August 26, 2009

iMeme: What I Read

I saw this over at Dannie's site (Opinionated? Me?) and thought it looked fun . . . so here goes!

1. What author do you own the most books by?
Hands down, Ann Rule. I have every single one of her books.

2. What book do you own the most copies of?
Before I cleaned out the spare bedroom and donated books to the library, it was Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile. I swear, I had 3 copies. Don't ask. Now, I would say it's probably the Bible. I have 2.

3. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Not a secret, but Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice (duh!), Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones' Diary (is that basically the same as Mr. Darcy?), Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility and (yes, it's true) Edward Cullen from Twilight.

4. What book have you read more than any other?
Either Pride & Prejudice or Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss. I have a serious fascination (bordering on obsession) with the Jeffrey MacDonald case (what Fatal Vision is about).

5. What was your favorite book when you were 10 years old?
Wow . . . I don't know absolutely but I would guess something by Judy Blume.

6. What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
Either The Time Traveler's Wife (I know, I'll probably get flamed for that!) or The Monster of Venice. Both were utterly disappointing to me - - but I know others who loved them. So maybe I'm missing that gene.

7. What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Sheesh. I've read so many books I've enjoyed. I'm not sure I can pick just one. I really enjoyed Carrie Bebris' The Matters at Mansfield; Dave Cullen's Columbine; Philippa Gregory's The Boleyn Inheritance and Cody McFadyen's Smoky Barrett series.

8. If you could tell everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Probably Pride & Prejudice because it's one of my absolute faves. Or Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier - - classic romance/goth/mystery.

9. What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Difficult as in difficult to read? Or difficult to stomach? I would say I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. Had to read it in school years ago and if the teacher hadn't explained what was going on through most of it, I would have been completely lost.

10. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
Is this a trick question?

11. Shakespeare, Milton or Chaucer?
Ummm . . . Chaucer.

12. Austen or Eliot?

13. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Hmmm . . . I've read the first Harry Potter book and that's it. Does that count?

14. What is your favorite novel?
Pride & Prejudice.

15. What is your favorite play?
Deathtrap. The Women.

16. Poem?
I don't read a lot of poetry - - but I've always liked Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

17. Essay?
Don't have the first clue.

18. Short Story?
I don't read many short stories but I've always liked Edgar Allen Poe. Or anything with a time travel theme or Twilight Zone-ish.

19. Nonfiction?
Helter Skelter is a classic. Also, Mick LaSalle's books on Pre-Code Hollywood, Complicated Women and Dangerous Men are brilliant if you enjoy the golden era of Hollywood.

20. Graphic Novel?
No answer. Don't read them.

21. Science Fiction?
Bid Time Return (Somewhere in Time) by Richard Matheson.

22. Who is your favorite writer?
Jane Austen. Ann Rule.

23. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Danielle Steel. Oh God, don't even let me get going. She has about 3 plots that she has recycled for 30 years - - a stunningly beautiful heroine who doesn't know how stunningly beautiful she is whose life isn't complete until she meets that incredibly sexy and handsome man who has A Big Secret. I swear, I must lose a handful of brain cells any time I read anything by her. I cannot believe she and her books are as popular and successful as they are.

24. What are you reading right now?
He Who Sings Last by Lisa Laird Di Rosso.

25. Best memoir?
Don't laugh but I really enjoyed Here's the Story by Maureen McCormick. (Okay, I'm a geek for The Brady Bunch).

26. Best history?
The Devil in the White City is phenomenal.

27. Best mystery or noir?
The aforementioned Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier, or anything by Agatha Christie.


Tales of Whimsy said...

I feel as though we're kindred spirits knowing you voted Time Traveler's Wife as your worst read. *high five*

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't say Time Traveler's Wife was my worst but I certainly didn't like it as well as many others. Don't feel bad, my recent worst would be Life of Pi (now that is recent mind you!). Another one that may raise gasps of shock!

Anonymous said...

Too fun! I am gonna do it too!

Lori Johnston said...

*high five* right back at ya, Juju! Didn't like it and didn't see what the fuss was about.

booktumbling - I have not read Life of Pi but my sister in law did for a book club and she had to force herself to get thru it. Yuck!