I saw this Book Quiz and immediately thought, “I have to answer this one on my blog!” Then I realized that there are a lot of questions I can’t answer but I’m going to do it anyway.
1. Your favorite book: The more books you have read, the harder it is to answer this question. I would have a hard time even coming up with a top 10. My favorite book is whatever book I happen to be reading when you ask the question, unless it’s one that is not particularly great.
2. Your least favorite book: What I said about favorite books – the more you read harder it is to answer – is true of least favorite books also, but Clan of the Cave Bear is the first that comes to mind. It stands out as being a real stinker.
3. A book that completely surprised you (bad or good): Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. It was the first Mieville that I read and I had never read anything like it before. Weirdest book I had ever read, (up to that time) full of “Wait! What?” and “WTF” moments and lots of big beautiful words.
4. A book that reminds you of home: Home, in the sense of where I grew up? Or where I live now? I can’t think of any. I mostly read books about places totally unlike anywhere I’ve ever been.
5. A non-fiction book that you actually enjoyed: Like Kelly, I think the wording of the question is strange and messed up. Why wouldn’t anyone enjoy non-fiction? In fact, my answer could be pretty much the same as my answer to the first question. I’ve read and enjoyed too many to have just one favorite. But, just picking one at random… The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson.
6. A book that makes you cry: Lots of them have at various times. I can only think of one and I didn’t actually cry just came close. It was The Death of Sleep by Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye. It’s about a woman who spends years in cold-sleep (not by choice) so her daughter grows up without her.
7. A book that’s hard to read: I’m sure there must have been a few (or at least one?) but I can’t think of any.
8. An unpopular book you believe should be a bestseller: I wouldn’t call this “unpopular” just relatively unknown (and, sadly, OOP) – The World Is Round by Tony Rothman.
9. A book you’ve read more than once: I’ve read The World Is Round many times and I used to be obsessed with Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series. I’ve read the original trilogy and the Harper Hall trilogy at least a dozen times. But in recent years I’ve started to feel that there are too many books I haven’t read to waste time re-reading books. That’s not to say I won’t ever give in to temptation and go somewhere I’ve been before.
10. The first novel you remember reading: I can’t remember the first.
11. The book that made you fall in love with reading: I have no idea! I’ve been reading most of my life. That’s like asking, “Which breath made you fall in love with breathing?”
12. A book so emotionally draining you couldn’t complete it or had to set it aside for a bit: Oh gosh, such drama! Who but a teenager would ask a question like that?
13. Favorite childhood book: Mystery of the Haunted Mine by Gordon D. Shirreffs. I read this one many times. I still had the book for a while as an adult and it upsets me that I lost it at some time or other. (I still keep hoping to find it someday) Used copies at Amazon start at $40!
14. Book that should be on a high school or college required reading list: I occasionally read something that I think “everyone” should read but I can’t think of one in particular. I think every high school student should be required to read at least two good, and very different from each other, science fiction novels because so many people get wrong ideas about what science fiction is like and claim to not like it without ever having read any.
15. Favorite book dealing with foreign culture: I think, probably, the last book I read, This is Not that Dawn. But maybe I just thought of that because it is the last book I read.
16. Favorite book turned movie: Not sure. Can’t think of one.
17. Book turned movie and completely desecrated: Almost all of them. But I really don’t care. Books are books and movies are movies and I don’t expect movies to be completely true to the book. I think of the movies as being “inspired by” the books, not as accurate visualizations of books. No matter what, the pictures on the screen will never match the pictures in your head.
18. A book you can’t find on shelves anymore that you love: Well, I’ve already mentioned two OOP books that I love and those can be found if one is willing to pay the price.
19. A book that changed your mind about a particular subject (non-fiction): None I can think of except, I guess I could say Bill Bryson’s books changed my mind about travel writing. It can be interesting.
20. A book you would recommend to an ignorant/racist/close-minded person: I wouldn’t bother. I just assume that anyone that ignorant probably doesn’t read.
21. A guilty pleasure book: I don’t even understand this question.
22. Favorite series: Currently, Neal Asher’s Polity series.
23. Favorite romance novel: I don’t read romance novels, though many of the science fiction novels I read include romance. Elizabeth Haydon’s Rhapsody (fantasy) was quite romantic but sometime in the first sequel the romance part of the story started to get tiresome. People in love act stupid (at least in fiction) and stupid people just annoy me. That’s why I don’t read romances or watch “romantic comedies”.
24. A book you later found out the author lied about: No idea.
25. Favorite autobiographical/biographical book: This is a somewhat embarrassing question because I rarely read biographies. Hildegard of Bingen: A Visionary Life by Sabina Flanagan is one of the few I’ve read and it was interesting.
26. A book you wish would be written: China Mieville’s next novel, whatever it is.
27. A book you would write if you had all the resources: The book I already have in my head. Resources have nothing to do with it. It’s just that… well, actually I don’t have much of a story in my head, mostly just characters and worlds that I don’t exactly know what to do with.
28. A book you wish you never read: I don’t know… Maybe the fourth book in the Dune series. The original trilogy was incredible but everything after that was kind of pathetic and made me sad.
29. An author that you completely avoid/hate/won’t read: None in particular. There are, of course, many authors who simply don’t interest me.
30. An author that you will read whatever they put out: China Mieville, Neal Asher.