THE book meme

In lieu of anything boring about my weekend (which actually wasn’t THAT boring) I’m going to do the meme that’s been floating around recently.

1. What author do you own the most books by?

Hmm, I guess I’d have to say, based on numbers alone, Barbara Park (YA), Bill Bryson, and JK Rowling. She kind of gets it by default, you know?

2. What book do you own the most copies of?

I somehow have three copies of Catcher in the Rye. I have my mom’s copy from like, 1960 and then the plain white covered one, and then someone lent me their other copy and I never gave it back. But fair enough, they kept my copy of The Sun Also Rises.

3. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?

This is a tough one b/c I am pretty sure I have no secrets and secondly, are we just talking novels here? I’m NOT going to say Mr. Darcy because honestly? I haven’t read that crap in years. I’ll go with Batman, why not?

4. What book have you read more than any other?

You’ll see a theme here but I have read Catcher in the Rye more than any other. Though, Bailey White’s Mama Makes up Her Mind comes in a close second.

5. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?

That’s kind of hard to remember but I know at that time I really loved The Boxcar Children.

6. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?

This is hard because if a book is really awful, I try not to read it. I guess I will say Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld. I wanted to like it SO much but the main character was so unjustified in all her thoughts and really ended up being such a whiny baby.

7. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

I really loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It was quaint but well-written with an awesome array of characters.

8. If you could tell everyone reading this to read one book, what would it be?

One book? Only one? I would tell them to read Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, because I think that kind of writing doesn’t get enough recognition. It’s just such a nice read and you learn a ton along the way.

9. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?

Not in terms of following it but in terms of subject matter, I had a hard time with The Unbearable Lightness of Being. I was unable to cope with the subject matter.

10. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?

French, only because I have read more.

11. Shakespeare, Milton or Chaucer?

I do enjoy me some Milton but I am going to have to with Chaucer on this one.

12. Austen or Eliot?

Eliot, I don’t really like all that Austen crap. No offense, I swear.

13. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?

I sort of feel like I should know more about Shakespeare, even though I have read it all in the past. I have put it all out of my brain now.

14. What is your favorite novel?

I would say Catcher but it’s not really anymore. Probably…Star Girl. It may be young adult but I simply love it.

15. Play?

Ooh, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Edward Albee is brilliant.

16. Poem?

Mostly anything by Billy Collins.

17. Essay?

Hmm, I like anything Gore Vidal has ever written.

18. Short Story?

It’s not fair to make me choose – I love me some short stories and there are a million good ones out there. I like some by smaller authors in my department but you wouldn’t knwo them anyway.

19. Non Fiction

I like anything by Bryson and anyone who teaches you a ton along the way. I’ll read ANY non-fiction.

20. Graphic Novel?

Is it too cliche to say Watchmen? I don’t know if it’s my FAVORITE. I really loved Azzarello’s Joker, if nothing else than for the scene at the end where he asks Batman why he leaves his mouth exposed and there’s this closeup of Bruce’s scowl and he says, “To mock you.” Ahh yeah.

21. Science Fiction?

Man I just don’t really read a lot of Sci-fi. Now Fantasy, I do read.

22. Who is your favorite writer?

Me? No. How about either Jerry Spinelli or Bailey White.

23. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?

I don’t know – to each his own so maybe what I think  isn’t really true. I think some of the bestseller people who are always up there might be slightly overrates.

24. What are you reading right now?

I am working my way through The Commoner, a couple Batman TPBs, and soon, I’ll be working on this book about the philosophy of comics.

25. Best Memoir?

Without a doubt, the memoir of Virginia Hill, Bugsy Seigel’s girl.

26. Best History?

Hmm, tough one. I can’t think of any right now.

27. Best Mystery or Noir?

Um, I don’t think I have read anything I can put into this category.

So there you have it. Feel free to do this one on your blog and Happy Monday!

7 thoughts on “THE book meme

  1. My wife is waiting for the Potato Society book to become available at the library. I hear it’s quite good . . . Me? Up to my neck in books for school. But the variety is keeping me riveted . . .

  2. We can’t help what we like. I’m only kidding. I’ve spent the weekend watching Gilmore Girls and reading Jodi Picoult. I judge no one.

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