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April 3, 2009

Books, books, books

In the aftermath of term paper hell I have gathered around myself some excellent Children’s/YA. Now – what should I read, and in what order? (Keep in mind that I cannot read more than two or three books at a time)

1.Tamora Pierce, Terrier
2.Melissa Marr, Wicked Lovely
3.Michael de Larrabeiti, The Borrible Trilogy
4.Antonia Forest, End Of Term (this would be a reread)
5.Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
6.S.F Said, Varjak Paw

And…literary meme time, since lots of people seem to have done it.

1) What author do you own the most books by?
Terry Pratchett, I’d assume. Unless we’re counting my tiny Dublin bookshelf, in which case it’s a tie between Alan Garner and John Wyndham (three each)

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Alice in Wonderland. The Puffin classics one with the Chris Riddell introduction, an older one illustrated by Tenniel and one illustrated by Peake.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
No

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
So many. Numair Salmalin. Psmith. Um. A lot of people.

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)?
I honestly don’t know, most of my reading is rereading.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
The Lord of the Rings

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
Bearing in mind that this is also the year I read A Thing Beyond Forever and The Saga of Love Via Telephone…Tring Tring, I’m not sure if it’s fair for me to say Twilight. *shrug*

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
Restricting it to authors I’d never read before, it’s a tie between Patrick Ness’ fantastic The Knife of Never Letting Go and Richard Marsh’s The Beetle.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
The Thuggery Affair by Antonia Forest. Drug running pigeons!

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
I don’t really know or care, but I wish they’d give it to Philip Roth so his fans would shut up about it.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Don’t know – like Belle, I think Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell could be great if done right.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Any of M.John Harrison’s Viriconium books. My brain would melt.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
No idea.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
Considering my taste for the worst of Indian fiction, that’s pretty hard to decide.

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
A Thing Beyond Forever. Or The Unnameable.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
I have never seen an obscure Shakespeare play.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
The French, from what little I’ve read.

18) Roth or Updike?
Roth

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Neither

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare

21) Austen or Eliot?
Austen

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
I have multiple embarrassing gaps. America, France, Russia, India

23) What is your favorite novel?
I refuse to have one.

24) Play?
Titus Andronicus or The Real Inspector Hound.

25) Poem?
The Schooner “Flight”

26) Essay?
Most writers I like also seem to be amazing essayists. I’m going with “Old Men’s Trousers and the Making Strange of Things” by Alan Garner for now, but this is liable to change.

27) Short story?
“The Kiss” by Angela Carter, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula LeGuin, recently have fallen in love with “The Screwfly Solution” by Raccoona Sheldon/Alice Sheldon/James Tiptree Jr.

28) Work of nonfiction?
Can I say Dario Fo’s Nobel lecture?

29) Who is your favorite writer?
I refuse to have one.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
No clue

31) What is your desert island book?
Shaking a Leg by Angela Carter

32) And… what are you reading right now?
See above.