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Book Meme

So, I'm procrastinating on a report that's due today. Instead, I'm going to share this book meme with you that I saw on several book blogs.

1. What author do you own the most books by?  If we're talking only about my books (not including Matthew's) I'm guessing Christopher Pike, and after that maybe Carolyn Keene (not that she's actually the author for some of the books - but her name's on them). For adult books, probably Phillipa Gregory or LKH.

2. What book do you own the most copies of? I've gone through our shelves to make sure we don't own many duplicates of anything. With one exception - I probably have about 5 bibles throughout the stacks or in boxes (maybe more).

3. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
  Harry Dresden - even when he's a jerk, or really stupid. Hyacinth and Phèdrefrom the Kushiel's series.

4. What book have you read more than any other?  Probably the The Midnight Club by Christopher Pike.  I reread it all the time when I was younger - and I still like it.

5. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?  Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz hands down.

6. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?  The Twilight books.  Yes I read all four of them.  Yes, they were all bad.  It's the badness that compelled me.

7. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year? Probably Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.

8. If you could tell everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?  Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood or The Burning Times by Jeanne Kalogridis.

9. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
  To understand?  I don't know... But to actually slog through? The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber.  I still haven't finished it.

10. Do you prefer the French or the Russians? I haven't read much by either.  But probably Russian.

11. Shakespeare, Milton or Chaucer?  Hard choice.  I really enjoy both Milton and Shakespeare - but I think it'd have to be Shakespeare.

12. Austen or Eliot?  Austen

13. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?  Classics.  Going to a private Christian school mean most of our required reading was Christian based - so I didn't get a lot of traditional classics unless I read them on my own, which I didn't because I was so into genre horror at that age.

14. What is your favorite novel?  Ever?  I don't know that I have a favorite.  I really enjoy the Kushiel's Series by Jacqueline Carey and the Troy Game series by Sara Douglass.  But I'm not sure I could pick one novel from those series to be a favorite.  Maybe The Midnight Club by Christopher Pike.

15. Play?  Romeo and Juliet, no question.

16. Poem?  I love “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley, but I think I'd have to say "When We Two Parted" by Lord Byron.

17. Essay? - I haven't read or remembered enough to say.

18. Short Story? I haven't a clue.  Maybe "Shoggoths in Bloom" or "The Girl Who Sang Rose Madder" by Elizabeth Bear.

19. Non Fiction? Hard to say, I like a lot of boring historical non-fiction.  Sex With Kings by Elenor Herman is good, so is Forbidden Knowledge by Roger Shattuck.  But I wouldn't say their my favorites.   

20. Graphic Novel? Again, so hard to pick one.  I'm not as well read on some series as I'd like to be.  It'd probably be something Witchblade or Dawn if I picked a favorite though.

21. Science Fiction? Most likely, Stranger in a Strangeland by Robert Heinlein.  Bonus points for picking a local author?

22. Who is your favorite writer? One favorite is impossible.  Sara Douglass, Jacqueline Carey, Anne Bishop, Phillipa Gregory depending on what genre we're talking about...obviously, favorites when it comes to books are not good questions for me.  (See also: music)

23. Who is the most over rated writer alive today?  Stephanie Meyer or Dan Brown - sort of a toss-up.  Also, and I'm sure people will throw rocks for this answer, but I really don't like Neil Gaiman.

24. What are you reading right now?  http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1507036

25. Best Memoir? I don't read a lot of memoirs...so no idea.

26. Best History? We did two whole podcasts on History novels, and I'm still not talking about the ones I liked...so I don't have a good answer for this.  Podcast OnePodcast Two

27. Best mystery or Noir? I dont' think I read a lot of mysteries anymore.  I mean, horror stories have mysteries, as do fantasy or sci-fi stories, but I don't think I have a good answer for this either.

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( 3 felicitations — Felicitate Me )
Apr. 17th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair.

One of my favorite poems, too. :)
Apr. 17th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
WHOA! Someone besides me and my boyfriend think the Twilight books aren't good...

And Harry Dresden... Really? I haven't met anybody (except boyfriend) who have read his books... Jim Butcher is quite a good author for keeping up my interest level with fantasy. Thanks for sharing this meme, I am now stealing. :)
Apr. 17th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Love the meme. Glad to find someone else who likes historic non-fiction...

And I may have to check some of these books out. I am running out of ideas for books to fill the gaps between series releases.
( 3 felicitations — Felicitate Me )