An online friend started off the New Year with a return to Meme Monday. I felt it was a good way to begin as well.

Therefore, here is my contribution…If you use this Meme, leave me a comment so I can read your choices!

1) What author do you own the most books by?
David Sedaris and Garrison Keillor are tied.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
It would have to be the Bible.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Well, of course it did! I am of course a member of the Professional Organization of English Majors!!

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Seriously… you need to ask? Why, Mr. Darcy, of course!

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)?
Anything by E.B White, I loved them all!

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
See above and add in both Judy Blume’s Are you there God, it’s me Margaret and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
It would have to be The Queen’s Mistake: In the Court of Henry VIII by Diane Haeger… I have been trying to read it for months now.

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
Squint: My Journey with Leprosy by Jose Ramirez

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Wow, The Last of the Mohicans. You all could motivate me to read it!

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Well, it is a bit early in the year to even have an idea of what might be good but the next book on my list is The Help, a novel by Kathryn Stockett

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Hmmm, I am not a huge fan of books to movies – there is always something lost in translation. But, I will go ahead and toss my hat in the ring for the latest Dan Brown novel, The Lost Symbol.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Any of the twilight series – I have no intention of reading the novels (and I use that term loosely) nor seeing any of the movies.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
Suffice it to say that it involves Hawkeye and the music from the Last of the Mohicans.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
Anything by Susan Johnson – sometimes a girl just needs a cheap, trashy romance novel.
15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
A Child Called It.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
Not so obscure, but The Tempest.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
French. Absolutely.

18) Roth or Updike?

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
David Sedaris.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Milton, with great relish.

21) Austen or Eliot
Austen, but of course!

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
When my kids were little, I would collapse into bed at the end of the day and be lucky to get through a page. Sadly there were a great number of years when the only books I finished were by Dr. Seuss!

23) What is your favorite novel?
Well, I have a long list. I love Pride and Prejudice. I also enjoy anything by David Baldacci. I find Garrison Keillor’s simple wit easy to settle in with, and David Sedaris’ sarcasm is priceless!

24) Play?
t.s. eliot’s Old Possum Book of Practical Cats. From stories written for his child to entertainment for adults. Bravo! Well done!
25) Poem?
I have two… Fog by Carl Sandberg and Trees by Joyce Kilmer

26) Essay?
Mark Twain… he is what comes to mind.

27) Short story?
Kurt Vonnegut.

28) Work of nonfiction?
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

29) Who is your favorite writer?
I have to pick? Okay, see question 23…

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Going Rogue by Sarah Palin. Enough said.

31) What is your desert island book?
JRR Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I would not be bored waiting for rescue!

32) And… what are you reading right now?
The Secret Magdalene by Ki Longfellow.

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