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Thursday, November 5, 2009

32 Question Book Meme


Aaah, the sweet comfort of laziness on a Thursday afternoon. Being that it is my day off and I have nothing to do (well, nothing I WANT to do), I decided to do a little book meme. I have no idea where this originated. I was tagged for it on Livejournal awhile back and I thought I'd do it here too.

01. What author do you own the most books by?
J.K. Rowling, Sarah Dessen, and J.R.R. Tolkien

02. What book do you own the most copies of?
I own 2 copies of Eragon because I lent mine out and wanted to re-read it at the time.

03. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Not really, no.

04. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Oh quite a few, I'll admit. Mr Henry De Tamble from The Time Traveler's Wife is definitely one of them. More recently I added Gale from The Hunger Games, Briggan from Fire, and Po from Graceling. (I sense a theme here, hmm)

05. What book have you read the most times in your life?
Probably Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (4 or 5 times)

06. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
The Nancy Drew books spring to mind.

07. What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
In 2008, Fangland by John Marks.

08. What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Well, including this year? The Book Thief, followed closely by The Hunger Games.

09. If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The book is genius, in my opinion.

10. Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
I...have no idea.

11. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Either The Book of Lost Things, Graceling, or Shiver. I think they'd all make great movies if they were done right.

12. What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Nothing comes to mind at the moment.

13. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
After I finished with the Percy Jackson and The Olympian series, I remember dreaming that I was off on an adventure with Percy trying to find my Olympian parent, hahah.

14. What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
I plead the 5th.

15. What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Hmm. I'd say The Enchantress of Florence. I couldn't finish it.

16. What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
I've never seen a Shakespeare play. Does watching a movie count?

17. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
Viva la France!

18. Roth or Updike?
I haven't read either.

19. David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
David Sedaris is on my to-read-list, so I'm going to choose him.

20. Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare. Because out of the 3, I've actually read a lot of his work.

21. Austen or Eliot?
Hm. Jane Austen.

22. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Huh? As in what's the longest I've gone without reading? I don't know. The last few years I went months without reading anything. This year I've been a reading fiend.

23. What is your favorite novel?
Crap, don't make me choose!!

24. Play?
I'm going to go with Romeo & Juliet.

25. Poem?
Everything Beckons To Us
by Rainer Maria Rilke

Everything beckons to us to perceive it,
murmurs at every turn 'Remember Me!'
A day we passed, too busy to perceive it,
will yet unlock us all to its treasury.

Who shall compute our harvest? Who shall bar
us from the former years, the long-departed?
What have we learnt from living since we started,
except to find in others what we are?

Except to re-enkindle commonplace?
O house, O sloping field, O setting sun!
Your features form a face, you run,
you cling to us, returning your embrace!

One space spreads through all creatures equally -
inner-world-space. Birds quietly flying go
flying through us. Oh, I that want to grow,
the tree I look outside at grows in me!

Honorable Mentions: "The Road Not Taken" By Robert Frost & "To Music" by Rainer Maria Rilke

26. Essay?
I don't have one.

27. Short story?
Honestly, none really come to mind. I remember liking "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe when I read it in middle school.

28. Work of nonfiction?
Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

29. Who is your favorite writer?
It is impossible for me to narrow it down to just one. Therefore, I will give you my top 10. J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Markus Zusak, Christopher Moore, Chuck Palahniuk, Sarah Dessen, Suzanne Collins, Maggie Stiefvater, Audrey Niffenegger, and Rainer Maria Rilke.

30. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Stephenie Meyer. Sorry folks.

31. What is your desert island book?
OH MAN. I'm going to cheat and do a top 5: Lord of the Rings (shut up, I count them as one!), Fight Club, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Hunger Games, The Book Thief.

32. And... what are you reading right now?
I'm currently burying my nose in Fluke by Christopher Moore. The man can do no wrong.

Feel free to steal. It's not mine so I can hold no claim on it. In other news, I'm working on my review for Fire so expect that in the next few days. I'm also thinking of posting some of my reviews from the beginning of the year to fill the lulls between books. What do you think, good idea or no?

2 comments:

writergal said...

I so agree with you on Stephanie Meyer: good stories, poor writing and execution.

so many people (well a few) have told me to read The Book Thief. I will do it this winter.

Nikki said...

@writergal - I can't recommend The Book Thief enough. I hope you enjoy it!

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