1) What author do you own the most books by?
Henry James. (Senior thesis.) Vladimir Nabokov is a close second.
2) What book do you own the most copies of?
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.
3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
I’m over it.
4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Jamie Fraser, and it’s not a secret!
5) What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children)?
It’s probably a tie between DRACULA and LOLITA.
6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
NO FLYING IN THE HOUSE, by Betty Brock.
7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
It wasn’t a badly written book … but it crossed the line from disturbing into gratuitous, for me. And no, I’m not going to mention the title.
8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Ooh, tough one. Lots of great books. Hmm. I would feel funny listing a book by someone I know, so I’m going to talk about the awesome book I finished last night: Marcelo in the Real World. I first heard of this book when Sara Zarr blogged about it. The narrator is a 17-year-old boy with a form of Asperger’s Syndrome, who spends the summer working in his father’s law firm – the “real world” – instead of at his school with horses, as he wanted to do. I kind of fell in love with this character. His heart is so good, and his voice is so matter-of-fact as he navigates uncharted waters of social interaction. There’s a beautiful girl, a moral dilemma, an evil villain, and hard truths about love and loyalty. I LOVED IT!
9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Mine! No, I’m kidding. Of course. Uh …
10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Me! No, I’m kidding again. Of course. Heh. Er …
11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Mine! Okay … I’ll stop now.
12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
The previously mentioned disturbing one. *shudder*
13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
Can’t think of any.
14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
I don’t think it’s nice to call books names. Or maybe I can’t think of any I would call ‘lowbrow.’
15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, as I recall. Tor. Ture.
16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
18) Roth or Updike?
Gotta admit: I’ve never read Roth.
19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Sedaris. He's a genius.
20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare. And here’s a confession: I have a degree in English, but I’ve never read Chaucer.
21) Austen or Eliot?
22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
See above re: Chaucer.
(This is a long meme, isn’t it? Here, have a flower.)
23) What is your favorite novel?
DRACULA and LOLITA are evenly tied.
“A Doll’s House,” by Henrik Ibsen.
27) Short Story?
“People Like That Are the Only People Here,” by Lorrie Moore. I was never the same after I read it.
28) Work of nonfiction?
Don’t know. I don’t read much nonfiction.
29) Who is your favorite writer?
I think I’m getting tired of this meme.
30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
What a question!
31) What is your desert island book?
Something long. Maybe GONE WITH THE WIND.
32) And... what are you reading right now?
KENDRA, by Coe Booth.