Book geek.

I got this from Alissa.

1) What author do you own the most books by?
Madeleine L’Engle. She has a whole shelf to herself (and some of her paperbacks don’t even live on that shelf)!

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
The first Harry Potter, though we have it with both of its titles. Mike can’t seem to stop buying copies of it.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
No. I work with teenagers. I have much bigger concerns, like text-speak.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
I think everyone will expect me to say Mr. Darcy, but he’s kind of a jerk in the first part of the book. So it’s either Sherlock Holmes (Laurie King’s version of him) or Lord Peter Wimsey.

5) What book have you read the most times in your life?
I am a serial re-reader. So I am not really sure what this might be. Some contenders are Anne of Green Gables, A Ring of Endless Light, Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy, or Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers. Those are some of my comfort reads.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
I think it was Anne of Green Gables around then. Maybe Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle.

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
Well. Remember when I did my book list for 2008 and I said there was an unnamed book by an unnamed author? That was the worst one. For a lot of reasons. But since I won’t tell you what that was, let’s just say Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.

8 ) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
The best one? Probably Acedia and Me by Kathleen Norris.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
I think everyone in the world should read Pride and Prejudice. (I’m not tagging anyone, so that’s just a general suggestion to the world. Read it, it’s wonderful. It lives up to the hype.) In a close second would be To Kill a Mockingbird. Which is another one I have read a whole lot of times, now that I think about it.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?
I have no idea. Maybe Cormac McCarthy? Or Lee Smith?

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
You know, there are so many good books made into so many bad movies that I would kind of like Hollywood to leave my books alone.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Well. I think The Anglo-American Cataloging Rules would be particularly boring. (That’s library humor.)

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I have dreamed about Mr. Darcy before. I admit it.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
I have no idea. I kind of resent this question, because sometimes I enjoy a silly novel just because my brain gets tired. And there are certainly worse vices in the world. So let’s say Breaking Dawn again, just because I like to bash it.

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
There are all kinds of ways for a book to be difficult. Dense prose that makes for slow-going, emotional subject matter, or maybe it’s just not good and therefore hard to finish. I’ll go with subject matter. In that case, it might be Night by Elie Wiesel or We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families, which is about the Rwandan genocide.

16) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
The Russians. By far.

18) Roth or Updike?
I haven’t read either. But I want to read some Updike. What Updike should I read?

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Sedaris. No question.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
For fun? I guess Shakespeare. But I enjoyed Chaucer when we studied him in class.

21) Austen or Eliot?
George Eliot? I want to read Middlemarch. But it doesn’t matter if it’s George or T.S., because Jane wins.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
I have never read any Hemingway or any Faulkner. I am not really embarrassed about it, but it’s probably a bigger gap than I realize. I like Russian novels, but there are quite a few I still need to get through.

23) What is your favorite novel?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. (Are you new here? Because I thought that one was pretty clear.)

24) Play?
I am not sure. Maybe Doubt. The movie did not do it justice.

27) Short story?
Something by Flannery O’Connor. Some of the ones we studied in middle and high school impacted me, too: Saki, Poe, The Monkey’s Paw. But I think it would be Flannery O’Connor for the win.

28) Work of non-fiction?
Probably Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott.

29) Who is your favorite writer?
Hmm. Well, my favorite author is Madeleine L’Engle. But I will give you a few others: Jane Austen, Anne Lamott, Dorothy Sayers, J.K. Rowling, Flannery O’Connor. I should put at least one man on that list. How about Tolkien? I like him.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Stephenie Meyer? Is it okay to keep bashing on her? She probably doesn’t even count on this list, since she’s not really rated. Let me come up with someone more high brow. I haven’t been able to get through anything by Jonathan Safron Foer. Everyone raves about him, but . . . meh. Maybe I will try again some day. Or maybe not.

31) What is your desert island book?
This is a difficult question. Either Pride and Prejudice or one of those Russian novels I haven’t read yet. Either way, I am sure there is plenty more for me to discover within its pages.

32) And … what are you reading right now?
I only read one thing at a time, and right now I am reading Choosing My Religion by Stephen Dubner (of Freakonomics fame).

I am not tagging anyone. But I would like to read your answers if you would like to participate. Leave a link in the comments if you post your answers on your blog.

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