Friday, April 11, 2008

Austin's Cool Book Quiz

Book that changed my life (not religious): The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis I know, I know, that is more than one book. If I had to choose one book in the series it would probably be Prince Caspian.

Book that changed my life (religious, non-scripture): The Biography of Joseph Smith as Told by His Mother by Lucy Mack Smith

Book that I can read over and over: Wow- there are a lot of these. I think I have read Emma and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin both about 10 times. I have also read The Giver, The Little Prince and The Bird's Christmas Carol at least once a year for about 7 years now.

The funniest book I've ever read: The Complete Collection of Calvin and Hobbes- that counts as a book right?

The saddest book I've ever read: Ooh- that is a toss up between Charly by Jack Weyland or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowlings. I cried all through the last half of Charly, but I probably broke down in tears at least 5 times while reading the last Harry Potter. Now that I am thinking about the whole burying Dobby scene again though, I think that one will take the cake- or funeral potatoes at least.

The scariest book: Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer OK- it might not actually be that scary, but I am reading it right now, and there is a certain scene that keeps playing out in my mind and it is quite unsettling.

Best Textbook I've read: The Northern Wind by various authors. It is an anthology and workbook for poetry.

Best Biography read: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin- that guy is hilarious!

The Worst Book: I don't know- there have been some doozies! Probably one of the Babysitters Clubs or perhaps a Nancy Drew.

A book I'm embarrassed to love: The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I am not necessarily embarrassed that I like these books- it is more that I am embarrassed by just HOW MUCH I like these books. They are so simplistic, but I just love them! I don't know if it is because I think Laura and I would be best friends if we met, or if it because they are true (non-fiction is always really intriguing to me), or maybe because my mom and I used to read them together a lot when I was little and they have some good memories tied up in them, but I really do love them!

My Favorite Book: This is a really hard question! The answer to it is always changing. I think right now it would be either Emma by Jane Austin, Jane Eyre by Emily Bronte, or The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I am all about the classics right now I guess.

My Favorite Children's Book: The Velveteen Rabbit

My favorite short story: A Rose For Emily by William Faulkner. Creepy- but fantastic!

My Favorite author: Again- this is hard. Jane Austin, Hemingway, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, C.S. Lewis, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, the list could go on and on. I think right now Theodore Geisel is my favorite- Emma and I have been bonding every night to some of his greats.

My favorite poet: John Donne

My favorite poem: Farewell: a Valediction Forbidding Mourning This is the GREATEST love poem ever!

My favorite genre: As enamored as I am with the classics, I would have to say that my favorite is children's literature. Mostly youth based novels. I am collecting all of the Newberry awards and medals, and most of those are really enjoyable for me.

What writers would I like to read that I never have: I still haven't tackled Proust. At some point, I am going to wander down Swans Way and see what all the fuss is about. I would also love to read Austin Beckstrom's trilogy and screenplay:)

Book I'd love to see made into a movie: The Twilight Series, although I hear rumors that something of the sort is already underway. A String in the Harp would be a fun one as well as The Giver and its companion reads.

Book I'd recommend to you (besides everything else listed): Whenever someone asks this question, I lend out my copy of The Bird's Christmas Carol by Kate Wiggins. It is a family tradition from my Grandma Wallace, and it is surpisingly unknown.

OK all you fellow bibliophiles, what are yours?


Carrie said...

I like Drowning Ruth and my very favorite is A Thousand Splendid Suns!

Tracie said...

I also cried and cried when I read Charly and Deathly Hallows. I love the Chronicles of Narnia. And Calvin & Hobbes (I also own the complete collection. Yay!) I think I've read the Bryd's Christmas Carol many years ago. If I remember, wasn't it slightly sad?

I was very flattered that you put you would like to read my husband's work. I enjoy reading his stuff.

Austin said...

well i'm very honored that you put you'd like to read my work as well! :) I promise to let you read them, once i actually WRITE them, and after Tracie edits, of course! ;)

Brian, Sophia & Cameron said...

I also, love the little house series. I am debating on whether or not to do the book quiz/questionaire due to the fact that it will take me forever and I will never be quite happy enough with my answers.

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