Tuesday, June 02, 2009

It's Time for Another Book Meme (Been Awhile!)

I found this over at The Philosopher-Mom:

1. What author do you own the most books by?

Most likely Shakespeare. I always pick up cheap paperback copies of his plays for group read-alouds. We have at least 40 books of his plays (individual plays or groupings of plays), not counting all the Shakespeare extras like picture books and supplemental guides.

2. What book do you own the most copies of?

Probably the Bible.

3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?


4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?

When I was a kid, it was Laurie from Little Women and Aragorn from Lord of the Rings.

5. What book have you read the most times in your life?

See #6. As a teen/adult, two or three readings is a *lot* for me. Books that fall into that category include several Shakespeare plays (esp. Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing), Brideshead Revisited, and the Phantom Tollbooth of course. Oh, yes, and also The Man Who Was Thursday.

6. Favorite book as a ten year old?

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, though I also LOVED the Chronicles of Narnia and the Little House on the Prairie books.

7. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?

Probably a Barney book on safety that my 5 year old picked up at the library book sale. ;)

8. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

Off the top of my head, I'd say: A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken (But I don't remember exactly which ones I've read in the past year.)

9. If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?

Hmmm. Maybe the Phantom Tollbooth (because it's good and they'd probaby like it).

10. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
I'm totally stealing The Philosopher-Mom's answer, because it's brilliant: "I would love to see what Pixar could do with The Phantom Tollbooth."

11. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?

Probably something from TAC that was deeply philosophical. I was generally better at Math and Lit than Philosophy - especially Senior Philosophy.

12. What is your favorite book?

There isn't one. Here are a few that come to mind right now: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, Jesus of Nazareth (and others) by Pope Benedict XVI, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, St. Francis of Assisi (and others) by G.K. Chesterton. Presently I'm hoping to re-read a bunch of C.S. Lewis that I haven't read since grade school or high school. Aack - there are too many I'm forgetting - like Hilda Van Stockum.

13. Play?

Hard to say. It might be Merchant of Venice or Much Ado About Nothing. Perhaps Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot.

14. Poem?

I love the Iliad. I also really like The Ballad of the White Horse by G.K. Chesterton and Evangeline by Longfellow.

15. Essay?

Not sure, but I do like these two.

C.S. Lewis' introduction to On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius

"The Lost Tools of Learning" by Dorothy Sayers

16. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?

I don't think I can answer this question. It would have to be an author I've read who's very, very popular, but I haven't read very much in that category.

17. What is your desert island book?

I'll steal the Chestertonian answer on this one - Boatbuilding for Dummies. (or something like)

18. And . . . what are you reading right now?

I just started Under the Mercy, sequel to A Severe Mercy, but am starting to think that I should read something by C.S. Lewis in between. Most recent book finished was The Walking People by Mary Beth Keane.


Dawn said...

Oh gosh, I am not well-read enough to even consider participating in this meme. I really enjoyed your answers. Perhaps I'll get the Tollbooth soon??

Love2Learn Mom said...

Oh yes, The Phantom Tollbooth is loads of fun and *very* accessible - it's a children's book that's sort of allegory about the world of ideas and good thinking.

Melanie B said...

A Little Princess was my favorite book at that age too. I still have my old paperback copy, all chewed up and falling apart but much beloved.

I think I'll play along too on my blog.

Faith said...

That was fun! Do you know I didn't read A Little Princess until I was an adult. I don't know how I missed it growing up!

Love2Learn Mom said...

Faith, I can't believe that I missed Anne of Green Gables until I was in college!

Charlotte (Matilda) said...

That was fun except for struggling to have to make a decision.

Melanie B said...

I didn't meet Anne until I was in high school, though I have a very clear memory of a classmate reading AoGG when I was in 8th grade, her explanation of what the book was about wasn't enough to grab me at the time. I remember thinking the green of the title had something to do with her dying her hair green. If only I'd known what I was missing! I'd have adored Anne at that age.

Andi said...

I love The Phantom Tollbooth! :)

Maureen said...

Most over-rated author of our day has to go to Dan Brown. Hands down. I tried read DaVinci Code for a newspaper interview but couldn't get past the first 3 chapters. Not only is the story line lame but I found tons of factual and editing errors in just the first 3 pages. I wanted to red pen that book so bad.

Melanie B said...

Maureen. I totally agree. Dan Brown is definitely the worst.