Saturday, July 11, 2009

Literary Geeks!

An old friend of mine sent the questionaire below to me on facebook. I thought it was fun so I filled it out and posted here. Enjoy! :-)
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1) What author do you own the most books by?
Margaret Atwood

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
I just realized that I have 2 copies of Sense and Sensibility, plus an e-book version, which makes 3 copies. That’s not even one of my favorites!

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Sadly, I didn’t notice.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
If I was 12, I would definitely have a crush on Rudy from The Book Thief.

5) What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?
To Kill a Mockingbird

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
I picked up a copy of Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner but it was sooo terrible that I didn’t make it past page 2.

8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett –and- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Snow by Orhan Pamuk

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
I was going to say Orhan Pamuk, but it seems that he already won in 2006!

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Wow, I don’t know. As a kid, I always wished they’d made Maniac Magee into a movie. I’d still like to see that if it ever happened.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Maybe Snow. Movie makers could never do justice to his prose.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
When I was in high school, I stopped reading Stephen King before going to bed because I would always have nightmares. Can’t think of any recent literary dreams.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
I try to avoid “lowbrow” books because there are sooo many great books out there. (I was ashamed to admit that I even attempted the book in question #7.)

15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace – actually I have yet to read the whole thing. I have tried twice and failed. It is one of my literary goals to read it from start to finish.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
Umm...I don’t know.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
Russians, if you’re talking about literature. I do, however, appreciate the work of many French feminists.

18) Roth or Updike?
See #22.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Sedaris I guess.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Hmmm...been so long since I’ve read Milton or Chaucer – I guess I’ll go with Chaucer

21) Austen or Eliot?
Austen

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
I, sadly, have a lot of gaps. I’ve spent a lot of time on women writers to the exclusion of some very talented male writers.

23) What is your favorite novel?
To Kill a Mockingbird, The Handmaid’s Tale, Atlas Shrugged, Snow

24) Play?
I don’t read plays – another gap revealed.

25) Poem?
“Warning: When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple” by Jenny Joseph; also, I'm a big fan of Loba by Diane DiPrima, but that's an entire book of poems.

26) Essay?
Probably something by David Foster Wallace.

27) Short story?
I can’t remember titles of short stories. But I read this anthology collection called This Is Not Chick Lit. Loved every one of those stories.

28) Work of nonfiction?
Only within the last year have I chosen to read non-fiction. I'm in the middle of Omnivore’s Dilemma. It’s good. I like reading about food.

29) Who is your favorite writer?
Margaret Atwood, John Irving

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Probably Stephenie Meyer.

31) What is your desert island book?
Hmmm…if I was going to be stuck on a desert island, I would probably take Infinite Jest – it’s just sooo long, it would keep me occupied for weeks, maybe months!

32) And... what are you reading right now?
Midwives by Chris Bohjalian, but I'm nearly finished (thank god) and will probably start Sunnyside by Glen David Gold. (I have a promo copy in paperback :-) )

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