literary geekery

Morning Work

My darling niece knows her aunty too well…sent me this via Facebook.

Rules: You have received this note because someone thinks you are a literary geek. 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…

1) What author do you own the most books by?
Jane Austen, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and J.K. Rowling—yeah all 7 hardbacks.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Well—I did have two copies of Twilight at one point.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
No; I’m with Lewis Carroll on that.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
The vampire Asher, from LKH’s Anita Blake novels

5) What book have you read the most times in your life?
It’s a tie: The Great Gatsby – 4x, cause I love the writing, and The Wind in the Willows – 4x, cause I love that book!

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
The Wind in the Willows

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
The Glass Books of the Dream Weavers—plot like a disjointed train.

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight – a kick; damned good story; loved the characters.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Oh I wouldn’t do that.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?
Michael Ondaatje

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
I like books as books always—movies rarely capture the story or the essence. Look at what they did to The French Lieutenant’s Woman!

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Any of Dan Brown’s.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
Once wrote a short story in a dream; it was good too!

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
One of those Dresden File novels, first and last time—blech!

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Gormenghast—dense and labyrinthine, very much like the castle itself.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
There are obscure Shakespeare plays!?

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
Actually, I’m rather fond of the Russians.

18) Roth or Updike?
Updike- I read The Witches of Eastwick.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Have not read either one.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare, but I’ve got a soft spot for Milton too.

21) Austen or Eliot?
Yes please.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

23) What is your favorite novel?
Like asking me to pick my favorite vampire; I love them all.

24) Play?
Much Ado About Nothing

25) Poem?
It’s a tie: The Walrus and the Carpenter, Lewis Carroll and Andrew Marvell’s To His Coy Mistress

26) Essay?
Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own

27) Short story?
Love short stories, but none of them stick with me like a good novel.

28) Work of non-fiction?
Guns, Germs & Steel

29) Who is your favorite writer?
Oh come on! English major here! But if you held a gun to my head–Jane Austen

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Dan Brown—will not read his books; couldn’t get through The Da Vinci Code.

31) What is your desert island book?
A complete volume of Shakespeare’s plays or Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell –I’d take either one.

32) And … what are you reading right now?
Neuromancer by William Gibson (almost finished)
Dreams From My Father (halfway through)
Barchester Towers
–Life’s too short to read one book at a time.


2 thoughts on “literary geekery

  1. Love this post. It’s making me late for an appointment.

    I’m obsessed with Much Ado About Nothing. I saw Kristoffer Tabori play Benedict at the Mark Taper Forum in the early 80s and then Derek Jacobi play him at the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival in 1984. Tabori is still my standard although sometimes I think Brannagh is now Him. Actors playing him gotta nail that scene where Hero has been spurned by lover and father, and left to be comforted by Beatrice. Totally hooked, I’ve been known to travel thousands of miles to see the play. I also rate dates by whether he’s a Benedict or That Twit. Okay, that was probably too much information

    You are more literary than me and I salute you.

  2. Hey! It was you who sent me that on Facebook. I didn’t know that was you. Small world, isn’t it?
    I haven’t been blogging for ages but now I’m ready to start again. Nice to see you here, too.

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