I saved this post from Tasha in my favorites for just a day like this, when I haven’t finished any books to review and don’t have time or energy to compose something brilliant – or even remotely interesting. So, without any further ado, deep bookish questions:
Book next to your bed right now: Just one? Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon, The Intellectual Devotional: Pop Culture Edition, and Collected Poems by W.H. Auden.
Favorite series: Hmmm, so many – Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.
Favorite book: Persuasion by Jane Austen; Peace Like a River by Leif Enger; Trinity by Leon Uris; Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos; etc.
The one book you would have with you if stranded on a desert island: The Essential Samuel Johnson in 13 Volumes. I know that’s cheating, but I’ve been meaning to read some Johnson, and that would last a loooooooooooooooong time.
Book/series you would take with you on a long flight: The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan – been wanting to read that one for a long time.
Worst book you were made to read in school: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.
Book that everyone should be made to read in school: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Book that everyone should read, period: Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski. (Ask me on a different day, and I would name a different book.)
Favorite character: Anne-with-an-e.
Best villain: Jack Randall from the Outlander series.
Favorite concept series: What’s a “concept series?”
Favorite invented world: The world of Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore.
Most beautifully written book: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.
Funniest book: Going Bovine by Libba Bray was very funny.