I’ve seen this meme on too many blogs to count, and I’ve wanted to do it for quite some time. A holiday Friday seems like a great time to tackle it because I’ve been sitting here for several minutes trying to decide what to blog about but my mind keeps wandering around to whether or not I’m going to get my hair cut short tomorrow, the planting I hope to do this weekend and the mojito recipe challenge my neighbors threw down last night. So, a meme it is! A lovely Memorial Day weekend to all who honor it – take the time to hug a serviceman or woman this weekend, if you can.
What author do you own the most books by?
Before I unpacked all of my books I would have sworn the answer to this question would be Pat Conroy but the actual answer is a tie between Shakespeare and Dickens. English major in college, you know.
What book do you own the most copies of?
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde. I have six copies. NO idea why.
Did it bother you that those questions ended with prepositions?
No – it would only bother me if it was in a formal piece of writing. Otherwise, glass houses and stones, you know –
Which fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Patrick Kenzie from Dennis LeHane’s mystery series. And how many women did Mr. Darcy seduce years throughout the years? I don’t mind shamelessly waving my hand in response to that question.
Which books have you read the most times in your life?
Pride and Prejudice, Beach Music and Jane Eyre
What was your favourite book when you were ten years old?
I have no idea. Is that the age I would have read Bridge To Terabithea, A Wrinkle in Time or Where the Red Fern Grows? Those are three of my favorite books from my youth.
What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year? Firefly Lane – had to stop reading it, it was so awful. I also feel Janet Evanovich has really lost her touch in the last few years, too.
What is the best book you’ve read in the past year? The Given Day, by Dennis LeHane. An ASTOUNDING book. As my brother, my dad and I all noted, we didn’t want it to end.
If you could force everyone tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Lonesome Dove – it’s the book I gave my young sister-in-law who NEVER read for pleasure before – now she’s a reading fiend. I take personal responsibility for this achievement, although she did call me up to holler about the ending. Another one would be Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
The Dawn Patrol, by Don Winslow – I am also really, really excited to see Julie and Julia this August…who’s coming with me???
Which book would you least like to see made into a movie? Um, Susan Sontag’s journals would make really a really crappy adaptation, I think.
Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book or literary character.
Until a few nights ago I would have said the time my friend Will took on the role of Mr. Darcy in one of my dreams and we had like eight kids and lived on a boat, but since I’m reading Power of the Dog I have to say the dream I had earlier in the week where I was lost in Mexico City and kept snorting cocaine, which I have never, ever done in real life. It was a HORRIBLE dream. HORRIBLE.
What is the most low-brow book you’ve read as an adult? I recently tried a Jodi Picoult book – something with Mother and Sister in the title. Just – no. No.
What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Is Paradise Lost considered a book? If so, that.
What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen? Dudes, I don’t go see the obscure ones if I can help it. But I did see one of the Richard plays once – don’t remember which one – but it was annoying. I LOVED King Lear in peformance.
Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
French. S. and I once spent a summer reading Camus. It was great.
Roth or Updike?
Updike. And have you heard, The Witches of Eastwick is going to be a television show this year? I am sure it’s going to be awful but you all know I’m going to watch it anyway.
David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Sedaris before all his stuff started getting published in the New Yorker.
Shakespeare, Milton or Chaucer?
Austen or Eliot?
What is the biggest or most embarassing gap in your reading?
I am not embarrassed in any way about my reading. That said, this summer I’m launching a reading project called Haunted by Hemingway – more details to come on that – and I hope anyone who wants to slowly read through Hemingway’s work and then a lot of the writers he influenced will join me.
What is your favourite novel? As everyone knows it used to be Beach Music but that has been replaced by either The Given Day or A Winter’s Tale – I am having a GREAT reading year.
Blythe Spirit, Noel Coward.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree – (and I will have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow…)
Jesus Shaves, by Sedaris. I mean, that last line? Never laughed so hard in my life. Never. I taught Me Talk Pretty One Day one semester (all the books I chose that semester centered around the different ways people communicate with one another) and as a class, when we got to the end, well, all conversation was just shot. Hilarity ensued.
I would be remiss in not mentioning the entirety of Didion’s The White Album, as well.
Where are You Going, Where Have you Been – Joyce Carol Oates
Work of non-fiction?
The Year of Magical Thinking, Didion
Who is your favourite writer?
This is an impossible question. Way too many to name – Pat Conroy, Dennis Lehane, Austen, Shakespeare, Yeats, Eliot – impossible question.
Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
What is your desert island book?
The Stand, by Stephen King.
And… what are you reading right now?
Power of The Dog, by Don Winslow. It’s a novel about how Mexico ended up as a narco country. I am learning a tremendous about and the characters are compelling but it’s also incredibly depressing and violent.
Happy weekend, all!