1) What author do you own the most books by?
May Sarton. I have everything that she published with the exception of one book of poetry and one privately published book of poetry.
2) What book do you own the most copies of?
That would have to be a toss up between A Christmas Carol, Dracula or Alice in Wonderland
3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Didn't even notice.
4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Apparently he hasn't been written yet.
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)?
It would have to be either Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Patrick Dennis' Auntie Mame or EM Forster's Howards End
6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
Probably whatever was the latest release in Piers Anthony's Xanth series. I loved those when I was a kid.
7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
Well, I hate to say it but it was probably Kazuo Ishiguro's Nocturnes, which I just finished. I can't remember being this disappointed in a book in a long while.
8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
To be honest, there were far too many good books in the last year to list; I had a good streak of reading there for awhile. However, the most recent favorite for me is Gail Carriger's Soulless.
9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Auntie Mame, just because it makes me smile every single time I read it. Or if someone insisted on something with a little more literary clout, Howards End.
10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
I don't know that I'd be the best judge for that, seeing that I'm not that familiar with previous winners.
11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Jeff Smith's Bone. But it would have to be done just right, classical 2D animation, black and white, no deviation from the original story, but that would never happen, so I wouldn't want it ruined.
12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
I don't mind movie adaptations as long as they're well done.
13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
Nothing off the top of my head. Usually, I just end up falling asleep reading a book, and then "continue" the story in my head as I'm dreaming, and then get confused when I go back to read the book the next morning and it's not the same story that I "remembered" reading the night before.
14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
Honestly, I know there's been something, but it left no impression on me, so I don't remember what it was.
15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Giles Goat-Boy by John Barth. Shite. And I never finished it.
16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
I know I caught several obscure plays when I lived in Florida, but they were so obscure, it escapes me right now which I saw.
17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
18) Roth or Updike?
19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Don't like Sedaris, have never read Eggers.
20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
21) Austen or Eliot?
22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Dickens and Austen - need more classics!! And nonfiction - I tend to shy away from nonfiction as the whole purpose for reading for me is to get away from the real world.
23) What is your favorite novel?
Tough. Still might have to stick with Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. I read this during a very rough patch in my life, and it was the one shining aspect during that time, so it has always stuck with me.
“As You Like It" by Shakespeare
Don't have a favorite, but anything by May Sarton will always resonate with me.
Not a fan of essays.
27) Short story?
'20th Century Ghost' by Joe Hill
28) Work of nonfiction?
Again, I tend to shy away from nonfiction, but I'm trying to remedy that this year.
29) Who is your favorite writer?
If I have to pick just one, May Sarton.
30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Stephanie Meyer. Or the kid that wrote Eragon. And I'll be honest here, I've not read any of the books by either of them, but if they are anything like the movies based on the books, no thank you. I'll pass.
31) What is your desert island book?
I never answer these questions, because if I only had one book to take with me, I'd read it a couple of times and eventually get so sick of it, I'd probably throw it into the ocean.
32) And... what are you reading right now?
The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers, and then I'm moving onto Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann and then probably Curse of the Mistwraith by Janny Wurts.
I think I'm going to shut From My Bookshelf down for a while; maybe for good. I've been putting this together for quite a few years now and it's starting to feel a bit more of a chore. I'll keep my Goodreads & Instagram connected, but with the state of the world right now, I just want to read without worrying about making sure I post something about it. Who knows - when the world starts to make some semblance of sense again, I may start actively posting here again. Until then, as always, happy reading!