It’s Friday! That means, we’re all counting down to the weekend. It also means, downtime! (Or, at least we can hope). And in my down time, I like to read. I got “tagged” to fill out this reading survey on Facebook, but I figured it would be more fun to slap it in a blog post. Because I’m crazy violent with words like that. Also, it’s 1:30am right now and I may or may not know what I am typing. I’m somewhere between conscious and subconscious, so let’s see what happens, shall we?
1. What author do you own the most books by? Probably Sohpie Kinsella. Don’t hate.
2. What book do you own the most copies of? I don’t own more than one copy of any book. Although, on my desk right now I have two copies of Prison for Bitches, which is a Lady Gaga fanzine. I bought one copy for myself, and one for my sister who is a HUGE fan. Can’t wait to give it to her for Christmas!
3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions? I didn’t notice. Sometimes I suspect that English was not my first language.
4. a. What fictional character are you secretly in love with? Why does it have to be a secret? Mr. Bingley from Pride and Prejudice. Adorable in the book, adorable in the movie.
b. What fictional character would you most like to be? Probably Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
c. What fictional character do you think most resembles you? Maybe the female kid from Jurassic Park, Lex Murphy. This is a hard question.
5. What book have you read the most times in your life? There was this series Ann M. Martin wrote called Baby-Sitters Little Sister, and for some reason I owned only #3 in the series, Karen’s Worst Day. I think I read it around 20+ times in one summer because it was too hot to go outside and I had nothing else to do. She was a kid who had a handful of younger siblings. Chaos was always ensuing. I probably related.
6. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old? That was a good year! I moved away from the Babysitters Club, Girl Talk and Goosebumps books to read The Lost World by Michael Crichton. I was amazed, and it totally piqued my interest in science.
7. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year? There are a few, but I’ll go with The Garden of Eden by Nathaniel Hawthorne. So. Fucking. Boring. I’m sorry, I just don’t have the patience.
8. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year? The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. Such an epic yet understated and well written piece. Fantastic story.
9. If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be? Just Kids by Patti Smith. I’m not even a fan of hers, but her story was beautifully written and incredibly moving. She’s an amazing woman.
10. Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature? I don’t think I read books that would normally be nominated for Nobel Prizes, or maybe I do – I have no clue.
11. What book would you most like to see made into a movie? The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
12. What book would you least like to see made into a movie? How about Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I don’t know how that would work as a movie.
13. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character: I normally dream about people I know, or people on television.
14. What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult? I don’t like this elitist question, but I will answer it. Probably this book called Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer. It was bad. Really bad… yet I couldn’t put it down!
15. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read? Most recently it would have to be Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. I loved it though.
16. What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen? King Lear, maybe? Is that an obscure Shakespeare play?
17. Do you prefer the French or the Russians? Russians for their bluntness. But I don’t like how there are 5 versions of each character’s name. Pick one and stick with it!
18. Roth or Updike? I don’t know who Roth is, and I just started reading The Jungle, so I’ll say Updike.
19. David Sedaris or Dave Eggers? I have A Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius but I haven’t started reading it yet, so I’ll have to say Sedaris. I’ve loved everything he’s written so far.
20. Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer? None of the above.
21. Austen or Eliot? Austen. I haven’t read anything by Eliot.
22. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading? I don’t see it as embarrassing, but I’ve been slowly creeping through the Feminine Mystique for the last 2 or so years now. I’ve always been outspoken about women’s rights and it’s unfortunate that I just can’t get into Friedan’s book.
23. What is your favorite novel? This is hard. It’s a tie between Bright Lights, Big City by McInerney and Hard Times by Dickens.
24. Play? The Crucible by Arthur Miller
25. Poem? Only because I recently watched the movie, I’m going with Bright Star by John Keats
26. Essay? How about a book of essays? Sex, Art and American Culture: Essays by Camille Paglia. I disagreed with half of the things she wrote, but the fact that she wrote them was groundbreaking and I respect her for being bold enough to challenge the majority of feminist opinions.
27. Short story? How about book of short stories? Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood.
28. Work of nonfiction? The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
29. Who is your favorite writer? This is really hard because I’m constantly jumping around from genre to genre. I’ll go with Douglas Adams for now. Mostly because I feel like he writes the way he talks, which I can identify with. And he makes jokes that he clearly thinks are funny, which I tend to do as well. I like writers I can relate to, and whose pieces are fun to read. Malcolm Gladwell also has a really great writing voice. And of course, David Sedaris.
30. Who is the most overrated writer alive today? Maybe JK Rowling?
31. What is your desert island book? Speaking of JK Rowling! Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
32. And … what are you reading right now? I just finished Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and am almost finished with Letting It All Hang Out by RuPaul.
That was fun! And now I’m sleepy. Happy Friday, everyone! Muah!