Meme 2: Book Meme

Taken from snapdraw_gone’s livejournal.

1. What author do you own the most books by?

I used to buy a lot of books when I was younger, but now I don’t have as much time and money for leisure reading. However, looking through my book collection, I see a lot of R. L. Stine, Carolyn Keene (does this still count even if various ghostwriters use this pseudonym?), Tony Abbott, Danielle Steel, J. K. Rowling (if only because I own multiple copies of her books, heh), Elizabeth LowellWilliam Shakespeare and Bob Ong.

2. What book do you own the most copies of?

I have three copies of Harry Potter and the Sorcer’s Stone – one was deface by my brother, another was lent to a “friend” never to return, and another was painted with gold nail polish by yours truly (because I wanted to see how Harry would look in gold nail polish… I was young).

I also own four copies of Bakit Baliktad Magbasa ng Libro Ang Mga Pilipino by Bob Ong, three copies of Ang Paboritong Libro ni Hudas by Bob Ong and two copies of ABNKKBSNPLAko?!? by Bob Ong. I kept lending them to people and people kept losing my books… and to date, I have none of these with me. I still count them though.

3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?

Looking back, I supposed I barely noticed then… but after rereading, YES. XD

4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?

Mills DeVane of Top Ten by Ryne Douglas Pearson. I’d love to say Michaelangelo of the same universe, but he became too much of a psycho at the end.

Sirius Black is one, too.

5. What book have you read the most times in your life?

Probably J. K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I make it a point to reread it annually, sometime during the summer vacation. I also make it a point to cry every time I read about Sirius falling through the veil.

6. Favorite book as a ten year old?

That was… Grade 5, right? Probably Nancy Drew. I was such a geek for that when I was younger (and was new to the school library, heh). Hardy Boys, too.

R. L. Stine‘s Goosebumps and various other horror books were also a treat. And I think that was the time I was collecting Tony Abbott‘s Cracked Classics.

7. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?

I’m sorry, I haven’t been reading a lot of books lately. But there was this book by Jay Quinn entitled Back Where He Started… there are a lot of good reviews for it, and I suppose the novel had good moments… but I found the entire thing just a tad too slow. Boring, almost. And the emotions just weren’t there. It’s as if they were a little off.

8. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

Probably As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann. There’s also Smaller and Smaller Circles by F. H. Batacan. And I think it’s been more than a year, but what the heck: William Golding‘s Lord of the Flies.

9. If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?

Top Ten by Ryne Douglas Pearson, As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann or MacArthur by Bob Ong.

10. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?

Top Ten, if there hasn’t been any yet. Also, Othello.

11. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. If there has ever been such a hard read, that would be it. I don’t know if I’m just speaking for myself, but it’s really hard to finish that book, even get 10 pages of reading done in a sitting – all because of the format, the narration, the diction… it’s just so uninviting.

Other than that, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn, if only because I was stuck in Enchanted Kingdom while reading it. Just imagine, I was reading it while riding the roller coaster. : O Thanks a lot, Sir B. XDD

12. What is your favorite book?

Manga not allowed? XD Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, if only because of the memories it brings.

Kidding aside, my favorite book is Chikara!: A Sweeping Novel of Japan and America by Robert Skimin. I don’t remember it as having that long a title, I don’t even remember the author, but the story had such an impact on me that until now, I cannot compare it to any book. It trumps everything that I’ve read before and after it. Funny, though, that I just remember it as Chikara.

13. What is your favorite play?

Shakespeare‘s Othello and Midsummer Night’s Dream.

14. Poem?

Shakespeare‘s Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? The last two lines, particularly because of my interpretation of them:

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

I find it interesting that Shakespeare could be saying that the persona’s love for the beloved will live forever as long as men have eyes that can see – as long as people have eyes to read this particular poem, specially those two particular lines, and as long as humanity exists, the persona’s love for the beloved will be relived each time the poem is read, thus immortalizing it. Romantic, isn’t it?

Jobberwocky by Lewis Carol is also a favorite of mine, if only for the wit it shows. It gave me a new perspective on poems.

Also, this from Noli Me Tangere. It’s technically not a poem, but I think it counts. From Elias:

I die without seeing the dawn
Rise over my native land
You who have it to see
Cherish it
And forget not
Those who have fallen
During the night

Echoed here in Emilio Jacinto‘s poem A La Patria. This would have been my favorite, if only Jacinto did not choose to use Fatherland. I found it sexist, but then again, his time was a lot different from today.

On the horizon slowly rises the dawn, most brilliant,
Of a new day of freedom, love and prosperity,
And of those who have fallen in the dark night of the struggle
Never let perish the memory, and in their graves, cold and humble,
Happy their slumber will be, happiness being thine.

15. Essay?

None, as of yet. I’m not really a big reader of essays.

16. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?

-shrugs- I don’t really care, I haven’t even read her books. Meyer‘s supposed to be the one, but I can’t really prove that with only a knowledge of three lines from Twilight. However, majority of the people I know claim this… and you know what they say, if 99.99% says it so, then it is so an objective observation.

17. What is your desert island book?

Raft Building For Dummies. Or Survival for Dummies.

18. And . . . what are you reading right now?

Neil Gaiman‘s Fragile Things. Haven’t started it actually, but it’s my project right now. I want to know about Neil Gaiman, since two of my friends (chumee and snap) are into him right now… and it makes me curious. Not that they’ve pushed to me though… I’ve decided to take a look see for myself… I hate being pushed into things. XD

    • chumee
    • July 11th, 2010

    Stealing this. owo) Though I’m not really that much of a book reader;; XO;;

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