Monday, April 13, 2009

Book Geek Quiz

Hello All!

Lesa Holstine posted this to her blog, so I'm following suit--it can also be posted (pasted?) to Facebook. I am definitely a book geek!!!

Copy the questions into your own note, answer the questions, and tag any friends who would appreciate the quiz.

1) What author do you own the most books by?
Charlotte Macleod/Alisa Craig. I own 33 titles by her, almost all of her books, except for her teen books written early in her career.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
I have recently weeded out my books, but if I still own more than one copy, it would be just 2 of Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin.

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

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Just one? Spenser, Elvis Cole, Armand Gamache, and Simon Shaw.

5) What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children)?
Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
I'm not sure if I had discovered Meet the Austins yet by Madeleine L'Engle; if I hadn't, probably Nancy Drew or the Happy Hollisters.

7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon

8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Ha! Whittled down from my best of 2008 & current best of 2009, they are: These is My Words by Nancy E. Turner, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, and Paper Towns by John Green.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Still Life by Louise Penny. It takes place in a small village in Quebec, which I think gives it a bit of a French flavor, it's a good mystery, an excellent cast of characters. It gives readers a bit of a taste of a variety of genres, I believe.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
I don't seem to read what is usually nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I know I've dreamed about books & characters, but I can't recall any specific dreams.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
At this time, I don't know.

15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read? One of the most difficult books I ever read was A Beautiful Mind, mostly because I couldn't wrap my brain around the math in it.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
I've seen very little Shakespeare.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
I like Lesa's answer to this one: "Neither. Give me Americans, British or Canadians."

18) Roth or Updike? Neither.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
I haven't read either one.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer? Shakespeare.

21) Austen or Eliot? Austen!

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

23) What is your favorite novel?
Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin

24) Play? "Les Miserables" or "Carousel".

25) Poem?
No favorite at this time

26) Essay?
There are several I really like by Anna Quindlen, but I don't have her books on hand right now.

27) And... what are you reading right now?
Bindlestiff by Bill Pronzini and Execution Dock by Anne Perry

28) What's the best title for a book ever (you don't have to like the book).

This takes a little time, but I'd love to see other people take this quiz :)!

Happy Reading!