Saturday, October 24, 2009

Meme Time!

I'm at the Boston Book Festival today so I'll be away from my computer. I'll have a full report on Monday but for now, here's a little meme to kill some time.

I snagged this from Nikola's Book Blog.


1. What author do you own the most books by?
Ken Akamatsu, author of the 14-volume Love Hina manga series. Apart from manga, A.S. Byatt, of whose books I have 12.

2. What book do you own the most copies of? Jane Eyre. I have the first cheap paperback copy I read in high school, a very old leather-bound edition- so old it doesn't have a date, and a younger, but still old, illustrated and slipcased hardcover.

3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions? I didn't really notice but now that you mention it... :-)

4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with? Well I always thought Mr. Rochester was just dreamy.

5. What book have you read the most times in your life? Probably either Jane Eyre or Possession. Are you beginning to see a pattern here?

6. Favorite book as a ten year old? Maybe something out of the Ramona Quimby series.

7. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year? Ugh. You know, I'd rather skip this one. If you don't have anything nice to say...

8. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year? Tough call- lots of good reads. Oscar and Lucinda. The Children's Book. Cutting for Stone. The Year of the Flood. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Olive Kitteridge. Lots of good reads!

9. If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be? Possession! Or My Father's Paradise for nonfiction. I loved that book!

10. What book would you most like to see made into a movie? Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace. Directed by Patrice Leconte, please.

11. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read? Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel, in college, was the most difficult in terms of language (all that Old French); Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale was the most traumatic; A la Recherche du Temps Perdu was an endurance test- that I failed!

12. What is your favorite book? Somewhere between Byatt's Possession and Nabokov's Lolita.

13. What is your favorite play? Long Day's Journey into Night, by Eugene O'Neill.

14. Poem? Impossible to choose. Just impossible. Frost, Ferlinghetti, Bidart come to mind first. A Coney Island of the Mind is one of my favorite books of poetry.

15. Essay? I love David Sedaris's essays, especially in Me Talk Pretty One Day. My husband threatened to straightjacket me.

16. Who is the most overrated writer alive today? If you don't have anything nice to say...

17. What is your desert island book? Possession. (Yeah, I'm a broken record.)

18. And . . . what are you reading right now? I'm in the middle of The Real Life of Sebastian Knight and The Invisible Mountain; got Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree on deck- it's next month's book club pick. Stay tuned!