I was just purursing different blogs and saw this on Joys's_Blog and since she "borrowed" it from another blog I figured I would "borrow" it from her as well. So Joy thank you for doing this and answering so well that it convinced me to do it myself.
1. What author do you own the most books by?
Mercedes Lackey hands down. At 26 she towers over the Kingdom of Bookshelvia followed only by Dame Agatha Christie who came in at 16.
2. What book(s) do you own the most copies of?
Due to unforseen circumstances I only have one copy of any given book in my library. Now if we were to talk about all time it would be 5 different copies of Atlas, Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
No, if you hadn't asked I probably wouldn't have noticed. Not sure what that says about me but I'm sure it's not good.
4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Not sure I should answer this on grounds undetermined, so I will only say there are only 3 of them and I'm sure they would be very open to any proposal I may choose to make in the future.
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)?
Atlas, Shrugged by Ayn Rand, The Eight by Katherine Neville, All of Merceded Lackey books, and tons more. I'm one of the those repeat readers. If I love it I will read it again and again and again and again.
6. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
Don't remember the name but I'm sure it was an Encyclopedia Brown book.
7. What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
Death's Daughter by Amber Benson would be towards the top of the list. Not because the writing was bad but because the main character was annoying.
8. What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Three way tie: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Suicide Collectors by David Oppegard, and Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory.
9. If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
I'm not tagging anyone because I don't know how. However if I could strongly recomend a book without using violent force it would be Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory.
10. Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Not sure I have a frontrunner on this one. Might get back to this later.
11. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
If it was possible (which I don't think it is) I would like to see The Wheel of Time series made into a trilogy of movies.
12. What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones by Suzanne Sommers
13. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character?
Being swept away by one of the characters from question 4 (who will stay nameless) to an isolated island made of marshmallows and hot fudge.
14. What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
Conan The Barbarian by Robert E. Howard
15. What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Ulysses by James Joyce
16. What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
17. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
18. Roth or Updike?
Haven't read enough to fairly answer.
19. David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Haven't read any of there work to make even a fake answer.
20. Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare (only because I'm in love with Much Ado About Nothing)
21. Austen or Eliot?
Can I answer neither?
22. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
I would have to say I haven't read alot of Austen the way others seem to be doing right now. Though I'm not embarrased by it. I just can't get into it.
23. What is your favorite novel?
Can anyone answer this question? I have way too many to pick from
If musicals count it would be Into the Woods. If not it would have to be Bent.
Two of them. The Lady of Shallot by Alfred, Lordy Tennyson and My Heart's in The Highlands by Robert Burns
The one answer that will be identical to Joy's. Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal."
27. Short Story?
"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson. Still gives me chills when I read it.
28. Work of nonfiction?
TV Guides Guide to Television 2006. Best reference book in the world.
29. Who is your favorite writer?
Hmmm.....lot's of answers here, but Agatha Christie and Mercedes Lackey would top the list.
30. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
31. What is your desert island book?
I take it this would be the only book available for as long as we are on the island. If that is the case it would have to be fairly long so I will say Atlas, Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
32. And ... what are you reading right now?
The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks, The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie, Daughter of Hounds by Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell