Wednesday, August 5, 2009

32 Questions Asked and Answered

I borrowed this from wordsmithonia and since he "borrowed" it from another blog I thought I would give it a try since it is about my favorite subject...books! Thank you Ryan and also to the person that you "borrowed" this from as well.

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

Stephen King weighing in at 41, second would be Anne Rice at 24.

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

I have only one copy of all my books except for The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice which I had in mass market paperback and then bought the hard cover copy and then but never donated the paperback.

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

I struggle with this every day in my writing...whether it's appropriate or not. Not sure if I notice it so much in other's writing.

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

The vampire Lestat, Mr. Darcy, Edward Cullen (I know, I know...leave me alone!)

5. What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?

Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice three times, Little Women countless times, A Christmas Carol countless times

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

Little Women

7. What is the worst book you've read in the past year?

Dali & I: The Surreal Story by Stan Lauryssens. I rarely give negative reviews since I do like most books, but here is a snippet of the review I wrote: Although well written, Dali and I was somewhat boring. And I just could not identify with the main character, Stan. He was both immoral and bland at the same time. I really hate to give a negative review, but this was not my cup of tea.

8. What is the best book you've read in the past year?

Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Duma Key by Stephen King, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince...I guess it's a three way tie!

9. If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?

I'm with Ryan on this one, no tagging. However, it would have to be Let Me In by Lindqvist. One of the best horror novels I've read in a while!

10. Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?

I'm not sure on this one...I'd have to really do some digging!

11. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?

I've actually heard from Anne Rice on Facebook that The Witching Hour and The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned are going to be made...which will be great if they do them right (unlike Queen of the Damned). Also, I think The Host by Stephenie Meyer would make a great movie. Bag of Bones by Stephen King is supposed to be in pre-production which I'm looking forward to as well.

12. What book would you least like to see made into a movie?

Dali and I...too late, it's already being made with Al Pacino (I think) and Cillian Murphy in the lead roles.

13. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character?

I actually had a dream recently that involved the vampire Lestat...can't remember the details though! I think it was because he was voted the number one vampire character in Entertainment Weekly recently!

14. What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?

I'm going to have to go with Ryan on this one. It was one of the Conan books. Can't remember which. I still like those books though...lol!

15. What is the most difficult book you've ever read?

Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco

16. What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?

Titus Andronicus (same as Ryan here again) and one of my favorites

17. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?

no preference

18. Roth or Updike?

Updike

19. David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?

Have not read either of their works

20. Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?

Shakespeare, of course!

21. Austen or Eliot?

Austen, again of course!

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

I'm not really embarassed by it because I know I will read it eventually...War and Peace. I am, however, embarassed that I have not read some of my favorite author's (Stephen King) best work such as The Shining, Salem's Lot, The Stand (did start this one though)!

23. What is your favorite novel?

I have so many favorites so I will just name one that always makes it in to my top five...Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

24. Play?

Toss up between Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet

25. Poem?

Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

26. Essay?

Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

27. Short Story?

I'm not much on short stories. I did enjoy Clive Barker's Books of Blood I & II and I like some of Stephen King's short stories. I also enjoy reading my friend Lisa Kessler's short stories.

28. Work of nonfiction?

Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper-Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell

29. Who is your favorite writer?

Oh dear! There are so many. Top ones would be Anne Rice, Stephen King, Charles Dickens, J. K. Rowling, Jane Austen

30. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?

This is a hard one since I don't like to criticize authors....Janet Evanovich, I guess.

31. What is your desert island book?

Since it would need to be pretty long, then this would be a good time for War and Peace..haha!

32. And ... what are you reading right now?

The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy by Maya Slater, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenberger, 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs

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  1. Great answers! You know I have never read self-reliance. I'm going to have to put that on my must do list.

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  3. Hi Michelle, I followed you over here from book blogs!
    I like this survey... I'm going to have to do this one soon.
    I should really read more Stephen King... all I've read by him is Carrie and Cujo way back in the day, but I hear good things about so many of his books!

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  4. This is my first visit to your blog, and reading these questions is a great way for me to get insights into what you read/review. I haven't read any Anne Rice myself--in fact the only vampire book I've read is the original...Dracula by Stoker--but I've heard good things about her.

    Conversely, the only King I've read is The Shining! But I'm a hardcore Janeite myself, so I imagine I'll be back!

    I love the illustration of the cat with books and pen :)

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