I got tagged by my eldest niece, judyrose1390, on facebook. I barely acknowledge the existence of facebook, but I like memes.
1) What author do you own the most books by?
Hmm. I think Wodehouse. But I also have a bunch of Heinleins, Highsmiths, and Westlakes.
2) What book do you own the most copies of?
I have a few books I have two copies of, generally by mistake. I seem to have three copies of The Chosen and don't know how that happened.
3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
No, as long as people don't misuse "hopefully" or use sex-negative epithets, I'm pretty flexible on others' language.
4) What fictional character(s) are you secretly in love with?
It wouldn't be a secret if I said, would it?
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)?
I think probably Huck Finn.
6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?.
Little Women, probably. It might have been a year later, though.
7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
The Road. I shudder when I see it on my shelf.
8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
I've read lots and lots of good books lately, but I think I'll go with A Year of Wonders.
9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Huck Finn. I treasure the emails from readers who tell me that Scott teaching Huck Finn got them to read it.
10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Hollywood has not been kind to Heinlein, but I'd love to see that one.
12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
The Road. And yes, I know there is (or will be) a movie. You couldn't pay me enough to see it. (Actually no one has ever offered to pay me to watch movies, but I live in hope. Just not that one).
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?
The Da Vinci Code <=== That was Judy's answer. I could go with that, too, although I'm sure I've read plenty of other trash in my long adulthood. Oh, I just remembered I did a paper on Rosemary Rogers in library school and read a bunch of hers for that. Were they bad!
15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? by Paul Veyne is the most difficult (yet shortest) book I've read in a long time. I think it's a really good book with fascinating ideas, but my brain felt like mush trying to understand it.
16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
18) Roth or Updike?
Roth. I adore Roth and am bored by Updike.
19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
David Sedaris always makes me laugh. I never heard of Dave Eggers.
20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
21) Austen or Eliot?
23) What is your favorite novel?
don't make me choooooose. (I'm gonna keep that answer) (ditto)(tritto)
Twain's "The Awful German Language."
27) Short story?
The Gift of the Magi.
28) Work of nonfiction?
The Declaration of Independence
29) Who is your favorite writer?
I have a lot of favorites.
30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
DAN F-ING BROWN <=== This was Judy's answer - I wonder does anyone really think he's good?
31) What is your desert island book?
How To Escape from a Desert Island With Just this Book <=== I made that up.
32) Who is your favorite critic or scholar?
I have a bunch of critics I really enjoy in different media and on different subjects.
33) Who is your favorite philosopher?
34) Who is your favorite public intellectual?
Current? Barak Obama :-).
35) And... what are you reading right now?
The last few pages of Hasia Diner's The Jews of the United States and Geraldine Brooks's People of the Book
I tag minisinoo, talktooloose, wneleh, danielslj, and ww1614 and anyone else who wants to!