Sunday, August 09, 2009

Books, books, books meme.


I love books. I should have been a librarian, or a bookstore owner, or a English teacher. I stole this meme from Tense Teacher, who (lucky for her ) IS an English teacher. Enjoy!


1) What author do you own the most books by?
At home, it’s a toss-up between John Grisham and Jan Karon (the At Home in Mitford series). At school, it's probably Beverly Cleary. Maybe Dr. Seuss.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Probably Little Women. I also have several sets of The Chronicles of Narnia series and The Lord of the Ring trilogy.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Not those two questions so much. But I HATE the question, "Where are you AT?" Ugh. It's "Where are you?".

5) What book have you read the most times in your life?
It's a tie beween Little Women, all of The Lord of the Rings books, and the first book in Jan Karon's series: At Home in Mitford.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, and any book by Judy Blume.

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
The Confessions of a Shopaholic series.

8 ) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Excellent, excellent book. Destined to be a classic.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
The Art of Racing in the Rain. It's a book that is hard to explain - it HAS to be experienced.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
At Home in Mitford or Loving Frank by Nancy Horan.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Anything by R.L.Stine.

13) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
The Scandolous Summer of Sissy LaBlanc by Loraine Depres.

14) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. But I love a challenge. I'm currently reading Infinite Jest by David Foster and it's very challenging.

15) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
Russian. Anna Karenina is one of my favorite books.

16) Roth or Updike?
Updike.

17) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Sedaris.

18) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare everyday

19) Austen or Eliot?
Jane Austen, most definitely

20) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
From 1990 - 1995. I had 3 kids in 5 years and didn't read anything but Dr. Seuss.

21) What is your favorite novel?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen or Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

22) Essay?
“The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson. I read to help Joseph with a term paper and I have never forgotten it.

23) Work of nonfiction?
1776 by David McCullough

24) Who is your favorite writer?
Robert Frost, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, J.R.R.Tolkien, C.S.Lewis, Charles Dickens.

25) What is your desert island book?
Anything by the above authors.

26) What are you reading right now?
Infinite Jest and The Sacred Stone by Clive Cussler.

27) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Fr. Tim, in At Home in Mitford.

28 ) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Maya Angelou.

29) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I used to have a lot of strange dreams after reading anything by Tolkein.

30) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
"A Midsummer Night's Dream."

31) Favorite Poem?
"The Road Less Traveled" or "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening", both by Robert Frost.

32) Favorite Short story?
“The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry,

33) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Stephanie Meyer (author of the Twilight series)


Let me know what YOUR favorite books are.


J.

6 comments:

Jay said...

I'm not sure your most lowbrow book is sufficiently lowbrow. haha

I fully admit that it took me more than two tries to read Anna Karenina. I haven't tried Infinite Jest, but I'm considering it.

Great answer on most overrated.

karisma said...

OH my goodness! Isn't it funny what books we end up accumulating! You had me thinking there. I have two copies of Little Women, one is part of a whole set the other the original. Loved them along with Enid Blyton books as a child. I had to sit and think what I had the most of though. Being such an avid reader I don't own most of what I like. My most owned collection besides Louisa May Alcotts set and Enid Blytons lot, is by a medium from the UK. Betty Shine. Loved her books. My favourite authors at the moment are Barbara Erskine and Jody Picoult. Don't get me started on movies though. Just saw My sisters Keeper and was very pissed off that they changed the story to suit the movie crowd. It took away from the whole book. Most upset was I!!!! LOL~ Now I know why I don't go to the damned movies! My sister in law loved it so much she watched it twice in a week. While I loved the acting I was just pissed off that they changed the story! Why change something when its good??? Grrrrr, so did I ever mention I don't particularly like TV? Oh and that first few years when I was supposed to be deprived from reading with all those new babies....well I did not watch TV, OKay? All I can say is my babies learned to read very young! LOL

Sayre said...

The other day, my husband and I looked around and realized that we were being taken over by books! And we set out to remove them from our house and set them free for other people to enjoy... What we are left with is very telling.

Of my five favorite authors (Nevada Barr, JA Jance, Patricia Cornwell, Stephen King, Dean Koontz), I have only kept the series by Nevada Barr to re-read. I've read the others to death. I kept my copies of Gone with the Wind and Scarlett, all my books about writing, my how-tos, reference books, and historical biographical stuff. I realized that keeping those books here and on my shelves, while gratifying, was almost the equivalent of keeping someone locked in a closet. There are other people out there who would like to read them but can't afford them - so off they go!

Hoosier Girl said...

Jay - My lowbrow book was nothing more than a smut novel. I loved it! (grin) Let me know if you start Infinite Jest. I might need some help!

Karisma - I keep meaning to try Jodi Piccoult. I completely forgot Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.

Sayre - That is a great idea. I need to do that. I have WAY too many books. They need to be shared.

J.

Just Dave said...

You want challenging? "Remembrance of Things Past" by Marcel Proust. AAARRRGHHHH.

Favorites - "Fires of Spring" by James Michener; "From Here to Eternity', "The Thin Red Line and "Whistle" By James Jones.

Item # 3 on your list - I mentally scream anytime I hear someone say, "Those ones or these ones"

Rita said...

Always remember the past mistakes. Do you want to challenge someone?


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