1. What author do you own the most books by?
Upon inspecting my bookcases, I think it's Lemony Snicket. Yep. I was expecting something actually embarrassing, though.
2. What book do you own the most copies of?
I have British and American versions of the first four Harry Potter books, but that's about it.
3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Not really. Surveys could, and have, done worse than messing up grammar.
4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
I...don't think I have one? I'm boring and weird.
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)?
Probably the Diary of Anne Frank. I must have read it three or four times when I was a lass. I don't really re-read books a lot; I've only re-read most of my favorites once.
6. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
Oh jeez. Something by Ann M. Martin? Or Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. One or both of those.
7. What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
Dune. (I still feel like I need to apologize about this, mainly because I know people who are HUGE fans and would have a seizure if I told them.) The writing style just really, really wasn't my cup of tea. The plot, sure, because it was actually interesting and well-thought out, but the story just seemed to take forever to get on with itself. (Ha, I read Breaking Dawn SLIGHTLY over a year ago, so I'm not counting it.)
8. What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Paper Towns, White Apples was a re-read, The Eyes of the Dragon, Lying...actually I've read a lot of good books this year. If I HAD to pick one it would probably be Paper Towns by John Green. Both quite fun and quite good.
9. If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
WHITE APPLES BY JONATHAN CARROLL. For the most part I really love how it's written, plus the story is trippy as hell and kind of romantic with really flawed protagonists. It's pretty much my quintessential book.
10. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
While Breaking Dawn as a movie would be ridiculously hilarious, I'd totally be behind another adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Even if it's absolutely horrible I would probably still watch it.
11. What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Most of them...? Catcher in the Rye obviously. Anything by Jacqueline Carey or Storm Constantine. Wait, now that I think about it, those last two would actually make for epically terrible adaptations.
12. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I had one where fictional characters were more like actors, they still had all the same characteristics but with different personalities. The real Edward was sick of acting like a douche all the time and was dating Hermione.
13. What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
Daughters of the Moon books are pretty redorkulous. It's like reading a novelization of an episode of Charmed, except the characters are sixteen years old and sometimes slip into Spanglish.
14. What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Strange and/or slow pacing drives me really crazy in books, because I like everything to flow nicely into each other. If a book marches along with no major development it will probably drive me crazy. (I guess I'm an impatient reader or something.) So with all of that said I'm going to say Orlando by Virginia Woolf.
15. What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
I actually don't even think I've seen a Shakespeare play. D: One time I almost saw a rock opera version of Hamlet, but that's about it.
16. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
I'm going with Russians, but off the top of my head I don't think I've read a ton of either.
17. Roth or Updike?
I don't think I've read a full book of either. :/
18. David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
DAMMIT SAME TO THIS. I need to get around to both or either.
19. Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare, but really I'm not too familiar with the latter two. I really need to stop reading weirdass books I hear about on LJ and read some classics sometime...
20. Austen or Eliot?
If the Eliot in question is T.S., then yes, him. If otherwise, I guess I have to go with Austen.
21. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Classic books that everyone apparently read in high school/middle school except me. QQ.
22. What is your favorite novel?
Auuuuugh. Really close tie between American Gods and The Amber Spyglass.
I quite rather like Much Ado About Nothing.
I'm really not a poetry person. Probably "Warning" by Jenny Joseph.
"Love" by Lauren Slater. It's pretty great. I think I'm becoming more and more a fan of hers.
26. Work of nonfiction?
Lying by Lauren Slater. Yep.
27. Who is your favorite writer?
Mr. Neil Gaiman.
28. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
I want to say Stephenie Meyer, but really it seems like her books have more fame and are therefore more "rated" then she is. In any case, I don't really tend to read popular books.
29. What is your desert island book?
Uhhhh White Apples. I don't really see myself getting tired of it any time soon.
30. And... what are you reading right now?
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami. I'm not sure how I feel about it.