A Book Meme

1) What author do you own the most books by?

I think Diana Wynne Jones

2) What book do you own the most copies of?

The Lord of the Rings. I’ve had three different pb editions, and two hardcover ones.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?

No? Didn’t even notice.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?

Francis Crawford

5) What book have you read the most times in your life?

The Lord of the Rings

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?

I think possibly it was The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, by Alan Garner

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?

Possibly Twilight.

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

Not sure…

9) If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?

Oh, golly, I don’t know…

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?

The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?

Ulysses (and, yes, I know, it’s been done)

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.

I honestly can’t remember one.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?

Umm… maybe a bunch of chicklit things.

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?

Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?

Seen? Um…

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?


18) Roth or Updike?


19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?


20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?


21) Austen or Eliot?

Yikes, that’s a tough one, but I think Eliot.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?

I haven’t read a lot of American classics.

23) What is your favorite novel?

The Lord of the Rings

24) Play?

Something by Tom Stoppard

25) Poem?

Oh, god… to name one is impossible

26) Essay?

Some great ones by Ursula Le Guin. or Marrakesh by George Orwell

27) Short story?

Oh, boy – Saki, Alice Munro, Le Guin.

28) Work of nonfiction?

Don’t know

29) Who is your favorite writer?

That’s really hard to say, but possibly Ursula Le Guin.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?

Maya Angelou

31) What is your desert island book?

The Lord of the Rings

32) And… what are you reading right now?

The new William Trevor.


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