I’ve stolen this from my sons – have a go yourselves – it’s fun!
1) What author do you own the most books by?
Probably Jane Austen – but I did go through a phase of buying RF Delderfield – because you got more pages for your money! (I was a student at the time) Oh, and Lyndsey Davies’ Falco books and Ellis Peters’ Cadfael (see a trend?)
2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Apart from the Bible (but then this is a Rectory!) I guess it’s Pride and Prejudice – but I can’t remember why!

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

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Mmm.  Not sure I am in love with any fictional character – although any one of Mr Rochester, Captain Wentworth, Maxim de Winter, Mr Darcy (of course), Brother Cadfael, Didius Falco (Marcus) and Commander Dalgliesh would be interesting company – not to mention Jean Benoit Aubery!
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)?
I’ve never heard of Goodnight Moon.
Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Frenchman’s Creek.

6) What was your favourite book when you were ten years old?

Anne of Green Gables (I think – or the Famous Five or William Brown or Biggles!)
7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
Kate Atkinson’s ‘Human Croquet’ – not that it’s a bad book – it just confused me! Elizabeth Taylor’s ‘Angel’ is in there too – for such a chilling heroine.
8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
No competition: ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ – a brilliant ‘summer read’
9) If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?
War and Peace of course!
10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
No idea
11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
C.S. Lewis’ ‘the Last Battle’ – except it would be impossible.  How about ‘Lucy Hampton’?
12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
No idea

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I once dreamt I was in ‘Kidnapped’ – but I guess it was one of those ‘being hunted’ dreams.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
I once read  Mills and Boon – for a dare!

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Caesar’s Gallic Wars Book 2

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
I avoid the obscure ones – but ‘Measure for Measure’ in a very weird production years ago.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
French every time – the Russian writers tend to be long and bleak – like their winters.

18) Roth or Updike?
I’ve not read a word of either.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?


20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Depends on the company.

21) Austen or Eliot?
Austen for pleasure – Eliot for instruction.
22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Modern theatre.
23) What is your favourite novel
Horrid question: P&P or Persuasion for delight.

24) Play?
‘The Importance of Being Ernest’ for fun.
25) Poem?
23rd Psalm
26) Essay?
Not my milieu
27) Short story?
‘Mrs Dean’s Dilemma’ or anything by Maupassant, or Saki (except the one about the wolves!)
28) Work of nonfiction?
The Gardening Year

29) Who is your favourite writer?
Jane of course – but there are many others I like very much too.  Really.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
JK Rowling

31) What is your desert island book?
The complete Anne of Green Gables series – for pure nostalgia
32) And… what are you reading right now?
Victoria Hislop ‘The Island’

About apthomas

I love books, reading, writing, baking, chocolate, painting, sewing, people and fairtrade - not necessarily in that order. I am a lazy gardener - who loves the garden, and a lazy housewife who likes the place to be warm and welcoming. I live in beautiful Somerset. I am enslaved by Sherpa-the-cat. Saturday mornings find me 'playing shop' in the Honey Pot - a second hand bookshop, run from my garage, where along with the books you'll find fun, friendship and refreshments - all in a good cause.
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One Response to Bookaholic?

  1. Simon says:

    Jane Austen only wrote 6 books… you must have more by someone else? Even juvenilia etc. included.And does a chilling heroine really make a bad book??

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