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Book Maven Meme

I saw this meme on E. Lockhart's blog several week ago. Repost and answer, if you like!

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?

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?

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?
Boring question.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
Snooty question.

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.

24) Play?
“A Doll’s House,” by Henrik Ibsen.

25) Poem?
Uh …?

26) Essay?
Um …?

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.


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Apr. 18th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
*flying side kick*
Apr. 18th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
hahahahaha - I have never laughed so hard while reading a meme. I loved the flower in the middle with the comment. And then, your answer to number 29.

I'm serious - I'm still laughing!!

As for your other answers, I've not read most of those books or heard of many of those people so if I were to do that meme, I think people would start tweeting about me as a #literaryfail.
Apr. 18th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it. :-)

Apr. 18th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'm reading Outlander now, for the first time. Jamie is more swoon-worthy than I expected. I already bought Dragonfly in Amber because I know I'm gonna have to blow right through the series... Also I finally managed to dig up a cheap copy of Lolita so that's in my TBR too. You have good taste.
Apr. 18th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, enjoy the series! I just finished A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES, which is the ... fifth? Sixth? There's a new one coming out this year. Ahhhh ...

I need a hot Scottish guy in a kilt icon.
Apr. 18th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
I answered it too! (but i left a couple of your answers...)
Apr. 18th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Oh good!
Apr. 18th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
Fun meme (so I had to do it too) :) Our tastes in books are vastly different -- something I always enjoy seeing!
Apr. 20th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
This looks like an interesting meme to do, but I'll have to wait until tomorrow to do it (it's quarter to midnight here in New Zealand, and I'm about to pop off to bed), but there are a few questions I feel like I need to answer now.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Harry Potters #1 and #2.I have three of each: one in English, one in German, and one in Latin. Harry Potters #3 through#6 I have only English and German, and #7 is just English.

And with regards to your answers to #20 and #22 I hear you there. People are surprised to hear that I haven't read any Austen, or a Bronte or whatever. Not only do they think I am the "type" but they don't get how I can have read the Aeneid, the Odyssey and the Iliad several times each (uh... it was for my degree?) or read Catullus in the original Latin, but not Pride and Prejudice? Sometimes these gaps just happen, you know?
Apr. 24th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
I don't see the meme on your blog yet ...

... just sayin'.
Apr. 24th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
That IS a long meme, and you're hilarious. Also spot-on (ie, regarding the answers that agree with my answers, which are only hypothetical, seeing as I haven't written them down yet). That Lorrie Moore story--OMG, YES. But having to choose between Austen and Eliot? What's next, having to choose between having hands or feet? Sheesh.
Apr. 24th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks, girl.

When are we getting together?

Apr. 28th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
Don't know...but doesn't May sound like a lovely month for an after-work get-together?
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