1) What author do you own the most books by?
No idea, and there's no real way to check, as many of my books are in storage, and the ones in the house are in complete disarray. According to my LibraryThing, Meg Cabot and Brian K. Vaughan are tied for being my most-read author.
2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Again, no clue.
3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
I'm not secretly in love with any character - I am fairly open about my literary crushes. That said, they include, but are not limited to, Jamie from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books, Eric from Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books, Marcus Flutie from Megan McCafferty's Jessica Darling books, Sidney Carton from Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities, and Colonel Brandon from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.
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)?
Probably The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye - I've honestly lost track of how many times I've read it.
6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
This is very embarrassing, but I'm pretty sure it was If I Should Die Before I Wake by Lurlene McDaniel.
7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
Honestly, I tend not to finish books I don't like.
8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Tough call, but I think I'm going to go with The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
I'm not tagging anyone in particular, but I think everyone should read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Oh, jeez, I don't know. Maybe Margaret Atwood?
11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
I'm hesitant to pick, because the last time I answered this question, I said Ella Enchanted, and they made that movie, and it was terrible. But I am looking forward to seeing what Peter Jackson does with Naomi Novik's Temeraire books (he's already bought the rights).
12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
This is hard to quantify. I will say that I started reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels in anticipation of the show True Blood and wound up loving the books with a ridiculous fervor while giving up on the show after two episodes.
13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I had a weird dream last night that involved vampire live-action role play, and I think it was inspired in equal parts by Twilight and Cassandra Clare's City of Bones, which I read just recently.
14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
Like I'm going to cop to this.
15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Probably Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
I think all of the plays I've seen are pretty much stand-bys. The most obscure play I've read is probably Richard II.
17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
I am really sadly deficient when it comes to reading works not originally written in English. But I like Chekhov, so we'll go with the Russians.
18) Roth or Updike?
I've never read anything by either or these authors, which probably should embarrass me but doesn't.
19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Sedaris. He makes me laugh like a hyena.
20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
21) Austen or Eliot?
22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
23) What is your favorite novel?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
It's a toss-up between Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Tom Stoppard's Arcadia.
"The Day Lady Died" by Frank O'Hara, followed closely by "What lips my lips have kissed" by Edna St. Vincent Millay and "Theme for English B" by Langston Hughes
If the essay on "Puff the Magic Dragon" from Nick Hornby's Songbook doesn't make you cry, you have no soul.
27) Short Story?
Probably either Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" (and I'm really not a Hemingway fan, but that story is just amazing) or Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"
28) Work of nonfiction?
Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch
29) Who is your favorite writer?
Oh, man, picking just one would make my head explode. A few top picks are Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, Nick Hornby, Anne Lamott, Dorothy Parker, Meg Cabot, Francesca Lia Block, Madeleine L'Engle, Neil Gaiman, and Brian K. Vaughan.
30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
This is catty, so why don't we go with most underrated? I would be very happy if more people read Jaclyn Moriarty. I love her books, and she doesn't seem to get a lot of attention.
31) What is your desert island book?
Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block, because it's actually five books in one (ha - watch me work the system!)
32) And... what are you reading right now?
The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig, the fifth book in her Pink Carnation series