The Reading Meme
Today I came across a really cool meme that three of my favorite bloggers had done, and I’m going to borrow the idea – what’s that old saying “Imitation is the sincerest of flattery!” Check out the bloggers that I grabbed this meme from: Kailana and Chris and Maree.
1. What author do you own the most books by?
The two authors I own the most books by are Stephen King (54) and Richard Laymon (33)
2. What book do you own the most copies of?
Shakespeare – I have 3 different copies each of Othello, Hamlet, King Lear and MacBeth.
3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Not really, if we always spoke using perfect grammar the English language would sound weird!
4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Hah! None – although I had a slight book-crush on Bigby from Fables :P
5. What book have you read the most times in your life?
The one I’ve read the most would be Where The Wild Things Are. But the non-picture book I’ve read the most would be Geek Love or House of Leaves.
6. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
Either Flowers In The Attic by VC Andrews or Stephen King’s Pet Sematary.
7. What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
Worst story would be The Shack, but worst quality of writing would be Breaking Dawn.
8. What is the best book you've read in the past year?
That’s such a hard question! I loved Audrey Niffenegger’s Time Travelers Wife, but Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True was also amazing and The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson completely blew me away.
9. If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, it’s unbelievable touching.
10. Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?
It would make no difference to me really. This is one award that I am completely uninterested in.
11. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Maybe King’s The Dark Tower series, anything by Palahniuk, Secret History by Donna Tartt, Huxley’s Brave New World. Oh and The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.
12. What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Same as above - King’s The Dark Tower series, anything by Palahniuk, Secret History by Donna Tartt, Huxley’s Brave New World. Oh and The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.
13. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
One night I fell asleep reading the bio page at the back of Angel Dust Apocalypse by Jeremy Robert Johnson and I dreamt that I was sitting beside him on a park bench. We were in a small park, facing a swan pond, we weren’t talking or anything, but there was an old fashioned popcorn box sitting between us filled with worms that we were throwing towards the swans for them to eat. What made it really weird was that as I looked around I could see that the park was circular and about 15 feet in diameter. Outside of that we were surrounded by a never-ending desert?! It didn’t seem weird at the time though, but I remember so vividly looking at the popcorn tub of worms squiggling and then turning toward Jeremy Robert Johnson and seeing that he had tattoos that were moving across his skin – it was fascinating!
14. What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
That depends on your definition of lowbrow. I have two ways of thinking - “lowbrow-camp” meant to be uncultured and “lowbrow-trash” trying to be legit but failing miserably – I enjoy the camp not the trash and I’d have to say that the Twilight series was the most uncultured thing I’ve read.
15. What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Does the bible count?!
16. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
Honestly I have no idea.
17. Roth or Updike?
I’ve enjoyed reading both, but if forced to choose I’d go with Philip Roth, I loved Portnoy’s Complaint.
18. David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
I can’t compare the two – they are both excellent.
19. Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare for sure.
20. Austen or Eliot?
Have to say Austen – although I’ve never read anything by Eliot.
21. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
A mix of classics and prominent science-fiction/fantasy.
22. What is your favorite novel?
Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love, no book has effected me or left such a lasting impression as much as this one did.
Really silly, but in grade school we went on a class trip to see a stage production of Alice In Wonderland – I’ve never forgotten how much I loved that. And for musical it would be The Rocky Horror Picture Show! For a more traditional play I’d say A Streetcar Named Desire.
24. Short story?
Hmm, first that came to mind were Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. But I love all sorts of short stories.
25. Epic Poem?
The Divine Comedy by Dante.
26. Short(er) poem?
Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath, If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda, I Did Not Die by Melinda Sue Pacho, there’s so many.
27. Work of non-fiction?
Anything by Hunter S Thompson.
28. Who is your favorite writer?
I really can’t say, there are hundreds of writers that I love each for their own particular style.
29. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Gonna have to go with Stephenie Meyer on this one. And sometimes I feel that Stephen King is overrated also. I’ve just always wondered if his fame would make anything he writes a bestseller despite the quality.
30. What is your desert island book?
Only getting to choose one book would be such a nightmare! Some of my ideas would be the original and complete collection of Grimms Fairy Tales, War and Peace (otherwise I will never read this) or maybe just the dictionary.
31. And ... what are you reading right now?
Got a few on the go, I’m almost done Enclave by Kit Reed and Wings by Aprilynne Pike. Just getting into The Man Who Forgot How To Read by Howard Engel and Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper.
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