jeudi 25 mars 2010

Tag - Literary Geek questionnaire

I love to read, and I can get really evangelical about books I love "go one, read this - you'll love it, go on, seriously - borrow it or else!"

Anyway, nice to do a non makeup tag for one - give this a go!

What author do you own the most books by?
I own everything Truman Capote ever wrote. And a lot of Jack Kerouac, F Scott Fitzgerald and Nancy Mitford

What book to you own the most copies of?
I have a couple of copies of both The Great Gatsby and The Catcher In The Rye

What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Edmond Dantes - tres sexy!

What book have you read the most times in your life?
I've read all the books in the Tales of the City chronicles by Armistead Maupin over and over. They're my comfort books and have seen me through some miserable times.

What was your favourite book when you were 10 years old?
The Adventure books by Willard Price - Whale Advnture, Amazon Adventure etc I wanted to marry Hal Hunt when I grew up.

What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
Chick lit in general - can't stand any I've tried

What is the best book you've read in the past year?
The year so far? This is tough - perhaps Sarah Water's Little Stranger and I just loved Nightingale Woods by Stella Gibbons which was a treat I know I will reread time and time again.

If you could force everyone to read just one book, what would it be?
Can I have two? Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo because you'll thank me for it and St Expury's Petit Prince because I think it has some important messages in it.

What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Restless by William Boyd is just crying out to be made into a film

What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Same as above..if they dared mess it up

What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
I have a deep love for gory crime thrillers

What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
I tried so hard to battle through Martin Amis's London Fields but it got the better of me.

Shakespeare, Milton or Chaucer?

Austen or Eliot?
Jane Austen. Love her.

What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Tons. I haven't yet read anything by Dostoyevsky, Henry James, Thomas Hardy, DH Lawrence, Edith Wharton....

What's your favourite novel?
I can't pick just one - but a handful of nearest and dearest would include Kerouac's On The Road, The Great Gatsby, Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote, The Count of Monte Cristo, lots of Nancy Mitford and The Invisible World by Stuart Cohen.

Favourite play?
Far too long since I went to the theatre. One of my favourites is This Is Our Youth which I saw many years ago (nothing to do with Casey Affleck being in it, of course..)

Favourite short story?
I loved reading Guy de Maupassant

Favourite work of non-fiction?
I hardly read any non-fiction..a couple of biographies.

Who is your favourite writer?
Truman Capote and Nancy Mitford

I tag YOU!

6 commentaires:

  1. Oh my lovely Ondine, how come I've missed all the posts by you? I know, I've been mostly off blogger for the past month and a half, but still...One thing I have to report is that I've won a giveaway which included your fave BarryM toffee lipgloss (still haven't tried it though!)! Also, I did mention you recently in a post, something to do with your favorite food...capers, non? Hahaha! Anyway, it was lovely reading about your book loves, I bet it was incredibly difficult answering the questions. I might just have to read your two best books of the past year...or else!! Hugs and xx

  2. I love Truman Capote!
    I saw the trailer for the movie 'Ondine' the other day and thought of you :) xx

  3. I've been absent recently Anna - a bad blogger.. I'm just catching up with everything I've missed. Be sure to post your thoughts on dear old Barry M won't you? You're right about the dreaded capers too! xo
    p.s. tell me if you do start reading one of them!

  4. Tabitha - that's cute :-) Always wanted to call a daughter Ondine..just hoping now the film's out that not too many people beat me to it!

  5. this post me so happy, my inner book-geek likes it when i stumble across other people who like to read too. Makes a change from the usual "readings well boring." line. x

  6. Your book posts always inspire me! I've been too tired to read in the evenings recently but I'm desperate to start a new book. You've def given me some ideas for my next amazon order!