particularly Beloved.
31) What is your desert island book?
my leather bound Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy set, would help me to accept the absurdity of the situation.
32) And ... what are you reading right now?
a history and philosophy of the Mayans, it's called something about why the world is going to end in 2012 but I'm reading since we'll be touring the ruins in a few months.