Thursday, August 26, 2010


01: What author do you own the most books by?
It's a draw between JRR Tolkien or C.S. Lewis.  I could probably count and find out, but it's pretty close. 

02: What book do you own the most copies of?
All of Jane Austen's books (I have two of each)

03: Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Only a little, though I was tempted to proofread.

04: What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Faramir--the book version, not the ring-tempted movie version 

 05: What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?
Probably The Chronicles of Narnia, Stonewords: A Ghost Story, Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter 1-5 (6 and 7 are too new), Lord of the Rings... Okay, let's face it--I'm a chronic repeat-reader.

06: What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
Stonewords: A Ghost Story.  I borrowed it from the classroom library at least once a week all through fourth grade.

07: What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
I couldn't get into Gulliver's Travels. That makes me a bad English teacher, I know.
08: What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Lord of the Rings, indisputably, tops them all, no matter how many times I've read it. 

09: If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
I didn't tag anyone, but The Hobbit plus Lord of the Rings plus The Silmarillion

10: Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
I don't read enough recent work to answer this one.

11: What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Ooh, it'd be so off the wall: The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde. 

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

13: Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I recently reread the Harry Potter series (though I'd read six and seven, I barely remembered them--and for that I blame my most recent surgery), and I dreamt that I was Harry Potter for the next week straight, every night, trying to work out how to finally vanquish Voldemort.  

14: What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
I don't give that much thought--if I like it, I like it, quality unimportant.

15: What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
It's a tie between Don Quixote (which I attempted senior year of high school) and Gulliver's Travels (which I attempted last summer).  I got about halfway to two-thirds in each before I threw the white flag.

16: What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
I've only seen Romeo and Juliet in person, though I did watch two different version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (one old, one recent) on tv.   

17: Do you prefer the French or the Russians?

18: Roth or Updike?
I'd have to read one.

19: David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?

20: Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare, but I'll let you know for sure after I read Chaucer (crap, I knew I should've bought that used copy last week)

21: Austen or Eliot?
Austen. Terrible question. Eliot annoys the hell out of me with all his allusions.

22: What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
There are quite a few, but the biggest is recent literature.  I tend to stick with the classics.

23: What is your favorite novel?
Lord of the Rings.  Duh.

24: Play?
Measure for Measure or As You Like It or Much Ado About Nothing or...

25: Poem?
Lucille Clifton's Ode to Hips:
                        these hips are big hips
                        they need space to
                        move around in.
                        they don’t fit into little
                        petty places. these hips
                        are free hips.
                        they don’t like to be held back.
                        these hips have never been enslaved,
                        they go where they want to go
                        they do what they want to do.
                        these hips are mighty hips.
                        these hips are magic hips.
                        i have known them
                        to put a spell on a man and
                        spin him like a top! 

26: Essay?
Letter from Birmingham Jail (Martin Luther King, Jr.) 

27: Short story?
I'd have to get back to you on that one.

28: Work of nonfiction?
Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott.  That's a given. 

29: Who is your favorite writer?
That's like asking me which chocolate I like... Jane Austen, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling, Donald Miller, Douglas Adams... anyone who can create a world in which I can believe.

 30: Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
 Stephanie Meyers. Sorry, Twilight fans.

31: What is your desert island book?
The Lord of the Rings.  It's wonderful, complex, and long enough I can restart it without feeling like I just read that page.

32: And... what are you reading right now?
Nothing, actually.  Except for long weekends, when I can sneak in a quick read, I don't get a chance to read when classes are in session.  Yet another reason I need a full-time position--summers off, and lots more reading and writing accomplished!

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