Me and My Books

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I’ve seen this meme circulating, so decided to answer the questions for you.

1. What author do you own the most books by?
It is probably Ian McEwan or Penelope Fitzgerald, as they have the most books on the Booker short list – books which I intend to read one day, but haven’t got round to yet (because I’m not massive fans of their books)

2. What book do you own the most copies of?
I don’t own more than one copy of any my own books, although I do have 10 signed copies of The Invention of Hugo Cabret gift edition with DVD for sale in my online shop!

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

4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
It is shocking, but I don’t think I’ve found my type of man in a book yet. Can you recommend any books with a great male character I can fall in love with?

5. What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children)?
I don’t re-read books, as I have too many other books I want to read. I love reading for the plot, and not the language, so once I know how it ends I’m not really that interested. I might start reading books again when I’m older and have forgotten how they end!

6. What was your favourite book when you were ten years old?
I loved reading about other children and so at that point I was reading all the Bobsey Twins and Jennings books.

7. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald. I need a bit more action in my books.

8. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins manages to beat Blindnessby Jose Saramago by a tiny margin.

9. If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
I would force all book lovers to read A Fine Balance, and all people who claim not to enjoy reading to try The Hunger Games. Do you think anyone could fail to love reading after trying it?

10. Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
I’m afraid this is one prize I’m not qualified to judge. Samantha Harvey should win the Orange Prize, and probably the Booker prize for The Wilderness though.

11. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
I am very scared they’d ruin it, but I think The Hunger Games would be great.

12. What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Offshore – can you imagine how slow that would be?!

13. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
I’m not sure, I can’t think of anything particularly difficult – possiblyRushdie’s Midnight’s Children, but that wasn’t too bad, perhaps I should be stretching myself a bit more. 

14. Roth or Updike?
I love Roth, but have never read any Updike. I have some of Updike’s work in my TBR pile, so I’ll let you know next year!

David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
I’ve not read either I’m afraid. Should I?

Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
I’m not a big fan of any of them – sorry!

Austen or Eliot?
I’ve not read any Eliot either. Terrible aren’t I?! I loved Jane Eyre though.

Feel free to copy this and answer the questions on your own blog, as I’d love to know your answers!


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16 Comments

  1. Meghan says:

    Ooh, I have A Fine Balance on my TBR pile! It’s at home so I won’t be able to get at it until July, but maybe I should bring it back with me!

  2. Jackie says:

    Meghan – I’m sure you’ll love it! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

  3. i just read this article yesterday (though it was posted a couple of weeks ago) on determining who will win the Nobel:

    http://dgmyers.blogspot.com/2009/05/how-to-pick-nobel-winner.html

  4. Karen says:

    I completely agree with you about A Fine Balance Jackie – so wonderful. I have finally found a copy of The Hunger Games over here in Australia but I have to admit I am a little hesitant to read it even after all of the great things I have heard about it. I’m just worried the content might be a little too intense to handle (I know I sound like such a wimp!!). What do you think??

  5. claire says:

    I haven’t read Sedaris either but you should really read Eggers’s What is the What (I know I keep plugging that book, lol).

  6. Webster12 says:

    Austen or Eliot?

    Jane Eyre?? hmnp, just curious.

  7. Sandy says:

    OK, so here is what you need to do to find the perfect literary man. Read Outlander. Quickly! He is the bomb. He has a temper, and is a bit bull-headed, but is such. a. dude. If they miscast him in the movie, I will be very unhappy. I can almost smell the man, after 146 discs of him.

  8. Violet says:

    Oh…don’t you like Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice? He, according to me, is the best!!!

  9. Jackie says:

    JT Oldfield – Great article – thanks for pointing it out!

    Karen – I was a bit scared to read The Hunger Games as it does sound a bit violent, but it is fine. You sort of want everyone else to die so that the main character can live and there are no graphic scenes. I hope you enjoy it.

    Claire – You’ve almost convinced me! Perhaps one more mention would swing it!!! lol!!!

    Webster 12 – Well spotted!! Don’t know what I was thinking!! Jane Eyre is written by Charlotte Bronte. I do love it though!!

    Sandy – I’m actually half way through Outlander at the moment. It is my car book at the moment – I like to keep a book in my car, in case I have to sit around waiting for the boys. It might take me a few weeks to finish it though. I’m not falling in love with him at the moment. Perhaps it takes a while, I think after 146 discs you might be building up a long term relationship?!

    Violet – I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never read P&P. He comes across as a bit slimy on the DVDs I’ve seen. Perhaps he’s a bit better in the book?

  10. webster12 says:

    ahahahahahha. I wanna take these meme too. I hope you don’t mind that I repost the questions. Thanks!

  11. megan says:

    I have clicked away and returned to this screen so many times this evening, not quite sure if I should admit that I secretly am in love with a certain undead character in a wildly popular series of books. I’m so ashamed of myself :D

  12. Jackie says:

    megan – Is that Twilight? I haven’t read them yet. I really should get round to it! As I haven’t read them I can’t comment on whether you should be ashamed of yourself – but I doubt you need to be!!

  13. megan says:

    It is indeed :) I’ll be interested to see what you think when you read it!

  14. Megan–I am a little in love with Harry Potter and Rand Al-Thor from the Wheel of Time series. I haven’t read Twilight but I’m sort of in love with both Angel and Spike from the Buffy/Angel TV series, so don’t worry, no judgement from this corner!

  15. Jackie says:

    JT Oldfield – I do like Harry Potter, and think I may have had a thing for him if I were his age, but he is too young for me.

    I don’t watch Buffy I’m afraid, but I do think Angel is very good looking!

  16. Well, only older H.P., otherwise that would be illegal.

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