Charli swore she wasn’t tagging anyone, but she fibbed. So here is my take on the questions.
1) What author do you own the most books by?
Stephanie Laurens. She is my comfort read.
2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Nightlife by Rob Thurman. One copy for the keeper shelf, one e-book copy, and one paperback to study craft.
3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
It’s a toss between Devil Cynster in Devil’s Bride and Gian Ren in Mine to Take. Sigh. Notice none come from what is considered ‘literary fiction’.
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)?
That’s actually a hard thing to figure out. Every year I re-read the first seven books in the Cynster series, the first few books in Christine Feehan’s Dark series, and the first few books from Christine Warren’s Other series. My guess is it would be a three-way tie.
6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
Edgar Allan Poe’s work. Yes, I was a strange child. Not much has changed. *g*
7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
I actually haven’t read any bad books this past year. I’ve read a few that weren’t my cup of tea, but that doesn’t make them bad books.
8) There is no spoon and there is no number eight.
9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
“Ignore Everybody” by Hugh MacLeod.
10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Don’t have a horse in this race.
11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi would be fun.
12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
The Twilight novella.
13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
Too convoluted to even make sense.
14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
Since I don’t consider popular fiction ‘lowbrow’, I’m not sure how to answer this question.
15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Anything and everything assigned in school that required a report afterwards. I stopped reading fiction for years because of the forced reading list.
16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
I don’t think I have seen any obscure ones. I do love Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing.
17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
France all the way, baby.
18) Roth or Updike?
No, thank you. How about Briggs, Andrews, Viehl, Frost, or Chance? 😉
19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Sorry, but I’m full.
20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
I liked the Canterbury Tales, but I’d have to say Shakespeare.
21) Austen or Eliot?
Austen, but I do believe it’s like comparing apples to oranges.
22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
23) What is your favorite novel?
No idea. I like too many to name just one.
Pirates of Penzance
Morning (Love Sonnet XXVII) by Pablo Neruda
It’s silly, but it was an essay that Oprah wrote for her ‘O’ Magazine about being an outsider. It really struck a cord.
27) Short story?
Again, too many to name.
28) Work of nonfiction?
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.
29) Who is your favorite writer?
I have too many to name. There is no ‘one’ favorite.
30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
I don’t think I should answer that because it would only be my opinion and not based on fact. Besides, I don’t want the hate mail.
31) What is your desert island book?
The SAS Survival Guide.
32) And … what are you reading right now?
Devil Inside by Jenna Black, Thanks for Coming by Mara Altman, The Book of Animal Ignorance by John Lloyd, Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton, On the Edge by Ilona Andrews, Kabbalah Revealed by Rav Michael Laitman, PhD, and The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan.