Friday, April 17, 2009

Book Geek Quiz

So, this little meme is going around on Facebook and I was tagged by my friend Patti from Patti's Pen and Picks. I thought it rather appropriate for a book blog, so I'm sharing it with everyone here.

1) What author do you own the most books by? I probably own the most Robert Parker novels, but I don't own all of them. I do own all of Michael Kortya's novels, all of Robert Crais' novels, Thomas Hollands', Alafair Burkes', and Chris Grabenstein' a matter of fact, I own all of Chris's plus one that hasn't been released yet. So, 100% of their novels!

2) What book do you own the most copies of? Wow! The answer to this question would have been totally different a year ago, but I got rid of almost all my duplicate novels last year. Now I own duplicates of only TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions? Not in the least!

4.) What fictional character are you secretly in love with? Oh good golly, there's no secret about it. I am head over heals for John Ceepak, Elvis Cole and Mike Chapman

5) What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children)? That would probably be a toss up between TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE GREAT GATSBY, and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST. I taught all three in my American Literature class and re-read them every time I taught them.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old? It might have been ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT'S ME MARGARET. I can't remember if I had read that at ten or a little later.

7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year? I try not to be hateful on here, so I'll keep that answer under my hat.

8) What is the best book you've read in the past year? I'm with Kaye on this one: "Just one?!" Alright, if I have to pick just one then MIND SCRAMBLER. I told you! I'm head over heals for Ceepak! :)

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be? Well, first of all I am not tagging anyone. Second of all, I would never try to force someone to read something they wouldn't have any interest in. I'd love to hear that everyone loves Ceepak like me, but....if I was recommending a must read for mystery-lovers it would either be MIND SCRAMBLER (Chris Grabenstein), L.A. REQUIEM (Robert Crais), or ENVY THE NIGHT(Michael Koryta).

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature? Kaye and Patti both said that they don't seem to read what is usually nominated for Literature Nobel Prizes. I think that's me, too. Although Michael Chabon might be a decent candidate.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie? Anything I don't love would be perfectly fine. On the other hand, I'd like to see it happen for any of my author friends who WANT their books made into movies. I'd just like for them to be successful that way.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie? Anything I LOVE! Stick to your guns, R.C. Protect Elvis from the evils of Hollywood!

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character. Uhmm, I'll not go there. I don't want anyone losing what little respect they have for me.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult? Gosh *blush* I don't think I've read anything lowbrow...if I did, I sure can't remember.

15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read? Ulysses was both the most difficult and the worst thing I've ever read. Joyce was an elitist and he meant for the book to be difficult. I am completely turned off by such people.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen? I've not seen any Shakespeare that's obscure. I've seen rather bizarre interpretations...can you say Ethan Hawke?

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians? They both have their place in the canon. I wouldn't compare them.

18) Roth or Updike? I guess I have to pick Updike because I haven't read Roth.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers? Kee-ripes! Can someone please give me a choice between mystery writers? I've not read either of ask me Crais or Child - Crais; A. Burke or Grafton - definitely Alafair; Grabenstein or Patterson - Grabenstein...I can answer those!

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer? Oh, don't make me choose between these masters. I love anything British between Anglo-Saxon and the Romantic period.

21) Austen or Eliot? Refer to answer #20!

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading? I should probably read some more non-fiction.

23) What is your favorite novel? TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, I guess...if I have to pick just one.

24) Play? I think maybe "Our Town" although I really like "Death of a Salesman" too.

25) Poem? Can I say THE ODYSSEY since it's an epic poem? If that doesn't count than I would say most anything by Carl Sandburg or Robert Frost or Maya Angelou.

26) Essay? I can't even remember any essays I've read...oh, what about "A Modest Proposal." That's an essay, isn't it. Very funny. Love satire.

27) And... what are you reading right now? A book called A PURE DOUBLE CROSS by John Knoerle.

28) What's the best title for a book ever (you don't have to like the book). I still like ELLA MINNOW PEA. Although WHACK-A-MOLE is still a pretty darn good title, too. Especially given its significance in the plot.

So, do you think I passed? Do I qualify as a book geek? Hope you enjoyed it. And just a reminder: make sure you enter my PROSECUTION RESTS contest if you haven't already!

Happy Reading!


Corey Wilde April 17, 2009 at 7:54 AM  

I enjoyed reading this, Jen. It made me think about what some of my own choices would be.

le0pard13 April 17, 2009 at 9:28 AM  

Nice meme, Jen (no, I wasn't trying to rhyme).

Jess April 17, 2009 at 11:16 AM  

That is the hardest meme I have ever seen. I don't think I'd have answers for half the questions and I think of myself as a book geek.

TexasRed April 17, 2009 at 12:03 PM  

What a fun meme! I'll answer these questions, too, and link back here when it posts. Thanks!

Lesa April 17, 2009 at 7:13 PM  

Oh, it makes you a book geek, Jen. We're just not book geeks that read a large number of literary numbers. We're just geeks for books.


Chester Campbell April 18, 2009 at 10:34 PM  

Great answers, Jen. I'm with you on many of them. Especially Ulysses. I gave up fairly quickly on that one.
As for essays, I'd be temped to go with Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay on old age. That's where I got the title for The Surest Poison.

Jenna April 20, 2009 at 2:51 PM  

Reading this really made me smile. I have given you an award on my blog

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