Steph (normandie_m) wrote,
Steph
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I should be working on my ancient history essay....



Prose or Poetry? Prose, by far. Poetry can annoy the crap out of me sometimes.

Book you’re reading now: Ummm......I'm actually reading three at once. >.< The Reluctant Saint, by Donald Spoto (a biography of St. Francis of Assisi), All the Pope's Men, by John Allen Jr. (an inside account of the Vatican), and Handbags and Gladrags by Maggie Alderson (a novel on the fashion industry). The previous two I'm reading partly for novel research, the other was a birthday present from mum.

Last book you’ve read: Phantom, by Susan Kay. I was lucky enough to be lent it by Lionel from my Latin class. It was a great read and complements PotO well. Especially loved the Persian chapters of the book.

Next book you’re going to buy/read: At this point in time, it might be Confessions by St. Augustine. I bought it a couple of weeks ago and haven't yet got around to reading it.

Book you’ve read the most times: Ummmm.....I'd have to say The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells. Or any of Roald Dahl's books. The copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on our book shelf is very worn.

Longest book you’ve read: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. 765 pages.

Book you’ve read in the shortest time (relative to the number of pages): Again, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I read it in a matter of hours after getting it from my sister (who had first dibs on it).

One book you wanted to read that disappointed you: mmm...I haven't really read a book that's disappointed me, particularly. Maybe Caesar by Allan Massie? I knew it was going to be bad, but how bad I didn't realize.

Have you read books in a language different from yours? Not exactly (unless you count my Latin homework).....I read Apuleius' Golden Ass a few weeks ago for an assignment and I tried to wing it on the Latin side of the book and failed miserably.

Writer you’ve read the most books from: It's a tie between Douglas Adams and JK Rowling.

Some books you like (not necessarily your faves):

1. The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman, by Louis DeBernieres. I enjoyed this immensely, for too many reasons to mention here.

2. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Not one of my all-time favourites, but Atticus Finch is one of my favourite literary characters ever.

3. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. It was a toss-up as to whether to put this or Wuthering Heights on the list. In the end, Jane won out because I can see Alan Rickman playing Mr Rochester more than I can see him playing Heathcliff. Sad, no? :p I am quite fond of this book anyway, for the reason that I studied it in grade 12 English and did particularly well on the assignment for it.

4. The Gun Seller, by Hugh Laurie. I read this mainly because Hugh Laurie wrote it (as you do when you're a shameless fangirl), but it was enjoyable light fare. Great summer reading.

5. By Design, by Richard E. Grant. Yes, that's two novels by favourite actors of mine, but I love REG's novel because it's just so utterly over the top and funny.

6. The Last Temptation of Christ, by Nikos Kazantzakis. The Catholic church went bezerk over this book, but I enjoyed it and didn't find it especially offensive towards Christianity. The emphasis on the human side of Jesus was refreshing.

7. My Brilliant Career, by Miles Franklin. I thought I should put an Australian book on this list, and this was the one, because I love the description of Australia in the late 1800s and the relationship between the protagonist Sybilla and Harry Beecham, her love interest (played by Sam Neill in the movie. *swoon*).

8. The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Graham. One of the first books I read on my own.

9. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller. I think because I had to read for an assignment, I didn't enjoy it as much as I might've otherwise, but if you're after THE literary satire on war, this is it.

10. The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco. I found it extremely tough to read, but the visuals that Eco puts into writing are just amazing. This book alone makes me want to study the field of semiotics closer.

3 books you don’t like:

1. Caesar, by Allan Massie. I mentioned this before, but it was appalling. I'm all for historical whoredom, but let's face it: Brutus did not jump into bed with everyone in the Roman republic. Otherwise Suetonius would've written about it.

2. The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown. See below rant.

3. Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown. I used to like these books, but the fact that Brown is passing off some aspects of his fiction as hard fact AND that people are falling for it has put me off. What else is bad, you ask? The virtually identical plotlines and characters.....it's like a James Bond movie. Murder, the odd explosion or two, a hot educated woman (even if she's not described as attractive), evil smart genius, etc.

3 people who should take this survey (and why):

I'm not good at choosing people! Um, whoever has the time to do it, I guess. -.-;

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