Posts Tagged ‘bookish’

My main literary squeeze, no more

I’ve always answered “Fitzgerald” when anybody has asked me who my favorite author is, and it’s mostly out of habit since I started doing so in high school. But when you’re in high school, any answer you have to anything means nothing when you’re an adult :P

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There is no first world luxury I enjoy less than flying, but I was unusually productive on my flights to and from California.

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Book meme, another one

1) What author do you own the most books by?
F. Scott Fitzgerald, for sure.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
“The Great Gatsby.” I have this thing where whenever I see a new version of it with a different cover, I make super grabby hands for it.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Not really.

4) What fictional character(s) are you secretly in love with?
At the moment, probably Henry DeTamble from “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and Ray Singh from “The Lovely Bones,” but on the “everlasting scale,” Harry Potter.

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 one of the Harry Potter books.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
I dunno, some book from the Berenstain Bears collection? Or The Babysitters Club?

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
Hmm, it wasn’t ridiculously terrible or anything, but “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.”

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
So far, “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.” This is not because I loved it in any way, but it made me think a lot and it really affected me.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
“Kokoro,” by Natsume Soseki.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
I don’t even know some of the past winners for the Lit prize so I wouldn’t know who to recommend.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
I’d really like to see “Richistan” made into a documentary.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Anything by Dave Eggers, haha. Well, I haven’t read “What is the What” yet but I feel like his writing would translate terribly on-screen.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I don’t think I’ve ever had one…

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
Harry Potter would probably be the standard answer but I actually think HP has a lot of depth for a children/young adult’s book. And I read one page of Twilight…

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Outside of books required for school, probably “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.” It was so dense and difficult to get through at times.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
I’ve never seen any being performed, if that’s the question.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
Their lit? I’ve read more of French but I have a feeling I wouldn’t prefer either.

18) Roth or Updike?
Never read either.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
David Sedaris is wildly funny but I connect more with Eggers. I don’t know! What a tough battle.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Chaucer! I loved “The Canterbury Tales.”

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15 books

“Rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.”

01) The Great Gatsby
02) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
03) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
04) Little Women
05) Mao’s China and After
06) Richistan
07) Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster
08) Kokoro
09) Kenko: Essays in Idleness
10) A Million Little Pieces
11) The Scarlet Letter
12) This Side of Paradise
13) The Beautiful and Damned
14) Everything is Illuminated
15) Death of a Salesman

Interestingly enough, a good half of these books are on the list because while they are books that will always stick with me, they are noted in my memory not because I liked them. Books like “The Scarlet Letter” and “Everything is Illuminated” are special only because of how much I disliked the process of reading the books and everything associated with them. I read “The Scarlet Letter” in my junior year of high school and we spent SO MUCH TIME on discussion of the book that I felt defeated by English in general at the book’s end. My teacher (in a public high school) was very religious, very Christian, and very much insisted we take apart everything single thing and mention all religious aspects of the book. Killed all my love for this book (and the teacher). (Funny side note, right after we read “The Great Gatsby,” which is probably my favorite book of all time, and the same teacher rushed through that book in one week flat. Like I said, I have no love for this teacher.)

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The Glass Castle


by Jeannette Walls, 2005

The glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

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