Monday, August 18, 2014

Twenty Bookish Questions

Snagged from an old favorite, A Guy's Moleskine Notebook.


1. What author do you own the most books by?
Most stand alone books are by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. I have several long series.
2. What book do you own the most copies of?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. One hardcover, two paperback, one German translation.
3. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Remus Lupin, but it's not a state secret.
4. What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children, i.e. Goodnight Moon does not count)?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban or Lirael by Garth Nix.
5. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
I think I had just read Harry Potter at that point, so it's a moot question to ponder.
6. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
Endless by Amanda Grey. I didn't have much to say about it either, but really couldn't laugh about it, like I did Slammed. In the end, I forced myself through it but really would have rather put it to the side. It's so dull and average that there isn't much to review.
7. If you could force everyone to read one book, what would it be?
Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin. I read it several years ago, but seem to remember it fondly in phases.
8. Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Andreï Makine.
9. What book would you most like to see made into a movie? 
Empress by Shan Sa. After all the manufactured beauty in the women and surroundings, the pomp and the religion, then all the backstabbing, philosophizing death and immortality and the ending futility of it all... I suspect I'd like to see Salammbô on the silver screen for the same reason, once I read it. Too bad Merchant-Ivory was rent asunder. 
10. What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
50 Shades of Grey but here it comes any way...
11. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I constantly had dreams about the students at hogwarts as a pre-teen. They were more silly, than weird. But then I dreamt that the fifth book was coming out, and I raced on a broom to a parking garage and everyone had already read it. I had a lot of anxiety those days.
12. What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
Considering that most genre fiction is considered low-brow, I'd have to deliberate which of the dozens of books I've read in the last four years was the basest. I think it's best to not decide on principle.
13. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
One day I will tackle an intellectually difficult book, for now, The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence Krauss took me two and a half years to get through.
14. What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
I saw Troilus and Cresida a few years ago. Oof.
15. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
I think there's a lot of overlap historically, but it's the french speaking Russians whom I've got a soft spot for these days. I prefer the bilingual russians, perhaps?
16. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
The Highbrow Classics. Those books that professors make you read, the over lauded and often discussed. I'm young, I'm working on it.
17. What is your favorite novel?
Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones.
18. Work of nonfiction?
Passionate Minds by David Bodanis.
19. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Johnathan Franzen and Paulo Coelho.
20. What is your desert island book?
I think I'd take the book I'm currently reading, written by a Russian expatriate, translated from the french, Dreams of my Russian Summers by Andreï Makine.

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