Monday, July 20, 2009

Book Geek

This is a much more interesting book list thingie than the "15 Books" or "page 56" ones that are out there -- Thanks to Jan for posting it! I look forward to reading the answers from all my book friends (you know who you are) .... (And I love the "Don't italicize" instruction!)

Rules: You have received this note because someone thinks you are a literary geek [not that that's a bad thing!]. Copy the questions into your own note, answer the questions, and tag any friends who would appreciate the quiz, including the person who sent you this.

Don't bother trying to italicize your book titles, even though we know you want to...

This took a lot of thought - I bet I'd change this every year.
  1. What author do you own the most books by?
    Thomas Merton or Jane Austen

  2. What book do you own the most copies of?
    Japanese - English dictionaries

  3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?

  4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
    Mr. Darcy springs to mind

  5. What book(s) have you read the most times in your life?
    Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen)
    Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
    The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

    The Doll's House (Ibsen - took a lot of classes that required that)
    Gulliver's Travels (Jonathon Swift - see above)
    King Lear (Shakespeare - see above)

    Actually something by Dr. Seuss or a fairy tale would probably be right since kids reread a lot
    I'm not much of a rereader. I intend to go back and reread, but there are too many good books I haven't read.

  6. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
    The Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

  7. What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
    The Crazed (Ha Jin)

  8. What is the best book you've read in the past year?
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)

  9. If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
    The Flounder (Grass)
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
    Factory Girls (Leslie Chang)

  10. Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?
    Haruki Murakami

  11. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
    The Republic by Plato - actually it could be a good play
    Maybe The Flounder could be a good movie

  12. What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
    Ulysses (James Joyce)

  13. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
    Can't think of any

  14. What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
    Who Moved the Cheese? (Or is it "my cheese'?)

  15. What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
    In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust - worth the effort)

  16. Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
    Tie Shakespeare & Milton

  17. Austen or Eliot?

  18. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
    Can't think of one.

  19. What is your favorite novel?
    Hard to choose. The Adventures of Augie March (Saul Bellow), Soul Mountain (Gao, Xing Jian and The Flounder (Gunther Grass), Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh), The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

  20. Play?
    Our Town

  21. Short story?
    In Dreams Begin Responsibilities (Delmore Schwartz)

  22. Work of non-fiction?
    Mountains Beyond Mountains (Tracy Kidd) or Working (Studs Terkel or anything by him)

  23. Who is your favorite writer?
    Can't limit to one: Proust, Austen, C.S. Lewis, Gunther Grass, Salman Rushdie, Thomas Merton, Parker Palmer

  24. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
    John Grisham?

  25. What is your desert island book?
    Grimm's Fairy Tales

  26. And ... what are you reading right now?
    Oracle Bones (Peter Hessler)
    Oil! (Upton Sinclair)
    Symposium (Plato)
    Living Gently in a Violent World: The Prophetic Witness of Weakness (Stanley Hauerwas, Jean Vanier, and John Swinton)

  27. Who's your favorite children's author? (I'm adding this one)
    E.B. White

  28. And on the immediate to-read list (meaning I have the copies in hand):
    Through the Painted Desert (Donald Miller)
    An Area of Darkness (V.S. Naipal)
    Winning the Race (John McWhorter)
    The Discovery of Heaven (Harry Mulisch)
    Never the Bride by [Cheryl McKay (from Act One) & Rene Gutteridge - it's enroute from]

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